Windward Road win third straight Jnr High champs

first_imgDespite ending Day Two tied on points with main challengers John Mills, defending champions Windward Road Junior High turned up the heat on yesterday’s third and final day at Stadium East to win the 2016 INSPORTS Junior High School Track and Field Championship by more than 100 points.The Oral Whilby-coached team accumulated 562.50 points to finish ahead of John Mills on 457.50 points. New Dayfinished third with 190; Melrose claimed fourth spot with 183.50; and Louise Bennett Coverley came in fifth with 169.Windward Road also topped the male and female categories with 289.50 and 264 points, respectively, in front of John Mills, which was second in both sections.Surprised by large marginWhilby, however, admitted that he never expected his team to win by such a large margin and was more than elated with the outcome.”We won by over a hundred points. I was confident of the victory, but I had no idea the team would perform this well,” he said. He also warned that his team has the foundation to continue this winning streak.”We should retain this championship. A lot of our points came from the lower grades, and they will be stepping up in class. John Mills did their thing in the past, but this new era has Windward Road written all over it, so we are looking forward to next year,” he added.Meanwhile, seven athletes shared the overall champion boy prize and six shared the female honours.In the male section, the award was shared by Jaheim Gilmore, Nemoy Cockett, and Kevin Wilson of John Mills, Amontae Wray of Windward Road; Shelton Britton of Louise Bennett; Mickel Wilson of Braeton; and Lennox Barrett of Melrose, who all contributed 18 points each to their schools.For the females, Gregory Park’s Leanna Lewis and Shantonique McCalla shared the award with Kamesha Graham of New Day; Shaniece Benjamin of John Mills, Ashley Johnson of Melrose; and Janealia Brown of Windward Road, who all scored 18 points.John Mills coach Ransford Spalding says the lower classes was their downfall but says they intend to improve on this area for next year.”Where we went wrong is in the primary division. We only scored 12 points and Windward Road score 140 points, but we have to congratulate them (Windward Road) because they have a team and John Mills don’t have a structured team,” he said.last_img read more

Mayweather-McGregor ticket sales fall short of record

first_imgLeft and right, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are shown in different portions of their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ticket sales for the superfight were a disappointment after failing to break the record for gate receipts. AFPLOS ANGELEs, United States — Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s money-spinning superfight failed to break the record for gate receipts at a Las Vegas boxing bout, figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed Wednesday.The controversial August 26 fight raked in $55,414,865.79, well short of the $72,198,500 generated by Mayweather’s 2015 “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start Break new ground LATEST STORIES MOST READ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled View comments The bout is also set to be one of the richest fights in history if the most bullish predictions of pay-per-view television sales are met.Some predictions have suggested the fight could threaten the 4.6 million buys generated by Pacquiao-Mayweather.Official numbers have not been released although executives from cable network Showtime Sports said they expected the bout would at least be second. CBBADVERTISEMENT Nadal: Federer not ‘boyfriend’ material Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Mayweather-McGregor bout, staged at the T-Mobile Arena, sold 13,094 tickets, well short of the venue’s 20,500 capacity. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight sold 16,219 tickets.A total of 137 complimentary tickets were given away for Mayweather-McGregor, won by Mayweather in a 10th-round technical knockout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendFace-value ticket prices for Mayweather-McGregor were among the most expensive in history, with cheapest seats going for $500 and the most expensive for as much as $10,000.Although the fight failed to challenge the Mayweather-Pacquiao gate total, it becomes the second highest-grossing gate in Las Vegas history, surpassing the $20 million generated by Mayweather’s 2013 defeat of Canelo Alvarez. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Trump revels in latest war of words with professional sports

