UN awards first Nelson Mandela prize

first_img23 June 2015The inaugural winners of the UN Nelson Mandela Prize are from Namibia and Portugal.Dr Helena Ndume of Namibia and Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio of Portugal were announced the winners by the president of the United Nations General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, yesterday.Established in June 2014, the prize recognises the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity by promoting UN purposes and principles, while honouring Mandela’s extraordinary life and legacy of reconciliation, political transition and social transformation.The entrusted selection committee decided that the inaugural award would be given to two laureates.The Nelson Mandela Prize is an honorary award that will be presented once every five years as a tribute to the outstanding achievements and contributions of two individuals (one female and one male).According to the Assembly, Ndume is an ophthalmologist whose life’s work has been devoted to treating blindness and eye-related illnesses in Namibia and throughout the developing world.Sampaio led the struggle to restore democracy in Portugal – including throughout his tenure as Lisbon’s mayor from 1989 to 1995 and as the 18th president of the republic from 1996 to 2006.Nominations were received from a broad variety of sources – including UN member and observer states, entities and intergovernmental organisations.The award ceremony will take place on 24 July, at UN headquarters in New York, as part of the annual UN commemoration of International Nelson Mandela Day.The day is typically celebrated on the late South African leader’s birthday, 18 July, when the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others.For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Alderman’s Shoplifting Charges Upgraded to Felony

first_imgIllinois Alderman Lynne M. Johnson has now been charged with felony burglary for allegedly stealing $55.21 worth of merchandise from a Meijer store according to a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office. She had initially been charged with misdemeanor retail theft.You may remember the story. On January 31st a loss prevention associate at Meijer allegedly witnessed Johnson hiding in her purse $55.21 worth of markers, pencils, holiday party favors, and two bottles of ibuprofen. Johnson paid for other items she had in her shopping cart with a credit card but according to the LP associate, she never opened her purse and left the store without paying for the items inside. The associate stopped Johnson outside the store, escorted her to the office without incident, and then notified Aurora, Illinois, police.She was arrested with her brother outside the same Meijer store in August 2013. For that arrest, Johnson pled guilty to failing to pay for $86.60 worth of grocery items and to having $63.64 worth of health and beauty items concealed in her purse. According to court records she was granted supervision in that case.- Sponsor – “It is troubling any time an elected official is accused of wrongdoing,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement, adding that the retail shoplifting charges were upgraded “following a thorough review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations”.Johnson was elected in April 2013, and her term is up in 2017. Her bail after her arrest was originally set at $1,500, and she was released later that evening, records show. Johnson is scheduled to appear in court March 7 at the DuPage County Judicial Center in Wheaton, Illinois.A judge issued the upgraded $50,000 arrest warrant Friday, prosecutors said. Johnson turned herself in Monday and was released after posting the necessary 10 percent of the warrant. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Satya Nadella Proves That Microsoft Hasn’t Changed At All

