MattGush/iStock(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) — A semi driver is facing homicide charges Friday after four people were killed in a horrific, fiery crash involving 28 vehicles on a Colorado highway.Joshua McCutchen said he noticed a semi barreling down the emergency lane before he saw fire, smoke and explosions.“I’ve never seen that many cars and that much destruction and fire,” he told “Good Morning America.” “It was just complete chaos.”Six people were taken to hospitals in unknown conditions after the crash Thursday on Interstate 70 in Lakewood, about 8 miles west of Denver.Officials said Friday they’re working to identify the victims.There is no indication this was an intentional act, officials said.The accident occurred Thursday about 4:30 p.m. when a semitrailer traveling at a high rate of speed slammed into several stopped cars during a traffic jam, police said.Four semis and 24 cars were involved in the crash, officials said Friday.Six people were taken to hospitals in unknown conditions after the crash Thursday on Interstate 70 in Lakewood, about 8 miles west of Denver.Officials said Friday they’re working to identify the victims.There is no indication this was an intentional act, officials said.The accident occurred Thursday about 4:30 p.m. when a semitrailer traveling at a high rate of speed slammed into several stopped cars during a traffic jam, police said.Four semis and 24 cars were involved in the crash, officials said Friday.The driver of one of the semis, Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, 23, of Texas, is being charged with four counts of vehicular homicide, police said.He was not seriously injured, officials said.There’s no evidence of drugs or alcohol, officials said.Lakewood Police spokesman Ty Countryman said the semi diver “can’t stop, doesn’t stop, and ends up colliding with several cars. And a result of that, the fire ensues.”Countryman said the accident could end up being one of the worst in the city’s history.“It is true carnage there as far as the debris, what’s left of cars and trucks, along with the cargoes that were in the semis,” Countryman said.Brian Dickey, who was caught up in the accident, told Denver ABC affiliate KMGH that the back of his truck “lifted up and shoved me forward.”“I was hitting other cars. When I came to a stop, I look in my rear view mirror and all I saw was a bunch of flames” he said. “And I jumped out of the vehicle as fast as I could. There was so much fire at the time that I couldn’t even really approach any of the other vehicles to see if there was any other survivors or what.”McCutchen said he saw a man who had been holding a cardboard sign and asking for money rush to the scene and pull people out of the fiery wreckage.“He’s definitely a hero — he saved four people’s lives,” McCutchen said.Investigators say they are reviewing video of a semi speeding past stopped cars just seconds before the collision.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Tags: SUU Basketball January 13, 2021 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Visits Eastern Washington Thursday and Saturday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHENEY, Wash.-Thursday and Saturday, Southern Utah University men’s basketball (9-1, 4-0 in Big Sky Conference play) visits Eastern Washington (2-4, 1-0 in Big Sky play) as the Thunderbirds’ conference season ensues.These will be the Eagles’ first games since December 19 when they bested Northern Arizona 80-64 at Flagstaff, Ariz. Since then, a passel of covid-19 cases and contact tracing have affected the schedule.The Thunderbirds have won nine straight games, their longest winning streak in the Division I era, which dates back to the 1988-89 season.SUU scores 84.5 points per game, ranking the Thunderbirds 18th nationally in scoring offense.Defensively, SUU surrenders 68.6 points per game. This ties the Thunderbirds for 144th nationally in scoring defense with Wichita State.The prolific Thunderbirds’ offense is paced by junior guard Tevian Jones, whose 19.2 points per game leads the squad.Also scoring in double figures on-average for SUU are junior forward Maizen Fausett (13.6 points per game, a team-best 6.6 rebounds per contest), senior guard John Knight III (12.5 points per game, team-bests in assists  and steals ) and senior guard Dre Marin (10.5 points per game).Redshirt senior forward/center, Croatian national Ivan Madunic, has a team-best 9 blocked shots for SUU.In his fifth season at SUU, Thunderbirds head coach Todd Simon is 62-79 (.440) at the program’s helm. He is 71-87 (.449) as a Division I head coach.Eastern Washington scores 70.3 points per game, tying the Eagles for 216th nationally in scoring offense with Tennessee-Martin.Defensively, the Eagles surrender 68.3 points per game. This ties Eastern Washington for 137th nationally in scoring defense with Central Florida.Eastern Washington’s leading scorer is redshirt junior forward Tanner Groves (14.5 points per game). He also leads the Eagles in rebounding (9.8 boards per game) and blocked shots (8).Also scoring in double figures on-average for Eastern Washington are Australian national, sophomore guard/forward Tyler Robertson (12 points per game), redshirt senior guard Jacob Davison (11.8 rebounds, a team-best 15 assists) and redshirt junior guard/forward Kim Aiken Jr. (10.3 points per game, 7 rebounds per contest, a team-best 7 steals).The Eagles are coached by Shantay Legans, who is 61-45 (.575) in his fourth season as Eastern Washington’s head coach.The Eagles lead the all-time series against the Thunderbirds 14-3. Brad James Written by
