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Comcast and Microsoft Launch Microsoft Communication Services

first_imgComcast and Microsoft Launch Microsoft Communication Services From Comcast for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses New offering provides SMBs with hosted corporate-grade e-mail, scheduling and document-sharing services backed by 24×7 support.Burlington, VT Nov. 14, 2007 Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSK, CMCSA), the nations leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions, have launched a new Internet-based communications product for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), giving SMBs access to services that have traditionally only been available to larger companies with IT staffs. Comcasts SMB customers will be the first in the country to receive Microsoft Communication Services from Comcast, which will provide them with corporate-class e-mail, calendaring and document sharing. This product is Internet-based, so SMBs do not need additional server capacity and is backed by 24×7 Business Class customer support from Comcast, which will serve as an SMBs help desk. Comcast is the only major U.S. Internet service provider to make this product available at no additional cost with its broadband services. Microsoft Communication Services lets small-business owners focus on running their businesses rather than worrying about IT issues by: ” Enabling SMB teams to share documents and access calendars, track tasks, and use e-mail efficiently and effectively through corporate-class productivity and collaboration solutions based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 ” Removing barriers of up-front costs, help desk support and ongoing system maintenance, which often prevent SMBs from experiencing the benefits of corporate-grade IT services” Extending the boundaries of the office to anywhere theres Internet access ” Improving communication by letting SMBs extend access to these collaboration tools, such as document sharing, to important business partners or suppliers ” Providing full integration with Comcasts network and around-the-clock supportMicrosoft Communication Services is the first major product to be launched in conjunction with Comcasts introduction of high-speed Internet, phone and video services for small businesses across the country. Comcast is providing SMBs with the first real alternative to the local phone company for these services.Working with Microsoft to enhance our Comcast Business Class Internet demonstrates our commitment to bringing simple, time-saving tools to small businesses, said Steve Hackley, Senior Vice President of Comcasts Northern New England Region. Many of our small-business customers use stand-alone Microsoft products on their own PCs, which benefits individual employees. Now, as part of their Comcast high-speed Internet service, they can quickly schedule meetings, share a common address book, or easily share or review important documents, which benefits the entire business.Added Michael OHara, general manager for the Communications Sector at Microsoft, The alliance announced today is particularly exciting because it serves to deliver new levels of productivity and flexibility to small and medium-sized businesses across the U.S. We can now offer SMBs the business-building communication and collaboration tools they need, and Comcast is helping remove the traditional barriers that have kept SMBs from adopting these tools in a meaningful way. Small businesses present a significant opportunity for service providers offering integrated service packages. Despite advances in network infrastructure over the past decade that have improved reliability and decreased costs, businesses that dont have an extensive IT capability lack many of the tools utilized by corporate-class establishments, said Matt Davis, director of Consumer & Business Multiplay Services at IDC. Service provider offerings that provide compelling applications along with affordable pricing as part of a bundled broadband and voice solution are well positioned to garner share in the marketplace.About MicrosoftFounded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.About Comcast Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com(link is external)) is the nation’s leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 24.2 million cable customers, 12.9 million high-speed Internet customers, and 4.1 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, Comcast SportsNet and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet business. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.last_img read more

