Asaba 2018: Failure to Pay for Visa on Arrival Delayed Athletes…

first_imgOgba: Some of the countries failed to notify the LOC their arrival datesChinedu EzeThe inability to pay for visa on arrival was responsible for the delay of some athletes billed for the 21st African Athletics Championship in Asaba, Delta State.Many of the athletes arrived Nigeria Monday but could not report to Asaba in time for the kick-off of the tournament on Wednesday. Majority of the athletes affected were from Kenya and Burundi who, along with their officials, could not raise the money to pay for visa when they arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) source has revealed.The new policy of visa on arrival, which is part of federal government’s plan to ease the process of doing business in the country enabled the athletes to come to Nigeria without obtaining Nigerian visa in their various countries.THISDAY checks further revealed that the Local Organising Committee (LOC) was supposed to make arrangements for their easy passage into Nigeria through online visa payment before their arrival, but it failed to do this, which led to their delay at the Lagos Airport.The Immigration source in Abuja also disclosed to THISDAY that a lot of the athletes ought to have processed their visas online and make payments before arriving Nigeria, but failed to so, a situation, which led to their temporary delay at the airport.The Immigration source at MMIA insisted that the Command did not seize any of the athletes’ passports, but only collected them for issuance of sticker Visas on their passports, which was necessary for them to enter the country.At the Lagos airport, it was gathered that the technical partner of Immigration, New Works had to issue each athlete ID and reference number, an exercise that was cumbersome and caused delay due to poor internet connectivity.The visa was embossed after payment was made to NIS.“A lot of them came in at once and none of them could pay for visa on arrival, which is a policy of the federal government. As you know, we don’t collect cash at Immigration any longer. The local organising committee was not able to make the payment because it did not make enough preparation towards their arrival into Nigeria. They all came at once and New Works, which is our technical partner, had to generate ID and reference number for each and every one of them to make the payment easier,” the source said.But the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Championship, Solomon Ogba said Thursday in Asaba that most of the countries failed to notify the organizers on when they were going to arrive in Lagos as agreed at the final inspection meeting that had a fortnight ago.“If the teams (country) had given us their arrival schedules, we would have known were they would be arriving. This is Africa, people who cannot provide for you when they come, they’ll want to attack because they see Nigeria as a big brother,” he observed at a media parley in Asaba yesterday.The LOC boss, however, apologized to both the local and foreign journalists covering the championships for the hiccups observed at the start of the event.He also debunked the rumour that Tanzania pulled out of Asaba 2018.“They never expressed intention to be part of the African championships in the first place; having been absent at the Delegation Registration Meeting,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Tax Cuts, Revenue Sources Are Top of the List in Holmdel