Retail consultant Karl McKeever on the role of visual merchandising in selling artisanal productsThere has been a murmur of disquiet among mass consumerism in the past few years, with a growing throng of shoppers seeking out locally sourced, handcrafted and ‘alternative’ products and increasingly placing provenance above convenience or price.As a result, the number of artisanal food stores is on the up – with more of us turning to natural, organic foods, with ingredients that can be traced to source.Artisan bakeries that sell the idea of ‘fresh from the oven’ fit perfectly into this niche. From preparation to baking, they provide a demonstration of skill, care and expertise that reinforces the quality and honesty of the store and its products.Artisan products appear more wholesome than pre-packaged goods, even though they could theoretically contain more preservatives. Supermarkets have embraced the opportunity, baking a variety of loaves in-store – largely sold unpackaged.The key is presenting products in a way that is compelling, engaging, and that reinforces the fresh and ‘homemade’ narrative.The good news is that getting it right can be achieved with relatively small budgets; wooden serving boards, gingham fabrics, traditional baskets and handwritten labels all present an authentic touch that compounds the shoppers’ desire to buy something not mass-produced.Beyond the product itself, visual merchandising that delivers an artisan feel has expanded out into supermarkets. Lidl, for example, has invested in chalkboards and traditional wicker presentations for its in-house bakery section.As a retail proposition, the ability to enhance the overall shopping experience by telling the story behind certain products delivers appeal beyond a simple price or convenience message.This visual merchandising (VM) strategy of playing on the ‘homemade’ can have further-reaching appeal beyond the product it directly sells, creating an artisan feel for the store that can enhance other available products.However, any rise in ‘alternative’ products, which derive their popularity from being different from mass-produced goods, can themselves become commonplace, rendering their USP questionable.The suspected tough economic climate that lies ahead may well see shoppers cutting back on luxuries, such as expensive artisan bread. Retailers may have to work harder on price as well as in-store VM if they want to maintain their artisan offering.
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A Maine company that’s developing a rocket to propel small satellites into space passed its first major test. Brunswick-based bluShift Aerospace launched a 20-foot prototype rocket on Sunday. It hit an altitude of a little more than 4,000 feet in a run designed to test the rocket’s propulsion and control systems. bluShift held the test at the site of the former Loring Air Force Base. The company is one of dozens racing to find affordable ways to launch so-called nano satellites. Some of the satellites can be as small as 10 centimeters by 10 centimeters.
In the UK, the company’s three DB schemes – which were acquired through takeovers – began offering pensioner members a pension increase exchange.The incentive exercise, which is strictly controlled by a mandatory industry-led code of conduct, see retiring members receive a higher starting pension, in exchange for no, or limited, increase in the payable pension.TUI schemes will now only offer statutory increases to members that opted for the increase, which reduced liabilities by £33m.In a statement, the company said: “The level of acceptances reduced the present value of future pension liabilities. The credit is taken to the income statement under IAS 19 (revised), as it represents a change in plan benefits.”TUI and its schemes had previously taken measures to plug the deficit among its three funds by holding its sponsor’s brand names as collateral value.In an innovative arrangement in 2011, the scheme was the first in the UK to hold intangible assets as collateral over its sponsor aimed at deficit reduction.At the time, the scheme had deficit of more than £400m, but used the Thomson and First Choice travel brands to generate an annual £33m payment into scheme via royalties. TUI Leisure has continued its push to de-risk its European pension schemes by conducting a pension increase exchange in the UK, and closing its defined benefit (DB) offering in Norway.The UK-based leisure company, with operations across Europe, had previously closed its DB scheme in the Netherlands.It was replaced by a defined contribution (DC) vehicle and reduced balance sheet liabilities by £14m (€17m).It has now confirmed the closure of its Norwegian DB offering, adding another £4m in saved liabilities, and a replacement DC offering.
