‘I’m on top of the world’

first_imgLooking every bit like a kid on Christmas morning, Jimmy Rohan emerged from the home dugout Friday at Dodger Stadium with the willing smile of a 21-year-old rookie enjoying his very first taste of Major League Baseball. It was one of those dream moments that every Little Leaguer fantasizes about, but for Rohan it’s come true. The former Valencia High infielder was undrafted out of high school – Rohan thought his best sport was football and only played baseball during high school because his mother offered him $20 a week to do so – yet the baby-faced youngster has found a home with the Dodgers quicker than anyone would have expected. “I’m on top of the world right now. This feels good,” said Rohan, preparing to take batting practice a few moments before the Freeway Series opener against the Angels. “I’m pretty much just trying not to get too nervous and to approach this game like it was any other game. But that’s tough to do because I grew up watching the Dodgers. It’s quite an experience.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Tom Lasorda, Steve Garvey, Rick Monday and other legendary figures stood a few feet away. “I guess a kid like Jimmy Rohan dreams that one day he’ll play for the Dodgers and make it to Dodger Stadium, and this time it became a reality,” Lasorda said. “It’s got to be the greatest day of his life.” The Dodgers trim their roster after the Freeway Series, and perhaps Rohan will be back in the minor leagues for the season opener. But for now, he was soaking up the moment. His father Jim, his mother Erica Cuellar, his 12-year-old brother Jason and his high school coach Jared Snyder were in the stands lending support – they wouldn’t miss it for the world – and Rohan was doing his best not to jump out of his shiny new cleats. “If this team needs me, I’m going be there for them. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could make it to the big leagues,” Rohan said. Rohan has made the most of his opportunities, and that’s why he’s still around. He’s batting .444 with two RBIs in nine at-bats – enough for the Dodgers’ second-youngest player to catch the eye of manager Grady Little. “Jimmy Rohan is a kid we like an awful lot. He got into some games during spring training, and he plays a lot of positions, so we told him to come on this trip,” Little said. “He’s a talented kid and he’s versatile. It’s got to be a great thrill for him to be here. When we drove up to Dodger Stadium on the bus, I kind of wondered what the young kids on the team were thinking.” Assistant coach Manny Mota can relate. As he watched Rohan take infield grounders, Mota thought back to his first major league season four decades ago – a treasured moment that still feels like yesterday. “It’s just a great experience to play at Dodger Stadium, especially when you’re surrounded by all these Hall of Fame players,” Mota said. “It’s a great feeling. I know it was a great thrill for me in 1962. Jimmy Rohan plays hard, he’s got a good swing, and he’s hungry. I like that. He’s got good work habits and he’s willing to learn. He’s a great kid.” In the eighth inning with rain beginning to fall, Rohan finally got his chance, entering as a third baseman. Sure enough, on the first pitch Michael Napoli drilled a sharp grounder his way. Rohan fielded it cleanly, hesitated for just a moment, then fired to first for the out. “It looked a little bit like I bobbled it but I just wanted to make sure I got a good grip,” Rohan said afterward. “The weird thing was I just had a gut feeling the ball was going to come my way.” Rohan was the next batter due up in the bottom of the inning, but the rain persisted and the umpires stopped the game to force a 6-6 tie. “Oh, I wanted an at-bat so I didn’t want the game to get called, but I was just happy to be here. I was trying to live it up as much as possible,” he said. “I’ve worked really hard, and when I got into the game, that was the payoff.” Growing up in North Hollywood, Rohan never imagined this dream would really happen. He was a solid but unspectacular player at Sherman Oaks Little League before breaking out for the first time as a 14-year-old, when he hit five home runs during a five-game Pony tournament at Mid-Valley. After moving to Valencia, the plan was to concentrate on football. But prodded by his mother’s weekly cash incentive, Rohan joined the frosh baseball team, then quickly moved up to JV and then varsity during his first season. “I didn’t even think I would make the frosh team, but there I was on the varsity in ninth grade,” he said. His baseball career steadily gained momentum. During his senior year in 2002, Rohan batted .500 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs – all school single-season records at the time – earning first-team All Southern Section honors. Two months later, he signed with the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent, batting .268 in 41 at-bats during his rookie season in the Gulf Coast League. Through four seasons, he’s played in Florida, Ohio, Florida again, and most recently Las Vegas. In 841 career at-bats in the minors, Rohan is batting .273 with five home runs and 90 RBIs. The plan now is for Rohan to live his life as a Major League Baseball player. He might take a while, but the kid got his first taste Friday. And oh, how sweet is was. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Witness in civil trial over plane crash that killed 10 challenged on testimony