first_imgThe Bell Works project is one that Hinds is most proud of during his time on the committee. He is also proud of the township’s top Aaa bond rating by Moody’s, the recently generated newsletter and land parcels that have been preserved under his leadership. Liu is also an elected school board member and has been for nine years. On the board, she has chaired several committees, was vice president in 2018 and was vice president of the Monmouth County School Boards Association from 2018 to 2019. She is a trustee of Holmdel Foundation for Educational Excellence and is the treasurer of Shore Music Educators Association. Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana, running as independents, say they have valuable experience. “I think we can find more efficiencies and at the same time we’re going to have unprecedented revenue from commercial ratables, specifically Bell Works,” said Hinds. CILU co-president Regina Criscione said the group is a nonpartisan organization but that “does not preclude any CILU member from exercising their First Amendment rights to support a candidate.” She also said Hinds emailed organizers Sept. 8 and said he was unsure if he could make the forum due to his work schedule. Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU), a citizen group formed in 1998, hosted a candidate forum Oct. 14 for township committee and school board candidates in Holmdel. Santhana and Weber attended, but Hinds and Liu did not. If elected, her top three priorities are to decrease taxes, bring more transparency to the township committee and represent all residents. He has been on the township committee for nine years, four of which were spent as deputy mayor and three as mayor. He is running for re-election because he wants “to leave Holmdel in the best shape possible.” His main goal is to lower taxes for residents in the next three years. “Put people over politics,”she said. Challenger Cathy Weber is also an advocate for land preservation. Feeling frustrated with the current committee’s former plans to install lights and turf at Cross Farm Park, she co-founded Preserve Holmdel, a group dedicated to maintaining natural space. She has been a Holmdel resident for about 25 years and lives in the township with her husband and three children. She has been involved in community groups, including the Holmdel swim team, Girl Scouts and served as a school board member for over three years. “I have dedicated myself during my time here in Holmdel to community service and volunteerism as a leader and as a doer,” she said. Weber is a senior associate director at Princeton University. Republican and current Mayor Eric Hinds is seeking another three-year term on the township committee. His running mate is Chiung-Yin Cheung Liu, member of the school board.center_img Hinds was born and raised in Middletown. He moved to Holmdel 20 yearsago and lives there with hiswife and three children. Hehas coached various sportteams in Holmdel and heworks as a financial advisorfor Merrill Lynch. He is a member of Preserve Holmdel and Fire Action Safety Today (FAST). He said he noticed that “for a small town like ours, we had way too many resident groups fighting the town. That was odd.” According to Hinds, there is video evidence of CILU members stealing his and Liu’s election signs, which he said he reported to police. “I didn’t feel it was going to be a fair environment. I went to the primary (forum)…and I’m always willing to do a debate, but it’s got to be fair,” said Hinds. Republican Mayor Eric Hinds is seeking re-election with running mate Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu. Their challengers are Independent candidates Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana. No Democrats filed for candidacy. Running mate Prakash Santhana has lived in Holmdel for five years with his wife and daughter. He is a managing director at a global consulting firm where he focuses on preventing fraud, waste and abuse for government entities, he said. He also advises them on exploring new revenue options and to not be too dependent on taxes and tolls. HOLMDEL – Four candidates are running for two open seats on the all-Republican Holmdel Township Committee in November. Like Weber, Prakash said if elected his three main goals are to reduce taxes, cut unnecessary spending and to look for new revenue sources for the township. He also wants to bring more transparency to the committee. Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu has lived in Holmdel for 23 years. She currently resides there with her husband and two children. She has been an educator and administrator since 1980 and in those roles has valued team work and ethics, she said. She said she wants to run for election to the township committee because after nine years of public service on the school board and in various organizations, she understands the importance of giving back to the community. “I am endorsed by the Holmdel Republican Party and Monmouth County Republican Organization running for the position of Holmdel Township Committee,” she said. “It will be a great honor to continue serving my beloved Holmdel in a different position.” Liu cited fire safety and emergency services as a major concern facing the township right now, saying that Holmdel is home to beautiful landscape but few parcels of preserved lands. The town “can’t afford” for anything unfortunate to happen, she said. “A centralized firehouse, updated equipment and related issues have been discussed.” If elected, Liu said she would work with elected officials to form an ad hoc committee in advising and planning. “Life and property matter,” she said.last_img read more

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Not the dream start to the season for Grand Forks rookie coach Brent Batten

