Technology Going Green – Experts Debate The Issues

first_imgData center efficiency: AC vs DC power Data center efficiency: liquid vs air cooling In addition to the debates, the event features keynotes from Lorie Wigle, general manager for Intel’s Eco-Technology Program Office and president, Climate Savers Computing Initiative and Andrew Fanara, head of the ENERGY STAR product development team, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Register to attend in person or tune into Open Port’s Blog Talk Radio the day following the seminar to hear interviews with the speakers. tThis debate should be quite compelling with industry experts from esteemed organizations like IDC, The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Emerson Network Power, Intel, Microsoft, InfoWorld, and Verari Systems–to name a few. View the complete schedule and register today for this one-of-a-kind opportunity. Client: thin vs. thick client I remember back when I worked in the field of organic agriculture and environmental marketing. No one had a clue what I meant when I referred to the importance of “going green.” Yet today the green debate has rapidly spread from the rows of organic farms to the halls of corporations all over the world. Even technology companies are joining the movement and debating the issues at hand.On June 11, 2008 experts on various sides of the eco-technology issues will converge in Santa Clara to debate these “hot” topics:last_img read more

HHS Takes $1 Billion “Step” Toward Making Swine Flu Vaccine

first_imgKathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today announced the decision to spend $1 billion of existing funds on what a press release gingerly called “steps necessary to prepare for potential commercial-scale production of a candidate vaccine for the novel Influenza A (H1N1).”The press release says HHS will spend the money on vaccine ingredients needed for commercial-scale production and for the early clinical tests needed to determine how much of this and how much of that to put into the final product. Specifically, influenza vaccines contain the hemagglutinin protein that studs the surface of the virus, the so-called antigen that stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies. In countries outside of the United States, vaccine makers add a booster, or adjuvant, to increase potency, which increases the amount of final product they can make from a given amount of antigen—or reduces the number of doses ultimately needed to trigger a robust antibody response. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently does not license the use of any influenza vaccines that contain adjuvants, it has approved adjuvant-containing vaccines against many other diseases. (FDA does not license adjuvants, per se, but considers them as an integral ingredient of final products that use them.) HHS spokesperson Bill Hall told ScienceInsider that the money will purchase 20 million doses of vaccine, the amount needed to protect “critical infrastructure personnel and vulnerable populations.” But the $1 billion only covers the cost of bulk ingredients, not a final product that is properly formulated, put into vials, and approved by FDA. And Hall stressed that there has been “no decision” about whether to go into full-scale production to make enough vaccine for the entire country’s 304 million people. 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Sanofi-Pasteur will make only antigen, and Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline will make antigen and their novel, proprietary, “next generation” adjuvants—neither of which has ever been used in a vaccine that has received approval by FDA. Another $150 million will go toward conducting clinical trials run by these three companies and MedImmune, in Rockville, Maryland, and CSL Limited, in Melbourne, Australia. Hall said the remainder will go to companies that still are negotiating with HHS. “Our goal throughout this new H1N1 outbreak has been to stay one step ahead of the virus,” said Sebelius in the HHS release. “The actions we are taking today will help us be prepared if a vaccine is needed.”last_img read more

Czech fans gives tough fight to home crowd at David Cup

first_imgChandraboli Mitra New Delhi, Sep 19 (PTI) Even as India and Czech Republic players fought it out at the DLTA courts for top honours, off it a small section of Czech fans gave a tough challenge to the home crowd as far as cheering for their teams was concerned at the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie. A travelling contingent of approximately 80-odd people plus more than 20 Czechs residing in the Capital came out to rally behind their team with roof-lifting cheers accompanying every point scored by the visiting players. The entire bunch shouted slogans in their language like Lets go Czechs and Go Czechs go with their flags fluttering in the strong breeze here. It was so energetic that sometimes it drowned the Indian fans voices as well as the beats of the drums. Compared to the opening day of the tie, today being Saturday, the spectators turned up in large numbers. And the fact that Indian veteran Leander Paes was in action and along with his partner Rohan Bopanna were the favourites to win over the Czech team, certainly added to the zeal. Milan Hovorka, the Ambassador of Czech Republic to India, said that the Czech fans were extremely keen to visit India and support their team at the Davis Cup. “We have distributed about 140 tickets to the Czech supporters. About 80 people have travelled all the way from Czech Republic, while many others, who are staying here have also come here. So more than 100 Czech fans have come out to support the team,” said the ambassador. “It is one of the biggest sporting events between India and Czech Republic, and it is great to witness some of the most competitive matches being played by both the sides,” he added. MORE PTI CM ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Umesh Yadav: Healthy rivalry between quicks a positive