Published on September 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb From within the 10-yard line, Adonis Ameen-Moore had space in front of him. But the big running back was tripped up and fell short of the goal line.It was one of several opportunities Syracuse struck out on near the goal line on Friday, and one that stuck with head coach Scott Shafer during the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference on Wednesday.“If it had been a touchdown, I would be feeling great about things,”Shafer said.Ameen-Moore did score from 2 yards out in the third quarter in Syracuse’s (1-0) 27-26 win over Villanova on Friday, and Prince-Tyson Gulley accounted for another touchdown on a 65-yard dash up the middle in the first. But the Orange’s offensive line didn’t get much push otherwise in the double-overtime victory.With guards Nick Robinson and Omari Palmer unavailable, the makeshift offensive line featured tackle Michael Lasker at right guard, a position that required more movement.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first overtime, Ameen-Moore was stuffed twice for a loss from inside the 3-yard line and SU had to settle for a field goal when a touchdown would’ve won the game.In the second overtime period, the Orange handed off to the senior tailback three consecutive times from within the 3, and his inability to score left the game in punter Riley Dixon’s hands for a touchdown pass on a fake field goal on fourth down.“Maintaining and sustaining blocks. Playing cleaner through our double teams,” Shafer said when asked what SU has to improve on in the trenches. “(Lasker)’s got some things to work on in those situations and there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll improve in those situations.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOwners Mike and Kate Phillips purchased the Centennial Building in 2015. Ever since they bought the nationally recognized structure, it was there vision to have the first floor be something that the public can access. The second and third floors will be short term vacation rentals.“There’s one question and one comment we get from everybody is that well I love that building but I never been able to be in it,” said Kate. “And they want to see it.”The Centennial Building was historically a space for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal society established in the early 1700s. Members were only allowed behind their doors. Over the years, groups of people have stepped inside. But the vast majority of Alpena’s community have not.“For the doors to finally open to everybody it’ll be an interesting change in the building’s history,” said Mike.The idea to open the door to the Centennial sparked when the Phillips’ found out about a new and forming Alpena historical society. The group needed a space. And Mike and Kate had the perfect spot for members to meet.“We’re hoping to share [the building] with the public through the historical society,” said Kate. “The Centennial Building is all about history because it’s been here for so long and the historical society, I think, would be a good fit because it fits that category.”The rooms are empty and in need of repair. Mike and Kate said they plan to keep the Centennial Building close to its original state as they begin transforming this piece of history.“We’re finally getting ready to start the renovations and to give it a face lift and a new lease on life, another 140 years hopefully.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Art in the Loft Introduces New FaceNext United Way Team Searching for 100 Heroes to Help Hit 2018 Campaign Goal
What do you think of this stunt? The numbers seem to indicate that it was effective. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack sent an icy message to payment giant, PayPal at its annual development conference in San Francisco. PayPal, a WePay competitor, has had negative publicity in the past around the issue of WePay • Conversions on the stunt landing page were 3x higher than a normal day. • 300% increase in weekly traffic • 225% increase in signups According to the WePay team, yes it did. The folks at WePay shared the following results with us from the days following the stunt: Takeaways From a Successful Marketing Stunt Those are pretty dramatic results. How did they do it? At 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the group payment startup With a limited budget, competing against a giant in the payment industry, WePay elected to do a marketing stunt to get its message across. The WePay team wheeled a massive block of ice with frozen money and a message to PayPal customers and developers: “PayPal Freezes Your Accounts.” One minute after dropping off the massive block of ice in front of San Francisco’s Moscone Center, WePay employees were confronted by security. An hour and half later, the stunt was on the front page of TechCrunch , one of the most popular technology news sites on the web today. freezing some of its members’ accounts 2. Be Ready to Make a First Impression- The WePay team had prepared for a spike in engagement. They were ready for more emails, calls, and tweets than normal. With lots of new potential users talking about the stunt, the team needed to be ready to respond and make sure it created a good first impression. Originally published Oct 29, 2010 9:20:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 3. Have Fun With the Stunt- When you create something interesting, people always want to know how you did it. It is important to understand that the stunt is meant to be fun, and while you are putting it together, you should plan to take pictures to share with your community. For example, the folks at WePay documented the process on their blog. More Than a Cute Story?Sure, that sounds like a fun story, and I am sure the folks at WePay had a lot of fun doing it, but did it drive actual business results? 1. Have a Dedicated Landing Page- WePay had a dedicated landing page for its stunt: UnfreezeYourMoney.com. On this page, WePay had two separate calls-to-action for its buyer personas: new users and developers. This landing page converted at a 10% higher rate than the company’s homepage. . WePay obviously wanted to let PayPal customers and developers know that they would not experience the account freeze issue if they were using the WePay system.
