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  • Women’s basketball looks ahead to Cal and Stanford

    first_imgAgainst Stanford, USC will face a team with a 20-2 record whose only losses are to Texas and No. 3 Oregon. Stanford’s roster is experienced, with six upperclassmen typically taking the court. USC will look to the two freshmen to continue their recent success against Cal Friday. The Golden Bears enter the game anxious to improve their conference record after securing their first Pac-12 win of the season Sunday. “Them coming in as freshmen and having the impact that they are [having] is very rare, and to have two on the team is mind-blowing,” sophomore guard Desiree Caldwell said of Pili and Rogers. “I’m just excited to see how much better they’re going to get when they get older.” Both Pili and Rogers have led USC’s offense all season. Pili nearly matched her season high in points by dropping 21 against Arizona. She leads the team with 14.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.  Freshman guard Endyia Rogers’ play has earned her significant praise in the midst of underwhelming season. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) The Trojans will need to rebuild their momentum this weekend, as their schedule only gets tougher after the Bay Area road trip. After Stanford, USC will immediately face two more ranked opponents in Oregon State and Oregon. If USC can play with the same tenacity seen against ASU and its earlier overtime thriller against No. 10 UCLA, the Trojans could be in for another competitive game, as they’ve proven their ability to take it to elite teams. What remains to be seen is if the Trojans can turn this competitiveness into their first road conference win of the season. The USC women’s basketball team will head to Northern California to take on the Cal Golden Bears and No. 6 Stanford Cardinal Friday and Sunday. The games will be the Trojans’ first meeting with each team this season and will provide an opportunity for the team to improve on its 3-7 Pac-12 record.center_img Cal has already faced the conference’s toughest opponents in Stanford and No. 9 Oregon State and fared as poorly as one would expect. In light of these losses, USC will still have to keep Cal senior guard Jaelyn Brown and senior center CJ West in check. Brown leads Cal in scoring with 14.1 points per game while West has proven dominant on the glass, averaging 7.1 rebounds per game.  “I’m very proud of my kids and how they fought on the road,” USC head coach Mark Trakh said. “If the ball bounced a certain way, we would have won the game against Arizona State.”  Last weekend’s road trip to Arizona resulted in a triple-overtime loss to No. 19 Arizona State and a 73-57 loss to No. 12 Arizona. While the two losses added to the blemishes on USC’s record, the battle with the Sun Devils proved that USC has the tenacity to stay competitive against elite competition.  Expect Cardinal senior forward Nadia Fingall, who averages 5.4 rebounds, to be a big roadblock for the Trojans. Sophomore guard Lexie Hull also projects to give USC fits, as she carries an average of 13.5 points per game. Despite the losses, freshman forward Alissa Pili garnered some positive attention for the team Monday when the Pac-12 recognized her as the conference’s Freshman of the Week. It was Pili’s second time receiving the honor. Her teammate, guard Endyia Rogers, also received the same award last week, making it the first year in program history the Trojans have had multiple Freshman of the Week honorees.  The Trojans will tip off against Cal Friday at 7 p.m. and against Stanford Sunday at noon.last_img read more

