Corning boys basketball team moves to 18-0

first_imgCorning >> For the first time in more than a decade, the Corning High boys basketball team welcomed Paradise to town for a league contest. Friday’s winter homecoming game kicked off Westside League play between Paradise and Corning. Corning won round one, 60-41, to stay unbeaten at 18-0 and 3-0 in WSL play. Paradise dropped to 7-10, 1-2. Corning, off to its best start since third-year coach Kurt Wilkins grabbed the reigns of the program, received a game-high 24 points from top scorer Noah …last_img read more

Alameda’s Keelan Doss has lit up the Bay Area, even before his Raiders debut

first_imgAt this point, we can say with confidence that Keelan Doss runs a mean comeback route.An Alameda native and UC Davis wide receiver, Doss, an undrafted free agent, was dismissed by the Raiders at the end of training camp, during which he became a “Hard Knocks” darling. (“He’s a big story on the TV show, but that’s not the reality that we saw on tape,” coach Jon Gruden said upon cutting him.)The Jacksonville Jaguars subsequently signed Doss. On Sunday the Raiders, finding themselves down a …last_img read more

SA leads as HIV/Aids tide turns: UNAids

first_img22 November 2012 South Africa scaled up its provision of state-sponsored antiretroviral therapy by 75% in the last two years, ensuring that 1.7-million people had access to the life-saving treatment, according to a new report released on Tuesday ahead of World Aids Day by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids).‘Exceptional leadership’ The report found that South Africa had taken the lead by increasing its domestic public investment in combating HIV/Aids to US$1.9-billion in 2011 – a five-fold increase since 2006, and the highest investment by any low- or middle-income country. “Exceptional leadership is coming from the world’s fastest-growing emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS),” the report states. “Together, they contribute to more than half of all domestic spending on Aids in low- and middle-income countries. Their momentum is unparalleled, having increased domestic public spending by more than 122% between 2006 and 2011.”Cut in new infections, Aids-related deaths In South Africa’s case, the increases in investment and treatment had contributed to a dramatic 41% cut in the country’s rate of new HIV infections since 2001, with new HIV infections in falling by more than 50 000 in the last two years. They had also slashed the number of Aids-related deaths – showing that antiretroviral therapy has emerged as a powerful force for saving lives – with South Africa seeing 100 000 fewer Aids-related deaths in 2011 than in 2005. The area where the country had made perhaps the most progress, according to UNAids, was in reducing new HIV infections in children, with the number of children newly infected with HIV falling by at least 40% between 2009 and 2011.Successes across sub-Saharan Africa According to the report, these improvements in HIV prevention and treatment were echoed across sub-Saharan Africa, the part of the world most affected by HIV. Since 2001, rates of new HIV infections have been cut by 73% in Malawi, 71% in Botswana, 68% in Namibia, 58% in Zambia, 50% in Zimbabwe and 41% in Swaziland. At the same time, sub-Saharan Africa has reduced its Aids-related deaths by one-third in the last six years and increased the number of people on antiretroviral treatment by 59% in the last two years alone. Impressive gains were also made in cutting deaths from tuberculosis (TB) in people living with HIV, the report found, with TB-related Aids deaths in sub-Saharan Africa falling by 28% in the last two years. “This accomplishment is due to record numbers of people with HIV/TB coinfection accessing antiretroviral treatment – a 45% increase between 2009 and 2011. India, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe accounted for two-thirds of all new people with HIV/TB co-infection being treated.”Pace of progress ‘quickening’ According to UNAids, the latest data, from countries in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world, “tell a story of clear success”, with record numbers of lives being saved in the past six years, and more than half-a-million fewer people dying from Aids-related illnesses in 2011 than six years earlier. “The national declines in HIV incidence in populations shows that sustained investments and increased political leadership for the Aids response are paying dividends. In particular, countries with a concurrent scale-up of HIV prevention and treatment programmes are seeing a drop in new HIV infections to record lows.” UNAids executive director Michel Sidibe said the pace of progress was quickening. “What used to take a decade is now being achieved in 24 months. We are scaling up faster and smarter than ever before. It is the proof that, with political will and follow-through, we can reach our shared goals by 2015.”Global Aids targets for 2015 A thousand days remain for the world to achieve its 2015 global Aids targets of reducing sexual transmission of HIV and new HIV infections among people who inject drugs by 50%, eliminating new HIV infections among children, providing antiretroviral treatment to 15-million people, and reducing TB-related Aids deaths by 50%. These targets form part of the UN Millennium Development Goals agreed upon by all UN member countries in 2000. To enable the targets to be reached, countries committed to investing up to $24-billion annually on combating HIV/Aids by 2015. The UNAids report shows that countries are increasing their Aids response investments despite a difficult economic climate, with the global gap in resources needed annually by 2015 now at 30% – $16.8-billion was available in 2011. “In 2011, for the first time ever, domestic investments from low- and middle-income countries surpassed global giving for HIV,” the report states. “However, international assistance, which has been stable in the past few years, remains a critical lifeline for many countries. In 26 of 33 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, donor support accounts for more than half of HIV investments.” At the same time, UNAids said, countries had to take steps to reduce their dependency on international assistance for HIV treatment programmes. The United States accounts for 48% of all international assistance for HIV and, together with the Global Fund for Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, provides the lion’s share of investments in HIV treatment. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How Kanban Methodology Is Driving Agile Project Management

