Dell Technologies recently sponsored Haitian post-college professional Nahomie Auguste’s trip to One Young World, a global forum that gathers young leaders from around the world to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. This year’s forum was held in London.Nahomie had twice applied for sponsorships to attend One Young World; however, she was rejected both times. But Nahomie refused to give up. She shared with me that she remembered the advice of her father who told her to “never be ashamed to ask for information.” After attending a Dell Technolgies workshop at a Haiti Tech Summit led by Patricia Floriss, Nahomie contacted Patricia about Dell sponsoring her to come to One Young World…and the rest was history. During One Young World, Nahomie was also lucky enough to meet speakers like Caroline Casey of Valuable 500 and Oscar Anderson who is doing work in Vietnam with people who have cerebral palsy.She also met various Dell Technologies team members; namely, Thomas Leplatre, Sarah Loveridge, and David Coughlan. They all shared insights on what the organization is doing to transform people’s lives and in the area of sustainability. Nahomie was impressed by the “just be you” culture that Dell Technologies encourages as well as our employee resource groups (ERGs) and what they stand for, particularly the Women in Action ERG, as Nahomie shared that she has frequently been the only woman in a room full of men. When asked if she would consider a career at Dell Technologies in the future, with great enthusiasm she said, “ Yes, now all I have to do is convince them to open an office in Port-au-Prince, work remotely, or move to Texas!”Nahomie’s story is an example of how at Dell Technologies, we are committed to driving human progress. Through our reach, technology and people we strive to create a positive and lasting impact on humankind and the planet. We hope that those who attended One Young World carry this message forward into the future.
The midfielder’s club teammate Daniele Rugani was the first top-flight footballer to be diagnosed with coronavirus last Wednesday, sending the entire team into quarantine.In total 13 Serie A players have officially been diagnosed with the illness including seven from Sampdoria and three at Fiorentina.Italian midfielder Zaccagni, 24, had already been in self-isolation as a precautionary measure after Verona played Sampdoria on March 8.”Zaccagni is doing well, in recent days, he has only had a few bouts of fever,” the eighth-placed Serie A club said. Juventus’s France World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and Hellas Verona’s Mattia Zaccagni have both tested positive for coronavirus, their Serie A clubs confirmed on Tuesday.”Matuidi has undergone medical tests that have revealed his positivity to the Coronavirus-COVID-19,” the Italian champions said in a statement.Juve added 32-year-old Matuidi, who lifted the World Cup in 2018, is asymptomatic and currently “in voluntary home isolation”. “The player, as well as the whole team, will extend their voluntary isolation at home until March 25, while continuing to be monitored.”Matuidi had urged his fans to “take care” in a post on Instagram at the weekend.”It’s a complicated time. At the beginning, I didn’t really realize how serious this disease was and the danger, how fast the contagion spread here in Italy,” he said.”In this difficult time for all of us, I just wanted to invite you to follow the official recommendations carefully and to take great care of yourself and your loved ones.”A lot of encouragement and infinite thanks to all the medical and nursing staff. We are with you.”The virus has killed more than 2,500 people in Italy and infected over 31,000. Topics :
TORONTO — Warriors coach Steve Kerr uttered four words that could affect the outcome of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Monday. The subject matter: Kevin Durant.“He’s going to play,” Kerr said.Kerr announced that decision about 90 minutes before tipoff. Unofficially, the Warriors determined Durant would play shortly after morning shootaround. Without needing to field questions about Durant’s availability as they have for the past month, the Warriors now have a new …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171212Snow will overspread the state today, with some significant lake effect snows in the northeast quadrant of Ohio. Snow coverage may not be quite as significant with 60% coverage of at least some snow, but the 2-5 inch totals in NE Ohio are still right on target, and will be around already this morning. While the snow tapers off in intensity and coverage this afternoon, we expect some hit and miss snow flurries to be around through the overnight and in spots even for the first half of tomorrow.However, our next clipper is in faster, with snows developing Wednesday afternoon and going into early Thursday. We are increasing snow coverage to 80% of the state, and we will ride with 1-4 inch snows from NW Ohio across central and eastern parts of the state. Areas that do not see the 1 inch total can easily see a coating to an inch. This will be a nearly statewide event. But, since it comes in faster, it is likely gone faster as well. There should not be any new falling snow around anywhere in the state shortly after sunrise Thursday. The map above shows cumulative snow through Thursday midday.Friday and Saturday look more active now, and we see several waves of snow moving through. We could add another coating to 2 inches over about 60% of the state those two days combined. SW parts of the state have the best chance of missing out, and also have the best chance of seeing temps climbing a bit higher for the period. Still, we look for less moderation in temps, as cold air looks to reassert itself.Sunday afternoon into Monday we have another low moving through. This wraps some warm air up in front of it, but has significant snow potential on the backside. So, we can see a few hundredths to tenth of rain in southern and eastern Ohio Sunday afternoon, and then 1-3 inches of snow on the backside of the low Sunday night through Monday over the state.We then turn a little drier for later Monday afternoon through midweek. Temps remain normal to slightly below. While we do see a large part of the state trying to climb above freezing, we do not see as strong of southwest flow now and think that any bump in temperatures will be minor. Lake snows and strong north winds are back by Thursday, and temps head back down.The extended period still shows plenty of cold air, and we look for snows around the 21st into the 22nd. There should be good coverage over the state, but the question remains concerning any liquid that may try to mix in. Behind that, we are dry through Christmas weekend, with snow trying to develop out of an upper level low coming through the great lakes Christmas night into the 26th.
