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No Teams Isnt Next Version of Skype for Business

Data residency — larger organizations may have created multiple Skype for Business pools located in different countries to address regulatory requirements related to where call detail records, IM conversations, uploaded content, and meeting recordings are stored. Teams multi-geo capabilities don’t currently provide the same level of control.Contact center and other third-party integration — organizations that have deployed contact center applications integrated with Skype for Business or have invested in third-party reporting or management tools should be aware that few if any of the existing tools work with Teams.Federation with external organizations — the OCS/Lync/Skype for Business federation model was very easy to implement and manage, and provided a tremendous improvement in the ability to communicate and hold meetings with users from organizations also using Skype for Business. In several cases, federation between customers and suppliers was specifically noted as significantly improving the business relationship and overall customer service. Teams guest access at present is cumbersome to manage and creates a disjointed user experience. (There is some indication that this will improve with future updates.)Meetings — While Teams and Skype for Business meetings are similar, they have important differences. While you could set up a dedicated Skype for Business pool to host interactive meetings with up 1,000 users, meeting size in Teams is currently limited to 250 users. This is not to be confused with broadcast meetings, now called Live Events in Teams, which enables the hosting of meetings for up to 10,000 attendees. These, however, are one-to-many rather than interactive meetings, and only allow attendees to join via Web browsers. In another difference, while Teams does allow you to share your desktop, a specific application window, or PowerPoint slides during a meeting, you can’t annotate shared PowerPoint slides in Teams like you can in Skype for Business. On the positive side, Teams records meetings and stores these recordings in the cloud, unlike Skype for Business, which stores meeting recordings on local PCs. Teams also can provide a transcription for meeting audio and can blur a presenter’s video background.Phone device support — Microsoft has introduced a new line of certified Teams IP phones, but it also has said that basic functionalities will continue to work on Skype for Business Online-certified devices when a user switches to Teams.Call queues and automated attendants — Microsoft has rebuilt the call queue service for Teams, which in Skype for Business is called response groups. Similarly, automated attendant/IVR capabilities in Teams are based on new code. While an over-simplification, presently call queue and attendant capabilities in Teams lack some of the features available in Skype for Business (which also leveraged some capabilities of Exchange Unified Messaging).Interoperability with Skype for Business — Teams and Skype for Business work together but not seamlessly and not perfectly. If you’re going to have large groups of users on each platform for a long period of time, you should pilot the interoperability capabilities and mitigate any issues through strong communications, change management, and training. Depending on how the interoperability scenarios work within your organization, you may choose to limit the “in between” period in your transition to Teams.On-premises PSTN connectivity — Teams introduces a new model called Direct Routing. Some existing session border controllers/gateways may not be supported or may require software upgrades. Direct Routing enables you to use existing SIP trunks or T1/E1 connections with Teams. Note that you currently cannot use existing conference dial-in numbers via Direct Routing with Teams conferencing.Network — Microsoft recommends local office breakouts for Internet connections to optimize Teams real-time communications. This makes sense for new deployments but is likely different than the “hub and spoke” network model large organizations use for on-premises Skype for Business deployments. Evaluate and understand the implications of any network changes required to optimize Teams voice and meetings.Costs — Many organizations saved hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars by moving from a hosted conferencing provider to on-premises conferencing with Skype for Business. Moving conferencing and meetings back to the cloud, via Teams, may have licensing, networking, and calling/DID/toll-free cost implications.With those considerations and realizing Teams is a new product with distinct collaboration and communications modes, organizations have multiple choices, including: Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Organizations currently using Skype for Business on-premises may need to consider several differences in how Teams communications operates: Log in or register to post comments Rather, Teams is a distinct product that provides new collaboration capabilities akin to persistent chat on steroids. In addition, Teams includes capabilities of SharePoint, OneDrive, and Skype for Business. The correct way to think of Teams is as two significant products rolled into one, a collaboration tool and a communications tool, as I explore in my Taming Teams series. This mindset assists organizations deciding if they want to use Teams and, if so, how to optimize it for increased business productivity. Teams as a collaboration product delivers capabilities comparable to Slack’s, overlapping and leveraging existing SharePoint, OneDrive, and Yammer functionalities. Teams as a communications product delivers many of the existing capabilities of on-premises Skype for Business, which has always been more capable than Skype for Business Online. Teams communications includes presence, instant messaging, peer-to-peer calling, PSTN calling, audio conferencing, and video conferencing. If you haven’t yet registered for Enterprise Connect, use the code NJPOSTS and save $200! Register now to catch this discount on our current rate.Tags:News & ViewsMicrosoft TeamsSkype for BusinessTaming TeamsUnified Communications & CollaborationBest PracticesCloud CommunicationsConsultant PerspectivesMeetingsTeam Collaboration Tools & Workspaces Articles You Might Like Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. TeamsvS4B.png Do nothing with Teams. Just because there’s a new tool doesn’t mean you need to use it. That being said, conducting a Teams collaboration pilot with some users generally makes sense for most organizations.Deploy Teams to provide new collaboration abilities and keep Skype for Business for communications (which might involve upgrading to Skype for Business 2019).Use Teams for collaboration. Use Teams communications for some user groups and continue using Skype for Business for other user groups.Deploy Teams for collaboration and transition to using Teams meeting capabilities. Keep Skype for Business as the primary calling platform.Transition to Teams for both collaboration and communications; this could happen in multiple steps. For guidance on a Teams transition, check out the initial posts in my ongoing Taming Teams series: Starting Right, Getting to Know Team’s Teams, and Changing the Channel.My team and I spend our time helping organizations succeed implementing communication and collaboration systems, most often within the Microsoft ecosystem, and I would like to help you succeed with your Skype for Business or Teams implementation. Microsoft Teams enables new opportunities but also brings new obstacles and pitfalls. If you have specific questions please comment below, send me a tweet @kkieller, or message me on LinkedIn — and join me at Enterprise Connect 2019, March 18 to 21 in Orlando, Fla., where I’ll be moderating the “Transitioning to Teams: What’s Your Next Move on Microsoft?” session as well as a tutorial on the transformative impacts of artificial intelligence on UC. Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. Microsoft Teams is NOT the next version of Skype for Business. read more

