84 new schools for Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket

first_imgVery much a part of the international display by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) when the regional team plays host in the Caribbean, Scotiabank’s grass-roots thrust, Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket, which has turned out an estimated 20 national/West Indies cricketers, will experience even more growth this year in Jamaica.At yesterday’s launch at the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) conference room, it was announced that the kiddies development programme will feature 84 new schools, increasing its overall total to 224.Scotia’s Kiddy Cricket first bowled off in the year 2000, a joint effort between the financial institution and the WICB to help foster skills and passion for the game among West Indian children.The showpiece has grown among 14 Caribbean countries, with more than 750,000 now participating.Shelley Sykes-Coley, Scotiabank’s manager, sponsorships, said her organisation remains committed to the growth and development of cricket regionally.foundation skills”We will continue to build on the foundation skills of our young cricketers with our Kiddy Cricket skills display, cricket camp, and Kiddy Cricket festival,” she said.”That boys and girls aged 7-12 not only learn to play the game, but acquire love for learning, while building leadership skills in the classroom and on the field.”Courtney Francis, chief executive officer, JCA, was also in attendance, while Phillip Service, WICB Kiddy Cricket Coordinator, distributed newly certified child-protection course certificates to coaches.Since last year, there has been a series of child-protection courses – mandatory for all youth cricket coaches – which hosted over 119 attendees. This course is being facilitated by the JCA and the Child Development Agency.Scotiabank and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are in partnership with UNICEF on this project, and they will endeavour to complete another 12 to 14 workshops across 14 parishes in Jamaica, with the primary focus being 150 primary schools in the Kiddy Cricket programme.Preliminary matches among primary schools started just ahead of the press launch, with an exciting festival featuring Excelsior vs Rollington Town, and Mountain View vs Clan Carthy, at Sabina Park.last_img read more

Maple to the Rescue

first_imgThe SWAT team surrounds the compound.  An officer tosses a maple seed into an open window and checks the readout on his computer.  The team bursts in and, surprising the terrorists, rescues the hostages safely.This scenario may become a reality, thanks to a new flying robot called Samarai, fashioned after the winged “samara” shape of the maple seed.  A high-energy video clip at Live Science tells the story of a tiny drone developed by Lockheed Martin for the military.  Engineers analyzed the shape of the seed’s wing and studied its flight dynamics.  Then they outfitted a plastic replica with a motor and a camera to create their miniature surveillance tool.Like a maple seed, Samarai has the advantage of very stable flight.  It can be launched from the floor, by a flick of the wrist, or from an elevated platform.  A remote control allows the operator to make it rise or turn in an any direction, or hover indefinitely.  (See “Introducing the Maple Copter,” 10/21/2009.)One problem was how to produce images on a spinning camera.  The team developed software that can take out the blur and stitch together the frames into a normal wide-angle motion picture, providing a stable 360° image.  This would allow our imaginary SWAT team to see inside the building to pinpoint the location of the terrorists and hostages.  The military would love to have these on the battlefield for reconnaissance.  Some day Samarias could be standard equipment for law enforcement, search and rescue, and other applications – thanks to the common, humble, ordinary maple seed.If it ever comes to the day when government snoops on citizens this way, be sure to have a strong fly swatter handy.  More likely, this will be one of the coolest toys for Christmas sometime.  Lawyers will undoubtedly find new opportunities to go after people spying on their neighbors.  Wise parents, though, will take their kids into the forest with their toy, let them enjoy it for awhile, then show them that the Creator designed it first.  The Creator even devised a way to stabilize an image from a moving platform (see 11/10/2006, 4/12/2005). (Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Amazon Continues Its March Into Enterprise Clouds And Wallets

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Matt Asay Amazon CEO Jeff BezosDespite being five times the size of its next 14-largest cloud competitors, Amazon isn’t content. It wants the enterprise, too, and all signs point to a major push to dominate enterprise cloud computing, just as it does public cloud computing.Game over?Amazon’s Hiring BingeEarlier this year I reported that much of AWS’ business was concentrated on small to medium-sized enterprises, and often even this was test and development workloads. To win the cloud war, Amazon had to get serious about the enterprise. And it has.As Business Insider reported in March, AWS has been on a serious hiring binge, pulling in over 200 enterprise salespeople since 2011, and retaining over 95% of these. While most have been account executives, AWS has also pulled a few big-name coups, like hiring VMware sales vice president Mike Clayville. I personally have seen several friends from Microsoft, Red Hat and other companies join the AWS team. Each of them has been what I’d term an “A” player. Back in 2011, Amazon hardly employed anyone to sell its still nascent cloud services, and those that were involved might not have been the strongest employees. Today, there are hundreds of Amazon folks affiliated with AWS sales on LinkedIn, and if my personal sampling is any indication, these are quality hires.Part of what Amazon has had to do to appeal to the enterprise is, of course, to provide appropriate technology and service levels. But getting people in front of CIOs with big budgets is equally important, and that’s clearly happening:This hiring boom is critical because we’re in the early days of an enterprise cloud Gold Rush.Enterprise IT: More And Faster Adoption Of CloudAccording to new data from Gartner, a mere 38% of enterprises are running cloud services today. But a whopping 80% expect to adopt cloud services within the next 12 months, including 55% of those that currently don’t have any cloud services running. A mere 6% expect to decrease their investments in cloud services over the next few years. And they are almost certainly wrong.As Gartner notes, there are three primary drivers of cloud adoption in the enterprise:The road to increased cloud usage will be through tactical business solutions addressing specific problems, not through broad, strategic infrastructure replacements.The business impact of cloud services increases as they continue to move up the cloud services value chain, from infrastructure services to business process services.The introduction of cloud solutions will lead to a more diverse solution portfolio with widely varying implementation and migration timelines.Each of these factors will be heavily influenced by a strong enterprise sales force. While some businesses have managed to thrive without an enterprise sales force (e.g., Atlassian), these are the exception, not the rule. No enterprise spends millions of dollars with a credit card over the web. And it is invaluable to have a relationship with a prospective customer when she’s evaluating tactical projects. Though open source and cloud have both enabled enterprises to evaluate technology without dealing with a sales representative, it’s still the case that big purchases nearly always involve a trusted sales advisor. By hiring an army of such advisors, Amazon has positioned itself to influence the next generation of IT decisions.The Future Of The EnterpriseNot that Amazon is going to turn into a crufty, old-school enterprise software vendor tomorrow. It’s still Jeff Bezos’ baby, running on incredibly lean margins. The AWS enterprise sales team is a means to an end, and that end is more mission-critical enterprise workloads running on AWS. To get there, Amazon needs to help CIOs understand what developers already know: the cloud is the first-choice platform for the next-generation applications. Tags:#Amazon#AWS#cloud#Gartner Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more