ByEmily Shapiro Missing woman last seen leaving bar with 2 men, texted friends she was in trouble: BrotherPaighton Laine Houston vanished on the night of Dec. 21 in Birmingham. (MORE: Why the first 72 hours in a missing persons investigation are the most critical, according to criminology experts) The Birmingham Police Department released this undated photo of missing 29-year-old Paighton Laine Houston.The Birmingham Police Department released this undated photo of missing 29-year-old Paighton Laine Houston.Birmingham Police Dept. 1:46Search for missing Alabama woman Paighton Houston disappeared after she stepped out of an Alabama bar with two unknown men last Friday.Birmingham Police Dept. December 27, 2019, 9:39 AM4 min read Copy and paste to embed this video Copy and paste to share this video (MORE: Missing baby Margot reunites with dad after mom’s murder) A 29-year-old woman vanished after leaving a Birmingham bar with two men, police said, and she texted her friends that she was in trouble, according to a family member.Paighton Laine Houston disappeared after leaving the Tin Roof bar at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, the Birmingham Police Department said.Houston was spotted leaving the bar with two men and it appeared she left with them willingly, police said. Houston and a couple of her friends had gone to the local bar after work. “At about 12:14 p.m. that night, she sent a text to one of the friends she was at the bar with, stating that she didn’t know who she was with, and that she felt like she was in trouble,” according to her brother Evan Houston.“It was like Paighton to check in… but it wasn’t like Paighton to send a text like that,” Evan Houston told “Good Morning America.”The 29-year-old “can handle her own self,” her brother said, so “the fact that she was reaching out for help and saying she was in trouble was a big red flag.” Birmingham Police Department(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — A 29-year-old woman vanished after leaving a Birmingham bar with two men, police said, and she texted her friends that she was in trouble, according to a family member.Paighton Laine Houston disappeared after leaving the Tin Roof bar at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, the Birmingham Police Department said.Houston was spotted leaving the bar with two men and it appeared she left with them willingly, police said.Houston and a couple of her friends had gone to the local bar after work. “At about 12:14 p.m. that night, she sent a text to one of the friends she was at the bar with, stating that she didn’t know who she was with, and that she felt like she was in trouble,” according to her brother Evan Houston.“It was like Paighton to check in… but it wasn’t like Paighton to send a text like that,” Evan Houston told “Good Morning America.”The 29-year-old “can handle her own self,” her brother said, so “the fact that she was reaching out for help and saying she was in trouble was a big red flag.”In a message to his sister, Evan Houston said: “If she can hear this — mom and dad, me, everyone that is around you, the whole community is searching for you, looking for answers, and we’re not gonna stop until we find you and get you home safe.”Paighton Houston, of Trussville, Alabama, is described as standing at 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 123 pounds, police said. She was last seen wearing ripped jeans, a coral-colored T-shirt and blue Converse sneakers, police said.Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Birmingham Police at 205-297-8413.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Paighton Laine Houston was last scene at this bar in Birmingham, Ala., the night of Dec. 21, 2019.Paighton Laine Houston was last scene at this bar in Birmingham, Ala., the night of Dec. 21, 2019.Google Maps Street View 2019 In a message to his sister, Evan Houston said: “If she can hear this — mom and dad, me, everyone that is around you, the whole community is searching for you, looking for answers, and we’re not gonna stop until we find you and get you home safe.”Paighton Houston, of Trussville, Alabama, is described as standing at 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 123 pounds, police said. She was last seen wearing ripped jeans, a coral-colored T-shirt and blue Converse sneakers, police said.Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Birmingham Police at 205-297-8413.
