Prediction season is nearly upon us. It’s that time of year where companies start looking ahead and reflecting on lessons of the past. Let’s start by looking back at my 2015 predictions.Wearable-SchmearableWearables continued to generate a lot of hype, but in my view, there’s still a long way to go before they have a meaningful impact on anybody’s life – including my own.While it turns out the Apple Watch was the must-have tech gadget for Apple fanatics, it “is still probably not for you,” as the New York Times puts it. Why? Well, I’ve come to discover that the killer app for the Apple Watch is in fact… the clock! I use my Apple Watch when I’m coaching the kids’ soccer to figure out when time is up… but that’s about it. And the downside? Now when a call comes in, my MacBook, iPad, iPhone… and now my watch all light up with that familiar samba tune.Does this mean the Apple Watch is a failure? Of course not, otherwise I wouldn’t have bought one. On the other hand (or wrist), niche wearables like Fitbits did shake up industries for the better. IDC noted that not only did Fitbit “experience triple-digit year-over-year growth,” it also built an ecosystem by partnering with corporate wellness groups, fashion and food companies.Consumers “Caught In The ‘Act’Okay, I’ll admit that not every retailer started to track your movements through their stores. But a few have. Target began testing a beacon system in 50 stores that will be able to tell where customers are in the store and use that information to send targeted deals to their smartphones. I’ll add that a key sign momentum is building is when the FTC takes interest – which they did in 2015, telling retailers that they have to let you know when they’re watching.It’s About The SoftwareDid software continue to redefine industries? You bet. Tesla upped the ante for the car industry once again by introducing “Autopilot” and eliminating the need for an active human driver – well almost. The best bit? No Tesla owner had the Autopilot feature when they bought their car! Turns out that automatic software updates are not just for phones. Even more shocking… it didn’t cost us Model S owners a penny. Your move, Google.Sling TV made it easy to cut the cord (while being able to get all your TV on phone and tablet), while the Drizly app went mainstream in bringing one-hour alcohol delivery to several US states – without actually supplying any of the alcohol purchased and delivered through their service.Agile Software Development + Millennials = New ITUnless you’ve been living under a rock, it was impossible not to hear the word “DevOps” at least a few times a day in 2015. Key to the DevOps model is moving to a development methodology that is both iterative and capable of continuously integrating new capabilities.As every industry is transformed by software, this will be THE model that almost every company moves to. Our very own Pivotal Cloud Foundry has seen explosive growth in 2015 with adoption by the Who’s Who of the Fortune 500. Together with Pivotal Labs, Cloud Foundry has been reinventing software development in companies large and small.Lecture ThisTechnology made a significant impact on education this last year, with curricula offered online from anywhere. Specific to last year’s prediction, it has indeed given the masses access to the same materials Ivy League schools teach. EdX and Coursera actually competed throughout 2015 to sign up the most Ivy League schools.Of course I’d be remiss not to mention that we at EMC made our own contribution: we introduced our Data Lakes For Big Data MOOC earlier this year, which delivers a foundational understanding of data lakes and big data to anyone who wants to learn, free of charge. We think this is important because we see data lakes as a critical underlying technology that will transform every industry and we believe it’s critical to educate as many people as possible on why and how. We plan to do quite a bit more in this space, so keep on the lookout.Looking back at 2015, I think I did pretty well. But what do you think? How will technology continue transforming our world in 2016?
