IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The IBM PC, the machine that helped launch the original revolution in business computing, burst onto the scene 28 years ago today. Though it was far from the first personal computer available for purchase, IBM’s original 5150 model quickly became the gold standard for business computing, and helped to transform our notions of communication and collaboration forever. The year was 1981. While Apple and other companies had been selling to hobbyists and select geeks, there was by no means any guarantee that personal computers would be as influential as they are today. But just a year later, Timehad named the computer “Man of the Year,” and 80 percent of Americans predicted that home computers would be “as common as television sets or dishwashers.” The millions of IBM PCs sold and the army of clones it inspired are what jump-started that shift. The IBM PC was a driving force behind getting people to see computing as a personalized activity at work and at home. By cementing the idea of computing as a personal activity in our culture, the IBM PC set the stage for the Web as we now know it, a phenomenon that would eventually circle back to influence the enterprise enormously. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… steven walling Tags:#enterprise#Trends Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
The Wallsend Touch Association and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance will come together on Sunday, 29 September with their inclusive Touch Football knockout day to be held. 24 teams will take to the field at the Wallsend Touch Ovals, with all money raised going to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The teams will also have the opportunity to take part in wheelchair Touch Football as well. It is the third consecutive year that the event has been held, with team numbers doubling for the 2013 event. For more information about the event, please visit www.wallsendtouch.com.au or the Wallsend Touch Association Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/wallsend.touchfootball.To find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, please visit their website – https://www.cerebralpalsy.org.au/. Related LinksWallsend Touch Fundraiser
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 29: Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals reacts as he coaches against the Louisville Cardinals during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Saturday’s fantastic Kentucky-Louisville game should have made headlines for the great game on the court, but an alleged gesture by Cardinals coach Rick Pitino as he exited the floor has captured the attention of the college basketball world. Following his team’s two point loss, a Kentucky fan tweeted a video of Pitino allegedly giving the middle finger to taunting Wildcats fans. It is hard to tell definitively what the gesture Pitino makes is, but a new video has come out that gives a slightly better angle.This video, posted to Facebook by Adam Joseph Gatzke, is still grainy, but it definitely looks like Pitino extends a finger, and it doesn’t look like it could be his index finger to make a “No. 1” gesture, as Pitino said was the case.Between this incident, and Pitino skipping his post-game press conference, and the looming questions surrounding his program due to the sex scandal that broke before the season, Pitino is having a very rough 2015. Fox Sports’ Aaron Torres has gone as far as to call him the “least likable” person in college sports. If he did, in fact, flip off a number of fans, even if they taunted him, it doesn’t help his case there.[Reddit]
Calling it her “one-year birthday wish,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is asking people to join the Be The Match Registry® in celebration of the life-saving bone marrow transplant she received last September.This appeal for registry members, captured in a new public service announcement (PSA), is Roberts’ latest effort to raise awareness about Be The Match®, the nonprofit organization dedicated to helping patients with blood cancers like leukemia receive life-saving bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants.The new PSA premiered on “GMA” on Sept. 20. It builds on a series of PSAs, outdoor advertisements and more that Roberts has embarked on since partnering with Be The Match in 2012.Roberts began her crusade to recruit bone marrow donors shortly following her announcement on national television that she was battling myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and would need a bone marrow transplant to survive. Though her sister Sally-Ann was a perfect match, Roberts has worked