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first_imgVermont Business Magazine Close to 400 Chittenden County business and community leaders gathered on Thursday, April 28th, for the Alzheimer’s Association’s 7th Annual Reason to Hope Dinner at the Hilton Burlington. Over the past five years, Dan Feeney, President of North Star Leasing and Co-Owner of Armistead Senior Care, has served as a lead organizer of the Reason to Hope Dinner planning committee and has helped to raise over $500,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In recognition of his myriad contributions to the health and well-being of the greater Burlington community, the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, presented Dan Feeney with the 2016 Community Leadership and Activist Award. Hosted by Honorary Co-Chairs, Andrea and Jim Crook, and Event Chair, Sarah Muyskens, the 2016 Reason to Hope Dinner raised over $143,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The evening’s program included videotaped remarks from Vermont Senior Senator Patrick Leahy. “There are over 12,000 Vermonters living with Alzheimer’s” stated Sen. Leahy. “In a state like California, that’s not a big deal. In a state like Vermont, it is a very big deal.” Dan Feeney and Family, left, and with Tim Holvorson. Alzheimer’s Association photos.Emceed by Tim Halvorson, along with congratulatory remarks from Linda Norris of Norris Consulting, Mark Redmond of Spectrum Youth & Family Services, and Sarah Muyskens, Community Volunteer and Event Chair, the evening’s tribute ran the gamut from a fun-loving roast of Dan Feeney to heart-warming tribute to his family and his many civic and charitable endeavors. “Many of us…your neighbors, your coworkers and extended family are probably dealing with someone suffering from Alzheimer’s and the slow decline of losing a loved one” wrote Dan Feeney. “Extend a hand to help them traverse this time in their lives for it will make you appreciate your health and well-being.” Alexandra “Alex” Magiera, a member of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Junior Board, was the evening’s featured Mission Speaker. Alex was only 15 years old when her mother, then age 50, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Speaking with humor and compassion about her mother’s journey with the disease, Alex relayed that as a teenager she wondered “how do I tell my friends that my mom can’t remember my name much less how to complete basic tasks?” Her mother passed away from the disease at the age of 60, a mere 10 years after receiving her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Alex’s goal is to change the perception that Alzheimer’s is not a disease that only impacts “old people” but instead affects the entire family. As a tireless advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association, she is guided by a firm belief that research, education and advocacy will lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s. The Reason to Hope program concluded with brief, inspirational statements during the closing spotlight ceremony. Alzheimer’s Association friends, advocates and volunteers including Amanda Wilson, Louis Godin, Kate Quinn,Tom Swartwout and Alex Magiera spoke poignantly about their connections to Alzheimer’s disease – as a caregiver, son, granddaughter, spouse and advocate –concluding with a personal pledge of “the end of Alzheimer’s begins with me.” Net proceeds from the Reason to Hope Dinner fund crucial programs and services to help Vermonters living with dementia, as well as expand advocacy efforts to assure a coordinated effort on both the national and state level and significantly expand cutting-edge research worldwide. Jessie and Margi Swett of Vermont Trophy & EngravingThe Alzheimer’s Association gratefully acknowledges the generous organizations contributing to the success of the 2016 Reason to Hope including event sponsor, North Star Leasing Company; platinum sponsors Armistead Senior Care and People’s United Bank; gold sponsors the Bergeron Family Foundation, FreePressMedia, National Life Group, plus Liz & Chuck Delauriers, Triad & Hawke; silver sponsors American Flatbread/Zero Gravity, BioTek Instruments, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Burlington Rotary Club, Donahue & Associates and Friends, The Feeney Family, The Norris Family/Aerie Consulting, LLC, Northern Benefits/Nedde Real Estate, Twincraft Skincare, University of Vermont Medical Center – Center on Aging at University of Vermont; plus bronze sponsors The Arbors at Shelburne/Converse Home(link is external), Kate & Scott Baldwin, Andrea & Randy Brock, Bullrock-Deutsche-Eco Solar, The Coates Family, The Attorneys at Downs Rachlin Martin, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Exterus Business Furniture, Friends of Dan Feeney, Home Instead Senior Care/GoodHEALTH Associates, KeyBank, NBT Bank, Northfield Savings Bank/McSoley McCoy & Co., Pomerleau Real Estate, The Residences at Otter Creek, Quarry Hill & Shelburne Bay, The Seaver Family and Wright & Morrisey, Inc. Special thanks are extended to Ben Zakin, Acabay, Inc., Birnn Chocolates(link is external), Chappell’s Florist, Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse & Perennial Farm, E.B. Strong’s Prime Steakhouse, Hilton Burlington, Queen City Printers, Vermont Trophy & Engraving plus Von Bargen’s Jewelry. About the Alzheimer’s Association The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit www.alz.org(link is external) or call 800.272.3900. About Alzheimer’s Disease in Vermont Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and is the only disease in the top 10 in America that cannot be treated, cured or slowed. In Vermont, Alzheimer’s is the fifth-leading cause of death and our state has the fourth-highest Alzheimer’s death rate in America. More than 12,000 Vermonters age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s and by 2025 the number will rise to 17,000, a 41.7% increase in less than 10 years. There are 30,000 Alzheimer’s caregivers in Vermont providing 34,000,000 hours of unpaid care valued at $422,000,000.last_img read more

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first_imgBy JARROD POTTER VICTORIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE REVIEW – ROUND 10 A WOEFUL second half extinguished any chance of a Casey…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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first_img1933/34- Galway 2-6 Cavan 0-7 Galway footballers will meet Cavan in the Allianz Football League on Sunday for the first time since 2016, when the sides meet in Pearse Stadium at 2.30pm. The Breffni men have won the last 2 encounters between the sides, including a 2 point win in 2015 when they last played in Pearse Stadium. In 2004, Galway beat Cavan by a point in a Division 1B clash in Breffni Park before going on to the league final in Croke Park where they lost 3-11 to 1-16 in a classic final against Kerry. 1982/83- Galway 2-12 Cavan 1-91983/84- Galway 1-8 Cavan 0-81985/86- Galway 2-7 Cavan 0-111987/88- Galway 1-8 Cavan 1-71988/89- Galway 1-12 Cavan 0-152004- Galway 2-12 Cavan 2-112015- Cavan 0-12 Galway 0-102016- Cavan 1-16 Galway 1-12center_img 1933-1934: GALWAY: M. Brennan; H. Carey, M.Connaire, P.J. Mc Donnell; C. Connolly, T. Hughes, F. Fox; D O’Connell, J. Dunne; F. Burke, P. Kelly, R. Griffin; J. Kellegher, M. Ferriter, B. Nestor.1982-1983: GALWAY: P. Coyne; J. Hughes, S. Kineavy, F. Broderick; P. O’Neill, P. Lee, S McHugh; B. Talty, R. Lee; B. Brennan, T. Tierney, B O’Donnell; T. Naughton, C. O’Dea, G. McManus1983-1984: GALWAY: P.Coyne; P. Lee, F. Broderick, S McHugh; P. O’Neill, R. Lee, M. Coleman; B. Talty, T. Tierney; M. Brennan, G. McManus, S. Joyce; P. O’ Dea, V. Daly, K. Clancy.1985- 1986: GALWAY: P. Coyne; L. Wade, G. Dolan, S McHugh; E. Guerin, V. Daly, A O’Sé; T. Tierney, M. Tierney; B O’Donell, G McManus, M. Brennan; B. Barrett, D. Greaney, J. Coleman.1987- 1988: GALWAY: M. Somers; S. Glynn, F. Broderick, T. Greaney; J. Fallon, A. Mulholland, M. Coleman; V. Daly, K. Walsh; J O’ Dé, G. McManus, F. O’Neill; T. Mannion, G. Burke, W. Hughes.1988-1989: GALWAY: M. Somers; B. Walsh, J. Fallon, S McHugh; S. Glynn, D. Tummon, A. Mulholland; T. Tierney, M. Duggan; M. Gavin, C O’De, P. Kelly; J O’De, J. Joyce, J. Coleman.2004: GALWAY: Alan Keane; Michael Comer, Gary Fahey, Clive Monaghan; Declan Meehan, Paul Clancy, Sean De Paor; Joe Bergin (0-1), Sean Ó Dómhnaill; Matthew Clancy (1-2), Michael Donnellan (0-1), John Devane (1-1); Michael Meehan (0-4), Padraic Joyce (0-2), Noel Meehan (0-1). Subs: Brian Dooney for C Monaghan (38 mins); Michael Joyce for N Meehan (44).CAVAN: P O’Dowd; C McGovern, T Prior, P Brady; E Reilly, T Crowe (0-1), S Brady; P McKenna, C Collins; N Walsh, M Lyng (0-3), L Reilly (0-2); S Johnston (0-1), J Reilly (1-1), A Forde (0-2) Subs: D Rabbitte for T Prior (16 mins); M McKeever (1-0) for S Brady (35 mins); F O’Reilly for Johnston (61); P Reilly for Walsh (62); R Donoghue for P Brady (64).2015: GALWAY: Maghnus Breathnach; Johnny Duane, Finian Hanley, Cathal Sweeney; Paul Varley, Garreth Bradshaw, Gary O’Donnell; Fiontain O’ Curraoin, Enda Tierney; Damien Comer (0-3, 0-1 free, 0-1 ‘45), Paul Conroy (0-2, 