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Holder gives Windies fourth-day edge

first_img FAILED TO ADD LEEDS, England (CMC): Captain Jason Holder’s telling all-round contribution kept West Indies with their noses in front, but opposite number Joe Root was leading an England fightback, as the second Test at Headingley remained fascinatingly poised ahead of today’s penultimate day. At the end of an absorbing third day yesterday, England were 171 for three in their second innings – a lead of two runs after conceding a first-innings deficit of 169. Root was unbeaten on 45 and partnered by Dawid Malan on 21, while opener Mark Stoneman struck 54 to gather his first Test half-century in his second match at this level. Seamer Holder proved the Windies talisman, grabbing the key wickets of veteran opener Alastair Cook (23) and Tom Westley (8) to end with two for 44. The 25-year-old Holder had earlier helped lead a Windies rally as the Caribbean side were dismissed for 427 in their first innings after resuming the day 329 for five. He produced a cameo 43 off 54 deliveries while Jermaine Blackwood crunched a typically aggressive 49 in a 75-run, eighth-wicket partnership which proved invaluable after West Indies lost wickets off the first two balls of the day. Shai Hope, unbeaten on 147 overnight, failed to add when he nicked seamer Jimmy Anderson behind and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich followed without scoring to a catch at second slip by Root off the next ball. However, Blackwood and Holder took the attack to England in an enterprising stand that took the total past 400. With the score ticking over, Holder holed out down the ground off seamer Chris Woakes in the fourth over following the first drinks break and in the next over, Blackwood misjudged a second run and was run out at the striker’s end. Anderson finished with five for 76 while Ben Stokes picked up two for 63. England were then given a solid start in their second innings by Cook and Stoneman, who put on an important 58 for the first wicket. The left-handed Cook played cautiously in a 63-ball knock that included two fours, while Stoneman struck seven fours in a 124-ball knock. Holder, whose nine overs on the trot before tea cost just 10 runs, got the breakthrough about 20 minutes before the interval when he beat Cook on a couple of occasions before finding the edge through to wicketkeeper Dowrich. Unbeaten on 35 at tea with England on 68 for one, Stoneman reached his half-century about half-hour after tea with a boundary to fine leg off Holder. Westley, on four at tea, escaped being run out when West Indies bungled an ideal chance with the right-hander stranded mid-pitch, but he perished in the next over, nicking a drive at Holder to Dowrich at 81 for two. Fast bowler Gabriel then returned to remove Stoneman with a superb delivery that angled in, straightened and rocked off-stump as the left-hander defended, leaving England stumbling at 94 for three. Windies had their tails up at this stage but Root, dropped on 10 by Kyle Hope at gully off pacer Kemar Roach, anchored an unbroken 77-run, fourth wicket partnership with Malan to steer England safely to the close. The right-handed Root has so far faced 82 deliveries and counted nine fours.last_img read more

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New Fort St. John hospital gearing up for move

first_imgThe hospital is nearing the end of its construction phase, and is shooting to get an occupancy permit around the middle of March, meaning Northern Health will have access into the building without any personal protective equipment. That means a lot of training is planned for April and May. Service commencement day, when Northern Health is handed the keys to the new facility, is still scheduled for May 31, 2012. Northern Health will be holding another community meeting on February 27 to update the public on the progress of the project and provide new pictures. That meeting will be held at the Quality Inn at 6:30 p.m. Project Director Tom Sparrow says educating staff on the move is important to keep everything flowing. “Based on the fact that it’s a new design, it’s very very important that all of our healthcare folks totally understand what that new design looks like and how they will effectively function within that area. Northern Health is also working to get all of the new equipment logistically placed into the new building, a process Sparrow describes as a “huge operation” that involves receiving the equipment, moving it in, installing it and certifying it and ensuring it it works properly. That’s all in addition to moving the existing equipment in the current hospital, along with the patients and residents. That move requires a “significant” amount of pre-planning, to ensure it is done properly and safely.- Advertisement -“Because of how important it is to safeguard our patients, our residents, our clinical and non-clinical staff, there is a huge amount of co-ordination, facilitation that has to take place not to ensure there is the safety of all concerned when we conduct the move. The actual physical move will take place over four to five days in mid-June.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Guus Hiddink rules out Didier Drogba reunion at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink does not expect Didier Drogba to return to Stamford Bridge this season after the striker announced his return to training with Montreal Impact.Drogba earlier this month had discussions with Major League Soccer over his future, but said reports he had retired from playing to join Chelsea’s coaching staff were premature.And that prospect appears to be over – for now.Hiddink, speaking after Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday, said: “On the short-term, yes (there is no prospect).“But in the longer term we talked about players of a big influence or big image for this club, they are welcome.“There is no time issue on this.”The 37-year-old Drogba, who has a year to run on his contract with the Canadians, scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for the Blues, 157 of the strikes coming in 341 appearances in his first spell, which concluded with the 2012 Champions League victory in Munich.Suggestions of a move to Chelsea for a third time gathered pace when the former Ivory Coast striker watched the first match since the departure of Jose Mourinho alongside Hiddink and owner Roman Abramovich against Sunderland on December 19.Montreal Impact said on Sunday: “Forward Didier Drogba will not be present for the opening of the (training) camp, but he will be doing preparation work in view of the upcoming season.“He will join the team for the second part of training camp, which will take place from February 15 to 28 in St Petersburg, Florida.”Drogba wrote on Twitter: “On way to Qatar to do some preparation work for pre-season @impactmontreal.”Montreal’s season begins against Vancouver Whitecaps on March 6.Hiddink added: “I wish him all the best now for one of his last seasons.”last_img read more

