Former undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis has become the newest Laureus Ambassador, which will see him work closely with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.Edwin Moses and Lennox LewisHe was welcomed to the Laureus Family by Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses, both in London attending the Olympic Games.Lennox Lewis, who won 41 of his 44 fights, said: “I am delighted to be named a Laureus Ambassador and would like to thank the members of the Laureus Academy for asking me. I have enjoyed attending the Laureus World Sports Awards and earlier this year I was able to visit a community sports project in the heart of London and meet some of the kids who were benefiting from the Laureus connection.“Through my support for Laureus, I have witnessed what a huge impact sport can have on communities around the world. I was very impressed by the young people I met. It just goes to show that when they are given guidance and support, they can turn their lives around and become positive role models for society. I am testament to that, as sport enabled me to turn my life around. I look forward to be being able to do what I can to help in the future.“Laureus is one of the world leaders in grassroots sports programmes and I’m looking forward to having talks with my own foundation for us to work together in the future.”Lennox Lewis was the dominant heavyweight boxer of the 1990s and the early years of the 2000s. He is currently the most recent undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, having united all versions of the title. Throughout his professional career, Lewis suffered just two losses, both of which he avenged in re-matches, both by knock-out. He was also an Olympic gold-medal winner for Canada in 1988.Edwin Moses said: “On behalf of the Laureus Academy, we are delighted to welcome Lennox as a Laureus Ambassador. Lennox is a giant of sport, an undusputed world heavyweight champion and a real gentleman. His achievements in his career have been massive, but he remains modest and considerate and he believes passionately in the responsibility of the greatest sportsmen and women to give something back to society.“You only have to be with Lennox anywhere in the world to realise how popular he is and the respect in which he is held. In what can be a tough sport, he always showed integrity and stood for honesty and decency. It will be great to have him working with us at Laureus.”Lewis was born in London to Jamaican-born parents and moved to Kitchener in Ontario in 1977 when he was 12. He became an outstanding amateur boxer, winning the world junior heavyweight title in 1983 and the Olympic gold medal in Seoul five years later, where he beat future world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe in the final.He turned professional in 1989, winning his first 21 fights. In 1992 he knocked out Donovan Ruddock to become No 1 in the World Boxing Council rankings and he was eventually declared champion a year later. Although he lost the title to Oliver McCall in 1994, he won it back from him in a re-match in 1997. He became undisputed world champion after defeating Evander Holyfield in November 1999.The most celebrated fight in which Lewis took part came in June 2002, when he defended his title against Mike Tyson. The fight was anticipated as a classic between Tyson’s brawling style and Lewis’ more skilful approach. In the end it turned out to be a one-sided confrontation as Lewis used his jab and superior reach to score a dominant eighth round knock-out victory over ‘Iron Mike’. The fight was the highest-grossing event in pay-per-view history at the time, generating US$106.9 million.Lewis eventually announced his retirement in February 2004. When he left the ring, his record was 41 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, with 32 wins by knockout.Source:Laureus.com
Goo Goo Dolls, the Buffalo-based rock band that has sold millions of albums for more than 20 years, named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as its charity of choice with donations totaling $422,800 and a new fundraising campaign to support Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day.John Rzeznik and Robby Takac share a special moment with a patient family during their visit to St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalThe band’s gift will benefit Music Gives to St. Jude Kids, a program led by Jason Thomas Gordon, musician and grandson of St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas. Gordon created this year-round initiative which informs, inspires and engages artists, their fans and the entertainment industry to support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding Cures. Saving children.On August 4, 2017, St. Jude will present Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day, an inaugural event that will allow bands, fans and venues all across the United States to show their support and raise funds and awareness for the patients and families of St. Jude.“We absolutely love St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, its awe-inspiring mission, and look forward to helping Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day in August,” said John Rzeznik, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer. “It’s an honor for us to play a role, however small, in helping St. Jude find cures and save children’s lives.”John Rzeznik and bandmate Robby Takac have both visited the St. Jude campus, meeting with patients and their families. The group has also involved fans in their support of St. Jude by selling autographed guitars and drumheads during their 2016 tour in support of their most recent album, Boxes. Proceeds from those sales were donated directly to St. Jude.“I want to extend our sincerest thanks to the Goo Goo Dolls for their generous and ongoing support of the Music Gives to St. Jude Kids campaign,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are honored to be the band’s charity of choice and look forward to working with them and their fans for many years to come.”
