With the blues lingering, bass, tuna are on the way

first_img When all else fails, the bluefish will never let you down. Bluefish fishing has been steady this year, with the average blues between 6 and 10 pounds. It’s that time of year to reflect back on what you do and what you need to do. Get the tackle box in order, put new line on those reels and get ready. Fall striped bass and tuna season is here. It’s like the playoffs. While this season was very fruitful, it has only just begun. Now is the time for the serious anglers to wrap up this year with some big fall bass action and offshore adventures. This is the time we all look forward to. Reserve the time and get your trophy. The Raritan Bay is loaded on the Staten Island side with peanut bunkers, and thousands of snappers below keeping them balled up. Great Kills Harbor is so thick with peanuts and snappers that one angler said you could probably walk on them. Porgies are also showing up along the shore. Any patch of rocks, piers or pilings along the beach, you can find them using sandworms. For a small fish, they put up a great fight on light tackle. Down South, Capt. Ed from NJSaltwaterfisherman. com reported last week that fluking has been shaky, to say the least. However, some anglers are beginning to pick up fluke in shallower water (40-50 feet) again off Spring Lake. Sea bass are showing up on the Sea Girt and Axel Carleson reefs. Anglers are starting to tangle with false albacore and Spanish mackerel, both by beach and boat. Japanese feathers and small Clark spoons will raise these warmwater fish. Surf anglers have the best chance to catch them with small diamond jigs or Hopkins with a fast retrieve. Big 8- to 12-pound alligator blues have once again invaded the suds. They can be taken with metals or mullet rigs with frozen/fresh mullet. By the way, there are good numbers of mullet being netted in the back bays and rivers in the area. Tuna fishermen have been smiling about the amount of yellowfin/longfin/bluefin that have been in the Hudson and Toms canyons. The back bays continue to produce snappers on lures and bait (spearing); weakfish on lures (pink Fin-S) and on bait (sandworms); and assorted other species on sandworms. Capt. Steve Purul of Barnegat Light reported the same forecast from the back bay. Fishing was a little inconsistent with the action. There seemed to be a rhythm that was hard to follow, with some trips doing very well and other trips not so much. Doug Muller with his wife, Gene, and their three boys were out to start the week with some action with weakfish, blues, and shad while grass shrimping. Regulars Jay Simmons and Joe Franke joined forces on an open boat adventure to score a nice mix of weakfish on plastics and grass shrimp. Later that same afternoon, Joe Holl with friend Dom were out for what the guys termed “Florida-like sea trout fishing,” where they scored nice weakfish casting to visible weakfish swirling on schools of bait. They ended the night with nonstop action at the inlet on plastics with blues to 1-5 pounds. Philip Engel with father-in-law Paul and his two young boys were out for a three-hour evening trip, and although the bites were nonstop and the hookup ratio was off, they still managed a nice mix of weakfish, blues and shad, keeping only the weakfish for dinner. Please send all your reports to ron@signbrothers.com Fish On. Did you know? IGFA.org reports former NFLQB Boomer Esiason has announced the partnering of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) with the Redbone Celebrity Fishing Tournament Series event, the F.C.A. Montauk Slam in Montauk, Long Island, N.Y, Sept. 19-21. The annual two-day inshore tournament is expected to attract 80 anglers and celebrities, catch-and-release fishing for blues, stripers and footballshaped fish called false albacore (or albies), while at the same time helping to raise money for the BEF Scholarship Program for patients with cystic fibrosis. For more information on the Montauk Slam, please call the Redbone offices at (305) 664-2002. For more information on the Boomer Esiason Foundation, visit www.esiason.org, call Mike Hill at (212) 525-7777 or leave a message at 800-317- 5378. RON NUZZOLO Fish On last_img read more