first_imgA witness who earlier testified the pilot in a deadly 2004 plane crash off Pelee Island was upset about flying in poor weather conditions was challenged during Friday’s cross-examination about that testimony being omitted from an earlier written statement.Bob Love, the lawyer for the defendants in this wrongful death civil trial, noted witness Donna Jean Olsen, 66, made no mention of pilot Wayne Price being upset or angry in her written statement to Transport Canada about the Jan. 17, 2004, crash that killed all 10 people on board.Olsen, who suffers health problems and memory issues after being diagnosed three years ago with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, told the lawyer there wasn’t anything unusual about Price being angry when forced to fly in poor weather.Earlier, while being questioned by Jerry O’Bien, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Olsen, a former ticket agent at the Pelee Island airport, shared details about another flight by Price to the island from Windsor roughly two weeks before the crash.Olsen remembered hearing an upset Price on the radio saying he was turning around and returning to Windsor because the visibility was so bad he couldn’t see the island.She testified Price called her after he landed at the Windsor Airport.“He was very angry,” Olsen said.She testified Price said Georgian Express, the pilot’s employer and the owner of the doomed Cessna Caravan, wasn’t going to do that to him again – force him to fly in poor weather conditions.“Knowing Wayne as I did, it’s twice that had happened to him. He was told he had to fly,” she said. “He knew he didn’t have a choice when it came to the 17th (the day of the crash).”London resident Paul Brisco, the brother of one of the victims Robert Brisco, is suing for aggravated and punitive damages on behalf of himself and his brother’s estate, which he administers.The defendants, including Georgian Express Ltd., the air carrier, and the Owen Sound Transportation Company Ltd., which contracted the charter to provide winter service for Pelee Island, have already admitted liability. The jury will determine what amount of compensation should be awarded for damages.Robert Brisco, 46, of Chatham, and friends were returning from a hunting trip when Georgian Express Flight 126 crashed through the Lake Erie ice near Pelee Island. The others who died included brothers Ted Reeve, 53, and Tom Reeve, 49, of Chatham, Dr. Jim Allen, 51, of Mitchell’s Bay, Ronald Spencler, 53, and Walter Sadowski, 48, both of Windsor, and Fred Freitas, 38, and Larry Janik, 48, of Kingsville.Price of Richmond Hill, whose estate is also named in the civil suit, died in the crash – one of the worst air disasters in Southwestern Ontario history – along with his fiancée Jamie Levine of Los Angeles.During cross-examination, Love also questioned Olsen on what she remembered about the weather conditions on the day of the crash.Olsen agreed with Love there was just a light snowfall and not a “hint of sleet” when she left the Owen Sound Transportation office near the island’s west dock just prior to the arrival of Price’s 4:20 p.m. flight from Windsor.Olsen, who helped load the hunters’ luggage on the Cessna for its return flight to Windsor, told Love she hadn’t noticed any ice on the plane. However, she did testify she noticed a change in the weather. Someone else, she added, said he hoped the pilot had de-icer for the Cessna.Olsen testified she only saw the freezing rain when she went to her pickup truck to leave for the day, shortly after watching the plane carrying the hunters take off.“It was a storm of freak nature?” Love said.“It was,” Olsen said.An investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada determined that the pilot, Price, was under stress and sleep-deprived when he decided to take off in a plane that was overloaded with a number of husky men, hunting dogs and luggage and “contaminated” with ice.The plane, 576 kilograms over the maximum allowable takeoff weight, took off at 4:40 p.m. for the short flight to Windsor Airport. It crashed into the ice of Lake Erie a few minutes later.The trial continues Monday.last_img read more