first_imgIt’s five games and, well, there’s not really much to talk about the start of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season for the Grand Forks Border Bruins.But, as head coach Brent Batten sees it, sometimes a team must hit rock bottom before it can starting making the climb back to respectability.Batten only hopes that improvement comes sooner than later.“We have only four players returning, we have a brand new executive and I’m a new coach,” said Batten prior to last week’s rout in Nelson against the Leafs.The two teams are back on the ice Thursday, this time in Border Bruins Country.“Every game you going into you’re always looking for a win, that’s for sure but we’re just looking to execute our systems,” Batten explained.Experts say that divisional games are the most important for teams — those four-pointers that can push one team up and keep the other down.Grand Forks has been have their share of difficulty in the Murdoch Division going winless in five games against three of the five clubs — Castlegar, Beaver Valley and Nelson.Those three teams have outscored the Bruins by a collective score of 50-8.Of course drastic changes on any team will no doubt shake up the squad for the coming season.But if the Bruins are to make a chase at the big three, Nelson, Castlegar and Beaver Valley, or, shoot for the final playoff spot I the division, the team appears to be in good hands with Batten at the helm.Despite Grand Forks being his first head coach job at the junior level, the 29-year-old has a wealth of experience.Batten, a native of Manitoba, comes to Grand Forks with a few years coaching academy hockey in the Okanagan. Mixed into his coaching, after playing junior in Saskatchewan and CIS for Brandon University, was time behind the bench with Estevan Bruins in Saskatchewan.Only time will tell if Batten’s experience helps the Border Bruins return to respectability in the KIJHL’s Murdoch Division.BORDER TALK: If anyone thought the Nelson Leafs schedule was, to say the least, awful, take a look at the Grand Forks agenda. The Bruins play all nine games in October at home. The Leafs play seven of 13 games in October at [email protected]last_img read more

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Leafs complete blockbuster deal with Ridge Meadows of PJHL

first_imgSandhu, got the bulk of the work for Ridge Meadows in goals, finishing the season with a 9-14 record and a 4.20 goals against average for the fourth-place Flames.Lindsay, who spent three seasons in Nelson, struggled to find a place in the lineup having been injured for most of the season.Lindsay played only 19 games for Nelson, finishing with a goal and 10 assists.“Austin was hurt for most of last season and was uncertain if he wanted to play this year,” Dooley explained.“Ridge Meadows was willing to take that chance so we cut a fair deal with them.”Dooley said it was tough to give up on the Kelowna native but thought it would be best for the Leafs to give Lindsay a chance with another team.“I spoke with Austin prior to the trade prior to moving him out of respect because he’s been with us since he was 16 (years old), Dooley said.“I told him I wasn’t going to do anything without chatting with him and he thought about it and was ok with the move.”Nelson, struggled to finish fourth in the Murdoch Division before getting ousted from post season by Beaver Valley, opens the KIJHL season with main camp August 12-15 at the NDCC Arena.All 20 teams in the KIJHL meet June 24-25 in Osoyoos for the league AGM. The Nelson Leafs completed a blockbuster trade by Junior B standards Thursday shipping center Austin Lindsay and cash to Ridge Meadows Flames of the Pacific Junior Hockey League for two players — forward Dale Howell and netminder Jason Sandhu.Leafs Sean Dooley said the coaching staff is confident the two 20-year-olds will be key building blocks Nelson needs to begin building a winner in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.“Howell is a proven scorer in the league which was something we lacked up front last year,” Dooley explained after completing the inter-league deal earlier in the day.“We know Sandhu and believe he has the ability to be one of the top goalies in the league this season.”“(Sandhu) is 6’4 so he’s a big body,” Dooley added.“He had the opportunity to back up in the BCHL this year but Sandhu (along with Howell) want to push for a championship.”Howell, at 6-foot 170 pounds, finished the season for the Flames with 18 goals and 23 assists in 44 games.last_img read more

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MELATONIN ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL

