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Cricket News Darren Lehmann returns to coaching after Sandpaper gate fiasco

first_imgDarren Lehmann resigned after the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for one year.Australia has not won a bilateral ODI series for over two years. highlights New Delhi: The ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia rocked the cricketing world for a couple of months. Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera removing yellow sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball. Along with Bancroft, Steve Smith and David Warner were also guilty and they were banned by Cricket Australia for one year. The other notable casualty in the list was Darren Lehmann, who was the coach of the Australian cricket team and resigned in tears following the scandal. Australia went on to lose the four-Test series 3-1 and it was their first loss in South Africa after 48 years. Almost a year after the scandal, Lehmann is back as coach but this time it will be for the Brisbane Heat franchise in the Big Bash League. The former Australian left-handed batsman had helped the Heat win the Big Bash League title in 2013 and it was this experience that helped him secure the post of Australia’s head coach for the 2013 Ashes following the acrimonious exit of Mickey Arthur. “I think you learn a lot about yourself during the dark times and for me it’s all about enjoying the game. I’ve fallen in love with the game again, so I’m really looking forward to getting back working with some young guys with a lot of talent,” Lehmann said.  Lehmann, along with much of Australia’s senior management, accused of overseeing a toxic culture that allowed a win-at-all-costs mentality to flourish. “That hurt a lot of people didn’t it, all of us involved. Obviously it’s time to move on though isn’t it? That’s the thing.” The 49-year-old was emphatic when asked if he had any desire to return to international coaching. “No. I’m not travelling 300 days away a year again and I don’t think my wife would let me,” he said. Recently, Steve Smith had opened up about the ball-tampering scandal during a press conference in Sydney. “Something happened out on the field and I had the opportunity to stop it at that point rather than say I don’t want to know anything about it, that was my failure and I’ve taken responsibility for that,” Smith said. The Australia skipper, whose ban ends in March, admitted that watching the Australian team struggle after he was banned was the hardest thing he had faced.   For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

