CU-Boulder Professor Advises Shoppers On How To Avoid Online Bidding Fraud

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail With the holiday shopping season gaining momentum, more consumers than ever will be buying gifts online. Those who bid at Internet auction sites such as eBay should beware of shilling, an illegal practice in which a seller or their friends covertly pose as bona fide bidders and continuously raise the highest bid. The result is that the buyer pays an artificially high price and the seller makes a fraudulent profit. Online consumers can protect themselves from shilling with several tactics, according to Atanu Sinha, a professor of marketing at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Business. Sinha’s research on shilling was recently published in the flagship journal Marketing Science. The most effective tactic is to decide how much you will pay for an item before you bid, Sinha said. “You have to go into it with an idea of the maximum price that you can bid and still sleep well at night,” she said. “Even if you deviate from your expected price by a few dollars, but you get the item within your maximum price, you won’t feel cheated.” Other tactics include the following: o If the bids seem suspicious, stop bidding, Sinha said. “When in doubt, get out.” o Steer clear of repeated bids from an unknown source by researching the seller. eBay, for example, allows buyers to rate sellers, Sinha said. “Use any method you can to get information about the seller.” o If you are the type of person who gets caught up in the heat of the bidding action, refrain from bidding during the last 10 minutes of the auction when activity often escalates. o Remember that one-of-a-kind items are not commonly sold on the Internet. Rather, they are more often sold by reputable “bricks and mortar” auction houses. Although shilling is illegal, it does occur, and the opportunity for manipulation grows every day, Sinha said. This year, sales in consumer-based online auctions in the United States are expected to more than double to $6.4 billion, according to the New York Times. eBay controls more than 90 percent of the market. Sinha’s research also provides recommendations on possible actions by auction sites to reduce attempts at shilling. Published: Dec. 12, 2000 last_img read more

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Peter King Links Browns to Brock Osweiler

first_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Peter King of Sports Illustrated and MMQB reported Monday morning that he could see the Cleveland Browns being interested in Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler.This is taken from King’s February 8th edition of MMQB:“I think one little bit of free-agency buzz I heard here is the Broncos won’t be surprised if Browns coach Hue Jackson does more than just sniff around Brock Osweiler. Cleveland is in an interesting spot, picking second in the first round with a cadre of interesting but not lock college quarterbacks on the board. They’re surely not prepared to know what they’ll do a month from now in free-agency, but if Jackson is shaky on Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch and Carson Wentz, maybe Cleveland will look at a reasonably priced (or so you would think) prospect like Osweiler.”Osweiler is fresh off of winning a Super Bowl ring and his next step will be to decide whether or not he wants to stay in Denver or test the waters of free-agency. The Browns, as usual, have one thing on their mind; finding a quarterback. The 6’8″ 25-year-old has been in the NFL for four seasons after playing college ball at Arizona State University. He started seven games in the 2015 regular season and the Broncos went 5-2 in that stretch. Osweiler threw ten touchdown passes and six interceptions, with 1,967 passing yards.If the Browns were to entrust the starting quarterback role to Osweiler, it would be somewhat of gamble, given that Denver didn’t trust him to start in the playoffs, but then again, the Browns don’t have a Hall of Famer who would be in front of him in the depth chart. Matt Medleycenter_img Related TopicsBrock OsweilerCleveland BrownsDenver BroncosSuper Bowllast_img read more

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Tony Oakes reelected as Pattaya Sports Club President

first_imgPeter Malhotra Chairman of the Pattaya Sports Club Association, the governing body of the Pattaya Sports Club, congratulated President Tony and his board of directors and for their dedication to the good cause of sports and charity.“On behalf of the PSC Association committee, I wish to convey our heartfelt gratitude to all the PSC members who have collectively contributed your time, energy and resources to charity projects in our community. The Pattaya Sports Club’s main concern is to improve the health and well being of our children, which you have done without fail and with success. Your focus on giving our children a decent education is most commendable.”President Tony Oakes made his annual report followed by reports from the other committee chairmen. President Oakes said, “This has been a great year for the Pattaya Sports Club. We were very successful in terms of maintaining our membership numbers and increasing our charity work. Thank you all for your support and good work in Promoting Sports and Supporting Local Charities.”Elections were held to select the president and the board of directors for the 2011-12 year. The results showed that Tony Oakes was reelected as president for another term. Others elected to the committee were, Bobby Clark-Vice President, Paul Donahue-Secretary, Bob Lindberg-Treasurer, William Macey-Charity, Joe Mooneyham-Golf, Bjarne Nielsen-Registrar and Nigel Cannon-Social. Mike Johnston retains his seat in the Founder’s Chair. Special recognition was awarded to Past President Herbie Ishinaga who was also presented with a Life Membership in the Pattaya Sports Club. PATTAYA Saturday June 18: The Pattaya Sports Club held the Annual General Meeting this morning at the Town-in-Town Hotel attended by over 70 elective and founder members.last_img read more

