ACTIVE bundles up three tiers of technology offerings

first_img Related ACTIVE Network, which is billed as ‘the premier global marketplace for activities and events and the industry’s leading provider of data solutions’, has unveiled new bundled technology solutions for event directors with tiered pricing to support the different needs of varying types of events.With this new approach, ACTIVE aims to create ‘opportunities for event directors to grow their revenue, connect with potential event sponsors, increase participation, reduce costs and gain greater market and wallet share.’ The new bundled solutions are available immediately.Realizing that one size does not fit all, ACTIVE adds that this tiered approach enables event directors to choose the level of features and services that fit their specific needs and, subsequently, move into new levels as their events and revenue grow.Event directors have access to the ACTIVEWorks Endurance, ACTIVE Network Activity Cloud and ACTIVE Network Virtual Event Bags platforms, as well as access to promote and market their events to ACTIVE’s global database of opted-in participants through its consumer site, notes that its technology and data insights platforms offer event directors actionable insights and marketing services to grow their events and create an easy process for their participants and their organization before, during and after registration.“From the world’s largest multi-sport series to the smallest local fun run, we have configured our entire technology platform and marketing services to fit each event organizer’s specific needs,” said Sam Renouf, General Manager for Sports at ACTIVE Network.He continued, “ACTIVE’s suite of technology and data solutions goes beyond the industry-standard model of online registration software and now empowers event directors to reach new participants and stay on top of an increasingly competitive market. Our new technology and marketing services bundle revolutionizes how event directors handle the complexities of event management, and makes it easier than ever to partner with ACTIVE.”With these new offerings, ACTIVE argues that event directors can ‘organize event logistics in anticipation of their event so they can execute a better event day, and reflect on their events to improve and expand in the future.’ACTIVE Network is a leading global marketplace for activities and events, connecting participants and activity organizers, and offering business intelligence through a data solutions and insights platform that helps organizers drive increased participation and revenue.ACTIVE Network annually processes nearly 100 million registrations and more than US$3 billion in payments for over 47,000 organizers and 200,000 activities and events worldwide. Its enterprise-level ACTIVEWorks platform offers organizers SaaS technology that streamlines the administration of activities and events.The ACTIVE Network Activity Cloud platform combines data analytics and business intelligence tools to provide actionable insights that help organizers better manage their events and increase participation.Founded in 1999, ACTIVE Network is headquartered in Dallas, Texas with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.www.ACTIVEnetwork.comlast_img read more

Tim Grimes on the Royals: ‘I’m going to beat cancer. But I don’t know if I’ll survive the heart attack this game gives me’

first_imgTim Grimes in Anaheim before Thursday’s playoff game against the Angels.Born in March 1986, Tim Grimes was still in his mother’s womb when the Royals last made the playoffs. So when Salvador Perez secured the final out last Friday against the White Sox, securing the Royals’ first playoff appearance since 1985, there was little doubt that the lifelong Royals fan was going to attend the playoffs game. And the win only bolstered Grimes’ courage in the face of a deadly disease.“Welp, guess this means I’m beating cancer,” he said shortly after the victory.Grimes is set to begin treatment under a clinical trial at the University of Kansas Hospital next week for the advanced-stage skin cancer that threatens his life. But for the past week, he’s been focused on rooting on his favorite team.As if the 2004 SM East graduate didn’t have enough drama right now, the Royals’ first two playoff games have provided plenty of excitement. Grimes said that, like everyone else in the stadium during Tuesday’s Wild Card Playoff game against Oakland, he and his friend felt like they’d been punched in the gut when Brandon Moss hit the sixth-inning homerun off of Yordano Ventura.“But in my life outside baseball,” he said, “people have been showing me how to be optimistic. We never stopped believing.”In the roller coaster ride that ensued, Grimes said he and his friends never gave up hope.“I kept telling people in the stands, ‘I’m going to beat cancer. But I don’t know if I’ll survive the heart attack this game gives me,’” he said.When it was all said and done, he’d thrown out his arm waving his rally towel and lost his voice from cheering. But on Thursday, he was in Anaheim to see the Royals 11-inning win over the Angels. He’ll be in the crowd again tonight.The GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for Grimes’ treatments can be found here.last_img read more

