Things to know: Sharks’ Brent Burns is taking a different road to the Norris Trophy this year

first_imgSAN JOSE — Brent Burns is putting together another historic season, albeit in a completely different way.Burns won the 2017 Norris Trophy after he posted a pair of rare statistical seasons with his shot from the blue line. Now, he’s making another run at the trophy awarded to the NHL’s top defenseman as a set-up man, attempting to become the first blue liner to reach the 70-assist mark in 25 years.“It shows you what a special athlete he is. This guy has it all,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. …last_img read more

Could Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell help break the ice between NBA and China?

first_imgYou wouldn’t want to be NBA commissioner Adam Silver these days. The tension between the league and a heretofore rabid and reliable fan base must be keeping the good commish awake at night.Thursday Silver told TMZ that he has not apologized to the Chinese government over Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s tweet supportive of Hong Kong protestors. But he seems hell-bent on repairing the relationship.But wait. One of the newest Warriors appears to be making progress on a shoe contract with …last_img read more

Mondelēz gets kids to eat healthy

first_imgHealth In Action encourages active play, educates children on nutrition and provides them and their families access to fresh food. (Image: Wikipedia)The Mondelēz International Foundation launched a R37-million well-being programme at a celebratory event at Pudumo Primary School in Orange Farm earlier in October.Called Health in Action, the programme looks to extend the school’s existing vegetable garden so as to increase produce which is used to prepare daily meals for the learners.The programme encourages active play, educates children on nutrition and provides them and their families access to fresh food.Health in Action will reach up to 75 000 children in six disadvantaged areas in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, benefitting communities where the company’s operations are located. This is a multi-dimensional approach to create school environments that encourage children and families to adopt lifelong healthy habits.Early childhood development can mean closing the gaps between different classes and working to fight inequality in the long run by levelling the playing field. It can ensure that no class has an advantage over the next as a result of their upbringing.This resonates with the South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) in terms of improvement of healthcare, community development and skills development.Early childhood development is part of the NDP’s Vision 2030, and it believes the private sector will be in the forefront of this development.PARTNERSHIPS FOR HEALTHY LIFESTYLESHealth in Action partners with communities to promote healthy lifestyles, address obesity and reduce hunger. The program supports Mondelēz International’s Call For Well-being , which is focused on four key areas where the company can make the greatest impact: mindful snacking, sustainability, community and safety.Daniel Lombard, managing director for Mondelēz South Africa, said: “Medical studies have shown that South Africa has the highest obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa so we are proud to bring the Mondelēz International Foundation’s well-being program here to help educate younger children.“We believe that this program will assist us in using global insights for a local impact and encouraging a future generation to embrace lifelong healthy habits.”Key elements of Health in Action include:Training selected lead teachers as “multipliers,” who can train their colleagues in the background and implementation of the program.Establishing school, home and community gardens and fish farms so as to provide fresh produce and fish protein to supplement school meals. This will help in improving nutrition and reducing hunger.Increasing participation in physical activities, including jobs for local unemployed youth as “recess buddies” who guide safe activity play during school breaks.ADAPTING IT TO SOUTH AFRICAMondelēz South Africa is working with Inmed Partnerships for Children to adapt their award-winning program from Brazil for South Africa.Lombard said: “We shall reach thousands of children aged between six and 12 years old in at least 100 primary schools, over a four-year period, with this program of hands-on, skills-based fun activities.“When they are better nourished and healthier, they will have the vitality to work and study to make their dreams come true.”Lombard added that non-communicable diseases, or lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, high blood-pressure and cardiovascular problems, are increasing dramatically in South Africa.He said: “We see this program as offering a boost to the South African public health goals nationally as well as internationally. The program is aligned with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of addressing malnutrition and promoting good health and well-being.“I am also delighted that this program will be rolled out in the communities close to our operations in South Africa. This will allow our employees to get involved in the program and provide support and expertise when needed.”Similar Inmed strategies in Brazil were considered successful after two-thirds of the children participating reduced their body mass index (BMI). About a third of these children achieved a normal BMI.Dr Linda Pfeiffer, Inmed President and CEO, said: “We’re proud to partner with the Mondelēz International Foundation and Mondelez South Africa to prioritise well-being in South African communities and schools.“We’re partnering with relevant local and provincial departments of education and look forward to working alongside them, as well as teachers, parents and communities, to establish nutrition basics, encourage active lifestyles and expand access to nutritious foods.”last_img read more

How Will Technology Disrupt the Enterprise in 2011?