0-1 free), Sean Denvir; Michael Martin (0-4, 0-4 frees), Adrian Varley, Danny Cummins (0-1). Subs: Eddie Hoare for A Varley (54 mins), Shane Walsh for Denvir (61 mins).CAVAN: C Gilsenan; J McLoughlin, R Flanagan, R Dunne; J McEnroe (0-1), F Flanagan, K Brady; T Corr (0-1), G McKiernan (0-1); N McDermott (0-1), D McVeety (0-1), M Reilly (0-1, 0-1 free); C Mackey, C Moynagh, J Brady (0-1).2016: GALWAY: Maghnus Breathnach; David Wynne 0-1, Declan Kyne, Cathal Sweeney; Liam Silke, Gary O’Donnell, Garreth Bradshaw; Tom Flynn, Paul Conroy; Gary Sice 0-3, 3f, Patrick Sweeney 1-0, Eamon Brannigan 0-2; Shane Walsh 0-4, Danny Cummins 0-1, Damien Comer 0-1, 1f, 1 45. Subs: Johnny Heaney for Cummins 48 mins; Adrian Varley for Sweeney 52; Sean Denvir for Sice 62; Eddie Hoare for Brannigan 71CAVAN: R Galligan 0-2, 2 45s; P Faulkner, J McLoughlin, K Clarke 0-1; Killian Brady, C Moynagh, Ciaran Brady; T Corr, L Buchanan 0-1; D McVeety 0-1, G McKiernan 0-5, M Reilly; J Brady 0-2, 2f, D Givney 1-1, M Argue. Subs: N Murray 0-1 for Argue 50 mins; E Keating 0-2 for Brady 56; C Mackey for Reilly 60; R Dunne for Buchanan 63 (black card); C Conroy for Corr 71print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgWHAT a way to sign off at Wembley.Harry Kane, scoring Tottenham’s 77th minute winner in this crazy, chaotic game, has finished the season with a 30-goal Premier League haul.6 Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for The FoxesCredit: AFP or licensors6 Harry Kane scored Spurs’ equaliser only three minutes after they went behindCredit: REUTERSHe scored twice here, desperately trying to chase down Mo Salah in the race for the Golden Boot.In the end, he was a couple short of drawing level with the Liverpool forward.For the time being he can put personal accolades to one side because this was a bonkers game of football.Leicester, playing like the side who won the Premier League two years ago, were irresistible at times.6 Riyad Mahrez’s goal gave Leicester the lead going into the breakCredit: REUTERS6 Kelechi Iheanacho extended Leicester’s lead on the 47th minuteCredit: PA:Empics SportThey twice went ahead in the first half and looked to have done enough to finish the season with a point when Jamie Vardy lashed in a 73rd minute equaliser to make it 4-4.Somewhere and somehow, Tottenham scored five times.The goals just kept on coming, one after the other as Spurs forced their way back into this game.They had been booed off at the break, with their fans on their case because they were 2-1 down after Vardy and Riyad Mahrez got first half goals.Final Day Round-Up: Watch the best action from the last day of the 2017/18 Premier League6 Lamela scored twice to keep Spurs in the gameCredit: PA:Press Association6 Harry Kane scored his 30th goal of the Premier league seasonCredit: AFP or licensorsKane’s first effort, a seventh minute equaliser swerving beyond Eldin Jakupovic, did not appease them.Instead they got going after the break, going 4-3 ahead when Erik Lamela scored twice and played a part in the deflected effort off Christian Fuchs.Vardy responded, firing an equaliser off his left foot after 73 minutes when Mahrez sent his team-mate running through on goal.Three minutes later Spurs scored again when Kane cut inside before bending the winner beyond the reach of Leicester’s keeper.They stopped at five, seeing out their final game at the national stadium before they head back to White Hart Lane next season.Goals of the Round: Watch the finest strikes from the final day of Premier League gamesINTERACTIVE STATS – CLICK on the categories to find out how the teams faredINTERACTIVE LINE-UPS– CLICK on a player’s number below to see their statsmost read leicester newsPRICE IS RIGHTMost valuable stars in world with Maddison top CM and Iwobi pricier than KDBCARD ONE TO TAKEAncelotti suffers blow just hours into Everton career as Iwobi limps offSITTING ‘TOO COMFORTABLY’Alex Iwobi reveals the reason he quit Arsenal for EvertonKANT DO THATKanu slams Arsenal’s decision to flog Iwobi as he is a Gooner ‘in and out’AIR-WOBIEx-Arsenal star Alex Iwobi reveals Everton team-mates laugh at his headersLive BlogEVERTON V WOLVESKean and Cutrone earn first league starts in Goodison six-pointerTOFF LUCKArsenal ‘undersold Iwobi’ and should have demanded £46m, say computer boffins’ROBBED THEM’Arsenal fans convinced £40m for Iwobi is by far their best business of summerIWO-BYEArsenal agree to stunning £40m transfer of Alex Iwobi to EvertonGossipIWOBI, OR NOT IWOBI?Arsenal ready for new Iwobi bid from Everton after £30m offer rejectedlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Port