Cignal destroys Racal five

first_imgCignal HD rolled to a fifth victory in the PBA D-League, but it wasn’t the kind of win coach Boyet Fernandez wanted.Nearly blowing early 20-point leads, the Hawkeyes held off Racal Motor’s late run for a 93-75 victory in the Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT “I expected to get the ball in the end,” said John Ambuludto, who sank the game-winner. “I thought if I did, I would shoot it anyway.”Gamboa Coffee’s Mike Parala tied the game at 86 with 8.6 ticks remaining before Ambuludto dropped a floater with two seconds left to win the game for the Couriers.Robert Herndon led the Couriers with 27 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal.Gamboa playing coach Leo Avenido nearly finished with a double-double with a day-high 38 points and nine boards. —CARLO ANOLIN, KRISTOFER PURNELLADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m happy we won [but] still, I really hate the way we played in the third quarter,” said Fernandez. “It seemed like we didn’t know how to play basketball. We gave up so many points, we gave up so many turnovers.”Davon Potts unloaded 15 points for the Hawkeyes, who staged an 11-0 blitz with 2:38 left to regain control, 88-69, against Racal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundJason Perkins and Alfred Ryan Batino also teamed up for 26 points as the Hawkeyes improved to 5-2.Earlier, Wangs Basketball snapped a two-game skid with a nail-biting 88-86 escape over Gamboa Coffee Mix. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Pacquiao punishes spar mates Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

KC’s hurdlers star at GC Foster

first_img JC ruled supreme in the Class Two 110m hurdles, with Jaheem Stern producing a record run of 13.81 to get the better of teammate Neil Matthew Sutherland (13.84) and Excelsior High’s Shawn Simmonds, 14.18. St Jago High’s Crystal Morrison topped the Class Two 100m hurdles in 13.59. Second went to Salieca Myles of Edwin Alken in 14.01. Danae Nembhard and Kayla-Gay Clarke, both of St Jago, were one-two in the Class Three 80m hurdles. Nembhard won in 11.72 ahead of Clarke (11.75) and Atalliah Wallace of Holmwood, 11.83. In the girls’ 400m hurdles, Colisha Taylor of Holmwood and Lashanna Graham of Edwin Allen wrote their names in the record books. Taylor erased her one-year-old record in the Class Two event, winning in 1:00.69 to beat her previous mark of 1:00.94. Keneisha Garwood of Edwin Allen was second in 1:06.31. Graham scored a big win in the Class One 400m hurdles, clocking 59.01 seconds to erase the old record of 59.24. Kingston College’s (KC) hurdlers made a strong statement in their first full competition on the track this season at yesterday’s Central Hurdles and Relays meet at G.C. Foster College with Rayon Campbell in Class Two and Romel Plummer in Class One leading the way with record runs in the 400m hurdlers. Competing in the Class Two 400m hurdles, Campbell stopped the clock at 54.81 seconds to erase the 2016 previous meet record of 55.19. Jade Brown, also of KC, was second in 55.83, while Robert Graham of Jamaica College (JC) was third in 56.29. Inspired by his teammate’s run, Plummer came out in a no-nonsense mood in the Class One event, turning back last year’s Boys’ Champs winner Rovane Williams of Rhodes Hall. He won in an impressive 52.56 seconds to smash the 2016 meet record of 53.53. Williams clocked 54.20 while Excelsior High’s Devontie Archer ended third overall in 54.56. KC also dominated the sprint hurdles. Class One long jumper Wayne Pinnock showed his versatility by winning the 110m hurdles in 14.01 seconds to lead a KC sweep of the top three spots in the event. Akeem Cargill, 14.32, and Tajay Houston (14.83) were second and third, respectively. KC then took the top two places in the Class Three 100m hurdles. Rajohn Gray produced a record 13.82 seconds run to win ahead of Amonti Wray (14.04). Jayden Johnson of JC was third in 14.09. JC RULED SUPREMElast_img read more

