Set Up More COVID-19 Testing Centres, Sample Collection Infrastructure: Delhi HC to Govt.

first_imgNews UpdatesSet Up More COVID-19 Testing Centres, Sample Collection Infrastructure: Delhi HC to Govt. Press Trust of India26 April 2021 2:09 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Monday requested the AAP government to set up more testing centres in view of the rise in COVID-19 cases in the national capital which is recording around 24,000 fresh infections for the last few days.A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh also asked the Delhi government to put in place necessary infrastructure to streamline the sample collection process.The direction was issued by the court after several lawyers told the bench that they were facing difficulty in getting tested as labs were saying they will carry out sample collection after 2-3 days.The lawyers claimed that the number of daily tests have gone down to around 60,000 from the over one lakh tests that were being conducted earlier.Delhi recorded 350 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday and 22,933 cases with a positivity rate of 30.21 per centThe submissions were made during hearing of a PIL seeking directions to the Delhi government to order hospitals not to insist on COVID positive reports to hospitalise patients who show symptoms of coronavirus.The Delhi government told the court that its Health department has issued a circular on April 23 directing hospitals in the city not to insist on COVID positive test reports to admit patients who are showing symptoms of coronavirus infection.The Delhi government told the bench that such patients would be kept in a dedicated area, in the hospitals, meant for suspected cases.TagsDelhi High Court COVID-19 Cases Delhi Government Next Storylast_img read more

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The Track

first_imgI am sitting here watching horse racing on TV. This is the best way to do it, because you can pick your horses, make your imaginary bet, and at the end of the day never lose money. However, when you have tracks like Indiana Live near Shelbyville, it is very nice to go to such a beautiful facility and bet a few bucks on your favorite horse. Local owners, like Doug Wilson and Ron Fledderman, both have run horses at this track. They keep this track extremely clean, the Club House is attractive and roomy, the food is good, and you have monitors at your table to watch the horses run. If you prefer, you can enjoy the races trackside without going to the Club House. I am waiting to see what River Downs is developing, because all summer they are building a new racino–track and casino combined. Everyone says it will be a show place. I still like to watch those beautiful thoroughbreds come thundering down the stretch. We are fortunate to be within driving distance of some of the top tracks in the nation including Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Turfway, and the two already mentioned. If you like harness racing, there is the Anderson, Indiana, race track.last_img read more

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Heartbreaker: Gilyard rallies Cincinnati past Pitt 45-44

