first_imgKYLE, Texas – Junior Emma Svensson earned medalist honors and led the University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team to a record-setting nine-stroke victory Tuesday at the Texas State Invitational at Plum Creek Golf Course.Svensson, from Halmstad, Sweden, shot rounds of 76-68-67 to finish with a season-low 2-under 211, edging out freshman teammate Geraldine Wong for first place. Wong, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, shot 69-74-69 for a career-best 1-under 212 to finish second by two strokes over Houston Baptist’s Kaity Cummings. As a team, UCA shot 297-293-282 for an 872, beating UTSA by nine strokes. The teams finished Monday’s suspended second round on Tuesday morning prior to the final round. UCA’s final two rounds were the best scores of the day, with the 282 third round setting a school record for lowest round. The 872 total tied the UCA school record for a three-round tournament.UCA senior Fernanda Lira shot 75-74-74_223 to finished tied for 18th place. Junior Sally Fridstrom was 30th (79-77-72_228) and freshman Brett Permann tied for 40th place (77-78-76_231).UTSA finished second (881), followed by Houston Baptist (884), Texas State (892), Georgia Southern (894), Lamar (900), UTEP (901), James Madison (905), Arkansas State (912), North Dakota State (917), ULM and UT Arlington (926), UT Rio Grande Valley (933), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (938), Stephen F. Austin (942), McNeese State (948) and Little Rock (953).UCA competes next on March 5-6 at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington’s River Landing Classic in Wallace, N.C.last_img read more

first_imgThe pope has been active in urging compassion, including for those historically shunned by the Church, and for calling for action against economic inequality and environmental degradation.In general, U.S. respondents say they approve of those efforts, with 54 percent wanting him to “continue as he has been” and another 23 percent urging him to be even more active.‘A revolution of tenderness’During his Cuba visit, Francis discreetly refrained from chastising the communist regime for its crackdowns on dissidents and curbs on civil liberties.Before leaving the island on Tuesday, Francis said mass in Cuba’s second city Santiago, cradle of the Castros’ uprising against dictator Fulgencio Batista, calling for a new kind of “revolution.”Speaking at a basilica to Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba’s patron saint — a mixed-race Mary that symbolizes the island’s intertwined Spanish and African roots — he praised her as the embodiment of a “revolution of tenderness.”He urged Cubans to follow her example “to build bridges, to break down walls, to sow seeds of reconciliation,” in comments that appeared to allude to the nascent reconciliation across the Florida Straits.Francis then addressed an audience of families, asking for their prayers as he prepares for a synod on the family next month that has unleashed internal conflicts among the Roman Catholic clergy over sensitive issues such as divorce, homosexuality and unmarried couples. Facebook Comments Related posts:Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeated Pope Francis meets the Castros after mass on iconic Havana square In Castros’ home region, Pope Francis praises Church ‘sacrifices’ When Pope Francis visits Cuba, he’ll find many priests aren’t Cuban See also: 5 things Pope Francis gets totally right about climate changeANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, U.S. – Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday for his first visit — a historic six-day trip to the spiritual home of capitalism after his tour of communist-ruled Cuba.The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff stepped onto U.S. soil for the first time at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, where he was greeted by President Barack Obama and his family, as well as Vice President Joe Biden.U.S. Catholic leaders and a select crowd of several hundred well-wishers were on hand to greet the pope, who wore his traditional papal whites and waved to the cheering crowd. A small group of children from Catholic schools in the Washington area were brought forward to welcome the pontiff.Obama will host the Jesuit pope at the White House on Wednesday. Francis will make two key speeches during his visit, addressing Congress on Thursday and the United Nations on Friday.On the plane from Cuba to the United States, the pope told reporters that he would not specifically raise Washington’s embargo on Havana in his speech before U.S. lawmakers, but expressed his opposition to it.“The Holy See is against this embargo, but it is against all embargoes,” he said.Topics will include critiques of the dominance of finance and technology; a condemnation of world powers over the conflicts gripping the planet; appeals to protect and welcome immigrants; and climate change, according to Vatican sources.The visit will take place under tight security, with U.S. authorities on top alert to handle the complexities of protecting a pope who insists on traveling in an open vehicle to be closer to the masses.Authorities are facing a particular security headache in New York, where Francis plans to criss-cross Manhattan at a time when 170 world leaders will be in town for the U.N. General Assembly.He will preside over an inter-faith ceremony at Ground Zero, visit a Harlem Catholic school and greet crowds on a procession through Central Park.He will wrap up his trip Saturday and Sunday in Philadelphia at an international festival of Catholic families. Supporters cheer for Pope Francis after he arrives from Cuba on Sept. 