I recently visited a job site on the outskirts of Berlin that had previously caught my eye. Although the buildings were shrouded in the usual scaffolding and screening, I had noticed while biking by that the work involved “energetische sanierung,” or energy retrofitting.The photos on this page illustrate various details of the insulating skin installed on this building. While the materials and techniques used on this project are run-of-the-mill for Germany, they may be of limited applicability to projects in the U.S. Nevertheless, I like to think that sharing them might contribute to innovative thinking for someone, somewhere.The materials and methods being used on this retrofit project are similar to those I have seen on many other job sites in Berlin — both retrofits and new construction. The big players in exterior insulation and finishing systems (EIFS) provide integrated suites of materials, accessories, and stucco products for this type of work. Sto, the manufacturer of the products being used on this project, is one of the brands I see often. Using strips of membrane to flash around the windowsBecause these particular buildings are simple in form, applying a skin of rigid foam was straightforward. The only areas that required special detailing were where vertical bands of glazing had run continuously through all the floors. As part of the retrofit, these bands were replaced by windows at each floor level (see Image #7). Masonry lintels at each floor level support lightweight (aerated) concrete block infill walls, above which the new windows were installed.The windows were flashed on all four sides with membrane strips bedded in black goop (see Image #8). Once the foam had been trimmed at the edges of the windows, strips of mesh with a plastic bead were adhered to the window frame to allow the window returns to be stuccoed (Images #9 and #10). Corner bead with preapplied mesh was installed on the foam at exterior corners.The only place on this building where mineral wool batts were used instead of EPS foam was around the enclosure for the chimney that vents the boiler (see Image #11). The site supervisor told me that the nonflammable mineral wool is also generally used to insulate facades adjacent to other buildings, to mitigate against the spread of fire from one building to another. RELATED ARTICLES What Is a Deep Energy Retrofit?Window Installation Tips for a Deep Energy RetrofitThe High Cost of Deep-Energy RetrofitsWrapping an Older House with Rock Wool Insulation Andrew Dey’s background includes carpentry, contracting, and project management. For the past six years he has provided construction consulting services to clients in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He is passionate about retrofitting existing buildings — including his own house — for greater energy efficiency. His blog is called Snapshots from Berlin. Metal window sillsThe site super told me that if I wanted to see what these buildings would look like when finished, I could visit a completed project nearby. He gave me directions, and off I pedaled.The completed buildings appeared to be nearly identical to the ones that I saw being worked on (see Image #12). I saw that the vertical alcoves between windows were finished with decorative metal grilles. In addition to infilling the recesses, these grilles added visual interest to facades that were otherwise quite plain.The sills under the metal grills were a variation on the wide, sheet-metal window sills typically found on buildings here in Germany (see Image #13). Thick building walls require wide sills. Typically the sills are made of a single piece of metal with the edges bent up and around at each end. On this project, each sill consisted of an aluminum pan that had been slid into extrusions at each end.Having repaired or replaced my share of rotten wooden window sills in New England, I am a big fan of German window sills. However, their distinct style probably limits their applicability to retrofits in the US. They work well with stucco exteriors, and I could imagine them fitting in on a contemporary house with wood siding, but their “look” may have to be modified for them not to appear out of place on an older New England