first_imgSHADES OF DORSETT— Freshman running back sensation Dion Lewis had 47 carries, a new Pitt record, for 194 yards and three touchdowns in a Tony Dorsett-like performance to lead the Panthers. PITTSBURGH (AP)—No. 5 Cincinnati trailed Pittsburgh by 21 points late in the first half, a perfect season and BCS bowl berth in peril. Teammate after teammate came up to wide receiver Mardy Gilyard asking for a big play.Gilyard listened to every plea, silently whispered a short prayer, then relied on his speed and can’t-tackle-me attitude to give the Bearcats numerous momentum-swinging plays in a game they led only once—at the end. Tony Pike’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Armon Binns with 33 seconds left finished the comeback from a three-touchdown deficit, and the Bearcats stunned No. 14 Pittsburgh 45-44 on Saturday to secure their second straight Big East title.The first de facto Big East championship game since the conference began playing football in 1991 was a high-scoring classic. Freshman Dion Lewis’ three touchdowns and 194 yards rushing on 47 carries in a Tony Dorsett-like performance carried Pitt (9-3, 5-2) to leads of 31-10, 38-24 and 44-38, only to have the Gilyard-led Bearcats (12-0, 7-0) rally each time.Gilyard gave the Bearcats a much-needed jolt with a 99-yard kickoff return only 70 seconds before halftime—immediately after coach Brian Kelly and a half-dozen teammates pleaded for a game-changing play—and he made it 31-24 in the third quarter with a 68-yard scoring catch.Gilyard’s 49-yard kickoff return also led to Pike’s 8-yard scoring pass to D.J. Woods that cut Pitt’s lead to 38-30 early in the fourth quarter. Gilyard has four kickoff return touchdowns in his career and three kick return scores this season. SENSATIONAL PERFORMANCE— Mardy Gilyard catches a critical two-point conversion for Cincinnati. “Mardy Gilyard was absolutely brilliant,” Kelly said. “The kickoff return was the spark that got us back into the game.”Gilyard didn’t do it all by himself. Pike shook off a rough opening three quarters to complete his final 11 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Binns made five catches for 104 yards in an offense that came in averaging 473 yards and 39 points.“We were going through the motions,” Pike said of falling behind 31-10 in the second quarter. “We were trying to make too many big plays. But then Mardy got us going, just like he has so many times.”Cincinnati heads off to the BCS for the second season in a row with its first 12-0 record to face Florida in the Sugar Bowl, while Pitt’s second consecutive loss dooms the Panthers to the Meineke Car Care Bowl only two weeks after they were 9-1 and ranked in the top 10.Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt called it “a tough, heartbreaking loss, to say the least,” and his players’ faces said it was even worse than that.Linebacker Adam Gunn became upset with questions about how Cincinnati drove 61 yards in only 63 seconds for the decisive score. Lewis didn’t talk to reporters despite playing one of the best games by any running back in school history.“I told my teammates that we had a terrific ride,” defensive end Mick Williams said. “It’s a tough way to end, and I really don’t know how to describe it.”Lewis, breaking Craig “Ironhead” Heyward’s 1987 school record of 42 carries in a game, put Pitt ahead 44-38 with 1:36 remaining on a 5-yard run. But holder Andrew Janocko mishandled a perfect snap from center and Pitt never got off the extra point, a costly mistake.Lewis, whose 1,640 yards are 46 shy of Dorsett’s freshman season total of 1,686 yards in 1973, had 116 yards on 29 carries and three catches by halftime.Cincinnati also failed to convert an extra point but made up for it with a 2-pointer. Pike was held to 8 completions in his first 22 attempts, but went 4 of 4 on the final drive and finished 22 of 44 for 302 yards despite throwing three interceptions.“He had to fight through it,” said Kelly, who briefly warmed up backup Zach Collaros early in the third quarter.Before that, Lewis sliced through Cincinnati’s defense with speed and power, running three times for 17 yards ahead of his 15-yard scoring run that restored Pitt’s two-touchdown lead at 38-24 with 12:26 remaining. Woods’ score got the Bearcats close again, and they tied it at 38 with 5:46 left on Isaiah Pead’s 1-yard run and Pike’s conversion pass to Gilyard.Gilyard made five catches for 118 yards and also had 256 yards on seven kickoff returns.“I don’t know what their scheme was, but they kept kicking it to me,” said Gilyard, who has 2,442 all-purpose yards this season, an average of 203 per game.Pitt, which lost 19-16 to rival West Virginia on Nov. 27 to fall out of the top 10, had everything going in the first half—the running game, the occasional deep pass and, for a change, special teams. Nate Nix’s blocked punt led to Bill Stull’s 3-yard TD run that made it 31-10 with 1:26 left before halftime.It was Pitt’s biggest regular-season game since the then-No. 1 Panthers, led by Dan Marino, took a 14-0 lead before losing to Penn State 48-14 in 1981, costing them a chance to play for the national title. Pitt beat Georgia Tech in the Sugar Bowl that season.last_img read more

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Watch: New initiative allows visually impaired fans to experience football matches in the stadium!

first_imgAdvertisement eqj6NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6ls81( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2arWould you ever consider trying this?😱jCan your students do this? 🌚78edt5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Kevin Kelly raises his hands to his face and jumps out of his seat while the crowd behind him uproars as Bohemian FC were denied by the crossbar during their match Waterford FC at Dalymount Park. The 32-year-old Kevin, who lost his sight following a retinal detachment in 2001, usually follows his club through the radio, but last night he experienced the thrills of the beautiful game for the first time in almost 20 years, thanks to a new initiative from Bohemians and the National Council for the Blind in Ireland (NCBI). They club and the council have teamed up to make live games more accessible to visually impaired football fans through audio description.Advertisement Advertisement “This is the very first time in the League of Ireland that there will be audio described commentary for visually impaired people. This is happening at other clubs across Europe. So, I thought we should offer it to fans here too. Sport should be accessible for everyone,” said James Flanagan, a visual impairment specialist at NCBI.James and his team are doing a fantastic job providing audio description to visually impaired fans at the stadium. While, the live commentary comes in through an ear piece in one ear, the other ear is left free to hear the crowd and match noises.And Kevin who is just as excited as the rest of the home supporters around him, spoke on this new and unique experience.“Tonight, is a historic night for people who are blind and visually impaired in Ireland. There are 54,000 people living in Ireland with sight loss. Quite a number of them have a real interest in football.”“There’s nothing better to make you feel part of your community than going along and supporting your team” said a delighted Kevin Kelly.While the NCBI hopes to partner with other clubs next season, this pilot project will run at Dalymount for the rest of the season. Kudos to this heartwarming initiative!  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Volunteers are a Vital Resource During Sandy Aftermath

