Greetings!The great behemoth that is Intel is in fact made up of many, many tiny cogs…and I am one such cog. Working as a program/project manager within Intel’s Information Technology group, my efforts are focused on addressing the IT aspects of Intel’s acquisitions and divestitures activities (aka mergers and acquisitions…aka M&A…although it seems lately that we’ve been doing a fair amount of the ‘divestiture’ projects…but I don’t think you’ll see the term M&A&D being used anytime soon! It’s just not very sexy.) I’ll probably take a trip down memory lane in a later post, as this is in fact my second foray into the world of IT M&A. In short, my role involves working with the various business units within Intel when they decide to acquire a company or divest a piece of their business, and ensure that all IT aspects of the transaction are addressed successfully. The PM role is responsible for everything from network connectivity for desktop and laptop systems to servers and storage to telephony and Blackberries. We work closely with our “partners” within Intel (we used to call them “customers,” but I prefer the term “partners”…later post topic?) to ensure that people, assets and intellectual property are 1) brought in smoothly to the Intel fold in the case of an acquisition, and 2) handed off/out smoothly in the case of a divestiture. Wow, so much more I could add on this topic alone, but I’m a brand new blogger, so I must pace myself! Thanks! Chad Clemons
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday approved Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) request to replace injured pacer Junaid Khan with Rahat Ali in their World Cup squad.The World Cup’s Event Technical Committee accepted Ali as a substitute for Junaid for the tournament which begins February 14. Junaid had failed to recover from a hamstring injury he sustained before Pakistan’s one-day international (ODI) tour of New Zealand.The 26-year-old Ali played his only ODI against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in June 2012, but has 31 wickets from 11 Tests.Pakistan had Thursday named left-arm medium pacer Ali as the replacement.Pakistan head to the World Cup having suffered home and away series losses to New Zealand. They open their campaign against arch-rivals India at the Adelaide Oval on February 15.
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Mark May ClownFormer Ohio State graduate assistant Anthony Schlegel made headlines last September when he body-slammed an OSU student who had rushed onto the field during the Buckeyes’ game against Cincinnati. The image of Schlegel throwing the student to the turf went viral in no time, and the former Ohio State linebacker decided to incorporate it into his Twitter profile picture. With a humorous edit, of course.Schlegel’s Twitter Avi features former ESPN analyst Mark Mary photoshopped as the streaking student getting taken down. It’s no secret that OSU fans don’t like May, who will not be brought back as part of ESPN’s “College Football Final.”Even though Schlegel, a former OSU linebacker, doesn’t play or coach at his alma mater anymore, his Buckeye spirit obviously remains intact.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw is urging farmers to embrace the use technology to produce high quality crops and to protect the environment.Speaking at a graduation ceremony held recently at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, for the over 150 farmers, who participated in a 13 week training programme, Mr. Shaw said this was crucial for long term sustainability.He argued that a scientific approach to farming will “increase output and productivity, while at the same time preserving the land for the future.”The Minister noted that opportunities are available for farmers to grow onion, cassava, industrial hemp, coconut, banana, and sorghum.Mr. Shaw stated that the government is working to create new markets for farmers, adding that farmers can maximise the export opportunities provide through CARICOM.“As a Government, we are going to work on your markets, we are going to work on your linkages, because we want our farmers to have a better life,” Minister Shaw told his audience.Over 150 farmers from communities in the parishes of St. Thomas and St. Andrew celebrated the completion of the 13-week training programme in which they were taught how to implement climate smart land husbandry practices to improve their production.“The best way you can symbolize the importance of this training is to go forward and commit yourselves to productivity,” Minister Shaw said.