100 reasons to love the past

first_imgSouth African author Peter Joyce has written an accessible history of South Africa, told through 100 unforgettable moments that shaped the country over centuries. It contains political events, milestones in technology, medical breakthroughs, culture, entertainment, palaeontology, sport, as well as a few humorous moments.(Image: Random House Struik) That famous handshake between former president Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar at the Rugby World Cup in 1995.(Image: Rugby World Cup) The cast of Mrs Ples, one of South Africa’s many famous fossil specimens of the hominid species Australopithecus africanus.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kim TaylorPublicist, Random House Struik+27 21 460 5400RELATED ARTICLES• ConCourt art tells SA’s story • “The excitement never left us” • Maropeng top evotourism destination • The Iliad goes local Wilma den HartighSouth African author Peter Joyce has written an accessible history of South Africa, told through 100 unforgettable moments that shaped the country over centuries.Each entry in 100 Moments That Mattered: Events that Built South Africa is presented in a concise format and illustrated with beautiful photographs. Many people will recognise the iconic snapshots, such as the last farewell when former president Nelson Mandela stepped down; that handshake between the former statesman and Francois Pienaar at the Rugby World Cup in 1995, and the aerial photo of South Africans queuing to vote in the country’s first democratic elections.Anyone who is interested in popular history, general reference and the story of South Africa and its people will enjoy the book.But 100 Moments isn’t just an account of the country’s political past – it also contains milestones in technology, medical breakthroughs, culture, entertainment, palaeontology, sport, as well as a few humorous moments.Peter Joyce is a specialist history writer, but he’s also written numerous books about travel and wildlife. Among his books are the bestselling South Africa in the 20th Century and The Making of a Nation, and other titles such as 100 Memorable Sporting Moments; This is Namibia, a visual essay on the country, its peoples and wildlife and Discover South Africa – An Illustrated Traveller’s Companion.100 Moments That Mattered: Events that Built South Africa can be purchased online, for R190 (US$22), or at bookstores countrywide.Choosing a hundred momentsJoyce says it was difficult to decide what to include and which events to leave out. With great difficulty, the author along with his editor, Ronel Richter-Herbert and her colleagues carefully selected what is in the compilation today.“The trouble was, I knew there were some wonderful tales to tell from the pre-colonial era, but they simply weren’t recorded,” Joyce says, adding that up until the 1990s, under the apartheid government, many events seldom received any coverage at all.“My main difficulty was the need to include the most important events, which were sometimes dull and had to be presented in an interesting, or at least readable, way,” he explains.Joyce says he wrote 100 Moments because he loves the past in all its forms. “History is simply a collection of stories, sometimes enthralling ones, and on the assumption that most of us like a good story I’ve tried to tell a few,” he says.“It is the most human of stories. It tells us who we are, shows us the good, the bad, the brave, the timid, the clever, the stupid.”The good, the bad and the ugly, made accessibleThe book is divided into seven parts, and includes well-known events such as the Great Trek; the birth of Johannesburg; the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak which killed 140 000 people in seven weeks in South Africa; the apartheid years and events such as the defiance campaign, the Sharpeville massacre and Mandela’s release from prison.Joyce also included sporting events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the Rugby World Cup for the unifying effect that they had on South Africans. There are also tributes to talented sportsmen such as cricket all-rounder Basil D’Oliveira and boxers Brian Mitchell and Baby Jake Matlala.There are also some unexpected entries, such as the story of Johannesburg’s Market Theatre, once the old ‘Indian’ fruit market which was transformed in the mid-1970s to give a platform to local actors, irrespective of skin colour, to perform to multiracial audiences.Music, art, culture and literature also feature prominently, with the story of Drum Magazine, and its role as a platform for a new generation of writers and photographers who changed the way black people were represented in society.“Things like music, literature, theatre and sport are just as important in shaping society as politics and warfare,” Joyce explains.“Township jazz brought joy to an otherwise pretty joyless situation and kept apathy at bay. And would we be as unified as we are if we hadn’t won the Rugby World Cup in 1995?”The book honours a range of iconic South Africans and foreigners who made an impact, including Mahatma Ghandi; Chris Barnard who completed the world’s first human heart transplant; renowned storyteller Herman Charles Bosman; activist and politician Sol Plaatjie, poet Eugéne Marais and Emily Hobhouse, a British welfare campaigner who spoke out about the appalling conditions of the British concentration camps in South Africa built for Boer women and children during the second Boer war.Joyce took care to ensure the book is balanced, including a mix of positive, negative and, of course, some humorous moments.One such entry is the tale of Jack the baboon. “I just had to slip him in,” Joyce says, explaining that story of the esteemed baboon is worthy of recording, not for its importance, but because it is quirky.James Wide, a local railway guard who worked on the Uitenhage line near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, lost his legs when a train ran over them in 1877. His was a lonely job, and Wide’s disability made it difficult for him to move around.One day he adopted an orphan chacma baboon, which he named Jack, as a companion. Later, Jack learned to control the train signal box and assisted Wide as a signalman. The beloved baboon was paid a wage in food, toys and some liquor. He died after 13 years of honourable service.History helps us to remember the pastJoyce hopes that the book will encourage a renewed interest in history among South Africans, particularly people who wouldn’t ordinarily read history.“The subject is losing ground all around the world and especially in Europe,” he says.“I believe history is vital part of shared knowledge, but one doesn’t want to say that people ‘should’ be interested. If a culture wants to abandon its heritage, it should be allowed to do so.”He believes history has the important task of reminding people about what happened in the past.“It comes back to that old chestnut – those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it,” he says. “Those who use the past as both an example and a cautionary tale can do a lot of good.”South Africa’s transition from an oppressive apartheid regime to a democratic country is one event that made a lasting impact on the world.“I wonder if the Northern Ireland crisis could have been so well resolved if people hadn’t drawn conclusions from Mandela’s statesmanship and those long and painful talks of the early 1990s.”last_img read more

