6 bodies, including 4 children, recovered from scene of Indiana house fire

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOGANSPORT, Ind.) — Six people have died after getting trapped in a house fire near Logansport, Indiana.The fire ignited at the residence just before 2 a.m. local time on Wednesday in a rural area of Cass County, about three miles outside the city.The ages of the victims ranged from 3 months to 42 years, Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum told reporters. Among the dead were a 25-year-old mother and her 3-year-old and 1-year-old daughters and 3-month-old son, Slocum said. A 42-year-old father and his 10-year-old daughter were also killed, Slocum said. They have not been identified.The bodies were found in different parts of the home, Cass County authorities told reporters at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Two adults managed to escape as the flames engulfed the home and were taken to a local hospital, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum.Family members and the adults who escaped indicated that the bodies of two more people may be in the rubble, authorities said.The remote location of the house posed a challenge for firefighters trying to access the nearest water source to douse the flames, Slocum said. The early morning blaze has now been fully extinguished.The home was engulfed in flames by the time two Cass County deputies arrived on the scene, authorities said. One of the deputies tried to gain access to the second story of the home by climbing onto the first floor roof, but he was pushed back by smoke and flames.The roof and second story of the home collapsed as a result of the blaze, according to the sheriff’s office.The deceased have not been identified.“Right now, we have one confirmed fatality,” Slocum told reporters at a press conference Wednesday. “We’re obviously in the stages of trying to get into the structure and see if there are more bodies to be recovered. We anticipate that to be the case but we haven’t verified that.”The total number of missing individuals in the house fire has not been confirmed, according to Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.“There’s so much destruction here,” Greeson told reporters, adding that it’s unclear whether the residence was equipped with smoke detectors.The Cass County Sheriff’s Office previously told ABC News that six people — four children and two adults — were killed in the fire.The cause of the blaze remains under investigation and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office is leading the probe, which is being treated as a possible criminal case.“We’re going to consider it a criminal investigation until we find out otherwise,” Slocum told reporters. “We’re very early in this investigation.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bowyer blows by competitors to earn All-Star Race pole

first_imgCONCORD, N.C. – Though he didn’t get into his pit stall as quickly as he would have liked in the unique Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race qualifying format, Clint Bowyer had enough speed in his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to earn the pole position for Saturday night’s marquee event at Charlotte Motor Speedway (at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Though he hasn’t won a pole for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since he won the top spot at New Hampshire in 2007, Bowyer had enough muscle under the hood of his Ford Mustang on Friday to beat Kyle Busch by a decisive .177 seconds.“Hell has frozen over,” Bowyer quipped. “It’s so easy to make mistakes in that (format), because it’s so out of the ordinary of what we usually do. I actually didn’t get on pit road near as good as I wanted to.RELATED: Qualifying results“I had my dead-set line that I was going to get to and would lift (off the gas) at, and when I didn’t get on pit road like I needed to, I drove past that and I was like, ‘Oh no, I’m going to get stuck.’ and my eyes were getting bigger.”Nevertheless, Bowyer negotiated the three laps plus a mandatory four-tire pit stop (with no pit road speed limit) in 118.794 seconds for a speed of 136.371 mph. The only other driver to break 119 seconds, Busch logged a speed of 136.168 mph.“Our Fords have been extremely fast, but we haven’t gotten them in Victory Lane like we’d like to yet, but we’re knocking on the door,” Bowyer said. “Who knows? I just saw (Charlotte Motor Speedway president) Marcus Smith. I said, ‘You know how bad I want to win your million dollars?’ I’m going to take his million dollars tomorrow night!”Busch was pleased with his own performance and that of his team.“I thought everything about the lap actually was pretty good,” said the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. “I’m not sure how fast the lap itself was — how fast our car was on the lap.“I felt like my progressiveness onto pit road and pit road speed was relatively good, and then the braking point and being able to just chatter the tires all the way into the box was really close. Really on the money there. I thought we got all we could get out of it.”Kevin Harvick, Bowyer’s teammate at SHR, qualified third at 136.068 mph. Austin Dillon, who paced the field in Friday’s final practice, claimed the fourth starting spot for the race that pays $1 million to the winner.RELATED: Austin Dillon leads final practice“It feels really good to back it up,” Dillon said. “We had a really fast lap by ourselves right there. I’m proud of my pit crew for having a solid pit stop, and, man, the adrenaline is just flowing right now after hitting pit road with all that speed.“It’s an intense situation, and you just want to give those guys that pit, and not slide it so it doesn’t focus on you. But, yeah, that was a good overall run for us.”All told, 15 cars — those already locked into the All-Star Race — made qualifying runs. Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano will start from positions five through 10, respectively.Three segment winners from the Monster Energy Open, which precedes the All-Star Race on Saturday, will earn spots in the main event, as will one driver selected by fan vote.In an earlier qualifying session on Friday, Daniel Hemric, Dillon’s teammate at Richard Childress Racing, won the pole for the Open. Ford driver Michael McDowell claimed the second starting spot.“I said on the radio this is the first box checked for the weekend,” Hemric said. “You’ve got to bring the fastest race car you can, and we’ve done that. Hopefully, we can do our jobs tomorrow and do what we need to do to get in the All-Star race and really have some fun.”MORE: Hemric on winning Open polelast_img read more