Literacy in a digital world

first_imgEven as we bemoan our children’s abysmal performance in English Language at the primary and secondary levels as evidenced by the NGSA and CSEC results, the theme for this year’s International Literacy Day (ILD), which was commemorated last Friday –  “Literacy in a digital world” should be a wake-up call.ILD was launched in November 1965, just as we were about to be granted independence, along with so many other colonies. Repressed in some instances for centuries in terms of even basic education, many of these societies, including ours, had severe challenges in literacy, measured simply as the ability to read at a level to be functionally literate.As the theme for ILD reminds us, while we have been more or less marking time achieving literacy by those old standards that were established for the industrial age launched in the eighteenth century, the very meaning and demands of what constitutes “literacy” in this “Digital Age”, which was born in the last half a century has fundamentally changed. The UNESCO information brochure on ILD succinctly describes the latter: “Digital technologies, including the Internet, mobile phones, and all the other tools to manage information digitally, are fundamentally changing the way people live and work, learn and socialise. This transformation is taking place at record speed with the rapid advancement and expansion of technologies. For instance, mobile subscriptions, which had been a few tens of thousands in 1980, were about seven billion in 2015.” The features of Apple’s latest I-Phone X which was released two days ago, is a stark reminder of this brave new world. It not only enhances video, graphics and text production and transmission but seamlessly integrates its operations with the I-Watch remotely so that a person can always be connected to the rest of the world even without their phone. Our policymakers in the education sector must realise that when it comes to using the tools of the Digital Age, our children are like the children of immigrants in a new land – they will be the first to understand the new technology while their parents are still stuck looking backwards. What this means, however, is there is an opportunity right now to leapfrog our educational backwardness and jump right into the Digital Age.What are these?  According to the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills Consortium (2014), success in the 21st century requires mastery of the following critical skills: “information literacy, creativity and innovation, collaboration, problem solving, communication, and responsible citizenship.” To expand briefly, to be “functionally literate” in the new dispensation, there is the need for students to be au fait with several “literacies”: scientific, economic, and technological; visual and information; multicultural and global awareness. Since we are now dealing potentially with the entire world, there will be the need to improve the effectiveness of our communication skills. This becomes even more vital because of the need to be able to work in teams where the members are spread in different parts of the globe. Collaboration and interpersonal skills have to be sharpened in this new interactive environment. One of the more pressing needs for change in our pedagogy in Guyana will be the need to move away from the rote learning which is unfortunately being emphasised by this Government in a naïve thrust to demonstrate that it is making gains in delivering the outdated curriculum. What is needed in this Digital Age is more inventive thinking outside the box that can lead to designing apps that, like Facebook, can change the world without any huge amount of capital. But to do that, students will have to become more adaptable and learn to manage complexity while on their own. This can only come when teachers encourage curiosity, creativity and risk taking – all features that are beaten out of our students. They are already in a different zone – the Digital Age – that their teachers still have not even glimpsed.last_img read more