of Ngqura, seen here from above,complements the existing deep-waterports at Richards Bay and Saldanha. (Image: Port Strategy) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sindi Ndwalaza  Public affairs, Port of Ngqura  +27 41 507 1618 • Mboniso Sigonyela  Transnet spokesperson  +27 11 308 2458 or +27 83 463 7701 RELATED ARTICLES • New port to kick-start economy • Automotive boost for Eastern Cape • Motor industry, government talk jobs • Impressive growth at SA’s Ngqura PortEmily van RijswijckSouth Africa’s deep-water port, the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape, is set to become Africa’s premier trans-shipment hub, linking the world’s east and west trade routes, said President Jacob Zuma.Ngqura, already the biggest port of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, will be further developed in the next seven years in order to improve South Africa’s international maritime connectivity.“The development of this port is not a once-off local event, it reflects the long-term vision and economic plan of the government of South Africa,” Zuma said.“The port is a key infrastructure project, given its location and potential, and its launch is another step forward on a journey of economic development and transformation.”The president was speaking at Ngqura’s official opening on 16 March. Although it’s been operating since October 2009, the port has already exceeded its operational targets fourfold.With the planned development, by 2019 Ngqura’s handling capacity will have increased by two million containers a year, Zuma promised.Working way over targetThe port has handled more than 400 000 containers in the 2010/2011 financial year alone, far more than the 100 000 projected for that year.With its strategic position in relation to the BRICS countries of Brazil, India and China, Zuma believes Ngqura will become a major conduit for trade to and from other countries.“In time this region will be well positioned as a key trade corridor linking South East Asia with Africa and the Americas,” he said.Zuma used the opportunity to assure the Eastern Cape, the country’s poorest province, of the government’s serious intention to bring it into the mainstream economy.“The province’s fear of not being taken seriously, of being neglected and forgotten, is in the past. The Port of Ngqura is part of a larger infrastructure plan for the country. It is an occasion to celebrate.”In his State of the Nation address earlier in the year, Zuma announced that 2012 would be the year of infrastructure development, using the management expertise gained from hosting the hugely successful 2010 Fifa World Cup and the successful launch of the Gautrain, South Africa’s first rapid-rail service.Five development corridors have been singled out for major investment in rail, road, water and electricity.The Eastern Cape is one of these, with the planned new South Eastern node connecting the region with the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. According to Zuma this will help to improve the industrial and agricultural development and export capacity of the Eastern Cape and expand the province’s economic and logistics links with these two provinces.A rail link has already been completed between the province of Gauteng and the Port of Ngqura.Looking to the futureNgqura will be a key development node for freight transport company Transnet, with the majority of the utility’s capex expansion budget earmarked for capacity building at the port.Transnet recently announced its market demand strategy plan, in which it projects that it will triple its capital investment programme to R300-billion (US$39-billion) in the next seven years. About R100-billion ($13-billion) is intended for expansion projects at various ports.Transnet has spent R10-billion ($1.3-billion) on basic infrastructure in Ngqura, and created 15 000 jobs during the construction phase alone. The port employs 600 people, with numbers set to grow to just under 1 000 in the next financial year.Between now and 2019 the port will increase the number of container berths from the existing two to four and improve its container handling capacity with the acquisition of additional cranes. Already it boasts six mega-max ship-to-shore cranes and 22 rubber-tyred gantry cranes and averages 29 gross crane moves an hour, a key measure of productivity for ports.About 31 container vessels dock at the port each month.A liquefied natural gas facility and Transnet’s manganese export facility will be relocated from Port Elizabeth to Ngqura and two manganese smelters are earmarked for development by 2016.According