Deadline for ‘Walmart Open Call’ today

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Often times, the best ideas are right in our own backyard. So, why not you? Attention entrepreneurs, Walmart is looking to serve up the big break you’ve been looking for during Walmart’s Open Call  scheduled for June 13, 2018 in Bentonville, Arkansas. You can apply now for a chance to secure a seat at a table with one of the company’s buyers by visiting; the deadline is May 4.“Walmart’s investment in U.S. -manufactured products goes beyond the shelf. The investment is also in the entrepreneurs’ dream, and that can be an emotional experience for everyone involved,” said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart’s vice president of Merchandise Services and U.S. Manufacturing. “By investing in products that support American jobs, we’re able to bring new products to our shelves and new jobs to our communities.”Attendees at this year’s Open Call could secure deals ranging from a handful of stores in a local market, to supplying hundreds or even thousands of stores, Sam’s Club locations and The daylong event informs, empowers and encourages all who attend while providing a great networking opportunity for local entrepreneurs.A brand new batch of products identified during the 2017 Open Call event recently landed on Walmart store shelves, representing the dreams of dozens of entrepreneurs across the country, including:Orlando residents are beaming with pride after O’Dang Hummus fulfilled founder Jesse Wolfe’s childhood dream and secured a deal to put their low calorie healthy snack on Walmart shelves. As of today, the O’Dang Hummus products can be found in more than 2,000 stores.ZolliPops CEO, Alina Morse, proves that age is only a number. The 12-year old entrepreneur from Michigan landed her products on the shelves of over 4,500 Walmart locations.Sleep is essential and Terra Beauty Products Bars showcased their Florida-manufactured Go To Sleep Natural Pillow Mist to buyers, earning the product a trial in 85 stores. In January 2013, Walmart announced it intends to help boost job creation and U.S. manufacturing through buying an additional $250 billion in products that support American jobs over 10 years. Based on data from Boston Consulting Group, it’s estimated that 1 million new U.S. jobs will be created through this initiative. Last year, Walmart spent $2 billion with Hoosier suppliers, supporting 59,000 local jobs.last_img read more

Inter Milan say Conte to remain coach next season

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Antonio Conte will stay on as coach at Italian Serie A club side Inter Milan next season, ending speculation they may part company following last week’s Europa League final defeat.Conte’s occasional angry outbursts saw him clash with the club’s senior executives during his first season in charge, when Inter Milan finished second to Juventus in Serie A. They went on to lose 2-3 to Sevilla in the Europa League final on Friday.“The Club and Antonio Conte had a constructive meeting today (Tuesday), focused on continuity and strategy, in which the two parties laid the foundations to continue working together on the Club’s project,” Inter Milan said in a statement on Tuesday.The 51-year-old ex-Italy coach joined Inter Milan after winning three Serie A titles with Juve and the Premier League with Chelsea.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Antonio ConteEuropa LeagueInter MilanJuventusMilanSerie ASEVILLAlast_img read more

Cisse eyes return to striker role

first_img Press Association Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is ready to terrorise Barclays Premier League defences once again – as long as he gets to play in his favoured position. He added: “It was difficult last year because we were fighting not to go down. The year before, all of the players enjoyed the games and couldn’t wait for the next one. “We tried our best, but we hopefully will have all of our players back, not too many injuries. “We have a good squad. I enjoy playing for this team. Next season, we will challenge. “We have Hatem Ben Arfa, [Moussa] Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye, and the team can challenge at the higher end of the table.” However, if Newcastle are to mount the kind of challenge they did two seasons ago, they will need to find the man – or men – they need to support Cisse. Pardew’s mission to recruit at least one foil for the former Freiburg man was identified as the main focus this summer long before a disappointing campaign drew to a close. But to date the Magpies, with new director of football Joe Kinnear now heading the hunting party, have been directed up a series of blind alleys. They have been given permission to talk to Wigan’s Arouna Kone, although the Ivorian’s intention to be reunited with former manager Roberto Martinez at Everton appears to have ended their interest. center_img The Senegal international spent the first half of last season playing in an unaccustomed wide right-side role as Demba Ba got the nod through the middle, and memories of his blistering start in English football soon faded. Cisse told the Chronicle: “I hope to play in my best position as much as I can. My best position is striker. I had never played right wing in my life. It was my first time at Newcastle. It was okay because I was doing it for the team.” last_img read more