first_imgTags:#agile#agile project management#kanban#Project Management#workflow management Related Posts Why Productivity and Customer Experience go Han… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Kris HughesSenior Content Marketing Manager If there’s a guiding light for Agile project management, then Kanban is the Northstar project managers turn to for direction. As a visual management tool, Kanban enables teams to get more done on demand without unnecessary steps. It’s especially helpful for teams working with Agile project management or product management methodologies.Kanban has had a significant impact on the world of project management, so much so it’s the preferred planning method of teams spanning various industries across the globe. There are many ways Kanban is driving the development of Agile project management.Easy InterfacesIncreasing your project’s chances for success calls for employing an interface your team can easily use. When you use software tools that infuse elements of Kanban, you can help better manage your projects. One primary reason for an improved workflow process is Kanban focuses on visualization. Drag-and-drop card boards use foundational elements of Kanban you can often find in robust project management software.This element helps make interfaces easy-to-use for Agile teams regardless of the industry or organization. For example, Project Manager’s Kanban boards feature a drag-and-drop interface with customizable cards and columns. The action of dragging and dropping cards into columns is intuitive and helps make it easier to place cards in the preferred columns quickly.Quick VisualizationsWhen you work with an Agile team, it’s important everyone is on the same page to ensure the project moves along. However, continuous improvement of processes requires a fast way to identify issues or the next steps necessary for advancing the project. Kanban helps make quick visualizations of the workflow possible when you use a project management tool that incorporates it.Kanban boards support visual mapping techniques, making it easy for your team to determine valuable steps in the workflow process. For example, you can set up columns for team members based on various categories, such as To Do, Doing or Completed. Instead of using text-only lists to facilitate the workflow, Kanban boards make it easier for everyone involved in the project to have a better overview of when a team member completes a task crucial for new team members to proceed. It’s also a quick way for project managers to determine if an assignment is taking longer than expected.FlexibilityThanks to its flexibility, Kanban is a favorite among Agile teams. Traditional long-term planning requires great effort to employ modifications. However, you can make changes on demand when implementing Kanban. That’s because Kanban is flexible enough to accommodate changes when you need to make them, unlike more traditional project management methods. For instance, you can easily assign a task to a new team member if it requires a higher skill level than what an existing team member working on the task has. You also have the flexibility to shift due dates thanks to single-style tasks when using project management software with Kanban boards.Consistent WorkflowDesign sprints and iterations that are fixed are often included in the flow of processes for product development projects. This often means project managers may have to reset project boards and adjust schedules to accommodate several meetings that can interrupt and extend the product development process. However, implementing Kanban in the Agile methodology helps simplify the product development process. That’s because Kanban facilitates consistent workflow. Consistent workflow means you won’t have to worry about needing to plan for sprint meetings on a regular basis or unnecessary demonstrations. Instead, implementing Kanban helps you to keep your project running with less fuss.Work-in-Progress (WIP) EfficiencyProjects often have multiple tasks; Agile team members must complete. But too many tasks can bring on inefficiency. Research has shown multi-tasking can require various components of the brain, and may even take up to 40 percent more time than if a person focused on completing a single task. Instead of simplifying the project workflow, having too many tasks makes the project more complex and may even lengthen the time needed to complete your project. Thus, it’s critical to have a system that helps limit the number of tasks your team members can tackle at a time to enhance work-in-progress efficiency. Luckily, Kanban helps to address this issue. Kanban allows the addition of new tasks only when there is space that needs to be filled, thus limiting WIP. For instance, you can use Kanban boards to limit the number of debugging tasks your developers can complete before moving to the next phase in testing your product. By restricting the tasks each Agile team member can achieve at a time, you can help the work that is in progress to flow easily and helps your developers become more productive. This helps to align better with the principles of Agile project management and enhance the overall project efficacy.Final ThoughtsWhen it comes to making your projects more efficient, it’s vital to employ strategies that can help you lighten your workload. The great news is that you can take advantage of the benefits that Kanban brings to your Agile team by using a robust project management tool, such as Project Manager. ProjectManager.com offers Kanban boards within its latest release, to complement the software’s existing suite of comprehensive project management tools. Visit their website to learn more, and try out a free 30-day trial of the software. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Kris Hughes is the Senior Content Marketing Manager for Austin, Texas based project management software company ProjectManager.com where he leads the site’s social media and content initiatives. Kris has been quoted and featured on websites including Forbes.com, Huffington Post, Yahoo!, ShareThis, Tech Republic and TechTarget. last_img read more