first_imgVoluntary Agency Liaison staff at FEMA work with the state umbrella organization, New Jersey Voluntary Organi­­za­tions Active in Disaster (VOAD). FEMA provides information on the extent of damage from the disaster to VOAD. The organization then contacts its local partners who provide direct services to disaster survivors.Disaster assistance is coordinated over the long term by VOAD to make sure everyone who needs help receives help. TRENTON – When a disaster strikes, volunteers are a vital resource. They represent the compassionate face that brings comfort to disaster survivors and provides for their immediate needs.“Working together as friends and neighbors is spontaneous after a disaster” said FEMA Volunteer Agency Liaison Manager Ken Skal­itzky. “This approach is really what makes a community whole again.”One group of volunteers recently was recognized when Middletown Mayor Anthony P. Fiore presented the Key to the City to Dave Karr, whose volunteer staff from the Southern Baptist Convention, Okla­homa Dis­aster Relief, prepared more than 1.5 million meals for disaster survivors.“It was a real honor,” Karr said. “I was told they rarely do this. I accepted on behalf of the whole Oklahoma team.”Karr’s team and the organization they represent are typical of the volunteers working in New Jersey, both locally and from out of state. More than 100 organizations manage thousands of dedicated volunteers.Here are some of the major organizations and their services:Adventist Community Services – manages warehouse distribution of supplies for disaster survivors.Mennonite Disaster Service – doing cleanup, repairs, and rebuilding homes.The Salvation Army – provided Thanksgiving dinner or lunch in several locations throughout  the state. The Transitional Sheltering Assist­ance social services programs connect needs with available resources.Samaritans Purse – doing muck outs, removing dirt and debris; cleaning up and sanitizing homes to prevent mold.Southern Baptist Con­ven­tion/Oklahoma Disaster Relief – 117 volunteers prepared more than 1.5 million meals to date, and is deploying 41 emergency relief vehicles across New Jersey to continue feeding disaster survivors.The Red Cross – more than 4,000 volunteers assisting with meals, sheltering, essential supplies, and health services.United Methodist Com­mittee on Relief – volunteers working on “muck outs.”Catholic Charities – 363 volunteers serving at relief sites offered financial and other material assistance to some 3,000 families.  The sites are now closed.last_img read more

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BELOVED PADDOCK CAPTAIN JOHN SHEAR CELEBRATES 94TH BIRTHDAY IN SANTA ANITA WINNER’S CIRCLE CEREMONY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2015)–Surrounded by a group of jockeys and fellow employees and looking like a man 30 years his junior, Santa Anita Paddock Captain John Shear celebrated his 94th birthday in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races on Saturday at Santa Anita.Employed at The Great Race Place in various roles for more than five decades, Shear struck his customary optimistic tone when asked to reflect on his life and years spent at Santa Anita.“I love working here every day,” he said. “When I get to see lovely people at the track every day, it makes it all worth it.”A native of England who aspired to be a jockey, Shear gained national recognition for an act of heroism on March 12, 2011 when he reacted instinctively to a loose horse in the paddock by throwing himself between the fleeting animal and a 5-year-old girl.When asked earlier today to describe how it felt to be 94 years of age, he responded, “Well, I certainly don’t mind.”last_img read more