home. ARTICLES BY ANDREW DEY Germany’s Energy RevolutionAn Energy-Efficiency Conference in Germany The exterior rigid foam is almost 5 inches thickAs I approached the job site, I found two workers using hand saws to trim rigid foam blocks that they had installed around new windows. I asked if I could take some photos, explaining that I was a project manager from the U.S. who was interested in energy efficiency. As often happens in this situation, the workers’ initial reticence gave way to a quick tour of the work and informative answers to my questions.The building appeared to have been built in the 1960s or 1970s. It was part of a student housing complex associated with the nearby Free University of Berlin. The original walls were cast concrete about 8 inches thick.On this project, 120 mm (4 3/4 inch) thick blocks of expanded polystyrene (EPS) were being installed on the original masonry walls (see Image #3 below). In the U.S., one can readily purchase different types of rigid foam in 4’x8′ sheets. In Germany, on the other hand, EPS is by far the most common type of rigid insulation, and it is sold in relatively small but thick blocks. From what I have seen, mineral wool is a distant second to EPS. The only extruded polystyrene (XPS) I have seen was being used below grade on foundations. I have yet to come across any rigid polyisocyanurate board on construction sites here in Germany.The blocks of EPS foam are configured with tongues and grooves around their edges to facilitate air sealing (see Image #1, above). The site supervisor told me that the grooves are a relatively new innovation from Sto. In fact, on most other job sites I have seen, the foam blocks are square-edged. Any gaps between the blocks of EPS foam are filled with one-part expanding polyurethane foam. Retrofit components are readily availableWhile most of the retrofits I have seen in Berlin are being executed on multifamily and commercial buildings by professional contractors, in residential areas outside the city I have encountered homeowners themselves tackling such projects over multiple weekends. During a recent visit to a large DIY home center, I saw that all of the materials required for these retrofits are readily available, including foam blocks, accessories, stucco, and installation tools.Most of the deep energy retrofits with which I am familiar in the U.S. make use of either 4’x8′ sheets of rigid foam, or closed-cell spray foam, to create an insulating skin on the building’s exterior. The R-etro system from Canadian ICF manufacturer Quad-Lock Building Systems is the closest analogue I have found in the U.S. to the EIFS systems used throughout Germany.I can see both benefits and disadvantages to utilizing a system of small but thick blocks of insulation, as opposed to large sheets. As I think about the insulation options for retrofitting the exterior of my 1840s farmhouse in New Hampshire, I am leaning toward using rigid batts of mineral wool. Thinset mortar and plastic anchorsInstalling the blocks of EPS is relatively straightforward. Lengths of plastic angle are fastened level at the bottom of the wall to create a guide for the blocks (see Images #4 and #5). Because each block is mechanically fastened and bonded to the wall, the bottom ledge does not have to be load-bearing.Each block is secured with thinset-type mortar and a plastic expansion anchor (see Image #6). The hole for the anchor is drilled through the foam and into the masonry wall. On this particular project, the large round heads of the expansion anchors, which function like washers, are countersunk below the surface of the foam, and covered with a round foam “bung.”On most other retrofit projects I have seen, the heads of the anchors are installed flush with the surface of the foam block, and simply covered with stucco. Countersinking and plugging the fasteners minimizes thermal bridging at the fasteners, and presumably also prevents telegraphing of the fasteners through the finished stucco.The anchors used on this project are locked into place by driving the screw that is integral to the fastener. Another type of fastener that I have seen relies simply on plastic barbs gripping the sides of a tight hole in the masonry.