first_imgAdvertisementFast Bowler Umesh Yadav who is currently touring Caribbean with the Indian Team for the two-match test series believes that the competition among the current lot of Indian bowlers  to seal a spot in the playing XI is a positive sign for the Indian cricket team and helps the players to improve individually.The Indian fast bowler had a great 2016-17 domestic test season and was also rewarded for with a spot in the champions trophy team, but with the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah with additional pace of Hardik Pandya raising their hands on several ocassion it has been hard for Umesh Yadav to find a place in the Playing XI.The Pacer who was integral part of the Indian team who won the test series in Australia, credited his coach Sobrato Banerjee at the academy in Vidarbha who helped him improve his pace and bowling regime after a hectic 6-weeks of IPL.The Indian Pacer looked in good touch during the warm-up game against the Windies team as he returned with figures of 3/19 after 10 overs . The Pacer said “I gave myself some time to work on my errors and get my rhythm back. There are times when everything is going good but your mind is distracted thinking that things are not going the way you want it to be going. To get away and think, that space of mind is important. I did the same. I went home, spoke to my coach, cleared my thoughts and got clarity.”India are all set to play their first test match of the series at Antigua on 22nd August.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgKhalid has denied to the ACU officials that Sharjeel Khalid has denied to the ACU officials that Sharjeel accepted any offer. The source also confirmed that discarded Pakistani batsman, Shahzaib Hasan who appeared before the PCB ACU officials in Lahore on Tuesday had in fact reported an approach made to him over the phone to his team owner and the ACU officials in Dubai but not immediately. About Muhammad Irfan, the source said he had been sent a notice of charge for not reporting approaches made to him to spot-fix in matches. Tafazzul Rizvi the legal advisor for the PCB told PTI that Irfan had been charged under clause 2.4.4 which pertains to not reporting an approach. “Irfan admitted he didn?t report the approaches when he was interviewed by the ACU officials on Monday.” When asked why Irfan had been allowed to continue playing in the PSL and Sharjeel and Khalid were sent back, Rizvi explained one couldn?t equate both cases with one another. “Irfan continued to play on because enough material was not gathered which could confirm he had undermined the integrity of the sport. But now that he has appeared before the ACU the board decided he had a case to answer and has been sent a notice of charge to which he has to reply in 14-days time,” Rizvi said. He said he couldn?t comment on the Sharjeel and Khalid case as it was now before a tribunal and they have denied the charges. The three-member tribunal formed to hear the Sharjeel and Khalid case has 90 days from the date the players were provisionally suspended to hold its preliminary hearing or the players can ask the PCB to lift their suspensions. Rizvi said the tribunal at its preliminary hearing will decide on the time line of the case. He also made it clear that any evidence with the PCB can?t be made public and has to be kept confidential and given to the tribunal. Former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar believes that the longer the PSL spot-fixing case lingers on it will open a Pandora?s box specially if the players decide to challenge any decision and go to court. “I dont think this is going to be as simple as it looks. We could see a pandora?s box open up later which would not be good for Pakistan cricket,” Akhtar said. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Vegas Computer Is Predicting A Huge Week 3 Upset

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium.COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: General view of the Maryland Terrapins and West Virginia Mountaineers game at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Week 3 of the 2018 college football season is nearly here. In just a few days, Boston College and Wake Forest will kick off the weekend of college football with a Thursday night game.The upcoming weekend’s slate is in danger due to Hurricane Florence threatening the East Coast. Several games have already been canceled as a result.Will there be any upsets?OddsShark’s computer is predicting one.The sportsbook’s prediction has Maryland losing to an 0-2 Temple program.Maryland enters the contest as a 15.5-point favorite to win the game.The Terrapins host Temple on Saturday at noon.last_img read more