AFC turned out to be the biggest hoax played on Guyana (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Since the President is arrogating unto himself morality as the justification for his actions toward nomination of Public Officials, I find it instructive to examine the President’s actions with respect to the whole drug bond scenario.Dr George Norton, as Hon Minister of Public Health, lied to Parliament and was involved in a corrupt negotiation, and yet he is still fit and proper, intelligent, impartial, and with the integrity to run the Ministry of Social Cohesion. Former Acting Commissioner of Police Mr David Ramnarine was heavily criticised for transferring fallen Police officers, yet it is okay to transfer a corrupt Minister of Government to a new Ministry. Worse yet, Dr. George Norton is now the Vice-Chairman of the PNCR.Contrast the actions of Kamla Persaud-Bissessar, who fired eleven Ministers in four years while she was Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago.It has become clear that posturing by the President about ‘fit and proper’ and integrity and decency has no deep moral centre. It is all an act put on to penetrate the independence of the Guyana Public Service and to insert his choices into strategic positions.The AFC also asked the people of this nation to lynch the corrupt PPP officials, but forgive the AFC officials. We must still put our trust and faith in Nigel and Cathy Hughes after the entire Sithe-Global conflict of interest fiasco. I reiterate that double standards imply no standards.And this is a very sad situation for the People of this nation. A lot of us feel saddened, but we must arise from this depression.What we have in Government is a set of opportunists pursuing an agenda that the people of this country did not set. The single member of the administration who has voiced genuine concern for the wishes of the people is the Hon Jaipaul Sharma. The actions of this Government, including the breaches of the constitution, the contempt for the Carter Process, and recent calls for the National Assembly to appoint Commissioners, must be interpreted in the context of the double standards they have shown us. An alarm has been sounded throughout the nation. It has become clear to me that the citizens of this country have a problem of dictatorship on their hands, and the potential for electoral malpractice is evident.Can we, the citizens of this nation, do more than just shake our heads in disbelief at our unfortunate circumstances?As a child, I lived through the PNC dictatorship, and was at home hearing the wailing from the funeral procession of Dr Walter Rodney, who gave his life for this country. As a child, adults fought and paid with their lives for me to enjoy free and fair elections and an independent press. As an adult, I inherited a democracy that was hard earned. Now, as an adult, I am shocked to see a reversal and a callous trampling of the democratic values and practices that were so hard earned.Adults of today have a responsibility to create a stable political future, so that our children’s tomorrow may be free of this blight of dictatorship, corruption and political instability.While I was a graduate student at the Royal Holloway University in the UK, our backyard and playground were the fields of Runnymede, where the historic Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. We have inherited a British political infrastructure, but we did not endure the centuries-long struggle of the British people, nor have we endured the struggles of the American people for freedom. Let us be clear that our struggle is not one of PPP vs PNC politics. It is a relatively young struggle for a democratic political culture, an ideal that Government should be of the people, for the people and by the people.When we are governed by ideals, our politics can be graceful. Statesmen and women are elevated into politics by their virtues, not their greed and ambition and gerrymandering. Politics is an act of servant leadership, not to be engaged in for personal remuneration. While the politicians reveal to us daily who they are, we, the people of this country, must hold onto our centre and be the source of light in the darkness.Our struggle for democracy in this country continues, and as we stay calm and press on with it, when we feel afraid to voice our opinions and we feel oppressed by legislation, we must remember that people must not be afraid of their Governments, but Governments must be afraid of their people.Sincerely,Sandra Khanlast_img read more

Vipingo to host inaugural ladies European tour

first_img0Shares0000Meghan MacLaren of England in past action. Photo/COURTESY NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – Vipingo Ridge will host the inaugural Ladies European Tour event on East African soil.The Magical Kenya Ladies Open will take place from 5th to 8th December 2019 on Vipingo Ridge’s Baobab Course -the only (UK) PGA accredited golf course on the continent. Not only will this event mark the very first-time professional lady golfers will have played competitively in the region but it will also be the final event of the 2019 season after the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana from 28th November – 1st December.The 72-hole stroke play competition will prove a significant milestone in the history of the sport in Kenya and work to motivate the next generation of female players throughout the country.The field size is expected to be 96 and in an invitation to the players, Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, said: “We are pleased to host the Magical Kenya Ladies Open for the first time. lt is our hope and expectation that your participation will inspire other women to take up the sport and awakentheir potential to play professionally. We warmly welcome all the players to Kenya and wish everyone a rewarding experience in our magical country.”Broadcasted live across the globe to millions of viewers, the event will showcase Kenya as a unique golfing and holiday destination as well as elevate the country as an important player onthe world’s stage, not just in terms of golf but sports in general.Dirk Glittenberg, Managing Director of U.COM Event, explains “Our long-term vision of bringing women’s professional golf to Kenya is finally becoming a reality. We are always striving to findnew destinations for the Ladies European Tour and the Kenyan Coast will be a very memorable one for all players, their guests and TV spectators worldwide.”In a statement from Vipingo Ridge, Chairman Alastair Cavenagh added “Following on the heels of an exciting Solheim Cup in Scotland, Vipingo Ridge is extremely proud to be playing its part in promoting ladies’ golf as well as tourism in Kenya. We are especially pleased to be bringing the event to the Coast region.”And finally, Michael Joseph, CEO of Safaricom, said of the partnership, “We are honoured to be a key sponsor of the first ever Ladies European Tour event in Kenya and the region. At Safaricom,we have always been keen at promoting the growth of sports and sporting talent in the country.”The tournament will be preceded by a Pro-Am on the 4th December and the event organisers will be contacting the top amateur Kenyan golfers to take their place alongside the professionals.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gauteng propels small business