tirelessly to raise awareness, hoping that other patients may find their perfectly matched donors.These efforts have ignited an incredible, and unprecedented, outpouring of support for Be The Match, with tens of thousands of people joining the registry as potential bone marrow donors. To recognize Roberts for all that she has done to help blood cancer patients everywhere, Be The Match recently honored Roberts with its Rod Carew Leadership Award—an award reserved for individuals who have made a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families through their leadership and commitment to Be The Match’s mission.Be The Match Honors ABC’s Robin Roberts with its Rod Carew Leadership AwardCredit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/Be The Match“I was fortunate to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant from my sister. But when I learned about the great need for bone marrow donors, especially in the African American community, I knew there was an important message to spread,” Roberts said in accepting the award via video on Sept. 21, during the sixth annual Be The Match Tribute fundraising event in Minneapolis. “I’ve been humbled by those people who’ve gone on to donate after hearing about my experiences, and it’s an honor to receive an award that bears Rod’s name and legacy.”Rod Carew, the baseball Hall-of-Famer, has been a leading advocate for a diverse donor registry since losing his daughter, Michelle, to leukemia in 1996. No one in Michelle’s family could provide a match, and their many efforts to find a suitable unrelated donor were unsuccessful.“Robin is a symbol of leadership and courage. She overcame incredible obstacles and continues to advocate on behalf of blood cancer patients,” said Jeffrey W. Chell, M.D., chief executive officer of Be The Match. “We are grateful for her support, amazed by her grace and honored to present her with the Rod Carew Leadership Award.”Robin Roberts’ Prayer For Protection wristbands at ShopBeTheMatch.org and Sephora – Time Square.Credit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/Be The MatchIn addition to Robert’s awareness efforts, more than 325,000 “Robin Roberts’ Prayer for Protection” wristbands—designed by Roberts’ friends—have been sold to-date. One hundred percent of the net proceeds support the Be The Match mission to save lives through bone marrow transplants. The wristbands are available for purchase in packs of five for $5 at ShopBeTheMatch.org and two Time Square Sephora locations in New York City. Starting in mid-October, the wristbands also will be available for purchase online on the “Good Morning America” page at the official ABC TV Fan Store.About Be The MatchFor people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant.Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.Source:PR Newswire
New Delhi: The Centre has cancelled the sixth and seventh rounds of coal mines auction under which it was planning to put on sale 19 blocks.The coal ministry in a notice to the bidders said that “the 6th Tranche and 7th Tranche of auction stands cancelled.”However, the government did not specify the reasons for the cancellation.”Accordingly, the tender process of the coal mines…stands cancelled,” the ministry said.Under the sixth round, the government had earlier announced the auction of 13 blocks for the regulated sectors, including iron and steel, cement and aluminium. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe mines were Brahampuri, Bundu, Gondkari, Gondulpara, Jaganathpur A, Jaganathpur B, Khappa and Extn, Bhaskarpara, Marki Mangli IV, Sondiha, Chitarpur, Jamkhani and Gare Palma IV/1.While in the seventh tranche the coal ministry had said it would auction six coking coal blocks for iron and steel sector.The blocks were Brahmadiha, Choritand Tilaiya, Jogeshwar and Khas Jogeshwar, Rabodh, Rohne and Urtan North.The tender process under the sixth and seventh rounds was “initiated vide notice inviting tender dated October 25, 2018”, the ministry had said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsA source had earlier said the successful allottees of the 19 coal blocks will be allowed to sell up to 25 per cent of the actual production in open market at prices fixed by state-owned Coal India.The government had last month allowed sale of 25 per cent of coal production from captive mines in the open market, a move aimed at increasing competitiveness and making future auction of blocks attractive.The decision was taken during a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official release had said.The allottee of a coal mine for specified end use or own consumption was not permitted to sell coal in open market earlier.