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Google ads effective a little frustrating businesses say

NEW YORK — For many small business owners, Google is a necessary and successful way to advertise although it can also be expensive and frustrating.Jeff Moriarty sees both sides. Moriarty, marketing director for his family’s jewelry business, has handled its online ads for 20 years. With competition for the limited number of high-visibility ads intense, advertising costs are rising because “we all have to play their (Google’s) game,” he says.But Moriarty has learned how to get results for Moriarty Gem Art, which has an online store and a physical location in Crown Point, Indiana. Along with buying ads, he uses the strategy known as search engine optimization to boost the company’s visibility.“The good thing is our website does rank well in searches,” he says. “It offsets some of the costs we have through paid ads.”Google dominates online search and advertising; this June it had a 62.4% share of the market for searches done on desktop computers, well above the 25.2% held by Microsoft sites, according to the research firm Comscore. Google is so much a part of online life that it’s common to hear people use “Google” as a verb to mean “search online.”But while Google’s power and reach make it appealing to small businesses, those strengths may also be a problem, government officials say. The Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission and House Judiciary Committee are investigating possible antitrust issues at Google and other big tech companies. And earlier this month, officials of 48 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico said they’re investigating Google’s “potential monopolistic behaviour.” Several officials suggested the investigation included Google’s search and advertising business.Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice-president for global affairs, said in a blog post, “it’s of course right that governments should have oversight to ensure that all successful companies, including ours, are complying with the law. … We look forward to showing how we are investing in innovation, providing services that people want, and engaging in robust and fair competition.”Small businesses have several ways to appear on Google search pages. The most basic is what’s called an organic search, where, for example, a restaurant’s website shows up when someone searches for keywords like “French restaurant brunch.” Where a company is ranked depends on Google algorithms that take into account factors like whether a company has been listed on ratings websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor or have received media publicity. Google says it is looking to see how “relevant and reliable” a website or web pages are about a given topic.Companies can also buy ads that appear in search results. Google runs an auction in which companies bid against other advertisers for keywords and phrases; the price is set by the bidders. Businesses also can pay to get products in Google Shopping, which includes a strip of photos with links at the top of search results.Companies that don’t advertise can find themselves pushed lower down on a page of search results; Google gives priority to those who have paid enough to win a prime spot.That policy is an outgrowth of one dominant company owning both search and advertising. But companies say Google ads are worth the expense. Google has been more effective for Louisiana Crawfish than any other form of advertising, CEO Avery Smith says.“At this point, approximately 90% of our advertising dollars are spent with Google,” says Smith, whose company, an online seller of the crustaceans and other food, is based in Natchitoches, Louisiana.The more a company bids for keywords, the higher its ads can place. However, companies can’t see what others bid; they can only guess from the rankings.“It’s kind of a cat and mouse game,” Smith says. “Seeing where your placement is tells you if you need to increase your bid or not.”Advertising effectively on Google also requires ongoing, even daily, attention. Louisiana Crawfish uses outside consultants to monitor how its listings are doing against the competition and to make adjustments needed to maintain its place.The strategy works. In a search for “crawfish,” Louisiana Crawfish had four of five links with pictures across the top of the search results, the spot often reserved for Google Shopping ads.John Holloway estimates that his insurance brokerage has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars advertising on Google in the past six years. But he’s recently scaled back his spending because the cost of trying to outbid other firms keeps going up.“They (Google) are putting more and more ads ahead of the natural search results,” says Holloway, co-owner of, a life insurance brokerage based in Roswell, Georgia. “So, business owners, myself included, are feeling the squeeze to ‘pay to play’ with Google.”One solution, Holloway has found, is to bid on words and phrases unlikely to be in big demand by other companies; those words will cost less. For his business, “insurance 40-year-old man good health,” is likely to cost less than “life insurance.”Advertising dollars can go further with wise spending, the approach that should go into any type of advertising, says Gabe Uribe, co-owner of L.A. Tech House, a public relations firm that focuses on tech companies. When he began advertising online, he went with the common wisdom that the more spent on Google ads, the better the results. But he learned he could cut his budget and be fine.“Things we cut back on were things like advertising days — we don’t advertise on weekends anymore, because most business decision-makers are not in the office on Saturday and Sunday,” says Uribe, whose company is based in Los Angeles.He has also learned not to advertise his company as a public relations firm; instead, he uses keywords that describe the services he offers.“If you put some strategy into it, you have a good chance of going up against the big guys,” Uribe says. “We own our little corner with tech PR.”_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