first_imgTags:#cloud#enterprise#Microsoft#Microsoft Azure#Satya Nadella#Windows#Windows 8#Windows Phone 8 dan rowinski Microsoft wants you to work. Your life is just an afterthought.In an email to Microsoft employees today, CEO Satya Nadella outlined the core of the company’s strategy and vision and focus for the coming years. Nadella underscored his message to the world from earlier this year that Microsoft is a company focused on “ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence” in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Today, Nadella took those vague basic concepts a step further.Microsoft provides computers, software and operating systems so you can get your shit done.Nadella stated:At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more. Productivity is the name of the game throughout Nadella’s 3,186-word statement, with the rest of your life somehow tacked on as an afterthought to everything else Microsoft is doing. The word “productivity” shows up in Nadella’s message 20 times; variations of the word “work” make 27 appearances. He says that Microsoft must be a company hyper-focused on its customers. But the tenor and tone of the missive makes one thing abundantly clear.You and I are not the customers he is thinking about. Here Comes The New Boss, Same As The Old BossNadella’s pitch is not to the average consumer, the normal person working an everyday job that uses a computer and a smartphone to get things done. No, we are just a consequence. Nadella is really pitching the IT departments of the world, the decision makers who ostensibly choose the devices we will use to be productive.Nadella seems to forget that the biggest that the biggest trend in the employee/gadget realm over the last seven years has been “bring your own device.” Over that time, many—OK, the vast majority—of those devices have not come from Microsoft.We will deliver digital work and life experiences that are reinvented for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. First and foremost, these experiences will shine for productivity. As a result, people will meet and collaborate more easily and effectively.It’s hard to say that Nadella’s focus on productivity is a winning message in the mobile-first world he keeps talking about. In his vision, people are apparently employees first and people second. Throughout Nadella’s statement, the notion of your personal life always comes second after the notion of productivity. A division of Microsoft is even called “Digital Work & Life Experiences”—and the order in which those terms appear is no accident.Nadella states:We think about productivity for people, teams and the business processes of entire organizations as one interconnected digital substrate. We also think about interconnected platforms for individuals, IT and developers. This comprehensive view enables us to solve the more complex, nuanced and real-world day-to-day challenges in an increasingly digital world. It also opens the door to massive growth opportunity – technology spend as a total percentage of GDP will grow with the digitization of nearly everything in life and work.Microsoft biggest competitors on the device, operating system, cloud and services fronts are Apple and Google. Nadella doesn’t mention either by name, but the insistence on work and productivity is Microsoft’s way of setting itself apart from Apple and Google’s finely tuned machines.See also: The New “One Microsoft” Is—Finally—Poised For The FutureThe difference is that Apple and Google focus on people—Apple more so than Google. Through Mac OS X and iOS, Apple provides quality products first; if people want to take them to work and be productive with them, that’s their prerogative. That’s been a fantastically successful strategy for Apple, one that played a huge role as it clawed itself back from the brink of death in the mid-to-late 1990s. Now enough people have carried iPhones and iPads into the workplace that IT departments have been forced to adapt to employees rather than the other way around. Google has also had this same effect through pure volume: it ships so many Android devices that people across the globe are bound to use them for work. Microsoft doesn’t have the benefit of Google’s volume—at least outside of largely desktop-bound Windows systems—or Apple’s style. Hence Nadella has to focus on selling his company’s core products and services inside-out from the model its rivals have perfected. In other words, as far as Microsoft is concerned, you work all the time. Its job is just to make it easier for you to work.Microsoft: Same As It Ever WasThe work/life balance message has always been at the heart of the difference between Apple and Microsoft. In the 1980s and 1990s—when IT departments held all the power of which device people used—this was a winning message for Microsoft. But that world is mostly gone. Apple has proven that it can win by putting people and experiences first and force the IT department to adapt. Google’s take on this dichotomy is a little different, as befits the fact that it’s fundamentally an advertising company. Google just wants as many people  on the Web as possible; everything it does serves that purpose, especially Android. Google doesn’t necessarily serve people or employees first—it serves the Web, which ties everything together (including, of course, its advertisers).Nadella, in noting how Microsoft’s employee culture needs to change, hammers the company’s focus:We have clarity in purpose to empower every individual and organization to do more and achieve more. We have the right capabilities to reinvent productivity and platforms for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. Now, we must build the right culture to take advantage of our huge opportunity.Microsoft may have a new CEO, a new culture and a new worldview on software development and distribution. But at heart, it’s still really the same old company.Lead image by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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Making A Winner: 7 Traits of Successful Partners

