Pacers rally from 19 points down to extinguish Thunder

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil They did it against George, a six-time All-Star who shrugged off resounding boos to score 36 points, and Russell Westbrook, who added his 27th triple-double of the season but missed a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key as the buzzer sounded.Westbrook finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.George was terrific for the first 47 minutes.He scored 25 points in the first half and completed a three-point play to give the Thunder a 73-54 lead with 7:18 left in the third quarter. He even made the tying 3-pointer with 1:49 left in the game and two free throws to give Oklahoma City a 106-104 lead with 1:13 to go.It was a different story in the final minute.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Indiana Pacers’ Wesley Matthews (23) and Myles Turner (33) celebrate during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder,Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 108-106. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS— Paul George figured to be the feature attraction in his second visit to Indiana since a blockbuster trade two years ago.Domantas Sabonis and Wesley Matthews upstaged the former Pacer on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Matthews tipped in a basket with 1.8 seconds left and Indiana rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-106. Sabonis added 26 points against this former team.“Man, this team fights. That’s one of the big reasons why I chose to come here,” Matthews said. “We fight, we compete. No lead is too much. We needed a win against a playoff team, and that’s what we’ve got to do going forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWithout All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who the underdog Pacers got in the blockbuster deal that sent George to the Thunder in July 2017, Indiana fought its way back over the final 15 minutes behind the other player it acquired in the deal, Sabonis, and Matthews, who the Pacers signed last month as Oladipo’s replacement.It was Indiana’s second-largest comeback this season. 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Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying George turned the ball over twice, slipped as the Pacers started their final possession and got knocked to the floor on a pick — giving Indiana the one-man advantage that allowed Matthews to free himself for the putback on Bojan Bogdanovic’s errant 16-footer.“At the end of close games, there’s going to be contact,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “In those situations you just have to play through that.”Matthews finished with 16 points and seven rebounds to help Indiana cut its magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one.The Pacers’ second straight win also kept them in third place in the Eastern Conference while the Thunder slipped into a tie for fifth in the West.“Domantas really came in during that second half and established us,” coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought we did a good job, especially late, pressuring their dribble, getting some deflections and really disrupting their rhythm defensively. That is what we have to be about and, really, it came at the right time for us.”TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook has 131 triple-doubles in his career. … Steven Adams had 17 points and eight rebounds. … Oklahoma City went 3-3 during a stretch in which they played five road games. … The Thunder fell to 6-5 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.Pacers: Darren Collison had 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists. … The Pacers committed 16 turnovers. … Bogdanovic scored 23 points and extended his streak of consecutive games in double figures to 24 and his career best single-season total of 20-point games to 28. … Tyreke Evans missed his second straight game for personal reasons. McMillan said he expects Evans to travel with the team later this week.BOO-BIRDSGeorge brushed off the boos by saying he thought his second trip back to Indiana was tamer than his first.last_img read more

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Guyana dealt a “bad card” – former AFC Exec