  • The Impact of Ebola on the Educational System of Liberia

    first_imgGood afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,If anyone had told you or me that 2014 would be such a disruptive, terrifying year, I hardly think that any of us would have believed the prediction.  And so it has been from the point of view of the Liberian family, diminished, impoverished, and partly annihilated; from the point of view of our educational institutions, this latter being the focus of this presentation.Ebola did not overtake Liberia suddenly. We simply failed at all levels to take the necessary, precautionary measures at the appropriate time.  What we must do now is to examine thoroughly its impact and the remedies needed to prevent more deaths, the remedies needed to mitigate sufferings, the remedies needed to put Liberians in a productive frame of mind despite the pall Ebola has put us under.Education, which is the non-porous building blocks of any nation focused on a holistic development, continues to take a beating in our country and Ebola has only added its own severe debilitating lash to a system already struggling excruciatingly to acquire excellence in delivery and excellence in results.  But the hiatus which Ebola has imposed upon us must be turned into periods of evaluation, assessment and planning so that more consistent, well-thought-out education agenda can evolve, an agenda fully supported morally, socially and financially, the execution of which will pit excellence successfully against mediocrity.  This will be hard work, of course, for everyone, given where our education system is in general and where it needs to be situated regionally and globally.During this Ebola crisis, our students have died. Our students have become orphaned. Our students have been displaced. Our students for the most part are presently not very constructively engaged. Our students are again on the familiar path to becoming over-aged students in classrooms. Our students are peddlers hawking their wares in moving traffic on our city streets and at market stalls. Only God knows how many of these minors are getting a very   poisonous taste of the adult world.  They will never be children again.  They can never regain lost innocence.Our teachers also have died.  Others have been forced for economic reasons to again abandon the profession.  For some this abandonment will be definitive. So many teachers, those from private and faith-based institutions have no earnings now; yet they have families to support.  Others have no family left. Some have left the country; they will remain resignedly in other lands and there face the stigma, the ostracism, even the hostility that Ebola has saddled Liberians with rather than return to their homeland to work towards keeping Ebola and the likes of it out of our boundaries, out of our world. Despite these enormous physical, psychological, economical and educational challenges being thrust upon our education system, we must, with proper planning, insight and a real ounce, just an ounce of patriotism meet these challenges in the short, medium and long terms. Let the Ebola hiatus serve as a springboard for the educational system to be infused with dogged determination on the part of us the citizens to help bring about the changes we would like to have. Ours is a small country; our population is relatively small thereby making it easier for Liberians to do better things for ourselves.The Ministry of Education is providing books for the public schools which are in the majority.  Together with its International Partners it continues to train teachers.  It has established School Boards in each of the fifteen counties.  It has demanded higher academic qualifications in the field of education for its district and county education officers and it has made available the national curriculum for all schools.  Despite these noble efforts and more, the WAEC results, including the WASSCE pilots, the results of entrance exams administered by tertiary institutions continue to be dismal.   Why is this so?  I believe that the 1980 coup d’état the protracted period of civil unrest have given Liberians in general a different mindset with regards to the value of education. Additionally, corruption has gained perceptibly, that is in full view of all, an enduring status. Therefore we now have on our hands herculean but not insurmountable tasks, although they are exacerbated by the Ebola outbreak. Gratefully the international community has taken note of this universally menacing ogre and is reaching out to chase it, hopefully out of creation.Education institutions are particularly vulnerable, in spite of the belief that this crisis will pass.  Therefore for the immediate future I strongly suggest that Government, with the help of its partners make available to private and faith-based institutions soft loans to enable them to bounce back so as not to add to the hardships of parents and guardians some of whom have not been able to work over a period of several months.Additionally, the following suggestions are also implementable to the benefit of our education system. That the formation of teachers especially mastery of the contents in the key subjects – Language arts, math, science, civics – be given the greatest priority in a consistent comprehensive way in each of the fifteen counties.  That, the counties be given greater autonomy in conducting educational activities and that they be rewarded for creativity in teaching/learning strategies which have appreciable results.     That the counties be held responsible for the outcomes of external exams and the ranking nationally of their respective schools and counties.Very importantly, most importantly  each Liberian must convince himself/herself that education is the only productive way forward for our country and that each of us needs to take  personal responsibility in giving prominence to education, for if our education system is inadequate we will produce inadequate functionaries.  We cannot afford to do this to ourselves in a would shrinking everyday and thereby making the competent and incompetent easily discernible.A modicum of will power at the official level and at the level of ordinary citizens could go a long way in making the education system resistant to any viral pandemic.I thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Volunteers see wild life population drop

    first_imgPopulations of local wildlife have dropped slightly from last year. Volunteer for the Winter Wildlife Count Stan Gladysz explains why. [asset|aid=819|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8f21b461b3024b3adfa6c1aa00561ba7-stan gladysz_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Gladysz volunteered to count the animals near Charlie Lake along with other volunteers last Sunday. Deer, elk and moose were some of the animals counted. Gladysz expects more animals will be counted next year.Advertisement [asset|aid=820|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8f21b461b3024b3adfa6c1aa00561ba7-stan gladysz 2_1_Pub.mp3] The information collected by volunteers is used to monitor wildlife populations.last_img read more