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Queen’s Cup Pink Polo 2020 at Thai Polo Equestrian Club

first_imgLoading…Sponsored ContentThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? While the pink theme and all-ladies ensemble make for a unmissable affair, the Pink Polo holds special significance for its charitable cause. This year, all proceeds from the event will be donated to The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation, aimed towards supporting women in their fight against Breast Cancer, as well as raising awareness of the importance of breast cancer screening. The main highlight of the event are ladies matches between the participating teams ; Thai Polo, La Familia team, Marengo, and Ethiopian Airlines team.Pink Polo is also known for providing spectators with a fun and eventful Saturday such as Marching Band performance, Horseback Fashion Show, Yorkshire Terrier Club Thailand dog show. Donations of THB1,000 gets you a wristband, covering lunch and drinks during the event, along with a Pink Polo limited edition gift. Seatings are based on first come first serve availability.We also offer a table reservation at 15,000 baht for 10 pax which includes 1 bottle complimentary wine and a reserved table near the field area.RSVP: [email protected]center_img B.Grimm is hosting the Queen’s Cup Pink Polo 2020 taking place on Saturday 22 February, at the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club Pattaya, this marks the eleventh return of the annual tournament.last_img read more

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Miller time at Kooweerup

first_imgBy Russell Bennett Very few people love the Kooweerup red and blue more than favourite son Ben Miller. So, on…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Sookro breaks out of scoring slump to lead Hawks to 6-3 win

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks exploded for four first-period goals to double the Nelson Leafs 6-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Monday night in Fruitvale.The Hawks now lead the best-of-seven Murdoch Division semi final 3-2 with game six set for Tuesday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson. Game time is 7 p.m. After being called out by head coach Terry Jones, the top line of Ryon Sookro, Chris Derochie and Colton Donselaar came to play as the trio combined for 10 points.“Our top line is a minus-four in the series which is not good enough,” said Jones following game four’s 9-1 collapse in Nelson. Sookro, who has been invisible for most of the series, especially the two games in Nelson, led the charge with three goals, including two in the four-goal first period.The pair by Sookro, combined with single from Arie Postmus and Daniel Bishop, allowed the Hawks to grab a 4-1 lead.Colton Malmsten and Gavin Currie with a shorthanded tally, his second in two games, gave Nelson some life as the Leafs cut the margin to 4-3.But Sookro, who played his entire minor hockey in Nelson, scored on the power play and Donselaar added a single late in the frame to restore the three-goal advantage for the Hawks.Nelson tried to get back into the game with a strong third period, out shooting Beaver Valley 15-8. But Michael Vlanich, pulled during game four, rebounded to shutout the Leafs.“Mike’s been our rock all year long,” said Jones. “He’s been the reason why we finished where we did (in the standings).” Marcus Dahl scored the other goal for Nelson.The third-period surge allowed Nelson to out shoot the Hawks 36-33.BLUELINES: The Hawks rebounded on the power play scoring three times. . . .Beaver Valley center Dallas Calvin, who at one time was tied for the playoff lead in scoring, had a point and now sits tied for sixth in the post-season race. . . .Connor Enright tried to shift the momentum back to the Leafs with a third-period tilt against Jean-William Caron. . . .Joel Stewart was once again not in the lineup for Nelson as Leaf coach Chris Shaw went with most of the same line up that won game four. . . .Patrick Martens led Nelson in scoring with two assists. . . .Colton Donselaar and Ryon Sookro each had four points to lead the Nitehawks. . . .The series winner meets the Castlegar Rebels who knocked off Spokane Braves in the other Murdoch semi final 4-1. The series is tentatively to start, according to the KIJHL website, Thursday in the Sunflower [email protected]last_img read more