first_imgUS$18M scandal…as Brazil pockets US$700M oil signing bonus from ExxonEven as controversy swirls over the Government’s secretive collection of a US$18 million signing bonus, questions are now being raised over exactly what negotiations took place. This is so as Guyana’s bonus pales in comparison to a US$700 million signing bonus Exxon paid to Brazil.Former Alliance For Change (AFC) Chairman, Nigel Hughes, noted that FinanceFormer AFC Executive Nigel HughesMinister Winston Jordan himself had declared that Guyana was de-risked following significant oil finds.Despite Guyana having the upper hand, however, Hughes noted, it accepted a 2 per cent royalty and now a US$18 million bonus. As such, he questioned the basis upon which the negotiations were conducted. This is even as Government has consistently declared it was working with the best experts.“One year after general elections, the newly elected representatives of our dear Republic determined that they were possessed of the requisite skills all on their own to enter into negations with the biggest oil company on the planet about the terms of the agreement which were previously agreed,” Hughes stated in an analysis of the situation.“How is it possible that we all on our own end up voluntarily accepting a US$18Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmanmillion bonus and two per cent royalty on a 2.4 billion-barrel field, when we knew the industry experts were saying we were potentially sitting on a 10 billion-barrel field?“Note that this was after the news of the size of Liza was already in excess of 1.4 billion barrels and counting,” he said.Zeroing in on the negotiations, Hughes questioned whether Government’s team had a Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) before it went into the negotiations. A BATNA, which increases negotiation power by presenting options, is a common feature put forward by negotiating theory.“Did anyone bother to conduct the most rudimentary of checks to ascertain what were the underlying principles when assessing signing bonus, especially after you have a find the size of Liza, with the promise it then held?” Hughes also questioned.“Did we collectively bother to find out whether 2% royalty was remotely close to what was acceptable in the industry in 2016? And even US$18 million? For Guyana, this is not a significant sum for the capital assets of some private sector giants, so what was the basis on which these negotiations were conducted? Did we have a “Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) when we embarked upon these negotiations?” he asked.While he acknowledged the importance of disclosure, accountability and transparency, he noted that the real issues are who negotiated this settlement, and what systems are in place to stop a repeat? Hughes made it clear that Guyana has drawn a “bad card.”Record-breakingIn what industry experts term record- breaking sums, Brazil was able to attract over US$1.1billion in bonuses at a Petrobras auction in September. An ExxonMobil consortium came in with the largest offer, at $700 million for a Campos Basin block.Guyana, which had a longstanding agreement with ExxonMobil, renegotiated that agreement after the company’s 2015 oil find in the Stabroek block. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs had been encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.Included in the new agreement was a 2 per cent royalty rate; an increase of 1 per cent. But Government has repeatedly pleaded ignorance to reports that it received a US$20 million signing bonus from Exxon. These reports gained traction after they were exposed by Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram.Evidence of the shady transaction came to light in a leaked correspondence dated September 20, 2016 and addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana with this subject: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.It shows that Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, has requested that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by ExxonMobil.The letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the Bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is, United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”The missive also listed the signatories to the account: Hector Butts, Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry; Louise Bouyea, Deputy Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry; Jawahar Persaud, Accountant General (Acting) at the Finance Ministry; and Jennifer Chapman, Deputy Accountant General at the Finance Ministry. The letter was also copied to Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.Condemnation has already flowed in from the Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) and from Christopher Ram himself. The Government has been slammed for being given opportunity, but refusing, to come clean on several occasions.After the fact, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman defended the secrecy by saying the money would be used to defend Guyana’s sovereignty in the legal process.Minister Jordan defended his role in the arrangement by noting that he was not obligated to answer questions he was not asked.last_img read more

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Lindeners observe Mashramani 2018 with grandeur

first_imgBy Utamu BellThe celebration of Mashramani returned to its birthplace on Sunday, and hundreds took to the streets of Linden to be imbued with the excitement of the annual costume and float parade.Heavy downpours which threatened to dampen the carnival atmosphere could not deter Lindeners from witnessing the floats and participating in the revelry.The procession, consisting of approximately 4 floats, made its way from across the Mackenzie shore to Wismar, where it culminated at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground.Some of the costumes which formed part of the procession included the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC) and the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LMTC).ANSA McAL Stag trucks and Banks DIH party trucks kept the atmosphere alive with the sounds of soca and chutney music which penetrated the atmosphere as the revellers pranced through the streets.As is customary, onlookers lined the streets to get a glimpse of the live spectacle. Food, fete and frolic were what formed the ambience at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground in the true spirit of Mashramani, as Lindeners took time out to socialize with each other.But despite this, many Lindeners note that the observance, which started 48 years ago in the community, continues to leave much to be desired.Speaking after the float parade, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland noted that there was a greater turnout along the route last year, but he blamed it on the weather.“I know last year, along the route, there was a lot more people along the road”, he remarked.He, nevertheless, noted that he was grateful for the turnout. Holland called for greater unity in the spirit of Mashramani, as he made calls for a thousand strong to participate in the observances next year.There were also mixed reactions among Lindeners who witnessed Sunday’s event. “I think as the years go by, it’s progressing, but I think we need to look at a different angle to get more people out. (I think they should) Go into the different communities and maybe pool some money into those communities and let them portray banners and maybe you would have more people participating, and it would be a better festival, from what I see.“I think Linden, as the birthplace for Mashramani, I think the Government needs to invest in more floats for Linden. Even after they are finished in town, maybe that would help our community develop and increase the participation”, an onlooker told <>.Onlooker Odetta Fraser also shared similar sentiments. “I think we needed more costumes and more floats. Yes, it got the support, but we need to be more uniform. We got the support; it’s big, but we need to come bigger and better next year. I think we can do it”, she said.Denisia Chapman noted that while the celebration was grand this year, it could’ve been better. “I think this year was better than last year and they had a good turnout, but it could’ve been better”, she said.Mashramani celebrations began in Linden by the Jaycees Committee 48 years ago, but eventually moved to Georgetown. The observance is usually held in Linden a week after the celebration in the capital city.last_img read more