Colombia Consolidates its Leadership Position in Naval Innovation

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo June 23, 2017 In Cartagena, Colombia, a port city along the Atlantic coast, the Colombian Ministry of Defense is setting sail on their industrial and technological course, launching one of their most significant programs at two large plants. At the Science and Technology Corporation for Naval, Maritime Industry Development (COTECMAR, per its Spanish acronym), the Colombian Navy has one of its most important regional manufacturers of ships, frigates, submarines, and patrol vessels, as well as the region’s largest exporter for vessel repair and maintenance. As a result of this process, 4,000 direct jobs and more than 11,000 indirect jobs were created in the country in 2016. Circumstances in Colombia led the country to undertake processes to develop capacities that would allow it to meet the needs of its Navy, not only more quickly, but also at a lower cost. With criminal groups using its 25,000 kilometers of rivers, and 2,900 kilometers of coast to smuggle narcotics and contraband via the Atlantic and the Pacific, it was critical for Colombia to develop a project to expand its naval fleet, as well as to do effective maintenance for its existing fleet, and develop new and effective solutions for its vessels. In search of leadership “Between the year 2000 and now, we have built 115 [models] for the Colombian Navy. Honduras and Brazil have already acquired ships of ours. This is a story that began with a focus on the repair and maintenance of Colombian ships, and expanded into a large business project in which we used our knowledge, along with the government, through the Ministry of Defense, to dedicate ourselves to creating innovation through applied knowledge, everything from design to construction and repair of all types of vessels,” Vice Admiral Jorge Enrique Carreño Moreno, the president of COTECMAR, told Diálogo. The country has the largest naval design office in the Americas to focus on the full construction cycle of ships and other naval vessels. Seventy designers are working on developing solutions for military and civilian use, based on new shipbuilding methods that require less time, with ever more qualified personnel. Construction times vary depending on the vessel. Currently, that can be anywhere from eight to 24 months, starting from the delivery of the design. The high-complexity shipbuilding process is modular, which is a significant advancement in terms of efficiency of time and space. Repair and maintenance for export A focal point of the naval-evolution strategy is learning the needs of the region in order to respond in a timely manner. As such, four river patrol boats built at plants in Cartagena have been navigating Brazilian rivers since 2014. With a maximum speed of 27 knots, these fiberglass gliding vessels have rapid-response capability and easy access to places with space and depth restrictions. In the case of Honduras, a logistical support and cabotage vessel is in construction. It is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2017 at a cost of $14 million. “This vessel has the capacity to do ‘beaching’ maneuvers for loading and unloading operations of up to 300 metric tons of supplies that can fit in up to 10 containers in interior compartments. The vessel is highly maneuverable and can reach speeds of up to nine knots. It can remain autonomous for 40 days, travel 2,500 nautical miles, and operate with a crew of up to 15 men,” explained Commander Carlos Delgado, the head of Naval Construction at COTECMAR. “We have managed to rouse the interest of navies in the region to understand what we do in terms of other types of vessels, like heavy riverine support patrol boats,” added Vice Adm. Carreño. The entire process allows the country to design and construct a significant and varied amount of naval, maritime, and riverine solutions. “That includes military and coast guard vessels, such as first-generation, exclusive-economic-zone patrol boats, amphibious landing craft, and coastal patrol boats,” Commander Carlos Alberto Mojica Valero, the vice president of Technology and Operations for the Colombian shipyard, told Diálogo. Incremental evolution “The lessons learned are the engine of our industry. Each of the vessels built at our shipyard has to surpass its predecessors. That is how it is. For instance, the river patrol boats and the light and heavy riverine support patrol boats are an example of continuous improvement in design and construction, with which we are evolving. [They are] a model of ‘incremental innovation,’ which has allowed us to create and build vessels that are better and better, both in their performance and in the building process,” Vice Adm. Carreño Moreno said. An example of this incremental innovation is the river patrol boats which have a special armor included in the new constructions, due to the continuous attacks against them while they navigate rivers. On the other hand, the riverine support patrol boat line was developed by research groups from partner universities, using ballistic steel soldering processes so they can face the threats they are exposed to during patrols. They show the Colombian Navy’s dynamic use of naval, maritime, and riverine research, knowledge, design, and innovation.last_img read more

TZ Istre started a campaign on the German and Austrian markets – Istrien so nah!

first_img“Always following the trends in the travel market, but also listening to the wishes of our visitors, Istria has developed a tourist infrastructure that, even in these difficult times caused by the global pandemic, can offer the necessary security and all the conditions necessary for a pleasant holiday. An additional incentive in choosing a destination will be provided by the advertising momentum on online channels, which is scheduled to begin on June 5 and will last six weeks, and is intended primarily for visitors looking for a camp and private accommodation. ” Ivošević points out. In this way, Istria wants to pay additional attention to their close and loyal markets, according to the guests of the German-speaking area. The promotion of the Peninsula was actively carried out by the Istrian Tourist Board in the past period of “dormancy”, so, among other activities, two significant newsletter campaigns were realized in Austria and Germany – one sent information about the situation in Istria during the pandemic and good governance. crisis situation, while the second presents the opening of accommodation and catering facilities, attractions and other tourist facilities.  Starting this weekend, the Tourist Board of Istria is launching a media campaign in emitting tourist markets with special emphasis on the area of ​​Austria and southern Germany, under the slogan “Istrien so nah! ” – Istria so close !.center_img The director of the county office Denis Ivošević believes that the long-standing friendship between Istria and Austrian and German guests will be expressed in these extraordinary circumstances, mutually confirming the trust built over many years – on the one hand optimism and loyalty of our visitors, and on the other by developing high quality services and facilities on our peninsula. Advertisements promoting Istria, in addition to highlighting the logo of tourist Croatia, also contain a partner logo that officially connects the County of Istria with one of the world’s strongest brands – the football giant FC Bayern Munich. The agreement on this important strategic partnership with the Tourist Board was signed exactly two years ago, on June 4, 2018.last_img read more