Soweto Gospel Choir takes off

first_img29 December 2003The Soweto Gospel Choir, drawing from the churches and communities of South Africa’s most famous township, mixes earthy rhythms with rich harmonies to uplift the soul and express the energy of South Africa.After a 32-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, and four weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the choir has yet to go without a standing ovation. Now they’re planning to take their unique brand of gospel magic to Asia, the US, and again to Europe and Australia. Not bad for a group that’s only been together since November 2002.The choir was the surprise hit of the 2003 Edinburgh Festival: they were the fourth-highest selling act out of 1 600 acts booked for the festival, putting on extra shows to meet the demand and eventually performing 29 concerts in the space of a month – delighting the reviewers as much as the audiences.Fiona Shepherd, writing for The Scotsman, had this to say of their concert performance, “Voices of Heaven”: “A capella groups Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Black Umfolozi have already cracked open the western market for indigenous South African song, but nothing can really prepare you for the riot of exuberance and depth of emotion emanating from this 24-piece ensemble …“This is a seamless show brimming with spot-on multi-lingual performances which, for all their technical precision, are universally expressive and unfettered, charged by the choir’s constant movement.”When they toured Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, the choir bowled audiences over with their powerful performances, receiving standing ovations after every show, including a performance at the Sydney Opera House.The choir ended their tour by winning a Helpmann award in the category “Best contemporary concert presentation”. The Helpmann awards, established in Australia in 2001 for excellence and achievement in the live entertainment industry, are similar to the Tony Awards on Broadway or the Olivier Awards in London.With their fast-growing international profile and the rapid success of their first album (also entitled “Voices of Heaven”), the Soweto Gospel Choir is perhaps better known to foreigners than those at home!Choir master David Mulovhedzi attributes the success of the 34-member choir to the fact that it is tapping into South Africa’s enormous talent pool. Its members, whose ages range from 16 to 40, hail from churches and communities in and around Soweto, and are all lead singers in their own community choirs.The choir includes a four-piece band and some thrilling drummers and dancers in the African tradition where song, dance and drumming are an integral part of life and faith.The choir sings traditional African gospel and a cappella. Their overseas performances also included other gospel greats like “Amazing Grace”, “Paradise Road” and music by Otis Redding and reggae artist Jimmy Cliff. According to the Australian ABC Shop online, the “Voices from Heaven” CD “showcases an inspirational programme of a capella and African gospel.“Ranging from traditional African gospel to songs drawn from Western and contemporary gospel traditions, South African gospel music is indeed unique. It has strong roots in traditional music and conveys a powerful spiritual message.”To order the CD, visit the ABC Shop or the choir’s online shop.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Mandela and Gandhi on the Hill

