News / ‘Fear of being first’ may be the biggest hurdle for blockchain in logistics

first_imgMr Brody said it generally took about a decade for companies to be comfortable with new technology, pointing out that Amazon Web Services launched in 2006 – “the first day of the industrialised public cloud” – but it was only in 2017 that the majority of ERP installs were moved to the cloud.On the sidelines of the BiTA event, one frustrated executive, brought into a company as its digital transformation officer, said management had decided to kick blockchain into the long grass for another year.“But my competitor is up there today, rolling out its blockchain-based solutions. If we don’t do it, we won’t survive,” he said.“The biggest resistance to my job is internal. People think their jobs could be at risk if we move all our processes to blockchain – and there could be job losses, but if we don’t do it, we won’t survive.“Our company is quite old for this sector, but it’s going to be disrupted. They asked me to disrupt it internally, but now won’t take the necessary steps. I am having to do the work ‘underground’, and when I’ve finished I’ll present it internally and roll it out to customers as a done deal.”His words echoed those of Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx, who said this month that companies which ignored new technologies, such as blockchain, would become extinct.Dale Chrystie, vp strategic planning and support for FedEx Freight, told attendees: “That speech caused some movement behind the scenes.“We already have a lot of technology, RFID and so on, so it’s not a big shift. There is a chain of custody at FedEx in everything, and lots of parts that this technology can help with.“We spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror, working out what happened and why. There will be a lot of that to start with using blockchain, but then it’ll move on and create a pipeline that just works.”It will take some time to develop that pipeline, added Ron Piwetz, enterprise architect for BNSF Railways. “We strongly believe in developing a set of standards. That’s not to say we don’t do anything before standards exist, but they are important.”He added that shipper customers had started the conversation about blockchain and were keen to see progress.Mr Chrystie added that while it might be early days, and there would be mistakes, this was a critical part of the process.“Early work cases are important. You can’t miss out on the early steps – we are in the starting phase, at step number three in 100.“We need to keep learning, fail fast and move forward.” © Elnur Internal resistance, or fear of being first, could be one of the most challenging aspects of introducing blockchain into logistics.Paul Brody, global blockchain leader for EY, told members of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) in Atlanta this week that his firm had developed a blockchain-based system for a large client that saved $1bn in costs, was secure and met all requirements.“We were punching the air when they told us how good it was,” he said. “But then, the client said it wouldn’t be taking the system.”When asked why, the client replied: “We don’t want to be first.”center_img By Alex Lennane in Atlanta 23/05/2018last_img read more

Harvard University Full Fellowships Program

first_img Tweet “Theory and Practice of Youth Empowerment” → Deadline: 4 October 2016Open to: recent Bachelor or Master’s degree holders with an excellent record and research experience in two or more of the fieldsScholarship: funding will be granted for the entire duration of their PhDDescriptionThe Department of Archaeogenetics at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, and the Initiative for the Science of the Human Pastat Harvard University are launching a collaborative program that, at Harvard, draws on the Departments of Anthropology (Archaeology Program), History, Human Evolutionary Biology, and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.The new program is a long-term cross-disciplinary collaboration involving these various departments at MPI and Harvard’s FAS and HMS, as well as other interested scholars and scientists at Harvard University. In the framework of its multi-disciplinary investigation of the Ancient Mediterranean, the Max Planck Harvard project announce up to three 5-year Full Fellowships in Biological Archaeology / Archaeometry and Archaeogenetics to sponsor graduate study leading to a PhD in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The first fellowship(s) will be available to students admitted by Harvard for the academic year 2017-2018.EligibilityRecent Bachelor or Master’s degree holders with an excellent record and research experience in two or more of the fields of Biological Archaeology / Archaeometry and Archaeogenetics.FellowshipFunding will be granted to doctoral candidates for the entire duration of their PhD;Satisfactory fulfillment of all research and other requirements will lead to a doctoral degree awarded by Harvard University;The program ordinarily includes two years of coursework at Harvard and fulfillment of the standard requirements for the PhD in the relevant Departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University, where candidates will acquire expertise in the topics and methods covered by the Max Planck Harvard project;After this period, doctoral students will ordinarily conduct substantial research for their PhD at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.How to Apply?The application process includes sending following documents:Max Planck Harvard Project Fellowships form;Transcript of records;Proof of language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL), GPA, GRE;A writing sample, and all other relevant materials as specified by each individual department of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.For more information, please visit official website. September 29, 2016 Published by emmanuel Similar Stories LinkedIn 0 Harvard Online Courses – Advance your Career. Keep Learning Share 0 Harvard University Full Fellowships Programcenter_img Visiting Artist Fellowships 2018/19 Reddit +1 Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. ← “Think Out of the Box”: Call for an EVS Volunteer! Pocketlast_img read more