first_imgLATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up UAAP Starting 5: Week 3 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The conflict peaked Sunday with Trump’s remarks, which had the effect of uniting a newly minted opposition coalition that included a growing number of players and coaches, as well as some owners who have backed the president.Late Sunday, Trump continued to defend the scrap – which prompted about 200 players to stand, kneel or raise their fists during the national anthem at games – telling reporters in New Jersey that kneeling was “very disrespectful to our flag and to our country” and that “owners should do something.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTrump also offered his own take on the players and coaches who chose to lock arms on the field during the anthem, describing it as a display of “solidarity” that he approved of. And he pushed back against the suggestion that his critique could inflame racial tensions, arguing: “I never said anything about race.”After a week dealing with weighty international issues at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump seemed to relish the moment, which he started with comments at a rally Friday night and continued on Twitter throughout the weekend. DAY6 is for everybody Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img The crowd chanted: “U.S.A, U.S.A.”Trump continued: “That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for, OK? Everything that we stand for.”Top administration officials backed the president on Sunday talk shows, saying he just wanted players to show patriotism and respect. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on ABC’s “This Week” that players have “the right to have the First Amendment off the field.”Still, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Trump had missed an opportunity. Rove said there is support for the president’s overall argument about patriotism and the flag, but he could have offered a more unifying message.Said Rove: “the president, in the middle of huge battles that are so consequential to the future of his presidency, gets involved in this dispute and does it in a way that makes him look smaller not bigger.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In addition to attacks on NFL players, he also rescinded a White House invitation for basketball player Stephen Curry, a star player on the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.On Twitter Sunday night, Trump continued to press his case against politically charged athletes, saying: “sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!”White House aides and allies said Trump remains confident that his supporters are strongly behind his attacks on kneeling players, a practice that started with a handful of players to protest a number of issues, including police brutality against black people.As criticism rolled in, supporters argued the president was not targeting African-Americans, but simply expressing patriotism.“It’s a perfect example of where the president gets it right,” said Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a longtime Trump friend, who said team officials and the news media were not in line with much of the country. “It’s a win for him at the end of the day.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson President Donald Trump speaks to reporters upon his return to the White House in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo by MANUEL BALCE CENETA / AP))WASHINGTON — With his attacks on activist athletes, President Donald Trump plunged into the middle of his favorite kind of drama – personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making.For three days, the provocateur president has drawn criticism from the worlds of politics and sports for saying that football players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Some allied groups were quick to take action. The pro-Trump political non-profit America First Policies released a Facebook ad with the tagline “Turn off the NFL.”Trump has had a history of engaging in racially fraught battles, from his promotion of the false story that the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama was not born in the United States, to his campaign proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from the United States.He drew condemnation last month for saying “both sides” were to blame for violence between white supremacists and their opposing demonstrators during clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.Some longtime supporters of Trump distanced themselves this time, notably New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. In a statement Sunday, Kraft said he was “deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the president.”He added that there is “nothing more divisive than politics” and said he supported players’ “right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”Trump shrugged off the comments, saying: “He’s a good friend of mine and I what him to do what he wants to do.”Critics argued the president had waded into an unnecessary – and potentially damaging –battle.“There’s no upside here except he may stimulate some excitement by the base,” said former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. “I think it’s the president’s way of continuing his reality TV presidency.”Trump began his latest tirade during a raucous campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama Friday evening before thousands of cheering fans.Amid comments about a Senate candidate and his agenda, Trump said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired, he’s fired.” View commentslast_img read more

The Chief Information Office(r), Republic of Liberia

first_imgWhen President Barack Obama took over in 2009 one of the first things he did was to appoint a Federal Chief Information Officer at the White House. Vivek Kundra (2009-2011) would lead Obama’s technology initiatives, direct the policy and strategic planning of federal information technology investments and have oversight of federal technology spending. He would also establish and oversee enterprise architecture ensuring system interoperability, information sharing, information security and privacy across the federal government. Kundra helped lower the cost of government operations and used innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and operational efficiency in the US Government.Vivek Kundra left the Obama administration in 2011 and is credited with saving taxpayers at least $3 billion by scrutinizing IT spending and identifying underperforming projects. His replacement, Steven VanRoekel who previously served as Managing Director for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and at Microsoft, also stepped down from the role in September 2014, and returned to USAID to advise the agency on technology matters in its response to the Ebola outbreak.  In Liberia, unlike President Obama, the establishment of the Chief Information Office did not make the first to-do list of President Sirleaf. It would take almost six years after her ascendency to nations highest office before the Government of Liberia began the establishment of the CIO Regime, and the subsequent appointment of the first Chief Information Officer of the Republic of Liberia.  But what is this office? What does it do; where is it; and who runs it?Enshrined in the National Telecommunications & ICT Policy 2010-2015 is a mandate for the establishment of the National ICT Governing Board to “oversee, monitor and evaluate the operations and implementation of ICT objectives and programs.” This Board is comprised of members of the ICT for Development (ICT4D) Steering Committee   which includes members from the Government of Liberia’s (GoL) ministries, agencies, corporations/commissions, the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) mobile, fixed and ISP operators, and other sector stakeholders.The policy further mandates the ICT Governing Board to commission a central implementing body to be called the Chief Information Office or CIO. This body according to the mandate “shall be housed at the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications. The CIO shall comprise of core staff to include systems engineers, technicians, and several policy staff. It shall coordinate with every ICT unit across ministries and agencies to help the GoL determine how ICT can help transform government processes, by making it efficient, transparent and citizen-centric.”Another mandate from the Policy requires executive line ministries to “nominate a champion from each ministry who will become a part of the CIO Governing Council once the CIO regime is established.” This CIO Regime is headed by the Chief Information Officer, Republic of Liberia. The Chief Information Officer strategically focuses on improving practices in the design, modernization, use, sharing and performance of GoL information resources. In addition to being responsible for formulating programs in pursuit of the vision of the ICT Governing Board, the CIO is also responsible to handle and monitor GoL IT procurement to ensure cost effectiveness, standardization, and benefit from economies of scale.Liberia’s Chief Information Office is currently headed by Honorable Sekou Kromah. Honorable Kromah is the first CIO and comes to the job with a vast experience in the telecommunications sector. Prior to the CIO position, Honorable Kromah served as Managing Director of the Liberia Produce and Marketing Corporation (LPMC), and the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), now LIBTELCO. He later moved from his role as the head of the national operator (LIBTELCO) to become the Deputy Minister of the Government’s telecommunications and ICT policy maker, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.Unlike his American counterpart, Kromah’s job is more challenging since he inherited a totally disintegrated and “chaotic” government ICT landscape, where almost everyone is doing what he or she wants to do with Government ICT. Yet, he stands to pioneer a lot of ICT initiatives in government; one of them involving it’s e-government program. Kromah aims is to bring some “sanity” into government’s ICT landscape and hopefully bridge the gap between Government and the people through ICTs. His goal is to bring government services online and do away with “citizens standing in line.” In addition, he is working to apply sound procurement policies, ensuring standardization of the GoL ICT platform, and maintaining a highly skilled, efficient and effective team of professionals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ArcelorMittal Begs Workers to Abandon Strike Action

