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Deeper receiving corps should make it easier for Garcon to escape the 'cloud'

Deeper receiving corps should make it easier for Garcon to escape the 'cloud'
RICHMOND – In “cloud coverage,” two safeties and a cornerback play deep, and the other cornerback stays closer to the line of scrimmage to cover receivers who run short routes. The zone defense is designed to “bracket” a team's best wide receiver …
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Longwell takes over Marine Det.
Marine Col. Daniel Longwell, incoming Marine Detachment commander, addresses the audience during Fort Leonard Wood's Marine Corps Detachment Change of Command Friday on Gammon Field. (Photo by Rudy Fox) …
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Photos: NJ Ex-Marine running across the globe to help 'human family'
Along the journey, Nanavati, a 30-year success coach in his day job, will be raising $ 1 million for Create Global Healing, an organization "for adults and children worldwide to connect with each other in a spirit of oneness, an unbroken circuit of …
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The millennials seeking out careers in social media

The millennials seeking out careers in social media
Members of the millennial generation who have come onto the job market since the crisis of 2008 have had widely publicised problems finding work. Careers that sustained many previous generations – who became lawyers or doctors, for example – are often …
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6 Money Myths That Are Holding You Back
If you're not getting ahead financially, it may not be due to the economy, your boss or any other external factor. It could be that you're the one hindering your progress—simply because you believe a host of money myths and economic lies. Money …
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LANL Student Symposium 2014: 'Championing Scientific Careers' @ UNM-LA
The 14th Annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Symposium, "Championing Scientific Careers," will be held for the public 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m., Aug. 5 at UNM-LA. The Symposium provides an opportunity for students to present their extensive …
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VA reform bill to get vote this week

VA reform bill to get vote this week
Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said Congress finding a way to “do its job” shouldn't be celebrated, but the content of the compromise measure is worth praising. “This is going to help veterans get …
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The best, toughest job under the sun
Though Carlson was the first known on-duty fatality for a lifeguard in the nation in several decades, his death put a spotlight on just how difficult and dangerous a job in lifeguarding can be. Trained to watch with a keen knowledge of the ocean's …
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Minnesota coach Jerry Kill: QB Mitch Leidner is 'the guy in charge'
And we know we've gotta do a good job we start seeing eight, nine people in the box and you've got to be able to throw the ball downfield and make some catches. But we also have improved our receiving corps. And sometimes the receiver can make a …
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Easter Seals and The Comcast Foundation Announce Assistive Technology Grant Winners


Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

Easter Seals, in partnership with the Comcast Foundation, today announced that Easter Seals programs in six locations nationwide will receive $ 25,000 each as the 2014-2015 recipients of the Comcast Assistive Technology Grant Fund.

Established in 2012, the fund empowers individuals living with disabilities by providing expanded assistive technology training and services. Individuals benefitting from these grants include children and adults living with developmental disabilities, like Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as veterans.

To date, the fund has helped an estimated 25,000 Americans. This announcement comes as the country prepares to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26th.

These newest grant awards follow the announcement in 2013 of a national partnership between Easter Seals and Comcast and NBCUniversal. The media and technology company pledged $ 6.3 million in cash and in-kind to continue to help with Easter Seals assistive technology efforts.

Assistive technologies can greatly improve the lives of people with disabilities by helping them to overcome barriers at home, work, school and in their community, said Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment at Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. We are proud to continue our support of Easter Seals through these grants and make a positive impact, one person at a time.

The grant awards expand successful models of assistive technology throughout the country. Five Easter Seals affiliates, as well as Easter Seals Headquarters, were selected by Comcast through a competitive grant process. The chosen affiliates excel in programs that guide consumers on assessment, training and on-going support. Services are designed to meet an individuals assistive technology needs throughout his or her lifespan.

We thank the Comcast Foundation for their continued investment in assistive technology solutions for consumers with disabilities living in their communities, says James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. This grant fund makes it possible for Easter Seals to build on our long history of providing expertise and technology support for children and adults with disabilities who want to be more actively involved in school, in the workplace and with their families.

