Kenya fall two places in world rugby rankings

first_img0Shares0000action between Kenya and Chile at the Kings Park Ground in Hong Kong on Friday 10 November 2017. Photo/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 -The national 15s team dropped two places in the latest World Rugby rankings, slumping to 29th from 27th.This has been occasioned by their 23-3 shock defeat to Chile in the ongoing Cup of Nations in Hong Kong that involves four teams; hosts Hong Kong, Kenya, Russia and Chile. The South America team benefited from the win to move a place up to now occupy Kenya’s previous place (27th), Hong Kong fell two places to be placed 24th after losing 16-13 to Russia in the tournament’s opener.Biggest movers were Russia who now are placed 18th after their win against Hong Kong, climbing two places up from their previous 20th spot.Kenya Simbas head coach Jerome Paarwater has made eight changes to the team to face Russia at the Cup of Nations in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photo/KRUHowever, the Kenya Simbas have a chance to redeem themselves when they face defending champions Russia in their second match in Hong Kong on Tuesday. A win will see Simbas stand a chance to hugely move up the rankings.Head coach Jerome Paarwater is aware of the task awaiting his charges against Russia in a match set to kick off 12pm EAT, having made eight changes from his starting line-up that lost to Chile.The two sides will be meeting for the first time in a test match.“We’ve changed the squad for Tuesday’s game because we brought 26 players over and want to give every player a chance to start or feature in the games. Friday’s starting front row with the exception of Karia is rested,” Paarwater said on the eve of the match.“Ikambili remains on the bench though he had some game time against Chile. Jacob Ojee and Tony Onyango get a total rest for this game while Eric Kerre,he is struggling with a bit of a shoulder knock picked up against Chile so we’ve also given him rest,” he added.Kenya Simbas High Performance coach Levy Labeeb (L), head coach Jerome Paarwaters (C) and player Samson Onsomu (R) at the RFUEA Grounds on Friday, November 3 during the naming of the team ahead of the Four Nations tournament in Hong Kong. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAPaarwater expects a physical challenge from Russia, “They are a different challenge to us because they are physical but the guys are looking ready to go. It will be a tough game but we hope the outcome can be in our favor.”Tuesday’s encounter will be the first ever test match between the Simbas and Russia.New Zealand is still topping the globe followed by England, Australia are third, Ireland fourth while South Africa closes the top five in the standings.After South Africa, Namibia is the second best placed team in Africa, Kenya is third while Uganda are fourth in the continent.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Conte, Mourinho feud boils over after FA Cup clash