Tags:#Mobile Payments Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Humor me for a moment with this tale of two startups, both focused on mobile payments. See if you can spot the similarities:Startup A: Founded by a young, smart guy who briefly attended a prominent university. The startup eventually moves into the mobile-payments space and raises money in the realm of $40 million. It deploys an interesting new technology to process mobile payments and says it won’t take a cut of transactions, instead planning to make money via incentives and marketing. Business starts to bog down amid a growing realization that new payments are really hard.Startup B: Founded by a young, smart guy who attended a prominent university and hires a bunch of his smart college friends. The startup deploys an interesting technology to process mobile payments and says it won’t take a cut of transactions, instead planning to make money via incentives and marketing. It raises $25 million in funding, but is about to realize that payments are really hard.Company A is LevelUp, the Boston-based mobile payments specialist that was started by Seth Priebatsch and used to be called SCVNGR. Priebatsch went to Princeton for a semester before dropping out and founding his startup. SCVNGR, a location-based check-in game along the lines of Foursquare and Gowalla, did well for a time before the company shifted its focus to payments with LevelUp. The service links QR codes to users’ credit or debit cards and lets merchants scan the codes in a smartphone app.Clinkle founder Lucas DuplanCompany B is a San Francisco-based startup called Clinkle, which raised a $25 million seed round from a variety of venture capitalists. It is founded by Lucas Duplan, a recent graduate of Stanford University and reportedly uses high-frequency sounds to process payments. Maybe Duplan should give Priebatsch a call. Because, in case you missed a theme here, payments are hard.(See also: Startup Clinkle Has A High Frequency Plan To Push Mobile Payments)Why Are Payments Hard?On the surface, payments look deceptively simple. You need a secure, transactional method—actual currency, credit cards, Near Field Communications, QR codes, etc.—and some way to transmit money from point A to point B, just like you would with any other form of data.On the surface, all currency is is data. This is why startups like LevelUp and big companies like Google think they can disrupt the payments space. It’s simple technology and fundamentally a data problem. Geeks, by nature, are good at technology and data. So they apply their big brains to the problem and figure that in no time at all, they’ll make a difference.And then they enter a world of shit.“The general inertia, and lack of traction in the emerging payments market within North America, is not something that one solves with a better market strategy and a mobile app,” said Cherian Abraham, who oversees mobile commerce and payments at Experian Global Consulting.See also: Mobile Payments’ Cashless Utopia Is Not Coming Any Time SoonAccording to reports, Clinkle will handle transactions via high-frequency sounds that smartphones, tablets and computers can pick up on and deliver the necessary information it takes to make a payment. While that’s generally a cool idea (and something the advertisers and marketers have been trying to institute through televisions for years now), it’s not conceptually all that different from any other payment method.In fact, that similarity points up an endemic problem for mobile payments in general. Which is that it’s basically no easier or faster to activate the NFC or QR code in your phone or open an app than it is to dig out some cash from your pocket or pull a plastic card from your wallet. Try it. They’ll each take you basically the same amount of time. “Payments are supposed to be boring and predictable. That’s a feature, not a bug,” said James Wester, editor of Mobile Payments Today.The Immovable Object: Existing Payment ProcessorsThen there is the reality of American business, which exerts a huge drag on innovation in this space by virtue of an established payment infrastructure that connects just about everyone in the economy. Payment innovations like NFC haven’t taken off because (a) they don’t really solve any problems better than cash and cards and (b) the payment processors would need to update software and hardware to payment terminals all over the world. That is not an easy task.(See also: LevelUp Is Building A Mobile Payments Groundswell)Clinkle thinks it can sidestep all that. Theoretically, using high frequency sound to transmit data over short distances could eliminate the need to create a new payments infrastructure. The idea is that consumers’ smartphones could communicate directly with the microphones on merchants’ computers, smartphones and tablets, routing around the existing payment infrastructure entirely.Businesses, however, are skeptical of these new technologies and slow to change. Why? Because the benefit is not readily apparent. The question of “how” to change payments is right in front of us with all the technologies listed above. The question of “why” is really what nobody yet has been able to answer.Adoption Is The KickerThe first thing a mobile payments company is going to need to do is convince the masses—businesses, consumers, financial processor companies and banks—that its service is original, easier and provides better data than the established players. That’s difficult but not impossible with the right service. The next thing to do is get those same entities to actually institute their service. That’s where it gets difficult.Partnerships are essential in the payments world. The right partnership can vault a company from also-ran to ubiquitous in days. The fact of the matter is that these companies are intensely competitive with each other and do not really like to provide third party solutions on their platforms.Google spent nearly half a billion dollars on its Google Wallet mobile payments plan only to see it shut out of consumer smartphones by the likes of Verizon. If Clinkle thinks it will be able to waltz in and put its software onto existing point-of-sale systems, it’s taking its first steps on a very hard road.