The Easter Seals affiliates selected to receive the funds and their plans for the grants are:

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Photo gallery: Pupils improve communication skills at ground-breaking event

Photo gallery: Pupils improve communication skills at ground-breaking event
Photo gallery: Pupils improve communication skills at ground-breaking event. School children at work on their presentations with business mentors, as part of the Pecha Kucha workshops held at Norwich City Academy. City Academy students, from left …
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Ranchi school to help students improve English vocabulary, communication skills
RANCHI: A city-based private school will organize various programmes to help students improve vocabulary and communication skills. Delhi Public School in Ranchi will start 'just a minute', JAM sessions, where students will be asked to speak on a random …
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'Hone communication skills of students'
Many students in schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are wanting in communication skills, and this is hurting them in competitive examinations, K.S. Iyyappa, Deputy Director General, National Cadet Corps (NCC), said here on Tuesday.
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DCNR camp exposes students to a wide variety of careers in the outdoors

DCNR camp exposes students to a wide variety of careers in the outdoors
The goal of the camp is to introduce the 20 students who are selected each year to conservation and environmental careers, including biology, wildlife law enforcement and forestry. Students get a hands-on perspective of each career by meeting with …
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Professionals discuss public service careers
GARY | Indiana University Northwest students are getting an opportunity to hear from legislators, politicians and other professionals regarding possible careers available with a degree in public and environmental affairs. IU Northwest professor Barbara …
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Good internships open door to new careers
As thousands of career-oriented juniors and seniors in Middle Tennessee return to college next month, they will begin to search for an internship in a profession that interests them. They're smart. A good internship provides young professionals real …
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Communication skills' importance highlighted

Communication skills' importance highlighted
He was addressed a workshop on communication skills arranged by Career Development Centre, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, as key speaker. Dr Louise Ferguson from UC Davis and Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), …
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Lake ham-radio operators to practice communication skills needed in case of
TAVARES — If calamity strikes, Doug Rehman and other local ham-radio operators will be ready to jump in and help with critical communications. This weekend, Rehman and other Lake County amateur radio operators will take part in an event to practice …
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La. Tech students explore options, expand marketability with School of
“Consistently, employers state that they are looking for students with strong oral and written communication skills,” Kaczvinsky said. “In other words, it's a hot field. I also feel these are the skills that are at the core of a liberal arts education …
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OFWs told to improve communication skills
… the 2014-15 new officers of KAMFI (Kapisanan ng Mananalumpating Filipino) last week, incoming president DTM Art de Leon encouraged fellow Filipinos to attend and participate in this kind of activity to enhance their communication and leadership skills.
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Re-Inventing Global Sourcing – The World BPO/ITO Forum 2014


New York, NY (PRWEB) June 30, 2014

For business and IT executives planning their strategies… the 7th Annual World BPO/ITO Forum, http://www.worldbpoforum.com, held June 2-3, 2014 in New York, gave some key insights and best practices on how to drive innovation and growth through latest technology trends such as cloud, mobile and social.

We are living through a sea of change in sourcing strategy, says Jim Noble, Principal of The Advisory Council and Chairman of The World BPO/ITO Forum. Businesses have matured beyond mere cost arbitrage, and have recognized the benefits of agility and time-to-market offered by a services-oriented approach. These benefits offer a much bigger prize than the simplification agenda, but only if sourcing becomes a core competency of that client company. Noble adds This is where The World BPO/ITO Forum made a real difference by enabling buyers and sellers of services to meet each other, and by encouraging experts to share insights in a friendly environment.

Themed “Re-Inventing Global Sourcing: Cloud, Mobile and Social ” the Forum provided a peer-to-peer group learning and influential networking atmosphere for 250+ senior IT executives currently using or evaluating BPO (business processing outsourcing) and/or ITO (IT outsourcing) services. With a roster of 55+ global thought-leaders and forward-thinkers as speakers. The conference provided invaluable insight into how globalization and disruptive technological changes are making the old multinational structure obsolete says Kartik Kilachand, CEO & Co-Founder, The World BPO/ITO Forum.

Marv Adams, COO, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, as opening keynote speaker, described the tremendous challenge of the new disruptive forces of SMAC.

“Interdependency, emerging from dense and global interconnectedness has created many opportunities, but has also been at the core of a whole new set of management and leadership challenges. Those who transition well will thrive and those who are slow to change will miss most of the opportunities.”

Topics discussed included leveraging cloud computing and mobility, unlocking innovation, multi-vendor approaches, managing risk, and the economic and social impact of global sourcing, among other issues.

Additional highlighted speakers included:


Anil Bajpai, SVP and Global Head of BPO, IGATE
Robert Dunigan, SVP, Shared Services, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Tanvir Khan, VP and Global Head of BPO, Dell
Chris Lord, SVP, Global Growth Strategy and Marketing, Hinduja Global Solutions
Lee Coulter, CEO Shared Services Organisation, Ascension Health
Carol Foley, EVP, Director of Knowledge, Leo Burnett Worldwide
Chip Wagner, CEO, Alsbridge

Filippo Passerini, as closing keynote of the first day, clearly emphasized that The BPO landscape is changing fast, driven by new technology and innovative business models. Strategic partnerships are as critical as ever, but the how for partnership value creation is changing significantly. The World BPO/ITO Forum provided strategic insight into three key considerations innovators, relationships and agreements that will help determine the future of BPO.

