Even Warriors’ Steve Kerr can appreciate Raptors’ biggest fan

first_imgHe’s the Toronto Raptors’ biggest fan. He always sits in the same floor seat at Scotiabank Arena. He’s so recognizable that he can often be seen chatting with players and coaches from the opposing teams.He’s apparently even got a fan in Warriors coach Steve Kerr.And the most surprising thing about this superfan? It’s not Drake who we’re talking about.Meet Nav Bhatia, a man we’ll be seeing a lot of when the Warriors play in Toronto in the first two games of the NBA Finals beginning Thursday …last_img read more

Next Einstein Forum looks for Africa’s leaders

first_img4 March 2016The first global forum for science on African soil will take place in Dakar, Senegal, from 8 to 10 March 2016, and the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence.Its video asks the question: “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”. It calls on game changers from Africa and around the world to support Africa’s scientific renaissance.Watch the video “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”:The Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016, the African global science and technology forum, is convened by the NEF, a global platform that brings together leaders in industry, policy, science, and technology. The first edition of this biennial event will set the stage for a conversation on transforming Africa and the world through a renewed and increased focus on science, technology and innovation.Scientific talentThe NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.“At more than 700 participants from 80 countries already registered, 52% of them young people and 40% women, we are expecting a truly global forum that discusses opportunities, innovations, and solutions,” said Thierry Zomahoun, the NEF chair and president and chief executive of AIMS.“The NEF Global Gathering will unveil Africa’s global contributions to science and technology and as the forum opens on International Women’s Day, we will specifically acknowledge the contributions and address the challenges faced by female scientists.”The NEF Global Gathering 2016 will showcase the innovations and contributions of the NEF’s 15 Fellows – some of Africa’s brightest young scientists who are on the frontline of Africa’s science renaissance. Flying under the radar, these scientists have been tackling some the continent’s most urgent technological and development challenges – from big data and cybersecurity to hypertension, heart disease, immunology and public health.“A great idea can come from anywhere in the world, and there is no doubt that new and novel scientific ideas to solve global health challenges will come from Africa,” said Seema Kumar, the vice-president of innovation, global health and science policy at Johnson & Johnson and a member of the NEF International Steering Committee. Johnson & Johnson is sponsor of the gathering.“The scientific talent in Africa is outstanding with the potential to produce the next Einstein, Pasteur or Madame Curie. The world needs the best science from across the globe to solve the medical challenges of our lifetime like HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika virus, and non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes.”Continent-wide initiativesIn addition, for the first time in history, all 54 African countries will come together to talk science and technology, each represented by NEF ambassadors who will work to raise awareness about science and technology in their countries.With a programme that focuses on advances in basic and applied science and technology as well as an innovation pitching competition, a presidential panel with President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and sessions with ground-breaking scientists and inventors, the NEF Global Gathering 2016 will be live-streamed to a global audience through the Next Einstein Forum.Supporters of science, innovation and technology as drivers of growth in Africa can join the NEF movement by pledging their signature at I Am Einstein.Source: APO-Africa Newsroomlast_img read more

Manure Science Review Aug. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 Ohio Manure Science Review (MSR) will be held in Darke County on Wednesday August 12 at Mississinawa Valley High School, 10480 Staudt Road, in Union City, Ohio, close to the border with Indiana.  The MSR is an educational program designed for those involved in any aspect of manure handling, management, or utilization.  The MSR consists of both classroom style presentations and field demonstrations of manure equipment.  Registration opens at 8:15 am and the program begins at 8:45 am. The afternoon field demos conclude at 4:00 pm.This year’s MSR will focus on aspects of manure management related to limiting the chance of manure nutrients to reach lakes and streams.  Topics that will be covered in the morning program include: Ohio’s new rules that limit manure application on snow-covered and frozen ground; lessons learned from the March 2015 application of manure on deep snow; emergency planning 101 for when spills occur; nutrient movement: data from edge of field studies; and the most recent data from university research on expanding the manure application window.Field demonstrations in the afternoon will feature a new poultry litter applicator; solid manure spreader calibration; smoking farm tile to show preferential flow; direct incorporation of pelleted poultry litter; manure application setback distances; cover crops; and applicators for injecting liquid manure, side-dressing liquid manure, and dragline systems on corn.Participants in the event are eligible for the following continuing education credits: ODA Certified Livestock Manager, 4.0 continuing education hours; Certified Crop Adviser, 3.5 Soil and Water Management continuing education units, 1.5 Nutrient Management and 0.5 Manure Management CEUs; and Professional Engineer, 2.0 continuing professional development hours. Indiana office of state chemist hours are available as well.Pre-registration is requested.  Early registration by August 4 is $25/person and registration after August 4 or the day of the event is $30/person.  Morning coffee, juice, donuts, and lunch are included in the registration.  In addition to the program, there will be sponsor exhibits and displays.More information, including details on program topics and field demonstrations, registration forms, and flyers, are available at http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/ocamm/images/MSR_flyer_2015.pdfOhio Manure Science Review collaborators include OSU Extension, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Soil and Water Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.Event sponsors include the Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio EPA, Ag Credit, North Star, Brookside Consultants of Ohio, Cooper Farms, Quellz Products Inc.For more information on the event, call 330-202-3533 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Download Our Latest Free Report: Engaging Online Communities