Tokyo: Japanese car giant Toyota and investment fund SoftBank Vision Fund on Friday unveiled an investment of $1 billion in US company Uber to drive forward the development of driverless ridesharing services. The latest cash injection, expected to close in the third quarter this year, came amid fevered anticipation of Uber’s public share offering which is expected to be the largest in the tech sector for years. Toyota has already invested $500 million in Uber as the firm races Google-owned Waymo and a host of other companies, including major automakers, to develop self-driving vehicles. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe latest investment, which also involves Japanese parts maker DENSO, will go to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group in a bid to “accelerate the development and commercialisation of automated ridesharing,” the firms said in a statement. Toyota and DENSO are stumping up $667 million and SoftBank Vision Fund, the investment arm of Japanese tycoon Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank, will pour $333 million into the venture. It is already the top shareholder in Uber, holding 16 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Japanese car firm said it would also contribute “an additional $300 million over the next three years to help cover the costs related to these activities.” Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said driverless cars would “transform transportation as we know it, making our streets safer and our cities more liveable.” His firm is aiming to go beyond car rides to becoming the “Amazon of transportation” in a future where people share, instead of own, vehicles. If all goes to plan, commuters could ride an e-scooter to a transit station, take a train, then grab an e-bike, share a ride or take an e-scooter at the arriving station to complete a journey — all using an Uber app on a smartphone. Uber is also seeing growing success with an “Eats” service that lets drivers make money delivering meals ordered from restaurants. Last week, Uber filed official documents for its much-anticipated public share offering. The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission said it operates on six continents with some 14 million trips per day and has totalled more than 10 billion rides since it was founded in 2010. The filing contained a “placeholder” amount of $1 billion to be raised but that figure is expected to increase ahead of the initial public offering (IPO) expected in May. The Wall Street Journal said earlier this month that Uber was seeking to raise $10 billion in what would be the largest stock offering of the year. Media reports said the ride-hailing giant was likely to seek a market value of close to $100 billion. Uber is the largest of the “unicorns” or venture-backed firms worth at least $1 billion to list on Wall Street, and is one of the key companies in the “sharing economy” based on offering services to replace ownership of cars, homes and other commodities. Its revenue grew 42 per cent last year to $11.2 billion but it continued to lose money from its operations. A net profit was reported for the year from a large asset sale, but operational losses were more than $3 billion. And some analysts have voiced caution over the forthcoming IPO given a relative lacklustre debut for Lyft, the main US rival. Khosrowshahi has promised greater transparency as he seeks to restore confidence in the global ridesharing leader hit by a wave of misconduct scandals. In October, Toyota and SoftBank announced the creation of a joint venture to create “new mobility service” including driverless vehicles for services such as meal deliveries. The new company — called “Monet”, short for “mobility network” — is majority owned by SoftBank. SoftBank started as a software firm but has increasingly been pushing into investments under tycoon Son, one of Japan’s richest men.
Madrid – The autonomous region of Galicia (northwestern Spain) takes a “special interest” in the Moroccan market as part of its Plan of Exports Promotion (Foexga).This plan worth one million euros, adopted Thursday by the regional government, seeks the internationalization of companies’s activities in this Spanish region and places Morocco among the most important countries in this strategy.Among the objectives of this plan are the organization of trade missions to fifty countries, including Morocco, and the involvement of Galician companies in international trade events.
You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. All postseason, FiveThirtyEight’s MLB projections have had a lot of doubts about the Cleveland Indians — our forecast didn’t even think they would make it out of the division series. In the video above, Neil Paine explores the chances that Cleveland’s expectation-defying streak will continue in the World Series against the mighty Cubs. Share on Facebook
Fueled by a sellout crowd and need for a victory, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, Friday at Nationwide Arena. Following three periods of aggressive hockey, the Jackets and Red Wings were forced into overtime and a game-deciding shootout. After both teams’ first three shooters failed to break the stalemate, Antoine Vermette took the ice. Moving side to side, Vermette slipped the puck past goalie Joey MacDonald to break the gridlock. When Red Wings center Johan Franzen failed to score on the returning shot, the entire Jackets team took the ice to celebrate its 3-2 victory. Vermette watched as Rick Nash, Kyle Wilson and Kristian Huselius failed to make their shots, and knew he needed to try something new. “I tried a different approach, maybe try to go side to side, try to deke him, and that’s what I did,” Vermette said. “I’m glad it worked out.” Jakub Voracek and Grant Clitsome scored for the Jackets against goalie Jimmy