Serra’s big plays stun Torrance

first_imgLanders opened the scoring with an 83-yard pass play to Malcolm Murray, who caught a short pass, broke one tackle and was off to the races just 23 seconds into the game. Serra scored on its next possession when Landers’ 18-yard pass play to Murray (seven catches, 156 yards) set up Winston’s 32-yard scamper into the end zone. Serra led, 14-0, with 7:20 left in the first quarter. Winston added a 55-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. “We watched them play Peninsula and North Torrance and it’s all big plays with them,” Torrance coach Rock Hollis said. “They don’t grind it out. They like big plays and that’s how they beat us tonight.” Serra helped Torrance (2-2) stay in the game with 10 penalties for 78 yards. The Tartars took advantage by continuing to pound the ball. With 3:18 left in the second quarter, Torrance went 64 yards on 10 plays, highlighted by fullback Ryan Davis’ 21-yard gain on a trap, and culminated by Keami Owens’ 1-yard touchdown plunge, his first score of the season. Owens had 23 carries for 125 yards for Torrance, which pulled to within 28-14 with the touchdown. Even when winning the game was out of reach, Torrance kept plugging away on the ground. In the fourth quarter, Owens’ 19-yard run set up Davis’ 9-yard touchdown scamper to pull Torrance to within 35-21 with 5:42 left. Torrance stopped Serra on its next possession, then drove to the Cavaliers’ 5-yard line before a fourth-down pass by Jack McCormick sailed long. “We didn’t play tough against West last week,” Hollis said. “We worked on being tougher in practice. “Our object was to run the ball better and by God we ran the heck out of the ball.” Davis had nine carries for 78 yards and a touchdown and Michael Andrews had 25 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown for Torrance. Serra had to show some grit of its own in the second half. With three starting linemen out of action, the Cavaliers had to rely on backups to stop Torrance’s running game. In the second half, Torrance’s possessions ended on a fumble, a punt, a touchdown and once it turned the ball over on downs. Junior Anthony Carpenter had a 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter to help Serra’s cause. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PREP FOOTBALL: Winston gains 215 yards on 17 carries to lead the Cavaliers by the Tartars. By Dave Thorpe Staff writer Torrance showed grit. Serra countered with athleticism. Torrance ground it out. Serra moved swiftly across the field. Torrance did what it set out to do on offense, rushing for 268 yards and three touchdowns. But Serra’s big-play ability on both sides of the ball was too much for Torrance. Serra had more than 200 yards on the ground and through the air and did just enough on defense to emerge with a 35-21 nonleague victory Thursday night at Torrance. Junior running back Carl Winston did a lot of the damage for Serra (3-0), rushing for 215 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Winston’s 23-yard touchdown run with 9:01 left in the fourth quarter gave Serra a 35-14 lead, finally putting away a pesky Tartars squad that refused to go away. “Big ups to Torrance,” Winston said. “They came out hard. But we got the win.” Even with an inexperienced offensive line, Serra showed a balanced offense. Quarterback Ted Landers was 10-for-17 passing for 206 yards and a touchdown. last_img read more

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PBS A Capitol Fourth Welcomes Back TV Legend John Stamos

first_imgThis July 4th, America’s national Independence Day celebration kicks off our country’s 242nd birthday, as A CAPITOL FOURTH on PBS welcomes back Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (FULLER HOUSE, SCREAM QUEENS) to host the festivities.Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this time-honored 38 year-tradition puts viewers front and center for America’s biggest birthday party with the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation lighting up the iconic D.C. skyline.The country’s longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition will feature all-star musical performances by: multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, making their first stop after Broadway at the U.S. Capitol before launching a national tour; “America’s Band,” the iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix; multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter Andy Grammer; legendary Motown stars The Temptations; acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs; Broadway legend and one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history, Chita Rivera; country music star and AMERICAN IDOL alum Lauren Alaina; 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans; and internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. THE VOICE Season 14 finalist Kyla Jade will open the show with a special performance of the “National Anthem.”As we come together as one family of Americans to celebrate our freedom and independence, the concert will pay special tribute to our men and women in uniform by world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming, who will perform “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to honor them. The inspiring moment will be dedicated to our troops serving around the world, their families, and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for our freedom.