CPS lawyer reportedly investigated over far-right Facebook posts

first_imgThe Crown Prosecution Service has stressed its commitment to ‘impartiality and fairness’ amid claims that one of its lawyers may have shared inflammatory material online.It is reported in the Guardian that a petition by right-wing group Britain First calling for a statue of Nelson Mandela to be ‘torn down’ appeared on the Facebook timeline of senior lawyer Kim Kendall. The petition accused the former South Africa president, who is commemorated in Parliament Square, of being a ‘communist and terrorist mass murderer’.It is also reported that a post related to the death of Lee Rigby and a petition for Labour MP Naz Shah to resign or be sacked have appeared on Kendall’s timeline. Her Facebook site is no longer publicly available.According to the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor service, Kendall is an employee at the Crown Prosecution Service in Humberside and was admitted in 2003.The CPS has stated it does not comment on individual cases, but in a statement said: ‘Impartiality and fairness are central CPS values and these are underpinned by a clear code of conduct. Any allegations of inappropriate behaviour are taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly.’It has also been reported that the matter has been referred on to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. An SRA spokesperson said: ‘We do not usually confirm or deny if we have received a complaint or not, it is only if action is necessary that it becomes a matter of public record.’It is not clear whether sharing material from a group that is not illegal would constitute any breach of the CPS code of conduct. The code states that employees must be seen to be objective, honest and impartial in the exercise of their duties, and must not allow their judgement or integrity to be compromised ‘in fact or by reasonable implication’.last_img read more

Prep Football Results; Apollo Beats Tech 26-20

first_img Bemidji 41, Sauk Rapids-Rice 20(Sauk Rapids led at halftime before Bemidji came back in the 2nd half.  The Storm fall to 1-6) Mora 36, Cathedral 28(Running back and linebacker Bryan Bowar suffered a possible fracture and will miss the rest of the season.  The Crusaders are 3-4 and will play at Zimmerman on Wednesday)#10 Monticello 7, Rocori 0(Monticello’s only touchdown on an interception return for the Magic.  Rocori has lost 3 games in a row and is now 4-3.  Rocori will play at Tech Wednesday) Apollo 26, Tech 20(Kyle Rosenthal ran for 122 yards including a 20-yard touchdown run that turned out to be the game-winner.  Apollo outscored Tech 13-0 in the 4th quarter.  Jake Peterson ran for 187 yards and 3 touchdowns for Tech.  Tech has lost 3 games in a row and is now 3-4.  Ben Alvord threw for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns including a 80-yard touchdown pass.  Apollo has won 2 games in a row and is 2-5.  Tech hosts Rocori next Wednesday and Apollo plays at Fergus Falls next Wednesday).Willmar 28, Sartell-St. Stephen 21(Zach Streed scored the g0-ahead touchdown with 7 minutes left on a 31-yard run.  Sartell falls to 5-2 and will close down the season at home against Bemidji next Wednesday night). Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56892 720p HD 1/1center_img Auto (360p) 360p 1080p HD About Connatix V56892last_img read more

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ and ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ among this week’s new releases

first_imgWalt Disney Pictures(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide on Friday:* Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — The sequel to the 2014’s Maleficent picks up several years after the first film chronicled the events that drove the notorious Disney villain to curse a baby Princess Aurora.  It follows the complex relationship between the two as they form new alliances and face new adversaries.  Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning return as Maleficent and Aurora, respectively.  Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville also return to their previous roles.  Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein and Michelle Pfeiffer join the cast as new characters.  Rated PG.* Zombieland: Double Tap — The sequel to the surprise 2009 horror zombie apocalypse comedy finds original cast members Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone, who played four strangers that meet on the road during a post-apocalyptic zombie outbreak, contending with newer, more evolved zombies, as well as new human survivors, as they deal with their own shaky relationships.  Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia and Roasario Dawson, Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch join the cast for the sequel.  Rated R.Opening in limited release on Friday:* Jojo Rabbit — Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi [TIE-ka Wah-TEET-ee] wrote and directed this satire, set in World War II Germany.  It follows the titular character, a young German boy in Adolph Hitler’s army, played by newcomer Roman Griffin Davis, whose mother, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.  Aided only by his imaginary friend, in the form of an idiotic version of Hitler, played by Waititi, Jojo must confront his ideology.  Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen and Sam Rockwell also star.  Rated PG-13.* The Lighthouse — Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star in this black & white horror film about two keepers of a remote lighthouse who begin to lose their sanity and become threatened by their worst nightmares.  Rated R. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Only on AP: For NFL players, racial profiling often personal