Pumaren’s PBA return inspires Menor to make comeback

first_imgPainters: Time to move on Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Though the former San Beda standout admitted he’s still out-of-shape, he’s trying his best to make it back to his peak form.“I’m still out-of-shape. I’m trying my best to get back on my conditioning but it’s still different practicing with a team.”Fortunately, coach Eric Gonzales allowed him to be a part of his Batangas squad, and the veteran immediately made his imprint, finishing with nine points on a 3-7 shooting, five rebounds, two assists 15 minutes in the squad’s 101-95 loss to AMA Online University on Thursday.Menor is keeping his hopes up that all of these sacrifice will be worth it in the end.“Hopefully. I don’t dream to be a superstar. It’s already in my mindset to just be a role player.”ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ With a chance to revive his professional career, Ogie Menor is willing to take the long road as he joins Batangas in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards “This is a challenge for me. It’s like I dreamed again and I went back to college. I’ll play in the D-League to make it back to the PBA. I think I can still play for two to three years.”The 30-year-old returned from the United States last week in the hopes to get a crack at a PBA roster anew.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPlaying in blacktop hoops and coaching eighth and ninth graders in the US, Menor said he was inspired to make a comeback with the return of his mentor in Air21 coach Franz Pumaren to the pro league as the coach of GlobalPort.“I told myself that if coach Franz returns to the PBA, I want to make a comeback. Even if he don’t sign me, he was really my guide. He was my reason why I tried to be fit again.” View commentslast_img read more

Addressing the dynamics of suicide

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, sections of the local media inaccurately cited the statistics on suicide by the World Health Organization (WHO) when they reported that Guyana’s suicide rate stood at 20.6 per 100,000 in 2015. Editor, there is no truth to this. A visit to the WHO website (http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/) revealed a suicide rate of 30.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015, which is significantly higher than what is reported by the local media.Such inaccuracy spurs widespread speculation that some sections of the media may be hiding the suicide problem for political reasons. Further, WHO has reported a sharp increase in suicide for the year 2012 (44.2 per 100,000 inhabitants), and then a robust drop in 2015. I remain skeptical about such statistics. A significant decline in the suicide rate is not rationally possible.Editor, how can there be such a huge reduction in the suicide rate when the primary triggers of this problem remain unaddressed, and any kind of therapeutic intervention remains severely limited?One needs to be cautious about the suicide statistics, because of mountainous problems. Although WHO is a reputable and well-respected organisation, it needs to be clear that WHO acknowledges that data from numerous countries are of poor quality due to inherent problems of under-reporting and misclassification.Furthermore, the accuracy of such statistics remains questionable due to poor data collection methods and procedures in this country. Clearly, multiple problems reduce the accuracy, validity, and reliability of the suicide statistics. And due to such problems, I remain skeptical about the reported decline in the suicide rate.Importantly, these issues cannot be ignored when interpreting and drawing conclusions from such statistics.I reasoned that a significant reduction in suicide can come about only by addressing the abnormally high levels of stress arising out of the catastrophic social, economic and political conditions. Stress mechanistically drives suicide directly or indirectly by disrupting brain functions, thereby unleashing mental illness (e.g. depression, schizophrenia, etc.) or substance abuse (e.g. alcoholism), or both. Stress basically hijacks the brain in eliciting suicidal behaviours.Although such an intricate dynamic is working to propel suicide, it must also be recognised that genes can also augment this problem. Sadly, this dynamic remains unaddressed.Specifically, a reduction in suicide requires reducing the massive unemployment rate, reducing the massive crime rate, curbing widespread discrimination, ending dysfunctional leaderships, stamping out corruption, bringing ethnic diversity and much-needed skills, as well as ending dysfunction at the Ministry of Social Protection, among a slew of other measures.Unfortunately, as it stands, this Ministry hurts Guyanese rather than helps them. This has been my personal experience.Furthermore, a robust reduction in the suicide rate can come about only by eliminating the primary triggers of suicide, together with making available meaningful therapeutic interventions (counselling, community support, reducing access to pesticides, etc.).It needs to be noted that although therapeutic interventions are appreciated, valued and necessary, they cannot alone bring down the suicide rate, and are Band-Aid approaches with marginal and transient gains, if any at all, because victims will inevitably relapse into suicide.Sincerely,Annie Baliramlast_img read more