Advertisement Login/Register With: They came with a hope to lift people’s spirits, just for one night, and under a Broncos’ green stage, country musicians put on an electrifying, upbeat show on Friday night that came in stark contrast to the sadness of the weeks before.Survivors of the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash, and families of those impacted by the April 6 tragedy, had front row seats at a Saskatoon concert that featured star-studded talent, including Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Brett Kissel and Jess Moskaluke.Those family members exchanged smiles and hugs, while some got on their feet and danced through the performances.Stage lit up Bronco green #HumboldtStrong pic.twitter.com/tiQpJnYqqT— Bridget Yard (@YardCBC) April 27, 2018 Advertisement SaskTel Centre filling up for Humboldt Broncos’ tribute concert. pic.twitter.com/QUARutvZte— Olivia Stefanovich (@CBCOlivia) April 28, 2018‘Tonight, it’s OK for us to smile,’ says premierAs he thanked first responders and medical staff for their response in the wake of the tragedy that claimed the lives of 16 people, Premier Scott Moe said the province has been through a dark time but that there was light on the horizon. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Dallas Smith performs during the Country Thunder Humboldt Broncos tribute concert in Saskatoon on Friday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards) Facebook Twitter
Rabat – The newly re-elected Justice and Development Party (PJD) will be meeting with several members of Morocco’s political leadership this week to confirm a government coalition that will ideally last for the next five years.Last time around, the PJD started off with the 60-representative strong Istiqlal Party (PI) under its grip. The government coalition also included the Party of Progress and Socialism and the Popular Movement.However, in May 2013, the PI withdrew from the government coalition due to “unpopular decisions” made by Head of Government Benkirane – leading Istiqlal to lose its five ministerial positions by resignation. Afterwards, the PJD began working with parties in the opposition to negotiate a coalition deal that would restore its grip on the legislature and allow new parties to see their agendas move forward through ministerial appointments.In August 2013, the National Rally of Independents (RNI) – which controlled 52 seats – made the decision to join the government, giving Secretary-General Salaheddine Mezouar the Foreign Minister position in a cabinet reshuffling.Since then, several antagonistic comments made by both Benkirane and Mezouar have led analysts to label the RNI as an opposition party with the government.King Mohammed VI handed to PJD Secretary-General Abdelilah Benkirane the responsibility to shape a government on Monday, following the results of the October 7th legislative elections, in which the ruling party saw an increase in representation of 18 seats.“The election of October 7th was an illuminated station that reflects the insistence of Moroccans, all of us – under the leadership of Kind Mohammed VI, with determination and firmness, to continue to support the democratic process and the Moroccan exception,” Benkirane said, even though voter turnout dropped to a low of 43 percent, according to official figures from the Interior Ministry.Istiqlal and NRI have seen their representation drop drastically – to 46 and 37 seats, respectively – due to seat stealing from PJD and the main opposition force, the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), in the 2016 elections.PAM, led by Ilyas El-Omari, more than doubled its power in the House of Representatives, giving it control over 107 seats. It, too, has begun contacting Istiqlal and other parties to form the opposition coalition.A total of 163 seats remain outside the control of the PJD and the PAM. Both parties’ leaders have been contacting the parties that represent those seats regarding potential alliance opportunities, according to statements by Benkirane and El-Omari.Driss Lachgar, of the Socialist Union of Populist Forces (USFP), which won 20 seats on Friday, told Lakome2 that his party’s senior-level officials met last night, right after the king’s certification of Benkirane as Head of Government for the next five years.Istiqlal and RNI held similar intra-party meetings Monday night.PAM’s El-Omari, Istiqlal’s Hamid Chabat and USFP’s Lachgar held an unofficial meeting on Saturday to see if the three-way opposition coalition could be feasible. No final decision has yet been made regarding the alliance, according to Le360.RNI and Istiqlal have both had shaky relationships with the ruling PJD in the past. Only time will tell whether it will be PAM or PJD that recruits one, both, or none to their sides.