North PI Club Bolsters Fight against Cybercrime

first_imgzoom North P&I Club has joined a collaboration between shipping industry leaders to combat cyber criminals by committing to the CSO Alliance’s global information and reporting platform for digital attacks.The new information and reporting platform will provide best practice operational procedures, advice on handling incidents, and real time information on cyber and other crime. The website will also provide an anonymous reporting platform which is currently under development.Cybercrime is a rapidly growing global threat in all industries and shipping is not immune. Digital risks have industry-wide implications, and strength in numbers is the best defence against a threat that is dynamic, rapidly evolving, and multiplies when a weakness is identified, according to North P&I Club.“A maritime cyber-crime reporting portal can help cyber-attacks to be identified early and hinder their propagation by alerting users to their presence. Sharing cyber security information will require a move away from shipping’s traditional preference for privacy but the question is ‘Can the industry afford not to share?’” Colin Gillespie, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention) North P&I, said.“We need to work together with CSO Alliance and its members towards its goal of ‘Security through community.’ The launch of the Cyber Alliance is a welcome and timely development that complements the CSO Alliance,” Gillespie added.last_img read more

STEM Advocate Danica McKellar To Discuss Math In Movies

first_imgLockheed Martin will host education advocate Danica McKellar at the upcoming USA Science & Engineering Festival to discuss the mathematics behind the hit animated film “Flatland: The Movie,” and its 2012 sequel, “Flatland 2: Sphereland” – two productions highly acclaimed for their creative use of math and sci-fi inventiveness.Presently competing on the new season of Dancing With The Stars, McKellar is well-known for her starring roles on the television series The Wonder Years and The West Wing and for her candid, bestselling books that motivate girls in mathematics: Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. Joining McKellar at the festival will be acclaimed Flatland filmmakers Seth Caplan and Dano Johnson.“Movies and television play an important role in shaping the narrative for kids around STEM,” said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Festival co-founder and Lockheed Martin senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Danica has been a tremendous education advocate not only on screen, but also through her STEM-focused books to help make math more accessible and relevant to girls.”McKellar will be featured on the Lockheed Martin stage among a rotation of inventors, entrepreneurs and celebrities April 26-27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.In addition to the stage, Lockheed Martin engineers and technologists will showcase awe-inspiring technologies and interactive, hands-on exhibits in the areas of advanced aeronautics, data analytics, scientific discovery, nanotechnologies, robotics and energy.More than 500,000 people participated in the events leading up to the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival. The two-day Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center draws students, parents, teachers, as well as organizations and companies interested in investing in STEM education. To learn more about Lockheed Martin’s involvement in the festival, as well as details on the exhibits, click here.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Pot earningsCannabis producers Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth, Tilray and Chronos will report their final pre-legalization financial results next week. The rollout of legal pot has been uneven across the country, with significant supply and delivery problems reported in Ontario and Quebec.TransCanada talkTransCanada Corp. will host its annual investor day in Tuesday. The company said on Friday it remains committed to the Keystone XL crude pipeline project despite a Montana judge’s ruling that it must pass a further environmental review.Profitable trainsCN Rail chief financial officer Ghislain Houle will address the Scotiabank Transportation & Industrials Conference in Toronto on Tuesday. In October, the Montreal-based company reported the highest quarterly revenues of its 99-year year history, helping it address concerns over operating capacity.Loblaw earningsLoblaw Companies Ltd. discusses third-quarter results on Wednesday. In September the grocer announced that it will record a tax charge of $368-million, or 98 cents per share, in the third quarter related to its former Barbadian banking subsidiary Glenhuron Bank Ltd. after a recent Tax Court of Canada ruling.Monthly housing numbersCREA is expected to release its monthly home sales data for October on Thursday. Results from September showed that home sales fell for the first time in five months amid weakening markets in Vancouver and Toronto.last_img read more