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFPRepublican congressman no one’s heard of doesn’t like Pope FrancisThe pope arrived from Cuba, where he visited three cities in four days, said three masses before adoring crowds and met President Raúl Castro and his big brother Fidel, the men who have ruled the communist island since its 1959 revolution.The pontiff, the first from Latin America, played a key role in brokering the recent rapprochement between Washington and Havana, which resulted in the restoration of diplomatic ties in July after more than half a century.In the United States, he will find a U.S. public that widely respects him, but has a less favorable view of the Catholic Church. While 81 percent of Catholics have a positive view of the Church, only 55 percent of U.S. citizens as a whole do, according to a new poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News earlier this month.But for some critics, the dominant themes of his papacy — his critique of consumerism, calls to embrace poverty and condemnation of a “throwaway culture” — sound suspiciously like an indictment of the U.S. way of life.That was underlined ahead of his trip when relatively unknown dentist and Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, who is Catholic, declared he would boycott the pontiff’s historic address to Congress to protest his “leftist” views. (Gosar, apparently, is busy anyway, at the Copper State Shooting Range with one of those annoying toy dogs, according to his Twitter account.)center_img Enjoying some time with one of my 4-legged furry constituents at the Copper State Shooting Range. #AZ04— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) September 22, 2015last_img read more

first_imgI cringe a little bit when I hear people describe cloud-based technology and services as revolutionary.What’s really revolutionary about it? As Jerome Lecat wrote in this VentureBeat article last November, cloud computing services first came about almost 50 years ago, and continued to evolve in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s with ASP and SaaS models. The modern cloud, quite simply, is just another metamorphosis of those concepts.So, really, if the cloud is anything today, it’s evolutionary  —not revolutionary. More specifically, it’s created a major change in the way consumers view technology and service, and how companies deliver those things.For example, if I wanted to install a CRM system in the 90s, I needed to provision the hardware, the operating system for that hardware, and the actual CRM software. But that wasn’t all. I’d also have to deploy it and customize it to my particular needs.In that way, the technology was hugely important. It was the key differentiator that separated two similar offerings.Today, the game has changed. If I want to install a CRM now, I can go online, register for a service, immediately access the CRM tool via the Web, and customize the interface to suit my needs. And I can do all that in minutes, not months.That’s where the evolution — or what some call a revolution — has occurred.Customers no longer care about the hardware, the technology, or the underlying software that makes it work, because they never see any of them. They don’t care about the database or the infrastructure, or how the technology is hosted, managed, or maintained. They care about one thing: Whether the company they sign up with can deliver a service that resolves their pain and meets their desire ‑ all with round-the-clock availability, outstanding support, and an easily customizable user experience.In that way, your solution is no longer differentiated by its technology. Differentiation today is all about the service you provide.  To take that point a step further, differentiation today is all about the user experience you provide.  By user, I mean the buyer, administrator, actual user of your product.On Thursday, March 29th, I delivered the keynote speech for the Mass Technology Leadership Council’s breakfast seminar titled: “Finding the Right Way to the Cloud: Measure, Manage and Monetize for Success.” As you might guess, I dove  into this topic a little bit deeper.More specifically, I focused on why cloud service providers can’t efficiently manage, measure, and monetize their solution by trying to sell it horizontally to every kind of customer. Instead, they need to sharply focus on a particular customer need, fulfilling only those customers’ requirements (outstanding service, support, customization, and availability).In other words, as a cloud service provider, you have to segment.Market segmentation has become one of the most important criteria of success for cloud-based providers. By honing in on specific types of customers with common pain points, desires, or needs, you can shape your service to suit them, without having to reinvent it entirely. The best cloud companies today are able to do that.The best cloud companies are also sharply focused on their distribution economics, optimizing the relationship between customer acquisition, onboarding, support, retention, and upsell. Additionally, the best of the best understand the key metrics that allow them to gauge their performance against distribution economics, and use content marketing to drive awareness and lower the cost of customer acquisition.Of course, the key to doing all of those things well is first acknowledging that the cloud has quickly evolved away from technology and toward service. Once you do that, you can focus your resources on the things that really matter (Hint: As I mentioned above, it’s not your hardware, software, or elaborate database).How are you adapting to the “new” cloud environment? What are you doing to deliver the kind of superb service that your customers expect?AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more