He said that if the new Constitution does not get 2/3rd majority then it will not be passed.The Prime Minister also insisted that there was no move to divide the country through the new Constitution. (Colombo Gazette) However he said that what has been submitted are only proposals and a draft of the Constitution itself has not been prepared. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today admitted that a new Constitution for Sri Lanka is still a long way ahead.Speaking at an event in Galle today the Prime Minister said that various opinions have been expressed over the reports on the new Constitution submitted to Parliament so far. Wickremesinghe also said that he is not sure if the new Constitution will obtain 2/3rd majority support in Parliament.
This is an extra-busy day at Hamilton City Hall. Our Lisa Hepfner has been following all the developments.
Dr. Richard Brennan, Director of Emergency Operations at the World Health Organization, (WHO), issued the warning in Geneva, citing risks from other diseases, natural hazards and a serious funding shortage. “We’re not out of the woods yet,” he told journalists, adding that the majority of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh live in “overcrowded…unsanitary camps”.“We are looking down the barrel of the monsoon season with the inherent risk of flooding, landslides, as well as the cyclone season,” he added.The refugee crisis started at the end of August last year when more than 670,000 people fled a military campaign in Myanmar’s Rakhine State over the ensuing months, seeking shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.There are now nearly 900,000 displaced individuals living in a dozen camps in and around the border town of Cox’s Bazar, and WHO’s Dr. Brennan said it was a “major achievement” that mortality rates had remained low.The cholera vaccination campaign is a vital follow-up to an earlier inoculation drive in October and November last year.The disease causes acute watery diarrhoea which can be fatal if left untreated. Despite the threat, however, cholera is “only one health concern among a number of priorities”, the WHO official said, stressing the need to focus on water and sanitation facilities as the most effective guarantee against other water-borne diseases.“We are looking down the barrel of the monsoon season with the inherent risk of flooding, landslides, as well as the cyclone season,” Dr. Richard Brennan (WHO)The senior WHO medic also cited serious funding shortages which risked undermining efforts to protect already vulnerable Rohingya communities who had fled Myanmar with nothing, and suffered a litany of reported human rights abuses.Some $950 million is required to help the refugees, Dr. Brennan said, but only around 16 per cent of this amount has been provided.Resources are even more scarce when it comes to healthcare, with only 6.3 per cent of funding needs met.As refugees continue to arrive in Bangladesh from Myanmar, the WHO official repeated the core UN demand that any future return of mainly-Muslim Rohingya communities would have to be “safe, voluntary and dignified”.Concerns remain about the poor state of health services in Myanmar’s Rakhine State where the UN health agency has limited access providing disease surveillance, training, mobile clinics and medical supplies.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore sprinter Kendall Sheffield (middle) competes in the 60m with teammates Nick Gray (right) and senior Zack Bazile (left) during a meet in the French Field House on Feb. 16. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State men’s track and field team is striving to win its first indoor Big Ten championship in 25 years while the women’s team is trying to capture its first title since 2015 this weekend in Geneva, Ohio.The 14-team meet has nationally recognized talent with 31 of the 34 events already having a qualifier for the NCAA national championship meet. “We’re capable, we’re ranked highly. We’ve got to show up, it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t show up,” director of track and field Karen Dennis said regarding both teams.Men’s previewNo. 19 Ohio State has some of the fastest times of any team in the conference, which is why it could dominate the 60-meter dash. Redshirt sophomore Kendall Sheffield is coming off a school-record-breaking 6.63 seconds performance last week, which is the fastest time in the Big Ten this season.