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PINERGY launches official energy partnership with Basketball Ireland

first_imgToday, PINERGY announced that it is the official energy partner to Basketball Ireland. PINERGY ambassador and shareholder Paul O’Connell teamed up with leading players from the Basketball Ireland Super League to make the official announcement and launch the #SlamSmarter campaign. As part of the partnership, PINERGY will  become the official analytics partner of Basketball Ireland and the official energy supplier of the National Basketball Arena. As the analytics partner, PINERGY will be sponsoring the analytics that will be used by coaching and backroom teams across the country, powering the insights behind the nation’s top performances. This mirrors PINERGY’s approach to its customers whereby SMART energy gives customers greater insight into their energy usage allowing them to make better choices around their energy consumption. To keep to date with PINERGY and Basketball Ireland, follow the PINERGY social channels:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinergyIRL/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pinergyie/Twitter: https://twitter.com/PINERGY Pinergy Partnership with Basketball Ireland, National Basketball Arena 5/9/2018Paul O’ConnellMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacycenter_img #SlamSmarter recognises the vital role played by smart technology in achieving marginal gains on the court. Throughout the partnership PINERGY will aim to support the growth of the game in Ireland by fuelling these insights and supporting the fans through competitions and other promotions to enhance their engagement with the game.PINERGY will also be the official energy supplier of the National Basketball Arena. The National Basketball Arena will use electricity equivalent to that of 35 domestic homes this year and working with PINERGY will give them greater insight, analytics and control of their consumption of electricity.David Slattery, Head of Marketing at PINERGY said: “We’re delighted to announce that PINERGY is now the official energy and analytics partner to Basketball Ireland. In addition, PINERGY will also become the energy supplier for the National Basketball Arena. In our role as the official analytics partner, PINERGY will power the analytical equipment used by Basketball Ireland, unlocking valuable insights into their energy consumption through the partnership. We are delighted to support this growing sport as part of our portfolio of sports sponsorships.”Conor Meany, Commercial Manager, Basketball Ireland said: “We’re thrilled to have PINERGY on board as the official energy partner to Basketball Ireland. Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland and with PINERGY’s sponsorship, it will help the game grow even further. Statistics are a major part of basketball and alongside Pinergy we strive to provide gains to our sport wherever possible. The energy in the National Basketball Arena on match day is something really special, we hope that this partnership with PINERGY will add to the already special energy that our fans produce.”Paul O’Connell, PINERGY Ambassador and former Irish international rugby player said: “In top level sport it’s all about making marginal gains. With PINERGY becoming the official analytical and energy Partner to Basketball Ireland, this will enable Basketball Ireland to make powerful gains using analytical insights that will allow the players to perform better on the court. PINERGY has a great tradition of supporting Irish sports and athletes, and this is something that I’m very proud to be a part of.” PINERGY is the official energy partner to Munster Rugby with its innovative #WeAre16 campaign. PINERGY also sponsors the Blackrock Ladies Rugby team, Young Munster RFC and Strata3 Velo Revolution cyclist James Davenport as part of its #PINERGYpassions campaign. For more information on Basketball Ireland, fans can visit basketballireland.ie or on the following social channels:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbireland/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/basketball_ireland/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballirlprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Women’s Basketball: Dec. 13 Scoreboard