Start of National Sports Week in South Africa

first_img16 November 2015“Sport is a significant part of any nation’s culture, leisure time, health and education,” said Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula at the launch of the inaugural National Sports Week on 13 November.“When integrated into the broader framework of development, sport constitutes an important tool for advancing sustainable development in the different sectors of society.”National Sports Week will take place from today till 22 November. As part of South Africa’s National Development Plan, sport is recognised as a pillar to promoting social cohesion. It also acts as a catalyst for nation building.#NationalSportsWeek2015 logo: Discussion, Showcase, Engage, Honour pic.twitter.com/sk4XprWFTM— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) November 13, 2015Sport, said the minister, had gained the attention of countries as a key contributor to attaining government priorities, with global leaders recognising that sport touched every aspect of a nation’s ethos.“Over the past decade, United Nations agencies, international sports federations, international non-governmental organisations and grassroots organisations have been using sporting events as tools for social development and peace,” the minister said.The aim of National Sports Week is to boost the development of sports; drive business through sport; and to foster open communication as a way to overcome the challenges confronting the sporting fraternity.Minister @MbalulaFikile unpacking the itinerary of #NationalSportsWeek2015 pic.twitter.com/5Htbfmzgkk— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) November 13, 2015EventsAccording to the department, the following events will be taking place during National Sport Week:National Sport Business Exhibition: 14 to 17 NovemberInternational Sport Exchange Conference: 15 to 19 NovemberMinisterial Golf Day: 21 NovemberSouth African Sport Awards: 22 NovemberThe department will also provide sporting equipment to local sport clubs and various schools in Welkom, Hanover, Botshabelo, Kroonstad and Thaba Nchu.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Trying to Stay Competitive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest BROOTEN, Minn. (DTN) — As Jerry Jennissen stood before a group of guests eating a light salad, he explained the history of his central Minnesota dairy farm from the Homestead Act up to when he and his wife bought the place in the early 1980s.Jennissen described how Jer-Lindy Farms grew into Redhead Creamery, named for the Jennissen’s four redheaded daughters. The family farm has embraced agritourism and direct marketing over the past five years, looking for another revenue stream for a smaller farmer to compete in the dairy business.“Farming is really weather-dependent. Ag tourism is even more so,” Jennissen said, adding he’s learned the importance of educating visitors about the farm. People often have misconceptions about issues such as antibiotics and animal husbandry, he said. “Their perceptions are huge, but it is really easy to change those perceptions when they’re here and they can see it and hear you talking about it,” he said. “Of course they wouldn’t come here if they weren’t already friendly.”Redhead Creamery has been doing tours for about five years now, and Jennissen estimated the farm has had about 50,000 visitors since then.Last week, Jennissen showed around about 35 agricultural journalists who were in Minnesota as part of a joint gathering of members of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and U.S.-based agricultural journalists and marketing professionals who took part in the Ag Media Summit.Jer-Lindy has just over 200 Holstein cows, of which about 180 are milk-producing cows. The Jennissens began farming with 32 Holsteins from a $92,000 USDA loan in July 1979. Given the past five years of dairy prices, Jennissen told reporters it’s been difficult to stay in business. Stearns County, where the farm is located, is the top dairy county in the state, by far. In 1979, the county had 1,600 farms. This year, the county will drop to under 400 dairies.“In a tough environment, you try to cut your costs. You don’t spend much. We have a long list of things we would like to replace,” Jennissen said.LONG-AWAITED DMC CHECKS ARRIVINGJennissen said he has mixed feelings about the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program at USDA. He joked, “I hope the payments are coming, because I’ve already written the checks on it.”The DMC program is more generous than what dairy farmers had under the Margin Protection Program (MPP) in the past farm bill. When asked if he signed up for the maximum coverage for dairy farmers producing 5 million pounds or less, Jennissen said, “The math was clear.” But he added a little caution about what the DMC might mean over the next five years as well.“There has to be a balancing act of how much the government will support you and how much it will drive increased milk production. If the government support is above your cost of production, and I fear that it might be now, I fear at the end of this farm bill, we will have a lot of milk production and then the next farm bill won’t be as friendly.”Enrollment for DMC began June 17 and the first payments started going out July 11. Already, the program has paid out more than $158 million, based on weekly USDA reports.Through July 29, Minnesota dairy farmers had collected just under $15 million in estimated DMC payments for disbursement, according to USDA. That put Minnesota third in payments behind Wisconsin at $43.7 million and New York at $15.1 million. USDA reports show Wisconsin dairy farmers received $29.5 million in DMC payments just in a single week from July 22-29.Coming in behind Wisconsin, New York and Minnesota, Pennsylvania dairy farmers have received $12.2 million from DMC. California farmers received $8.9 million, and Michigan dairy farmers received just under $8 million. (https://www.fsa.usda.gov/…)DAUGHTER EMBRACES DAIRY, ESPECIALLY CHEESEAs the larger farms keep getting bigger, smaller dairies look for different ways to compete and keep the next generation on the farm. For the Jennissens, that has led to the artisanal cheese business.One of the Jennissen’s daughters, Alise, came home from a 4-H trip to Wisconsin when she was 16 and told her parents she wanted to run the dairy one day, but not milk cows. Instead, she wanted to make cheese.At the University of Minnesota, Alise took a curriculum built around making cheese while adding some business and marketing classes. With her husband, Lucas Sjostrom, also working in the dairy industry, Alise took marketing jobs at dairy processors in Vermont and Wisconsin and continued working on making cheese. In 2012, she approached her parents about plans to add a cheese operation to the family dairy. They raised seed money and produced their first batch of cheddar cheese in 2013. They began marketing their product in fall 2014.