Raiders’ Richard making himself indispensible

first_imgALAMEDA — It turns out Jalen Richard is a back for all downs.“Jalen Richard might be the MVP of our team,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Monday at his weekly press conference.Richard had 11 rushes for a team-high 61 yards and added three catches for 32 yards in a 23-21 road win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, a performance that reminded his head coach of a back who had one of the best seasons in franchise history. “He is a Charlie Garner type back,” Gruden said. “He’s a guy …last_img read more

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Hate violence must end: Mbeki

first_imgBathandwa Mbola and Nthambeleni GabaraPresident Thabo Mbeki has called for the recent attacks on foreign nationals living in South Africa to come to an end.Anger over unemployment and crime sparked an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Gauteng province, leaving at least 22 people dead. Up to three million foreigners are thought to be in living in South Africa.Some 6 000 people, many of them Zimbabweans, have been displaced after being evicted from their homes by mobs. Many have sought refuge in police stations, churches and community halls.“Citizens from other countries on the African continent and beyond are as human as we are and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity,” Mbeki said in a statement on Monday.“Our humanism as a people enjoins all of us to respect, care, cooperate and act in solidarity with others regardless of their nationality.”Mbeki said the police would do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to book. “Nothing can justify it. The law-enforcement agencies must and will respond with the requisite measures against anyone found to be involved in these attacks.”The police have been forced to use rubber bullets to bring crowds to order, and have maintained a heavy presence in hot spots, including Katlehong, Diepsloot, Thokoza, Thembisa, Vosloorus, Makause, Hillbrow, Honeydew, Primrose and Ramaphosa informal settlements.The attacks have also spread to KwaThema, Tsakane, Wattville and Daveyton.After a meeting with the management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Monday, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Perumal Naidoo resolved that decisive police operations would be launched to counter the attacks.Acting National Police Commissioner Tim Williams said strong action would be taken against perpetrators, and that any person or group convening meetings with the intention of inciting violence and criminality would be arrested and prosecuted.Additional police service members with experience and training in high-risk situations would be deployed in Gauteng, Williams said.The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is currently accommodating 11 000 displaced people at civic centres throughout the metro area. They are being provided with security, blankets, food and health services.The municipality has formed a joint operation centre with key departments, including the Metro Police, SAPS, disaster management, health, infrastructure services, housing and emergency services to closely look at the violence and future interventions.The Salvation Army, Red Cross, Gift of the Givers, various churches and other organisations, as well as the Gauteng provincial government, have been providing blankets, food, and sanitation to help alleviate victims’ suffering.Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police said on Monday that they would act firmly against anyone who participated in attacks against foreign nationals. Bongani Jonas, Chief of Metro Police, said the law enforcement agencies had a duty to protect the lives and property of all who resided in the country.“We have noted with great concern that the perpetrators of these attacks did not hesitate to use live ammunition against unarmed and defenceless people,” Jonas added. “Such acts will be met with the full might of the law.”Source: SouthAfrica.info and BuaNewslast_img read more

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Enterprise 2.0 Pioneer Ross Mayfield Leaves Socialtext for SlideShare

