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Erik Karlsson takes small step forward, questionable to play vs. Jets

first_imgSAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson’s status for Tuesday’s game in Winnipeg against the Jets is still in question but the Sharks defenseman appeared to at least take a small step forward in his recovery from a lower body injury.For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard.Karlsson, who hasn’t played since Jan. 16, skated briefly Monday morning and left the ice about a half-hour before the Sharks’ practice ended. He did not skate on Friday and missed his fourth straight game Saturday against …last_img read more

Time to ignite the 2010 World Cup – Celebrating 365 days to kick off

first_imgCall to all South Africans to fly the flag, wear a football shirt, blow your vuvuzela and sing out the National Anthem on 11th June 2009.Thursday 11th June 2009 at 16h00 marks one year to the kick-off of the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup – it’s time for ignition! In a symbolic demonstration of national unity and pride, Brand South Africa calls on all South Africans to wear a football jersey (preferably a Bafana Bafana one) or a yellow shirt, on the day and fly the South African flag. And at exactly 16h00, to blow a vuvuzela and sing the National Anthem.A five-minute count-down will begin at 15h55 on radio stations across the country, to cue all citizens, wherever they are, to sing Nkosi Sikelele Afrika at 16h00. The intention behind this nation-wide activation is for South Africa to celebrate one year to kick-off, and to serve as a point of ignition for the tournament. “It is also an act of national pride in, and support to our country as Africa’s first host of this prestigious tournament,” says Paul Bannister, International Marketing Council of South Africa’s Chief Executive.“With the Bulls Super 14 victory fresh in our minds, the IPL cricketing extravaganza successfully behind us, the British and Irish Lions clash in play and the Confederations Cup literally only hours away, South Africa’s sports buzz is infectious,” says Bannister.There is however a subtle but vital difference between being a good host and a great one. “The magic underpinning being great lies in our people, who are able to provide event viewers and visitors with the contagious, edge-of-your-seat buzz and a taste of the competitive spirit to come whilst making them feel truly “at home” in South Africa,” he says.It is up to us all to rally together, as South Africans. “We encourage every South African, whether you are in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Sydney, Toronto or London to join us as we mark an important milestone in our Nation’s history,” concludes Bannister. “This is an easy and fun way for us to let the world know that we are lighting the touch paper for the 2010 World Cup .” Be a part of South Africa’s World Cup revolution!1.       South Africa’s national anthem2.       South Africa 2010: find out more About the International Marketing of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.  There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: www.brandsouthafrica.comYolande De NysschenAccount DirectorMS&L Worldwide | South AfricaTel: +27 11 235 4300Web: www.mslworldwide.comlast_img read more

Cisco Hearts Internet Of Things

first_imgTags:#Cisco#Internet of Things Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Cisco is one of those companies people have a hard time figuring out. Despite the confusion, though,he company has posted a 44% increase in income from last year in its fiscal second quarter earnings released on Wednesday. And its long-term future looks even better.Clearly, some people have gotten Cisco figured out, because they’re doing business with the networking giant. The question is, what kind of business?Retreat Or Strategic Withdrawl?Look at the history of Cisco, and you see a company very much in retreat from the consumer market it had briefly coveted. Instead of routers for consumers and Flip video cameras, now its business is done back in the server rooms and network cabinets, as it once again targets the IT infrastructure of enterprises and governments around the world.The drive to be the big-kid networking company on the proverbial block is more than just about selling equipment by the ton. It’s also about developing a platform on these devices upon which applications can be run. Along with apps on the clients and the servers, Cisco is envisioning applications that will also run on the routers and switches. The end result, Cisco believes, will be a network that instantly responds to the needs of the data flowing within it, without the need to consume resources at either end of the data transmission.Software-defined networks are but one outcome of this type of network-app paradigm. All-in-one networking appliances built to handle very specific tasks are another.This is not, by any means, a sudden pivot by Cisco. As far back as 2009, the company was holding developer contests and hackfests to kickstart this type of app development (Disclosure: in 2009, I was an honorary judge for one such contest, while working with the Linux Foundation.) This is a vision that it has seen for a long time.Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The NewsIronically, even as Cisco seems to retreat into the server rooms and network centers, the impact of the company may be felt by more consumers than ever were touched by its actual consumer product lines.Cisco execs have made no secret that the future of their business lies in the Internet of Things, the hardware-oriented network of communication that will let your car tell your mechanic a fan belt is 1,000 miles away from epic fail even as the car is toodling down the Interstate. Or the micro-sensors in your heart that will tell your doctor basically the same thing, if the futurists’ visions are on the ball.As cool as that kind of information transfer will be, somebody’s got to build the network to handle all that data – and all the other big data that will be generated through the “regular” Internet of ecommerce and entertainment systems.(See also Peta, Exa, Yotta And Beyond: Big Data Reaches Cosmic Proportions [Infographic])This is the job Cisco envisions for itself, and even though this current repositioning may be painful, the end result may put the company in the best place to take on this massive undertaking.Which would be a bright future, indeed.Image courtesy of Adriano Castelli/Shutterstock.last_img read more