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Analysis#enterprise klint finley Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img We just looked at some potentially disruptive technologies that fall outside the usual domain of the enterprise.In this post, we’ll look at some of the more near-term challenges facing the enterprise as seen by Constellation Research Group. In the first report from this newly formed consulting organization, co-founder R “Ray” Wang lists a set of five core disruptive technologies: social, mobile, cloud, analytics and unified communications. Together, these technologies could form a working definition of “enterprise 2.0.” I’d add next-generation network and storage technology to that list and perhaps swap analytics with “big data,” of which analytics is a subset, but these five serve as a good starting point.In Constellation’s Research Outlook For 2011, the consulting group’s analyst team identifies generating business value as the core issue for enterprises taking advantage of its five listed core enterprise 2.0 technologies. To this end, the report identifies three main challenges for decision makers.Assessing which disruptive technologies show promise for their organizations.Identifying how these technologies can be applied to generate business value.Finding ways to fund investments and cut the costs of legacy investments.Constellation’s analysts go on to make several predictions for 2011. We’ve broken most of them down by category.SocialSocial and collaborative technology will be noisy and confusing in 2011. Social technology will come from four camps: pure play enterprise social software vendors; ERP and CRM providers adding a social layer to existing products; networking and UC providers adding social networking to VOIP and online meeting offerings, and specialist HR and LMS vendors extending offerings to include collaboration.The social media landscape will undergo an interesting transformation as it ushers in a genre of information commerce and the 3 C’s of social content: creation, curation and consumption.Tools, networks and services that cater to the role of the curator will emerge. Examples in the consumer space include Storify, Curated.by, Pearltrees and Paper.li.Organizations will realize that for social media to feel sexy there is a lot of work that needs to happen behind the scenes.MobileIT will support at least two or three mobile devices per person: smart phones, laptops and maybe tablets or other use-specific devices.Organizations will get serious about mobilizing apps and embrace the platforms to support mobility.Android will become more enterprise friendly by fixing major manageability issues.Cloud2011 will be the year when SaaS providers find the issue of security turning from a perceived weakness of their offerings to a perceived strength.Despite this, private clouds will prevail in 2011.See also: 14 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2011 from Chirag Mehta and R “Ray” Wang.AnalyticsSocial analytics will evolve from ad hoc experiments into refined information services.Unified CommunicationsLarge enterprises will stall on adoption of cloud for voice communications.BudgetsCorporate IT spending will barely keep up with dollar inflation.Technology refresh cycles will accelerate through 2011.Organizations will cautiously recommit to BPO and the distinction between BPO and ITO will blur.Organizations that reevaluate their IT strategies and contracts hand in hand will save the most money.Organizations held hostage by high and useless software maintenance contracts will lead a massive backlash.We’ve seen a lot of predictions for 2011 by this point. What do you think of these? IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

London Olympics: USA wins gold in beach volleyball

first_imgDefending champions Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor won Olympic gold in women’s beach volleyball on Wednesday, beating fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the final. It was an unprecedented third-straight Olympic beach volleyball gold for Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor, who danced on the sand in celebration at Horse Guard’s Parade after winning match point.Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor made up for their slower serves with a calmer defence and a more pointed attack than their rivals, who took silver on their Olympic debut.The final score was 21-16, 21-16.Earlier in the day, Brazil’s duo of Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva won Olympic bronze, beating China’s Xue Chen and Zhang Xi in a three-set thriller.Franca and Silva, the reigning Olympic champions, battled back from a first-set thrashing to scrape a 2-1 win.last_img read more