  • Arsenal boost! Cazorla and Wilshere to return ‘in a matter of weeks’

    first_imgArsenal midfielders Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla will return “in a matter of weeks”, according to Arsene Wenger.Wilshere has yet to feature for the Gunners this season after undergoing ankle surgery, while Cazorla has been sidelined for three months with a knee problem.But Wenger has revealed both players are back running and could be back in action soon, while he also gave an update on when the fit-again Danny Welbeck will be reintegrated into the squad.“Welbeck is doing well, it is a bit early for him maybe but he is now back to full power in training,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.“It is a big possibility [he could be involved against Hull next week]. We gave him one or two days recovery after the under-21 game, but now he is back in full training. He has worked very hard and he is fit.“They [Wilshere and Cazorla] are back running, they are on a fitness programme now so it means it is not a question of months anymore, it is a question of weeks for them to be back.” Arsenal duo Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere 1last_img read more

  • Andre Iguodala sticks it to Raptors, then to those who would stick it to Stephen Curry

    first_imgAndre Iguodala nailed the clinching 3-pointer in the Warriors’ victory in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.Then he took a shot at anyone who doesn’t respect Stephen Curry as much as he does.“I’ve never seen a person, such a good person, get comeback lines, whatever, from his peers because they’ve been so jealous of what he has, just kind of sticking it to him,” Iguodala said in Monday’s postgame locker room.“Whatever it takes to protect his legacy, we’re all for it.” Listen for …last_img read more

  • A’s clobber White Sox with 7-run first inning

    first_imgOAKLAND — Franklin Barreto’s three-run homer capped a seven-run first inning and the A’s cruised to a 13-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.The A’s (52-41) have homered in 14 consecutive games, their season high.Matt Chapman went 3-for-4 with two doubles, including one that plated Matt Olson in the first. Olson went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a four-run fourth inning.The Matts were stellar, but production came from the entire lineup. Chris Herrmann, Robbie Grossman, Khris Davis and Mark Canha …last_img read more