“She has been making cheese full time since 2014,” Jennissen said.Alise Sjostrom’s cheeses have been recognized in both national and international competitions, and Redhead Creamery also opened a gift shop as the farm expanded into agritourism. Most of the creamery’s sales are in the Twin Cities, but it also has a distributor in Chicago.The creamery started a small celebration called “Curd Fest” in 2018 to celebrate National Dairy Month in June that was marketed only on Facebook. The event drew about 700 people, so the creamery expanded a little bit and 1,200 people showed up. Jennissen hopes to expand the event next year as well.Still, despite the creamery’s growing business and recognition, Jennissen said it’s also basically been a break-even operation. In the last five years, the creamery has made its payments, but has not produced any extra income at this point.“That seems to be changing, looks like it is changing,” Jennissen said. He later added thoughts from him and his wife. “Linda and I are thinking our investment just might pay off and she (Alise) will make big bucks and buy the farm, but not milk the cows.”The low-price environment also has meant that succession planning has been on hold for a while. “Over the last five years, succession has not moved because there was no future,” he said.AT LAST, HIGHER MILK PRICESAt $17.55 per hundredweight (cwt), the Class III milk price in July was higher than it has been since November 2014. The price has inched upward all year and is $3.45 higher than a year ago.Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, said in a separate interview that at least one dairy farmer told him last week that prices had finally returned to a break-even point.“That’s good, but it doesn’t make up for the back losses,” Wertish said. “There’s still a lot of concern out there because the hole that they dug and how much equity the farmer has. We’re still hearing reports of people just giving up, too, and don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.”Minnesota has just over half the number of dairies it had 12 years ago, though the number of milking cows has remained relatively constant. USDA’s data shows Minnesota has 2,980 licensed dairies, which is 664 fewer than USDA cited in the 2017 Ag Census data released earlier this year. Those figures compare with 5,128 dairies listed in the state under the 2007 Ag Census. Despite 2,000 fewer dairy operations, the number of milking cows listed in the 2017 Ag Census for Minnesota remained steady 457,800, down from 459,000 milking cows a decade earlier.Besides Jer-Lindy, journalists last week also toured 2-year-old, state-of-the-art, 9,500-head Riverview Dairy just west of Willmar, Minnesota. The biggest dairy producer in the state, Riverview has 10 locations across Minnesota and collectively milks about 82,000 cows. The company has about 300 investors, including employees. The operation, with a 106-head milking parlor, is a well-run operation, filling up nine trucks a day of milk to process into cheese.“That model is driving the cost of production down,” Jennissen said. “That’s capitalism. So capitalism has always been what our country believes in. We have to feel like ‘congratulations,’ and I have got to keep up. Somehow, I have got to keep up.”FARM-BILL-PROOFING THE DAIRYIn neighboring Wisconsin, leaders with the Wisconsin Farmers Union have pushed the conversation on supply management. The group led “Dairy Together” this spring with seven events around the country focusing on various supply management options.Wertish said his membership is not completely sold on the idea, but is willing to listen.“There are a lot of them who support it, but a number of members are not quite sure,” Wertish said. “A lot of them say what we are doing now isn’t quite working too. I’ve heard both sides, but they all agree what we are doing now is not working.”Wertish said he is concerned the new model of production will be like Riverview, and the number of dairy farmers in the state will keep declining.“They are in a completely different playing field than the family farmer, and it’s frustrating because we are losing family farmers across the nation,” Wertish said. “So we have farmers getting out because they can’t cash flow, and that structure keeps growing and putting more milk on the market and makes it harder for the smaller farmer to compete.”Artisan cheese and agritourism are part of that competition, but as Jennissen pointed out, the main driver of his operation is still daily production from his cows. Jennissen sees the potential to become more efficient producing pounds of milk.“My goal is to try to get more milk out of my cows than a dairy like Riverview is getting,” he said. “They have a low-input system. My personal view is I can beat them at that, and I have got to lower my debt all of the time.”With a continued push by his family to build the cheese business, Jennissen said he would like to see the farm eventually be not so reliant on federal support.“I would like to get our business to a point where it is farm-bill proof, and that’s the goal,” he said.For more on Redhead Creamery, see https://www.redheadcreamery.com/…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Garmin provides new safety feature in its fitness trackers