first_imgHorse of Meet: MelatoninSprinter: Lord NelsonOlder Horse: Melatonin                                           Older Filly/Mare: BeholderClaimer: Navy HymnGrass Male: Midnight StormGrass Filly/Mare: Illuminant3-Year-Old Male: Dalmore3-Year-Old Filly: Songbird2-Year-Old Male: California Diamond2-Year-Old Filly: TheonewewaitedforTrainer: Phil D’AmatoJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Chad LindsayRace: Gold Cup at Santa AnitaOwner: Hronis RacingAchievement: Michael Wrona New Voice of Santa Anita 2016 Santa Anita Spring Media Poll ARCADIA, Calif. (July 10, 2016) – Melatonin proved his victory at 16-1 in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 was no fluke by winning the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 as the 9-5 favorite and was thus named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Spring Meet Media Poll.A five-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy trained by David Hofmans for long-time client Susan Osborne, who campaigns as Tarabilla Farms, Melatonin’s ultimate goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 5 at Santa Anita, where he is unbeaten in three starts, all under jockey Joe Talamo.Melatonin also was named Outstanding Older Male, and the Gold Cup, in which he repulsed the longest shot in the race, Win the Space at 24-1, was awarded Race of the Meet.“We are proud and pleased with the recognition,” said the 73-year-old Hofmans, who has trained for Mrs. Osborne going on two decades. “We hope to continue our successful run through the Breeders’ Cup Classic.”Rafael Bejarano and Phil D’Amato repeated as Outstanding Jockey and Trainer, respectively, each having captured honors at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, where D’Amato won his first-ever training title with 41 victories. D’Amato won the Spring Meet crown with 25 victories, well ahead of runner-up Bob Baffert who had 18.Bejarano, a perennial Southern California leader since coming West in November of 2007 at the behest of the late Bobby Frankel, won the Spring Meet crown over runner-up Flavien Prat, 46-40. It marked the 15th title at Santa Anita for the 34-year-old Bejarano, his 27th in Southern California and his 32nd overall.Champions dominated two categories in the voting. Eclipse Award winner as best Two-Year-Old Filly of 2015, Songbird was voted Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly, while three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare. Unbeaten Songbird won the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18 for her eighth straight triumph, while Beholder took the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4 for her 13th victory from 14 starts at Santa Anita.Lord Nelson was named Sprinter of the Meet thanks to his half-length victory in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on June 25; Affirmed Stakes winner Dalmore was voted Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male; Midnight Storm was named Outstanding Grass Male off his win in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile; and Illuminant became Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare by capturing the Grade I Gamely Stakes.California Diamond and Theonewewaitedfor were named Outstanding Two-Year-old Male and Female, respectively, after capturing the Santa Anita Juvenile and the Landaluce Stakes, each youngster remaining unbeaten in two starts.Chad Lindsay, a 23-year-old Texas native, was voted the meet’s Outstanding Apprentice rider by virtue of his 13 victories from 75 mounts, placing him among the top 10 in the standings.Navy Hymn, a three-year-old son of Songandaprayer, reeled off three straight victories to be named Claiming Horse of the Meet. The Kentucky-bred won for $25,000 at six furlongs May 8; for $40,000 at 6 ½ furlongs May 21; and by four-and-three-quarter lengths in an optional claimer on June 5.Brothers Kosta and Peter Hronis, who campaign as Hronis Racing, LLC, were named Owners of the Meet. They led in most wins, seven, and purse money earned, $634,068.Michael Wrona’s performance after being named Santa Anita’s new announcer was voted Achievement of the Meet.center_img D’Amato, Bejarano Named Top Trainer and Jockeylast_img read more

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Calabar, Camperdown clash in crucial game three

first_imgDefending champions Calabar High and Camperdown High square off today in the decisive game of the ISSA Southern Conference Under-19 best-of-three schools basketball final series at the National Indoor Sports Centre. Tip-off time is 6 p.m.Calabar levelled the series last Friday after they initially won Game One, which was ruled null and void after both teams had problems with their identification cards.Camperdown returned to win the replay and the lead in the series, however, the champions tied the series 1-1, and following that win, coach Ludlow Barker believes his charges are now mentally ready for the challenge.”We had a rough week, but we came back, fought hard, and I am really proud of them … Camperdown did a lot of things right the first game and we did a lot of things wrong. They were better, and we had to really dig deep and come up good Game Two,” he said.He anticipates and an even more testing match from the Oneil Brown-coached Camperdown today.”I expect them to come even harder, but we’ll be ready. We’ll be prepared as the players are more mentally ready to get the job done,” he added..Brown is of the view that Calabar’s talisman Maliek McCarthy was the difference in Game Two and he credited the Calabar star for his “composure and decision making under pressure”. However, he said that his team is fired up for today’s match.”I am 100 per cent confident that we are going to take Game Three. We have everything in place and we have something new to the table as we will be bringing in a new player. He has not played all season long and he should make a big difference to the guard position. So we are very confident we are going to take Game Three,” he said.last_img read more