  • Olympic Plants Perform in Place

    first_img(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 They may be rooted in the ground, but plants run their own Olympic organization.Command and control center:  Running any large organization requires command and control.  Plants have one, too – one that runs on hormones.  A command and control center needs to respond to emergencies; plants can do that, too.  To see how they accomplish these functions, read “Lighting up the plant hormone ‘command system’” on PhysOrg.  The article ends with words from Zhiyong Wang of the Carnegie Institution:“This command system seems not only to accept various inputs, but also to send branches of output signals, too, because each component acts interdependently on shared targets, but also independently on unique sets of target genes,” Wang said. “This complex network contains multiple layers and controls major plant growth and developmental processes. We believe this network will be a major target for engineering high-yielding crops.”Intelligence agency:  Another article on PhysOrg has the attention-getting title, “Tel Aviv University researcher says plants can see, smell, feel, and taste.”  The first paragraph adds to the wonder:Increasingly, scientists are uncovering surprising biological connections between humans and other forms of life. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher has revealed that plant and human biology is much closer than has ever been understood — and the study of these similarities could uncover the biological basis of diseases like cancer as well as other “animal” behaviors.Prof. Daniel Chamovitz’s new book What a Plant Knows “could prompt scientists to rethink what they know about biology,” the article states.  “Ultimately, he adds, if we share so much of our genetic makeup with plants, we have to reconsider what characterizes us as human.”  He wasn’t thinking of people who “veg out” instead of working out, but noted similarities, such as the human response to light in their circadian rhythms that is similar to that in plants.  They “see” by using light “as a behavioral signal, letting them know when to open their leaves to gather necessary nutrients.”  They “smell” and have “memory” too–And that’s not the limit of plant “senses.” Plants also demonstrate smell — a ripe fruit releases a “ripening pheromone” in the air, which is detected by unripe fruit and signals them to follow suit — as well as the ability to feel and taste. To some degree, plants also have different forms of “memory,” allowing them to encode, store, and retrieve information.Even more intriguing, plants have some of the same genes that are implicated in breast cancer and cystic fibrosis in humans.  “Plants might not come down with these diseases, but the biological basis is the same, says Prof. Chamovitz,” a remarkable fact hard to square with evolutionary theory which would put the common ancestor of plants and humans far back in the microbial world.Chelsie Eller gave Chamovitz’s book a good review in Science (20 July 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6092 pp. 295-296, DOI: 10.1126/science.1224876).  “Although he doesn’t make any controversial arguments, he does suggest that we reconsider what it means to be aware,” she concluded.  “If plants can see, smell, feel, know where they are, and remember, then perhaps they do possess some kind of intelligence. Maybe that is worth reflecting on the next time you casually stroll past a plant.”Communications hub:  The sight of a whole field of wildflowers blooming simultaneously is beautiful, but raises the question: How do they know when to flower?  In a featurette about women in science, PhysOrg reported about professor Carolyn Dean who studied that very question.  The short answer is that plant flowering genes have repressors that prevent flowering until environmental factors remove them.  “The way this memory works is very conserved which means it works in a similar way in many organisms including humans.”Environmental responsibility:  Plants are certainly part of “green” energy use and pollution control, but now, the American Chemical Society says that “Green plants reduce city street pollution up to eight times more than previously believed.”  City planners would do well to include more ivy, hedges and planters in “urban canyons” to clean up their act, reported PhysOrg.As usual, these articles had little or nothing to say about evolution, because none of the findings are helpful to evolutionary theory.  They provide negative arguments against Darwinism, such as requiring the complexity to appear inexplicably far back into some microbial common ancestor; and they provide positive evidence for intelligent design, such as the ability to “encode, store, and retrieve information.”  The natural inference from our experience is that commonality in complex features implies common design.  Follow this evidence to its logical conclusion, and you will undoubtedly enjoy the plants around you more.last_img read more