first_imgMarcos Rojo escaped a red card for a spiteful stamp on Hazard late in the second half at Stamford Bridge, but the United defender is likely to face a ban if the Football Association retrospectively look at the offence.Conte was so wound up by the constant fouling he became embroiled in a touchline row with United boss Mourinho that ended with the rivals being separated by the fourth official.Asked what he made of United’s tactics, Conte said: “My players want to play football, but for 25 minutes it was impossible.“I think only that Eden got a lot of kicks. I don’t think I’m crazy.Fourth official Mike Jones (C) laughs as Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho (L) yells at Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte during their English FA Cup quarter-final match, at Stamford Bridge in London, on March 13, 2017 © AFP / Glyn Kirk“He started the match receiving kicks and he finished it receiving kicks.“This is the truth and I don’t think one person can say this didn’t happen. It’s not football for me.“It could be United’s tactic. Sometimes when you play against players with great talent you try to intimidate them.“The referee must try to protect these type of players because they can go out with a bad injury.”It was a chastening return to west London for former Chelsea boss Mourinho, who endured his old club’s fans calling him “Judas” and chanting “you’re not special anymore”.Mourinho responded to the jibes by holding up three fingers to the crowd to remind them how many Premier League titles he won in his two spells with Chelsea.And, determined to have the last word, Mourinho, sacked by the Blues last season, took the opportunity to remind Conte and Chelsea’s supporters that they have a long way to go to match his achievements at the Bridge.Chelsea’s Gary Cahill (L) fights for the ball with Manchester United’s Ander Herrera during their English FA Cup quarter-final match, at Stamford Bridge in London, on March 13, 2017 © AFP / Justin Tallis“They can call me what they want. I’m a professional,” he said.“I feel responsibilities on Chelsea’s bad Premier League last season, but when I left we were in the Champions League, winning the Champions League group.“Now they don’t play in Europe. It’s not my fault.“Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues, I am number one.“If a manager wins four I become number two. Until then, Judas is number one.”– ‘Just a circus’ –Although Conte and Mourinho didn’t shake hands at full-time, the Italian insisted he had done nothing wrong in their touchline clash.“It was hard work for the fourth official but I controlled my emotion very well today,” Conte said.“It’s normal for the manager to push his players. What happens outside the pitch is just a circus.”Conte saluted Hazard for refusing to be intimidated by United’s bullying as N’Golo Kante’s superb second-half winner gave the Premier League leaders a Wembley semi-final showdown with London rivals Tottenham next month.“For sure, he showed strong character. After the first 25 minutes, every player would have a fear of being kicked. It’s very dangerous to receive a kick from the back,” he said.Inevitably, Mourinho refused to accept blame for his team’s approach and turned the focus on referee Michael Oliver’s decision to send off Herrera for what was one of the less vicious tackles on Hazard.“Herrera’s second yellow card, compare that with (Marcus) Rashford going to attack the ball in a counter-attacking situation. He was fouled and the referee doesn’t give a booking,” Mourinho said.“We all saw the game. We can all agree there was one match until Herrera saw the red card and another after that.“I thought we were going to win because everything was under control, then with 10 men it was very difficult for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante (C) celebrates with teammates Eden Hazard (L) and Cesar Azpilicueta after scoring a goal against Manchester United, at Stamford Bridge in London, on March 13, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KirkLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 14 – Antonio Conte slammed Manchester United’s cynical attempts to intimidate Chelsea in his side’s bitter FA Cup quarter-final win, but Jose Mourinho hit back at his rival by insisting he remains the Blues’ best ever manager.Chelsea boss Conte was furious with United’s aggressive approach after Ander Herrera was sent off for two fouls on Eden Hazard in Monday’s 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Europa League quarter-final draw: Manchester United to face Anderlecht and more

first_img The Europa League quarter-final draw has been made Manchester United have been drawn to face Anderlecht in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.Jose Mourinho’s men will travel to Belgium first before playing the return leg at Old Trafford.The Portuguese boss will be relieved that it will be a short trip for United this time following their narrow last-16 win over Russian side Rostov.The first leg will take place in Brussels on April 13, with the second match at Old Trafford a week later.Quarter-final draw in full…Anderlecht v Man UtdCelta Vigo v GenkAjax v SchalkeLyon v BesiktasREAD MORE: Champions League draw: Leicester face Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich v Real Madrid and MORE 1last_img