Why I Write Using a Plain Text Editor

first_imgI wrote my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, using a text editor called Ulysses. I wrote my second book, The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales using that very same app. To work with editors, I had to export the chapters into Microsoft Word, because that is the tool that editors use.Almost everything I write, outside of some very basic emails messages, is written in this plain text editor. All of the blog posts here over the last three or four years were written in plain text.I write in a text editor because there are no distractions. Even though there is markdown available to bold or underline or create headers, I never use any formatting while I am writing. There isn’t any reason to use formatting. When you are writing, the only things that matter are words, sentences, paragraphs, pages, and ideas. Everything else is superfluous.A text editor is different from a browser-based writing application, be it Google Docs or Microsoft Word 365. The browser opens up temptation. What’s in my email inbox? What’s on the social channels? With a text editor, you have a blank page and a blinking cursor—and nothing else. It serves a single task: it is a place for you to create using words.Writing in a text editor is more like writing using a typewriter. You bang on the keys, words appear, you love some of them, you hate others, you hit the delete key to remove what doesn’t work, retype the very same idea using different words, recognize that the new words still don’t capture the idea, and you back up and start over again. Once. Twice. Many times.There is something about the minimalist tool that is a text editor that allows the words to come more easily. There is a purity to the act of writing using the simplest of tools, having all of the options that constrain the writing removed or eliminated. It’s just you and your thoughts and your words, or the words that come through you from somewhere outside of you.If you haven’t written using a plan text editor, do give it a try. You may find that the words come more easily, and that they assemble themselves with a lot less effort. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Kite string slashes throat of SSKM doctor on Maa Flyover

first_imgKolkata: A scooter rider got his throat slit by kite thread (manja) on Maa flyover on Sunday afternoon. He was rushed to SSKM hospital by the police where doctors treated and discharged the injured.On Sunday around 3:20 pm, a doctor at SSKM hospital identified as Dr Saikat Chakraborty was riding his scooter on Maa Flyover to go home in Nayabad. But near Park Circus 4 number bridge his neck and face got entangled in the kite thread. Immediately he stopped his scooter and tried to remove the thread. Meanwhile, a few drivers, who noticed the incident, informed police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUpon receiving the information police personnel went on Maa Flyover and rushed Chakraborty to SSKM hospital. Since last few months several such incidents occurred on Maa Flyover. During October Suresh Majumdar a resident of Bally in Howrah was injured due to kite thread. On October 21, he was riding his motorcycle on Maa flyover, near Topsia and felt something was wrong around his throat. He stopped the motorcycle and saw blood dripping from his throat. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen he tried to understand what happened and put his hand on his throat, the victim found kite thread. Though police have asked the locals staying adjacent to Maa flyover not to fly kites near the area, no one bothers to obey the order. As a result similar accidents have taken place in the past. In last September, an Information Technology (IT) employee’s throat got slit in the same manner when he was riding his motorcycle on Maa flyover. On December, 2017, a-10-year-old girl’s throat got slit by kite thread and suffered major injuries. Though police say steps would be taken to curb such incidents but no one knows how this practice could be stopped completely.last_img read more