Moulton tosses no-no in Sportco Kick-Off Classic

first_imgMoulton tosses no-no in Sportco Kick-Off Classic Betsy HelfandFebruary 13, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint In her first season with the Gophers, Sara Moulton put together an impressive résumé.Saturday she added a no-hitter to her list of accomplishments. Moulton was sixth in the Big Ten with a 2.06 ERA, she holds the single-season win record for Minnesota with 28 and pitched 32 complete games including 14 shutouts. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year last year and was also named to the All-Big Ten Second Team.Now a sophomore, Moulton has continued where she left off. The latest impressive clip on her résumé is just the 15th no-hitter in Gophers history. It was the first since Briana Hassett’s on April 24, 2007.Moulton struck out nine in the effort. She walked two and had two hit batsmen.Freshman Tyler Walker backed Moulton offensively. The shortstop hit her first collegiate home run, stole a base and scored both of the team’s runs in the game.That game was the first of four that Minnesota played in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic to open its season.Moulton pitched in all four games and was the pitcher of record in three of them (2-1).The Gophers’ second win came when they defeated Weber State 8-0 in just five innings, when the mercy rule took effect.Minnesota took advantage of three Weber State errors and scored two runs on wild pitches — and five total unearned runs — in the win. Moulton pitched just three innings but had eight strikeouts.Freshman Erica Meyer went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs in the game.Kaitlyn Richardson, also a freshman, contributed three RBIs to the effort. Richardson’s two RBIs in the fifth inning pushed the score to 8-0, which induced the mercy rule.The team’s third win of the tournament featured another offensive outpour, when it defeated Cal State-Bakersfield 10-0.Catcher Kari Dorle went 4-for-4 with two homeruns and three RBIs.Richardson contributed another three RBIs. She and Hannah Granger both hit their first collegiate home runs in the shellacking.Minnesota’s only loss came in its second game of the tournament, a 2-1 loss to host UNLV.Moulton pitched six innings of three-hit, two-run ball, but Minnesota struggled offensively and was only able to generate one run in the game. Sara DuPaul drove in the lone run.The team will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to participate in the Littlewood Classic next weekend. No. 1 Arizona State, the defending champions, will host the tournament.The Gophers will play five games against four different teams, including ASU, in the three-day tournament.last_img read more

Ryan Companies promotes Rick Collins to president, southwest region

first_imgRyan Companies US, Inc. announced that Rick Collins, currently Vice President of Development in the companies’ North central division based out of Minneapolis, was promoted to president of Ryan’s Southwest region. Collins’ new role will include management of all business development, people and operations for projects in that region. The Southwest region has offices in Phoenix, AZ, and San Diego, CA.“We could not be more excited about this new opportunity for Rick,” stated Collin Barr, President of Ryan’s North central region.“His contributions to this market, and to the Ryan culture, have been significant, and we know he will bring that same energy and enthusiasm to his new role.” Rick Collins’ major projects include the Grain Belt Brew House historic preservation, the Midtown Exchange mixed-use development, the conversion of the landmark Foshay Tower into the W Foshay Minneapolis hotel, Two MarketPointe in Bloomington, and the upcoming Downtown East five-city-block project which includes a nearly two block City park and two Wells Fargo office towers totaling more than one million square feet of office space.“Rick’s strategic vision, creativity, and natural leadership skills will make him a great fit for the President role,” said Jeff Smith, Executive Vice President at Ryan.“In addition, his strong commitment to the industry and the community will enable him to quickly settle in to the Phoenix market.” Collins has had leadership roles in several Twin Cities nonprofits including the Minnesota Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children’s Cancer Research Fund. He is also active as a leader locally and nationally in NAIOP and the Urban Land Institute.Collins will be taking over for long-time Ryan Southwest President John Strittmatter, a 29-year Ryan veteran who opened the Phoenix office for Ryan and has built it into a commercial real estate powerhouse during his tenure. Strittmatter, who will be staying on with Ryan to manage the development and construction of the multi-year, 2 million square foot Marina Heights mixed-use campus, is winner of NAIOP’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement award. Under his leadership, the office has won numerous awards including NAIOP Developer of the Year and Ranking Arizona’s No. 1 Commercial Developer twelve times since 2001. Significant recent projects include the FBI Phoenix Division, the Hayden Ferry development, Maricopa County Courthouse, the Musical Instrument Museum, Unisource, One North Central (formerly Phelps Dodge) and WL Gore headquarters.last_img read more