“We haven’t had one [sprinter] as dominant appearing [in the event] as Kendall,” Dennis said.Junior Nick Gray has the second-fastest time in the Big Ten at 6.66 seconds, and senior Zack Bazile is third (6.68). Freshman Eric Harrison is tied for the sixth-fastest time at 6.73 seconds. Earlier this year, Bazile made the farthest long jump in the country at 8.13 meters.Senior Nick Demaline has recorded the highest mark of any Big Ten athlete in shot put, reaching a distance of 19.88 meters.In the 200-meter dash, Gray has the second-fastest time in the Big Ten at 20.92 seconds. He will run against Penn State freshman Terrance Laird, who lead the conference with a time of 20.79 seconds. Ohio State has a chance to score big in pole vault. Senior Cole Gorski currently has the second-highest jump in the Big Ten at 5.47 meters. Along with Gorski, junior Coty Cobb set a personal record last week with a jump of 5.42 meters, good for the third-highest in the Big Ten. In the 800-meter run, sophomore Alexander Lomong has the third-fastest time in the Big Ten at 1:49 minutes. This time was set last week at the Buckeye Tune-up. His toughest challenger will come against Penn State junior Isaiah Harris, who ran a time of 1:47 minutes.Women’s previewJunior Sade Olatoye returns to the Big Ten championship to repeat her 2017 performance in which she finished first in shot put and weight throw. Minnesota’s Kaitlyn Long is the top competitor for Olatoye to surpass in weight throw.Olatoye has prepared for the meet by working on her form and technical skills, specifically working on her entry. Over the past couple of weeks, she has been working on getting her right foot turned on her first spin along with getting the ball in better position for her third spin.Even if Olatoye beats Long, Minnesota could still outscore Ohio State in the weight throw, since it has four other people expected to score in event.“This is not a time for us to be nervous, it’s a time for us to show up,” Olatoye said.
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Senator Anderson receives ‘Bridge Builder Award’ at luncheon honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — California State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) received the Chuck Nichols & Pierre Frazier Bridge Builder Award Friday from the USS Midway Museum’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee at the Sixth Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Luncheon.Committee Chair Gabe Cruz stated, “Senator Anderson has been a tireless advocate on behalf of all San Diegans. He was responsible for renaming a portion of I-15 the ‘Tuskegee Airmen Highway,” in honor of the African-American WWII Army Air Force air group, “And he is widely recognized as a tireless advocate for veterans of all ethnicities,” added Cruz.While accepting the award, Anderson shared with luncheon attendees that working with members of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 90 and meeting former Tuskegee Airman at the highway dedication ceremony was one of the greatest honors of his legislative career.He went on to say, “While I don’t pretend to fully understand the experience of the Tuskegee Airmen, I do believe that what we can learn from them is this: over the course of its history, America has often failed to live up to its promise. But that promise is still worth fighting for – whether it’s in the skies of Europe, or on a bridge in Selma – the idea of America is worth the fight.”According to the committee, the award is given “to a community leader who embodies the spirit of the committee’s mission and who works to improve relationships, understanding, cooperation and inclusion among the various ethnic communities living and working in the San Diego area (or whose work and inclusion efforts significantly impact San Diegans even though that work may occur or have occurred elsewhere).” Posted: January 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Senator Joel Anderson FacebookTwitter
Redwood Village apartment fire sends one to hospital, displaces several residents May 21, 2018 Ed Lenderman Ed Lenderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEd Lendermen was live at the scene of an early Monday morning apartment fire in the Redwood Village area of Oak Park. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:30 AM Posted: May 21, 2018