first_imgThe exhibition details the experiences that shaped his development by means of photographs, quotes, artefacts and audio material. Gandhi’s transformation is symbolised in the changes in his attire – from a besuited lawyer to rough prison garb to a simple cotton tunic on his departure for India in 1914. Gandhi exhibition Spend an hour at the Nelson Mandela exhibition in the Old Fort, and come away with a small peep into the icon’s soul. Having this exhibition at the Old Fort on Constitution Hill, Johannesburg is significant. Mandela spent two weeks in the Awaiting Trial Block on the hill, now demolished, in December 1956, before being transferred to Pretoria, for the remainder of the lengthy Treason Trial. Two permanent exhibitions at Constitution Hill focus on the lives of two of the greatest souls in the world – Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi – both of whom called Johannesburg home. And in August 1962, he spent a few weeks in the Old Fort hospital. He wasn’t ill, but he was kept there because of his status, and possibly because it was believed that he could more easily escape from No 4 jail on the hill, where all black male prisoners were kept. As soon as the visitors left, the long trousers were exchanged for short ones, and the men were given hammers again, to sit and crush rocks mindlessly. Mandela is quoted on the walls of the exhibition as saying: “The spirit of Gandhi may well be a key to human survival in the 21st century.” The hospital and letters But Mandela dispelled all speculation about a possible escape. “To reach it one had to pass through two impregnable walls, each with armed guards; and once inside, four massive gates had to be unlocked before one even reached the area where I was kept,” he writes. “There was speculation in the press that the movement was going to attempt to rescue me, and the authorities were doing their utmost to prevent it.” “While the hospital was indeed comfortable – I was able to sleep in a proper bed, something I had never done before in prison – the real reason for his [Colonel Minnaar] generosity was that the hospital was the safest place to keep me,” recounts Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom. A stack of wooden boxes is a small sample of the 76 boxes that were used to hold the 76 000 pieces of correspondence between Mandela and the prison authorities. He frequently wrote letters on behalf of his fellow inmates protesting against the petty regulations of disallowing books to study, or complained about the quality of the food. One letter of complaint runs to 25 pages. Some of the letters were written in Afrikaans, an effort to appeal to the prison bosses whose mother tongue was Afrikaans. Constitution Hill has another permanent exhibition visitors can take in. The exhibition, entitled “Gandhi: prisoner of conscience”, opened in October 2006, off the courtyard of No 4 prison, in the former visitors’ centre. Pictures of Mandela’s cell on Robben Island are displayed, showing a neat and orderly space, with bookshelves, a desk and a bed. The famous National Geographic photograph of the naked, smiling Andamanese woman is on display at the exhibition. It had been framed for him by his fellow inmates, in particular Mac Maharaj, using carefully cut pieces of cardboard as a makeshift frame. On his release, National Geographic sent Mandela a copy of the original photograph. In October 1962, he was sentenced to five years on Robben Island for inciting workers to strike, and for leaving the country without a passport. He had been on the run for 17 months as the Black Pimpernel, and had been arrested earlier in 1962 near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. In 1964, he was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island in the Rivonia Trial. He was released in February 1990.center_img At first Mandela is not visible – he was apparently hiding behind a bush – but then the camera zooms in on him. He stands impassively, his lips tight and unsmiling, staring ahead, bursting with anger. The room in the Old Fort that was used as the hospital is about the size of two small garages alongside one another. It has tall ceilings – almost four metres high – and a row of covered windows along its southern wall. Its wooden floor is well worn; its grey, patchy walls have not been painted for many years. 26 February 2009 Two videos run constantly. The first one, filmed in April 1977, some 13 years into Mandela’s life sentence on Robben Island, records an official visit in which the prison authorities invited the foreign press to visit the island, to see for themselves the conditions under which the prisoners were being held. It records several prisoners with spades, clearing weeds from a gravel path. Two videos Gandhi said of his experiences in South Africa: “Truly speaking, it was after I went to South Africa that I became what I am now. My love for South Africa and my concern for her problems are no less than for India.” Two great 20th century fighters for the rights of the oppressed – a good reason to visit Constitution Hill. The exhibition focuses on the years he spent in Johannesburg, from 1902 until 1914, when he left South Africa at the age of 46. During this time, he was transformed from a shy lawyer into an extraordinary leader of international stature. Gandhi formulated and refined his Satyagraha or passive resistance philosophy while living and working in Joburg. The other video, from December 2003, shows Mandela arriving at the newly built Constitutional Court, built below the Old Fort, and being welcomed by the then chief justice of the court, Arthur Chaskalson. He is asked to sign a copy of the Bill of Rights, and is told about the signing of the three words, “Freedom, dignity and equality”, by the judges in concrete above the court door. He is given a gift of a brick from the demolished Awaiting Trial Block, where he spent time. Large folio books meticulously record every letter written by and sent to Mandela. One of his letters, dated October 1989, just a few months before he was released, is displayed. It is written to his grandchild, and he signed it: “A million kisses and tons and tons of love, Grandpa.” In a postscript he says he should have used “Darling” in the salutation instead of “Dear”, saying he only thought of this when he was signing off the letter. Mandela is wearing long khaki trousers and a shirt, with a small hat on his head. The issue of long versus short trousers was a cause of conflict between prisoners and prison authorities. Mature men like Mandela and others were at first given short trousers to wear, in an effort to humiliate them. Mandela fought this ruling vehemently and eventually won. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Helping young people beat drug abuse

first_img6 June 2013 Young people in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria learned about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse as the Department of Trade and Industry’s National Liquor Authority kicked off its Youth Month campaign on Wednesday. Youngsters from Mamelodi and its surrounds came out in their numbers to learn about the opportunities available to help them turn their lives around in a positive manner. Those who attended the session were given an opportunity to interact with officials from the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and the Gauteng Liquor Board, who emphasised the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. They were advised on how to use their skills so to participate in the economy by creating their own employment. Alternatives like the formation of cooperatives and the formalisation and registration of businesses were presented to the young people by the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC). The DTI said the campaign aimed to encourage young people to use their time and energy to grapple constructively with the challenges that they face, such as unemployment and HIV/Aids The Liquor Act of 2003, which is administered by the National Liquor Authority (NLA), requires the department to take steps to reduce the socio-economic costs of alcohol abuse in the country. The Act also requires the NLA to promote the development of a sustainable liquor industry in a manner that instils the ethos of social responsibility. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Google Flu Trends: A Glimpse into the Future of Google Health