From California budget to water Brown leaves lasting mark

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office Jan. 7 after a record four terms as the state’s chief executive. After serving from 1975 to 1983, he was re-elected by voters in 2010.Here’s a look at his record:BUDGETBrown began his second stint as governor with a $27 billion deficit — an enormous hole in the state’s finances that he and lawmakers filled with service cuts, fee increases and temporary income and sales tax increases.Public universities lost more than $1 billion, state parks closed and further cuts were made to education, in-home supportive services, welfare and health care for the poor.Brown persuaded voters in 2012 to increase taxes on the wealthy. The cuts and new taxes, combined with a rebounding economy, helped turn around the state’s finances.Brown created then filled the “rainy day” fund, leaving $14.5 billion to help in another recession that he warns is coming. On top of that, the Legislative Analyst’s Office predicts a roughly $15 billion surplus heading into the next budget.Brown’s fiscal restraint won him praise from legislative Republicans and occasionally irked fellow Democrats who wanted to invest more in education and programs for the poor.WATERAfter leading California through one of its worst droughts, Brown this year signed a law requiring local governments to adopt year-round water conservation standards that critics deem government overreach.He championed a 2014 ballot measure authorizing billions for water storage and other projects, and signed groundwater management laws.But his ambitious plan to spend $17 billion on two giant tunnels to modernize how California transports water from the north to south won’t be completed before Brown leaves office, or possibly ever. It would be an extension of the State Water Project that his father, former Gov. Pat Brown, began during the 1950s and 60s.Environmentalists and Northern California farmers generally oppose it, while water districts in the south are supportive. The state recently withdrew a permit application that was likely to be blocked by a little-known state agency, and Newsom wants to see a scaled-back version of the project.Brown says it’s a necessary update to the state’s water distribution and downplays concerns the south would take too much water.TRANSPORTATIONAt Brown’s urging, the Legislature in 2017 passed a fuel tax increase to raise $50 billion over 10 years for road and bridge repairs. Brown successfully beat back a repeal effort on the November 2018 ballot.Brown has also championed the plan to build a high-speed train between Los Angeles and San Francisco, even as costs balloon. Approved by voters in 2008, the project has nearly doubled in cost and won’t be completed until at least 2033, a significant delay from early estimates. Repeated audits have faulted the project’s management.Brown remains steadfast in his defence of the project, saying it will bring California into the modern age of transportation.He disputed the state auditor’s findings during a recent interview with The Associated Press. His successor, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, wants to scale back the project.CLIMATE CHANGEBrown emerged as a global force in the fight against climate change during his second two terms.He championed an extension to California’s cap-and-trade program that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It was first passed under former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Amid tense negotiations, Brown’s team made a deal that won support from both environment- and business-friendly lawmakers.Brown also accelerated California’s clean energy goals and signed a law setting a target of generating 100 per cent of California’s electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045.The transportation sector remains California’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and Brown pledged to put millions of electric vehicles on the roads.He also created a global partnership of states and cities pledging to limit carbon emissions. As President Donald Trump pulled the United States away from international deals, Brown travelled to China and Russia and worked with the United Nations on climate goals.CRIMINAL JUSTICECalifornia dramatically revamped its criminal justice system under Brown’s second stint in office, partly due to a federally mandated reduction in its prison population.During Brown’s first two terms, he pushed strict sentencing laws that he later said he regretted.The second time around, Brown campaigned for a 2016 ballot measure that allows offenders to seek earlier parole hearings and reduces some criminal penalties. Voters also eased sentences for certain crimes including drug use and petty theft, although Brown didn’t campaign for that measure.He also issued more commutations and pardons than any governor since at least the 1940s.___Associated Press writers Don Thompson and Jonathan J. Cooper contributed to this report.Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Wanted Grande Prairie man arrested in possession of over 15000 in cash

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A Grande Prairie wanted on an outstanding warrant was arrested by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and charged with new drug trafficking offences this week after being found with more than $15,000 in cocaine and methamphetamine.43-year-old Andre Rozon was arrested by the Grande Prairie organized crime team on Wednesday. Rozon was wanted on a warrant stemming from a previous ALERT drug trafficking investigation that concluded last September.Rozon’s latest arrest occurred while he was stopped in a vehicle, along with co-accused Nolan Knibbs. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 157 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of methamphetamine, 0.2 grams of heroin, and $1,970 cash. Rozon was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, and three counts of breach of recognizance. Knibbs, aged 27, was also charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.It’s not known when the two will next appear in court.last_img read more