By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comU.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently convened a hearing on poverty in the country and the key witness was the Rev. William Barber II, the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign.Barber testified on June 12 at the U.S. Capitol before such lawmakers as Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who serves as the Democratic Whip. Before Barber spoke, Cummings talked about the importance of the forum.Rep. Elijah Cummings (pictured) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently held a hearing on the scourge of poverty. (Courtesy photo)“President Obama’s most significant accomplishment was pulling America out of the Great Recession,” he said. “During his administration, we had 75 straight months of job growth. However, far too many Americans are not doing well economically. In 2016, 40 million Americans are living in poverty as the stock market soared.”Cummings said that Americans life expectancy has declined over the past two years and he noted that many people are going into bankruptcy because of the high cost of medical treatment. He noted that “everyone should benefit from our nation’s growth.”Warren said that the average American is in a dire financial situation.“Forty percent of adults don’t have $400 for an emergency,” Warren said. “Fifty percent of all working Americans don’t have a dollar for retirement. America is in a crisis.”The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a think tank based in the District of Columbia released a statement on June 12 that noted that $140 million Americans or 43.5 percent of the country’s population is either poor or low income “in the world’s richest country.” The statement noted that the 400 wealthiest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 64 percent of the U.S. population or 204 million people.The IPS statement said White people made up 42.5 percent of the poor while Latinos consists of 27.4 percent and 22.7 percent of Blacks consisted of the impoverished.Barber introduced several participants in the Poor People’s Campaign who consists of those in the ranks of the working poor. He invited them to talk about their lives.Pamela Sue Rush, who lives in rural Alabama, talked about working a full-time low wage job and having to travel miles to Birmingham to seek treatment for her daughter as well as paying high utility bills to live in a mold-infested house that was obtained by a predatory loan.“It is so unfair,” Rush said. “People shouldn’t have to live like I live.”Barber made a point that people of color aren’t the only ones suffering from poverty and invited Nick Smith of Southwest Virginia to speak.“I am the son of a coal miner’s daughter,” Smith said, playing off of the popular Loretta Lynn song. “For many years, I could not drink the water we bathed in. When the coal companies left, there was nothing to replace them and organized labor doesn’t exist in Appalachia.”Smith said he has seen instances where poor Whites are pitted against Blacks and Browns to keep all three groups down.“Poor Whites are intentionally segregated from Blacks and Browns to keep us from organizing,” he said.The members of Congress listened to the testimony but offered no policy solutions. However, Lee suggested that there should be an effort to make sure that every American earns a living wage.
At a time when politicians are engaged in spreading mistrust among two major communities – Hindu and Muslims, for their own vested interests, here is group of Muslims who are more concerned about bringing both the communities closer.These Muslims have no reservation in reciting Gayatri Mantras inside the mosque and talk about similarity between religions in their monthly communal harmony meetings.’The members of both the communities- Hindu and Muslim, should develop a habit of sitting together and exchange ideas. There are a lot of similarities between both the religions but the language is the only difference,’ said Arif Beg, founder president of Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Anjuman Amandost Insandost. The septuagenarian Muslim scholar has been organising the communal harmony meetings on first Sunday of every month since for the last 30 years. The meetings are organised in a old mosque in Old Delhi area- Makki Masji Mehdiyan.’I don’t know if I would be able to prevent youths from straying and bring both the communities on right track together for betterment of the society but I am confident that it a right step in right direction,’ he added.Beg, has been Minister of State in central government during 1977-79, he left BJP in 1999 to join Congress but rejoined BJP in 2003. The meetings are organised in a old mosque in Old Delhi area- Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMakki Masji Mehdiyan.’The problems of all such issues is lack of education and most importantly moral education. The day parents will understand the importance of education these problems would perish from our society,’ said Beg. Unlike other Muslims clerics he is against the reservation for any community. ‘Dr B R Amebedar has demanded reservation in jobs only for 10 years but we have carrying it even today,’ he added stressing on the fact that a lot needs to change.