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100yearold beef jerky company sold to Premium Brands by founding Oberto family

VANCOUVER — Premium Brands Holdings Corp. will expand its portfolio of specialty meats products with the acquisition of Seattle-based Oberto Sausage Company, a 100-year-old family-run business.Oberto produces beef jerky and other snack foods under various brands including Oberto and Cattleman’s Cut.The business was founded in 1918 by Constantino Oberto and later led by Constantino’s son Art Oberto, who still owns it, along with other family members.Art Oberto said in a joint statement issued by the two companies that it was a difficult decision to sell the family-owned and operated business but he has been impressed with other companies have done under the Premium Brands umbrella.The transaction, announced the Thursday, is expected to close within four to six weeks — subject to regulatory approvals.Premium didn’t disclose the price of Oberto alone but did say it’s spending a total of $237 million for it and an increased stake in Vancouver-based McLean Meats Inc., which makes preservative-free and organic processed meats.In conjunction with the acquisitions, a syndicate of underwriters has agreed to pay $150 million for about 1.3 million subscription receipts, issued by Premium, to be offered in Canada to investors. Each subscription receipt provides the right to receive one Premium Brand share, plus applicable dividend, once the Oberto deal closes.Companies in this story: (TSX:PBH) read more

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UN launches 530 million appeal to save 65 million people in southern

“Because of the quick response from the international community, the UN and its NGO (non-governmental organization) partners saved millions of lives threatened by starvation in southern Africa over the past year. But the crisis is not over and I urge donors to remember hundreds of thousands of families, many of them in Zimbabwe, who are still in grave danger,” said James Morris, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in southern Africa.The 2003-2004 Regional Consolidated Appeal (CAP), bringing together eight UN agencies with NGOs and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), is seeking $530 million – $320 million for food and $210 million for other aid – for 6.5 million vulnerable people in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In addition to food aid, the 12-month appeal also seeks to fund water and sanitation, agriculture, education and health projects.Although the response to last year’s CAP and an improved harvest this year have brought some respite, many parts of the six countries remain extremely fragile. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to sell household items and livestock to survive last year’s crisis and cannot afford to buy food is now available in markets.Not only is HIV/AIDS killing millions of people prematurely, it is also wiping out the most productive members of society – farmers, teachers, health workers – leaving behind millions of orphans, widows, widowers and elderly. As a result, decades of development gains have been lost and efforts to reduce poverty and improve living standards have been severely undermined. The total number of AIDS orphans in the six countries is estimated to be over 2.3 million, and that number is rising fast.”Even if rains begin to improve, as they did in parts of the region during the last season, how will fields be planted if there are no farmers to till the soil?” said Mr. Morris, who is Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). “The world cannot afford to avert its gaze from southern Africa right now. If it does, we will see an accelerated and irreversible unravelling of societies across the region.”Anne Bauer, Director of the Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said: “The worst is not over yet. Many of the most vulnerable rural families are still relying on international assistance for their immediate survival in the months to come. The impact of HIV/AIDS on agricultural production is devastating. The pandemic is driving entire households and communities to levels of destitution and misery from which they cannot recover without assistance.”FAO noted that an estimated 15 million people, of whom 58 per cent are women, are living with HIV/AIDS in the six countries, and there are strong indications that the prevalence rates have not yet peaked. In 2001, half a million people died of AIDS-related diseases in the region.Calling the situation dire, the Director of Emergency Programmes at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Nils Kastberg, said hundreds of thousands of people were selling what they had just to survive. The current appeal, which represented the strongest engagement of non-governmental organizations and the Red Cross with the UN so far, involved a greater emphasis on the distribution of seeds and fertilizers, as well as on education and water. In many cases, it was often girls that dropped out of school to help families get essential elements, such as water, he said. read more

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Cambodia UN refugee agency voices concern over possible deportation of Montagnards

In a press briefing in Genevathis morning, UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch noted that the individuals are said to be hiding in a border province in Cambodia’s northeast after leaving Viet Nam in recent weeks. “The group has indicated that they wish to seek asylum in Cambodia,” said Mr. Baloch.“Since the creation of its Refugee Department in 2009, the Cambodian Government has been responsible for receiving and adjudicating asylum claims,” he added.Both UNHCR and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have written to the Cambodian Government urging that the 13 individuals be allowed to pursue refugee claims.“A joint UN-Government mission to the border area was suggested to better understand the situation and facilitate the claims of the individuals,” Mr. Baloch told reporters. He also reminded that the involuntary return of the individuals to Viet Nam would represent a violation of international legal obligations which Cambodian Government has entered into. “UNHCR strongly urges the Government to refrain from – and instruct local authorities to refrain from – such action.” read more

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SMMT supports investment to strengthen UK supply chain and close skills gap

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Funding of £5.4 million awarded today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will help six UK automotive suppliers win new business and close the skills gap.Currently only a third of the parts used in UK-built vehicles are sourced domestically. The investment, which was announced by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, will help businesses around the country win and maintain more contracts with large automotive suppliers.The government-industry investment includes £2.7 million from the Employer Ownership Fund automotive supply chain competition. The fund enables employers to design training projects that can address skills shortages holding back their business, providing 50% match funding to the company.The winners of the first round of funding are:Benteler, CorbyBrose, CoventryGetrag, HalewoodGestamp, SedgefieldNifco, Stockton-on-TeesUnipres, SunderlandSMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said, “Strengthening the UK supply chain is essential for the future prosperity of the whole automotive industry. We have to secure skilled jobs for long-term growth so this funding will ensure that UK suppliers are well placed to take advantage of the potential £3 billion of new business opportunities available to them.” read more