Team hits inkjet-toner jackpot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The annual contest is open to any type of school team, athletic or otherwise. To sign up, visit www.staplesrecyclefored.com. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce this month awarded $186,000 in scholarships to 125 local students as part of its “Cash for College” project. The chamber chose the winners at random from those who attended a career convention and workshop held last fall. Winners from the San Fernando Valley were: Steven Nguyen, Birmingham High; Jessica Barreto, Burbank High; Angie Celis and Jeanette Solis, Canoga Park High; Jennifer Gallardo, Chatsworth High; Roshanak Basharzad and Daniel Chae, Granada Hills Charter High; Sentia Marutian, Glendale High; Vanessa Alzamora, Jessica Arevalo and Diana Mendez, Kennedy High; Daisy Ramirez, Polytechnic High; Brenda Le Brane, Reseda High; Anai M. Chaidez, San Fernando High; Jhania Lantan, Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies; Angelica G. Gameros and Jiehong Xu, Sylmar High; Yaniv Ovadia, Taft High; Brenda Rodriguez, Van Nuys High; and Leo Alvarado, Verdugo Hills High. Glendale High School student Natalie Granucci is attending the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine that began Saturday at the University of California, Los Angeles. Students were chosen nationwide based on academic excellence, leadership potential and interest in a career in medicine. Granucci and her fellow nominees will learn about public health, medical ethics, research and general practice at the 10-day event. The students will also visit medical facilities and clinics and engage in simulated problem-based learning and diagnoses. Granucci will also travel to Europe this summer as a student ambassador with People to People International, a government-sponsored cultural exchange program. Sixteen-year-old Dylan Gutierrez of Van Nuys has earned a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. He will leave for Europe in September, after first going to New York to participate in the summer program at the official school of the New York City Ballet. A dancer since age 11, Gutierrez was the youngest of six males to place in the “Youth America Grand Prix” international ballet competition in New York in the spring. After seeing the performance, the royal school offered him the scholarship to join roughly 45 dancers at the upper school in London, few of whom are non-Britons. “Dylan is quite a character at the studio,” said his mother, Andrea Paris-Gutierrez, who is also one of his trainers. “He is a big personality in the room, funny, passionate, temperamental and extremely talented. We will miss him very much when he leaves for London.” Fifty-one high school and adult school students from the Los Angeles Unified School District were given $1,000 college scholarships from the Council of Mexican-American Administrators this month. Recipients were chosen based on grade-point averages, extracurricular activities and community service, and skill and poise during the application process. Seven of the students came from San Fernando Valley schools. They are: Jasmin Escobedo from Canoga Park High; Nicole Lantello from Granada Hills High; Ana Pineda from North Hollywood High; Felicia Paraz from the Pacoima Skills Center; Omar Rodriguez from Polytechnic High; and Iylene Patino and Marlene Patino from Verdugo Hills High.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Kennedy High School baseball team won the nationwide Staples $25,000 Cartridge Chase competition by collecting the most used inkjet toner cartridges for recycling. Staples offers $3 for every used toner cartridge collected. “When we were doing the fundraiser, we thought, `$3 a cartridge is great,”‘ team coach Manny Alvarado said. “We thought $4,000 or $5,000 would be good money. We never, ever thought we’d win $25,000, although it was always in the backs of our mind.” The Kennedy team plans to use the money to help pay for a new scoreboard. last_img

State firefighters gearing up for a tough season

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2While the state’s overall rainfall has not been especially low this year, the rain has created its own problems and drought conditions over the past several years have left some areas vulnerable. With a spate of wildfires this week in Southern California and an explosion of lightning-ignited blazes in the northeastern part of the state, the start of this year’s fire season has many officials on edge. As of Thursday, California had 3,295 fires that burned 62,572 acres, representing a drop from last year’s 2,039 fires that consumed 94,521 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. But an abundance of dry brush, searing heat and bark beetle infestations mean that could change at any moment. “We’re going to be busy as firefighters this season,” said Los Angeles County fire spokesman Ron Harelson. last_img read more