to Public Enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba, the nearby Port Elizabeth harbour will continue to focus on the automotive industry and clean cargo, such as containerised goods. The government is also in discussions with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality about the creation of a waterfront and leisure plan, he said.Rebates for manufacturersZuma used the occasion of the opening to reiterate that there would be a R1-billion ($130-million) rebate on port tariffs for local exporters of manufactured goods, “to make doing business in South Africa easier”.He first mentioned the rebate in his State of the Nation address, saying the decision emanated from talks with the automotive industry in the Eastern Cape during his presidential visit there in September 2011. The automotive industry had raised the issue of high port tariffs as an inhibiting factor to further economic growth and job creation, especially as the local industry is competing in an open and extremely competitive market.The port rebate will come into effect on 1 April this year, with details to be announced by Transnet group CE Brian Molefe later this month.According to Zuma, there will also be increased economic benefits to those businesses wishing to invest in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, adjacent to the port. One such investor is First Automobile Works (FAW) of China, which turned the first sod for its R100-million ($13-million) truck assembly plant at  Coega earlier this month.“The FAW investment confirms the potential of this zone to attract foreign investment and to create jobs,” Zuma said.The plant will produce 5 000 truck units a year and will employ about 1 000 local workers by the time the first vehicle rolls off the assembly line at the end of 2013.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology now allows us to live and work in a borderless world. A diverse workforce is more important than ever to increasing an organization’s capacity for innovation and maintaining a competitive advantage in this global marketplace.While most organizations recognize the need for and have taken serious steps to develop strategies that will help build diverse teams, many still struggle with creating a consistent pipeline of diverse talent—especially for technical jobs. In her SHRM blog post How Events Build Diverse Talent Pipelines, PowerToFly President and Co-Founder Katharine Zaleski writes:In order to hire diverse candidates, hiring managers need to go to where the diverse candidates are – you can’t expect them to come to you via job boards. Why? Because you can’t “post and pray” in a world where one Harvard study shows that men apply to jobs when they match 60 percent of the skills on a job description and women only apply when they meet 100 percent.With a delta that big, you need to convince diverse candidates that it’s worth their time to apply for your role!The best way to do that is through events where you can reach out to candidates and tell them what your company is doing to evolve, what it’s doing to become more inclusive and diverse, and most importantly what its leadership is doing to get on board with D+I [diversity and inclusion] work. Getting these candidates into a room, talking with them and showing them the steps your company is taking to become more inclusive is half the battle – following up with them is the second half.Regardless if you’re making hires the day after an event or looking to launch a new team six months down the line, keeping passive candidates “warm” is crucial to building out your diverse pipeline. Providing constructive feedback to candidates you’ve passed on and making connections on platforms like LinkedIn, or even via email, can make all of the difference when a candidate looks back on their experience with your company.”Increasing diverse talent pools will also enable organizations to make greater strides with gender diversity and gender-parity initiatives. International Women’s Day 2019 will be celebrated on March 8, and the campaign’s theme, #BalanceforBetter, calls for more gender-balanced leadership, inclusive and flexible cultures, and the rooting out of workplace bias. Organizations around the globe are planning events to not only inspire women, but to encourage more employers to create solutions that will foster greater gender parity in the workplace.How are you managing the development of a diverse workforce and future pool of talent for your organization?Please join @shrmnextchat March 6 for #Nextchat with special guest, president and co-founder of PowerToFly, Katharine Zaleski (@kzaleski). We’ll chat about how employers are boosting their diversity hiring to meet current and future needs. QUESTIONS:Q1. How is your organization measuring diversity and increasing the diversity of its applicant pool?Q2. Has your company tried hosting hiring events? What made them successful? What was unsuccessful?Q3. How can HR and recruiters use events to attract and network with candidates to create talent pools for current and future recruiting needs?  