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Redknapp keen to cause City problems

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp is hopeful his side can maintain their recent improved form when they face champions Manchester City at Loftus Road on Saturday.Having been woeful in 4-0 losses at Tottenham and Manchester United earlier in the season, Rangers were much more competitive in recent narrow defeats against Liverpool and Chelsea.And the battling display at Stamford Bridge has convinced Redknapp that a corner has been turned following the dreadful start to the campaign.Chelsea v QPR player ratingsHe said: “I think it gives us encouragement. To come away from home and be hard to beat is important.“I felt we got it all wrong when we went to Tottenham early in the season and stood off them, let them have the ball and didn’t make a tackle.“We can’t play like that. You can’t play football that way. That’s been the difference.“We’ve got a big game next week, a good game – Man City at home. Hopefully we can give them a real tough game as well.”Rangers hope to have former City players Joey Barton and Nedum Onuoha back from injury along with Jordon Mutch.All three players have been out with hamstring problems but have been pencilled in for a return to training this week.See also:Injured QPR men could return against CityChelsea v QPR player ratingsRangers boss hails ‘outstanding’ DunneAustin has proven himself, says QPR bossRangers trio look set to rejoin squadZamora in line for Rangers recall Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Boost for SA motor trade

first_imgBus rank in Gandhi Square, Johannesburg.The city’s public bus transport system isundergoing an extensive revamp. (Image:Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClub South Africa.For more photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusTwo major investments into South Africa’s fast-growing motor industry were announced at the end of October. The local operations of Marcopolo and Volkswagen are to pump a total of R3.1-billion ($300-million) into expanding and upgrading their respective manufacturing plants.Bus manufacturer Marcopolo South Africa will invest R97-million ($10-million) into upgrading its manufacturing plant located in Germiston, east of Johannesburg. Managing director of the local operation Fabio Janowski da Cruz made the announcement at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, which ran until 9 November.Cruz said that the expansion would be complete early in 2009. The Brazil-based bus maker opened its local branch in Polokwane in 2000 and moved to Johannesburg the following year. Besides South Africa and its four plants in Brazil, Marcopolo also has operations in Mexico, Portugal, China, and Colombia.The South African branch currently boasts a manufacturing capacity of 700 buses per year but once the upgrade is complete output is expected to increase to 1 800 units annually. The Germiston plant occupies almost 32 000 square metres and produces the Torino, Andare and Viale models.Some of these models, mainly the Torino and Andare, are exported to other African countries such as Tanzania, which is an important market for Marcopolo in South Africa.The expansion will mean the creation of more new jobs. The company’s staff complement currently numbers around 600 but will increase in 2009 to 1 000. Marcopolo has also established a training centre which will help foster the development of specific skills needed to maintain the motor industry’s competitiveness, such as welding, painting, and body building.As part of the ongoing upgrade to South Africa’s public transport system ahead of 2010 and the Fifa World Cup, there are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline around the country. Marcopolo is tendering for Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transport (BRT) project, which is in the initial stages of production.In this case the company will manufacture the 120-passenger articulated Gran Viale bus. A prototype of the popular vehicle has been developed and adapted specifically for the BRT project.Johannesburg is currently served by a bus fleet operated by Metrobus. The fleet consists of 532 single- and double-decker buses, of which about 200 are new models made by Volvo and Marcopolo in 2002.Multibillion investmentVolkswagen South Africa also announced a huge investment of R3-billion over the period up to 2010, mainly into its manufacturing plant in Uitenhage, the largest vehicle factory in Africa. This is in line with the company’s vision and strategy up to 2018.Volkswagen SA is an important link in the group’s global manufacturing chain, having secured a lucrative contract in 2008 to make diesel particulate filters for export to Volkswagen operations around the world.In 