  • Young professionals on success and freedom

    first_imgA few young South African entrepreneurs and creatives speak out about how they are enjoying their freedom with responsibility through their careers and their passions.Jodi Deerling says he is making sure he leaves a legacy. His daily motivation is everyone he encounters and who believes in him and his business. “I know what I am doing is much bigger than I am. I am merely a vessel.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanJodi Deerling, Michael Cost, Tia Black, Nathan Adriaanse, Nicole Norman and Jodi Cash are young South African professionals who have worked hard to make their dreams a reality. They marked Freedom Month talking about what freedom means to them.Freedom Day is an annual public holiday in South Africa. The day, 27 April, marks the first democratic election held in the country, in 1994. April is regarded as Freedom Month.Jodi DeerlingJodi Deerling (31) grew up in Malabar, Port Elizabeth and is now living in the City of Gold.An entrepreneur, he is the owner of JD Collection, which consists of men’s and children’s accessories such as bowties. His collection is carried by Spree, Superbalist.com, Zando and Big Blue, among other retailers.Deerling is a former YoTV presenter, and has acted in shows such as Isidingo, Villa Rosa and Stokvel.He has a lot to celebrate this Freedom Month, he says. “The final documents of registration for my dream business came through in April. I also met a very special person in this month. We celebrate our anniversary every single year.”Freedom means “having the choice to love who I want and to do whatever I want, as long as it doesn’t hurt the next person”, he says.“What I enjoy the most about the South African constitution is that it truly doesn’t discriminate against any sex, religion or individual.”Michael CostMichael Cost says one of his motivations to work hard is his subscribers. “My bananas; their constant support and belief in me and my work is always inspirational and keeps me motivated even in the darkest of times.” (Image supplied)Michael Cost (23) is born and bred in Johannesburg, where he still lives.He says his greatest career achievement has been to jump head first into being a fulltime YouTuber at the beginning of 2017. “Being able to sacrifice so much and risk it all in order to follow my passion has been a rewarding experience.”But he reveals: “When I was a child my dream was to be an Oscar award-winning actor. My views have changed drastically.“I have a Masters in architecture which I obtained this year. I love merging my passion for architecture with my passion for online content creation.”Cost is also the host of the Twitter chat for South African YouTubers, called #YouTubeZA.“I do believe that your job is what you make it; if you want it to be your dream job, then make it your dream job.”He looks forward to sharing more of South Africa’s culture, comedy and urban life with other South Africans and the world.Regarding Freedom Month, he says: “I am reminded every day how lucky I am to be able to do what I do and to share South Africa’s story with the rest of the world via the internet.”The power of freedom of speech is such an incredible tool, Cost says. “We can barely imagine the extent of its reach.”Tia BlackTia Black is her own cheerleader. “My goals can only be achieved by me so there is no use looking elsewhere for the motivation to attain them.” (Image supplied)Tia Black is a 28-year-old singer from Cape Town who enjoys being able to work with people she has idolised. “And being able to do what I love is an achievement in itself.“This is part of my dream job. I eventually want to venture into television, radio, theatre and the beauty industry. My dream is to do it all!”Black, who grew up in the Cape Town suburbs of Mitchells Plain and Parkwood, talks about how she feels about Freedom Month: “Growing up biracial, my whole life is an ode to the freedom we have right now.“Looking back I remember being asked if I was lost whenever I was with my mom because she’s white. Now it’s not so foreign and I love the diversity we strive to uphold. As a nation it’s kind of mirrored in my everyday life through my parents.”She adds: “I am able to do what I love on this scale because I now have the right to do so. I am free to live without being scared to do so.”We must acknowledge that in theory we have a great Constitution, Black says. “Although we are flawed and still fighting for the correct implementation of what our Constitution is based on, the fact is we actually have one.”Nathan AdriaanseNathan Adriaanse reminds himself daily: “I need to be better than I was yesterday. Tomorrow I will be better than I am today.” (Image supplied)Nathan Adriaanse (27), who grew up in Athlone, in Cape Town, has been a professional dancer since he was 21.“In 2012 I was part of a hip hop crew, Brooklyn Brotherhood,” he recalls. “We took part in the US’s Hip Hop International competition held in Las Vegas in the United States. We were South Africa’s number one representative then, and we placed fifth.“The second big achievement came later in 2012, when I landed my first feature movie role in the Warner Brothers’ House Party 5: Tonight’s the Night film.”Another accomplishment came in 2015 when he was selected to be part of Showtime Australia, performing in the tribute shows Michael Jackson HIStory Show and The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show. “I’ve been touring the world for the past year and half. This opportunity has really changed my life.”Adriaanse, who now lives in Johannesburg, says freedom to him means that he is able to invest in his career. “I am busy planning my trip to the US to improve my skills as a dancer.”He appreciates the fact that he is able to move freely as a South African.Nicole NormanTo keep her momentum going, Nicole Norman surrounds herself with positive energy. “Naturally I attract even more positivity into my life.” (Image supplied)At 23, Nicole Norman is a television presenter of the SABC3 show, Exfrontiers. She is also a blogger.Her career in fashion and entertainment has grown in the past few months, she says. “I was the red carpet host for the Cape Town Fashion Council at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival a few weeks ago and that was quite an incredible experience.”Yet, she says, “the best feeling is having someone come up to me and tell me that I’m good at what I do and that I inspire them to do their best.”Norman, who is from Cape Town, believes freedom is something we often take for granted. “As a creative, freedom is an even more pivotal aspect of what I do — especially when it comes to freedom of expression in multimedia forms.”Freedom Month is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the past. “This is what puts things into perspective and holds weight for me, allowing me to be truly grateful for the freedom I enjoy today.”In her university media studies course, she says she “recently wrote a paper exploring various legislative regulations surrounding the works of media practitioners.“I discovered that the Constitution truly protects our freedom of speech and freedom of expression — no matter how controversial.”Jodi CashRapper Jodi Cash is motivated by the desire to be fulfilled. “To know that someday I’ll be able to kick up my feet and say, ‘Yeah I did my best and I showed up to what I’m capable of.’” (Image supplied)Jodi Cash (27), a rapper who lives in Sea Point in Cape Town, has recently started releasing content. “I’m really happy with the reception of it so far. Having won Best Music Video in the Liverpool International Film Festival 2016 was just the cherry on top.“I’ve always loved making music and have never thought of it as a job. I suppose if you consider it to be a job, it definitely is a dream job.”Cash says he travelled a lot as a child and partly grew up abroad. “But I’d say I spent most of my time in Durban.”When he thinks of freedom, he refers to the day he got his driver’s licence. “It gave me a feeling of independence, like I could go anywhere.”About the Constitution, he speaks particularly about the right to freedom of expression. “This helps me to be more informed when making decisions and less susceptible to manipulation and irrational theories.“I’d much rather live in a place where I’m allowed to speak my mind than sit in silence and be forced to say things I don’t actually mean.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