49ers DE Nick Bosa prepares for bigger second season

first_imgWhen he’ll be able to show that off on a football field for real remains to be seen. While the NFL tried it’s best for as normal a start to the offseason with free agency starting in March and the draft last month, what’s next remains unknown. But with team facilities still closed, the offseason program where teams install their systems and start building chemistry is being done remotely. Everything after that remains in flux since nobody knows for sure whether training camps will open on time this summer, whether the season will start as scheduled on Sept. 10 and whether games will be played in front of fans or empty stadiums. SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Bosa expects more out of himself this season, saying he will try not to “waste” as many pass rushing opportunities as he did last season and eliminate some of the “silly mistakes” typical for a rookie. He will also have more responsibility on his plate with the trade of star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, who was the leader on the defensive line by making the third-down calls on the field and setting the tone with his relentless effort. Buckner was one of three key veterans who are gone along with left tackle Joe Staley and receiver Emmanuel Sanders. But most of the core of the team is back for another run at a title, counting on even more from last year’s productive rookie class led by Bosa, receiver Deebo Samuel and linebacker Dre Greenlaw. Last Updated: 7th May, 2020 08:55 IST 49ers DE Nick Bosa Prepares For Bigger Second Season Nick Bosa is doing his best to make an uncertain offseason as normal as possible. Forced to train at home in south Florida with his Pro Bowl brother Joey instead of his San Francisco 49ers teammates, the younger Bosa has found a routine amid the COVID-19 pandemic Bosa is spending the offseason trying to become an even better player than he was as a rookie when the No. 2 overall draft pick helped transform San Francisco’s defense and lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl, where they fell one quarter short of beating Kansas City for the title. Bosa’s nine sacks were the fourth most ever for a 49ers rookie, and he ranked third in the NFL with 68 quarterback pressures, according to SportsInfo Solutions, trailing only Cameron Jordan and Danielle Hunter. He won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award and was one of the most dominant players on the field in the Super Bowl, when the 49ers blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost 31-20 to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. “We’re not just deer in headlights anymore,” Bosa said. “We know the routine, we know how an NFL season works. Now we can really just take the next step and work on honing our game and studying our opponents now that we’ve played them once.” “We’re not able to get out too much, so honestly my body is feeling unbelievable at this point,” Bosa said. WATCH US LIVE COMMENT “Everything is so uncertain right now that I couldn’t say whether I think we’ll be back or not because nobody really knows,” Bosa said. “It seems like everybody is planning on it. I really hope so. I want to play whatever way it is. Obviously, it has to be done the right way. Obviously, these two months a lot answers will come out and hopefully we’ll get back to work.” First Published: 7th May, 2020 08:55 IST Associated Press Television News Nick Bosa is doing his best to make an uncertain offseason as normal as possible. Forced to train at home in south Florida with his Pro Bowl brother Joey instead of his San Francisco 49ers teammates, the younger Bosa has found a routine amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He gets up early to run at a park before the rangers show up, grabs breakfast, lifts weights at a gym his dad owns and spends about an hour a day doing virtual meetings with his position group. LIVE TV “Just like any loss, it stings for a while and then you eventually get over it and realize that life goes on and you don’t get another crack at it,” he said. “When it’s that close, it makes it even harder.” FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Plans underway to honour the late Cllr Sean McEniff in Bundoran