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Trends klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Today co-founder, president and chairman of Socialtext Ross Mayfield announced on his blog that he is stepping down from his day-to-day duties at Socialtext and joining SlideShare as vice presdent of business development. Mayfield told us about the move: “SlideShare is obviously different but what it has in common with Socialtext is being at the boundary between consumer and enterprise, which is my favorite place to play.” Mayfield has been an adviser to SlideShare for the past four years. He will remain the chairman of the board of directors at Socialtext.Socialtext was one of the first companies in the enterprise 2.0 space, and the first to offer an enterprise wiki. “Whatever your enterprise 2.0 / social business poison, our industry owes a lot to Ross for persistently questioning how we work,” Sameer Patel of the Sovos Grouptweeted in response to the announcement. We discussed Socialtext’s role in the development of enterprise social software earlier this week.As president of Socialtext, Mayfield handled marketing and business development for the company. Mayfield’s new role at Slideshare won’t be entirely different. Mayfield was also the original CEO of Socialtext, a role he ceded in 2007. Eugene Lee is now the CEO of Socialtext. Mayfield’s announcement from 2007 rings true today as well:As a company founder, as I’ve written before, it is inevitable and necessary that your role evolves for the best interest of the company and what you own of it. Today I’m invoking the most powerful inflection point I can for Socialtext.“Ross is one of those guys who starts companies and grows them to a certain point and brings on other management,” says R “Ray” Wang, CEO and principal analyst of Constellation Research. “Eugene is now in the position of having to take the company is a bigger direction.” Wang doesn’t think Mayfield’s departure should be of concern to Socialtext customers.Mayfield leaves the company in a state of growth, but is most proud of what he calls Socialtext’s “series of firsts.” From his announcement:The first commercial wiki company, first to adapt the best of the social web for enterprises each year, bringing web oriented architecture and emerging standards like OpenSocial into the enterprise, SocialCalc as the first native Enterprise 2.0 application and the creation of a social layer across the enterprise. All these first were made possible by focusing on one of the most rewarding problems you can address — collaboration and sharing between people.Although the company is growing, and has been a prominent thought leader in the space for several years, it faces challenges. It faces increased competition from both established companies like IBM and upstarts like Yammer. Last year in its Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace report, Gartner praised most aspects of the company but cautioned “Socialtext is a small organization with fewer than 100 employees that needs to do more to build its reputation as an enterprise vendor.” Earlier this week we commented that Socialtext needs to do more to scale its operations. Being first isn’t enough anymore.What’s next for SlideShare? Mayfield hints that SlideShare will be making more of a play for the enterprise soon.center_img Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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Valencell, STMicroelectronics launch biometric wearables devkit

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Follow the Puck Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#STMicroelectronics#Valencell#wearables Donal Powercenter_img Biometric wearables technology got a boost with the launch of a new development kit that improves accuracy and scalability.The new devkit was announced by chipmaker STMicroelectronics (ST) and Valencell, a maker of biometric data sensor technology.The development kit is aimed at accelerating the development of smart wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) products.The kit will involve ST’s SensorTile multi-sensor module that incorporates various IoT capabilities. The tiny module includes a Bluetooth Low Energy chipset, various motion and environmental MEMS sensors, a digital MEMS microphone and a powerful STM32L4 microcontroller.The kit will also include the Valencell Benchmark biometric sensor platform in order to support the development of advanced wearable products.“Valencell’s Benchmark solution leverages the high accuracy of ST’s MEMS sensor technology along with SensorTile’s miniature form factor, flexibility, and STM32 Open Development Environment-based ecosystem,” said STMicroelectronics’ Tony Keirouz. “Combined, SensorTile and Benchmark enable wearable makers to quickly and easily develop the perfect product for any application that integrates highly accurate biometrics.”Valencell aiming for simpler prototypingThe integration of Valencell’s Benchmark sensor tech with ST’s SensorTile development kit is aimed at simplifying the prototyping and evaluation of new wearable IoT products.“Working with ST has allowed us to bring together the best of all sensors required to support the most advanced wearable use cases through our groundbreaking Benchmark sensor system,” said Valencell president Steven LeBoeuf.”What attracted us to the SensorTile was the flexibility of the platform and the ultra-low power consumption, which will enable our customers to create highly-accurate and powerful wearables and hearables in any form factor.”The collaboration comes against the backdrop of a cooling wearables market in North America and an improving wearables outlook in China.In fact, an earlier report indicated that China may become the world’s largest wearable customer in 2017, if sales continue to surge as they have in 2016. In the past year, the country has seen an 84% increase in wearable sales, reaching 9.5 million between April and June this year.1Analyst firm IDC predicted 101 million wearable sales in 2016. Chima might take 30% of the entire wearable market in the next year, if sales in North America and Europe remain the same. Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

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