. information that will help them establish connections, build relationships, and close deals qualify leads and give your sales team great information One important factor that gets lost in this discussion of how many form fields to use on your Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Finding a balance between gathering relevant information from your leads and not sacrificing your conversion rate can be difficult. You want to generate as many leads as possible while hooking your sales team up with Photocredit: This may be the hardest part. How the questions are presented and written greatly impact how they’re interpreted. The key in all of this is to limit the amount of anxiety a visitor has in filling out your form and answering the new questions you’re asking. I suggest working with a team and saying the different qualifying questions out loud and seeing how they sound. If it’s too intrusive sounding then you try and devise another question or wording that will still get you the answers you want. . Find Out What Your Sales Team Wants To Know Lead Generation Note: If you’re just starting out generating leads through your website you probably shouldn’t experiment with asking too many questions to start. Wait until your lead flow is steady and that you’re in the position to sacrifice a bit of your conversion rate percentage. Or, if you’re finding that your current forms are not generating any valuable information for your sales team then you might experiment with this a little earlier. The actual physical size of the form can make a huge impact on visitor’s initial feelings when they get to your landing page. And, with all of the great questions you want to ask them the form could initially look big and be perceived as a daunting task. The size alone could deter some visitors and get them to abandon the page without even reading the questions. To combat this, experiment heavily with drop down menus. Originally published Apr 20, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 You can’t properly come up with the right questions to ask and form fields to create without talking with your sales team. What information helps them make that first connection either via email or phone? How do they qualify the leads themselves and decide who to reach out to first or who is worth more of an effort? Understanding these critical information points will allow you to craft questions on the forms of your landing pages that will give your sales team a head start. And they’ll love you for it. Test, Test, Test What are some of the things you do to qualify leads for your sales representatives to be more successful? You won’t know which questions on forms work to generate more qualified leads until you test. You can experiment with a number of different things from the questions you actually ask to the way they’re presented. Small tweaks to your forms with the understanding of what works and what doesn’t can lead to huge increases in conversion rates and impact your bottom line over time. is the quality of leads that you’re generating from those pages. Clearly, when it comes to inbound marketing sheer numbers aren’t all that matters. That’s more of an advertising and cold calling motto. Lead quality and the end result are as important, if not more, than the overall lead number itself. Low quality leads can cost precious sales time that could have been better spent on other prospects. A large number of low-quality leads is just be a pretty number in a marketing report. At the end of the day, what truly matters is whether or not these leads are becoming customers. So, how can we use the form fields needed to capture visitor’s information as a way to landing pages emilysway Decrease The Physical Length of the Form Craft The Form’s Questions ? Topics: more targeted messaging for your email marketing and lead nurturing efforts Drop down menus allow the form to shrink even though the different options to the question include multiple choices. It also limits the amount of thinking the visitor has to do if the choices are laid out in front of them. Furthermore, asking questions in the form of drop downs allows you to segment your entire list of leads from this offer into smaller segment for
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Visualized content is popping up all over the web lately, and it’s no surprise. Visual content is pleasing to the eye, stimulating, entertaining, and much more interesting than plain old text. Haven’t you noticed how much more frequently infographics seem to be making their way onto blogs and websites lately? There’s a very reasonable explanation: people love visual content.But does every piece of visual content you produce have to be as complex as a full-blown infographic? No way. And does every piece of visual content even have to highlight data? Negative. Sometimes the concept you’re trying to explain just lends itself to a more visual representation, and these types of portrayals can often make the concept much easier to follow and understand by your audience. And the benefits of visual content are huge — because it tends to be much more shareable and interesting, visual content often gets spread more virally, allowing you to extend the reach and effectiveness of your content.There are many ways you can make your content more visually appealing and effective. Some are simple, and some are more complex. Either way, visualized content is hot. Here are some awesome examples of content visualization to motivate you to start thinking more with your eyes.Free Download: How to Use Photos in Marketing1. Restaurant Social Media & Word of Mouth by Spork Media 2. The Journey of a Tweet by Next Generation Online3. Social Media Strategy Transit Map by Intersection Consulting4. Real Estate Website Linking Matrix by Brad Carroll5. Functions of the Brain by 50 Watts6. Completed Transactions by Industry by SecondMarket7. Strategic Defaults on Upside-Down Homes (Men vs. Women) by Trulia & RealtyTrac8. SEO Speed Chart by Bruce Clay9. The Six G’s of Social Media Marketing by Nonprofit Marketing Guide10. Customer Service Is the New Marketing by Intersection Consulting11. Can’t Pay the Mortgage? by Trulia & RealtyTrac12. Demand by Industry by SecondMarket13. Traditional Societal “Push” Model by Zachary Jean Paradis14. 10 Levels of Intimacy in Today’s Communication by Emilie Ogez15. Social Media Brand Influence by Eyeflow Internet Marketing16. SEO Process by Parampaul Madra17. Tablet Data by HubSpotWhat do you think of these content visualization examples? Have they inspired you to start experimenting with visual content on your website, blog, and in social media?Image Credit: Mikleman Topics: Originally published Nov 30, 2011 2:10:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Visual Content