Bob Wilson has been the man behind Syracuse rugby for 37 years

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 26, 2017 at 12:07 am Contact Evan: By day Bob Wilson is the director of Student Support Services at Syracuse, working in the Psychological Services Center. Wilson’s office, sitting in the basement of the building, is an ode to his true passion: rugby.Hanging on the walls are old rugby photos and the flag of Wilson’s homeland, England. When Wilson leaves his day job, he becomes head coach of the Syracuse rugby team, of which he’s been at the helm for the past 37 years.In 1968, Syracuse was introduced to rugby for the first time by graduate student Peter Baigent. The team had to use rope as crossbars, and consisted of both students and community members. Then, in 1970, Baigent wrote to Wilson and asked if he’d move from England and enroll at Syracuse to support his efforts at developing a rugby club. Baigent knew his friend loved rugby since they began playing together at Loughborough University in Central London.However, for Wilson, rugby wasn’t always his favorite sport. Growing up in England, Wilson played soccer, but he couldn’t continue in high school.“This high school, which was trying to be a poor replica of private schools in the U.K.,” Wilson said, “did not allow soccer, so I played rugby.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWilson helped the rugby program until he graduated. Then, he and his wife, Patricia, moved back to England. After 10 years, the couple returned to Syracuse to be closer to Patricia’s family. It was then that Wilson returned to coach the sport he had helped bring to life with his friend.Wilson describes his first departure as “very hard.”“We had shared rugby, social and family experiences together,” he added. “Several (teammates) are still good friends today.”Once Wilson returned, things had changed and the university and community had split paths. The community members formed the Syracuse Chargers, which still exists today.Syracuse now fields more than 60 players on three different teams and is a no-cut club sport. Yet, this promise to keep any interested athlete has upset upperclassmen who’ve grown frustrated with the high numbers.“There are times when some upperclassmen do not agree with Bob’s mentality of being open to anyone to join the club who is passionate about learning the sport.” said Matt Magargee, one of Wilson’s players. “However, with all the coaches I’ve had and met, I’ve never seen somebody so spirited to teach what he knows about rugby to these 18- to 22-year-old guys.”Magargee is a senior at Syracuse and has been on the rugby team since his freshmen year. He plays back, a position meant for the shorter, shiftier players, like a wide receiver or running back in football. Wilson is a former back, himself.“Bob is basically the core of the backs on the team,” Magargee said. “Without him, we wouldn’t be nearly as competent and competitive as we have been.”Magargee jokes that there’s a rumor that Wilson has never been tackled once in a game. Sometimes during practice, Wilson will take the field with his team.Today, rugby has grown exponentially in the U.S. and recruiting has become the new norm in college rugby. For Wilson, this is a new factor as a coach, yet he has found ways to still bring in players. He sends students or alumni to college fairs in New Jersey and Philadelphia, a youth program in Washington, D.C. and, sometimes, California. He also plans biannual trips to Europe for games. This season, SU will play in Portugal.“We try to keep the name of Syracuse rugby relevant,” Wilson said. Commentslast_img read more