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African FTA ‘ambitious but achievable’

first_img10 July 2012African countries should not underestimate the task of ensuring that an African Free Trade Area (FTA) gets off the ground, AU Commission director of trade and industry Treasure Maphanga said as the African Union’s 19th summit opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday.Speaking at the Permanent Representatives Committee meeting ahead of the summit’s opening, Maphanga told reporters that getting African countries to trade among each other was a huge task, one that needed commitment from all parties.The theme for this week’s summit is “boosting intra-African trade”, and the heads of state that will arrive later this week are expected to thrash out ideas that will lead to a more valued continent.“We are moving from the premise that this is ambitious, but it’s feasible,” Maphanga said. “This is a project that belongs to the continent, and we [the AU] are agents and facilitators, and our role at the end of the day is to assist in monitoring it to ensure its success.”At an AU summit earlier this year, African leaders endorsed the plan, expected to be operational by the end of 2017.It envisages a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of US$875-billion from 26 countries. The East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Central Africa (COMESA) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) have already begun negotiations to merge, which is a precursor to a single trade area across the continent.According to the AU, the three regional economic blocs constitute 58% of the continent’s GDP and 57 percent of its population.South Africa has thrown its weight behind the plan, with President Jacob Zuma saying it would go a long way towards addressing poverty and underdevelopment.“We expect that we will have the opportunity to consolidate the architecture that was adopted at the last summit, and that architecture was very clear in terms of the continental frameworks and the structure that will support the FTA agenda,” Maphanga said.Africa had realised that without trade and investment and speeding-up economic self-reliance, there would be no progress on integration, she added.Critics of the plan have argued, however, that Africa was wrongly integrated into global trade, citing cheap labour and raw materials. There is also doubt on the level of political commitment among the continent’s leaders to push the plan.But Maphanga insisted that member states would be the key drivers of the project and that “there is no need to think too much about what others are saying”.“We have realised that we need a transformation of the patterns on trade. Without industrialisation and the value addition, we will not make any difference at all in terms of future trade patterns.”The Africa trade committee, which consists of heads of state, would need to keep the FTA project alive with regular progress reports to the assembly, and this should go beyond the current summit.She pointed to the progress that she said had been made by East and Southern Africa, singling out Kenya as enjoying the highest level of intra-African trade.A study has shown that Kenya had, over a five-year period from 2006 to 2010, exported horticultural products valued at Ksh30.5-billion – six times the value of imports (Ksh4.8-billion).The exports increased at an annual rate of 14.3%, from Ksh3.9-billion in 2006 to Ksh6.8-billion in 2010, while imports increased at a rate of 26.2%, from Ksh0.6-billion in 2006 to Ksh1.4-billion in 2010.The main market destinations for Kenya exports by value were Somalia (63%), Uganda (10%), Tanzania (8%) and South Africa (5%).“So we see that there are examples, and this is something that countries can look at,” said Maphanga.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Being green for River Rehab