“You can’t get more patriotic than this!” said Stamos. “I’m excited to carry on this July 4th TV tradition for the American people and especially proud to honor our veterans. You don’t want to miss it!”The concert will also feature a special tribute to The Beach Boys who will be honored for their extraordinary musical career as the fifth-ever recipients of A CAPITOL FOURTH’s National Artistic Achievement Award. Past honorees include Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Reba McEntire and John Williams. Stamos, a longtime Beach Boys friend and frequent collaborator will present the prestigious award to the group.The 38th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. The concert will also be live-streamed on PBS, You Tube, Facebook and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2018.The top-rated, award-winning program will be capped off with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A CAPITOL FOURTH tradition.UnderwritersA CAPITOL FOURTH is made possible by grants from The Boeing Company, the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, PBS and public television stations nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.last_img read more

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100 Left Front workers join Trinamool in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a major political development in South Dinajpur before the upcoming Parliamentary elections, 100 Left Front workers from different wards under Balurghat municipality joined Trinamool Congress on Tuesday afternoon, in presence of party candidate and popular theatre personality Arpita Ghosh.Ghosh conducted a workers’ conference in Balurghat for discussing a strategic plan before the polls, where she handed over the party flag to them. The newly joined workers were also welcomed by senior Trinamool leaders, including former PWD minister Shankar Chakraborty and Balurghat town party president Subhas Chaki. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to a source, there was speculation that a group of Left Front workers, mainly from RSP, would join the ruling party. “The Left Front workers have joined Trinamool as they were impressed by the policy for people made by Mamata Banerjee. Our Chief Minister’s policy has definitely geared up the development in Bengal. Their joining has proved that the general people trust Trinamool Congress despite fabricated speeches by different state and Central level BJP leaders against us. If this outward flow continues, Trinamool will do better in the district in the upcoming LS polls,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataVisibly overwhelmed after joining the new party, the Left Front workers said: “We are fortunate enough to join Trinamool and will surely do our task sincerely for the party’s betterment from today onwards.” Political observers feel this joining will definitely give an advantage to the ruling party. “Some other workers from different political parties including BJP, Congress and Left Front are likely to join Trinamool soon,” said an observer. Former PWD minister Shankar Chakraborty said: “There is no doubt that this joining will make us stronger before the upcoming poll. We will surely have a positive reflection in the ballot box.”last_img read more

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iPad Tablet PointofSale Systems Gain Popularity

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 31, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Version 3.0 of the cash register is the iPad.First, merchants had that heavy metal piece of equipment that made a “ca-ching” noise when you opened the cash drawer sitting in their shops. Then, many business owners used an automatic point-of-sale computer, which can be bulky and costs approximately $20,000. Now, more entrepreneurs are opting to have their cash register, inventory tracking and customer records all run through an iPad or other mobile touch-screen tablet. An iPad looks modern and sleek, the device’s mobility gives a merchant greater flexibility in serving customers, and the cash-register software available for a tablet costs considerably less.Over the next three to five years, many of the existing larger and pricier point-of-sale systems will be replaced with iPads, says Dave Kaminsky, an emerging technology analyst with Mercator Advisory Group, a payments-industry advisory firm headquartered in Maynard, Mass. It’s impossible to predict when a total conversion of the market would occur, he says. In the same way that some customers continue to write checks in an age of online banking, some merchants will continue to use the older point-of-sale systems out of habit, he says.Related: The Benefits of Cloud-Based Point-of-Sale SystemsFor Shannon Seip, transitioning from a more traditional point-of-sale system to an iPad-based system was a cost-saving no-brainer. The set-up costs for an iPad-based point of sale system for her healthy, kid-friendly café were $10,000 less than it would have been with a traditional point-of-sale system. “For a small company like us where $10,000 makes a huge difference, that was a key differentiator,” says Seip, who recently moved her shop, Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School, from Madison, Wis., to Seattle. “That might mean an extra oven that we might need, right there.”When Bean Sprouts was in Madison, the café operated with a traditional point-of-sale system called Aloha, made by Duluth, Ga.