first_imgThe late Donegal politician and businessman Sean McEniff is set to be remembered by his hometown in a significant way.Options are being explored for recognising the Bundoran man’s contribution to his community, possibly by naming a place, road or street in his honour.McEniff was the longest serving councillor in Ireland at the time of his death in 2017. The Fianna Fáil politician was first elected to Bundoran Urban District Council in 1960 and had 57 years in council, serving as Cathaoirleach on two occasions.At this month’s Donegal County Council meeting, FF Cllr Ciaran Brogan proposed that the council recognises McEniff’s contributions to public life in Bundoran.Cllr Brogan highlighted how McEniff had a hand in numerous projects in his area and in north west tourism over the decades.Cllr John Campbell made a point of order in a bid to defer the motion. This was not seconded by any other councillor, so the motion was accepted and will be referred to the Donegal Municipal District. Cllr Brogan added: “I think Cllr McEniff’s track record in this council is there for people to see over the years. A man of huge honour, a man of huge integrity, and I am delighted that his council has finally recognised that.”Plans underway to honour the late Cllr Sean McEniff in Bundoran was last modified: September 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundoranCLLR SEAN MCENIFFfianna faillast_img read more

Crowd Calendar Update For Walt Disney World

first_imgShare This!As we head into the last few weeks of 2017, it is time to update the Disney World Crowd Calendar for the next 365 days.We are fairly happy with the performance of the Crowd Calendar this fall. Two-thirds of the days saw a crowd level within 1 index point of predicted levels. Even if you are only loosely following a touring plan a difference of one index level is virtually unnoticeable. When the calendar missed the mark by three or more levels it was usually due to severe weather or a higher than normal offline rate of key attractions. When major attractions go offline, wait times go up and the calendar shows a larger crowd than expected. Crowd predictions for Animal Kingdom and Epcot missed a little more often than Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Fall 2017 was closer to an average fall than 2016. Last year we saw some very large crowds on days when we expected the crowds to be moderate. Overall, if you used the calendar during Fall 2017 the crowds you experienced were likely to be close to what the Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted.Crowd Level Predictions for Fall 2017 were solidAll of our Walt Disney World wait time models are refreshed with the latest information and trends. In general, the trend is longer wait times although there are some days where the crowd level will be lower. May will be an interesting month for Hollywood Studios if Toy Story Land opens up in that month. Perhaps for Memorial Day weekend? Let’s see what the 2018 Crowd Calendar looks like now month-by-month, after this update.JanuaryEpcot sees some dips in crowd level throughout January while Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom see some increases. The month is still a great time to visit if you prefer lower crowds.FebruaryHollywood Studios sees the largest jumps in crowd level in February. Some days will see an increase of more than 2 points. Other changes in the month are relatively minor – up or down a point. Mardi Gras and Presidents Day are only 6 days apart in 2018 so watch out for the compounding effect. When these two holidays fall on adjacent weeks, crowds can be extreme.MarchThis update will bring more of the same for March. Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom tend to increase a bit and Epcot slides down a point on some days. Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival begins and the end of the month brings the beginning of the Easter Season. Add in Spring Break for 20-35% of school districts and March will be busy.AprilEaster Sunday falls on April 1 in 2018 which means the crowd calendar expects extreme crowds until April 8. Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom see more 10s on this update. As usual, the second half of the month will see moderate crowds.MayThe crowd levels in May will depend on what happens with Toy Story Land’s opening date. This latest update assumes that it will open in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Once we have an official announcement the crowd levels will be updated accordingly. When it does open we expect large crowds in the short to medium term but not quite the influx that we saw for Pandora at Animal Kingdom in 2017. Still, this franchise is very popular with all ages. We saw a 15-20% increase in wait times at other Animal Kingdom lands when Pandora opened so it is possible to see something similar at The Studios.JuneAs we look toward June the crowd calendar becomes more speculative. A lot can change between now and then. However, the models are currently predicted slighter higher crowd levels for many days compared to the previous version of the calendar. Resort-wide this update sees a bump in crowd level of one point on most days in June.JulyIt always surprises us when the crowd calendar predicts a crowd level below ‘7’ on July 4 at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios but year after year it proves to be accurate. This latest update puts Hollywood Studios three points higher on that day but still only has it at a ‘6’. Considering how jammed Magic Kingdom and Epcot are on July 4, Hollywood Studios is a great option.AugustCrowd levels in August are up as well on this update however that is subject to change depending on the 2018-2019 school schedules. Watch for an update to August and beyond sometime in April.SeptemberAlthough September has been more crowded in recent years compared to the last ten, it is still a great month to visit. It is the only month where multiple days are rated as a ‘1’. Once Labour Day passes, September has the lowest crowds of the year.OctoberYou will see some increases of one index point in October as well although not as often as other months. Even though the trend of wait times is up, there are very few days where a crowd level increase by more than two points. On average, the increase is less than 1 index point.NovemberIn 2018, Thanksgiving falls on November 22 which is the earliest possible day on which it can fall. That means late November will see some low crowd levels like we usually see in early December. Other than some increases at The Studios, November crowd levels are relatively unchanged.DecemberDecember looks similar on this update too. Some days see an increase in the second half of the month while the first half is nearly unchanged.last_img read more