Three KPL sides opt out of 2016 GOtv Shield

first_imgWhile Sofapaka and Mathare claimed their decision is to enable them concentrate on the Premier League, City Stars boss Peter Jabuya says the federation never informed them of the tournament and entry procedures.“We were left in the cold and no one told us anything about it. It is a lapse on the federation side and not ours,” Jabuya told Capital Sport.Mathare United Chief Executive Officer Jectone Obure in response said the club which is chasing its second KPL title has decided to focus on the league.The same sentiments were shared by GOtv Shield 2010 and 2014 champions Sofapaka who are languishing at the relegation zone, sitting second last on seven points.“If you look at where we are at the standings, it is not pleasant at all. As a technical bench, we told the management we want to focus our energy on fighting relegation and we thought putting ourselves into the GOtv Shield would jeopardize our focus,” Sofapaka assistant coach John Baraza outlined.Palos FC players pose for a group photo before their match against Gor Mahia last year where they lost 4-2.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.In the second tier, Shabana, Zoo Kericho and St Joseph also opted out leaving 15 National Super League clubs in the competition that will see the winner represent Kenya in the CAF Confederations Cup next year.Nonetheless, FKF expect an intense tournament with the first round of the 32 knockout matches being played June 25.Defending champions Bandari FC start their title defence a few kilometres from their Mombasa base as they have been drawn away to Lamu based Tezo.Losing finalists Nakumatt FC will hope to have the same fine run of form that saw them get to the final last year after eliminating Gor Mahia in the semi-final as they begin their journey at home against Super Matuga FC.Ulinzi Stars who have never won the tournament will hope for better luck this time and will start their campaign against Nakuru local side Umoja FC at the Afraha Stadium.Bandari FC players celebrate after beating Nakumatt FC 4-2 to win the GOtv Shied on Saturday, December 13 at Nyayo National Stadium. PHOTO FILE/ Raymond Makhaya.Ten-time champions Gor Mahia whose last conquest in the domestic cup came in 2012 will kick off their quest at home against Mombasa Mahakama.The 13 KPL and 15 National Super League sides were seeded for the draw and placed in pot one while the rest of the teams were in pot two.Wazito FC, who were eliminated from the round of 16 last year by AFC Leopards, have vowed to do better and target to upset the status quo by going all the way to the finals.“We have learnt a lot since last season. We had a good run in the tournament but lost to AFC because of experience ending up conceding a goal in the final minutes of the match,” former Harambee Stars forward Francis Oduor, who is the team’s assistant coach said.The winner of the tournament not only earns a spot to represent Kenya in the continental assignment but also walks away with Sh2mn.“This tournament is an important part of our contribution to Kenyan football because it helps give players a chance to showcase their talent and at the end of it aid in improving the standards of football in the country,” GOtv General Manager Felix Kyengo noted.Full fixtures:Fortune Sacco v Zetech University, Butterfly v Administration Police, Tusker FC v Machakos United, Uprising v Police FC, Posta Rangers v Timsales, Mwatate United v Timsales, Agro Chemical v Baba Dogo United, Transfoc v Vihiga United, Western Stima v Limuru Olympic, Oyugi All Stars v Fresha, Kakamega Homeboyz v Lang’ata Gremio, Mumbi Nationale v AFC Leopards, Thika United v Vapor Sports, Egan FC v Mosca, GFE 105 v Isiolo Youth, Taqwa v KCB, Nzoia United v Meru Tigers, Kiambu All Stars v Savannah Cement, Gor Mahia v Mombasa Mahakama, K. Chiefs v Nairobi Stima, Muhoroni Youth v Amani Youth Sports, Umoja v Ulinzi Stars, Chemelil Sugar v Nyakach United, Leventis v Talanta, Modern Coast v Coast Stima, Tiki FC v Sony Sugar, Kariobangi Sharks v Nairobi Water, Isibania v Palos FC, Nakumatt FC v Super Matuga, Tezo FC v Bandari, Wazito v Taveta Sisal, Nakuru All Stars v Bidco.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Models Anastacia Njoki, Elizabeth Nduta and Brenda Wacuka pose with the title which will be fought for by 64 teams.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 16 – Three Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs will not take part in this year’s GOtv Shield tournament with Football Kenya Federation confirming entries from 64 teams.For the second time in a row, Mathare United will not to take part in the tournament as well as Nairobi City Stars and struggling Sofapaka.last_img read more