first_imgArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 18 countries.The management of ArcelorMittal Liberia has appealed to its striking workers to end their action and return to work while their leadership engage in dialogue to find an amicable solution to their concerns of “bad labor practices.”In a press statement yesterday, the company admitted to being grossly affected by the ongoing strike action, which the employees instituted in the company’s load and haul department in direct opposition to the agreed position of their union representatives recently.The company though described the strike as illegal; the management said it is still willing to go into negotiations with the aggrieved employees and sort things out peacefully.“ArcelorMittal Liberia is committed to communicating openly with its employees. Unfortunately, in this instance, no warning of the strike was given, and due to the huge operational costs of a strike, we are urging our workers to go back to work while we continue discussions with them on the issues that are important, including wage levels, working hours, children’s education and health,” the company said in a statement yesterday.“In addition, the company is due to start negotiating a collective labor agreement in a month’s time so all these issues would be discussed in detail during that process,” the company’s statement said.The strike action became necessary when workers assigned at Mounts Gangra and Torkadeh accused the company’s management of neglecting its responsibilities and not engaging in fair labor practices.The demands of the aggrieved mine workers, particularly from the load and haul department, includes removal of the “Zero Week” in their work schedule; provisions of better housing and healthcare facilities and an increase day food stipends.The part of Area “O” where most of the striking ArcelorMittal Liberia workers live. The workers are demanding better housing facilities.“They are giving US$0.50 per day as lunch, but we will not receive the money in some cases, and for three months at a time.  If you are unfortunate to begin work from Wednesday, then you fall in the Zero Week, meaning the time that the employee worked for will not be marked,” said another worker.Working conditions, according to the employees, are not favorable, because there are no good housing facilities and no drugs for the workers at the hospital.ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 18 countries. The company recorded a revenue in 2017 of $68.7 billion crude steel production of 93.1 million metric tons, while iron ore production reached 57.4 million metric tons.In a related development, a retired worker of the former Liberian American Swedish Mining Company(LAMCO) has commended the workers of Arcellor Mittal for their decision to quietly stay away from work rather than engage in open confrontational protest action.Mr. Joseph Flomo, a retired driver, said the stay home action completely nullified the presence of armed Police who he said would have invariably resorted to strong arm tactics including the use of live ammunition to fire on workers. But the stay home action, he said, took all by surprise and is proving to be a more successful form of engagement with Management who now have no option but to engage the workers in dialogue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