Senior UN official commends Mexican human rights reform

9 June 2011A top United Nations official has lauded Mexico’s enactment of constitutional changes on human rights as a positive reform that will pave the way for greater protection of internationally recognized rights in that country. “This tangible and positive reform ought to take Mexico towards better and stronger recognition and implementation of the human rights contained in the constitution and international treaties,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a press statement released today.The changes to the Mexican charter, which give constitutional status to all human rights that are guaranteed in international treaties to which Mexico is party, are aimed at guaranteeing individuals the most favourable interpretation of human rights law, including internationally recognized human rights, in all settings, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Eleven articles of the constitution have been amended.“This is a milestone that is the result of years of hard work and discussion by stakeholders from many different sectors of society: members of the Mexican Congress, Senate, academics and civil society,” Ms. Pillay said. The OHCHR office in Mexico has been working closely with various parties on the reform through the years and commends its passage, she said.“It should reinforce the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights and it should help the country address some of the important human rights challenges it is currently facing.”Ms. Pillay cited as important the restrictions that the reform places on the declaration of a state of emergency and the protection of human rights in such circumstances, OHCHR said. She also welcomed the strengthened role of the human rights ombudsman and the provisions on rights protection in educational settings and detention centres. read more

Korea Eximbank approves US 14 million for Sri Lanka

Korea Eximbank which operate ECDF(Economic Development Cooperation Fund) entrusted by Korean Government will finance this project with a high concessional EDCF compact loan of 0% interest rate and 30 year repayment period including 10 year grace period. The project executing agency will be the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Council and Local Government whereas the National Solid Waste Management Centre under the purview of the same Ministry will function as the project management unit. The Export-Import Bank of Korea has approved US$14 million for supply of garbage collection compactors to Sri Lanka, the Korean Embassy in Sri Lanka said.The project will provide 190 garbage compactors to local authorities in all nine Provinces of Sri Lanka in order to collect and transfer large amount of waste to dumping sites in an efficient and economical manner. The supply of garbage compactors project does not have only economic meaning but also diplomatic meaning. Korean government’s decision to finance for this project comes at a significant time as this year 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) provides Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans through EDCF (Economic Development Cooperation Fund) for international development and cooperation. The bank provided its first ODA loan for the rehabilitation of the Colombo-Galle road (A2) in 1990. As of now, Korea Eximbank entrusted by the Korean government with the EDCF has approved USD 771 million for 27 development projects in Sri Lanka.Korea Eximbank also provides financing for international trade and overseas investment, to promote bilateral economic cooperation. Since 1978, Korea Eximbank has provided US$ 386 million both for trade between Sri Lanka and Korea and for Korean companies’ foreign direct investments in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The main objective of this project is to improve the solid waste management system through reduction in travel time and maintenance cost of collection vehicles and increase the waste collection quantity. Following the tragic garbage dump collapse in Meethotamulla, the solid waste management become a pressing concern in Sri Lanka.Currently, approximately 3/4 of solid wastes generated in urban areas are disposed through unsanitary open dumping due to the insufficiency of waste collection system. Further, there is a serious shortage of waste collection equipment in Sri Lanka where only 11.6% of solid waste is collected by compactors. In this context, this project will not only help prevent further environmental pollution and damage that was caused by unsanitary open dumping due to the insufficiency of waste collection system but will also enhance health and sanitary lifestyle of people in the long-run. read more