Howard, who left the game with 7:07 left in the first period. After taking over in goal, MacDonald held the Jackets scoreless for the remainder of regulation. “I thought Joey did a good job. Obviously we were down; he did a good job,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. In the second period, Drew Miller scored the Red Wings’ first goal of the night, sparking life into the team. Less than three minutes later, Jiri Hudler tied the game at two. The goals marked the second consecutive game in which the Jackets lost a two-point lead. In their previous game against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Jackets twice had two-point leads only to lose the game, 4-3. “Going into the third period, I knew I had to shut the door,” goalie Steve Mason said after the game. “Obviously, to give up two in the second period was tough for the team considering the first period we had. I think the guys were pretty disappointed in the way we came out in the second.” In the third, the Jackets regained their aggressive play and sent the game into overtime. “Coming into the third period the guys got back to playing like we did in the first, and we put the pressure on them and got the win in the shootout,” Mason said. The Jackets failed to capitalize on a power play that carried over from the third period, however, allowing for the game to go into a shootout. “It very easily could have gone the other way, but we kept hanging in there and we persevered at the end,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. The win halted a five-game losing streak for the Jackets. “We wanted to stop the bleeding. We had lost a number of games and had to find a way to get back into the win column,” Arniel said. The victory was crucial for the Jackets as they look to stay in the playoff hunt. With the win, they gained two points in the Western Conference, putting them two points behind the San Jose Sharks. “That was big, finding a way to get that extra point and we certainly needed it more than they do,” Arniel said. More important than points, the team gained confidence and momentum it desperately needed. “It’s a huge win. Obviously, when you look at the standings are very important, but as far as our team trying to gain confidence and gain some momentum, this is exactly the game you want to play,” Vermette said. The Jackets will look to capitalize on the victory as they head north to face off once again with the Red Wings on Saturday. “I’d really be more impressed if we could get both games out and get four points out of it,” Arniel said. “We’ll enjoy (the win) for a few minutes and be better tomorrow.” For the players, the quick turnaround will be welcomed. “When you have a tough time like this, a couple games when you didn’t get the win, you get a good game and finally get those two points, you want to be back as soon as possible,” Vermette said.
Former Ohio State guard Mike Conley Jr. drives to the basket as Georgetown center Roy Hibbert defends during their NCAA Final Four game in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, March 31, 2007. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame will add eight people — seven former athletes and one current coach — to the 418-person hall in the fall, Ohio State announced announced Wednesday morning.The eight-person class of 2017 will be inducted at a dinner on Oct. 6, and will be recognized at halftime of the Ohio State-Maryland football game the next day on Homecoming weekend.The seven former players who will be inducted include LeCharles Bentley (football), Mike Conley (men’s basketball), Tom Byers (men’s track and field), Chelsea Davis (women’s diving), Bryce Keough (wrestling), Christina Manning (women’s track and field) and Nancy Pearson (women’s swimming).Pete Hanson, Ohio State’s men’s volleyball coach since 1985, is the first coach to be inducted into the hall of fame since former Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel in 2015. Hanson’s teams have won back-to-back NCAA championships. Last season, Ohio State had its 42-match win streak snapped, the third-longest streak in in NCAA men’s volleyball history.Bentley, the first Ohio State player to ever win the Rimington Award – given to the nation’s best center – is the 122nd member from the football program in the hall. The three-year starter was a consensus All-American as a senior in 2001.Conley, a point guard who played for Ohio State for one season before heading to the NBA, helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2007 NCAA Championship. He averaged 11.3 points per game and holds the record for most assists (238) and steals (87) by a freshman in Ohio State men’s basketball history.Byers, a mid-distance runner from 1973-1976, holds multiple school and meet records. The three-time indoor All-American in the 1,000-yard run owns the school record in the 1,500 meter run (3:37.50).Davis won the national championship in 2008 and was named the NCAA Tri-Diver of the Year. In 2010, Davis was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Only one other member of Ohio State’s women’s swimming and diving program has been awarded the award before.As a senior in 1951, Keough was the captain of Ohio State’s Big Ten championship-winning wrestling team. He won individual conference titles at 155 pounds in 1949 and 147 pounds in 1951.Manning, who ran for Ohio State from 2008-2012, in an 11-time All-American, 10-time Big Ten champion and two-time national champion. She holds school records in the 60-meter dash (7.23), 60-meter hurdles (7.91), 100-meter hurdles (12.68) and 400-meter relay (43.70).Pearson was an All-American swimmer in 1982 and twice was a Big Ten champion as a member of the 800-meter freestyle relay team.The hall of fame, which was created in 1977, includes 305 men and 121 women. Women weren’t inducted into the the hall until 1993.