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Sanchez denies making bet on Jose sacking

first_imgBut Sanchez, who joined the Red Devils from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January, said the story was “false”.“Jose gave me the chance to play for the best team in the world,” he wrote.“I only have gratitude for him. We are a truly United team.”Esto es FALSO!!!. El mister me trajo al mejor equipo del mundo y solo tengo agradecimiento para él. Somos un equipo unido de verdad. Somos el MANCHESTER UNITED. Respeto. No veo la hora de poder ayudar al equipo, vamos a salir adelante juntos. Buena suerte mañana familia ! pic.twitter.com/mKDTVOwsrj— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) December 21, 2018Sanchez, 30, signed a four-and-a-half-year deal worth £14m when he moved to Old Trafford at the start of the year.He has since scored four times in 30 appearances and has not played since November because of a hamstring problem.“I can’t wait to help the team,” he added.Former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take charge of the team for Saturday’s Premier League match against Cardiff.-By BBC Sport- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“Jose gave me the chance to play for the best team in the world,” he wrote.“I only have gratitude for him. We are a truly United team.”LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 21 – Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has denied a report he made a bet with team-mate Marcos Rojo about the sacking of Jose Mourinho.After Mourinho was sacked as United boss on Tuesday, it was reported Chile international Sanchez told Argentina defender Rojo he owed him Sh2.5m (£20,000).last_img read more

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‘I’ll never forgive Van Gaal if we lose out on this target’ – Fans want PL star to sign

first_img Man United target Morgan Schneiderlin is hoping to have his future resolved soon 1 Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is hoping to have his future resolved by next week.Speaking in France, the 25-year-old said: “The negotiations are ongoing and should be completed in the coming days, hopefully before the resumption of [Southampton’s pre-season] training next week.”Schneiderlin has been linked to Arsenal, Tottenham and Man United, but it is the latter who appear to be in the lead for his signature and fans could not be happier.Given the rumoured arrival of Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid, the Old Trafford faithful are quite excited about what lies ahead.last_img read more

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Stock Dogs strut their stuff at Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale dog trials

first_imgRed Bluff >> The 2017 Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale held the Stock Dog trials Wednesday in preparation for the 39th Annual Red Bluff Stock Dog Sale to take place at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Don Smith Pavilion at the Tehama District Fairground.The second day of working the stock dogs will be held inside the Pauline Davis Pavilion at 7 p.m. Thursday.There are five judges at the trials who are looking to see how well the dogs can keep the cattle together, said Adam Owens, Bull & Gelding Sale …last_img read more

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JM Coetzee archive heads to US