first_imgThe Cowgirls clawed their way back from an eight-point deficit using a full-court press and a 10-0 run to take a 57-56 lead with 2:55 to play. Houston Baptist 92, Arlington Baptist 62HOUSTON, Texas – Houston Baptist women’s basketball shot 60 percent from the floor, outscored visiting Arlington Baptist, 64-22, in the paint, and out-rebounded the Patriots, 49-18, en route to a 92-62 victory Saturday afternoon at Sharp Gym. Steenholdt led all players with 16 first-half points, while Nwanguma came off the bench to score 10 points and pull down a half-high nine rebounds. HBU shot 59 percent from the floor. Hale led ABC with 10 points, as the Patriots shot 39 percent from the floor.The Huskies began the first five minutes of the second half outscoring the Patriots, 17-9, to bring their lead back to 23, 66-43. HBU continued to put the pedal to the metal, as they increased their lead to the 30s. At the 5:11-mark, freshman Carissa Diaz scored her first collegiate basket in Sharp Gym, giving HBU an 86-56 lead.Erin McGarrachan led HBU with 10 second-half points, while Jefferson had seven points, three assists, two rebounds, and two steals. HBU shot 61 percent from the floor in the half. The Patriots were led by Johnson with six points.Prior to the game, Steenholdt was awarded a commemorative ball, honoring her 1,500th career point she earned at UT-Pan American Nov. 29. She is the program’s all-time NCAA Division I leading scorer.HBU hosts cross-town rival Texas Southern Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 6 pm. – Return to top – A steal by Tayler Jefferson resulted in a Steenholdt layup to give HBU an 18-point advantage, 47-29, with just over a minute to go in the opening half. But Wise forced a steal and it resulted in a three-pointer by Hale, as HBU eventually led ABC at the break, 49-34. Jade Johnson led ABC (6-2) with 15 points, shooting 5-of-9 from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Morgan Hale and Tori Wise each scored 12 for the Patriots. After ULM made two free throws to cut the McNeese lead to 63-62, McNeese called a timeout on the inbounds play trying to avoid the five-second call but McNeese was out of timeouts.  A technical foul was called on the Cowgirls and Chelsea Tieuel made both free throws to give ULM a 64-63 lead.  After ULM retook the lead off two free throws, Allison Baggett hit a jumper in the lane and on the next play, McNeese’s Alaina Verdin picked up a steal and scored a layup to give McNeese a 61-58 lead. Junior post Ashleigh Nwanguma recorded her first double-double of the season for HBU (4-3), and the second of her career, as she had season highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds in 16 minutes. Senior forward Shanice Steenholdt led the Huskies with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 19 minutes. Senior forward Erin McGarrachan tied her season high of 12 points, while Heidi Sihvola dropped 11. McNeese began the game with a suffocating defense and held UL-Monroe to a 21.4 field goal shooting percent while shooting 50.0 percent in the first nine minutes of the game.  The Cowgirls held the lead for all but one minute in the first half and trailed 29-26 at the half. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women’s basketball team fell to UT Arlington, 42-28, at the Dugan Wellness Center Saturday.   Houston Baptist 92, Arlington Baptist 62ULM 66, McNeese State 63UT Arlington 42, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 28 After coming off a season-high 26 points against Centenary, Baggett tied her career high today with 31 points with 20 coming in the second half.  Baggett ended the game 12 of 29 from the field and was perfect from the free throw line, making all six attempts. Jayln Johnson chipped in 12 points and dished out a season-high six assists. To make matters worse, ULM retained the ball after the technical.  The Cowgirls fouled Tieuel again and once again she sank two free throws for a 66-63 ULM lead. McNeese had a chance to tie the game but Baggett’s last second three pointer missed to the left as time expired. HBU jumped out to an 8-0 lead before the Patriots got on the scoreboard with a made free throw by Johnson. HBU outscored the Patriots, 21-8, in a span of eight minutes to lead by 20, 29-9, with 9:52 remaining in the first half. – Return to top – HBU led by as many as 23 before the Patriots used a 14-5 run to cut the deficit to 14, 39-25, following a steal and layup by Ainsley Richardson at the 3:12-mark. The Cowgirls outrebounded the Warhawks 37-30 but turned the ball over 18 times and weren’t able to contain ULM’s leading scorer, Sharnice Brooks who led ULM with 20 points. Brooks also led the game with seven rebounds. Tieuel joined brooks in double figures with 15 points. Tieuel scored 10 of her points from the charity stripe. Alayshia Hunter chipped in 12 points and was credited with six blocks. ULM 66, McNeese State 63MONROE, La. — An unusual turn of events in the last fourteen seconds erased what looked like a McNeese State women’s basketball come from behind victory, turned out to be a 66-63 loss to Louisiana-Monroe Saturday. UT Arlington 42, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 28 The Islanders (2-5) scored a season low 28 points in the loss. Sophomore Camesha Davis tallied six points while grabbing seven rebounds and Toledo, Ohio native Olivia Fouty put in six points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the loss. Both teams played tight defense throughout, forcing 37 turnovers during the contest. The Mavericks (3-4) were able to capitalize on the turnovers though, outscoring the Islanders 13-8 on the night. The Islanders took a 17-15 lead into the locker room thanks in part to its hustle on the boards in the first half. A&M-Corpus Christi was able to out rebound the Lady Mavericks 7-1 on the offensive glass, equating to a 7-0 advantage in second chance points.   The second half was all Mavericks though, as 6-foot-5 freshman Rebekah Van Dijk put in eight of her game-high 12 points. The forward was able to control the painted area, grabbing 12 rebounds on the night. After Camesha Davis hit a layup with 14:47 remaining in the second half, the Islanders did not score another field goal until sophomore Kassie Jones hit a shot from behind the arc with 2:25 left in the game. During the stretch UTA outscored the Islanders 12-2. The team will have a quick turnaround as they hit Stripes Court at the American Bank Center on Monday for matchup with the Lady Tigers of Tennessee State at 5 p.m. The Islanders men will take the floor against UTSA at 7 p.m. For the latest team information, like the team on Facebook (Islanders Women’s Basketball), and follow the Islanders on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersWBB).– Return to top –last_img read more