Transfer boost for Liverpool? Reds target hits out at Inter Milan fans

first_img1 Liverpool target Mauro Icardi has hit out at Inter Milan fans after they whistled their team following their poor start to the season.Icardi was linked with a move to Anfield before Brendan Rodgers opted to sign Mario Balotelli in the summer.But Balotelli’s start to life with Liverpool has been underwhelming and reports have already emerged suggesting Rodgers is considering offloading the Italian.And that could see Icardi’s name come to the fore again – particularly after he criticised his club’s supporters after they whistled the team against Sampdoria to show their displeasure at Inter’s underwhelming start to the season.“Those who whistle do not love Inter,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “But there are those who support us for 90 minutes, those are the real fans.” Mauro Icardi in action for Inter Milan last_img read more

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw on road to recovery but Euro 2016 hopes bleak

first_img1 Luke Shaw’s Euro 2016 dreams appear to be over after Louis van Gaal admitted the Manchester United left-back is unlikely to play again this season.An exceptional start to his second campaign at Old Trafford was cruelly halted by a horrific double leg break in September’s Champions League clash at PSV Eindhoven.Shaw underwent two operations following Hector Moreno’s challenge and has made impressive progress in his rehabilitation, with the 20-year-old set to train outside for the first time on Monday.The defender will start off doing individual work before joining up with the first-team – rehabilitation Van Gaal says is “going great” albeit not quick enough to make the FA Cup final should United make the May 21 showpiece.“Luke Shaw shall start next week the first training sessions on the pitch,” United boss Van Gaal said.“It was always in the gym, on the treadmill, in the swimming pool and so on, but now he can train for the first time with his bodyweight on the pitch, so it is going great for Luke Shaw.“But also…it shall be very difficult for him to play the final of the FA Cup.”Van Gaal had hoped the full-back would return in time to feature at Wembley, but Friday’s admission means the defender is unlikely to play again this term – and almost certainly means a place at Euro 2016 is out of reach.Roy Hodgson has repeatedly said the door remained open for Shaw, but given the England manager names his squad on May 12 and they host Turkey a day after the FA Cup final the tournament in France looks beyond him. Manchester United’s Luke Shaw last_img read more

Developing SA’s biotech industry

first_img10 March 2003South Africa’s bid to commercialise biotechnology is forging ahead with the setting up of three new regional innovation centres, the first of which was launched this month in Johannesburg.The Biotechnology Partnership for Africa’s Development (Biopad) was initiated earlier this year as a collective response, by a community of biotechnologists and other professionals, to the challenges posed by the varied needs of the region and the continent.According to the Biopad website, the aim of the initiative is to put South Africa among the world leaders in the application of biotechnology, in so doing “stimulating economic development, contributing to job creation, and building world-class skills and technology platforms to sustain and continue development”.Three regional Biopad biotechnology innovation centres are being set up under the auspices of the department of science and technology, in accordance with the department’s national biotechnology strategy.The department has allocated R400-million over the next three years towards the setting up of the three centres, in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.The centres will serve as nuclei for the development of biotechnology platforms, from which a range of businesses offering new products and services can be developed. The centres will promote research and development, entrepreneurial services, technology, intellectual property management and business incubation.Each centre will focus on specific areas of biotechnology that fit with the country’s development imperatives, use local expertise and have commercial potential.The biotechnology innovation centre in Gauteng, which aims to become self-funding after three years, has been given R135-million by the department, and will focus on animal health on the one hand, and industrial, mining and environmental biotechnology, on the other.Both these focus areas are strategically important for South Africa and the region. Animal production comprises around 35% of total agricultural turnover in the country. Projects focusing on this area will include developing vaccines for tick-borne heartwater disease and bovine pneumonia, and combating psittacine beak and feather disease.According to a Business Day report, a further 25 projects are being funded by the Gauteng centre, including initiatives to “produce fine chemicals from aloes, identify microbial enzymes to help extract the flavour and medicinal compounds of Rooibos tea, and produce natural flavours and fragrances from micro-organisms”.The biotechnology innovation centre to be developed in KwaZulu-Natal will focus on human health, industrial bioprocessing and plant biotechnology, while the Western Cape centre will also focus on human health and industrial bioprocessing.Egoli BIO incubatorThe opening of the Gauteng Biopad centre was not the only boost biotechnology in the province has received this year. A separate initiative, the Egoli BIO life sciences incubator, was launched in February.Egoli BIO is a business incubator which aims to help grow small, medium and micro-sized biotechnology enterprises in the country. The company works closely with Biopad to nurture and prepare small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) for commercialisation.According to the website, Egoli BIO seeks to act as a “development conduit for the commercialisation of life sciences research, products, services and technology platforms” in South Africa.“It seeks to attract and nurture the highest quality tenants in this niche area, providing business infrastructure, strategic guidance, financial and legal advice, and to create an environment of learning and sharing in which information, experience and ideas are freely exchanged.”Egoli BIO is a joint initiative between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Innovation Hub – one of the project’s of the Gauteng government’s Blue IQ initiative – and AfricaBio, South Africa’s biotechnology industry association.Funding for Egoli BIO is being provided through Godisa, a joint initiative between the department of trade and industry, the department of arts, culture, science and technology, and the European Union.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