Kolkata: The city dwellers woke up to a Thursday rainy morning with a continuous downpour affecting normal life. The eastern metropolis received 50 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till 8.30 am on Thursday owing to a low pressure area over the north Bay of Bengal, the Met department said. Though there were less number of public transports, some parts of the metropolis witnessed traffic snarls causing inconvenience to commuters. The weatherman has forecast heavy rain in South 24 Parganas, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura, East and West Midnapore districts of South Bengal on Thursday, while the Sub-Himalayan districts of North Bengal are likely to receive heavy precipitation till Saturday morning. Purulia witnessed the highest rainfall in West Bengal in the last 24 hours till 8.30 am on Thursday at 130 mm, followed by Diamond Harbour with 115 mm rainfall, the Met office said. Haldia (70 mm), Canning (44 mm) and Krishnanagar(36 mm) are some of the other places in South Bengal, which received substantial rainfall. In the sub-Himalayan areas of North Bengal, Kalimpong (57 mm) and Darjeeling (42 mm) received the highest rainfall during the last 24-hour period.
A girl’s youth softball team from Normal, Illinois took some time off the diamond to have some fun and play an inter-squad dodgeball game. It turned into target practice.If you watch the below video, it’s not hard to spot who’s the ace of the staff. It’s the girl throwing underhand rockets and nuking her helpless opponents.She may only be a teenager, but she already throws a dodgeball 10 times better than Alex Smith.Here’s the hilarious video:Never play dodgeball with a #softball pitcher!#softballlife pic.twitter.com/Lx9kQpmc0G— Softball Fans ⚾ (@SoftballFans) February 16, 2017
October 7, 2008 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Nilofer MerchantThese eight secrets will help any midlevel manager in this tough job move ahead and formulate the best possible strategy:1. Use A ProcessEvery strategy must follow a repeatable pattern — a process. These steps are the building blocks of strategy creation. They’re linked, but not rigidly sequential. When you use a process, it means you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of past learning and the experience your team has gained in the market — start your strategy off on the right foot by creating a process that you can use over and over again.2. Be Prepared To Get MessyStrategy isn’t neat and tidy — there is no bow wrapping it all up at the end and much that is unknown. Conversations will lead you into places you never thought you’d go. There are lots of ideas, and many of those will have to be killed off. And sometimes strategy creation is mind-boggling and disorienting. Take a compass with you — a North Star so you know where you are. But know it’s a journey that often involves the new. It’s a little like making sausage — the middle steps are often glossed over so no one knows the actual recipe.3. Follow The Leader(s)In any group, there’s a leader. In strategy formation, the operational leader makes sure the right conversation takes place. He or she determines which key conversations must occur, in what sequence, and with whom. This all moves the team toward development of the best ideas, the best single solution. The leader shepherds the process and insists that ideas are well vetted and considered. The leader also makes sure everyone in the group is participating. The operational leader makes the call. That’s the decision-maker. Without that sage wisdom, strategy development can stall. Keep in mind that members of a group may share leadership at various points in the strategy development.4. QuestionsStrategy without questions is like a car without gas. Questions that work for strategy development focus on the overall marketplace topography, capabilities, and weak points of the company, and the impact on current and new customers. If a team were strategizing ways to defend against a competitor, typical questions would include:What have we tried already?What happened when we did it?How did the market get to where it is today?What is our competitor good at?What are we good at?Where are our weaknesses?5. InterviewingIf you approach them right, interviews will glean important quantitative and qualitative information used in strategy formation. Great fact-gathering tools for data, interviews can also provide knowledge and insight. Perform interviews in person wherever possible. Read the look on the interviewee’s face. Notice which topics cause a flinch or a frown — dig deeper. You’ll find questions popping up in the middle of the session that you had no idea you’d be asking. Go with the impulse to ask “off the wall” questions — they can be the pathway that takes the interview to a new place or reveals something new and useful.6. Selecting IntervieweesOrganizations that hire my company typically will hand me a list of people they want us to speak with. Typically, the lists are limited in scope. We ask who else could be included because we want an extended range of data and issues. Hearing dissenting