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#beacon#fitness trackers#Garmin#Internet of Things#IoT#Strava Follow the Puck Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Amanda Razani Garmin has added a new safety option to several of its fitness monitors with the addition of a new feature named Beacon, which was designed by Strava.Beacon, which was unveiled earlier this year, provides several features that focus on keeping hikers, cyclists, runners and other people safer when they exercise.  When these individuals leave for their workouts, they can give their real-time data location to certain friends and family members as a precaution in case something happens to them.See Also: Garmin stock surges following pivot from autos to wearablesThough it was once a separate Beacon app on iOS or Android, exercise enthusiasts who own certain models of Garmin trackers, such as the Edge or Forerunner, can now get the feature directly into their tracker.Feedback sought from the Strava communitySyncing directly with Garmin’s own location monitor, LiveTrack, Beacon allows up to three contacts to check in on the user while they exercise, providing details of where they are, without those contacts needing a Strava account.The company explains that Beacon was created based on discussion from the Strava community, expressing the need for better communication when people they care about leave for workouts. A survey of this group showed that safety was the number one feature they all wanted to see added to the app.The feature can be found on many of Garmin’s newer Edge and Forerunner models, along with the Fenix 3. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

5 Keys to a Successful DevOps Implementation in Your Organization

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Andrey Kudievskiy is the founder and CEO of Distillery, a full-service software design and development company that works with enterprises and startups to create new products and fundamentally improve existing ones. Follow the Puck Tags:#automation#CALMS#Cultural Change#development#Devops#IT structure#Methodology#operations#Organizational Change Modern technologies allow businesses to deliver products and services faster and more efficiently with each passing day. Speed and efficiency are the key drivers of success in today’s business environment, which is why companies that have embraced DevOps as a business methodology are dominant. (Think Amazon, Netflix, and Target.) Organizations that have fully implemented DevOps are able to dramatically reduce the time it takes to deliver products to market while simultaneously lessening development costs.That’s not the only reason the DevOps market is projected to surge 19% by 2020 and reach an estimated $12.85 billion by 2025.Consider this: Employee job satisfaction is a major predictor of organizational success. As a business approach, DevOps can curtail problems with employee satisfaction. Software developers don’t like broken/slow environments and hate spending their time figuring out why they can’t deploy code with one push of a button.DevOps leads to happier, more productive employees while reducing organizational risks, improving customer satisfaction, and allowing for faster recovery times.Dispelling DevOps MythsBefore we explore why a DevOps implementation is such a competitive advantage, let’s be clear about what DevOps isn’t.DevOps is not automation. However, automating as much as possible is one of the primary principles of DevOps. Likewise, it’s not a replacement for the deeply technical and specialized skills in your organization. Eliminating the stovepipes of specialization does not mean firing your Linux and Oracle experts.DevOps does require deep cultural and organizational change. That typically means altering behavior — a lot. It means overhauling decades’ worth of practices that are deeply ingrained in your team.You have to tell the veterans of your organization who are accustomed to running things in a certain way that much of what they know and do every day is obsolete.It’s not easy to change your IT organizational structure. We can put developers and operations people together in a room and tell them to get it done, but those two groups of people won’t magically morph into a DevOps organization. They might as well be from different planets.Keep Calm and Rely on CALMSCALMS is a conceptual framework for the integration of development and operations, quality and security teams, and systems and functions within an organization. It’s often used as a maturity model, helping managers evaluate whether their organizations are ready for DevOps — and if not, what needs to change.If you work in operations, “doing DevOps” and making use of some development techniques doesn’t automatically translate to success.It’s critical to note that simply implementing software practices inside an ops silo isn’t sufficient. Cultural and procedural changes around CALMS implementation in your organization are required.The five pillars of the framework are:· Culture: There is a culture of shared responsibility.