first_img25 April 2005The Gauteng provincial government has launched a new agency and web portal to provide one-stop financial and non-financial support to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa’s smallest – and richest – province.Speaking at the launch of the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller in Johannesburg last week, Gauteng Finance and Economic Affairs MEC Paul Mashatile said the provincial government had set aside R300-million for the new agency in 2005/06.“Through this agency, we expect to provide support to 30 000 SMMEs by 2014”, Mashatile said.Besides offering financial assistance, the agency will tackle challenges facing small businesses, such as lack of capacity, training, and information on markets.The portal will support the agency’s work by serving as an SMME database, allowing buyers to access SMMEs and the services they provide, and giving SMMEs information on services, tendering processes, procurement benefits, and how to do business with the government.“I encourage all our SMMEs to register on the portal, as this will be our main source through which tender / RFQs earmarked for SMMEs will be communicated”, Mashatile said.The initiative seeks to address the challenges of poverty, unemployment and the inclusion of black people, women, young people and people with disabilities into South Africa’s mainstream economy.“In many parts of the world SMMEs have proven themselves to be reliable drivers of economic growth and job creation”, Mashatile said. “Because of their size, they tend to adapt more quickly to changing market conditions, and collectively they tend to absorb more labour than big business.”Mashatile said the agency would seek to “deepen and expand” the gains made by other institutions – such as Khula, the National Empowerment Fund, and the Small Enterprise Development Agency – in growing small business in the country.“We will establish ‘smart partnerships’ with successful SMME support initiatives in order to maximise the benefits that are provided to SMMEs”, Mashatile said. “In addition, we will partner with financial institutions in order to address the challenge of access to finance by small businesses.”The agency, Mashatile said, would also build on the resources developed over the years by the province’s manufacturing advisory centres over the years, “expanding the service offering to cater for entrepreneurs in manufacturing, commercial and service sectors of the economy”.The Gauteng Enterprise Propeller will operate as a section 21 company run by a board of directors under the leadership of Dr Danisa Baloyi, executive director of the National Black Business Caucus.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