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Sony OKs pasta-camera swap

first_imgA Missouri couple who found a jar of pasta sauce inside a box where a camcorder should have been said Tuesday that Sony Entertainment Inc. is giving them a new camcorder. Melisa Rittenberg, 36, of Perryville, said she was contacted by Sony on Monday, after talking to The Associated Press about the incident, which happened after the Rittenbergs bought the camcorder at a suburban St. Louis store. Rittenberg said she was told a replacement camera was in the mail. Phone messages left with Sony were not returned. “I’m satisfied because we’re finally going to get the camera we paid for,” Rittenberg said, though she remained angry that the store didn’t resolve the matter. Store manager Wade Trapp said his company had been in touch with the Rittenbergs and would follow up on the matter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The Rittenbergs paid about $1,600 for a camcorder last week. They said when they opened the box, they found a jar of Classico pasta sauce, a telephone cord and an electric outlet cover. The items were all positioned in the box where the camera equipment should have been, Melisa Rittenberg said. – Associated Presslast_img read more

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New chapter for SA’s colleges, Setas

first_imgThe audit would also look at whether there were colleges that needed assistance on quality assurance. Debate has raged for some time over whether the country’s 23 Setas were responding adequately to SA’s skills challenge, and Nzimande pointed out that he didn’t believe that there was any need to scrap any of the Setas at present. Setas were mandated to spend R16-billion and training, with the National Skills Fund making available a further R5-billion. Continued government support Source: BuaNews Nzimande said a skills development summit was being planned for first half of 2010 that would look at questions such as whether the number of Setas should be scaled down or not. “We think they are the best vehicles we have at the moment.” He said that, although the Setas continued to face challenges, the government was committed to keeping them. “The shape of our post-secondary system is not appropriately balanced between universities and colleges, and while access to universities must be increased, enrolment in colleges must double in the next five years,” he said. “That is what really requires a big improvement,” said Nzimande, adding that the National Board of FET colleges and the department would carry out an urgent national audit on the various institutions’ governance and administration. In a bid to close South Africa’s skills gap, the country’s colleges and sector education and training authorities – both now under the Department of Education – are to work closely together to increase college enrolment and place college students in workplace programmes.center_img Institutions of choice Nzimande said challenging work lay ahead to make FET colleges institutions of choice for more young people and adults. He said that while it was business as usual at the Setas, the greatest weakness in South Africa’s skills development system was the lack of alignment between the country’s Further Education and Training FET colleges and Setas. The department was also looking at better aligning the needs and provisions of training and skills development and would be looking at developing better research so that data on such things as skills shortage could be readily available, he said. “I don’t buy this idea that just because there are problems with these Setas that we don’t need them,” he said. 5 November 2009 Commenting on the government’s R2.4-billion training layoff scheme, Nzimande said the department would monitor Setas that were carrying out training under the scheme, to ensure that “each and every rand and cent is well spent”. Speaking in Cape Town this week, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said his department had taken over control of the country’s Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) from the Department of Labour. “Our commitment is on really strengthening the Setas and that they are accountable and able to spend this money in a systematic way,” he said.last_img read more

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Compliance: Organizations Worry About Compliance and Risk Management for the Cloud