NBA, NHL should scrap current draft formats to prevent tanking

first_imgIt needs to end.When Lakers fans are openly pained when they beat Philadelphia twice and endanger the possession of a top-five draft pick, that is wrong.When the Arizona Coyotes are wildly cheered during a victory over the Buffalo Sabres — in Buffalo — that is also wrong. Intentional losing has many shapes and forms. The object is to finish low enough to capture a high draft pick and thus turn around your franchise.It is more likely to work in the NBA than anywhere else. One great player has a disproportionate impact. That is why the Houston Rockets nakedly tanked away two seasons to move into position to draft Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon. With Olajuwon, they won NBA titles, 11 and 12 years after his draft. But to get there, they had to undercut the very concept of competition. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Rockets’ chicanery forced the NBA to set up a draft lottery, in which the lower teams and eventually the non-playoff teams would draw ping-pong balls to decide who got the best players. Eventually the ping-pong balls were weighted so the very worst teams could get a break.Then some draft picks became “lottery protected,” meaning that the teams who got them would only keep them if they finished low enough. So now more teams are failing to try.Tanking visited the NHL this year because of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, two can’t-miss prospects unless you’re old enough to remember Alexandre Daigle. The worst NHL team has a 20-percent chance of winning the lottery. But keep in mind that even the best players on a hockey team play only half the minutes, at best. Also keep in mind that Edmonton has had the first overall pick for three consecutive years and still has a prime seat at the lottery table.Sometimes, losing for winning works. The Indianapolis Colts went 1-15 with Peyton Manning hurt and thus took Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick. One year of pain, a decade or more of gain.The San Antonio Spurs were boosted when they synchronized their worst seasons with the arrivals of David Robinson and Tim Duncan, both first overall picks 10 years apart. But since Duncan’s draft in 1997, the Spurs have never picked higher than 20th in the first round and have won five championships anyway.The NFL gave us inverse order of finish in its first draft in 1936. It wanted competitiveness. That, plus inverse difficulty of scheduling, has served its purpose. In nearly a half-century of Super Bowls, every team has played in at least one, save Detroit, Jacksonville and Houston.Basketball is different. Since 1980, only nine franchises have won NBA championships. Since the 1977 NBA-ABA merger, Toronto, Charlotte, New Orleans, Denver, Minnesota, Atlanta, Golden State and the Clippers have all failed to get to the NBA Finals.Why should failure be rewarded, and utter failure be utterly rewarded?The pitiful nature of tanking has brought a flood of remedies to the suggestion box. Most of them are too convoluted for fans and even team officials to track.So here’s simplicity. Hold a blind draw every year. Put every team in the hat.This was done in 2005. The NHL had locked out its teams for a whole season. When they came back, it seemed unfair to base the 2005 draft on 2004 standings. So everybody’s name went in. That is how the Penguins got Sidney Crosby. The Ducks, at No. 2, took Bobby Ryan.Such a system would make the draft lottery a truly riveting event and would put a bigger premium on the accumulation of first-round picks. Thus, fewer trades and more stability.You say it introduces too much luck to the game? Tell it to the Portland Trail Blazers, who had taken Sam Bowie ahead of Michael Jordan in 1984. Now it was 2007, Portland was picking first, and Greg Oden was the obvious guy. Oden then spent most of his career in knee rehab and Seattle (now Oklahoma City) gladly grabbed Kevin Durant.Luck infects everything. A blind draw would at least quit penalizing excellence.@MWhicker03LANG on Twitter Mark.Whicker@langnews.comcenter_img Trying to win by trying to lose is not only wrong, it’s dumb. It does not work often enough to justify itself. It drives away fans. It demands the same high ticket price.More to the point, it mocks the lifelong efforts, preparations and ambitions of the players who are stuck in this charade. It turns them into placeholders, stand-ins for the new players next year. It is turning large parts of this NBA season into a parody and has even infected the ultimate competitiveness of the NHL.last_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Anthony Davis deal makes Kemba Walker a ‘top target’ for Lakers

first_img NBA reacts to Lakers acquiring Anthony Davis But now it is looking to make Charlotte’s Kemba Walker a “top target” since it secured a second All-Star to pair with LeBron James, according to a report from The New York Times.The Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks – including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2019Kemba Walker will be a top target in free agency for the Lakers after they reached an agreement in principle to trade for Anthony Davis, according to league sources— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 15, 2019Walker, 29, is coming off a career year in which he averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists. While the Hornets posted a 39-43 record and missed the playoffs, Walkers made the All-NBA third team and qualified for a supermax contract. But the UConn product even toyed with the idea of taking a pay cut so the Hornets could build around him. He says Charlotte is still at the top of his list, regardless of past performance. The Lakers are looking to make their next move.Los Angeles agreed to send Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft, to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis on Saturday, according to an ESPN report. NBA trade news: Lakers land Anthony Davis for huge assortment of players, pickscenter_img Related News “I don’t know if I’ll sign back with them. I’m not sure. But they are my first priority,” Walker said earlier this week.”If it doesn’t work out (with the Hornets), I’m definitely prepared to play somewhere else. But I’d love to be in Charlotte.”The Lakers are also reportedly interested in stars like Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and others. Los Angeles appears like it is looking to contend for a championship as soon as possible, as the storied franchise has missed the playoffs for the last six years.last_img read more

Bašić in semi-finals of ITF Tournament in Italy

first_imgBiH tennis player Mirza Bašić has qualified to semi-finals of ITF Tournament in Trent in Italy, which is worth 15 000 USD.Bašić, second-holder of the tournament, defeated Lithuanian tennis player Laurynas Grigelis with 4:6, 7:5, 6:3.In semi-finals he’ll play against Italian tennis player third-holder Andre Arnaboldi.last_img

Kevan Smith: It’s ‘comical’ that Rays players are being mocked for wearing masks in Florida