-based multinational corporation NCR. Now, Bean Sprouts uses an iPad-based point-of-sale system offered by Ontario, Canada-based Aireus. To get set up with Aireus cost Seip $3,750 plus the cost of two iPads and printers. She selected Aireus for its relatively affordable startup and maintenance costs, its compatibility with other financial software that Bean Sprouts uses and the customer service, among other reasons.A range of iPad-based point-of-sale systems are on the market now. As more tech companies look to enter the point-of-sale market, some seemingly unlikely competitors are angling for the same turf. For example, Chicago-based Groupon, known for running daily deals on local services and products, and San-Francisco-based Square, known for giving merchants a way to accept credit cards from their iPhones, both now offer point-of-sale systems tailored to specific segments of the restaurant industry.Related: 4 Tools for Turning an iPad into a Retail WorkhorseGroupon’s restaurant software, called Breadcrumb Pro starts at $99 a month, was released in October 2012 and is tailored to more full-service restaurant set-ups. Square’s free software, Square Register, launched in March 2012, and last month was updated with new functions for the smaller, quick-serve restaurateur. While Groupon’s Breadcrumb Pro monthly software costs starting at $99 a month are higher than Square’s free software, Square’s swipe fee of 2.75 percent of a charge is higher than Groupon’s 1.85 percent of a charge plus a 15-cent transaction fee for any charge above approximately $17.Point-of-sale system companies known for their larger and more powerful $20,000 systems, such as NCR, also have moved to provide iPad point-of-sale solutions. NCR’s iPad-based point-of-sale solution, called NCR Silver, launched last summer. NCR’s software is free, its swipe-fee charge at 1.99 percent is between that of Groupon and Square, and NCR requires merchants to pay an equipment-lease fee, starting at $29 each month. The 128-year-old company is confident that merchants will end up picking NCR’s longstanding expertise over the newer entrants to the market.“When [merchants] do their research, even if it was marketing dollars from a Groupon or a Square that might have gotten them to start that research process, quite often that research process lands them with NCR,” says Christian Nahas, leader of the NCR Silver team. “They are attracted to our stability, they are attracted to our history, they are attracted to our robustness, they are attracted to, ‘This is what we do.’ We are not a deal company that also has a point of sale or a payment company that also has a point of sale.”What’s more, offerings from Groupon and Square don’t currently have the ability to serve the more sophisticated point-of-sale needs of larger enterprise chains, says Sucharita Mulpuru, retail analyst with industry advisory firm Forrester Research. “I am sure that everyone wants to position themselves as more,” Mulpuru says of the point-of-sale tablet options flooding the market. Groupon and Square may be best for the kinds of merchants that were previously cash merchants that are looking to now accept credit cards because of their low set-up costs and ease of adoption, she says. And because it is so expensive and time consuming for a larger retail operation to replace its point-of-sale system, new point-of-sale offerings will have a better opportunity with smaller retailers that either don’t have an existing system or for whom transition costs aren’t prohibitive, says Mulpuru.NCR Silver point-of-sale system being used.Image credit: NCRAmong smaller retailers, the major players like NCR have the advantage of name recognition in the point-of-sale industry, but whether they continue to dominate will depend on their ability to innovate ahead of the more nimble point-of-sale system startups, says Kaminsky. So far, the biggest players have been keeping up and making necessary changes and updates to their systems, he says.As Chicago-based Groupon tells it, moving into the point-of-sale business is a natural evolution from its daily-deal model. The daily-deals model is “super clunky today. Daily-deals is goofy, in terms of where it is going to be,” says Jeff Holden, senior vice president of product at Groupon. Looking ahead five to seven years, Groupon wants to be the engine that connects consumer demand with local merchant supply constantly and in real time.To do that, Groupon wants to become the point-of-sale system for merchants that run deals on its platform. Groupon expects to be able to constantly monitor for peaks and valleys in local small-business revenues and coordinate deals to automatically be sent to its 41 million active users to drive traffic to a shop when a business owner needs it, explains Holden. “Local commerce is super inefficient, is super broken. What local businesses have to do to be successful is crazy,” Holden says. In the still-burgeoning iPad-as-point-of-sale market, Groupon’s ability to monitor the peaks and valleys in a business’s traffic and drive customers to a local business at peak moments gives the daily-deal company a “significant benefit,” says Kaminsky.Related: Startup Turns Your Tablet Into a