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Kenny Egan steps into the ring for Fine Gael would like to

first_imgOriginally published 12.00pmRead: Clondalkin councillors say it would be ‘fantastic’ if Kenny Egan runs in the local elections I am delighted to be joining Fine Gael’s team for the upcoming local elections. I am running because I want to make a difference in my local community. I was born and bred in Clondalkin, and I am very committed to the area. I want to do the very best for Clondalkin, and I believe I can achieve that with Fine Gael’.I am looking forward to meeting as many local people as possible on the campaign trail in the coming weeks and months and hearing about the issues that matter to them most. I am also really pleased to be working alongside my running mate, Cllr. Emer Higgins, who already has a very strong reputation for delivering for the area.My motto is and always has been to ‘Keep it Real’ and I intend to follow this on my political journey. As with my sporting career, I have always aimed for success and, if elected, I will bring the same energy to working for my community. Updated 1.16pmOLYMPIC SILVER MEDIALIST Kenny Egan will be running on the Fine Gael ticket in local elections in this year.Confirmed this morning after much speculation in the past week, the light-heavyweight boxer will be the party’s candidate in the Clondalkin area.“My motto is and always has been to ‘Keep it Real’ and I intend to follow this on my political journey,” he said in a statement today, a slogan also carried on his already-printed canvas cards.Egan, who now wishes to be referred to as “Kenneth” rather than Kenny, is looking to base his campaign on youth affairs.“We need to start educating them about alcohol [and other dangers they face],” he said, aiming to share his own experiences alcohol abuse.He was tight-lipped as to whether he hopes to use this as a stepping stone to Leinster House, noting that it was his “first day here”.Party approachesKenny said he was prompted to take run in the local elections after an approach by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald, TD for Dublin Mid West, who said he will be a “fantastic addition” to Fine Gael.She noted his work in “helping young people in the Clondalkin to achieve the very best they can”.However, he said that “it didn’t really matter what party” he was involved in, instead saying it was the work of Minister Fitzgerald and current Clondalkin councillor Tony Delaney that prompted him to run for Fine Gael.He dismissed previous reports that he was approached by other parties.Egan’s statement in full is below:last_img read more

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Police confirm special forensics for remains found in Grand Turk

first_img Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:darron williams, investigaTION, kevino smith, rodney adams Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Apr 2015 – In our continuing coverage of the Kevino Smith investigation, we can tell you that the body found will not undergo the typical autopsy. Police at a press conference in Grand Turk on Friday confirmed that a ‘forensic analysis’ is what they have in mind and according to head of the investigation, DCP Rodney Adams the case is being handled with special care to assure everything is done correctly. The cause of death tests will begin this week with results taking possibly as much as a week. DCP Rodney Adams: “It is our intention to have the remains examined hopefully within the next week or so. (QUESTION: WILL THE FORENSICS BE DONE IN COUNTRY?) That is still being discussed with the pathologist in country, whether or not they have the tools necessary and the expertise, otherwise we will have to seek outside help.”The public was advised to bring credible information to police as assistance with strong evidence is what police are looking for to secure any arrests.Superintendent Darron Williams: “The speculation that is being rumored in the communities can be a danger to the investigation, and we are appealing to the public to discontinue this. We don’t want in any way to compromise this investigation, we are going without a shadow of a doubt and we are going to relentlessly investigate this matter and we ask that the public just bear with us. We are getting information from the public, and we are checking them out as much as we can. We do not want the public to provide us with false information or to implicate anyone.”No suspects were confirmed or identified. A family liaison officer has been assigned to the Smith’s. Veras confirmed as second murder, investigation launched Recommended for you Memories of two TCI men lost on March 4last_img read more

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BAHAMAS OvertheHill Weekend Institute Legal Aid Seminar

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 27, 2018 – Nassau – As part of the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative, the Economic Development and Planning Unit (EDPU) in the Office of the Prime Minister is hosting a series of Saturday seminars for residents and businesses in the Bain and Grants Town and Centreville areas through the “Over-the-Hill Weekend Institute.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img The seminars take place each Saturday morning at the C.R. Walker Auditorium, with partnering agencies and organizations.  The free seminars (no application or registration) are: 24th February, 2018 — Legal Aid Clinic presented by The Bahamas Bar Association; 3rd March, 2018 — Entrepreneurship presented by The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and the Department of Cooperatives; 10th March, 2018 — Financial Literacy, Saving and Budgeting presented by the CFA Society of The Bahamas; and 17th March, 2018 — Grant Writing.Release: BIS Photo caption: Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Office of the Prime Minister Director of Economic Development and Planning, addresses the Over-The-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative ‘Legal Aid’ free seminar on Saturday at C.R. Walker Senior High School Auditorium.(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)last_img read more

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BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp To Hold Fundraiser For Hero