The numbers game behind Hurricane Florence

first_imgHurricane Florence from space. Photo: NASA More than a few flummoxed flyers had to cancel business trips, call friends and family and break the news their flight had been cancelled—all thanks to a storm called Florence.It’s futile to blame Mother Nature for the mess but people still get angry — often unfairly — at the airlines.In explaining the carriers’ rationale,  airline consultant Mike Boyd, president of the airline consultancy Boyd Group International, says:   “They did proactively cancel fights and move airplanes around.”In doing so they mitigated the mess caused when slow-moving, meandering Florence made landfall along the North Carolina and South  Carolina coasts last week.Read Chicago, London top the list of best-connected airports.“They made the best of a very bad situation,” argues Boyd. “You lessen the economic impact when you act proactively. It’s better than having people stuck at airports. It’s better to respond early than to respond late and get caught with your flaps down.”Airlines for America (A4A) tracked Florence’s path of destruction in slow motion September 12.That’s the day airlines axed 148 flights from North and South Carolina airports, to or from smaller cities such as Wilmington, Jacksonville and Fayetteville—these three in North Carolina.One day later, Thursday, September 13th airlines cut 560 flights.By Friday the 14th Florence had begun her glacially slow turn to the left, imperiling sun and fun spots such as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as well as historic Charleston, South Carolina. That turn prompted carriers to cut 740 flights.Cancellations spiked at 796 flights Saturday, September 15 as the by now tropical storm turned once more and headed inland.Sunday the 16th saw the dissipating storm force 608 cancelations.By Monday, September 17,  A4A says the cancelation numbers had fallen to 134 at Carolina airports.Standing alone these flight numbers are significant, but seen in context they pale at what transpired last hurricane season when Harvey Irma and Maria hit the U.S. or its territory.A4A spokeswoman Alison McAfee says the trio’s onslaughts “spawned multiple weeks and approximately 33,000 cancellations were attributable to the storms. There were disruptions even when the storms passed. Puerto Rico is still recovering.”last_img read more