BURNABY, B.C. — A coroner’s inquest will be held this week into the 2013 suicide of a former RCMP spokesman who provided the first reports on the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski following a confrontation with police at Vancouver’s airport.Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre briefly acted as the face of the Mounties after Dziekanski was jolted multiple times with a police Taser during the 2007 confrontation.Lemaitre, who was 55 when he died, had said that Dziekanski was combative and that only two bursts from the Taser were used to subdue him.A civilian video later showed those statements were incorrect, but Lemaitre testified at an inquiry into the death that he released details provided by homicide detectives.The inquiry concluded Lemaitre may not have known the information was wrong, but by then he had been transferred out of media relations.A lawsuit filed by the officer’s widow after his death and settled out of court alleged Lemaitre had been made a scapegoat in the Dziekanski case.Deputy chief coroner Vincent Stancato and a jury will hear evidence in Burnaby from witnesses under oath to determine the facts surrounding the suicide.Coroner’s office spokesman Andy Watson said in an emailed statement that jurors will have the opportunity to make recommendations to prevent deaths under similar circumstances.He said an inquest can be ordered if the chief coroner believes a “death resulted from a dangerous practice or circumstance.”Watson’s statement also said an inquest is held if the chief coroner “has reason to believe that the public has an interest in being informed of the circumstances surrounding the death.”The Canadian Press
Last week, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital honored GRAMMY Award-winning country music superstar Brad Paisley with the prestigious Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award.ALABAMA front man and co-founder of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, Randy Owen, presented the award to PaisleyThe coveted award – which recognizes individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to the hospital through their humanitarian spirit and unique commitment – was given to Paisley Saturday, Jan. 13, at the annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids songwriter’s dinner at The Peabody Memphis.This recognition places Paisley among the ranks of five past recipients, including Alabama front man and co-founder of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, Randy Owen for whom the award is named; additional recipients are country music artist John Rich, former ALSAC Chief Operating Officer David McKee (posthumously), St. Jude Country Cares Advisory Council member Sharon Eaves (posthumously), and country music artist Darius Rucker.Paisley is a long-standing supporter of the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. In 2011, he recorded “One of Those Lives,” a song inspired by the courageous patients and families of St. Jude. Paisley donated a family gathering room to St. Jude Target House, St. Jude’s long-term housing facility for families staying more than 90 days. The Brad Paisley Lodge, positioned near the entrance of St. Jude Target House, is a cozy, common area for residents with a pool table, Guitar Hero gaming system, TVs and a fireplace. Thanks to generous donors, families stay at the St. Jude Target House for no cost.“We are proud to honor Brad Paisley with this recognition. His unwavering passion, service and generosity are truly inspiring, and over the years he has made a significant difference in the lives of patients and families at St. Jude,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.He continued, “This recognition is a testament to Brad Paisley’s strong advocacy for St. Jude, and the ongoing fight for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. And this honor for Brad also reflects the strength of the entire country music industry, who devote their hearts, time and talent each year to further share our mission and raise funds that are critically important in ensuring families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”
Stanford brings back a lot of talent this seasonPercentage of 2018 contributions produced by players returning in 2019 for top NCAA women’s volleyball programs 9Oregon126.96.36.1997.740.2 The toughest competition, as is often the case in volleyball, comes in the Big Ten, which claimed five of the top eight spots in the preseason coaches poll.The Wisconsin Badgers may present the biggest challenger to Stanford as the only top-11 team returning a higher percentage of contributions. The preseason coaches poll put Wisconsin fifth, behind Nebraska and Minnesota, but Big Ten coaches named UW the conference favorite. The Badgers looked the part early but suffered a pair of close losses to ranked teams over the weekend and will need to bounce back.Wisconsin is led by a junior class featuring Sydney Hilley, Dana