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#web rick turoczy 1 It stands to reason that people who are “starting to come down with something” often take the opportunity to search for information on what ails them, even before they discuss their symptoms with a healthcare professional. Who gets more of those searches than anyone? Google, of course.When Google started looking more closely at anonymous aggregate searches for “flu symptoms” and the like, they discovered that – after cross-referencing that data against information from the Center for Disease Control – they had the ability to predict flu outbreaks by monitoring search patterns. And now, they’ve published their findings as Google Flu Trends.The effort, part of Google’s non-profit arm, google.org, could prove to be the first step toward the type of predictive medical informatics that have long been the Holy Grail of medicine:“So why bother with estimates from aggregated search queries? It turns out that traditional flu surveillance systems take 1-2 weeks to collect and release surveillance data, but Google search queries can be automatically counted very quickly. By making our flu estimates available each day, Google Flu Trends may provide an early-warning system for outbreaks of influenza.”Looking at the graphs, Google’s hypotheses about search terms predating disease outbreaks seem to be proven correct. Not satisfied with Google’s analysis? Feel free to download the data and work with it yourself.Future Features for Google HeatlhWhile influenza is the first target for the experiment, one can easily imagine the types of search data – and regional data – that could help healthcare professionals in the prediction of practically any disease. More importantly for Google, coupling this kind of anonymous aggregated data with other Google offerings could further the company’s moves into the healthcare space. Just imagine, in the not too distant future, if you could be warned of potential disease outbreaks in your city when logging into your personal health record on Google Health. It’s not a huge intuitive leap, but it’s a leap that puts the responsibility for health in the hands of the individual.Helping people manage their wellness and health in a preventative way instead of simply treating the disease? That’s a truly innovative – and much needed – way of approaching healthcare. Can Google leverage its wealth of data to help spark that healthcare innovation? One would hope. Our health may depend on it. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