After 17 years, Buffon bids tearful farewell to Juventus

first_imgIt was the 656th game for the evergreen 40-year-old who arrived in Turin in 2001 from Parma for a then world record 52 million euros fee.The goalkeeper and captain was substituted by coach Massimiliano Allegri to take an ovation before 40,000 emotional Juventus fans many with their eyes filling with tears.Juventus were two goals up thanks to Daniele Rugani after 49 minutes and Miralem Pjanic three minutes later when Buffon came off the pitch.He hugged all his teammates, on the field and on the bench, and then left the sidelines.Goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio made his Serie A debut between the posts in his place.Buffon had said he did not want anything special for his final game.“I want to live this day normally. I ask nothing except what I have already had, esteem, affection and respect. The rest I do not need it. As a child, I did not like birthdays and be in the centre of attention,” Buffon had said.But there was resounding applause and singing as the goalkeeper and Juventus captain emerged from the locker rooms before his final game.He was accompanied onto the pitch at the Allianz Stadium by his three children — Louis Thomas and David Lee, with the youngest, Leopoldo, in the arms of his partner Ilaria D’Amico.“There is only one number 1, there is only one number 1”, they sang in the tribunes before kick-off, as Buffon hugged his teammates one by one. In the south tribune Juventus fans unfurled a banner: “Only those who try the absurd reach the impossible”. A giant flag with the image of the goalkeeper covered the stand. There were messages “17 years with you. Thanks Gigi”, “Gigi Buffon, immortal hero” and “Gigi, Santo Subito”.Buffon embraced each of his teammates including his successor Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny and new captain Giorgio Chiellini and took his place in between the posts for his final game.The crowd cheered his every move with his first save made after quarter of an hour against Algerian winger Mohamed Fares.The moment everyone was waiting for came after 63 minutes as Buffon again hugged every teammate, every member of staff, waved at the crowd until he got to the bench, rested his head back and sighed with eyes closed, before leaving the sidelines.– ‘Simply the best’ –Golden farewell for Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOTeammates also paid tribute with Sami Khedira tweeting: “It has always been an honour for me to play side to side with a living legend. Glad we can celebrate another Scudetto today!” “100 games together, 1,040 days, smiles, tears, hugs,” tweeted Paulo Dybala. “You’ve taught me so much. You are the captain of my successes. I wish you to be happy in the future my captain, I will miss you. Today we must have fun together again.”After winning the Italian Cup, SuperCup and UEFA Cup with Parma, Buffon went on to claim nine Serie A titles, four Italian Cups and five SuperCups with Juventus, in addition to winning the 2006 World Cup with Italy.On the pitch Alessio Cerci pulled one back for the Verona after 76 minutes, ending Juventus’s bid for a record 23 games in one season without conceding a goal.It was also the final game for Ghanian Kwadwo Asamoah and Swiss Stephan Lichtsteiner.Juventus had wrapped up the Serie A title last Sunday in Rome, but lifted the trophy for the 34th time after the game.The storm did not stop hundreds of fans, many of whom had gathered outside, lining the route as the open top bus then made its way to the centre of the city.Despite trailing Napoli for much of the season Juventus ended the campaign with 95 points from 30 wins including 16 at home.“We fought with Napoli throughout the year, we tip our hats to them, but we were the best,” said Allegri. “We missed the icing on the cake, which is the Champions League, but we can’t know how it would have ended in extra time against Real Madrid,” he added of a match in which Buffon was controversially sent off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italy great Gianluigi Buffon played his final game for Juventus on Saturday before tearfully exiting after a trophy-laden 17-year career © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOTurin, Italy, May 19 – Italy great Gianluigi Buffon played his final game for Juventus on Saturday before tearfully exiting after a 17-year career as storm clouds gathered during a 2-1 win over already relegated Verona.Buffon — who had captained Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph this season — took his final bow midway through the second half before rain came down and thunder rumbled over the Allianz Stadium.last_img read more

GAA: ST EUNAN’S ANNOUNCE LATEST ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKETS INFORMATION

first_imgWe know many of you are anxious with regards to tickets for the All-Ireland SFC Final on September 23rd. At this point in time, Donegal’s allocation hasn’t been confirmed – it should be sorted early next week assuming the other semi-final doesn’t go to  a replay.As you are probably aware, there will not be enough tickets to guarantee a ticket for all our members, unfortunately. We would certainly be advising people to make use of your contacts around the country to try and secure your ticket. Please note that if you have not paid a Club Membership to St. Eunan’s this year, it is unlikely you have any chance of getting a ticket from the club (the Croke Park deadline for membership was March 31st, 2012).A sub-committee has been appointed by the Executive to set down the criteria for distributing tickets. This process isn’t 100% perfect – we are aware of that and we know that there will be people that are left disappointed, that is not intentional.  We also know there will be people that disagree with the criteria set down, again the system isn’t perfect but we are trying to do our best to get as many tickets as we can for as many members as we can! We will announce the criteria for applying for tickets in the coming days. Until then please do not pester executive members for tickets as we have no details yet.  GAA: ST EUNAN’S ANNOUNCE LATEST ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKETS INFORMATION was last modified: August 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: ST EUNAN’S ANNOUNCE LATEST ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKETS INFORMATIONlast_img read more