The Top 3 HR Tech Implementation Mistakes

first_imgOkay, you’ve selected your HR tech solution. You’ve signed the paperwork. Now it’s time for implementation–are you ready? Technology implementations, regardless of whether you’re using Oracle, SAP, Workday, or someone else, are challenging. That’s because the average HR leader only gets a chance to do this maybe once or twice in their career. It’s easy to miss the mark, and a bad experience can have career-impacting consequences. That said, a great implementation can make you look like a star to your team and your leaders. In today’s episode, Ben interviews Caleb Fullhart about the key mistakes HR leaders make when implementing HCM technology, including everything from rushing the testing process to failing to fit the technology to their unique business rules. It’s a fun conversation and Caleb brings a ton of expertise to the table.last_img read more

StopLift: Self-Checkout Accelerator

first_imgDeployed by major chains such as Meijer, Giant Eagle, and Smart & Final, StopLift Checkout Vision Systems’video analytics automatically analyze security video to detect shrink visually, even when it leaves no data trail: sweethearting, self-checkout loss, bottom and middle of basket loss, operational issues, etc.StopLift’s Self-Checkout Accelerator reduces interruptions for honest shoppers at self-checkouts, resulting in higher throughput, shorter lines, and happier customers.Deployed across four continents, StopLift has detected 1.5 MILLION confirmed incidents. Visit StopLift’s website for more information.- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

