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VOL. 132 | NO. 122 | Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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UberEATS Adds McDonald’s Delivery in Memphis

UberEATS has added McDonald’s delivery in Memphis.

Now Uber customers can use the standalone UberEATS app to order a meal from McDonald’s and get it delivered straight to their door. The way it works: customer payment information is pulled from their existing Uber account. The UberEATS app lets customers tap which menu items they’d like to get delivered. The restaurant prepares it and hands it off to a nearby Uber driver, who’s hailed to deliver it to the customer.

UberEATS has been live in Memphis for a few months.

McDonald’s said in May it was significantly ramping up its partnership with the service. The UberEATS-compatible service now covers more than 1,000 restaurants.

– Andy Meek

Zoo Celebrating World Giraffe Day

The Memphis Zoo will mark World Giraffe Day Wednesday, June 21, with a documentary film at the Zambezi River Hippo Camp, two chats with the zoo’s giraffe keeper and the zoo’s keeper of okapi, the closest living relative to giraffes.

The public can also watch two giraffe feeding periods Wednesday in a separate event.

Zoo docents will display giraffe artifacts on Wednesday and have activities for children at a touch table.

The giraffe keeper talks at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; the okapi chats take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The feeding decks, which have a separate admission fee, are from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The touch table is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

World Giraffe Day calls attention to the status of giraffes as “vulnerable to extinction,” according to the International Union of Conservation Nature Red List.

Over the last 15 years, the population of giraffes in the wild has decreased from 140,000 to 80,000.

– Bill Dries

International Paper Among Top Places to Work in IT

Online publication Computerworld has named Memphis-based International Paper Co. among the 2017 Best Places to Work in IT.

According to the rankings, IP finished 26th on the top 100 list for IT professionals in the large company category. Choosing the Top 100 companies was based on organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits and compensation.

"I am proud of this team and really happy to see them recognized for helping International Paper become one of the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world," said Bob Wenker, vice president and chief information officer at International Paper. "Being listed as one of the Best Places to Work in IT is a great achievement, made possible by a committed group of talented team members. I am extremely proud of them."

In total, International Paper has 1,400 IT team members who deliver technology support services to the company's 55,000 global team members, using information resources across 645 locations, speaking 13 languages and doing business in 44 currencies, according to Computerworld.

The list, which is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention.

– Patrick Lantrip

U of M Golfer Runner-Up At State Women’s Amateur

University of Memphis golfer Sydney Colwill lost to Abigail Heck, a Notre Dame signee, at the 85th Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship on Friday, June 16.

The pair of amateur golfers both won three matches prior to the match-play final, which Heck, a No. 4 seed, ultimately won.

Colwill, a U of M junior, was 2 up after the fourth hole at Memphis National Golf Club, but Heck regained control of the match by winning the 11th and 12th holes, then held on for the victory.

Heck said she was “a little intimidated going into the last two matches,” against college players. “Although it sounds cliché, I tried to take it one match and one shot at a time. I tried not to get ahead of myself,” she said.

No to be outdone, Heck’s sister Rachel won the American Junior Golf Association Rolex Girls Invitational the same day.

– Patrick Lantrip

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