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 25-31 July 2005

first_imgsponsored by:Onfolio is offering R/WW readers a coupon code entitling the bearer to $30 off apurchase of Onfolio Professionalbefore August 31st. Coupon Code: RM857202This week: Walled Gardens, Ajax backlash, Widgetmania, Asia update, The Web –Past, Present and Future.The Walls Come Tumbling DownLately there’s been some progress towards overcoming one of the main issues of Web 2.0– data lock-in. It’s also known as the “Walled Garden” approach, or the “Roach Motel”.The gist of it is: a traditional way for websites and apps to ‘lock-in’ their users is tomake sure their data can only be maintained and used from within the site/app. So eventhough users think they ‘own’ their data, in reality it’s not easy to export it to othersystems. A classic example is Amazon reviews – once you enter a review of e.g. a book,the data is essentially locked up inside Amazon’s site.There are signs of progress though. Yahoo 360 isapparently moving towards making the content that users enter into their system moreopen. This from SiliconBeat:“Yahoo tells us tonight that users of their Yahoo 360 blogging/networking servicecan now publish content to their personal pages from other blogging or bookmarkingservices, such as LiveJournal or del.icio.us, using RSS. What is more, 360 users willstill be able to alert friends and family members of new content on their 360 pages, evenif the content is from somewhere else.”The Yahoo 360 Team explainsmore. Reactions: The Blog Herald thinks it’s an “acceptance from Yahoo! that 360 is a failure is ablogging platform”. MichaelParekh is more positive. Jon Turow has some interestingthoughts on Walled Gardens in other systems. As for me, I think it’s a positive sign that Yahoo is opening up its platform for datato flow into 360 from other systems. But what about allowing data to flow out?This reminds me that I never did get a response to the question I posed on the Yahoo My Web2.0 Messageboard. Here’s what I asked back on 3 July:“Out of curiousity, is it possible to export your My Web 2.0 data – just as you canimport, say, del.icio.us data?The reason I ask of course is that it’s a sign of a trustworthy Web 2.0 app if users havethe option of exporting the data that they ‘own’.”It’d be nice to get an answer to that. It’s the main reason I’m still using deliciousfor my social bookmarking – because delicious allows me to export mydata.Which brings me to AttentionTrust, theinitiative run by Steve Gillmor and Seth Goldstein and others. Their mission: “promotingthe basic rights of attention owners.” It’s a bit nebulous as to what that meansexactly, but I don’t doubt it’s aworthy cause. If it’s got anything to do with crashing down the Walled Gardens of webapps that lock-in our data, then sign me up! Ajax BacklashI’ve noticed some folks are questioning how relevant Ajax is to Web 2.0. Jon Boutellecame right out and said it: AJAX != web2.0. Jon wrote:“Web 2.0 is about making websites machine readable so that content can squirtseamlessly between unrelated sites. Technologies like RSS, RESTian APIs, and XHTML/CSSare the core of Web 2.0. Social networks and tagging and attention are at the core of Web2.0. Not rich client technologies like AJAX.”While I agree with the general gist of Jon’s argument, I do think Ajax is an importanttechnology for Web 2.0 because it gives web apps the type of rich functionality thatdesktop apps are known for. So in that sense, Ajax is an enabling technology for Web 2.0(the Web as platform, or Web as OS if you prefer). But it is just a tool, withgood and bad sides to it – e.g. Jon made a good point about Ajax making things lessmachine-readable / linkable.As Anil Dash pointedout recently, in response to a new Web 2.0 service fueled by Ajax and Ruby on Rails:“A lot of the links to the service say things like “full of AJAXy goodness!” or“guess how small the dev team was?” or “it’s Ruby on Rails!”. People, this is a tool forhelping your business make more money.”WidgetmaniaNews this week that Yahoo bought widget-maker Konfabulator. Widgets are little desk-top apps, but oneinteresting Web 2.0 use for these is as a branded RSS Reader. My previous sponsor ThePort Network is in the business of providing skinned RSS Readers than sit on auser’s desktop. RSS Reader widgets are also popular with news media organizations, as a way to getinvolved in the world of RSS without losing their branding or influence (they get to choose the default feeds, as one example). RonJeffries has an interesting take on the Konfabulator deal:“Konfabulator, now part of the Yahooempire, is a frontal assault on Microsoft desktop dominance. The future is web services,and Konfabulator provides VERY easy to develop desktop widget technology with acompletely open API.”Asia UpdateI noticed a couple of Web 2.0 and RSS things happening in the Asia region this week.Firstly Feedburnerannounced what looks to be a highly strategic partnership with China’s biggest blognetwork Bokee. With 2 million blogs and apparently growing at a rate of over 10,000 newblogs a day, Bokee is a huge new customer for Feedburner. But more than that, it givesthem a great foothold in the Asian market. Thinking globally is going to be become evermore important in this Web 2.0 world (which admittedly sounds odd coming from me, Mr‘I-Wanna- Move-To-Silicon-Valley’!).Another company making moves in Asia is Pheedo, who this week made a presentation in Tokyo.Pheedo discovered a growing and ready market for RSS:“RSS is growing in Japan with no promotion. The Japanese RSS adoption rate ishigher compared to the US market. Overall penetration is lower but according to Tsukada,“the environment is ready.””I decided to ask for some feedback from my Asia correspondent and blog buddy, Taewoo Danny Kim. In an email, Danny pointed to the growing number ofChinese and Japanese titles on the del.cio.us/tag/web2.0 feed as evidence of aramping up of Web 2.0 fever over there. Blogging is big in Korea, where Danny lives, buthe said RSS and Web 2.0 is still nascent. This is the same feeling I have for the NewZealand and Australia markets. Of course, this means a whole world of opportunity toearly adopters – such as people reading mine and Danny’s blogs!Post of the WeekIf you’re looking for a thought-provoking article about the Web as a social tool –past, present and future – Kevin Kelly’s effort for Wiredmagazine is highly recommended. He wrote that the “destiny of the Web” is:“As the OS for a megacomputer that encompasses the Internet, all its services, allperipheral chips and affiliated devices from scanners to satellites, and the billions ofhuman minds entangled in this global network. This gargantuan Machine already exists in aprimitive form. In the coming decade, it will evolve into an integral extension not onlyof our senses and bodies but our minds.”Later in the article, he has this prediction for the Web in 2015:“By 2015, desktop operating systems will be largely irrelevant. The Web will be theonly OS worth coding for. It won’t matter what device you use, as long as it runs on theWeb OS. You will reach the same distributed computer whether you log on via phone, PDA,laptop, or HDTV.”Inspiring stuff.That’s a wrap for another week! Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Managing Intel vPro Ultrabooks and Tablets in wireless network only