first_imgRay Maota Literary icon and Nobel laureate JM Coetzeesaid he was happy his archives will reside at the Ransom Centre, which has one of the world’s greatest research collections. The Life and Times of Michael K won Coetzee the coveted Booker Prize.(Images: Wikipedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jennifer Tisdale  Harry Ransom Centre: Director of   Public Affairs  +512 471 8949 RELATED ARTICLES • Young writer to publish 18th book • Mandela quotations book published • New Forbes Africa out in SA • Nollybooks: Literacy with loveThe archive of South African literary giant and Nobel laureate JM Coetzee has been bought by the Harry Ransom Centre library at the University of Texas in the US.The collection of work covers the life and career of the author, spanning more than five decades.It was acquired for US$1.5-million (R11-million) using funds from private donors and the university.Coetzee said: “It is very satisfying to me to know that my papers will find a home at the Ransom Centre, one of the world’s great research collections, as my association with the University of Texas goes back almost half a century.”Coetzee received his doctorate from the Ransom Centre in 1969.Thomas Staley, the director of the centre, said: “He writes brilliantly of his native home of South Africa, but the themes and conflicts he explores in his works are universal. We are delighted that his remarkable archive will be available for study at the Ransom Centre.“Known for his spare, striking and powerful prose, Coetzee has left an indelible mark on our culture.”The award-winning novelist, academic and literary critic grew up in South Africa, but now lives in Adelaide in Australia.He received Australian citizenship in 2006 and is a professor of literature at the University of Adelaide.He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2003, making him the second South African after Nadine Gordimer to win the award. He was also the first author to receive the Booker Prize twice.The archiveCoetzee’s archive consists of 155 document boxes, five filling cabinet drawers and eight storage boxes consisting of journals, manuscripts, correspondence and business documents.Documenting Coetzee’s family life and upbringing are photo albums which include his parents, grandparents and children, as well as some of his childhood drawings.Notebooks and manuscripts show drafts of his works at different stages of the writing process.Some of the manuscripts show Coetzee toying with ideas of how to represent a character, such as Michael in his book The Life and Times of Michael K.In one version he describes Michael as a “brilliant poet” and in another as an “educated dispatch clerk”. Michael’s relationship with his mother takes different formats, in one manuscript she is his wife and in another his grandmother.The archive also includes various letters of correspondence between him and publishers spanning over 30 years. They show Coetzee’s transition from a writer seeking a publisher to his relationships with his agents and publishers.A collection of digital material with over five boxes of discs with manuscript drafts and other material related to his works are included, as well as award ceremony, radio and interview videotapes and recordings.One of the world’s greatest research collectionsThe Harry Ransom Centre aims to advance the study of the arts and humanities. It acquires, preserves and makes accessible the original cultural material to students and visitors.It also houses the archives of other Nobel laureates such as novelist, playwright and theatre director Samuel Beckett; playwright, literary critic and poet Thomas Stearns Eliot; author and journalist Ernest Hemingway; writer Doris Lessing; playwright George Bernard Shaw; author Isaac Bashevis Singer; writer John Steinbeck; and poet and playwright William Butler Yeats.The centre has an extensive collection of archives ranging from rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and performing art material.Bill Powers, the president at the University of Texas, said: “Coetzee is one of the university’s most distinguished alumni and his archive will be not only a tremendous resource for scholars from around the world, but an inspiration for the students of the university.”According to Staley, the centre is constantly expanding and deepening its 20th century collections by acquiring the archives of major figures.last_img read more

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Bailout bill leaves a one-year gap, with no available tax credits for work performed in 2008

first_imgNew Tax Credits For Residential Energy Improvements Will Be Available for 2009 WorkWASHINGTON, DC — The $700 billion bank bailout bill signed into law by President Bush in October 2008 included a renewal of the homeowner energy-efficiency tax credits originally established in August 2005. (These tax credits were available to homeowners who performed air-sealing work, installed Energy Star windows, installed insulation, or bought an efficient furnace or air conditioner in 2006 and 2007.) While the new bill reinstates tax credits for work performed in 2009, it leaves a one-year gap, with no available tax credits for work performed in 2008. “Congress really left a doughnut hole with this kind of language,” commented Steven Nadel, the executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. “The package was getting too expensive, so they were trying to find out ways to cut the cost.” Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen, a nonprofit advocacy group, was more blunt. “While Congress was opening up the federal checkbook to provide up to a trillion dollars to Wall Street, they were extremely militant about keeping the cost down of tax breaks for households,” said Slocum. For work performed in 2009, however, homeowners can receive the following tax credits:Up to $150 for a new efficient furnace.Up to $500 for 10% of the cost of air-sealing materials, new insulation, new exterior doors, or new reflective roofing.Up to $300 for a new efficient central air conditioner, heat pump, water heater, or certain biomass stoves.Up to $200 for 10% of the cost of new Energy Star windows.The maximum tax credit per household is $500. For more information, visit www.ase.org/taxcredits. ANALYSISFor those who care about energy efficiency, the federal tax credit program looks like a very blunt instrument indeed. The program shows all the signs of having been drafted by manufacturers’ lobbyists, not energy experts. Why else is a credit provided for window replacement, a measure that is almost never cost-effective? The window replacement tax credit will do more to line the pockets of window manufacturers than participating homeowners. A truly effective program would provide tax credits for home energy audits and air-sealing work; but since the cost of these measures is mostly labor, they are excluded from the tax-credit program, which covers material costs only. (Bizarrely, a taxpayer can claim a credit for 10% of the cost of any tubes of caulk used to perform air-sealing work, but can’t claim a credit for the cost of the labor to find air leaks — an absurd provision that appears to be propelled by the needs of caulk manufacturers, not logic.)last_img read more