voices is important. We find people who may object, people who may be contrarian. Who you ask shapes what you learn. As information moves farther from its source, it is distilled, distorted, and the nuances are removed. Talk to people who are familiar with the basics of day-to-day operations. Go into the mailroom or the security back office for a viewpoint entirely different from that of the executive VP.7. Organize Facts In A FrameworkInterviews give you facts, but to get the meaning you’ve got to organize the facts in a framework. Use four categories: What you regard as confirmed, what you believe but don’t have enough facts to confirm, what you doubt, and what the relevant outliers are. Items that are confirmed may include hard numbers from validated sources. If you don’t have enough facts for a confirmation, you may be looking at something you know or sense from your experience — it could also be something you’ve heard several others say they believe. Things you doubt might include research that originates from an unreliable source. Outliers would be defined as information only a few people hold or a topic with a surface that’s barely been researched.8. Developing CriteriaNow generate and sort ideas. In this phase, it’s important to know what matters most to the organization — and this is a huge strength for most middle managers. Choose the best idea from among the many. Ask yourself the following questions:Where do we want to be?How will we know when we’re winning?What does success look like?Imagine what the change will look like when it’s successfully implemented. Use concrete language to describe it. “We will be aligned and operating to hit our stretch goal of $132M for fiscal 2010.” Create a detailed picture of exactly what type of success is most desired and what, specifically, it will look like.Middle managers are the hub of any business. They hold the power to make or break the success of the organization. Add these strategy development skills to their already-tremendous knowledge and you’ll reap the benefits.Nilofer Merchant, CEO of Rubicon Consulting, is a global high-tech industry thought leader and trusted strategic adviser for companies such as Adobe, Symantec, and VMware. She publishes and speaks frequently on strategy, innovation, and leadership. 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Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read What’s inside your own company may hurt you. Recent research reveals that internal security breaches, including accidental ones by careless employees, are dangerous and rampant.Your business’s greatest cyber threat could be festering right inside your offices. A recent report by Forrester Research, called “Understand the State of Data Security and Privacy,” shows that one-fourth of survey respondents said that a malicious employee was the most common means to a data breach within the past year. However, respondents noted that 36 percent of data breaches resulted from employee errors.Related: 10 Data-Security Measures You Can’t Do WithoutA report from MeriTalk found that 49 percent of compromises occur when workers bypass security measures, e.g., downloading e-mail files. This report focused on the federal government. If the feds can’t protect themselves, how the heck can small businesses?Businesses are spending more and more resources on protection, such as antivirus software, anti-phishing software and firewalls, plus teaching employees security awareness but the problems are crooked insiders and careless employees.The MeriTalk report also reveals that 66 percent of respondents see security as time consuming and restrictive, while 60 percent believe their work takes longer due to additional cyber security tactics. Another 20 percent say they can’t complete their work due to security measures and 31 percent skirt around security measures at least once per week.The Forrester study reveals that 36 percent of data breaches come from accidental misuse of data by workers. Only 42 percent of respondents received security training and 57 percent weren’t even aware of their company’s current security protocols. One in four reported a breach was caused by malicious inside activity.What should be done? To start, focus on workers with access to sensitive data, such as employees in human resources, accounting, legal, administration and personnel but also company officers and contractors. Businesses need to work with all the key departments to identify vulnerabilities and devise security tactics that don’t obstruct productivity. Determine the level of risk for various kinds of data and set protections accordingly.Related: 5 Ways to Avoid a Costly Data Security BreachFollowing that, conduct a cost/benefit analysis. Review the different technologies that can be incorporated with the company’s existing systems. This includes data loss prevention technologies and internal system status monitoring. The goal is to limit who has access to what kind of data. Determine why an individual needs the data.Companies also need to examine their weaknesses from an outside-attack perspective. System-wide encryption should be implemented, as well as tools that report alerts and events. Access controls should be inspected and put in place, along with password management and multi-factor authentication.Device recognition is crucial. There must also be disposal for e-data, paper data and discarded devices.Transparency is also important. The more transparent that a business’s network security and security policies are, the more effective and clear each department will be communicating their requirements, needs and differences.Don’t be let efforts to combat outside cybercriminals blind you to internal threats. Attention on one should not diffuse attention on the other.Related: A Lack of Communication on Cyber Security Will Cost Your Business Big (Infographic) August 18, 2014