Q4. Does your organization keep passive candidates “warm”? For how long? What are some tips for continuing the engagement?Q5. How can organizations ensure that gender-parity initiatives focus on outcomes instead of intentions?Q6. What is your organization doing to hire, develop and promote women? What specific pay-equity initiatives or programs have you created?Q7. How and where can women in technology—and in all industries—create and cultivate strong industry networks? What are some resources?If you missed this #Nextchat you can read the RECAP with all the tweets here.  How to participate in an HR Twitter chatlast_img read more

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first_imglidija davis A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Vista, the overbearing and rigid operating system that many deemed Microsoft’s greatest disaster, and others considered to be the beginning of the end for Microsoft, may have been exactly what the company needed. A hard lesson certainly, but also a shocking wake up call.A video released by Microsoft’s Business Division today demonstrates technologies that we do not generally associate with Microsoft. Intuitive, seamless and sexy, the future as Microsoft sees it, could just be its saving grace.The Future Vision Montage, which we’ve embedded below, comes from a presentation given Friday by Microsoft’s Business Division president Stephen Elop at the Wharton Business Technology Conference, and shows how technology could look in 2019 according to Microsoft. (Elop’s slides are well worth a look as well.)The video may be confusing at first. Very few of the technologies shown would be recognizable as technologies created by Microsoft. An electronic newspaper (much like The Daily Prophet from the Harry Potter series), bendable, unbreakable, transparent displays, an XWand, real-time language translation, remote collaboration with transparent walls linking classrooms around the world – all amazing stuff. You’ll have to watch the video to get the full effect.But what are the chances of these futuristic images becoming reality? Not as ridiculous as they may seem. The Tragedy of VistaVista, as we all know was pretty much considered a failure; a tragedy for Microsoft, which was trying to do the right thing with the then new operating system. Previous versions of Windows had been so flexible they were almost an invitation to malware writers. Vista was Microsoft’s attempt to secure the system, but perhaps it went too far and created an operating system so defensive that even users had a difficult time using it.What Can We Expect from Microsoft in the Future?Two years ago, Microsoft’s Surface showed us that Microsoft not only has the technical know how, but also the vision to revolutionize the computer human interaction. In 2007, we wrote: “This is the kind of technology Microsoft does best – a hardware/software amalgam, but not requiring the branding and design touches that Apple is so good at.”Microsoft may well have learned from the success of the iPhone’s user interface and recognized that its products need to be more intuitive, less cluttered, and exactly the opposite of Vista. We hope so. If their execution matches their vision, we can’t wait until 2019.We’ve embedded the 1:54 version of the video below, but if you want to watch the full five minutes, check out Long Zheng’s post.Video: Future Vision Montage Tags:#Microsoft#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Data Services#web Why We Need Hypothes.isThere are two fundamental, related cultural problems with the Web that Hypothes.is wants to address: identity and reputation. Reputation is the main problem, but you can’t approach it without fixing identity. A reputation doesn’t refer to anything without a consistent identity behind it.The goal is to build a system of reputation for, ideally, all the content on the Web. No filter exists today for us to assess what information is good and what information is bad.Right now, the Web is vulnerable to gaming. Google’s search ranking algorithm is a fine piece of early reputation technology, and it’s constantly improving, but it’s exploitable by