As an indication of how technology is transforming outsourcing and offshoring, the Forum was sponsored by global service providers such as IGATE, Dell, Sutherland, Accenture, Cozen O’Conner, as well as, by emerging offshore country delegations such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nova Scotia, Poland, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago,

Tanvir Khan, Global Head, Dell BPO states This was Dells second year as a sponsor of The World BPO/ITO Forum. Besides carefully crafted content, peer networking and building awareness amongst buyers, I value the access to the Forums core team”.

Companies are re-thinking their offshoring strategies as the global cost labor arbitrageis narrowing says Kartik Kilachand. Outsourcing is no doubt a contentious issue, particularly in light of the struggling U.S. economy. American jobs going overseas is still an emotive subject, says Mr. Kilachand. Like it or not, the phenomenon of global sourcing is here to stay. The challenge now is how best to manage it.

Chris Lord, SVP, Hinduja Global Services expressed his sentiments on the two-day Forum it provided thought-provoking insights into the new directions companies need to consider in a social, mobile, and cloud enabled world where growth requires innovation and cost savings require new approaches to automation.”

Global sourcing has become a transformational lever that empowers businesses to take on new competition. This exclusive Forum provided opportunities to interact, learn & share issues, challenges and solutions from some of the worlds leading thought-leaders on the economic, political & technical impact of global sourcing. further explains Mr. Noble.

To that end, The World BPO/ITO Forum has become the leading C-level executive event of its kind. With a strong roster of speakers, practitioners and service providers participating in the discussion this year, I believe we are well on our way to become the Davos for strategic sourcing, says Mr. Kilachand.

The eighth annual World BPO/ITO Forum is scheduled for June 16-17, 2015.

About The World BPO/ITO Forum, Inc.

The World BPO/ITO Forum conference is in its seventh year, and getting close to its aspirations to become the “Davos” of offshoring. The conference offers a “one stop shop” for senior executives at mid- to large-sized companies to hear from speakers who can offer best practices in global sourcing, to meet with representatives from top service providers as well as from many leading and emerging country delegations. The conference further promotes the transformational possibilities of the synergies between BPO and ITO.

Media Contact: Kartik Kilachand CEO; kartik(at)worldbpoforum(dot)com







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Rutgers University-Newark Announces Principal from Taft and Partners as Chair of Advisory Board


Lawrenceville, NJ (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

Taft and Partners (Taft) announced today that Oliver B. Quinn, principal and senior counselor, was named chair of the Rutgers University-Newark Advisory Board. The new board was created a year ago this month as the result of legislation integrating Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey last year.

Taft is a Lawrenceville-based communications firm specializing in mission-driven corporate communications, PR and branding. Quinn advises Taft clients on compliance and ethics campaigns; dispute resolution; leadership communications; risk and conflict management; and diversity and inclusion. Quinn is a distinguished member of the Rutgers School of Law-Newarks Class of 1975.

The Rutgers University-Newark Advisory Board works with campus leadership in spreading the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and engaging the campus with local and statewide communities and initiatives. Throughout its 100-year-plus history of providing higher education, Rutgers University-Newark, one of the leading urban research universities in the nation, has been an anchor institution in the states largest city. The university, which enrolls more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students on a 38-acre-campus in downtown Newark, is among the nations most diverse national universities and offers 42 undergraduate programs, 33 masters programs, and 22 doctoral programs.

Members of the Advisory Board unanimously selected Quinn as chair last year. His background makes him especially well-suited to the task, having advised leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors on matters of law, ethics, public affairs, and management for more than 30 years.

Much of my career, including with Prudential and now with several Taft clients, has centered around Newark, says Quinn. As newly appointed Chancellor Nancy Cantor and the campus community work to develop a vision and strategic plan for RU-Newark, I am very excited to lead the board to provide the support needed to make that vision a reality.

The Plainfield, N.J., resident is excited about the opportunities and challenges that await RU-Newark as a result of its new governing structure. The stars are aligning nicely for RU-Newark and I am pleased to be part of it, Quinn says.

During his distinguished career Quinn also has served as corporate vice president and chief business ethics officer at Prudential Financial; deputy solicitor, United States Department of Labor; deputy commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor; administrative law judge, State of New Jersey; assistant counsel, Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives; and assistant dean of Rutgers Law-Newark. Quinn has been honored by Rutgers School of Law-Newark Alumni Association for his achievements in the field of law, receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.