3 AP Executives Who Are Crushing It in Their Careers

first_imgThis past October, LP Magazine hosted its annual editorial board meeting in Philadelphia. The three-day event was colocated with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) fall Asset Protection Leaders Council event and the Loss Prevention Foundation annual board of directors meeting.At the magazine meeting, a panel of three accomplished asset protection executives shared their career stories and industry views with attendees. With the overarching theme of “Getting to Know You” in mind, moderator Kevin Lynch, LPC, executive director of business development for Tyco Retail Solutions, spoke thoughtfully with Mike Lamb, LPC, vice president of asset protection for The Kroger Co.; Cathy Langley, LPC, senior director of asset protection for Rite Aid; and Mark Stinde, MBA, LPC, vice president of asset protection for 7-Eleven [left to right in photo].[text_ad use_post=’2385′]- Sponsor – Panelists’ insights are revealed in a revealing feature article in the November-December 2018 issue of LP Magazine. From the article:MODERATOR: Let’s talk a bit about the interactions between retailers and solution providers. What are things that contribute to a good partnership and things that do not?LANGLEY: From my perspective, it’s critical to work with provider partners who are good listeners. Integrity and honesty are absolutely key. And it’s also important to come to the table with solutions.LAMB: I would have to say that you know going into any significant project with a solution provider that it won’t be seamless, that there will be hiccups—things that neither we nor the solution provider anticipated. And that’s okay. To me, what separates the really great ones from the goods ones is that they’re really quick to react to that, particularly if it’s on their side of the fence. That allows you to get past whatever pain point that is and continue the project.The other thing that resonates with me is solution providers that sell me something and then they’re gone. I want a partner who will stick with me even if I’m not continuing to spend money, who continue to ask if the solution is still working for me.STINDE: Let me follow up to that by telling a story. As you know, I left loss prevention for a while and went into the safety business. There were two gentlemen from Tyco who reached out to me, not to sell me something, but to see how my family and I were doing. These were guys who cared about me not because I was spending a dollar with them because at the time I wasn’t.I’ve also had people spend time with me because they are in a new role; maybe they’ve moved from one company to another or from retail to the vendor side. They come tell me what they do, and we talk about my business needs. But at the end of the day, we say, “You know, there’s really not an opportunity here for you. If there is, let’s get back in touch and talk about it.” But that time spent has built a rapport that can pay off down the road. I am a big believer that it is important to dig your well before you’re thirsty.As the moderator, Lynch goes in depth with the panelists on topics like the evolution of the loss prevention industry, changing skillsets in the workplace, career highlights, and much more. Check out the full article, “Getting to Know You,” to learn more.For more great LP content, visit the Table of Contents for the November–December 2018 issue or register for a FREE print or digital subscription to the magazine. [Note: if you’re already a logged-in subscriber, the previous link will take you to the current issue instead.] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Game Over for GameStop and Video Game Retailers?