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams We are pleased to announce a new premium report: Engaging Online Communities. Thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring the report and making it available as a free download.The countless individual interactions people make online have introduced a new level of complexity in marketing. These “gestures” come in the form of likes in Facebook, replies in Twitter or subscriptions to blogs. Other gestures may be a link to a site or a check-in on a location-based network.These gestures are generated by the billions. Engaging with people means responding to these gestures in a way that fits into the flow of their lives. Engaging Online Communities takes a look at how the modern enterprise must set up the right systems so it can keep track of the gestures that people make and perform analytics on the data.Engaging Online Communities further explores:How to find your customers online and manage the community.How to build your community from the ground up.What to consider when aggregating data.Building applications to get the most out of the information.The importance of geodata.We think you’ll find our report about engaging online communities (embedded below) to be essential reading for the modern enterprise. And remember, you always you can find our day-to-day coverage about social IT at ReadWriteEnterprise.You may also download the report on Slideshare. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Reports#web Related Posts last_img read more

Next From Box: Embedding Storage In Your Apps

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… If a desktop application can make its operating system create convenient, personal folders for its user, then the cloud-based counterpart should be able to do the same. NetSuite (above) is one of two SaaS applications that is already enabling Box Embed (the other is SugarCRM, below). As Yeh explains it, the automated configuration process for Box on NetSuite actually peruses customer records and generates a folder structure in Box storage for customers by name. Then the existing tagging system is used to flag these customer folders for NetSuite, so that those tagged folders may be shown in NetSuite as though they were NetSuite’s own attached storage. Tags:#Box Embed#Box.net#Chris Yeh#cloud#cloud storage#NetSuite#Salesforce#Workday What Box Embed is not – at least not yet – is an interoperability or cloud integration system. It appears Box could be reserving a niche for itself in this space, perhaps someday competing with services like Informatica that encourage customers to share their own scripts for converting formats and schemas from one service’s database to another.Box Integration “In the past, if you were to take two systems of record and get them integrated,” says Yeh, “there were a certain number of paths.  You could build a custom integration where you’d take data out of one database and move it into another, in some form. You’d do that with a big systems integration: It was a lot of work, and super-costly. Another would be, you’d go through an integration tool like TIBCO, where when you moved data from one system to another, you’d put it on a third-party integration product, and have it be placed onto another system of record, so data was oftentimes duplicated.”These types of integration, Yeh continues, pre-date the advent of apps run through the browser, where user interface components are not only easily generated, but readily shared. It becomes an almost academic matter, then, to make the user interface components of one app appear in the context of another.“So in this particular case, NetSuite is creating a place for us to run – it’s an IFRAME – and what we’re doing is putting a version of Box into that IFRAME which is contextually set up correctly to match the customer records.”It’s integration in one sense – enabling a unified cloud storage structure that’s automatically configured to fit the context of SaaS applications. It’s not integration in the TIBCO or Informatica sense, where the data becomes interoperable from that central location.  But Chris Yeh leaves that matter open for future exploration – and the last time Box left something open for exploration, we didn’t have to wait all that long.If Box makes itself the preferred storage system for work, since its storage agents would already be on your devices, the likelihood you’ll use Box for your personal applications also instead of the others also rises.Lead image courtesy Shutterstock. Here’s a question you may never have thought to ask:  When you’re using an application that’s in the cloud to begin with, why is it up to you to save your documents – especially if you’re saving them to the cloud anyway?  With Box’s latest update, your cloud app saves directly to your cloud storage.If the programs you run on your device aren’t installed there locally, and the system on which you store the documents for those programs isn’t local either, then why is saving documents a manual act?  Put another way, why do you have to “click Save?”  Shouldn’t your program know how to save? Maybe you’re thinking the answer is, “Because I have to name my file at some point.”  Well, consider the pointlessness of that act, too, if the app knew the context of your documents by their contents anyway. (If, for instance, it could tell the title of your paper by looking at the first line.)Saving To The CloudSaving to the cloud has quickly become a market in itself. So there’s been a land rush among Dropbox, Box (formerly Box.net), Microsoft SkyDrive, Apple iCloud, Google Drive and some others to stake their claims to automating the Save command. Granted, Google and Microsoft may have a built-in advantage in this regard, but Box is playing the role of “sooner” in this land rush. Box has begun working with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers to embed storage and document saving functions directly into their apps, bypassing the manual click altogether.The fruit of their labor is something called Box Embed. Essentially, it’s an interface for allowing applications to access customers Box storage and also their Box functions, such as file preview and task management, inside of SaaS applications so that they appear on the client side.Last March, Box was working to integrate aspects of operating systems into its ecosystem, including a desktop for launching apps from multiple devices. Box Embed is essentially along those same lines: Just as Windows and Mac desktop applications rely on the Load and Save functions of their respective operating system, a SaaS service that uses Box Embed will rely on the Load and Save functions of Box.Can Box Pry Away SaaS Storage Customers?There’s one extra benefit in this for Box, at least potentially: It could pry some customers loose from the built-in, exclusive storage that SaaS providers employ.“In many cases, you see cloud products requiring that you load content into their cloud,” notes Chris Yeh, Box’s platform vice president. He cites an example of a Salesforce user who’s working with a prospective customer, and needs to load several items of sales collateral. With Salesforce, he says, you have to load that material from the service’s own content store.“You’ve got files in Salesforce’s cloud, then you’ve got files in NetSuite, and some more content sitting in Workday.  The idea for us was to find a way to use Box as the cloud file system, if you will, and embed that – where possible – in these third-party applications.”center_img Related Posts scott fulton Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more