Schools across Europe are reopening despite the worries of many parents and teachers that the move could accelerate the spread of Covid-19 after leaders said their countries had beaten back the virus and eased restrictions.Putin has repeatedly said that Russia has passed peak infections and the government eased most restrictions in June ahead of large World War II commemorations and a national vote on a new constitution. The government’s anti-virus information website said this week that children would not be required to wear masks in the classroom, cafeterias or during lunch breaks.But pupils will have their temperature checked on arrival, the head of the consumer watchdog Anna Popova said, adding that “no one can go to school if they are feeling even slightly unwell”. Russia surpassed the one million mark in total coronavirus cases on Tuesday as students throughout the country returned to classrooms on the first day of the new school year.Health officials reported 4,729 new confirmed infections, bringing the total to 1,000,048 — the world’s fourth-largest caseload after the United States, Brazil and India.President Vladimir Putin was expected to address some 17 million students and more than 1.5 million teachers in an online lesson on World War II. In Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak, masks are compulsory for teachers and recommended for students.All school staff in the capital have been tested for coronavirus, the authorities have said.Putin announced last month that Russia had become the first country to register a coronavirus vaccine, but scientists and the World Health Organization said it still needed a rigorous safety review.Russia has registered 17,299 virus deaths, a low figure compared to other countries hit hard by the pandemic.Critics have cast doubt on the low official mortality rate and accused authorities of under-reporting to play down the scale of the crisis.Officials insist the low fatality count is down to a campaign of mass testing, which has identified many coronavirus cases with mild or no symptoms. Topics :
Jonathan Lima-Matthews, IPSE senior policy adviser, said: “With just 31% of the self-employed saving into a pension, we must take urgent action to avert a looming crisis.”He described self-employment as a progressive way of working, but said current pension provisions did not cater to the sector’s needs.“While auto-enrolment has been a successful policy for boosting the number of employees paying into a pension, our research found it’s simply not a viable savings solution for the self-employed,” he said. “There is no employer to enrol them, and it also reduces their ability to be flexible and in control of their money – two of the fundamental attractions of self-employment.”The government proposed several measures to expand its auto-enrolment policy in December, including testing “targeted measures” for self-employed workers to improve saving levels.IPSE’s report was based on research into the attitudes of more than 1,000 people, alongside “a broad consultation with the industry and government”.The organisation also made specific recommendations, advocating for a “sidecar pension scheme” for the self-employed, which would allow them to save for later life and also into a separate ‘rainy day’ fund for emergencies. The forthcoming financial guidance body for the UK – to be set up later this year – should provide tailored advice on how the self-employed can save for later life, IPSE added.The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions is due to test several options designed to improve pension saving for the self-employed. The UK’s auto-enrolment system for workplace pensions should not be extended to include self-employed people, a lobby group for independent workers has said.IPSE – the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed – instead called on the government and the pensions sector to come up with other ideas to help the self-employed save for the future.Less than a third (31%) of the UK’s 4.8m self-employed workers are paying into a pension, according to a report published by IPSE. In addition, 67% said they were concerned about saving for later life.The report criticised the idea of auto-enrolment for freelancers and independent workers, pointing out that only 36% of respondents said they would stay enrolled in a pension scheme. A quarter said they would opt out, and 38% said they were unsure.
From Saturday, several women and two men begin gathering at the home of Linda Blessing in Port St. Lucie, Florida to engage in what Blessing called a “prayer battle.” By Tuesday morning the group which originally consisted of three men and two women increased to fourteen, 12 women and two men. For three days and three nights they prayed for the rescue of the 12 young soccer players, and their coach from Thailand’s Tham Luang Cave.Prayer WarriorBlessing, a deacon at a Pentecostal church in Port. St. Lucie, and a self- avowed “prayer warrior” said she had praying for the boys and the 25-year old coach since news first came on June 23 that they were missing after heavy rains entrapped them in the cave where they entered out of curiosity. “When I heard the boys were trapped and couldn’t be found I began praying privately with two other church sisters. I believed they would be found, and they were ‘Prayers began to be answered Like the rest of the world Blessing, who is originally from Aruba, the joy of the boys being found soon turned to anxiety. After they were found by divers on June 2 it was reported that the cave was flooded from the torrential rains, making it difficult to rescue them.“I knew that the good Lord didn’t allow those boys to found, bring relieve to their parents, then leave that cave to die, no, not my Lord. So I stepped up the praying. I needed a prayer battle. I needed help, so I called several church sisters and brethren to gather at my home over the past weekend to pray and fast for God to give strength and wisdom to the many rescuers to free the boys. Then Sunday morning God began answering those prayers.”On Sunday morning, news came that four boys were rescued from the cave, on Monday four more, and finally on Tuesday came the report that the other four boys and the coach were rescued.Blessing, could hardly speak to CNW on Tuesday morning, as her voice racked with emotion. Crying loudly as she spoke she kept repeating, “God is god, God is so good. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Lord.”A rebirthShe sees the rescue of the boys as their rebirth. “It was like they were locked in the womb again and have been reborn. I hope we get a chance to learn what happen to these boys and the coach as they continue with their life. I feel they’ll be specially blessed after this. Prayers recued them.”A team of some one hundred Thai, US, British and other international engineers, rescuers, divers, and medical personnel toiled and planned since the boys and their coach were found to rescue them from where they were found some 2.5 miles from the cave’s entrance. The team delivered supplies, food and medicines to the boys, while plans were made to rescue them. The rescuers were challenged by time, trying to beat the approaching torrential Monsoon rains in Thailand. At one stage it was suggested the boys and coach may have to stay in the cave for four months until the rains ended.The recue each set of boys took some 10 hours each day. Divers swam under water some five-hours to reach the boys, who could not swim, fitted each boy in scuba suits and diving equipment, tethered each boy to a diver, and swam mostly under water to get out the cave.Rev, Allan Prescott, a British Anglican priest visiting Miami, told CNW on Tuesday morning, “This is truly evidence of the power of prayer. A lot of people were praying for these boys.” Then the reverend quipped, “I just hope God also hear us Britons praying that England wins the World Cup.”