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By Chris Evans Futuresource ConsultingThe challenge for many businesses to facilitate home working at scale has proven to be a major catalyst in making video an everyday business tool. This has been one of the most significant operational and cultural changes businesses have faced in decades and has proven to be a fast-track education for many in the benefits of using video. Now that more companies than ever before have opened their eyes to the potential for video to be used to save time and money, it is encouraging many organizations to reevaluate how to use video technologies more prominently in their longer term strategy for success.The industry has witnessed a surge in demand for a range of video acquisition devices across several key product categories. Webcams, PTZ cameras, entry level pro camcorders, video bars and other videoconferencing equipment have all been highly sought after over the past seven months, as the need for higher-performance image acquisition drives end users to upgrade from using readily available cameras integrated in to devices, like smartphones and laptops, to dedicated solutions.Videoconferencing is proving to be a gateway to widespread adoption of video use in many businesses. This has not only influenced a radical change in internal corporate communication but also external collaboration and engagement. Anyone that is regularly engaging in videoconferencing, corporate communications, webinars and virtual networking; or creating digital marketing content, sales materials and training resources, has now entered the addressable market for professional imaging devices.In all these instances, many users will reach a point where their base camera is not good enough and starts to hold them back. Even though fewer meetings take place face to face, first impressions still matter. In the virtual office, appearing on a call with a pixelated video feed clouded with noise is comparable to walking into a meeting with your shoelaces untied. Not only this, but a bad video feed is frustrating to view, and allowing yourself to be seen clearly by viewers is essential to communicate effectively. Investing in better image quality is proving popular with those that want to differentiate themselves from competitors or even other participants in a stream or meeting. The fast track way to improve image quality is to upgrade your acquisition device.Devices with higher resolution, greater dynamic range, and more effective video compression all present opportunities to raise the standard of video quality. Ultimately, every individual’s image quality will be tied to the compression and maximum bitrate used by their videoconferencing or streaming platform, however, for those that are seeking to differentiate their video from competitors or even stand out memorably from other participants on collaborative calls, investing in a better camera will prove that they have done everything within their control to improve the visible quality of their video output.The common ground between all these types of users is that everyone is presenting themselves on screen, likely at home, and likely self-shooting. This has created a growing demand for video acquisition devices that are easy for a novice crew of one to operate with only limited space available.The democratization of video equipment in recent years means there are a range of solutions available for those seeking to move beyond integrated laptop webcams. Smartphones present a readily available alternative; webcams and dedicated video conferencing kit present a traditional B2B solution; many consumer imaging devices including DSLRs, mirrorless and action cameras can be taken advantage of thanks to software upgrades making them compatible as a video source, while PTZs and pro camcorders offer more sophisticated imaging options and greater manual control. While using a pro camcorder may seem like overkill in most situations, there exist occasions when the highest quality is desired in order to represent the subject in the best possible way.See related Strong Showing From Interactive Displays Market, as Futuresource Announces Q3 ResultsAs the use of professional video devices as a core business skill is still in its infancy, most existing solutions still require a level of technical knowledge to setup and use effectively. Aside from simple availability, the reasons some products have been favored during the lockdown period however are those that have prioritized intuitive user interfaces, menus and configurations, as well as cameras with good autofocus for self-shooting, and convenient connectivity for integration with livestreaming platforms. These features all help solo shooters to set up and operate at home with only remote technical support.As more companies consider their use of video not only as a short term solution to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, but also an opportunity to reinvent operations and communications, there will be a growing need for high quality video devices, and more ambitious use cases that arise.This goes for companies both familiar and unfamiliar with traditional video production. There are benefits to multicamera set ups within collaboration installations, for example having both a close up and a wide shot of a presenter in front of an interactive display. This would allow for the speaker to be clearly shown whilst also giving them the ability to present as they ordinarily would do. This also raises the potential for the presenter to become their own director, switching between shots depending on how they’d like to focus their audience’s attention.Tools to easily produce multicamera coverage with a consistent look are already receiving interest. The Blackmagic Atem Mini series of switchers has proven a popular entry point for businesses looking to add greater production value to their video output. These can make videoconferences and livestreams more immersive by allowing a single user to seamlessly cut between multiple camera sources and additional graphic feeds. Solutions that can simplify camera matching and white balance with remote control are also particularly attractive to achieve a polished and professional look.It is already becoming evident to many businesses that if they are preparing to return to office, that they will not be returning to the office as they remember it. With many organizations expressing an interest in continuing to support remote working in the long term, and others even reducing the physical footprint of their office space, there will be a greater need for hybridized working spaces that can facilitate face-to-face and virtual interaction, simultaneously.Adjacent to this is the desire to invest in in-house content creation facilities. As employees enjoy greater video literacy and confidence creating video at home, they are seeking means to create higher quality productions. This is even encouraging SMEs to consider converting office space to compact studio areas or video backdrops, especially to support sales and marketing teams as well as senior staff that have a regular need to produce high-quality video output.Corporate and B2B applications present a fertile market for innovative new video acquisition solutions that are tailored to the needs of a post-pandemic workplace. There are rich rewards for imaging brands that can excel and embed themselves in this vertical, as these are still very early days for many businesses investing in creating video content.