Court Refutes Claim that Photos on Twitter Are Free For the Taking

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#twitter#web Ah, Terms of Service – the legally-binding document we never read before clicking “accept.” So when Agence France-Presse argued this fall that Twitter’s ToS granted it free access to photos shared on the microblogging service, there was a veritable shitstorm of people saying, “Wait, what did I agree to?”Well, rest easy. A U.S. District Court has decided that the AFP (and anyone else for that matter) does not have open rights to content you post to Twitter or photos to you post to Twitpic.The case stemmed from a copyright suit by photographer Daniel Morel who documented the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. Morel uploaded his photos to Twitpic and posted to Twitter that he had “exclusive photos” of the devastation. According to the court documents, a man in the Dominican Republic, Lisandro Suero, then took those photos and posted them to his Twitpic and Twitter accounts, claiming that he had exclusive rights to the photos. When several major news agencies reported on the earthquake, they used Morel’s photos but credited Suero. Morel was never paid.AFP argued that it did not need to pay up, as it had re-use rights to the photos because of Twitter’s Terms of Service. According to the AFP lawyers, “this broad re-use is evidenced every day when Twitter/TwitPic posts are copied, reprinted, quoted, and republished by third parties.”U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley disagreed, and in his decision says that “the provision that Twitter ‘encourage[s] and permit[s] broad re-use of Content’ does not clearly confer a right on other users to re-use copyrighted postings.” Morel’s copyright claim can now move forward (and content creators can be a little less panicky about what they’ve agreed to with Twitter’s ToS). audrey watterslast_img read more

Jive Software Acquires Analytics Company Proximal Labs

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Today Jive Software announced its acquisition of Proximal Labs, a social network analytics company. Prior to the acquisition, Jive was a customer of Proximal Labs. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Proximal Labs co-founder and CEO David Gutelius is joining Jive as Chief Social Scientist.Jive will use Proximal’s machine learning technology, powered by Apache Hadoop, to help its users apply complex analytics to their enterprise social graphs. Example use cases include locating subject matter experts both inside and outside the firewall or surfacing relevant content within the network. The company is calling the platform “Jive What Matters.”In a statement that sounds consistent with consensus views about where the Web is going, Brian Roddy, senior vice president of engineering at Jive, said “The future of work is personalized. Relevant information should find you, proactively, to improve collaboration and enable faster decision making.”Gutelius founded Proximal after working at SRI on the DARPA-funded Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL) program. Two companies were spun-out of the PAL program: SIRI, which as acquired by Apple, and TrapIt, which we covered here. Gutelius wasn’t involved in either spin-off.Jive isn’t the only company baking analytics into its social platform. Socialcast has integrated an analytics system for connecting users and surfacing relevant content, and IBM’s Lotus Connections 3.0 has analytics baked in. Other companies are expected to bring analytics to the fore, including Salesforce.com, which is already using analytics to provide bonuses to the most active users of its internal Chatter deployment.Disclosure: IBM is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor. IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

The Clock Is Working Against You

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Sales is one of the few endeavors in business where you are literally working against the clock.Your operations team is not judged or compensated on how they did in the last quarter. They may have KPIs, but they don’t have a quota. The folks in accounting and finance don’t have the same time constraints either. Nor does the marketing department. Very few people have the same pressure to perform within the constraints of time like salespeople.Why then do salespeople avoid the work that is necessary to reach their goals within the time they are being measured against?If you need to create 4 average size deals each month to make your number, and you create only 2 of those opportunities, you start the next month with a deficit of 2–and a new goal of 6 opportunities. If in the second month you create only 2 opportunities, you go into month three needing 8 opportunities. If it is difficult to create 4 opportunities, then it is twice as hard to create 8 new deals.You didn’t feel like prospecting very much this month? The clock ticked away while you resisted your work.You found other work that kept you so busy that you didn’t have time to prospect? Time marched relentlessly forward without you. Time is unsympathetic.You were burnt out and in a funk? Time doesn’t care about your feelings, your energy level, or your excuses. Seconds always turn into minutes, and minutes turn into hours, and hours turn into days, and days turn into weeks. Weeks turn into months. There is no way to stop, slow, or turn back time.The only way to make the clock your ally is to meticulously manage yourself and your commitments. You have the time you need, but only if you do what is necessary between the ticks. If you aren’t going to make time your ally, your inability to manage yourself will make time your unbeatable foe.When you aren’t working, the clock is working against you.last_img read more