Westinghouse gives insight into GE issues

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs a native of the Schenectady area and an employee of Westinghouse Electric Corp. during the 1980s and 1990s, I have been interested to read the recent series of articles about the history of General Electric, particularly during in that period. Mark Markovitz and others have described in these pages the negative impact that Jack Welch had on the industrial prowess of GE. His impact on industrial America extends well beyond GE, and the closest parallel could be his impact on Westinghouse.Both companies pursued the same strategy in the 1980s and 1990s, selling off manufacturing businesses and putting the proceeds into financial services. The strategy was successful for a time, generating revenue without investment in capital equipment, R&D, or a large, unionized work force.For Westinghouse, the day of reckoning came in 1991, with a number of non-performing loans related to commercial real estate. There was no government bailout for Westinghouse. Westinghouse had to bail itself out, setting in motion a series of events that led to the complete disintegration of the company by the end of the 1990s. Most of those businesses live on as parts of other companies, many foreign-owned.With the recent exception of the nuclear power business, most are successful under their current owners.The details are described in a series of articles, “Who Killed Westinghouse?” by Steve Casey, in the 1997 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and available at http://old.post-gazette.com/westinghouse.You might say that Jack Welch brought to a close the rivalry between the two companies that started when George Westinghouse championed alternating current and Thomas Edison championed direct current. Eric SchochCatonsville, MarylandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

South Korea coronavirus cases pass 2,000: Authorities

first_imgA 61-year-old female member developed a fever on February 10, but attended at least four church services in Daegu — South Korea’s fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million — before being diagnosed.Daegu mayor Kwon Young-jin said the city’s total could reach as many as 3,000 in the coming days as more test results on Shincheonji members come through, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.”The next one week will be the tipping point,” he said.Topics : South Korea reported 256 new coronavirus cases on Friday, taking its total — the highest in the world outside China — to 2,022, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.More than 90 percent of the new cases were in Daegu — the city at the epicentre of the outbreak in South Korea — and the neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, it added, with no further deaths keeping the toll at 13.South Korea’s total is expected to increase further after checks began on more than 210,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive entity often accused of being a cult that is linked to around half of the country’s cases.last_img read more

David Luiz says Arsenal should be fighting for titles, ‘not just top four or one cup’

first_img Comment David Luiz says Arsenal should be fighting for titles, ‘not just top four or one cup’ Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Oct 2019 10:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link208Shares Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement David Luiz will not accept mediocrity at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)David Luiz has no interest in just aiming for a top four spot, or ‘one cup’ but says Arsenal should be ‘winning titles.’The Brazilian arrived at the Emirates from Chelsea for £8m over the summer and has had a mixed time of things in north London.The Gunners are fifth in the Premier League table ahead of a home match with Crystal Palace on Sunday, but are coming off a disappointing loss to Sheffield United earlier in the week.Unai Emery’s side ended in that fifth spot last season, and any improvement on that would be seen as a positive by Arsenal fans, but Luiz has much more ambitious plans.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘What I can say about Arsenal is that we have the opportunity to make this club shine again,’ Luiz told Sky Sports.‘How? Working hard and winning titles. This has to be the mentality.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I don’t like to start something and just be “let’s fight for the top four” or “our team wants to win just one cup”. No.‘My team, when I see the players and the club, when I see the supporters and the vibe, this club has the opportunity to fight for everything. It is my oxygen every day, I want to fight.’Emery’s men are a long way from challenging for the Premier League title, but will be aiming for success in the Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup this campaign.32-year-old Luiz is used to winning things, which he is happy to point out, and remind his critics just how full his trophy cabinet is.‘In England I have won everything. In France also. Portugal as well,’ the Brazilian continued.‘To have a reputation or not, people can say what they want to. I respect them but if you take my numbers and my statistics, I have won more than others.’Luiz will line-up against the Eagles on Sunday afternoon knowing a win will keep them in fifth place, only two points behind Chelsea who currently hold the fourth and final Champions League spot.MORE: Ian Wright backs Mesut Ozil in ongoing battle with Arsenal manager Unai EmeryMORE: Owen Hargreaves calls on Arsenal to be open with the club’s supporters over Mesut Ozil situationlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta warns Arsenal fans players will be sold if they fail to make top four