first_imgOn April 3rd, 2010 Steve Jobs showed this renewed computer tablet concept (i.e. iPad, which was not the first tablet computer available in the market, but was one that had great success), triggering a new kind of personal computer system that complements traditional form factors (e.g. desktops and notebooks) used by knowledge workers in corporate environment or even replace the workers in some cases. In fact, a tablet design is an excellent form factor to consume information, but it lacks ergonomic qualities to produce content with a physical QWERT keyboard larger display screen.The computer industry is investing in several form factors in order to reinvigorate personalcomputer systems with exciting designs: Ultrabook, convertibles designs, touch screens, tablets, tablets with slide QWERT keyboard, multiples dock station capabilities. And in this new World of mobility and thin design, looks that RJ45 interface has become antiquated. For business, wired interface still predominant in most organizations and lot investments were made in this media for security and manageability and how to manage seamless Intel vPro devices, independently of form factor and connectivity medium (i.e. wired or wireless)? Some Ultrabooks, such as Lenovo ThinkPad X1, arrived without an embedded Ethernet port, only with a dongle RJ45 interface that can provide wired connectivity for Operating System, however it doesn’t work for OOB (i.e. Intel ME).The absence of an integrated Ethernet interface in these devices limits some use cases for devices of this category. E.g. Host-based Configuration (aka. HBC) is the only remote Setup and Configuration method supported, user consent is required for healing scenarios such as KVM or IDE-R, but fortunately, these limitations in most cases fits well with mobile use models. Admin Control mode can be achieved only configuring locally in Small and Business Mode (SMB), which for enterprise environment can be undesirable due to the required manual labor for configuration.System Defense, that is enabled by McAfee ePo Deep Command for example, will not be available in WLAN-only systems for security reasons – basically, HBC transfers IT admin authentication to users, that is the reason that in HBC, for each remote operation, user consent is needed. However, for System Defense, there is no reason for user consent to switch on, that is the reason that System Defense is turned off in HBC.For a wireless-only device be managed OOB with Intel vPro technology, it’s required that Intel ME be in 8.1 version and Wireless driver 15.3 (for Windows 7) and 15.5 (for Windows 8) have been updated for a correct operation.For further details on creating a profile for wireless environment, read my priorblog post about “Managing Intel® vPro™ Technology clients in a wireless environment” where I discuss some basic configurations and lessons learned in this kind of environment.Some management consoles such as Microsoft System Center 2007 or 2012, use the concept of provisioning using PKI that set the machine in Admin Control Mode that is not supported for wireless-only devices. So for these cases, Intel Setup and Configuration Services 8.1 (aka. Intel SCS) can be used for provisioning and configuring, following these instructions.In order to provide better service for “road warriors” you can provided a full set of capabilities, including Fast Call For Help (aka. FCFH). This allows users outside of a corporate firewall to have support from a help desk technician even OOB. Intel vPro configuration profile provides detailed possibilities for provisioning as showed an example of a complete wireless configuration option: Active Directory Integration is required if corporate wireless network requires 802.1x authentication;Access Control List (ACL) that is required in order to specify users/groups for permissions (i.e. authorization) in Intel ME;Home Domains used to specify when machine is inside or outside corporate network based on suffix DNS received by DHCP – this definition is important to enable FCFH when machine is outside corporate perimeter;Remote Access specify address for Intel vPro Gateway (former Management Presence Server) and requires server configuration in corporate DMZ – read further details in Intel AMT SDK;Wifi connection defines configuration and profiles for OOB connection and with Intel PROSet there profiles can be populated by users when added into PROSet profile.For further details on each of these sections, read Intel SCS 8.1 documentation available on the Intel website.Following these instructions and guidelines, you will be able to integrate these new categories of managed form factor with actual management console and allow seamless management. Comment below with any questions – I would be more than happy to provide further details.Best Regards!last_img read more