2006 the company upgraded its paint shop to the tune of R750-million ($75 000). With a surface area of 45 000 square metres, the new facility offers advanced application systems, materials, environment control and energy recovery systems that are on a par or better than those found elsewhere in the world.Now Volkswagen will continue the improvements with new production technologies in body shop and vehicle assembly operations; a new engine manufacturing strategy to supply both domestic and export markets; and new production systems.The investment is expected to further increase Volkswagen SA’s competitiveness in the domestic and global manufacturing arena, enabling the company to capture more growth opportunities on both fronts.Volkswagen also plans to increase the local content of its South Africa-made vehicles from 40% to 70%. The Marcopolo Gran Viale is also expected to have at least 70% local content.Motor industry gathering speedSouth Africa’s motor industry in both vehicle and component terms is undergoing a period of growth, driven largely by national government, which has implemented several support projects designed to stimulate development of the sector and attract more foreign investment.Among these are the Automotive Supplier Park and the Automotive Industry Development Centre. These initiatives provide the local vehicle manufacturing sector with essential support systems and streamlined supplier chains.The national Department of Trade and Industry and industry representatives are currently finalising the Automotive Industry Programme, which replaces the 1995 Motor Industry Development Programme. Both schemes have been drawn up with the intention of helping the local motor industry reach international competitiveness while remaining affordable at home.The latter programme expires in 2012 and the former will come into effect at that time with a strategy that will cover the period from 2013 to 2020.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesRea Vaya gathering speedCape Town’s new bus systemMotor industry to gather speedVW SA wins multibillion contractUseful linksMarcopoloJohannesburg International Motor ShowVolkswagen South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryJohannesburg MetrobusNational Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africalast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 21 | Reflections on the Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 21st episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast comes on the day after the Ohio State Fair has wrapped up its 2017 run. A time full of memories and busy schedules, the crew of Ty Higgins, Matt Reese, Bart Johnson, and Joel Penhorwood reflect on this year’s fair, the 50th Sale of Champions, and other unique happenings from the annual event.Also in this podcast we talk advanced research going on right now with waxy corn, as well as the challenges involved in the barley malting world.All that and more in the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold.last_img read more

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IBM Expands Its SaaS Offerings With LotusLive Connections

first_imgAs a major addition to its on-demand suite, IBM has unveiled LotusLive Connections at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, where it won the Cloud Computing Technology Buyers’ Choice Award. LotusLive has long revolved around Web conferencing, with other features being somewhat secondary. The real power for the enterprise came from IBM’s Lotus Connections, which is limited to on-premise deployment. But when LotusLive Connections becomes available on June 30th, all that will change. Splitting The DifferenceLotusLive Connections lies somewhere between Lotus Connections and the cloud predecessor of LotusLive Engage. The new package doesn’t quite have the full functionality of the original Lotus Connections, and apparently will not have blogs and the Dogear bookmarking feature. What it will include is file sharing, instant messaging, and the Activities application that allows for group creation. As compared to the rest of the LotusLive panorama, Connections lacks the focus on Web conferencing that Engage has, making it akin to more social networking and document-centered software. A New Collaborative Powerhouse?Though it may suffer from having no free version other than a 30-day free trial, LotusLive Connections looks to be an excellent new addition to the spectrum of cloud-based collaboration suites. By removing the rather unusual attention on conferencing and keeping a core group of social tools, it may just grow to overshadow its sister offerings in LotusLive. steven walling Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img read more

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