4 Ways to Tame the Wild West of Workstream Collaboration

4. Interoperability of AppsDisconnected apps and fragmented communication experiences is the single biggest hurdle to streamlined workplace collaboration. Outlook may “talk” to Gmail, but Skype for Business can’t exchange data with Webex and Slack is certainly far from doing so with Microsoft Teams. Overcoming this hurdle is imperative to creating truly collaborative communications in the workplace, regardless of what team you’re part of or even the company you work at. From BYOD to remote work, cloud to instant messaging, and email to persistent chat, the way we work has become cluttered by many of the same digital channels inundating our personal lives. In its early stages, the category Gartner now refers to as “workstream collaboration” is an evolution bringing together the best of these technologies and trends into one collaborative and business-friendly environment — think Microsoft Teams and Slack. Just as the UC category changed the role of voice in the enterprise, workstream collaboration is just a few short years away from changing the way we will collaborate every day. How will your IT department tame this Wild West?Tags:News & Viewsworkstream collaborationsecurityUCinteroperabilityTeam CollaborationBest PracticesCloud CommunicationsDigital TransformationFuture of WorkVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like 2. Address Security EarlyWith the workstream collaboration market in its nascent stage, so is the understanding of security considerations. While workstream collaboration apps such as Microsoft Teams have basic built-in capabilities to help address security concerns, IT teams should be prepared to bake security into every decision and strategy — from platform selection to the adoption of third-party apps and general training of end users on best practices. Just as email disrupted the workplace as a ubiquitous communication channel more than two decades ago, workstream collaboration is on the precipice of becoming a platform and channel-agnostic solution to tomorrow’s digital workforce. In fact, according to Gartner, by year-end 2022, 70% of teams will rely on workstream collaboration as the primary means of communicating, coordinating, and sharing information. See All in Team Collaboration » While some organizations might consider a security strategy that allows for zero risk, it’s important to balance security against end-user productivity and collaboration. IT teams will need to ensure unique security concerns have solutions while introducing protocols and procedures that are effective yet easy to implement. Otherwise, employees will render workstream collaboration less effective, derailing innovation and inhibiting the free flow of information. Here are the four key ways IT can tame the Wild West of workstream collaboration, without suppressing employee benefits: Quite a few different apps have already gained notable traction in the workplace; however, even the app vendors have acknowledged they have no immediate roadmap plans to create interoperability protocols. Email suffered a similar struggle in its early stages. The introduction of Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), which allowed interoperability among disparate and competitive email software platforms, largely drove email’s broad adoption. Workstream collaboration is in a similar period of early adoption today, with platform providers hyper-focused on staking claim to large chunks of market share. Creating a communication channel as universal as email will require one of the leading vendors (or perhaps some industry working group) to set out with the intention of enabling cross-vendor communications. For IT, this means a long period of piloting different methods and gracefully reining in the variety of channels and platforms used by employees. Given today’s rate of consumer adoption across such a fragmented communications landscape, the only route to consolidation is through proactive adoption of omnipresent channels. 1. Empower IT DepartmentsWorkforce communication has become user-driven, compelling enterprises to adopt the apps and platforms preferred by consumer audiences. This shift in tech adoption decision making has notable implications for when, why, and how IT teams are able to intervene when issues arise and systems begin to fail. What a Restaurant Can Teach You About Collaboration Jon Arnold May 28, 2019 When you’ve got a 3-Star Michelin rating, your collaboration tools better be great, too. 6 Steps for Successful Collaboration Paul McMillan August 16, 2019 When implementing collaboration technology, be sure to place a premium on user experience. All the leading workstream collaboration apps are cloud-based, have solid mobile clients, and offer some form of app store for easy extension of functionality using additional SaaS apps. Similar to how Apple accelerated mobile, this cloud-centric workstream app approach creates an unprecedented opportunity to fully embrace cloud technology as organizations build policies and solutions from the ground up. Despite the ubiquity of the SaaS concept, many IT departments are still working through various organizational, policy, or infrastructure-related issues impeding their ability to move fully into the cloud. IT organizations that get their cloud houses in order will be best prepared for the impending arrival of workstream collaboration. Even with such a shift, IT teams still need to be empowered (and provided with the resources) to make short-term decisions that align with longer-term strategic plans. Flexibility and bigger picture thinking are invaluable to the ability of IT to embrace multiple, comparable platforms co-existing and functioning simultaneously within a single organization. IT may not be the change agent during this period of rapid growth and adoption of collaboration apps, but ultimately it will need to be at the forefront of larger platform and adoption strategies that will unify organizations under a shared communication platform. These frustrations have extended to enterprise IT departments, which have all but lost control over the proliferation of messaging, collaboration, and unified communication (UC) apps within their organizations. Staying up to date on the hottest tools and trends has meant chasing after and often turning a blind eye to the popular platform of the moment — or at least until the organization decides when and how to mandate what the corporate-standard app should be. This has ultimately created a Wild West scenario where employees pick and choose their preferred apps, even though they often fall outside the bounds of the larger IT-driven strategy. wildwest.jpg Microsoft Teams Roars with 13 Million Daily Active Users! Kevin Kieller July 11, 2019 Ahead of next week’s Inspire event, Microsoft touts Teams usage and showcases new features. Cisco Takes Aim at Collaboration Friction Dave Michels June 11, 2019 Never before has the collaboration portfolio been so aligned – across the business and into the contact center Log in or register to post comments Microsoft Teams’ Superpowers Get More Super Kevin Kieller May 13, 2019 During last week’s Build conference, Microsoft announced new development capabilities for Teams. 3. Embrace the CloudWorkers today already expect to be able to plug into the office wherever they are, whenever they want, and cloud-based solutions are truly embracing this constantly-connected culture. Cloud adoption in the UC and collaboration space is already very much on the rise, with Gartner recently revealing that 70% of businesses will be provisioned, in whole or in part, with office system capabilities from the cloud in the next two years. For the workforce of tomorrow, this means IT will be prepared to rapidly deliver the apps necessary to improve productivity, accelerate decision making, and stay connected while away from the office. While this digital transformation will ultimately displace email by bringing all business conversations and content into one centralized portal (or “workstream”), the disparate nature of the market has created a volatile environment with little direction on how best to communicate. One minute you may be coordinating a time to schedule a call over email, the next you jump on a conference line using Microsoft Skype for Business, then you follow up on next steps via Slack. Keeping track of these siloed conversations not only causes headaches, but also can decrease individual productivity and negatively impact collaboration among team members. read more