Arsenal warned they ‘could be relegated’ if they appoint ‘rookie’ Mikel Arteta

first_img Arteta appears set to depart Man City to become Arsenal’s new manager Getty Images – Getty Jamie O’Hara says Carlo Ancelotti is the right man for Arsenal – no Mikel Arteta“Is he going to be manager for the next ten years? Probably not, but they need a big-time manager.“Arteta should be going to Everton, and Ancelotti should be going to Arsenal.“I think the reason Arsenal are going for him is because he’s cheap and they haven’t got any money to spend, so he will work with what he’s got.“Ancelotti is going to want big money and he’s going to want a transfer kitty. Arsenal are not going to do that.” Adrian Durham believes Arsenal are taking a huge risk appointing Mikel Arteta as their next permanent manager.And the talkSPORT host says the north London club ‘could be relegated’ if the Spaniard tries to implement Manchester City’s methods and playing style with the current Gunners squad.Former Arsenal captain Arteta is widely expected to become the club’s new boss after holding not-so-secret talks with club chiefs. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:15Loaded: 7.35%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Those reports come amid claims Carlo Ancelotti will be appointed the new manager of Everton this week after agreeing to take over the Merseyside club following his recent departure from Napoli.Ancelotti was also strongly linked with the Gunners role and was even the favourite for the job when he was sacked in Italy last week, but by all accounts it appears he is heading to Goodison Park while Arteta looks on his way back to the Emirates Stadium.But Durham believes it could be another huge blunder by the Arsenal board.“I’m looking at Arteta and he’s a rookie,” said the Drivetime host. “He’s been learning under Pep Guardiola, so does that mean Arsenal are hoping he will come in and play Pep’s kind of football with THOSE players, who seem to have no tactical discipline, no energy and no enthusiasm whatsoever?“They could be relegated under this guy if they try that!“Apparently Man City are now going to crumble without Arteta – is that right? 2 Getty – Contributor 2 “He wasn’t even an Arsenal legend. Look at Mesut Ozil laughing in Freddie Ljungberg’s face, and he is an Arsenal legend! What are they going to make of Pep’s team boy?”Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara is also stunned Arsenal have apparently decided not to bring in Ancelotti, claiming the only reason the Gunners have picked Arteta is because he will be ‘cheaper’ than the three-time Champions League winner.Speaking on Tuesday’s White and Sawyer show, he said: “Ancelotti is a great appointment for Everton – amazing.“But what are Arsenal doing, seriously? Ancelotti must be waiting by his phone for a call saying, ‘come to London we want to meet you’, surely!“This is Ancelotti, he’s won the lot, he’s available on a free. Arsenal are in turmoil and they’re doing all these interviews with candidates – no! The manager is there, get him in and get going!“Arteta I think will be a great manager; he’s been under Pep, he knows what he’s talking about, he was Arsenal captain and people love him. But that’s not what Arsenal need right now.“They need somebody to come in, get respect from the players straight away, get them playing and get results. Ancelotti can do that. Arteta has worked with Pep Guardiola since 2016 last_img read more

Jackson County Men Arrested in Macon County Drug Bust

first_imgThursday June 29, 2017 Arrests made of two suspects for Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Heroin.Macon County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit received a source of information earlier in the day about possible drug activity. The source included information about suspects possibly bringing drugs back to WNC after a quick trip to the Atlanta Ga. area. Macon deputies located a vehicle on US 441 at approximately 11:50 pm last night and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle which was occupied by four individuals. One suspect was found to be in possession of multiple baggies and prescription pills. After a search of the vehicle two bags of trash were located in the trunk of the vehicle. While searching the two bags of trash, deputies located 15.2 grams of methamphetamine and 16.0 grams of heroin wrapped in paper towels and duct tape. Investigators believe that this concealment was done in an effort to disguise the presence and odor of the drugs and to discourage any officer from conducting a search of what most people would think is just typical household garbage.Also located in the vehicle were multiple plastic baggies, set of digital scales and a metal spoon. Bobby Cucumber and Aaron Alexander both of Jackson County were charged with multiple drug related charges and both had bonds set by Magistrate Justin Stamey at $400,000 each. Both suspects remain in custody at the Macon County Detention Center.Sheriff Robert Holland states, “The combined effort of multiple agencies helped guarantee this shipment of drugs would not be sold in our county or surrounding counties and would not have the possibility of destroying any lives as we see far too often. The efforts of these officers who followed up with their information are to be commended for their hard work daily. All of us understand there is much more work to be done. Nothing exciting about digging through someone’s trash but this case shows the commitment of these officers to rid the “trash” that is contributing to the destruction in our community and communities everywhere. Unfortunately that sometimes means even going through people’s trash.”last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Plymouth Ice Festival 2015