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, June 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp Receives 2019 ‘Best of Wilmington’ AwardIn “Business”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today” WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp (2 Lowell Street) will be hosting a fundraiser event for an incredible non-profit organization called Hero Pups on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 10am.Hero Pups places pups with veterans and first responders. Their focus is on those who are dealing with post traumatic stress (PTSD), anxiety and service-connected challenges. By using shelter and rescue pups whenever possible, we are able to help relieve the symptoms while helping a rescue pup in the process.Join Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp for a 45-minute session of cardio, strength training, stretching, and sweat! The workout session will be suited for all fitness levels and all of the proceeds are going to Hero Pups! To learn more about Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp, visit Pups mission is to acquire and train dogs that have the potential to successfully undergo and complete the rigorous training that allows them to assist our veterans and first responders, thus increasing their independence and peace of mind. While they are based in NH, we serve heroes from all around New England. As an all-volunteer organization, we have dedicated our program to put every dollar we raise directly into taking care of our pups.Hero Pups is a New Hampshire-based 501(c)3 charity. They operate in a donated space, their dog food is sponsored, and local businesses provide services from landscaping to accounting, at no charge to their program. They have almost no overhead and ALL of their donated funds can go towards taking care of and training the pups.With the help of puppy raisers and volunteers, they are able to provide one-on-one training to each pup entering the program.Additional cash/check donations can be sent to Wilmington Fit body Boot Camp or on the charity’s website.Below are some of the raffle prizes available on Sunday:Tanning Salon SuppliesMassage Therapy gift cardsVacation Voucher to Las VegasVacation Voucher to Cancun, MexicoFree Month of Boot CampFit Body Boot Camp shirtsFBBC Free Personal Training SessionOne (1) Month Custom Meal Planning$50 gift certificate to Tremezzo’sAnd there is plenty more!If you have any questions about the event, call Wilmington Fit Body Boot Camp at 978-909-3141 or email The above information is from the event’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email read more

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Japanese company offers 1 million for the right tech talents

first_imgStart Today Co. Limited is offering up to Rs 6.5 crore salary a yearReuters fileAre you a techie and wish to draw a salary of $1 million (over Rs 6.5 crore) a year? Then, you may head to Japan now.At a time when Indian techies are facing layoffs and losing work permits in the United States, Japan is wooing IT professionals and computer engineers by offering tempting payments.Start Today Co. Limited, the parent company of a leading internet e-commerce website Zozotown, posted new job vacancies Monday in its blog seeking up to seven tech experts, offering a whopping salary of 100 million yen ($944,000) per annum. The company is hiring workers for its new venture. It also requires 50 “uniquely talented” people with different qualifications in the fields ranging from artificial intelligence to robotics, the post added.Start Today will close recruitment May 18, the post added.”It’s an unusual move in Japan, where workers often take lower pay in exchange for secure employment. That’s evident even among the relatively well-paid IT professionals, with top software engineers earning on average about $113,000 a year, compared with $250,000 in the US,” Bloomberg reported quoting hiring firm, Robert Walters.In March, Shigeki Maeda, executive vice president of Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), reportedly said that the country would recruit two lakh Indian professionals and issue Green Cards to them for settling down in his country. This initiative is to fill the manpower gap in Japan’s information technology sector caused by a fall in the country’s working population,In January 2018, Japan had simplified its visa rules for Indians applying for multiple entry visas for a short-term stay, a move expected to benefit tourists and business persons. Under the new norms, the required period for permanent residency in Japan was brought down to one year from five years.last_img read more

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DC Council Narrowly Defeats Corizon Contract

first_imgThe D.C. Council voted, 6-5 on April 14, to deny Corizon Health, the country’s largest provider of health care services for incarcerated individuals, and its District affiliate, MBI Health Services, a $66 million, three-year contract. The contract was to provide medical services to inmates in the District’s correctional system. The contract was refused despite support of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and her predecessor, Vincent C. Gray.This result did not please D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large). “We have a process in place where Corizon won the contract,” Orange, who bought the contract before the council on behalf of Bowser, said. “It was determined by the Office of Contracting and Procurement [OCP] that this contract was better than Unity Health’s in a competitive bidding process.”Corizon beat Unity Health by submitting a lower bid for meeting the needs of those incarcerated a few years ago. The contract was supposed to be ratified in December 2014 but the Gray administration pulled it from council consideration when it was clear that the votes for the contract to go through were not there.Corizon has been criticized for its 660 lawsuits from incarcerated people in various states for providing poor health care. Dr. Sylvia McQueen, the vice president of clinical services at Corizon, told the AFRO that many of those suits were frivolous and those that had merit were settled. “We have a better record in settling lawsuits than Unity does in proportion to the population that we serve as opposed to whom they serve,” McQueen said.D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) was joined by D.C. Council members Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) and David Grosso (I-At Large) in voting against the contract. Orange was joined by D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) to support Corizon.If the Council had accepted the contract, Black-owned MBI Health Services would have made millions of dollars for treating incarcerated District residents. Each of the council’s Black members supported the contract while the only White to vote for it was Evans.Grosso said that while he is sympathetic to Black businesses getting more city contracts, Corizon’s services aren’t good for District inmates. “Awarding this contract would be an absolute failure of government to protect the health and well being of District of Columbia residents who are in jail,” Grosso said. “Corizon’s medical history of failing to provide necessary medical care, allowing extreme delays in medical services to persist and operating substandard facilities cannot and should not be ignored. The circumstances surrounding this contract are too egregious to overlook.”The NAACP D.C. Branch opposed the Corizon contract and sent council members a letter voicing its concerns. Akousa Ali, the branch president, said that inmate health is a public health issue. “Providing quality health care and medical treatment to inmates reduces the spread of infectious diseases, mental health problems, chronic diseases, and substance abuse,” Ali said. “The NAACP DC is committed to improving the quality of health care in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities.”Bowser wasn’t happy with the council’s action. “It is disappointing that the council rejected a contract that went through a fair bidding process over an 18-month period,” the mayor said. “As a result of the council’s action, District residents will continue to overpay a vendor that is servicing a declining population at the D.C. Jail. The council’s action will extend overpayment for care, which does not fully meet the health needs of a vulnerable population, until a new contract can be awarded.”The anti-Corizon council members stood their ground even as McDuffie, the chairman of the Committee of the Judiciary, and Alexander, the chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Services, promised their colleagues that they would hold Corizon accountable if they won the contract.Dr. Woodrow Myers Jr., chief executive officer of Corizon, expressed his unhappiness with the council vote but said his company is moving forward. “The company wishes the D.C. Department of Corrections and its residents well,” he said. “Corizon will continue to work to provide the best quality of health care for our current and future clients across the nation.”last_img read more