Point-of-Sale SystemSquare also says that its move into the point-of-sale market was organic. The logical extension of providing merchants a way to process credit cards is offering a way to manage and track those payments. “We expect Square Register to be the default way any brick-and-mortar merchant manages and runs their business. That means building features and functionality that make commerce easy for merchants of all kinds from restaurants, to boutique retailers to mobile sellers,” says Aaron Zamost, spokesman for Square. The option of a flat monthly fee combined with Square’s speed and agility in adding new features to its software make the company an attractive option for even some larger merchants, says Kaminsky.As an entrepreneur, choosing a point-of-sale system for your business can seem overwhelming. New options and enticing sign-up offers are available regularly. For example, earlier this month, PayPal offered to waive transaction fees for the remainder of the year if a business replaces its cash register with an iPad operating PayPal’s free mobile-payment technology, called PayPal Here.Business owners often choose an interface and financial dashboard that feels most comfortable, says Kaminsky. “A lot of times, they are going to say: These are all basically the same, they are providing the same service, the differences they have don’t make a difference to me. And at that point, it is going to come down to, once again, that trust, whose name do you feel most comfortable going with,” he says.Related: The 4 Essential Elements InventoryWhile the tablet-based point-of-sale systems are gaining in popularity, they aren’t for everyone. Jerry Nevins and three buddies launched an artful frozen-drink lounge Snow & Co. in Kansas City, Mo., in November 2011 with Ambur’s iPad point-of-sale system, for which they paid $2,500. But by October 2012, after much deliberating over the cost, Nevins and his three other co-founders bought a $20,000 point-of-sale system from Micros. Along with the more traditional point-of-sale system, Nevins ordered hand-held mobile devices which waiters carry with them to tables to take orders from customers.A server at Snow & Co. using a Micros handheld, mobile device to take an order.Image credit: Snow & Co.As Snow & Co. grew, Nevins wanted to be able to more carefully understand his customer behavior. “I could get a sales report by ticket and by customer, and I could get a sales report by item, but those things didn’t tie together, so I couldn’t see what my customers were buying most often together,” says Nevins. “If I wanted to get my hourly sales, I could run it out by hour, but I couldn’t get a report that would show me my sales by hour automatically.” With the more costly system from Micros, Nevins can generate these reports that he didn’t have access to with Ambur’s iPad system.The team at Ambur is aware of the restrictions on its software reporting system, and it is working on increasing the reporting functions it can provide, says Jeff Su, the director of operations. When more robust software becomes available, customers will be able to access it for free, Su says. He was unable to provide a timeline as to when more sophisticated reporting software would be ready. But, he says, what’s important to Ambur is that a potential customer is able to play around with a fully functional demo of its product before they purchase it. “We want people to know exactly what is going to be happening and then they can ask any questions that they want, they can see it live in person or over a computer screen,” says Su.Tablet POS SystemsGrouponSoftware: Breadcrumb ProSet-up: Starts at $99 a month, goes up depending on number of iPad terminalsHardware: Restaurateurs can purchase third-party equipment or use their own tablet.Swipe: 1.85 percent of a charge plus a 15 cent transaction feeLaunched: October 2012Target market: Full-service restaurants and bars Early adopter: New York City-based restaurants, including Empellon Cocina and Terrior Park SlopeSoftware: Breadcrumb POSSet-up: FreeHardware: Merchants can purchase third-party equipment or use their own tablet.Swipe: 1.85 percent of a charge plus a 15-cent transaction feeLaunched: May 2013Target market: Quick-service eateries, salons and spas, retail establishmentsEarly adopters: San Francisco businesses are testing a pilotSquareSoftware: Square RegisterLaunched: March 2012Set-up: FreeHardware: Business in a Box cash drawer and iPad stand: $249 and $499 with receipt printer; Square Stand iPad stand: $299, includes integrated card reader (available July 2013)Business in a Box launched: February 2013Swipe: 2.75 percent of a charge for its services.Target market: Local businesses and quick-serve restaurantsEarly adopter: Oakland, Calif.-based Blue Bottle CoffeeNCRSoftware: Vantiv Mobile Checkout Powered by NCR SilverLaunched: May 2013 (NCR Silver stand-alone program launched June 2012)Set-up: FreeHardware: $29 per month hardware lease, includes wired printer and Ethernet wire, cash drawer, iPad stand, encrypted credit-card reader. Merchant provides the iPad.Swipe: 1.99 percent per transactionTarget market: Average customer makes between $100,000 and $1 million a year in sales; mostly restaurants, cafes, retailers and service providers.center_img 11 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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