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Before it even launched, Diablo III had sold 2 million copies, making it the biggest game release of the year by far. The same week, though, video game retailer GameStop announced a worse-than-expected quarter of falling revenues led by plummeting in-store sales. Together, those two facts signal a massive re-alignment of how games are sold.It turns out that a huge proportion of those 2 million Diablo III presales were direct-to-consumer downloads that bypassed retailers. As digital downloads take over the game market, where does that leave storefront game retailers like GameStop?A big chunk of those direct downloads came from Blizzard’s Annual Pass program, designed to shore up flagging WoW subscriptions. Others were direct sales from blizzard.com. Every one of Blizzard’s direct sales was a win for gamers who got to skip the midnight line-up, and a slap in the face to video game retailers.Let’s be clear. This is not a Blizzard-versus-GameStop story. It’s an industry-wide seachange. M2 Research’s Billy Pidgeon explains: “Retail outlets are seeing sales downturns along with some publishers as business models and distribution methods change in the industry. Fewer units of packaged games are selling in brick and mortar outlets, and this has hurt retailers such as Toys R Us that have seen strong performance from the category in the past.” Tags:#e-commerce#enterprise#gaming GameStop’s Q1 2012 results back him up. While the company’s digital sales increased 23%, they still added up to a drop in the bucket, while a 12.5% decrease in store sales dragged down total company revenues by an almost identical 12.3%.Digital downloads now dominate the PC gaming business, whether direct-from-publishers, or through third-party distributors like Steam. With current consoles connected to the Web and an even more net-focused breed of consoles on the horizon, we can expect direct downloads to crush physical sales in the future.Taking it to the streetsGamestop declined to answer questions for this story, so ReadWriteWeb took our quest for answers to the street, dropping in on a Southern California GameStop store the day before the Diablo launch.The clerk, who chose to remain anonymous, admitted that digital downloads had hurt business, but he felt Gamestop had moved on. “PC gaming stores don’t really exist anymore. We sell some special editions and first-day releases, and some people still buy on impulse, but serious PC gamers don’t go out [to the store] anymore. Most of our business here is new and used [console] systems and games, and we get a lot of repeat customers.”Analyst Pidgeon points out that the pre-owned market remains “very profitable” for GameStop, and should continue to be as long as vendors continue to use disk-based software that can be stocked on store shelves. But as consoles move toward direct digital distribution that business is doomed to decline as well. Will pre-paid cards and pre-owned hardware be enough to keep the doors open?Pidgeon thinks the industry won’t let things get that bad, at least for the big chains that sell video games along with other products. “It’s likely that big box and general merchandise retailers like Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart will reduce floor space allotted for video game hardware and software.“Still, most publishers aren’t eager to see retail outlets fade away and continue to consider retail a valuable partner. If GameStop should fail as a business, publishers and console vendors would lose an important connection to gamer street traffic and potential hands on demos that are particularly important in marketing new hardware.”Can this business be saved?But if game publishers are serious about partnering with retail outlets, they’re doing a sloppy job so far.The GameStop we visited sold digital download codes that would allow purchasers to skip the DVD installer and download the game directly from Blizzard. The catch? The store wasn’t going to receive the codes until the next morning, 9 hours after the game would be available direct from the publisher. So players who want to support their local businesses are giving digital downloaders a big head-start.There are plenty of existing business models from which publishers could draw inspiration. Many industries use some variation of an affiliate model, either paying per customer acquisition or sharing a percentage of one-time or lifetime sales. With so much revenue moving toward subscriptions or in-game purchases, a lifetime-value affiliate model could provide long-term incentives for retailers to leverage their personal touch and still make money. This could also allow hardware vendors to compensate retailers for used console sales.Short-term, there are also some quick and easy fixes publishers could make right now. How about a GameStop-only collector’s edition of Halo 5, and another for Toys R Us, with different in-game goodies? This model works well with card-trading games like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic The Gathering where millions of gamers buy sets of nearly identical cards in hopes of finding “rares.” These sorts of packages have very low incremental costs, but pull customers into stores and generate more revenue for everyone. cormac foster 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Kansas Governor Calls for No Tax Increases

first_imgIn her first State of the State address, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly expressed an intent not to raise taxes. This intent is reflected in her budget recommendations.Statements Concerning No Tax IncreasesIn her state of the state address, the governor commented, “I’m proud to honor my promise to balance the budget without raising taxes.”In a press release, she added, “Our tax code has been on a roller coaster ride over the last few years, both at the state and federal levels. The full impact of those sweeping changes remain unclear, and we cannot afford to continue making inaccurate assumptions about the future.”2019 State of the State Address, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, January 16, 2019; FY 2020 Governor’s Budget Report, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, January 17, 2019; Press Release, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, January 17, 2019Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more