The other members of the Advisory Board are:

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Cygnet Infotech Will Host a Booth at the CIOsynergy New York Event on June 26, 2014


Hoffman Estates, Illinois (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

CIOsynergy, a provider of thought leading events, today announced Cygnet Infotechs participation at its upcoming event on June 26, 2014 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York, New York.

Cygnet Infotech is a global IT services and solutions provider, focusing on delivering software applications and products that enable enterprises to be more agile. Leveraging a large technology stack comprising Microsoft technologies, enterprise Java, open source and mobility Cygnet partners with medium to large enterprises for complete lifecycle application development, product development & maintenance, QA & testing and mobility solutions.

We are thrilled to have Cygnet Infotech at CIOsynergy New York. As leading provider of application development, enterprise solutions, cloud and BI solutions, their presence will provide event attendees with an additional layer of industry insights and thought leadership, says Patrick Mason, Director of Communications and Marketing at CIOsynergy.

Over the years, we have prided ourselves with the fact that our customers keep coming back to us for implementing innovative IT solutions for their business. Our primary market is the USA and we work as technology partner for many companies in the USA offering cutting edge solutions. Todays rapidly changing technology landscape is creating incredible opportunities for CIOs, and at the same time, it is throwing up new challenges. At CIOsynergy, we look forward to meeting with IT leaders and CIOs and discuss trends, challenges and agile solutions to business imperatives, says Niraj Hutheesing, President, Cygnet Infotech.

CIOsynergy New York is an exclusive opportunity for leading local CIO and IT executives to network and brainstorm daily hurdles in an unparalleled learning environment under the umbrella of John Sculley. Mr. Sculley is one of Americas best known business leaders. He was Pepsi-Cola Co.s youngest CEO, leading the firm through its high growth years with hugely successful experience in marketing innovations. In 1982, Steve Jobs recruited John Sculley as CEO to teach Apple how to do big brand experience marketing. Since leaving Apple, John and his Sculley Brothers Family Office has helped many high technology serial entrepreneurs build some of the most disruptively innovative technology enabled firms. These include MetroPCS, HotWire, NFO Research, Intralinks, and Credit Trade. Currently, John is mentor and investor in mobility and Big Data analytics, consumerization of healthcare, data base marketing, IT supply chain, and emerging financial services.

John Sculley will share his firsthand experience with the likes of Apple and Pepsi, offering insights on todays most innovative companies. He will show how companies can thrive, even in tough times, by embracing the power of innovative ideas and creating execution.

At CIOsynergy New York, a panel of leading CIOs, moderated by Scott Shuster, will share and explore how CIOs can be successful in their role. Mr. Shuster has led virtually every Business Week CEO, CFO, and CIO conference held since the founding of the magazines events group – more than 100 of the worlds most prominent gatherings of large company leaders and senior executives.

Open to Fortune 500s and mid-market enterprise, CIOsynergys events gather senior executives from the office of the CIO, including Directors, VPs, Chief Architects, CTOs and CIOs.

For more information about or to participate in CIOsynergy New York, visit: http://CIOnewyork.com, or contact Araceli Delgado, Project Coordinator at aracelid(at)ciosynergy(dot)com or 1.847.278.2213 ext. 899.

About CIOsynergy

CIOsynergy provides a platform that brings together the thought leaders of IT through events that incorporate face-to-face meeting opportunities, panel discussions, think tanks, keynotes, and C-suite networking programs.

Previous events have attracted C-suite leaders from companies such as Wal-Mart, Salesforce, Home Depot, Bank of America, Forbes Media, Wells Fargo, Shell, Allstate, Career Education Corp, Pepsi, Sara Lee, Kraft, BP, Loyola University, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, and Walgreens.

The company operations nationwide and has previously partnered with sponsors such as IBM, 3com, VMware, Unisys, Hitachi, Oracle, SunGard, Dell, Google, Amazon, and HTC among 100s more.

About Cygnet Infotech

Cygnet Infotech, appraised at CMMi Level 3, is a leading enterprise solutions provider and IT consulting company, serving clients in 28 countries. Its mature global delivery models with offices at New Jersey, USA; Cape Town, South Africa; Sydney, Australia and a state-of-the-art development and delivery center at Ahmedabad, India, enable Cygnet to provide high quality affordable development and QA support to its customers across the globe.

The companys partnerships and alliances with Microsoft, Sitefinity, Sitecore, HP, Borland, ISTQB, Oracle, Samsung, Intel, Neotys and others, extend ability to deliver more effective IT solutions to a wide range of verticals such as banking, insurance and financial services, telecom, healthcare, media, retail, manufacturing, travel and transport, and hospitality.







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