“If it could have been solved by $25M in VC money, then Google shouldn’t have had to spend (rumored) half a billion to find that throwing money, their brand, and a 100m phones could not get it to inch a bit,” Abraham said. To get Clinkle onto existing, ubiquitous point-of-sale systems—those computers with microphones that are key to what we know of Clinkle’s business model—the startup will need a large sales force working in markets across the world. Clinkle, by contrast, wants to spread through university campuses like Facebook did.Lessons From (Recent) HistoryWhat LevelUp’s founder and team eventually realized is that good software, an interesting business model based on incentives and a burning desire to take over the world weren’t enough. To expand into new markets, LevelUp needed sales people to strike critical partnerships that would convince business owners to adopt its technology.That sales force has probably been LevelUp’s single biggest cost sink. The startup is doing moderately well, but it’s still very small, and its prospects of taking over the world of payments appear rather slim.Like LevelUp, Clinkle is about to get a first hand look at how muddy the mobile payment waters really are. Lead image by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite. Image of Lucas Duplan via Crinkle. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah had a forgettable 26th birthday on Friday as his team lost to Uruguay 1-0 in their World Cup opener, but a group of fans from Chechnya brought a smile to his face with a 100kg cake decorated with a golden boot.Salah, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, injured shoulder ligaments in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on May 26 and was not risked in Egypt’s 1-0 Group A loss to Uruguay in Yekaterinburg.Happy birthday @MoSalah , the real celebration will be after winning on Russia next game pic.twitter.com/E4Nkv6nQSUahmed Samirovich (@SaMiroVich33) June 16, 2018Egypt’s talisman, who is expected to play in their remaining group games with Russia and Saudi Arabia, was presented with the two-tier cake in the colours of the national flag on the team’s arrival at their training base of Grozny early on Saturday.Salah smiled and hugged his team mates as they sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in English and Arabic before blowing out the candles and heading to his room.Egypt take on hosts Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday.(With Reuters inputs)
Are you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the positions of State Operations Manager in our Tasmanian office and Competitions and Events Coordinator in our Western Australian office. State Operations Manager – Tasmania Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL) are seeking suitably qualified applicants for the unique key leadership position of State Operations Manager – Tasmania, to be based in Hobart.Touch Football Australia’s mission is to lead Touch Football and develop the dynamic sport to the position of Australia’s leading community sport. Rugby League is the Greatest Game of All with a vision to be the most entertaining, most engaging and most respected sport.With reporting line to the TFA General Manager, Sport Operations the successful candidate will be employed by TFA, yet actively represent both organisations across Tasmania linking into NRL Victoria Operations. The ideal candidate for the role will have the following knowledge, skills and qualifications:· Tertiary qualifications in sport management or related field are desirable · Demonstrated success as a leader in sports program delivery and competition management · Sound understanding of either or both Touch Football and Rugby League and the structures and needs of the TFA and NRL community· Excellent written and oral communication skills supported by interpersonal skills of a high order· Proven experience working with volunteers in a non-profit environment · Demonstrated experience and skills to work within a specific budget, operational plans and strategic plans · Experience in working in a diverse team to achieve planned outcomes· Demonstrated ability to consistently display customer services principles, practices and attributes · Demonstrated computer literacy and competence in particular excel and database tools · Demonstrated initiative and self-management For further information or to lodge your application (CV and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria) to Marianne Maguire, TFA General Manager Sport Operations via email address [email protected] or call 026212 2800. Applications will close Sunday, 15 November 2015 at 9.00pm (AEDST). Competitions and Events Coordinator – Western Australia Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the position of Competitions and Events Coordinator – Western Australia, based in our Perth branch office. Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm (WST) on Friday, 13 November 2015. For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected] To view the Position Descriptions for the respective jobs, please click on the attachments below. Related Filespd_sops_state_operations_manager__tasmania_2015_-pdfpd_sops_cec-pdfRelated LinksPositions Vacant
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lucas Digne full of pride wearing Everton captain’s armbandby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Digne was full of pride wearing the captain’s armband for Everton yesterday.The fullback led the Blues to victory over West Ham.Digne told Canal Plus: “Our captain was suspended and Gylfi (Sigurdsson) was not starting, so I knew I was going to be captain. “The coach had spoken to me. I took it with a lot of pleasure. It’s an honuor to be captain of this team because they are great guys, it’s a big club. It’s a big responsibility. “The coach gives me confidence and I can be proud.”
Michigan State Joel Klatt Best ProgramOhio State is the reigning national champion, and Alabama is the hands-down most successful college football program over the past decade. But according to Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt, Michigan State is the best program in college football right now. Klatt joined Colin Cowherd Thursday and told listeners that he voted the Spartans No. 1 in the country because he thinks they’ve “earned” it. He also praised the job that head coach Mark Dantonio has done in East Lansing.We imagine that this won’t go over very well in Columbus, Tuscaloosa, and a few other big college football towns.Michigan State has certainly had a stellar run, posting a 24-3 run over the last two years. But the Spartans might need to win a national title before others start to agree with Klatt.