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Microsoft Is Trying To Sell Windows 8 To Enterprises, But Most Want Windows 7 Instead

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… In September of 2012, though, research firm Gartner warned enterprises that they should upgrade to Windows 7, not Windows 8. Gartner vice president Richard Kleynhans said then that he was aware of many enterprises doing just that. “Get Windows 7 done, and then you can start to experiment and dabble with Windows 8, but don’t let Windows 8 derail your Windows 7 upgrade project,” Kleynhans said.That’s a lesson Dell customers apparently have apparently taken to heart. The reason, explained Lisa Richardson, a senior product manager for Dell KACE, is simple: complexity equals cost.Transition Fatigue“For a lot of them, it’s fatigue. It’s OS fatigue,” Richardson said. “It’s, ‘OK, we’re making this huge shift to Windows 7, we know it’s been tested, it’s been around, we have to move onto it.’ What we’re hearing from IT administrators is that there’s a challenge from moving to Windows 7 and its ribbon interface. But Windows 8 is an ever bigger shift in terms of user experience. And what I’m finding out is that because it’s such a big shift in user experience, such a huge jump from Windows XP to Windows 8, support calls are going to go up. That drives up support costs, and that turns off many IT administrators.” Tags:#Microsoft#Windows#windows 7#Windows 8 The other big transition concern is applications compatibility, especially with line-of-business programs developed in house, Richardson reported. Compatibility issues, however, can crop in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.In case you’re wondering, operating system upgrades are what Dell KACE does. The Dell KACE Deployment Appliance manages OS upgrades across enterprises (including apps, files, and operating systems), so IT admins participating in the survey have skin in the game. The survey participants represented a mix of existing KACE customers as well as prospective clients, Dell said.Richardson added that 15% of the survey participants said they plan to deploy both Windows 8 and Windows 7, and 10% said they wouldn’t install either one. A second survey question indicated that 17% of participants had completed their upgrade, 18% were three-quarters done, and that an additional 13% said they were at least halfway done. But almost half (49%) said either that they were either less than halfway done or hadn’t even begun.Forrester’s data, meanwhile, also gives an edge to Windows 7 over WIndows 8. The firm found that its Web traffic was about 50% Windows 7, with 47.5% of IT managers saying they’ve installed it. Windows XP still accounted for about 22.3% of traffic, or 38.2% of systems; Macs are about 14.6% of traffic, and 14.3% of self-reported employee PC ownership. Windows 8 was too new to make the IT survey, but represented just 1% of Forrester’s traffic from May 2012 through January 2013.Windows 8 Or Windows 7: It’s Still Good News For Hardware MakersNo matter OS enterprises are upgrading to, Dell found, the time seems ripe for a hardware refresh. A lot of IT customers reported that PCs were being asked to last far longer than the previously standard three-year refresh cycle because of the effects of the recession – often five to six years. “Those systems couldn’t support either Windows 7 or Windows 8,” Richardson said, in part because they don’t have big enough hard drives. markhachman IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts And hardware still matters, even as the trend toward mobile devices implies that the cloud is shouldering more of the workload. “A stylized view suggests that computing is moving to the cloud and that platforms don’t matter anymore,” Forrester’s report concluded. “This stylized view couldn’t be more wrong — today and for the next five years or longer. The mobile revolution continues afoot, as users shift computing minutes from traditional PCs and Macs to tablets, smartphones, and new classes of devices like hybrids and convertibles.”And that’s where the good news for Microsoft may be found. Richardson reported strong IT demand for Windows tablets – as supplemental devices, not as laptop replacements – to the point where Kace plans to add support for Windows 8 deployments on tablets.The War For Windows? Or For PCs?Forrester’s message is that platforms still matter. But listen closely to what Microsoft’s saying these days, and the interpretation changes.