first_imgEven as coronavirus (COVID-19) cases surge within the state, it seems many Florida residents aren’t taking health and safety protocols seriously. Just ask Kevan Smith.The Rays catcher shared his experience with reporters Saturday as Tampa Bay and other MLB teams continue to prepare for a shortened 2020 season. Smith, a Pittsburgh native, said Pennsylvania and Florida are essentially two different worlds when it comes to wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. MORE: A complete list of MLB players opting out of 2020 seasonSmith’s full comments, per The Athletic’s Josh Tolentino:”Pennsylvania feels like a lot different up there than down here. Obviously the numbers are a lot worse here. But I felt like you couldn’t even walk outside without a mask on [at home]. And then here [in Florida], you go out with a mask and we have guys getting called names and all of the above. So just a totally different feel around the country. [A Rays teammate] was in a store shopping for food and was called a pansy. It’s like little do they know.”I went out briefly to just pick up some takeout food and I swear I got like a dozen eyeballs on me looking at me like I’m the weird [one] walking in with my mask. Little do they know what is at stake for my life and for my livelihood. It’s just very immature or whatever you want to call it. But it’s just comical, I mean it. It’s going on all over the world. We’re seeing it firsthand here, so we’ve just got to stick within our realm and just do what we’ve got to do to stay responsible and everything should be fine.”The Florida Department of Health reported more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 254,511. Public health experts have emphasized the importance of wearing masks to decrease the chance of infecting others, and new research shows face coverings can also lower the wearer’s risk of infection by 65 percent.Aside from general concerns in hotspots like Florida, MLB is dealing with its own coronavirus-related issues. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant recently questioned the league’s COVID-19 testing methods, noting some players had only been tested once in a span of seven days. “I don’t want to be insensitive to people who haven’t been able to get tests, but as the country gets access to more of those, it’s appropriate to talk about our situation here,” Bryant said Monday. “What we agreed to was testing every other day, and we’ve had guys who showed up on Sunday [June 28] and hadn’t got tested again [until] seven days later. And you don’t get the results until two days later. That’s nine days without knowing.”If we want this to succeed, we have to figure this out. I wanted to play this year because I thought it would be safe. Honestly, I don’t really feel that.”Combine the rise of COVID-19 cases in the general population, MLB’s flawed testing system and a fast-approaching Opening Day, and it’s fair to wonder if this season will actually be completed.last_img read more

Leicester’s trio take on Messi, Ronaldo

first_imgZURICH, Switzerland (AP): Three Leicester players will try to end the eight-year grip of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the FIFA Player of the Year award. Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante were named yesterday alongside Messi and Ronaldo in the 23-man list of contenders. Kante has moved to Chelsea since Leicester won the Premier League title in May. Messi won his fifth FIFA award last season and Ronaldo has won it three times. Ronaldo is the likely favourite for 2016 as a double European champion: Portugal won their first European Championship and Real Madrid won a record 11th European Cup title in last season’s Champions League. All 23 nominees play for clubs in Europe. Voting will be held by national team captains and coaches, selected media members and an online fan poll. Each section will count for 25 per cent of the final tally. FIFA will announce the three-man shortlist on December 2. The rebranded Best FIFA Awards ceremony will be held on January 9 in Zurich. Candidates: Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City), Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain/Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), N’Golo Kante (France, Leicester/Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, Leicester), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil, Barcelona), Mesut Ozil (Germany, Arsenal), Dimitri Payet (France, West Ham), Paul Pogba (France, Juventus/Manchester United), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Chile, Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona), Jamie Vardy (England, Leicester).last_img read more

Govt converts Skeldon Estate Staff Compound to “Heritage Resort”

first_imgThe National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) and its Special Purposes Unit (SPU) on Thursday announced that the Skeldon Estate Staff Compound has been converted into the ‘Skeldon Heritage Resort’.In a release to the media, NICIL/SPU said this significant development at Skeldon helps to preserve some of the history and culture of the sugarcane industry in Guyana.Head of the NICIL-SPU/Chairman of the GuySuCo Board of Directors, Colvin Heath-London, had this to say: “Sugarcane has been a major part of Guyana’s culture for decades. It is vital that we preserve the history and culture of the sugarcane industry, as it plays a necessary role in enabling us to learn from our past, and prepares us for greater future achievements.”He added, “The sugarcane industry is not just a part of our economic history, it is a part of who we are. It is ingrained in us. The preservation of our cultural heritage can provide a sense of unity and belonging within the sugarcane community and the Guyanese society in general.“Situated in the heart of the community, the Skeldon Heritage Resort can provide a boost to the tourism sector, both local and foreign”, a GuySuCo release has stated.Estate Manager Rama Persaud has been quoted as saying, “The facilities are wide ranging. From facilities that are ideal for corporate retreats, to camping facilities for kids, and vacation facilities for all, guests who are seeking peace and quiet can enjoy a relaxing environment and take in the sights of this historic sugar plantation.”Persaud added, “The heritage resort has educational benefits. Conducted tours of the factory can be arranged for high school children and visitors from near and far. We are providing a unique opportunity to learn about the sugarcane industry of Guyana.”The Skeldon Heritage Resort aims to provide comfortable facilities, unique experiences, and warm service.last_img read more