New study finds evidence that political ambition can be genetically inherited from one’s parent

first_imgShare Share on Facebook LinkedIn “A second reason why it is important to be better able to explain political behavior is of a more normative nature. It is often asserted that the essence of politics is power and power relationships. From this point of view, it is important to understand what explains why some citizens are more politically active than others. Put differently, a better understanding of the reasons for political participation is a precondition for creating a more equal society,” Oskarsson said.Statistics Sweden, a government agency, maintains a database called the Multi-Generation Register that contains information on the biological parents of individuals. The database includes 10,717,814 non-adopted individuals and 155,865 adopted individuals.The researchers analyzed this data, along with additional information regarding educational attainment, income, occupational status and political candidacy, to examine the intergenerational transmission of political behavior. Overall, the probability of being a political candidate was about 2.3%. But among adopted individuals whose biological parents were candidates, the probability of being a political candidate jumped up to about 5%.“A first take-home point is that there is a strong parent–child transmission in the tendency to run for office. If you have a parent that ran for office, there is a much higher likelihood that you will also stand as a political candidate as an adult,” Oskarsson told PsyPost.“Second, and more importantly, this intergenerational transmission in political candidacy status reflects both social and genetic factors. We used a sample of adopted children and their biological and adoptive parents to investigate this.”“The results clearly suggest that having a biological parent who ran for office is a good predictor of the adoptee’s probability of running for office as adults, despite the fact that these children were adopted away early in life and have had no contact with their birth parents ever since. However, the results also indicate that adoptive parents’ political activity is a major source of intergenerational resemblance,” Oskarsson said.All scientific research includes some limitations — and this study is no exception.“Like other recent studies on the heritability of complex human behaviors this study takes a first important step by showing that political candidacy is caused by both social and genetic factors. However, it is even more important to take further steps and investigate how social and political traits are shaped by the interplay between genes and environment,” Oskarsson explained.“They arise when the type or magnitude of the effect of a genetic factor depends on the environmental conditions in which it is expressed. In our case we can suspect, for example, that a predisposition toward political engagement may only matter under the right environmental circumstances. However, the knowledge of how these so called gene-by-environment interactions actually work is currently limited: what genetic factors interact with what social, economic and political factors, and how?”The findings indicate that political candidacy may be a genetically influenced trait. However, any genetic influence is just one factor among many that contribute to an individual’s decision to run for public office.“It is important to note that our results do not signal genetic determinism. Our finding that biological parents’ behavior is a strong predictor of political candidacy among adoptees does not mean that there is direct causal link between a set of genetic factors and an individual’s propensity to run for office. Any genetic effect on a complex behavior such as running for office will undoubtedly be mediated by a large set of factors, some of which are malleable,” Oskarsson added.“It is also important to stress that omitting the genetic part of intergenerational transmission – that is, failing to take into account that we are not only raised by our parents, but we also inherit a combination of their DNA – neglects an integral part of the explanation of social and political traits because genetic differences between individuals not only add to social and environmental influences but also co-vary and interact with them in complex ways.”“Consequently, considering genetic influences by no means negates social influences, but rather provides an additional layer of explanation that can substantially improve our understanding of how they work. As such, it can also aid in developing more effective policies that deal with the social roots and consequences of social and political inequality,” Oskarsson said.The study, “It Runs in the Family: A Study of Political Candidacy Among Swedish Adoptees“, was authored by Sven Oskarsson, Christopher T. Dawes, and Karl-Oskar Lindgren. A new study on Swedish adoptees suggests that political candidacy is a heritable trait. The research, which appears in the journal Political Behavior, found that the likelihood of standing as a political candidate doubled if one’s parent had been a candidate.“My research interest in general concerns how human behavior, especially political behavior, is formed by the interplay between social and genetic factors,” explained study author Sven Oskarsson of Uppsala University and the Uppsala Center for Labor Studies.“A better understanding of these basic causes of differences in political behavior is fundamental for at least two reasons. The first is that politics and political activity is something that in a deeper sense is a characteristic of us as a species. Humans are, to quote Aristotle, political animals by nature. This means that a deeper understanding of how we think and act in political contexts is an important part of our understanding of ourselves.”center_img Email Pinterest Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Gazprom Export kicks off gas auction

first_imgGazprom Export informed it has begun the biddings within the auction for gas supply to Europe.The biddings are to be held through four days, from September 7th to September 10th, the company said in a statement.The bidders will be offered altogether 127 lots with the total volume of 3.24 bcm. The gas will be supplied during the Delivery Period Winter 2015/2016 to several delivery points in North-West Europe, at the choice of the potential customers.“The European gas market changes constantly and, meeting its challenges, we want to test the new form of trading the gas and see what benefits it can bring to seller and buyers,” Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee said.This new mechanism of gas sales in Europe will be additional to the system of long-term contracts that provide energy security in Europe, according to the statement. Image: Gazpromlast_img read more

Survey: What are O&G industry’s top issues?