Rettke and a redshirted Molly Haggerty. The 6-foot-8 Rettke, a nearly unstoppable blocker, spent the summer competing with the U.S. national team. Haggerty was the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, but a back injury cost her all of 2017, and she struggled to return to form last year. Hilley, a Second-Team All-American, ranked fourth in the country in assists per set last year and is one of just three setters named to an All-American team who returns this season.And Illinois retained All-American outside hitter Jacqueline Quade from its Final Four team but lost setter Jordyn Poulter to graduation (she now plays on the national team). The Illini will likely replace her with Mica Allison — a transfer from Auburn, a former top recruit and one of the nation’s best underclassman setters. Illinois has also struggled early, losing a pair of matches this weekend, though Allison has barely played because of an injury.And perennial contenders Nebraska and Penn State enter the season with strong young teams. Nebraska, national champions in 2015 and 2017 and last year’s runners-up, can never be counted out, especially if setter Nicklin Hames makes a substantial leap her sophomore year. The Huskers are off to a 4-0 start with no seniors on the roster. Penn State has won at least 22 matches in each of the 41 seasons played under head coach Russ Rose. The Nittany Lions, with 15 underclassmen on their roster, have jumped out to a 5-0 record but face their first big test when Stanford comes to town on Friday.Minnesota made the biggest jump among last year’s top-10 teams, coming in third in the preseason rankings despite being upset by Oregon in last year’s regional semifinals. That loss marked the Gophers’ fourth-straight tournament upset; they were the No. 2 seed three of the last four years but haven’t reached the championship match since 2004. Replacing All-American setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson is the biggest challenge for the Gophers this year, who have struggled early this season.Outside the Big Ten, a pair of Big 12 Teams are off to hot starts. No. 3 Texas swept Minnesota and took Stanford to five sets. And Baylor, a program that hasn’t reached even the Sweet 16 in 10 years, shot up to No. 5 after winning at Wisconsin and at Marquette to reach 5-0.The under-the-radar contender could be Kentucky. The SEC favorite is one of the best teams in terms of returning contributors. Junior setter Madison Lilley will try to make a case for player of the year, and there’s plenty of All-American talent around the roster.2Lilley and Leah Edmond were Second-Team All-Americans, while Gabby Curry was an honorable mention But the Wildcats struggled out of the gates, suffering an early-season straight-sets upset at the hands of then-unranked Utah.Stanford’s early-season challenges are far from over: The Cardinal face three top Big Ten teams in the next week, culminating next Wednesday with a rematch of the national championship game against Nebraska. And there will be challenges throughout the year from other top teams, especially come December. But if last year is any indication, the Cardinal will be ready. 2018 RankTeamKillsAssistsDigsBlocksAces 1Stanford85.1%99.9%98.4%68.7%98.8% Percentage returning 11Florida84.545.083.277.280.0 The programs that finished last season ranked in the top 11 last year were all ranked in the top 11 in the 2019 preseason poll.Sources: School websites, ACVA rankings 6Penn State57.615.666.566.669.0 7Minnesota92.111.768.485.447.9 10Kentucky82.098.387.471.272.8 8Wisconsin86.199.798.982.099.3 4BYU55.210.741.764.943.3 2Nebraska69.489.057.083.954.0 Stanford women’s volleyball faced a tough challenge just a week into the season, making a trip across the country last Wednesday to take on the then-No. 7 Florida Gators.But the match was hardly a struggle. The Cardinal — led by the trio of seniors Kathryn Plummer (21 kills), Jenna Gray (37 assists) and Morgan Hentz (15 digs) — dispatched Florida in straight sets, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19. Four days later, the team added a win over No. 3 Texas to improve to 4-0. As a result, Stanford was the unanimous top team in Monday’s coaches poll.The Cardinal finished 2018 with a 34-1 record, avenging its early-season loss to BYU in the national semifinals before beating Nebraska in the final. After rolling through the NCAA last season, the Cardinal return more of last year’s squad than almost any other top-ranked team.1The top 11 teams in last year’s end-of-season poll all started the 2019 season back in the top 11. But the road won’t be easy for the talented favorites, who will have to beat stalwarts from the Midwest and upstarts from the South.Stanford was the only school with three 2018 First-Team All-Americans, all of whom were juniors. The team’s biggest loss was middle blocker Tami Alade, a Second-Team All-American and the only senior who consistently played last season. Gray, the two-time defending Pac-12 Setter of the Year, was the only non-senior setter to earn First-Team All-American honors last year. Hentz, Mayor of Hentz-Ville, is the two-time defending Pac-12 Libero of the Year and last year’s Final Four Co-MVP.And then there’s Plummer, the two-time defending National Player of the Year, a dominant force on the outside who’s already racked up more awards than can comfortably fit on her bio page. Plummer, Hentz and Gray might be the NCAA’s top players at their respective positions. The trio has won a pair of titles together and may be in line for a third. 5Texas54.398.790.832.486.2 3Illinois76.613.579.949.870.4