first_imgWhile Cloud Computing continues to grow in hype and number of deployments, seemingly out of step of the trends, many IT departments remain unconvinced that cloud computing is ready for prime time.  A survey by ISACA found that 45 percent of IT professionals still think that cloud computing is still too risk and insecure.  In fact, only 10 percent of IT professionals said that they’d even consider moving a mission critical application to the cloud.But that doesn’t mean that IT is totally ignoring the cloud.  The cost savings of cloud based solutions are well understood, and because of that, IT departments are closely monitoring developments in the world of cloud computing and assessing the risks.   Strategies for moving to the cloud are being developed, and a primary element of every strategy blueprint is the risk assessment.  IT departments want to be able to understand the sensitivity of the data managed by each of their applications and the risks involved with moving application data from an on-premise infrastructure to a cloud-based one.The ISACA report found that compliance, governance and information security management are the top concerns of IT departments today.  Tony Noble, a member of ISACA’s guidance and practices committee, said that “from the growing number of government regulations to consumer privacy concerns to ‘hacktivist’ attacks, enterprise IT assets are being challenged in ways that go far beyond the server room.”IT is increasingly being tasked with ensuring that their data management policies comply with numerous regulations.  Just a few of these regulations include Basel, Frank-Dodd, Sarbanes-Oxley, PII, Do Not Track, Solvency II and HITECH Meaningful Use.  Complicating the problem is that regulations are often very much a moving target — new ones are continually being  introduced, and existing one change frequently or expire.The ordered list of IT concerns listed in the ISACA report are as follows: Regulatory complianceEnterprise-based IT management and governanceInformation security managementDisaster recovery and Business continuityManaging IT risks at fiveVulnerability managementContinuous process improvement and business agilityCloud ComputingMobile Device managementVirtualizationBusiness Development 53 percent of IT staff say that regulatory compliance is now their top concern.  80 percent say that senior management are slow to realize that data security is an important issue.  45 percent are concerned about how to best manage IT project risk.last_img read more

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Strategy Roundtable: Try To Get At Least $2M Pre-Money In Seed Round Valuation

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sramana mitra Tags:#start#StartUp 101 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting At today’s roundtable we had some interesting companies and a lot of fundraising discussions, and I will review them shortly. Before I do, however, I want to talk about a thumb rule that I’d like to propose to entrepreneurs about raising money. Bottom line, early stage equity is very, very expensive. So at any point, if you are trying to raise money, and you are hearing from investors that you are too early and have too little validation, it may be a good thing. As a thumb rule, try to get enough validation so that you can get to at least a $2 million pre-money valuation before raising equity capital. Sub-$2 million pre-money, it is better to bootstrap. If you have to raise money, try to do so as convertible notes. That is debt financing that converts into equity at the Series A valuation once the price for that is set. (I believe Jeff Clavier and many other seed investors are in agreement with me on this issue.) Also, extremely important is that you need to raise enough money to be able to reach the next major milestone. So with that preamble, let us look at today’s roundtable companies. OnTrack ImagingFirst up was Siobhan O’Brien with OnTrack Imaging, a medical diagnostic imaging venture catering to the horse owners and trainers market. As Siobhan rightly points out, horse owners spend enormous amounts of money dealing with various injuries. Her diagnostic imaging camera and related software, priced at $45,000 per unit, she says, would bring unprecedented capabilities to the vets and trainers for practicing preventive medicine. The equine diagnostic equipment market adds up to over a billion dollars, and Siobhan wants a piece of it. Our discussion today was largely around her financing strategy, and one of the key milestones that I probed her on was: What does it take to get a validated customer?Well, it turns out that with about $900,000 and 12 months, Siobhan can get to paying customers. She has been toying with raising $350,000, $2 million, so on and so forth. But the right funding strategy for her is $900,000-$1 million, potentially from angel investors or small funds. We will work on that with her. Trendy LootThen Liana Thompson pitched Trendy Loot, a very early stage deal site for low-end jewelry. Liana has just launched three weeks back with a list of about 5,000 customers from another e-commerce business she owns. However, her list has not been converting very well, and she came to ask if she should add further traffic generation programs such as Linkshare and ShareASale. She seems to have good relationships in the blog and media world for the lifestyle products category, and I thought that she should first harness those before spending money on the performance marketing services like Linkshare. However, there is a much more significant question here: Why is her list of 5,000 not converting? I asked her to call up 50-100 from that list and ask for feedback from those customers. There is no point in spending money to drive traffic to the site until she figures out why the site isn’t converting. ProfiteroNext Igor Protsenko presented Profitero, an enterprise software product for helping retailers with price comparison and optimization. Igor’s focus is large retailers, and he has had conversations with a couple of them in the UK. I have to say, I am not convinced about this business opportunity because I did not see a sufficiently thorough competitive analysis. Doesn’t Retek have anything in that product category? Igor did not have an answer. HirePlug.comRajan Chandi then discussed HirePlug.com, a Facebook application to help large employers manage referral hiring. Rajan has interest from a variety of large enterprise customers, and I have a CIO whom I will introduce him to, who is looking for this solution. I like the idea a lot, and believe there is a big company to be built around it. Rajan, however, needs to negotiate his early customers better. He seems to be worried about server costs and such and is trying to do high dollar value deals without reference customers. I advised him to close six brand name accounts as 6-month or 12-month deals so that he can rapidly show value and ROI, even if that is at a discount. As long as the deals cover his infrastructure costs, he should not be worried. A lot of money can be made with this product, and Rajan needs to build it without any outside capital – that is, with customer money – that is, with revenue – for a long while yet. Value Of Insight Consulting, Inc.Last up, Todd Clark with Value Of Insight Consulting, Inc., a consulting and publishing company for the pharmaceutical industry that already has a $500,000 a year business. Todd knows the business of publishing highly specialized data and research in the pharma domain very well. He routinely sells $20,000 deals to corporate clients. Now, he has a new business idea in providing clinical trial data and research in oncology, and is wondering if he should raise money. He wants to provide online subscriptions, and additional tools on top of his data services. As we dissected the business, it became clear that this is at best a $5-$10 million business opportunity. Not something that VCs or angels invest in. It is, however, a great opportunity to keep building a larger, and highly profitable lifestyle business. I encouraged Todd to keep building. Folks, I want to go on record to say that I love lifestyle businesses, and I love to support entrepreneurs in building highly profitable lifestyle businesses. I know Silicon Valley and the MBA types look down upon lifestyle businesses. Well, I don’t. Build to Enjoy is a strategy that I am very much in favor of. Two case studies worth reading in this context are eClinicalworks and ClubPlanet. I started doing my free Online Strategy Roundtables for entrepreneurs in the fall of 2008. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ Methodology which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures. In addition, we are offering entrepreneurs access to investors and customers through our recently launched our 1M/1M Incubation Radar series. You can pitch to be featured on my blog following these instructions. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. All three of today’s roundtable companies will soon be featured on Incubation Radar.Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies, writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy, and runs the 1M/1M initiative. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her Entrepreneur Journeys book series, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping: Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To MarketInnovation: Need Of The Hour, as well as Vision India 2020, are all available from Amazon. Photo by lco Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Five Questions about Transactive Energy for David Forfia