5G is Coming — Here’s How Entrepreneurs Can Leverage It

first_imgFollow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#5G#Entrepreneurs Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Marc Fischer is the CEO and co-founder of Dogtown Media, a mobile technology studio based in Venice Beach, California, that was named by Inc. as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. Sprint’s recent launch of its 5G network in Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas; Houston; and Atlanta offers consumers and entrepreneurs a glimpse into the future. As rapid download speeds and seamless connectivity take hold in cities around the world, tech entrepreneurs will have more opportunities than ever before to make an impact. With 11.5 million people having access to Sprint’s network already, imagine what will be possible as that number grows.5G will unlock new opportunities in every space. The healthcare, transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing industries will all be significantly more capable of innovation and growth as these networks take shape.Data on demandWe all know the frustration that comes from waiting for an app to load, a video to buffer, or an email to send. With an instant connection, 5G will not only eliminate these issues but also radically transform user experiences in several ways.Content streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube will benefit from faster download speeds. And so will social networks such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram, which all use immense amounts of data to load images, video, and chat messages. But consumer-facing mobile apps are just the tip of the iceberg.The arrival of 5G will drive significant progress in emerging technology.Think of the power this kind of connectivity can give to things like autonomous vehicles, for instance. Driverless cars have to collect vast amounts of information, process it locally, and send it to the cloud. That data then goes back to the vehicle and enables it to make decisions. Thanks to 5G networks, this process will be nearly instantaneous.Virtually every connected device will become more reliable and effective because of 5G, too. IoT sensors will be able to process data, send it to the cloud, and act upon it at mind-boggling speeds. In essence, 5G makes the cloud almost instantly accessible and opens countless doors to technological innovation. And it’s increasingly becoming available across the globe.Emerging opportunities for entrepreneursThe building blocks of 5G are being put in place in cities all over the world. The U.K. launched its first public high-speed 5G network this spring, and major carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have stateside deployments planned for later this year. In South Korea, the technology made its debut at the Olympic Village. Since then, a 5G network has been launched in Seoul, as well as in cities throughout China and Japan.As 5G infrastructures become more widespread, more opportunities will open up for developers to leverage their power.Tech entrepreneurs will be able to make everyday device experiences seamless and create entirely new ones with technologies such as VR and AR, industrial IoT, autonomous vehicles and drones, medical devices, and other connected hardware.AI and machine learning tools have already transformed multiple industries. But this disruption will pale in comparison to the near future. With unparalleled speeds and even higher amounts of data to leverage, these technologies will generate more profound insights for the people who need them most.The impact of 5G will be unprecedented.For entrepreneurs and investors looking to capitalize on it, here are four ways 5G will transform business:1. Interpersonal communicationCommunication drives business. Because consumers and downstream business operators are going to have access to devices that can send and receive data at lighting-fast speeds, they’ll be able to have better phone calls, higher-quality video meetings, and access to chat apps that don’t experience latency.When Verizon revealed its Moto Z3 phone, which works with the 5G Moto Mod that attaches to a phone, spectators watched it download a 1GB file in 17 seconds, a download speed that should be even faster on its commercial network. Phone usage and commercial network usage is just one example of the way 5G technology will drive stronger, more seamless business communications. Further, applications like these will directly impact and generate profits.2. Expanded remote work opportunitiesRemote work has already become standard practice at many businesses. With the advent of 5G, it’ll be possible for even more tasks to be accomplished remotely. At the Mobile World Congress, for example, a Spanish surgeon performed an operation from miles away with the help of a connected robotics kit.However, remote healthcare is just one example of the power of connectivity. Low-latency, high-frequency data transfers will make engineering and many other types of highly skilled work possible from anywhere with a decent connection.3. Tools driving innovationMany companies already use innovation labs to explore applications of emerging technologies. Soon, there will be a proliferation of devices and tools specifically designed to cultivate growth with 5G. Case in point: Verizon’s 5G Labs in New York and four other cities show businesses and consumers what’s possible with 5G while also providing startups and entrepreneurs with mentorship and advisory services as they learn to work with it.Companies will also soon offer DIY kits that enable anyone to build 5G solutions using components already available to them. For developers, these will present limitless opportunities. Organizations like MathWorks, for example, are already launching tools designed to help reduce learning and development time by giving developers a workflow to model after and use to test 5G systems for themselves.4. Venture capital interestVenture capital money is flowing into 5G enterprises in Silicon Valley, and those investments will continue to increase exponentially shortly. As just one example, the recent partnership established between Japanese telecom company KDDI and VC firm Global Brain Corp. will fund 5G infrastructure development.The golden age for enterprises focused on 5G or startups that are leveraging it is quickly approaching. As the marketplace continues to grow with the infrastructure and as the necessary hardware components for building with 5G tools become more ubiquitous, startups will have unimaginable opportunities to transform the world as we know it.One thing is certain: Nothing about 5G is moving slowly, and the race to harness the technology it makes possible won’t either.Feature Image attribution: avi-richards-Z3ownETsdNQ-unsplash-1-825×510 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Marc FischerCEO and co-founder of Dogtown Medialast_img read more

CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from the Mobile Tech Podcast)