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal are facing a fourth consecutive season outside the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits the damage caused by the club’s absence from the Champions League is ‘really big’ and says a fourth consecutive season outside of Europe’s elite competition could see players leave the Gunners.The Spaniard’s side currently sit five points outside the top five, albeit with a game in hand on rivals Manchester United following this weekend’s fixtures.However, the Gunners’ Europa League exit against Olympiacos cut off another opportunity of re-entering the Champions League and the club’s only hope of playing against Europe’s elite again next season rests on their league position. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 2 Mar 2020 3:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Comment Mikel Arteta admits ‘tough’ decisions will be made over player sales if Arsenal fail to qualify for Champions League Aubameyang has less than 18 months to run on his existing deal (Picture: Getty)The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka are out of contract in 2021, while there remains constant speculation that Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil – who have a year longer on their deals – could leave the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Arteta admits that a failure to qualify for the Champions League this season will force the Gunners into making some ‘tough’ decisions.‘I think the damage caused by the club not being in the Champions League for the third season is really big,’ said Arteta.‘Financially the impact is enormous because the structure of this club is built to be in the Champions League and you can sustain that for one year or two, but then after you have to start making decisions.‘So we will have to make decisions one way or the other depending on the scenario we find ourselves, whether we are in the Champions League, Europa League or nowhere near that.‘And we’ll have a very clear plan of what we want to do and depending where we are we have to act like this.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta knew of the difficult job he faced when he agreed to replace Unai Emery in December.The Arsenal board sanctioned a record move for Nicolas Pepe last summer in a bid for the club to make the top four but they sacked the Spaniard after a horrendous start to the season.Arteta admits that it’s difficult planning for next season when it’s unclear how the situation will play out but says it’s a ‘reality’ of the club’s position.‘It will be difficult but this is the situation we are in now,’ said Arteta.‘We’ve been in that situation because we haven’t performed as well as the other top four clubs have been doing.‘That’s the reality and we have to face that reality face to face and try to make the best decisions.‘We don’t have margin for error with those decisions so they have to be very thorough and clear processes of where we have to improve and how we are going to do that and then go forward with no excuses’.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo watches on as Real Madrid record crucial El Clasico win to leapfrog Barcelona Advertisementlast_img read more

DNV GL to Certify Dutch Offshore Wind Site Studies

first_imgDNV GL Denmark A/S has won a contract to provide the certification of site studies for the Hollandse Kust (west) and Ten Noorden van de Waddeneilanden wind farm zones in the Dutch North Sea.The contracting authority, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl), plans to conclude a contract for the certification of the site studies with a term of five years, with a one-year renewal option.The value of the contract is EUR 386,565.The 1.4GW Hollandse Kust (West) and the 700MW Ten Noorden van de Waddeneilanden (North of the Wadden Sea Islands) are two of the three offshore wind zones identified in the Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030, which looks to add further 7GW of offshore wind capacity in the Dutch North Sea from 2024 to 2030.The tenders for the new wind farm zones will be opened from 2021 onward, starting with the Hollandse Kust (West), and the wind farms are expected to be commissioned between 2024 and 2030.Back in 2017, DNV GL awarded RVO.nl with a certificate for the quality of site studies undertaken at the Hollandse Kust (zuid) sites I and II ahead of the tendering procedure.DNV GL Danmark A/S also won a contract by Ørsted to provide project certification services and to evaluate whether the assessment of the site conditions at the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind zone had been carried out and documented adequately.last_img read more