first_imgVisiting the ice sculptures in the evening showed a different display for the sculptures, with colored lights setting the scene as people bundled up with their warm coats, scarves, and hats strolled by the walkways. With wind chills bringing temperatures to the -10 to -20 degrees (Farenheit) range, it had to be one of the coldest years for the Plymouth Ice Festival this weekend in Plymouth, Michigan.Held the first weekend of January, the Plymouth Ice Festival brings thousands of people to downtown Plymouth to see the beautiful ice sculptures. One of my favorite parts of the festival is the ice sculpture competition held between culinary arts student teams from local community colleges. I managed to catch some shots of the ice sculptures early Friday morning when everyone was getting set up for the festival. The bright sunshine made the ice sculptures sparkle in Kellogg Park. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: 2018 Plymouth Ice FestivalImagine the temperature is ten degrees Farenheit. Snow covers the ground and the wind chill brings the temperature to less than zero degrees on a January night. That’s cold. Even for Michigan. But that’s not going to stop me from checking out the annual Plymouth Ice Festival, held in Kellogg…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Plymouth Ice Festival 2019It’s the second week of January and in my community that means it’s Plymouth Ice Festival weekend! Ice sculptors have been busy the past few days creating incredible sculptures to grace Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth, Michigan.  While yesterday was cold with gray clouds, today is a bit warmer (though…In “Ice Festival”Photo of the Week: 2017 Plymouth Ice FestivalWhile ooohing and aahing over the gorgeous ice sculptures created by ice carvers and local culinary arts college students, like this stunning dog ice sculpture, is my typical way of enjoying the Plymouth Ice Festival, this year the festival had an added feature: interactive games at the children’s ice playground. “Whoa!…In “Ice Festival”last_img read more

New Hampshire’s A-Team Activity During August Recess – All Hands on Deck!

first_imgSeptember 16, 2014Over the last year, our New Hampshire A-Team has been extremely active on both the federal and state level due to the tireless efforts of all of our A-Team Captains, Legislative Chairs and State Council. In fact, our HR State Council has truly embraced the need for advocacy and has continued the annual tradition of a New Hampshire Legislative Conference, which promotes the partnership with our NH Legislature by education and opportunities to connect with our state representatives. Thankfully, all of our efforts resulted in an amazing turnout by our New Hampshire A-Team! Ten of the A-Team members from New Hampshire visited three staff members of Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in the district during the August recess. Many of the A-Team were first-time attendees and were a bit anxious, but quickly discovered that they had a lot to offer to the conversation. In the meeting, we discussed potential Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) legislation/regulations against federal contractors, the Department of Labor (DOL)’s potential FLSA/overtime regulations, as well as the definition of full-time employee. There was great dialogue between our A-Team and Senator Shaheen’s staff discussing how each piece of potential legislation could impact companies in NH. Specifically, due to the fact that most of the employers in New Hampshire are small- to medium-sized businesses, and to the increased administrative and cost burdens, which are unintended consequences of these types of legislative actions, we believe we provided an insight not considered initially by Senator Shaheen. We agreed to maintain our relationship with Sen. Shaheen at both the federal and state level and work together on future issues that impact the HR profession. Senator Shaheen’s office also requested for us to send them any additional information that SHRM could offer as it relates to the current legislation as future amendments or changes are made.  Overall, it was a very successful meeting and based on the feedback from the first-time members, we believe future meetings with other congressional staff will occur with even more members than ever!Thanks to the A-Team at SHRM for providing us the materials and relevant information necessary to make these meetings more meaningful!Catharine Mirabile, SPHRDirector of Human Resources & ComplianceCGI Business SolutionsHooksett, NHSHRM A-Team Advocacy Captain To visit the SHRM Advocacy Team blog page, please click here.To visit the SHRM Policy Action Center, please click here.last_img read more