first_imgDavid Forfia is the Chairperson of the GridWise Architecture Council and Senior Director of Information Technology Services at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Texas system operator that creates the wholesale market, manages reliability functions, and enables retail switching for customers across Texas. Grid Insights recently sat down with Mr. Forfia to discuss the definition of transactive energy, the security issues and risks, and the technology needed to move forward.   Grid Insights: What is your definition of transactive energy and when do you think the industry will get to a collective definition? Forfia: I define transactive energy as a way of using economic techniques to optimize and simplify the delivery of electricity. We’re pretty close to a collective definition. One of ERCOT’s work plans for next year is creating a decision maker’s checklist for what policy will actually need to do. Part of that requires us coming up with specific use cases and demonstrating how they apply to transactive energy and why they fit within the definition. We started with a framework, which provided a lot of discussion, but not a lot of direction. The next iteration will distill the discussion down to what transactive energy means from a decision-maker’s perspective.Grid Insights: What are the security issues and risks to consider when implementing transactive energy and how do we get past them? Forfia: There are a lot of domains where you can implement transactive energy, one of which is within a house or an individual building. Another is within a micro grid. If you own the campus on which the system operates it’s much easier to secure because you are fully responsible for administering cyber security behind one meter. However, once you get out into residential and distribution networks, cyber security is a big concern. It’s those concerns that lead to the creation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), following standards, implementing best practices, and working together making sure to engage not only our local officials and law enforcement but also federal guidelines. That way we’re aligned from an operational and response perspective as to what should be done in terms of cyber security.Grid Insights: What technology is needed to move this forward? Is anything needed that doesn’t exist today?Forfia: Lots of the technology exists but the challenge is how to make it inter-operate and exchange value signals. I recently had an introduction to the power matcher and an open source way of achieving value exchange. The challenge remains how to make technology small and fast enough to handle data exchange at the proper speed and optimize problems so they can be solved on a small scale without having to send data to broad scale solutions. Determining what, and how much, data to exchange between each point in a potentially transactive distribution, home, or micro grid up to the wholesale level is the technological challenge moving forward.Grid Insights: What policy barriers to transactive energy and benefits to various stakeholders exist and how do we get over them?Forfia: We have 100 years of policy evolved around recovering rates for distribution systems, costs for wiring, transformers, meters and the labor required to maintain them. Changes in the electrical market caused by declining loads and energy efficiency are different from what regulators are used to dealing with. Currently, there is not a policy to allocate costs and recover common, shared expenses and that creates a barrier to transactive energy. We need to figure out how to allocate those costs fairly to pay for electrical infrastructure that’s already deployed and still has to run even if a user is at net zero.Grid Insights: Where do you think we’ll be in five years with transactive energy?Forfia: In five years, we’ll have transactive frameworks and platforms that can work in a micro grid. You don’t actually have to exchange money to be able to optimize things within a micro grid so there are fewer regulatory challenges as far as determining who’s responsible for costs. Inside university campuses and micro grids behind the meter are probably the first places we’ll see things roll out. We’ll have limited implementations of transactive energy that go outside the meter because that requires completion of regulatory and policy discussions to determine who’ll pay for the infrastructure.last_img read more