first_imgIt is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems. (Image; Greenbeings, via Facebook)Join Green Beings on the banks of the Klein Jukskei Spruit in northeastern Johannesburg on 12 March and celebrate this year’s Water Week by helping to revitalise the waterway.The family-friendly River Rehab event run by Green Beings takes place between 8am and 1pm. It is an opportunity for residents, businesses, civic organisations and others to join their efforts in removing as much rubbish from the river and the surrounding areas as they can.Green Beings also urges people to help it introduce as many indigenous plants along the river as possible, while also removing harmful alien species and maintaining the environment.WATER WISERecent water shortages and drought in the country, with unpredictable rainfall patterns, are taking their toll on many South Africans. As a collective, the nation has become more aware of the importance of using our natural resources sparingly.South Africans are quickly realising the importance of being conscious of our impact and how this affects our daily water consumption. It is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems.There are many ways in which people can change their habits and routines to save water, and most of them aren’t difficult. These include watering your garden in the early mornings or late afternoons when it is cooler, taking a quick shower rather than a bath, and using a cup while brushing your teeth instead of letting the tap run.With on-going education people will start to realise the importance of the state of the environment and how each individual can mitigate climate change through small actions collectively to make a wider positive impact.If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.GREEN BEINGSThis year’s River Rehab is the sixth run by the organisation, which is appealing to members of the public to make it an even bigger success than previously by bringing as many friends, family and colleagues along.It is through the help from valuable stakeholders that the Green Beings NPO has been able to run such initiatives, and it is only through such collaborations that River Rehab’s aims will be achieved.The main focus of previous River Rehabs was removing alien vegetation and planting indigenous trees along the riverbanks. The next event will focus on cleaning up the park and waterway, removing alien vegetation and replacing the old dilapidated fence with an attractive wooden fence.Green Beings hopes to get individuals and businesses to help fund the implementation of this new, more inviting, fence by sponsoring sections of it. If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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Five generations of family and one barn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Including my children, five generations of the Reese family have worked and played in the old barn on my parent’s property — that is a lot of pitchforking and hay fort building.When faced with a decision about the future of this incredible, historic structure, my parents made the decision in 2010 to hire a gifted Amish crew to give it a major makeover for future generations of Reeses to continue to work and play beneath the ancient rafters of this grand old barn. Based on the saw marks on the beams, the style and the roofing material, it has been estimated that the barn was built between 1870 and 1880. Think about how Ohio agriculture has changed since then!My parents are the third generation of the Reese family to own the farm. My great-grandfather, Pearl Jay Reese, and his wife, Jessie Mae, purchased the farm in 1918. Here is more about the barn from the Hancock Historical Society.For three generations, the 1,200 square foot barn housed a dairy operation. The barn is a typical, three-bay, English ground barn, and the size and design of are reminiscent of a New England style. While some of the material is hand hewn, the smaller braces (scantlings) are circular sawn. The barn builders probably made use of some of the last old-growth material available in the area that could span the whole length of the barn as one piece of lumber. Both the plates and purlins are one piece (“one stick”). The orientation of the bracing in the barn is unique. The whitewash on the walls from the old milking parlor on the east side of the barn is still visible, and there is evidence that the milking parlor replaced an earlier grainery. The Reese barn is one of seven that will be featured on the third annual Hancock Historical Museum Historic Barn Tour on Sept. 12. The tours have proven to be a great way for non-farmers to connect with agriculture, but also a great way for modern farmers to re-connect with their agricultural heritage.This year’s tour features the oldest set of barns overall, though the area may have actually been settled later than parts of the county on previous tours. In several cases, the younger barns from earlier tours were the second barns built on the farms.Retired Hancock County Extension educator Gary Wilson was instrumental in getting the tour started and was surprised about how much he has learned about his community and heritage in the process.“This has been a look at the farm heritage here. I have learned a lot about these barns. I discovered I have one 8-inch by 8-inch beam in my barn that is 70 feet long. A neighbor has one that is 80 feet long,” Wilson said. “The Hancock Historical Museum has professionals on staff who know how to look into the records and property deeds and each barn owner on the tour gets a rundown of the history of their barns. Those things are really interesting. Many of these farm families go back several generations and these tours bring back family to see the barns. It is like a family reunion.”Wilson has learned much about his own family history in recent years, in part through the barn tour.“We have my great grandmother’s farm records from 1895 to 1928 — if they bought a pair of boots they wrote it down. They fit everything they bought for a year on a half piece of paper. They bought hardly anything,” he said. “Some years they grossed less than $400, but yet they built a house and a barn. I have the bill of sale for when they built the barn in 1905 — it cost $1,465. That was the only year they had more expenses than they had income. You couldn’t just go to Ag Credit and get an operating loan in those days. They just used what they had.”Because of the value of the tour for local farming, the area’s agricultural community has been very supportive of the tour in terms of sponsorships. Sponsors for the event include the Hancock County Farm Bureau, Ag Credit, Findlay Implement, Legacy Cooperative, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., and Archbold Equipment Co. Other sponsors are Citizens National Bank, Reineke Family Dealerships, and Findlay-Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau.Ultimately, the inherent appeal of the barns attracts the initial attention for tour goers, but it is what can be learned about the people who built the amazing structures and their descendants that really resonates with those on the tour. Those dynamic craftsmen from yesteryear left their legacy in the timbers and the ingenuity that has defied the elements and laws of nature for generations.“Everybody can trace themselves back to the farm. When you go back, that barn was the centerpiece of the farm. It was the first place you went and the last place you left every day. Those days have changed, but many people are still using them on the farm and some people have kept them up,” Wilson said. “They built things to last back then and they didn’t use nails and screws and bolts. They didn’t have engineers with graduate degree or blueprints. They didn’t have rulers — just something similar to a framing square. They cut out sticks of certain lengths for measuring. It was just common sense based on knowledge that had been passed down from their fathers. It is fascinating to think about how these barns were built.”Today that craftsmanship provides glimpses into a lifestyle that is hard for us to imagine. Some say those were the good old days, though a look at the harsh realities that had to be endured back then may encourage you to think otherwise. Either way, the ghosts of our forefathers inhabiting Ohio’s rural barns offer something people are looking for — insight into a way of life that is tough to fathom, but fascinating to contemplate.The third annual Historic Barn Tour on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10-4. It is a self-guided tour of seven historic barns in western Hancock County. Pre-sale tickets for $10 are available at the Hancock Historical Museum and sponsor locations in Findlay. Tickets can be purchased online at http://historicbarntour.brownpapertickets.com. For more information and a map of the tour, visit hancockhistoricalmuseum.org or call 419-423-4433.last_img read more