· Automation: Team members seek ways to automate as many tasks as possible and are comfortable with the idea of continuous delivery.· Lean: Team members can visualize work in progress, limit batch sizes, and manage queue lengths.· Measurement: Data is constantly being collected, and there is also technology that can provide visibility into all this data and the systems that house it.· Sharing: Easy-to-navigate channels allow teams in both development and operations to communicate. It’s incredibly important to eliminate any silos that exist between development teams responsible for disparate functions.Eliminating divisions helps organizations achieve the end-to-end accountability necessary to create effective software solutions. Within DevOps, an effective method of building internal trust involves bringing together team members to develop software and proactively respond to new issues in production with assistance from operations.Harnessing the Power of DevOpsIf you’re a decision maker at your organization who wants to harness the power of DevOps, here are five tips for a successful implementation:1. Choose the right development methodology.The underlying philosophy of DevOps is shorter, more focused work cycles that lead to superior outcomes. More agile development approaches like Scrum or Kanban can empower developers to define goals, prioritize tasks, and identify procedural problems. You can use a combination of both methodologies to optimize your approach based on your particular business objectives.2. Implement CI and CD strategies.Continuous integration, or CI, is a strategy for frequently and automatically testing against a code branch. Continuous delivery, or CD, automates the process of getting code into production after testing and approval (if needed).The code is held in a repository like Git or SVN for safekeeping and version control. But those repositories aren’t limited to code. Automated methods of configuring and deploying infrastructure have breathed life into the concept of “infrastructure as code.”Using infrastructure as code means that you can incorporate it into other DevOps processes, such as deployment or testing. One of the benefits of infrastructure as code is how it allows your systems to remain evergreen by making it easy to keep everything updated with new packages or versions.3. Consider using the cloud.For some organizations, DevOps relies on a cloud infrastructure that allows practitioners to provision and request resources. A prerequisite of DevOps is the ability to consume resources as you go and to detach the infrastructure for the central service.That cloud doesn’t need to be Amazon Web Services, though. It can be built as an internal private cloud. Enterprises working to embrace DevOps often struggle with legacy infrastructure, which sometimes does not interface well with cutting-edge tools. In most cases, however, such a transition is a requirement for successful DevOps adoption.4. Adjust and iterate.How well IT performs depends on certain DevOps practices, such as continuous delivery as well as using version control. The more time DevOps practices are given (and the more they are improved upon), the better they perform. And improved IT performance means there’s also a greater likelihood of improving performance across the entire organization. In fact, 46% of organizations with high-performing IT departments see improved ROI on technology.Moreover, these organizations are more likely to be at the forefront of digital transformation and invest in advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and customer experience tools.5. Focus on cultural change.Organizational culture is one of the strongest predictors of both IT performance and the overall success of an organization. High-trust organizations encourage an open flow of information, collaboration across departments, the ability to learn from mistakes and failures, and sharing responsibilities.These cultural practices and norms are core elements of DevOps, with DevOps practices frequently correlating with peak organizational performance. Job satisfaction involves doing work that’s challenging and meaningful, empowering us to exercise our skills and judgment. It’s also clear that job satisfaction encourages employees to bring their best selves to work, which leads to more innovation everywhere.To be clear, DevOps is a methodology that focuses on people rather than technology. Numerous studies have shown that healthy organizations — companies that have satisfied team members — are more productive than their competitors. A successful DevOps implementation will undoubtedly give you a competitive advantage. Moreover, it will create the type of internal mindset that will be necessary for success as technological change continues to disrupt commerce in the coming years. Andrey KudievskiyCEO of Distillery Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f…last_img read more