“Businesses continue to value the Windows platform,” Chris Suh, general manager of Microsoft’s investor relations, said during the company’s recent conference call. “Volume licensing of Windows is on track to deliver almost $4 billion in revenue this year, and nearly three quarters of enterprise agreements that we’ve signed this year include Windows. Additionally, this quarter we saw continued progress in the transition of Windows XP to Windows 7, and now two thirds of enterprise desktops are running Windows 7.”It’s all Windows, Windows, Windows. But notice the careful phrasing. Microsoft’s message is that businesses value Windows, not necessarily Windows 8.For a company reacting to the alarm bells analysts are sounding on the future of the PC, Microsoft’s statements signify an important strategic retrenching: for years, Microsoft fought to establish its latest operating system to spearhead continued growth. As this data from Forrester and Dell shows, though, Microsoft may be forced to acknowledge that Windows 8 is a lost cause within the enterprise. The new, lesser goal may be simply trying to hold on to the Windows PC – any flavor of Windows PC.Lead image of Tami Reller discussing Windows 8 and images of Windows XP, 7, 8 via Microsoft. While Microsoft is obviously having trouble convincing consumers to adopt Windows 8, its message is that enterprises have been far more accepting. It turns out that might not be true, either.Last week, Forrester Research released a report claiming that Microsoft’s Windows 7 is used in about 50% of all enterprise installationss, based both on its own surveys as well as a sampling of the Web traffic across it own servers. That’s not surprising, given that Windows 7 was released to enterprises years ago, in mid-2009.But what’s more shocking – and more worrisome to Microsoft – is a survey of IT professionals polled by Dell’s KACE systems management unit last week. It seems that even now, companies who are finally upgrading from Windows XP are turning away from Windows 8 in droves, selecting instead the older Windows 7 operating system. Of the 273 IT professionals who said that they’re upgrading from Windows XP, just 2% said they’re choosing Windows 8. The vast majority – 69% – said that they’re choosing Windows 7 instead.2013: A Key Transition Year From Windows XPFor Microsoft and many of its customers, 2013 represents a key transitional year. Many of its enterprise customers will be forced to move away from Windows XP,  which Microsoft plans to cease supporting on April 8, 2014. Microsoft is eager to sell those customers an upgrade to Windows 8, Office 2013, and other services, while PC makers hope they’ll buy all new PCs, too.last_img read more

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Pay More Taxes

first_imgOver the last couple of days a number of people have shared with me their feelings about the outcome of the Presidential election.They’ve said things like, “The government punishes business so much, there isn’t going to be any reason to put forth the effort.” I’ve heard, “Why should I work so hard when the government is going to make me pay more and more taxes?”Here’s my favorite: “Forty-seven percent of the people aren’t even going to try. They’re just going live on government handouts.”You personal economy has nothing to do with outcome of the Presidential election. That isn’t how successful people look at these issues.The Truth (For Those That Will Heed the Call)Pay the highest tax rate you possibly can.Succeed so wildly in all of your business endeavors that you find yourself in a tax bracket that makes you crazy uncomfortable. Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but keep the rest for yourself. Make sure that remainder is enough that you make your life the best life possible.Now let’s deal with the forty-seven percent. Let’s say forty-seven percent of the population isn’t going to try to succeed. It’s sad. But for our purposes it means that half of the people with the skill, talents, and abilities—but lacking the ambition—aren’t going be competing with you (not that I believe that number is anything close to accurate).Unless you are in politics, there isn’t much you can do about the outcome of any election. What you can do something about is your mindset and the level of success you achieve. Go ahead and succeed, and pay more taxes. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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