But as Titus graduates and moves on from life as a Buckeye hoopster, that perspective will no longer be available. No matter, Titus said. Club Trillion will live on long beyond his life at OSU. “I’m definitely going to keep it going for as long as I can,” Titus said. “I have a lot of fun with it, and the people reading it have a lot of fun with it.” However, the question remains: What direction will the blog take? He will no longer be able to give first-hand accounts of happenings such as Walter Offutt getting stuck in an elevator or William Buford forgetting to bring his shoes to an away game. Although he hasn’t made a decision yet, Titus has some ideas in mind. “I want to make it like ‘bench-warming central’ I guess,” Titus said. “I think I’m just going to find a way to talk about bench-warming as much as I can during basketball season and maybe have some guys who are currently on some college teams write stuff every now and then. Just get my take on games from my experience at Ohio State.” Regardless of the direction the blog takes, Titus promises not to disappoint. “It’s pretty cool to think, it’s not all me and the people that read it make it cool too,” Titus said. “All of us together made this thing pretty cool, and I want to keep it going. “It’s too much fun for me to quit.” During his four years at Ohio State, Mark Titus gave his readers an unprecedented inside look at the Buckeye basketball program. Full of stories about OSU players, Titus’ blog “Club Trillion” provided a perspective never before made available to those outside the program.
Even after an undefeated season, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer concedes that his team was missing something last year. Meyer said the 2012 Buckeyes lacked speed, particularly on the perimeter of his spread offense. Granted, the Buckeyes weren’t completely deficient at wide receiver. If they were, then OSU likely wouldn’t have finished the season at 12-0. Rather, the Buckeyes lacked dynamic athletes at the position, and Meyer’s spread offense couldn’t reach its full potential without an electrifying speedster who could make plays in open space. “We didn’t have the home run hitter,” Meyer said. “We didn’t have enough make-you-miss guys on offense.” It’s never a good thing when a team lacks playmakers, regardless of offensive philosophy. But in Meyer’s spread, which is designed to create mismatches with explosive athletes, it can be extremely detrimental. Without such playmakers on the perimeter, OSU’s aerial attack faltered in 2012, and the team finished the season ranked 105th nationally in passing yards per game. “We felt like we were pretty deficient last year in terms of getting the ball in space,” said offensive coordinator Tom Herman. “We get one-on-one with a safety or one-on-one with a corner, or even a linebacker at times, and we can’t make that guy miss.” It’s not a problem that Meyer has dealt with much in his coaching career. His teams at Florida were stacked with ‘make-you-miss’ talent, the most prominent being Percy Harvin, who is now a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. In college, Harvin hardly played a defined, traditional position. Instead he lined up all over the field. In 2008, his final year at Florida, Harvin led the Gators in receptions and was second in rushing yards. Meyer calls the unorthodox role in which Harvin thrived the “hybrid,” but others simply refer to it as the “Percy Harvin position.” Harvin, who reportedly might be traded by the Vikings, could not be reached for comment. Thus, it wasn’t surprising to hear Harvin’s name mentioned several times Feb. 6 – National Signing Day – when Meyer and his coaching staff addressed their 2013 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 1 by Scout.com, No. 2 by Rivals.com and No. 3 by ESPN.com and features plenty of much-needed speed. In fact, Meyer believes the newest crop of Buckeye talent contains multiple players that fit the Harvin-position mold. On Feb. 6, the most talked about prospective Harvin-type playmaker was Dontre Wilson. Wilson, ranked by Scout, Rivals and ESPN as a four-star prospect and ESPN’s No. 5 athlete, originally committed to Oregon, but announced that he would sign with OSU just days before National Signing Day. Wilson caught the OSU coaching staff’s attention while playing for DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, because of his ability to make an impact as a running back and a receiver. According to ESPN, Wilson accumulated more than 2,600 total yards of offense and 46 touchdowns in 2012. “There are not too many people in the country that can do that,” Meyer said. “That’s a very unusual athlete.” After the Buckeyes won the battle with Oregon to acquire Wilson’s services, running backs coach Stan Drayton and receivers coach Zach Smith began fighting for the rights to personally coach the multi-talented athlete. “We’re so excited to have him in this system,” said Drayton, who coached Harvin with Meyer at Florida. Like Harvin during his time with the Gators, Wilson will likely receive most of his tutelage directly from Meyer, while spending some time with both Drayton and Smith as well. Drayton, though, didn’t seem too upset about this arrangement. He beamed while talking about Wilson on National Signing Day, the first day coaches can speak about incoming talent. It’s easy to understand why OSU coaches are so enthusiastic about Wilson. Many athletes are fast, but few possess world-class speed. Wilson is in the second category. “You sit there and look at his track time. His track times are national times,” Drayton said. “He can be a collegiate track athlete and be an All-American. He is that fast. “That’s probably one of the missing pieces to the puzzle that we were looking for to complete the spread type of philosophy that we run here.” Wilson isn’t the only incoming freshman with speed who can help complete OSU’s spread offense, though. In fact, the staff seems just as excited about Jalin Marshall, ESPN.com’s and Rivals.com’s four-star and Scout.com’s five-star wide receiver. Marshall was a quarterback for Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio, but was recruited by OSU to play the hybrid-receiver role. Because Marshall committed to OSU more than a year ago, he likely didn’t receive as much fanfare as other last-minute additions, such as Wilson, on National Signing Day. Meyer believes that had Marshall drawn out his recruiting process, Buckeye Nation would have been on pins and needles, waiting for his signature. “He’s certainly, we think, if not the best player in Ohio, one of them,” Meyer said. Finally there is James Clark, a consensus four-star receiver from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., who committed to OSU on National Signing Day. Clark is another ideal fit for Meyer’s spread offense, and the hybrid role in particular, given his combination of speed and agility. How much of an impact will Wilson, Marshall and Clark make next year in Columbus? Last year some of OSU’s highest ranked recruits were defensive linemen, but they received sporadic playing time as freshmen. The coaches seem to believe, however, that this particular trio will contribute early and often. For one thing, it might be easier for a skill position player to adjust to the college level than, say, a defensive lineman. “The farther you get away from the ball, the easier it is for you to play early,” Herman said. Meyer agreed. “We’ve had great success with skill guys (playing early),” Meyer said. “Especially these guys, I think they’re going to help us.” Playing the young talent early might also come out of necessity. OSU’s freshmen defensive linemen played sparingly last year, in part because the Buckeyes already had a veteran group in the trenches. On the other hand, Wilson, Marshall and Clark are entering a program in need of their athletic abilities. “We wanted to get some playmakers,” Meyer said. “I think with Dontre, Jalin and James Clark, we have three guys that we would put in that category.” It would be unrealisticto say OSU will rely entirely on the group of freshmen. Though the Buckeyes struggled making big plays in 2012, the offense boasted the 10th most prolific rushing attack and averaged 37.2 points per game. Almost all of OSU’s current offensive talent is returning, too. Rising-senior Carlos Hyde emerged as one of the best running backs in the country toward the end of last season. He will also benefit from four other 2012 offensive line starters returning with him: rising seniors Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall. Rising-junior quarterback Braxton Miller is a preseason contender for the Heisman trophy and should continue to progress in his second season as part of Meyer’s spread, a spread tailor-made for dual-threat quarterbacks such as Miller. It’s no wonder the staff believes that with the addition of the freshmen playmakers, alongside the returning talent already on the roster, OSU’s offense could reach untold heights in 2013. “We were a little bit one-dimensional this year because we didn’t have that (speed),” Drayton said. “We always felt that if we could bring that type of athlete in this system, in the Big Ten, we can have some incredible success in the future.” And in the end, OSU didn’t bring in just one of those athletes. It signed three.