3 things sales leaders should know about ABM measurement

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital Marketing3 things sales leaders should know about ABM measurement 3 things sales leaders should know about ABM measurementYou are here: Posted on 4th January 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share As a sales leader, you might think account-based marketing (ABM) isn’t for you. After all, it has the word marketing in the name. But the reality is, ABM isn’t something marketing does in a silo — and B2B sales orgs need to get on board.Put simply, ABM is a target account strategy that requires sales and marketing teams to work together to target, engage, and win their best-fit accounts. Sounds like a dream come true, right? Finally, your marketing team isn’t just dumping leads into the funnel and expecting you to sift through a bunch of junk to find a few good prospects. They’re actually helping you convert and close the accounts that matter most.But for this to happen, you have to get comfortable with a new approach to measurement. Let’s look at three things all sales leaders should understand about ABM measurement and reporting.1. ABM requires a separate sales funnel.Don’t make the mistake of lumping your target accounts in with the rest of your pipeline. You need to track them in a separate funnel — or two separate funnels if you’re targeting both prospect accounts and current customers.The account-based funnel is not terribly complicated, but it is different.That’s because the top of the account-based sales funnel is static. With ABM, you start with a list of prequalified, named accounts instead of a hodgepodge of leads. And while the traditional funnel continuously widens at the top as your marketing team generates more leads, the accounts in your ABM funnel are only updated at regular intervals (typically on a quarterly basis).By tracking your target account pipeline in a separate funnel, you can easily compare ABM’s impact on key metrics like win rate and average contract value.The main stages of the ABM funnel are:Target prospect/customer accounts: All the prospect or customer accounts you’re working in a given timeframeEngaged target accounts: This stage is made up of sales-ready accounts and can be considered a proxy for the MQL of the traditional funnel. More on this in #2 below.Opportunity target accounts: This catch-all opportunity stage can be broken into multiple distinct stages depending on your sales process.Won target accounts: The number of target account deals you’ve closed in a given timeframeSee? It’s pretty simple. It’s really just a matter of getting your sales and marketing teams on the same page and making sure everyone understands the account-based funnel.2. Leads are good. Engagement data is better.Let’s look more closely at the second stage of the account-based funnel: engaged target accounts.Traditionally, this is the stage of the funnel where your marketing qualified leads would hang out. But you know better than anyone that MQLs aren’t always high-quality, and sorting through bad leads is a giant time suck.The ABM funnel, on the other hand, focuses on engaged target accounts — in other words, target accounts that have demonstrated meaningful engagement with your company and are ready for one-to-one outreach. If it’s easier, you can think of accounts in this stage as marketing qualified accounts, or MQAs.An engaged account (or MQA) is more valuable than a lead because account-based engagement takes every decision-makers at the account into consideration. Leads can tell you when a person might be interested in your solution — but engaged accounts can tell you when a buying center is interested. And buying centers are where B2B purchase decisions get made.Okay, great. But how do you actually identify engaged accountsMeaningful engagement is about quality, not just quantity. For example, you might consider an account “meaningfully engaged” when four individuals visit five product pages on your website. This will be your threshold for turning target accounts into engaged accounts. You can get this data using a reverse IP lookup tool that maps anonymous website visitors to their respective companies. Ideally, you should use a solution that aggregates account engagement data along with lead and contact-level data so you can get a 360-degree view of your top accounts.3. Don’t panic, but you need to lower your sales development quotas.Don’t stop reading yet! This isn’t as scary as you think, and your revenue numbers won’t suffer.Still with me? Okay, good.Think about the way your SDR team (or BDR team, or whichever function is in charge of lead qualification and setting meetings at your company) operates. Right now, they’re probably focused on the volume of activities they can produce. B2B sales is predicated on the assumption that X number of calls and Y number of emails will lead to Z number of meetings.But this idea is fatally flawed. Not because it’s wrong, exactly, but because a focus on volume alone incentivizes shallow discovery and personalization. And that’s not how you build real relationships with your most valuable accounts.Your key accounts are worth a greater investment of time and money. By lowering quota for all target account reps who are responsible for setting meetings, you’ll incentivize them to have quality conversations with the right people. Your target account development reps will have more time to engage all your buyers with the right message, which is absolutely critical for an account-based strategy.And if you’re doing it right, your win rates will increase. A more personalized sales experience = more revenue from fewer meetings.This might sound like a pie-in-the-sky idea, but it really works. This video explains how our sales development team at Terminus managed these changes when we invested in ABM in 2016. As a result, we increased our average deal size by 35% and shortened our sales cycle by 20 days.In summary: ABM measurement is new, but it isn’t scaryWhen you add account-based marketing to your existing inbound and outbound strategies, your sales team needs to adopt new strategies for measuring success. But fortunately, these changes aren’t rocket science.By creating an ABM funnel, focusing on engagement, and rethinking meeting quotas, you can win your most valuable accounts and increase revenue from existing customers.The post 3 things sales leaders should know about ABM measurement appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: 3 things sales leaders should know about ABM measurementlast_img read more