playing with back-links and keywords.And now that the social filters of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ have begun to dominate the time of Web users, the Web runs the risk of becoming an out-and-out popularity contest. If we could filter the Web by reputation, we could turn it into a meritocracy. jon mitchell Related Posts What Might Hypothes.is Look Like?Hypothes.is wants to build a layer of annotations attached to a system of reputation. In order to do that, it also needs to create a community around the right set of tools.In the workshop, we imagined a few different interfaces. One crucial interface decision will be the way annotations are displayed on top of the content as a user browses the Web. It could be “heat maps,” where areas of the document with lots of annotation are color-coded to indicate activity, quality or both. It could be a sidebar full of various annotations, even multimedia ones.Once it’s in place, a user signed in to Hypothes.is will be able to judge a document’s reputation on sight or even filter a long list of documents. Participating sites will be able to stand behind their visible reputations. The Web will be less sketchy and seedy in places where clarity and transparency are needed.And it won’t be imposed by some central authority, but rather by the work of dedicated annotators from all around the Web. Call them journalists, call them editors, call them curators, call them whatever you want. The advantages of this system over one based on blogging, hype and personality should be obvious. We could have a standard for assessing the quality of Web content, and that will help us assign real value to it.If you’re curious about the particular, potential designs we discussed, you should visit Dario Taraborelli’s amazing notes on Wikipedia. He goes into depth about the possible solutions we considered. There’s no product news to report yet. I’m just here to update you on the state of the conversation. It’s thriving, it’s exciting, and it’s necessary.If you want to follow along, visit Hypothes.is and follow @hypothes_is on Twitter. As Hypothes.is makes news, we’ll keep bringing it to you here on ReadWriteWeb.And if you have ideas you want to contribute to this project, the Hypothes.is team has set up an email address for you to submit them: ideas {at} hypothes.isPhotos by Lisa Heft courtesy of Hypothes.isDisclosure: My really good friend Randall Leeds is building Hypothes.is as the technical co-founder. This happened after RWW started covering founder Dan Whaley’s efforts to create an annotation system for the whole Web. It’s a complete coincidence. Still, I admit that this may have an impact on my reporting. But hey, at least my fund isn’t investing in it. Last week, I had the great fortune of attending the Hypothes.is Reputation Workshop. Hypothes.is aims to build nothing less than a peer review layer for the whole Internet. It’s a mind-boggling idea when you let it sink in. The technical challenges are formidable, and the cultural ones are even bigger. Nevertheless, the excitement around the project is intense and contagious.It’s a project that has drawn in the likes of Wikimedia, the Internet Archive and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The stewards of the free Web want this problem solved. To get the ball rolling on figuring this out, Hypothes.is invited a colorful panel of experts – and… me. – to a three-day think tank on San Francisco Bay to identify the challenges, parse them out, and prototype solutions. And guess what? We pulled it off. Identity & ReputationToday, identity and reputation are fragmented by different, often competing online services. We have Facebook identities, Google identities and email identities. We have OpenIDs, but we might have a bunch of those. Some of these identities may be linked, but the links are weak.In each of these networks, we also have reputations, however basic they may be. Our contributions are liked and +1d by friends and ranked by an algorithm. These services might provide APIs to be interoperable with other sites and applications, but that just extends the domain of the dominant platform, Facebook or Google. It’s not a multi-faceted identity. It’s the same monolithic identity extended everywhere.Plus, identity providers like Facebook and Google have interests that run counter to ours. Real people are multi-faceted. We want to be able to express different aspects of ourselves in different contexts. But Facebook, Google et al have built businesses upon consistent, unchanging, public identities for all of us, despite nasty, sometimes dangerous