UN health agency urges private sector to provide affordable hearing aids to

Hearing aid manufacturers, service providers and donor States are all taking part in the two-day event, which aims to evaluate the possibility of private-public partnerships to provide affordable hearing aids in developing countries.According to the UN agency, appropriate hearing aids can cost up to $500 in developing States. “These prices are prohibitive for the majority of people living in these countries,” said Dr. Derek Yach, WHO Executive Director for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health. “What we would like to do for these people is see the price there come down to $10-20 per hearing aid.” Two-thirds of the world’s estimated 250 million people who suffer from hearing loss live in developing countries, yet those States have fewer than one out of every 40 hearing aids that they need, WHO said.”In addition to the shortages and high prices, there is a huge lack of services in developing countries to fit hearing aids and ear moulds correctly and very few trained personnel,” Dr. Yach noted. The WHO guidelines provide detailed requirements for the manufacture of affordable and appropriate hearing aids, the provision of services, and the training of personnel in developing countries. read more

War in Iraq not inevitable but humanitarian preparedness crucial – UN agency

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers yesterday visited possible new campsites for Iraqis at Yazde-no and Darshia, in the west of Iran, and noted that the Government has been exemplary in its efforts to handle a possible Iraqi influx, spokesman Ron Redmond said in Geneva.The High Commissioner saw land being cleared for camps, as well as roads and other facilities being prepared. Iranian officials told Mr. Lubbers that they expect to have three sites ready in a short time. In all, seven sites are currently under preparation, out of 10 planned and each is designed to accommodate about 20,000 people, according to Mr. Redmond.Iran has a long record of hosting Iraqi refugees and currently shelters more than 202,000 – half the world’s recognized Iraqi refugee population. Mr. Redmond said the UN agency plans to support the Iranian Government and the Iranian Red Crescent in their humanitarian work, and is currently shipping relief items to Ahwaz as part of that effort.During his two-day mission in Iran, Mr. Lubbers met President Mohammed Khatami, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrzai and Interior Minister Abdolvahed Musavi-Lari, as well as senior provincial and Red Crescent officials.In addition to Iran, Mr. Lubbers’ 10-day trip to the region – his fourth since taking office in early 2001 – included visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan. read more