Tech Industry Hall of Shame – the Dumbest Moments in Tech History

first_imgWe are surrounded by failure in the tech world, and some of those failures are big enough to sit in our memories for years. After the latest news from Google, we were reminded of many other shameful moments in tech. We put together our own RWW Hall of Shame to see if we could learn any lessons from these sordid tales of woe.Google’s Street View brought the concept of “payload data” to the forefront: While those nifty cars with cameras were cruising our communities, Google was purposely collecting data transmitted over open Wi-Fi networks to which it could connect. First Google said it wasn’t intentionally doing this, then the word leaked out that many project teams within Google had access to this information. Google should have come clean on its intentions, and the executive who authorized the project should come out of the Googleplex and take responsibility for being “evil.”But Google is hardly alone in acting shamefully. Consider:Amazon should be chastised for patenting one-click shopping. Leave it to Amazon to have gotten one of the most annoying software patents of all time: the ability to purchase something with a single click online. Lately, it has been very unresponsive to its customers and has suffered lengthy outages with its Web services. The company needs to swallow a huge antihubris pill and come out with better support mechanisms if it wants to keep its customers.Last year, Netflix tried to split itself into two companies, one for streaming and one focused on its legacy DVD rental business. The split didn’t go well, and as a result, Netflix lost at least 10 percent of its customers, with many of them going to competitors. Certainly, trying to charge more for the same service it had previously offered was bad news, no matter how small the increment.Lexmark was one of the first laser-printer companies that forced customers to use its toner cartridges. It did this via adding special ID chips to its toner cartridges and then having its printers check for the ID, so you needed to buy Lexmark cartridges as replacements. Apart from starting an entire cottage industry focused on defeating this procedure, requiring your customers to act a specific way is generally a really bad idea.Sony deserves mention for installing malware on its music CDs in the name of copy protection. Back in 2005, Sony made news with its special rights management software from a company called First 4 Internet. The software came with the music CD from the Van Zants called Get Right with the Man (ironic title completely unintentional). The software is used to play the music files from the CD and monitor how the PC uses the music, ostensibly to prevent digital copying and ripping the music. Sadly, the software did more than that, including burrowing deep into your Windows OS and purposely disguising itself and hiding its executable files from plain sight. Worse yet, the software stole performance from your computer in doing its bidding. That got a lot of attention, and Sony was forced to offer a removal tool. Now the issue is moot, as how many of us really buy CDs anymore?Sears provided its own malware on MySHCcommunity.com. Sony wasn’t the only big company that installed spyware on your PC. You would think that others had learned from its mistakes, but in 2008, Sears decided to try it on its own with a special website that pretended to be a portal for its resellers. Oops! There is such a thing as being too close a partner. Again, denials were followed by fixes.Dell shipped a laptop that brought fresh meaning to the term “explosive new release.” Back in 1993, Dell made news with its SL320i laptop, which had an exploding battery. Initially the company denied it, then worked hard to offer replacements. Since then, Dell has gotten its customer-service listening act together and today is an exemplary social-media operation.Miniscribe developed the concept of “brick drives.” In late 1989, the well-known Longmont, Colorado, disk-drive maker found its short-term financial situation in bad shape and thought it had the solution: Ship bricks instead of disk drives that customers had ordered, use the payments to stabilize its situation, then chalk it all up to a packaging error and send out the real drives. We’ll never know if it would have worked, because the company laid off a number of employees who had been complicit in the shipments – and who then turned around and outed the whole scheme. (As if the customers wouldn’t have noticed that their drive installs were more difficult than usual.) At least Miniscribe paid for its sins with a very quick bankruptcy.Some lessons learned from these events: Denial is not a river in Egypt. Come clean with the facts and offer a fix ASAP. Also, make good on any customer slight. In an era when customers can tweet and post on social media, you want to work toward keeping the customer happy, and the cost will be small. Finally, steer clear of putting any software on someone’s PC without his or her knowledge. Anything else is just spyware.Feel free to suggest some of your own egregious and shameful tech acts from the past. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Analysis#enterprise center_img david strom Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more