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Snowdrift game tops Prisoners Dilemma in explaining cooperation

first_imgWhen it comes to explaining the evolution of human cooperation, researchers have traditionally looked to the iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma (IPD) game as the paradigm. However, the observed degree of cooperation among humans is generally higher than predicted by mathematical models using the IPD, leaving unanswered the question of why humans cooperate to the extent they do. Citation: ‘Snowdrift’ game tops ‘Prisoner’s Dilemma’ in explaining cooperation (2007, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers noticed other interesting trends in the study, which involved 96 participants (38 female and 58 male) divided into 16 groups and arranged in 48 pairs, not knowing their partner’s identity or gender. Each pair repeated (“iterated”) both games 12 times, though were initially told the number of repetitions was randomly determined. The researchers created global competition by revealing that the players with the four highest pay-offs would receive monetary awards.Players who employed “Tit-for-Tat” and “Pavlovian” strategies—known to increase pay-offs in the IPD—had better pay-offs in both games than players who did not use these strategies. Further, the researchers found that female participants were twice as likely to use one of these strategies as male participants in the ISD (but not the IPD), resulting in both greater cooperation in female-female pairs compared with male-male pairs, as well as greater pay-offs for individual females. Interestingly, these results contrast with the theory of social sciences, suggesting that there is no simple rule on how males and females behave in different social dilemmas.“The most significant result is that humans adapt the degree of cooperation according to the social context (ISD or IPD) and the behavior and gender of their partner,” Kümmerli said.Besides offering a potential explanation for the high levels of cooperation among humans, the ISD may also have more real-life associations than the IPD. For example, as the researchers point out, two scientists collaborating on a report would benefit if the other worked harder. But when your collaborator doesn’t do any work, it’s probably better for you to do all the work yourself. You’ll still end up with a completed project, rather than life in prison.“Many natural situations of cooperation are much more similar to the SD than to the PD,” Kümmerli said. “For that reason, I think that the SD can provide more indications why cooperation is favored by natural selection than the PD. However, the PD is still a useful tool for mathematical models and to demonstrate differences in cooperation between two groups and in treatment of the gender differences in our study.”Citation: Kümmerli, Rolf, Colliard, Caroline, Fiechter, Nicolas, Petitpierre, Blaise, Russier, Flavien, and Keller, Laurent. “Human cooperation in social dilemmas: comparing the Snowdrift game with the Prisoner’s Dilemma.” Proc. R. Soc. B, doi:10.1098/rspb.2007.0793.Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of A group of researchers from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and the University of Edinburgh in the UK suggests that a different game, called the “iterated Snowdrift game” (ISD), may more realistically reflect social situations that humans face, compared with the IPD. In experimental tests, the proportion of cooperative acts in the ISD game (48%) was significantly higher than those in the IPD (29%).The cause for this difference is due to the higher risks of being exploited in the IPD compared with the ISD, where the risk of being exploited by someone who doesn’t cooperate when you do is lower. “In principle, natural selection predicts individuals to behave selfishly,” Rolf Kümmerli, co-author of the study, told “However, we observe cooperation in humans and other organisms, where cooperation is costly for the actor but benefits another individual. The question is why does natural selection favor such cooperation? One solution to this problem is given by the ‘Snowdrift’ game (but not by the PD), where individuals gain direct benefits from their cooperative acts.”The situation of the Snowdrift game involves two drivers who are trapped on opposite sides of a snowdrift. Each has the option of staying in the car or shoveling snow to clear a path. Letting the opponent do all the work is the best option (with a pay-off of 300 used in this study), but being exploited by shoveling while the opponent sits in the car still results in a pay-off of 100. (The other two possibilities, both shoveling and both sitting, have pay-offs of 200 and 0, respectively.)Compare this with the Prisoner’s Dilemma. For a quick synopsis, two prisoners being questioned each have the choice to either defend the other’s innocence or betray the other’s guilt. As in the Snowdrift game, the best option is to betray your opponent while he defends you (pay-off of 400), and next for both of you to defend each other (pay-off of 300). Also, as in the Snowdrift game, both of you betraying results in a pay-off of 0. However, the significant difference is in the greater risk in the Prisoner’s Dilemma when you cooperate while your opponent defects: while shoveling snow always helps you out, even when the opponent sits (100 pay-off), defending an opponent who betrays you results in the worst outcome for you—a pay-off of -100. In the study, participants cooperated more in the ISD because they could always obtain individual benefits by cooperating, while the costs of cooperating were shared between cooperators. Photo caption: In the Snowdrift Game, individuals gain direct benefits from cooperative acts, which may indicate why cooperation is favored by natural selection. (Photo of 1977 blizzard in Buffalo, New York)last_img read more