Failure / inability to adopt technology Commercial barriers to collaboration on innovation14% Access to the right skills/talent The legislative / regulatory environment Aging assets Offshore Energy Today Staff 13% 15% 29% 29% Lloyd’s Register Energy this week, during the Offshore Europe event in Aberdeen, carried out a survey asking participants what they thought were the offshore oil and gas industry’s top issues.More specifically, the question was “Aside from costs and profitability, what do you see as the most significant constraining factor facing your sector in the next 10 to 15 years?”Aging Assets, and Access to Talent. These were jointly ranked first, with 29% of respondents identifying each as their primary concern, Lloyds Register Energy has revealed.Worth noting, the participants, 112 of them, were offered a multiple choice with set answers. (Scroll down to see the full results of the survey)Peter Richards (VP Marketing & Communications) said: “Across the world, assets are reaching maturity, access to reservoirs remains challenging and many experienced specialists are nearing retirement. On top of that, the ‘digital oil field’ brings an increased need for strong capabilities in mathematics, statistics and data alongside the traditional science and engineering skill sets. This survey reflects those industry dynamics.”The theme of this year’s Offshore Europe, “Inspiring the next generation”, also reflects this, and recognises the need to understand what the industry’s future looks like and to build a talent pipeline to support it, LR says. But in the low oil price environment, many organisations need to make difficult decisions in order to achieve cost reductions – and that may prove to be counter-productive in the longer term, LR Energy said in a statement issued Friday.Companies must keep one eye on the futureFollowing the technical session on talent development which was chaired by LR Energy during the conference, John Nicolson (HR Director) said: “Even as the energy industry braces itself, companies must keep one eye on the future – if the talent pool is diminished (in quality or quantity) the business will be less able to leverage the upturn when it arrives.”As the debate at Offshore Europe 2015 illustrates, how the industry addresses these challenges is critical in ensuring the continued long term growth of the industry. There are no easy answers, but one thing is clear from Offshore Europe 2015: the industry is aware of the challenges and is actively looking for solutions to drive long-term growth, LR Energy said.Below are the full results of the LR survey: read more

Spirit of the games

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Foltz down at GPA

first_imgFoltz has agreed to provide consulting services to the GPA for one year after his departure.The GPA board unanimously accepted the nominating committee’s recommendation to appoint the current chief operating officer, Griff Lynch, to succeed Foltz as executive director.Total tonnage across all of the GPA’s terminals reached a record 31.48 million tonnes in 2015 – an increase of 3.6 percent compared with the previous year.Although container tonnage accounted for most of that growth, breakbulk cargo volumes also rose by 1.7 percent to 2.79 million tonnes. www.gaports.comlast_img read more

Keysight Adds Real-Time Spectrum Analysis to its MXE EMI Receivers

first_imgKeysight Technologies has announced the availability of real-time spectrum analysis (RTSA) as an option for its standards-compliant MXE EMI receiver. Adding RTSA to an MXE enables test labs to observe and diagnose transient and wideband emissions during electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) compliance and precompliance testing.With RTSA, engineers can more easily see and understand high-speed transient signals that are difficult to capture with traditional spectrum or signal analyzers. This is especially useful in applications such as radar, automotive and wireless communications that often experience fast-moving, short-duration emissions.In RTSA mode, the MXE can provide real-time analysis bandwidth up to 85 MHz below 3.6 GHz and up to 40 MHz above 3.6 GHz, ensuring image-free, over-the-air diagnostics that enable faster, easier analysis of emissions. RTSA offers 100 percent probability of capture for signals with durations greater than 3.7 µs when viewing with an 85 MHz span.The Keysight MXE EMI receiver now offers real-time signal analysis (RTSA) for diagnostics of high-speed transient signals that are difficult to capture.Frequency mask trigger (FMT) capability is also included with RTSA, allowing users to confidently trigger on signals with durations as short as 17.4 µs. In addition, time-qualified triggering capability further enhances FMT by simplifying the task of finding pulse outliers or triggering on specific communications bursts.RTSA is an upgradeable option on new and existing MXE EMI receivers as well as UXA, PXA and MXA X-Series signal analyzers. Adding RTSA enables engineers to see, capture and understand the most elusive signals, known or unknown. For deeper analysis, engineers can combine a real-time X-Series signal analyzer with Keysight 89600 VSA software to create a solution that enables thorough characterization of today’s most complex signals.U.S. Pricing and AvailabilityThe RTSA option for MXE (N9038A-RT1) is available for order and has a list price of $22,500.last_img read more