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How Nokia And Elop Will Fold Into Microsoft

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Microsoft#Nokia That possibility seems very much in doubt now. The wording of the memo from Ballmer seems to indicate that Larson-Green will be reporting to Elop, which would accordingly elevate Elop to the best heir-apparent position within Microsoft for the CEO job.According to an interview with Ballmer by The Verge, Elop has been up for the Microsoft CEO position as an external candidate. He will continue to be in the running as an internal candidate. See also Microsoft’s Best Bet For Next CEO Currently Runs Another Giant CompanyGiven Elop’s tenure as former head of Microsoft’s Business Division from 2008-2010, he certainly has the background to take on the lead role at Microsoft. But Elop’s work to date at Nokia has been less than stellar, even after he chose to enter a strategic partnership with Microsoft in 2011 and sell Windows-based smartphones.Sure, it makes sense for a company that wants to remodel itself into a devices company to hire someone who’s run a devices company already.But when Elop took over Nokia just shy of three years ago Nokia’s global smartphone market share was around 35%. Now, it’s around a mere 4%. In 2010, its market cap was over $40 billion. Three years later, Nokia’s market cap is $14.6 billion. And since Elop took over, more than 40,000 employees were handed their pink slips in sweeping waves of layoffs.Is this the kind of management Microsoft really needs? The return of prodigal Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to Microsoft’s executive team as part of the acquisition of Nokia’s handset and services unit is raising questions about Elop’s role within Microsoft moving forward, both near-term and long-term, as well as how this will affect Microsoft’s recent “One Microsoft” management reorganization scheme.Under the One Microsoft plan, all operating systems were merged into a single Operating Systems group under Terry Myerson. Qi Lu heads up the new Application and Services group (which handles products like Bing, Office, Exchange, SharePoint and Skype) and Satya Nadella runs the Cloud and Enterprise group, overseeing Windows Server and Azure, among other products.But the person most effected by today’s news will be Julie Larson-Green, who was named as lead for the Devices and Studios group as part of the One Microsoft plan. Larson-Green’s team was to handle Surface, Xbox, games and entertainment development and production. Now, it seems, Larson-Green may be seeing her role as executive VP getting diminished already.See also What Microsoft Did And Didn’t Buy With Its Nokia AcquisitionThe Nuts And Bolts Of MergingAccording to a memo from Steve Ballmer to Microsoft employees last night, what Microsoft wants to do with Elop is create an expanded Devices team that will envelop the existing Devices and Studios group and many of the incoming Nokia employees. Elop will report directly to CEO Ballmer. brian proffitt IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Larson-Green, for now, will continue to helm the Devices and Studios team pushing out the expected Xbox One and Surface revamp this fall, Ballmer indicated.“Julie will be joining Stephen’s team once the acquisition closes, and will work with him to shape the new organization,” Ballmer continued.Meanwhile, several key Nokia players will also be reporting to Elop in his new role as head of the Devices group: Jo Harlow will continue to lead the Smart Devices team and Timo Toikkanen, will continue to lead the Mobile Phones team. Stefan Pannenbecker will lead Design.There are other aspects of Nokia’s business that will have to be merged, such as marketing, sales, finance, HR… all of the cogs that help large companies keep on running.According to the tentative plan outlined by Ballmer, Nokia’s sales team will remain intact, but will report to Microsoft COO B. Kevin Turner. Nokia’s marketing will be folded into Microsoft’s newly integrated global marketing group.Where things get fuzzy for the integration are in areas of manufacturing and figuring out a unified customer support infrastructure. That will be the big job ahead for Microsoft Corp. VP Tom Gibbons and Nokia EVP, Operations Juha Putkiranta, who will be leading the integration efforts on behalf of their respective companies.Elop As Future King?Putting Elop inside Microsoft as a direct report to Ballmer is an interesting move in itself. Since Microsoft is re-tooling itself as a “devices and services” company, it was widely believed that Larson-Green would be one of the lead internal candidates for Ballmer’s job as CEO. This made sense from an operational standpoint as well as a professional one, since Larson-Green is regarded as a smart and savvy leader. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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