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Daniel, Spickes Earn Southland Men’s Track and Field Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian junior sprinter Rosen Daniel and Central Arkansas freshman pole vaulter Daniel Spickes were named Southland Conference Men’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Cass Brown-Stewart, Stephen F. Austin; Connor Ryan, Central Arkansas. Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Daniel Spickes, Central ArkansasSpickes broke UCA’s record in the pole vault this past weekend at the Southern Illinois Invitational in Carbondale, Ill. The Rogers, Ark. (Rogers Heritage H.S.), native recorded a vault of 16 feet and 3.50 inches (4.97 meters) for a second place finish among a field of 12 competitors. Spickes mark broke the previous school record of 4.87 meters and helped the Bears claim a second place finish out of seven teams at the invitational. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Rosen Daniel, Abilene ChristianDaniel posted the fastest times this year in the Southland indoor season over the weekend at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque, recording altitude-adjusted 200-meter and 400-meter marks of 21.27 and 46.89 for fourth and second place, respectively. The Castries, St. Lucia, native also came in fifth in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:12.79. Daniel moved up to third among ACU’s all-time top performers with his 400m time and his 200m mark was the second fastest in ACU indoor history. The junior Coppin State transfer’s 4x400m relay posted the 10th fastest time in ACU indoor history.center_img Honorable Mention: Trey Darty, Stephen F. Austin. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

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SA agriculture ‘needs new social accord’

first_img13 February 2013 A social accord in agriculture, based on improved human rights, would help South Africa to market its farm produce overseas and ensure stability in the sector, government ministers told farmworkers during a dialogue session in Paarl in the Western Cape on Tuesday. Deputy International Relations Minister Marius Fransman said a social pact based on improved human rights between organised agriculture, farmworkers and the government was necessary. This, while Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told farmworkers that South Africa would push to label its export produce as “ethically produced”. In a dialogue session led by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, farmworkers told government ministers about concerns over evictions, deductions made by farmers to their take-home pay, and the increasing number of foreign nationals who were working on farms in the region.Assistance ‘to be linked to working conditions’ Tony Ehrenreich, Western Cape secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), said about one-million farmworkers had been evicted since 1994 because of a failure for farmers to work together with workers. Ehrenreich said that authorities had to take measures against the threat of some farmers who, he said, were evicting or sacking workers to spite the new minimum wage agreed to by farmers, workers and the government. During a dialogue session earlier on Tuesday, farmers raised concerns about how the sector would remain competitive with the gazetting last week of the R105 minimum wage a day for farmworkers, and called for tariff increases and incentives to protect the sector. Speaking to farmworkers at the dialogue, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said any assistance that was offered to farmers, such as tax incentives or funding, would be linked to improving conditions for farmworkers. The sector needed forums and even collective bargaining to ensure that farmworkers and farmers were able to sit around the same table, Joemat-Pettersson said, calling on farmworkers to report any victimisation, including evictions, to the authorities.Violence ‘not the way to go’ Violence in strikes was not the way to go as this would only lose respect and support for farmworkers, she said. Western Cape Agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg also urged farmworkers to abide by the law and to report any incidents of crime to the nearest authorities. For farmworkers wanting to report evictions, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti urged them to phone the department’s toll-free number 0800 007 095. Nkwinti also urged land claimants to submit applications as soon as possible after President Jacob Zuma last month re-opened the land claims process. The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform was busy compiling a manual to help applicants make land claims, Nkwinti added. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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