With Gach announcing his decision to transfer to Minnesota earlier this month, the Gophers now have two potential starters seeking waivers. Robbins and Gach have both drawn praise as players who have professional potential, with Gach declaring for the NBA draft earlier this offseason before withdrawing his name.Minnesota is familiar with the immediate eligibility waiver, with a notable example coming before the 2018-19 season when guard Marcus Carr had his waiver denied by the NCAA after transferring from Pittsburgh. Carr, who averaged 15.4 points and 6.7 assists in 2019-20, would have given the 2018-19 roster a much-needed boost at point guard, adding another backcourt threat to a team that won an NCAA tournament game. Instead, he was forced to sit out the season.“For me, the challenge has been who to take right now and almost guessing who will get a waiver and who is not,” Pitino said. “Reasonable minds would have said Marcus Carr should have gotten a waiver when his coach and coaching staff got fired. They didn’t give it to him.”With Carr currently declared for the NBA draft and the deadline for players with remaining eligibility to withdraw pushed back to October 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still possible that up to three of Minnesota’s projected starters will not actually suit up for the maroon and gold in 2020-21.For Gach and Robbins, the Gophers remain optimistic that the NCAA will approve their waivers. Perhaps helping their cases are their ties, both local and to the program. Gach is a native of Austin, Minnesota, while Robbins is the nephew of Gophers’ associate head coach, Ed Conroy.Because the NCAA considers each waiver claim on an individual basis, the exact reasons waivers are approved or denied remain largely unknown. This ambiguity has led to criticism of the NCAA’s current process and set in motion the talks to implement a one-time transfer exception.“I think it’s very important for college basketball to evolve,” Pitino said. “And I think the way you do that is by giving players more freedom to be able to do things.”However, with at least one more season of transfer waivers in their current form, expectations for Minnesota this season will hinge on whether Robbins and Gach are declared eligible. If able to play, they will provide the Gophers with renewed hope that the team can return to the NCAA tournament. Gophers hoping key transfers obtain waivers to become eligible in 2020-21Liam Robbins and Both Gach will need to receive waivers from the NCAA to play for Minnesota next season.Tony SaundersGopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena. Nick JungheimJune 25, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFollowing three busy months of roster turnover, it appears the roster for the Gophers men’s basketball team for the 2020-21 season is now set. While it is known who will be part of the team, who will be eligible to play remains to be determined.Expectations for the Gophers may not become clear until this fall as the season approaches. That is primarily due to the uncertainty whether transfers Both Gach and Liam Robbins will receive waivers from the NCAA to become immediately eligible this upcoming season.“We’re looking into that with Liam,” head coach Richard Pitino said after Robbins signed with the Gophers. “It’s certainly something that we will be aggressive with.”Gach and Robbins come to Minnesota from Utah and Drake respectively, each with two years of eligibility remaining. According to NCAA rules, transfers may only become eligible if they meet certain criteria. Otherwise, they must obtain a waiver from the NCAA. In college basketball, the amount of players seeking such waivers has become increasingly common in recent years. According to the Associated Press, 30 men’s basketball players sought waivers in 2017-18. That number jumped to 79 in 2018-19, while the percentage of waivers approved fell from 80% to 56%. According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, the number of men’s basketball players seeking waivers spiked to approximately 120 last season.“It’s no longer about this four-year process,” Pitino said of the increased prevalence of transfers. “They want to see where they fit in on your roster now.”Earlier in the offseason, the Gophers hoped Robbins would not need a waiver to become eligible as the NCAA considered adopting a one-time transfer exception that would allow all men’s basketball transfers to become immediately eligible. That policy, however, will not take effect until the 2021-22 season at earliest.“Whenever they vote on this new rule for one-time transfers, that changes the whole scope of everything for everybody in college basketball,” Pitino said. “I don’t think it’s a matter of if it happens but of when it happens.”
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — International Speedway Corp. has promoted Tracie Winters to vice president of business development. Winters assumes this role from her previous position as managing director, business development, a position she has held since 2006. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Winters, 37, reports to John Saunders, executive vice president, chief operating officer and will oversee ISC’s new business growth opportunities and initiatives as well as the company’s strategic plan. Joining ISC in 1999, Winters has held various positions with the company. Prior to her positions at ISC, Winters served as investor relations director for Gencor Industries Inc. in Orlando, Fla. Previous to that position, she worked for the investment banking group at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, NY. Winters earned her undergraduate degree in international finance from Brigham Young University, and her masters of business administration from the University of Florida.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
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Jamaica Scorpions captain John Campbell says the 2020 West Indies Championship has been a season of ups and downs following the eighth round of the tournament, which culminated over the weekend.With the final two rounds postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Jamaicans have found themselves tied for third place in the competition with the Guyana Jaguars.This position is a much-improved one from last year’s competition, where the Scorpions finished in fifth place and captain Campbell said it was a season with more good than bad.“It’s been a season of ups and downs. We started out not doing so well with two draws and a loss and was in the last place but we fought back in the second half of the tournament and played some good cricket,” said Campbell. MORE CONFIDENT Campbell said the players got more and more confident as the tournament went on and credit must be given to the young unit, which was guided by a new coach in Andre Coley and a new captain.“We got more confident as we went on, first innings was a major problem for us but we turned that around on several occasions and started to put runs on the board and I must give credit to the young bowlers like Patrick (Harty) and Marquino (Mindley) who started off slow but in the end, Mindley and Harty finished with the first and second most wickets for us in the tournament,” added Campbell.The left-handed Campbell, who is currently the first-choice opener for the West Indies in Test cricket said he was also pleased with his output with the bat as well as his captaincy.“Although I didn’t score the number of runs that I would have liked, to fall short of 500 runs by just 10 is not bad. I will take three scores over 50 with two centuries any day. In terms if my captaincy, I think I did a decent job and I would say it was very smooth as most of the guys supported me and the decisions I made, sometimes you get it right and sometimes you don’t, but overall we did well in the end,” he shared.Campbell added that next season should see the team performing even better as the players continue to understand their roles more and more.“Next season we should get better as we started to identify when we were falling down and that each individual has a role to play when things like these happen.” – L.A.