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10 GroundFloor Tech Businesses to Start Now

first_imgRSS:Share nicely, as the day-care teachers say. That’s what RSS does-it lets you instantly swap links of updated information across the web. You can tap RSS readers or sites (such as personalized home pages on Google or Yahoo!) to customize your news access. RSS also lets you spread your own message-your blog or website can use it to distribute information about your company. Down the road, some firms will even sell ads along with their RSS feeds-if it can be done without annoying recipients. One new medium RSS begat is…. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Blogging: Blogs are a recent example of how relatively simple web technology can create a huge ripple. We’ve seen the blogosphere produce huge public mood swings during elections, and some firms have found them an excellent way to communicate with customers, partners and suppliers. They’re great for project management and tech support, and a few of the most popular bloggers are even charging for blog access. Blogs depend heavily on…. RSS: Share nicely, as the day-care teachers say. That’s what RSS does-it lets you instantly swap links of updated information across the web. You can tap RSS readers or sites (such as personalized home pages on Google or Yahoo!) to customize your news access. RSS also lets you spread your own message-your blog or website can use it to distribute information about your company. Down the road, some firms will even sell ads along with their RSS feeds-if it can be done without annoying recipients. One new medium RSS begat is…. We’re living through the mother of all digital convergences. Broadband internet access is becoming ubiquitous, new high-speed wireless networks are coming online, old media are going digital, and new media are being born every day. And the software, hardware and services to support it all are astonishingly cheap. We’re entering a golden age for entrepreneurs, says James Behrens, CEO and co-founder of Orb Networks . “The big companies have not fully recognized how disruptive this is,” says Behrens, whose company delivers TV through any device that can stream video. “They’re all trying to put up tollgates, but the internet is open.” Orb is among thousands of startups riding this wild wave of advanced internet and mobile services. Here are 10 rapidly evolving communications technologies that offer serious entrepreneurial opportunities–and in most cases, will also help you run your business better. 6 min read Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. IPTV:With more than half of U.S. users accessing the internet via broadband, and broadband delivery speeds climbing, the stage is set for TV over the net. MPEG Nationis one of many new ventures helping other businesses mine this opportunity. For an $8.95 one-time fee, customers can upload a video file up to 1GB and have MPEG Nation convert it to popular streaming formats for ongoing display. The service benefits from the convergence of ever-cheaper storage, high-speed networking and the flexibility to scale those resources on a just-in-time basis, says president Scott Wolf, 23. It was spun off just last year from Digital Silo, which stores and distributes home videos on the web. Together, the two firms have already attracted more than 10,000 customers and are approaching a million-dollar annual run rate, zeroing in on profitability.Most organizations just use MPEG Nation to display videos on their websites. But others are finding ways to make businesses in new media. For example, one company targets the Indian marketplace in the U.S. by selling subscriptions to videos of Indian performers in concert. Internet TV is rewriting the business model for media. Says Wolf, “You can sell your indie film or build your own TV channel that covers just car mechanics.” What are you waiting for? Blogging:Blogs are a recent example of how relatively simple web technology can create a huge ripple. We’ve seen the blogosphere produce huge public mood swings during elections, and some firms have found them an excellent way to communicate with customers, partners and suppliers. They’re great for project management and tech support, and a few of the most popular bloggers are even charging for blog access. Blogs depend heavily on…. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. We’re living through the mother of all digital convergences. Broadband internet access is becoming ubiquitous, new high-speed wireless networks are coming online, old media are going digital, and new media are being born every day. And the software, hardware and services to support it all are astonishingly cheap.We’re entering a golden age for entrepreneurs, says James Behrens, CEO and co-founder of Orb Networks. “The big companies have not fully recognized how disruptive this is,” says Behrens, whose company delivers TV through any device that can stream video. “They’re all trying to put up tollgates, but the internet is open.”Orb is among thousands of startups riding this wild wave of advanced internet and mobile services. Here are 10 rapidly evolving communications technologies that offer serious entrepreneurial opportunities–and in most cases, will also help you run your business better. IPTV: With more than half of U.S. users accessing the internet via broadband, and broadband delivery speeds climbing, the stage is set for TV over the net. MPEG Nation is one of many new ventures helping other businesses mine this opportunity. For an $8.95 one-time fee, customers can upload a video file up to 1GB and have MPEG Nation convert it to popular streaming formats for ongoing display. The service benefits from the convergence of ever-cheaper storage, high-speed networking and the flexibility to scale those resources on a just-in-time basis, says president Scott Wolf, 23. It was spun off just last year from Digital Silo, which stores and distributes home videos on the web. Together, the two firms have already attracted more than 10,000 customers and are approaching a million-dollar annual run rate, zeroing in on profitability. Most organizations just use MPEG Nation to display videos on their websites. But others are finding ways to make businesses in new media. For example, one company targets the Indian marketplace in the U.S. by selling subscriptions to videos of Indian performers in concert. Internet TV is rewriting the business model for media. 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Gunmen kill son of Filipino antimining activist