Rumor: Microsoft dropping Edge browser in favor of Chromium by Martin Brinkmann on December 04, 2018 in Internet Explorer – 58 commentsThe rumors keep on coming. After yesterday’s rumor that Microsoft is working on Windows Lite, the next attempt at conquering lost territory in the classroom and in education, Windows Central reports that Microsoft will replace Edge on Windows 10 with a Chromium-powered web browser.Microsoft Edge was Microsoft’s attempt at creating a modern web browser on the Windows platform; the company hoped that Edge would help it regain marketshare in the browser market that it lost to Google and the Chrome browser for the most part.Microsoft integrated Edge as the main browser and Internet Explorer for backward compatibility in Windows 10. The company did not port Edge to previous versions of Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.Developers who did not run Windows 10 had to use virtual machines to test web projects and services against Edge.Windows Central reports that Microsoft is “building a new web browser powered by Chromium” and that this new browser, called Anaheim internally, will replace Edge as the default browser.Chromium is the open source part of Google Chrome; it is a popular choice among browser developers, Vivaldi and Opera use it as the base for their browsers.While it is unclear if the new browser will use the Edge brand or how it will look like, it is certain that EdgeHTML, the rendering engine used by Microsoft Edge, won’t make it in the new browser according to Windows Central.The decision has far reaching consequences if true. With Edge gone, and Internet Explorer not gaining any traction either, only two major browser bases are left: Chromium and Firefox.Google Chrome dominates the market already and with Microsoft dropping its own EdgeHTML engine in favor of Chromium, Chromium’s position would even be more dominating than it already is.Microsoft would likely save development resources and money as it would not have to build things from scratch anymore.It remains to be seen how well that transition sits with Edge users. Much would depend on whether import functionality is provided by the new browser, its looks, and whether it replicates Edge’s most popular features.The new browser could make an appearance on platforms that it is not available on yet: Linux, Mac OS X, and maybe even on older versions of Windows.Microsoft’s Edge browser is available for Android and iOS already, and it uses the native rendering engine on these platforms which means that Microsoft could continue to work on that version. Whether that is indeed the case remains to be seen.Closing WordsI tried to use Edge in the past, I really did but ran into so many annoyances and issues, that I could not use it as my main driver. Microsoft moving away from Edge may introduce a default web browser that is more stable than Edge but it moves the web towards a monoculture that introduces new issues especially for competing products.For now, it is just a rumor; we have to wait for Microsoft to confirm or deny it.Now You: What is your take on this?SummaryArticle NameRumor: Microsoft dropping Edge browser in favor of ChromiumDescriptionMicrosoft might replace Edge on Windows 10 with a Chromium-powered web browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas (87) celebrates his touchdown catch with Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) as Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (28) walk away during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 6 Comments Share Former Arizona Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas has agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Niklas was selected by the Cardinals with the 20th pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft. The tight end from Notre Dame went on to only play 41 games with Arizona. Niklas missed many games due to various injuries over the course of his NFL career.In the four total seasons in Arizona, Niklas caught three touchdowns, had 19 receptions and racked up a total of 203 yards. The former Cardinal played 15 games last season where he caught a total of 11 passes for one touchdown and had 132 receiving yards.In Niklas’ two seasons playing tight end at Notre Dame he had six touchdowns and 573 receiving yards.
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