first_imgOn this week’s episode of the How To CEO podcast, I spoke again with Myriam Joire (TNKGRL) of the Mobile Tech Podcast. You won’t want to miss her fiery take on CEOs and corporate social responsibility. We started the episode with a discussion about the WeWork debacle.The Problem with WeWork No discussion about “CEOS in troubled waters” would be complete without talking about WeWork. Myriam told me she doesn’t consider WeWork to be a tech company. It was valuated as a tech company, but it’s actually a real estate company. Similarly, Airbnb isn’t really a tech company. Uber and Lyft aren’t tech companies either. (More accurately, they’re logistics companies, in Myriam’s view.)Although these companies certainly use technology, all companies use technology today. And for many years, WeWork’s false “tech” status made it look bigger and better than it was.“Ultimately,” Myriam told me, “it’s a scam. It’s unfortunate because it gives us a bad rep in tech right now when this is really not a tech company.”Myriam’s primary takeaway regarding the WeWork problem is that we in Silicon Valley shouldn’t invest in companies that aren’t tech companies. When non-tech companies go sour, it’s detrimental to everyone in Silicon Valley.Before the WeWork problem happened, the crowdfunding problem occurred. As Myriam pointed out, crowdfunding is essential. Not everyone can raise VC money. But today, no one takes crowdfunding seriously.“When crowdfunding was a big thing, a few bad eggs made it fall apart,” Myriam said. “They scammed people and abused the system, and people are unable to crowdfund anymore.”Myriam Points to Greed in Silicon ValleyMyriam pointed out a more significant problem we have in Silicon Valley. “It’s something we see with Facebook and Twitter around privacy and free speech. We are driven by greed too much, and I think that needs to change,” she said. “I think the culture in Silicon Valley has gotten poisoned over the last 20 years.”Myriam recalls that companies in the valley (rightfully) started out intending to be profitable, which is a good thing. But she told me that technology has a significant impact on people, and as CEOs in tech, we have to be mindful of how we affect people’s lives – negatively or positively.We have to remember that, on the one hand, we’re certainly here to make money and be profitable. But at the same time, we also need to be mindful and careful about society and how we affect it.Disruption is Good, But We Need Checks and Balances“Disruption is good,” Myriam said. “Larger companies tend to rest on their laurels…, and new, smaller, more agile players that come in and push the buttons and change things are good…But once you start realizing that the buttons you’re pushing are affecting people in a bad way, you need to stop and think about how you’re going to change things to alleviate that problem. And that’s not what we’re doing. We don’t have those checks and balances in place…”Early Dot Com Days Vs. TodayTo illustrate her point, Myriam contrasted what things were like in the early dot com days verses right now. When she came to Silicon Valley in those days, the valley was mostly run by engineers (which isn’t necessarily a good thing because the business side of it wasn’t always sound. This was made loud and clear when the bubble burst.)“But at the same time,” Myriam told me, “a lot of the positive thought on how we could change the world for the better came from the idealism of engineering. And it was celebrated, and I saw my artistic communities I was involved in thrive because of the money that was made in tech.People were donating money to curating artists and helping them out, and curating the community and helping out the community with the profits they were making.We don’t see that as much. Everyone’s just hoarding their money now.”Could We Not Buy from the Companies That Hoard Money?Myriam pointed out that it seems strange, for example, that with Apple’s market cap, they’re not doing more philanthropic work.In our discussion, I suggested to Myriam that perhaps that the right way to respond to companies who aren’t doing enough for their communities is to not buy from them. She responded that it’s hard to simply “not buy” from companies who aren’t being socially responsible.For example, while Myriam loves Google and what they do, it would be extremely hard for a company or individual to wean away from companies like Google, Facebook, ISPs, etc.Myriam views these companies as utilities at this point because we almost depend on them as much as we depend on electricity, water, phone bills, and other traditional utilities. We can’t run businesses properly without such companies.What Startups Should Be Doing NowWhen these companies get this big, argues Myriam, and they start affecting the lives of millions of people, they have a responsibility to help society.Companies should start thinking early on about their role in the world. If companies in the early stages of their creation can start thinking about the good they can accomplish – before huge money and investors are involved – they’ll be able to make long-term differences for humanity. Good should be woven into the company culture right from the beginning.Myriam had much more to say on this heated topic, so be sure to hear the entire episode. Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … Murray Newlands is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor and speaker. He is the founder of the How to CEO podcast and you can read his blog at MurrayNewlands.com. Related Posts A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucascenter_img Murray Newlands 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacylast_img read more

Pepperdine University Enhances Efficiency, Eliminates Deskside Visits with Intel® Core® i5 vPro™ Processors

first_imgDownload NowFor the IT group supporting Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, managing the fleet of nearly 300 client systems used by faculty, staff, and graduate assistants had become too time-consuming and resource-intensive. When it was time to refresh client systems, the IT group selected laptops and desktops equipped with Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processors. By using Intel vPro technology with Symantec Altiris Client Management Suite*, the IT group has streamlined software diagnostics, patch and software deployment, asset discovery, and security, eliminating software-related deskside visits while providing outstanding performance to users.“With Intel vPro technology, I can access the system and start to resolve problems even if the operating system is completely unresponsive,” explained Ramy Rizkallah, program manager for the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. “I can have users back up and running much faster than if I had to make a deskside visit.”To learn all about it, download our new Pepperdine University business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many others, on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page.last_img read more