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day New York-based Human Rights Watch in July said it has documented three cases since October 2011 in which critics of mining and energy projects have been killed in the Philippines, allegedly by paramilitary forces under military control. The military denied any involvement.Amnesty International also quoted a police report saying that guards hired by a Canadian mining company were responsible for a fatal shooting in July.That month, Aquino issued a presidential decree that encourages mining investment through streamlined policies and guidelines. However, human rights group say it does not address abuses against the local population.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments   Share   Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) – Gunmen in the southern Philippines ambushed a tribal chieftain who was campaigning against mining and destruction of forests, killing his 11-year-old son in the latest of several attacks on environmental activists, a human rights group said Wednesday.Amnesty International said Lucenio Manda was driving his son, Jordan, to school in Zamboanga del Sur province on Tuesday when assailants fired at them. The elder Manda was wounded and said later via text message that his son was sacrificed to protect his people’s rights and ancestral domain. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How men can have a healthy 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories “It is very painful and I thirst for justice. I vow to continue my struggle in order not to make my son’s death in vain,” Manda said.Police said they are investigating. Amnesty International noted that Manda’s family has been targeted in the past. His cousin was fatally shot a decade ago.Manda, the chief of the Subanen animist tribe in a region dominated by Christians and minority Muslims, has led efforts against logging and mining, said the head of Amnesty International Philippines, Aurora Parong.Manda filed a court petition to revoke mining permits at the Pinukis Range Forest, among the last untouched forests in the resource-rich southern region where several multinational companies are extracting gold and silver.“The killing of Jordan Manda, groomed to be a next Timuay (tribal leader), is a painful reminder that indigenous peoples are not protected,” Parong said in a statement. She called on President Benigno Aquino III’s government to bring perpetrators to justice and stop what the group says is a culture of impunity that has left 36 tribal activists dead over the last several years.“The indigenous peoples’ future depends on genuine efforts and concrete actions by the government to fulfill their duties in holding mining corporations accountable for any human rights abuses,” Parong said. 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   – / 48 Following their selection of North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have set their sights on the defensive side of the football.Friday, the team selected LSU linebacker Kevin Minter (No. 45) and defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (No. 69) and the trend continued Saturday.With their first (No. 103) of two picks in the fourth round, Steve Keim and Co. took defensive end Alex Okafor out of Texas. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Going into the Combine, (the Cardinals) asked me ‘You didn’t play much standing up or as a 3-4 backer in college, do you think you can play there?’” Okafor said in a conference call Saturday. “I looked them dead in the eye and told them I’m confident in my athletic abilities and know I can play that position for them.”Okafor, who had 52 tackles and 12.5 sacks in 2012, was a first-team AFCA All-American in 2011 and a two-time first-team All-Big-12 member (2011 and 2012).The former Texas defensive standout will be reuniting with college teammate Sam Acho, who ironically was taken by the Cardinals with the No. 103 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.“One of the transitions in the NFL is making all new friends on the team, getting to know people,” said Okafor. “But I get to come in with a guy I played two years with and who was already a mentor of mine. “It’s a perfect situation for me.”So happy for my 2nd lil bro @aokafor80 !! Welcome to AZ my man, I told you God had a plan.. Reunited and it feels so good!! #BirdGang #hkem— Sam Acho (@TheSamAcho) April 27, 2013 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgDUX Beds of Sweden, known for producing the most comfortable and technologically advanced bed on the market, announced today that it has been selected to provide all the beds for one of the world’s most deluxe hotels, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. Uniquely designed DUX beds will be placed in each of the 202 luxury suites of the Burj Al Arab ( the world’s first and only proclaimed “seven-star” hotel, the iconic Burj Al Arab, built on a man-made island off the coast of Dubai and designed to resemble a large sail, boasts the finest of what the world has to offer. Suites average $4,000 per night, and the hotel has a 98% occupancy rate.The interior of the hotel features the world’s tallest atrium lobby, and is furnished with gold leaf and 30 different types of marble. From chauffeur driven Rolls Royces to its brigade of butlers, the hotel’s catalog of services now includes a bed by DUX designed specifically for the hotel.Working in collaboration with the Burj Al Arab’s hotel management, DUX custom designed a bed for the hotel’s upscale clientèle that provides the ultimate in comfort and flexibility. At DUX’s insistence, the Burj Al Arab management personally tested the bed before signing off on the design and finalizing the company’s agreement.“It is very rewarding that the Burj Al Arab has chosen a bed that puts comfort and function in the limelight,” said Claes Ljung, CEO of DUX Beds of Sweden. “Usually hotels put comfort to the side, and focus on an economical price. Burj Al Arab international clientèle can afford anything in the world, so the hotel decided to have only the best.”DUX Beds of Sweden is known for its relationship with some of the most prestigious hotels throughout the world: most noteworthy of which are the Setai in Miami, Florida, and the Peninsula Group where DUX beds are featured. DUX Beds of Sweden has also launched a hotel concept in Sweden called Hotel DUXIANA, a model that promotes the ultimate sleeping experience as top priority in travel comfort.www.DUXbed.comlast_img read more

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