first_imgLast week was an amazing week. We watched 25 as Intel partners were honored for their outstanding achievements, innovation and excellence.As I celebrated the partners and projects that won awards (including many of my customers), I started to notice a few common themes coming up again and again as the presenters highlighted the reasons these companies were selected by the judges to win this year’s award.Innovation is a given, but I noticed that companies winning awards last night had taken steps to adapt to a selling environment that has shifted. They realized that our customers are looking for partners who are more technical and solution centric and have been proactive in making the shift to their business model to accommodate our customers’ changing needs.While the memories are fresh, I wanted to share a few more of the themes I saw emerging from last night’s award winners.1. It doesn’t happen overnight: If we look at the achievements of the partners crossing the stage last night, you have to look back 24 to 36 months to see where it all started. They made the decision to invest in adapting their selling model, their training model and their hiring process to become more technical and more solution focused. That foresight and action to make the shift positioned them for success today.2. Prioritizing Upskilling: The partners that are outpacing the competition and winning more business have ramped up their investment in training to equip their staff with the skills needed to succeed in a solution selling environment. The guys who are holding on to a legacy business model and selling approaches aren’t not keeping up with the market and are falling behind. (And, I’ve said before we need to futureproof our skills to remain relevant).3. Solutions not Silos: The days of sending customers to different people for sales, marketing, and technical input are over. Account teams need a perfect blend of sales, technical expertise, solution enablement and marketing. It’s a bit of a holy grail but important to customers who are looking for a business partners and trusted advisor. They don’t want to navigate our internal structures to get their solution online.4. New Players = New Partners: With AI, IoT, advanced analytics and other new technologies coming to bear, new players are arriving on the scene (with cool logos and even cooler names). They have a very important role to play the ecosystem of tomorrow and leading partners know who they are, what their skills are and how to bring together the right people to the table so we can deliver the solutions our customers need.5. Old Tech & New Tech: Partners have to straddle two distinct worlds – you need one foot in old tech and one foot in new tech so you can help your customers make their own transitions effectively. Being able to blend the old and the new to deliver a cohesive strategy for partners is a recipe for success.6. Focus on Flexibility. The customer experience is personal, and sometimes that means throwing out the rulebook. It might mean adapting a tried and true program because you know a different approach will get you to the result you want. Start at the finish line with what you’re trying to achieve and work your way back to the tactics – you might find being flexible on the approach could yield the best results.7. They’ve done the hard work: Transitioning a business model to respond to new market conditions (and the solution selling model) is super tough. I think we need to recognize and acknowledge how hard it really is, but the companies who do the hard work will come out on top.An Award-Winning FutureCompanies with the foresight to invest in training and refining their business models towards a future-facing, solution-centric selling strategy are winning more than they are losing. We must give credit to the executive leadership and the sales leadership of these companies for making the investment to transform their business.Taking a page from our Partner of the Year winners, doing the hard work will pay off – not only with bragging rights now that you’ve won, but with bottom line results, increased sales, tighter customer relationship and a view to the future that’s flexible to adapt to ever changing market forces.Congratulations to all our winners last night. I’m proud to work with industry leaders like you. #iamintellast_img read more

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Spectacular: Deepika Padukone to be the face of an international eyewear brand

first_imgPlayful and confident, sun-kissed beauty Deepika Padukone is set to be the face of a global campaign for the spring/summer 2015 collection of an international eyewear brand. In a beautiful shoot, the actress is spotted basking in the sun on a Goa beach while sporting a range of summerfriendly fashion styles, ranging from a red and white stripe dress with small cut-out panels, an embellished collared shirt teamed with a billowing white maxi skirt, a printed beach jacket, a mosaic jumpsuit and a sexy criss-crossing dress.While Deepika is the Indian face for the ad campaign, two other international muses share the global campaign space with her – Victoria’s Secret Angel and Brazilian model Adriana Lima and Chinese actress Liu Shishi. This is the third year that Deepika has collaborated with the brand, and it’s the first time that she will represent it on a worldwide scale.The Indian campaign shots have been clicked by renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who shot to fame by clicking supermodel Claudia Schiffer for her first Guess ad in 1989. For the current ad feature, the lens-woman conveys a global spirit of the brand while also paying tribute to the local flavour of the tropical destination.Talking about her favourite photograph from the shoot, Deepika says: “Out of all the shots, I think the one that really sums up what I feel is the ice-cream eating shot because 22 out of 24 hours, I am only thinking about food.” She further said: “I am very happy that I had the opportunity to work with Ellen. I think everyone wants to work with her at some point in their career. It’s a dream come true for us, it was great fun.”advertisementlast_img read more

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