first_imgIn this Feb. 25, 1966 file photo, While Illinois Athletic Commission listened, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali speaks, in Chicago. Ali had criticized his imminent army draft. (AP Photo/File) Today’s Black athletes are part of a tradition of the intertwining of race, sports and society in America. From boxer Jack Johnson to Serena Williams, each generation has had to reckon with their era’s racial climate to help move the US forward. (Feb. 1)___EDITOR’S NOTE: African-American athletes have used their sports platforms for more than 100 years to impact social and political change. As part of AP’s coverage plans for Black History Month, we will take a multi-platform look at look at how many have and continue to engage in activism, from Jack Johnson, to Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick.___In protesting, Kaepernick and others attempted to highlight the killings of unarmed black men by police, an issue brought into the national spotlight by Black Lives Matter activists after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri , in 2014. But the message was quickly overtaken by fans offended by the players’ decision to kneel during the anthem.“That was the main thing with the protests, to bring awareness so people know what’s going on,” said Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. “That’s the first step to trying to fix the situation.”NFL players who have protested this season have been in the minority, and protests waned as the season went on. Some players are focusing on ways of addressing injustice off the field.“If it affects that many people by taking a knee, just stand up, it’s that simple,” said Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey. “Taking a knee during the anthem, in my opinion, changes nothing. Giving back to the community, being around the kids and people in poverty, I respect that.”For many players, the issue is not one of patriotism, but is personal.“At the end of the day, we’re not trying to disrespect nobody,” said Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye. “No matter what happens, I feel like somebody is not going to be happy, but we have a lot of respect for our country and respect for the game.”Bouye was among the players who recounted firsthand experience with racial profiling.“My dad, when I was growing up … gun to his head and everything,” Bouye said. “That’s why it hits close to me. We know that there are issues going on, and maybe some people don’t want to bring awareness to them, but we’ll find a way.”Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said he, his father and his wife have all been victims of racial profiling — even after he became a successful athlete.“It happened to my wife in the past couple of years,” said McCoy, who was drafted in 2010. “She got pulled over. She was driving a Bentley. Nice neighborhood, and they pulled her over. All her stuff was right and they just didn’t have any reason. It just wasn’t right.”Black athletes have been finding a way to fight for social change for more than 100 years, from Jack Johnson, to Muhammad Ali to Kaepernick.Their fights have come at great personal expense, from alienation by fellow Americans to incarceration to the loss of their careers.NFL players faced backlash of their own in 2017.During the season, President Donald Trump referred to the players as “sons of bitches” and suggested they be fired. And Trump again condemned the protests in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, juxtaposing the campaign against the patriotic efforts of a white child who has planted thousands of American flags on the graves of veterans.A recent AP-NORC poll showed most Americans think refusing to stand for the national anthem is disrespectful to the country, the military and the American flag. Most African-Americans polled were more likely to approve of the players’ protests. Only 4 in 10 Americans polled saw refusing to stand for the flag as an act of patriotism.Players have pointed out that the protests are allowed under free speech, one of the cornerstones of American democracy. Martin Luther King Jr. framed civil disobedience as a commitment to conscience tied to founding revolts of our country like the Boston Tea Party.The issue has loomed over the entire NFL season, which culminates with Sunday’s Super Bowl. And a year into his presidency, Trump’s Department of Justice has abandoned talk of police reform in favor of support for law enforcement and criticism of activists. The Associated Press surveyed 56 of the 59 Black players at last weekend’s Pro Bowl game as part of its look at how African-American athletes have long used their sports platforms to impact social and political change. The AP asked the players whether they or someone they knew have ever experienced racial profiling.All said yes.“You can probably ask any Black man out here and the answer is yes,” said Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson. “It’s not like this is just starting today or a new thing. It’s gone on for a long time. I think African-American men have been (victims) of racial profiling for a long time, by either the things they wear or just by the color of their skin.” Of the players surveyed at the Pro Bowl, 42 said they would support the idea of the NFL going back to keeping teams in the locker room until after the anthem is played, a practice that was changed in 2009 — not that they believe they have much say in what decision league owners will make.center_img “The league does what the league does,” said Jackson. “I don’t have any say in it, so I don’t care.”____Fred Goodall reported from Orlando. Errin Haines Whack is The Associated Press’ national writer for race and ethnicity. Follow her work on Twitter at A son who saw a police officer hold a gun to his father’s head. A husband whose wife was pulled over driving a Bentley.last_img read more

Westbrook confronts 2 fans at Jazz game, cites racial taunt

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook confronted a man and his wife during a game after the Oklahoma City star says the two racially taunted him.The heated exchange came early in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 98-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.Westbrook was on the bench and stood when he heard what the fans said. He said they told him to “get down on my knees like I used to.” After that, Westbrook was seen on video cursing at the man and threatening him and his wife.After the game, Westbrook spoke of verbal abuse he and teammates hear from spectators on the road. Much of it has been directed at their families, according to Westbrook. He said he will no longer tolerate such disrespect.“There’s got to be something done,” Westbrook said. “There’s got to be some consequences for those type of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say. I don’t think it’s fair to the players.”Westbrook recently objected to a young fan touching him on the sideline during a game.Jazz security repeatedly warned fans in the area, and the team said after the game it will investigate what happened.“Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment,” the team statement said. “If it is determined that any fans violated the NBA code of conduct, appropriate action will be taken.”The fan said in a TV interview neither he nor his wife cursed at Westbrook.Westbrook’s teammates came to his defense following the game. Raymond Felton, who did not play, sat near Westbrook on the bench. Felton confirmed he also heard the taunts.“He’s not coming off and talking to the fans, just saying stuff to them and just blurting out words,” Felton said. “He’s not. They’re coming at him first. When is there going to be a point where there’s going to be protecting those players? People can say whatever what they want to say us during games and yell out stuff and talk about our families and talk about our kids.”Westbrook finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.___More AP NBA: and read more