Judges should not give anonymity to celebrities already named on social media

Judges should not grant celebrities anonymity if the public already know about the case from social media, the retiring Deputy President of the Supreme Court has said.  In an wide-ranging interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he also warned social media trolls and those who criticise judges that they will not succeed in influencing them.  Lord Jonathan Mance, who upheld a gagging order against the press in the only celebrity privacy case to reach the highest court, conceded that there is “no point” in trying to keep secret identities that have been widely published both online and abroad. In a career spanning more than five decades, one of Lord Mance’s more controversial rulings was in 2016 when… read more

Tsunami moins menaçant que prévu dans le Pacifique

first_imgTsunami : moins menaçant que prévu dans le PacifiqueLes côtes californiennes ainsi que l’Amérique latine ont à leur tour été touchées par un tsunami, consécutif au violent séisme de magnitude 8,9 survenu ce vendredi matin au large du Japon. Plusieurs centaines d’évacuations ont été nécessaires par précaution.Sur la côte ouest américaine cinq comtés côtiers sont actuellement touchés par les vagues, selon Tina Walker, porte-parole de l’agence publique de gestion des situations d’urgence de la Californie, citée par l’AFP. Les premières vagues, de plusieurs mètres de haut, ont touché la côte ouest vers 17h30 heure de Paris, sans causer de réel dégât. A Hawaï, des vagues de plusieurs mètres de haut ont déferlé sur les plages, désertées par la population qui avait été évacuée bien avant. L’alerte au tsunami avait été lancée sur tous les Etats de la côte pacifique des Etats-Unis cet après-midi. À lire aussiLa mise à l’eau d’un navire-cimentier entraîne une gigantesque vagueCes vagues ont également touché le nord-ouest du Mexique, premier pays d’Amérique latine atteint par les ondes du tsunami. Leur hauteur moyenne approchait le demi-mètre, selon le Centre local de recherche d’Ensenada. L’Equateur, le Chili et la Colombie craignent également ces vagues.Toutefois, pour le moment, aucune vague géante n’a été signalée en dehors du Japon. “La menace peut durer plusieurs heures, en raison de l’arrivée de multiples vagues”, a toutefois souligné le centre d’alerte au tsunami du Pacifique.L’alerte a été levée aux Philippines. Par ailleurs, l’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande ont été retirées de la liste des pays en alerte.Le 11 mars 2011 à 20:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jim Duggan talks Royal Rumble 1988 WWE and Mattel extend deal

first_img 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Roman Reigns is in Remission Jim Duggan talks Royal Rumble 1988Kayfabe Commentaries has posted a video trailer with Jim Duggan for the latest episode in the new “Supercard” series where the guest looks at one particular PPV that they were a part of and involved in a prominent role. This episode looks at the first Royal Rumble back in 1988 with the winner of the first ever Royal Rumble match.You can purchase the VOD or DVD of the episode by going to and Mattel extend partnershipWWE and Mattel have signed an extension of their ongoing licensee partnership through 2021, according to a new report by Ringside Collectibles on Monday.Mattel has been the official licensee for all WWE action figures and toys since 2009 after WWE ended their partnership with Jakks Pacific.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next AEW announces Dustin Rhodes will join the coaching staff; in-ring career to continue Now Playing Up Next Facebookcenter_img Seth Rollins Videos Articles Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE announces multi-year partnership agreement with mobile company Qutoutiaolast_img read more

Esther McVey appointed secretary of state for work and pensions

first_imgConservative member of Parliament (MP) Esther McVey has been appointed as the new secretary of state for work and pensions.McVey, who has been the MP for Tatton since June 2017, commenced her new role in January 2018 after the former minister, David Gauke, was appointed the secretary of state for justice and Lord Chancellor.McVey is the fifth MP to hold this office since 2016, following Iain Duncan Smith, Stephen Crabb, Damian Green and David Gauke.From November 2017, McVey had been acting as treasurer of the HM household, deputy chief whip, House of Commons. Prior to that, she was minister of state, department for work and pensions, cabinet between July 2014 and March 2015, minister of state, department for work and pensions between October 2013 and July 2014, and parliamentary under-secretary, department for work and pensions between September 2012 and October 2013.McVey has also participated in select committees, such as the selection committee from November 2017 and the home affairs committee between September 2017 and December 2017.last_img read more