Family First’s Bob McCoskrie on Radio Live re P decriminalisation.

first_imgYour Sunday (with Ryan Bridge) Radio Live Sundays 10am – 2pmThis week Ryan debates Bob McCoskrie from Family First on the war drugs and if legalisation is a serious alternative.Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Should New Zealand follow Portugal and decriminalise drugs?Newshub 26 Feb 2017The architect of Portugal’s drug policy has rejected suggestions from anti-drug campaigners here in New Zealand that decriminalisation doesn’t work.…Bridge supports decriminalisation, writing in a column for Newshub the ‘War on Drugs’ was over – and law enforcement lost.Family First chief Bob McCoskrie told RadioLIVE there never had been a war.“I think there has been a little bit of a battle,” he said, saying there was “no reason” for New Zealand to follow Portugal’s lead.“What do we mean by decriminalisation? What do we mean by legalisation? They are different, but we would argue they send the same message – either we approve of methamphetamine use and therefore we don’t have a problem with it, and don’t need to discourage it ; or we do need to discourage it, and therefore we need the weight and force of the law.”He rejected Mr Goulão’s claims use was down, because “legality has a huge effect on consumption”, so consumption surely had risen.“Marijuana is illegal. The use is minimal compared to smoking”.And while Mr Goulão doesn’t believe the substance itself was unimportant when it came to helping addicts, Mr McCoskrie sees a huge difference between heroin and methamphetamine, and alcohol.“It’s very easy for you or I to have a glass of wine together and not have any problems, but if we were to get into methamphetamine, it would be very different,” he explained.“You just have to talk to any family that has been impacted by P, and they will do anything and everything to keep that drug out of their house and away from their family.”An argument often made by decriminalisation supporters is that it would take business away from the gangs. Mr McCoskrie says this has not happened anywhere that drugs like marijuana have been decriminalised or legalised.“Gangs are still making huge money in Colorado [while the] Government is responsible for the social cost of the increased usage.”http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/health/2017/02/should-new-zealand-follow-portugal-and-decriminalise-drugs.htmllast_img read more

Serie A postpones five games over coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Five Serie A matches scheduled for this weekend have been postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus in Italy. The matches, including Juventus’ hugely-anticipated clash against Inter Milan, had initially been scheduled to take place behind closed doors. However, in a statement, Serie A officials said the affected matches have all now been rescheduled for May 13. This weekend’s matches in the top two divisions in Switzerland had already been postponed after the government banned all events involving more than 1,000 people. FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised on Friday to do whatever is necessary to help combat the continued spread of the virus. Speaking in Belfast ahead of the annual general meeting of the International Football Association Board, Infantino said: “The health of persons is much more important than any football game. “That’s why we have to look at the situation and hope that it will decrease rather than increase. “At the moment it looks like it is still increasing. If games have to be postponed or played without spectators until it is over, then we have to go through that.” Meanwhile global football players’ union FIFPro has revealed fears among its members of being made to play in “high-risk environments” due to the virus. “FIFPRO is concerned for the safety of players who may be exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the danger of football acting as a vehicle to spread disease,” its statement read. Meanwhile Danish cyclist Michael Morkov has been cleared to race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships after two individuals suspected of having the coronavirus at the UAE Tour tested negative for the disease. Morkov, 34, had spent 34 hours in isolation in Berlin after travelling to the German capital from the UAE Tour, where he contested the opening four stages before leaving the race early. The final two stages of that race were cancelled on Thursday night when two members of staff on the race developed symptoms suggesting they could have the virus, and riders and staff on the race remain under lockdown in Abu Dhabi. But after the Abu Dhabi Department of Health issued a statement on Saturday saying the first 167 tests had come back negative, the UCI said Morkov was free to race as normal in Berlin. Next month’s World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi has become the latest to be postponed as a precautionary measure. The event was due to take place from March 5 to 7 in the city, which has reported new cases of the virus. Event organisers said they still hoped to reschedule the event to take place later in March or April.Tags: CoronavirusGianni IfantinoSerie ASwitzerlandlast_img read more