Kunal Kemmu’s daughter Inaaya couldn’t recognise him. The reason is adorable

first_imgSoha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu’s bundle of joy Inaaya is a delight to behold. Her adorable pictures and antics have been taking the internet by storm for a while now.Recently, Kunal revealed an adorable anecdote about his daughter, that has left fans awww-ing.The actor had been sporting a beard for the longest time, as his look for one of his upcoming films required to him to have full face fuzz. After wrapping up the film, Kunal decided to get rid of it completely and rock a clean-shaven look. Only, Inaaya could not recognise him without his beard.”I was so relieved to get rid of the beard but guess what, when I came home clean-shaven, my daughter didn’t recognise me for a short while. Of course eventually, she realised that this ‘man’ is familiar and before long, I had safely ensconced her in my arms,” Kunal told a leading daily.On the work front, Kunal was last seen in Rohit Shetty’s comic caper Golmaal Again. Recently, it was announced that he will return in the Go Goa Gone sequel.ALSO SEE: Inaaya Naumi Kemmu is as adorable as cousin Taimur Ali Khan. These photos are proofALSO WATCH: Commitment is staying true to someone, says Soha Ali Khanlast_img read more

Scientists readying to create first image of a black hole

first_img 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. Explore further More information: www.eventhorizontelescope.org/ Sagittarius A*. This image was taken with NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Credit: Public domain Astronomers poised to capture image of supermassive black hole © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Scientists readying to create first image of a black hole (2017, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-scientists-readying-image-black-hole.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from around the world is getting ready to create what might be the first image of a black hole. The project is the result of collaboration between teams manning radio receivers around the world and a team at MIT that will assemble the data from the other teams and hopefully create an image. The project has been ongoing for approximately 20 years as project members have sought to piece together what has now become known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Each of the 12 participating radio receiving teams will use equipment that has been installed for the project to record data received at a frequency of 230GHz during April 5 through the 14th. The data will be recorded onto hard drives which will all be sent to MIT Haystack Observatory in Massachusetts, where a team will stitch the data together using a technique called very long baseline array interferometry—in effect, creating the illusion of a single radio telescope as large as the Earth. The black hole they will all focus on is the one believed to be at the center of the Milky Way galaxy—Sagittarius A*.A black hole cannot be photographed, of course, light cannot reflect or escape from it, thus, there would be none to capture. What the team is hoping to capture is the light that surrounds the black hole at its event horizon, just before it disappears.Sagittarius A* is approximately 26,000 light-years from Earth and is believed to have a mass approximately four million times greater than the sun—it is also believed that its event horizon is approximately 12.4 million miles across. Despite its huge size, it would still be smaller than a pin prick against our night sky, hence the need for the array of radio telescopes.The researchers believe the image that will be created will be based on a ring around a black blob, but because of the Doppler effect, it should look to us like a crescent. Processing at Haystack is expected to take many months, which means we should not expect to see an image released to the press until sometime in 2018.last_img read more

Construction Spending Climbs 04 in December

first_img February 2, 2015 471 Views Construction Spending Climbs 0.4% in December in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News Construction spending advanced slightly from November to December, aided by increases in outlays for residential projects.The Commerce Department said Monday that construction spending rose 0.4 percent month-over-month throughout December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $982.1 billion. November’s spending rate was revised slightly upward to a seasonally adjusted $978.6 billion, still reflecting a decline from the month prior.For the entire year, the Commerce Department estimates spending on construction came to a total of $961.4 billion, an increase of 5.6 percent over 2013.Residential construction spending in December turned in a mixed performance, rising 0.4 percent over the previous month to a rate of $355.0 billion but falling short of year-ago levels by 3.9 percent.In the private sector, spending on construction was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $698.6 billion, a 0.1 percent improvement above November’s revised estimate. Private residential construction gained 0.3 percent month-to-month to climb to an annualized rate of $348.4 billion.Spending was up all around for private residential projects, led by a 1.2 percent month-over-month increase in spending on single-family homes to a rate of $202.5 billion. Spending for new multifamily projects picked up 0.3 percent to a rate of $46.6 billion.In the public sector, residential outlays came to an annualized $5.5 billion in December, up 2.3 percent from November.center_img Commerce Department Construction Spending 2015-02-02 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more