consequences.People with enough privileges don’t have to worry about their public identities and reputations, but marginalized or vulnerable people around the world face real danger for speaking out online. They still need the ability to participate fully. That’s why a truly Web-wide reputation system cannot be subject to any company’s “real names policy.”We learned in the workshop that the best kind of online identity is one that is pseudonymous but expensive. It’s easy to get one pseudonym, but it’s very difficult to change or create new ones. A pseudonym could also be privately verified with a government-issued ID or some other standard, so the user remains pseudonymous to the world, but the reputation system knows who it is.It could also plug into existing identity services. There’s no reason this identity couldn’t be connected with Google or Facebook if the user so desired. Those are existing, thriving communities, and they’ll need annotation, too. They just can’t be the sole provider of identity.Hypothes.is needs relatable identities to build a reputation system. It will have its own reputation algorithms, mechanisms and moderation strategies. It will implement its trusted users’ contributions as a layer of reputation that can apply to all the content on the Web. Hypothes.is users will be like Wikipedia editors, but for everything. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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first_imgOK, so we launched the Xeon 5500 processor based servers and workstations a couple of weeks ago. While I don’t have direct quotes of support from Brit, Miley, Susan or any country presidents who have signed economic stimulus into law I am pretty confident that if they were ever actually considering purchasing a server or workstation they would come to the conclusion that the new Xeon 5500 platforms would be their best choice.I had the privilege of being at one of the thirty seven different worldwide Xeon 5500 launch events. I was on Wall Street and attended the NASDAQ launch event on March 31st. Based on which data source estimate you look at Financial Services as a whole represents about 20% of the worldwide market for servers. It was also evident when meeting with customers in the NYC area that they are passionate about performance and power consumption. Most of them had received pre-production seed systems and had already done extensive testing prior to this launch event. I have been in Intel’s Server Platform Group for over a decade now and I have never seen so much enthusiasm for a product launch. I won’t rehash the performance benchmarks and performance per watt data. There are many benchmarks, blogs and press articles doing that. What I took away from the conversations was a feeling of optimism from the end users I spoke to. Some people felt that these new products would be what it takes for them to deliver solutions that would give them a performance advantage over their competition. In few markets does that pay off more, and translate almost directly to the bottom line, than in Financial Services. Others felt that these systems would help them continue to add to their existing datacenters without having the need to build a new one. This was due to the performance per watt improvements and the end users ability to replace many old servers and workstations with a few new ones. Lastly, I think human nature being what it is we are seeing that IT professionals want to work on cool new projects. These Xeon 5500 servers and workstations represent a shiny new toy that IT professionals can use to have a material impact on the bottom lines of their companies. To some degree the same applies to virtualization in that it is disruptive and provides a new cost effective way to deliver legacy solutions and also enables flexibility for future growth. The IT folks that I have met who familiarize themselves with virtualization, new hardware and advanced management techniques (power, systems, virtualization) generally are viewed internal to their companies as leaders with visionary capabilities.As we all work through this economic morass I am hopeful that with new technology introductions, and a relentless focus on efficiency, we will all emerge with a greater level of capability and a higher degree of flexibility. I also believe IT will emerge as a key asset of differentiation for companies from Wall Street to Main Street and this will place an even greater burden on delivering solutions to meet those unique needs. What do you [email protected]intel.comlast_img read more

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