  • New tips to try to minimize dicamba damage

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New restrictions a federal agency has put on using a controversial dicamba aren’t enough to prevent it from spreading onto nearby plants, according to an Ohio State University weed expert.As a result, Mark Loux, a weed specialist with Ohio State University Extension, and colleagues from Purdue University and the University of Illinois have created a list of additional precautions that farmers should try to follow whenever they use dicamba.The additional recommendations from Loux and his colleagues include not applying dicamba if the temperature is warmer than 80 degrees or if the forecast indicates wind gusts over 10 miles per hour. The recommendations also say that farmers should apply dicamba early in the season around the time of crop planting, or soon after the emergence of the crop and weeds.They also suggest that farmers talk to their neighbors before applying dicamba so that farmers know what plants are nearby that could potentially be affected by any spread of dicamba.“We think our recommendations will help,” Loux said, “but not guarantee against dicamba moving from the area where it was applied and injuring or killing plants that were not supposed to be affected.”Dicamba has been shown to easily spread well beyond the fields where it was sprayed, damaging or killing crops. Nationwide, there have been complaints and lawsuits, claiming damages.On Oct. 31, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would continue to allow farmers to keep using dicamba until at least December 2020. The agency required changes to the label that detail additional stipulations on when and how to use the herbicide to try to protect nearby fields.“What (the EPA has) done is to try to make changes to prevent dicamba from moving around into other places,” Loux said.But those changes aren’t enough, he said. Even with the added EPA restrictions, dicamba could still go airborne and spread to other plants that it was not intended to kill, Loux said.“The weed science community is pretty unhappy, and doesn’t believe these EPA regulations are really going to help much,” he said.New regulations include the prohibition of using dicamba on soybeans more than 45 days after planting, specifying certain times of the day dicamba can be applied, and clarifying who is authorized to apply it.These regulations don’t have Loux or the weed science community convinced.“There is some question as to whether 45 days actually does anything,” he said.The farming community isn’t sold either.“Support for using dicamba after plants have emerged is split amongst the farming community depending upon whether or not you like dicamba,” Loux said.Those who like using dicamba are happy they get to continue. Many see it as an effective tool in controlling weeds that resist herbicides. Those who don’t like dicamba believe the EPA isn’t doing enough to prevent the dangers the herbicide poses to nearby crops.An EPA press release states that dicamba is helpful to farmers, and that EPA is supporting farmers who rely on the chemical.The new EPA regulations include the following:Only certified applicators may apply dicamba over the top (those working under the supervision of a certified applicator may no longer make applications).Over-the-top application of dicamba is prohibited on soybeans up to 45 days after planting.Application is allowed only from one hour after sunrise to two hours before sunset.To view the full list of recommendations on dicamba use from Loux and his colleagues, visit: go.osu.edu/dicambatips.To learn more about the EPA’s decision to allow the continued use of dicamba, visit go.osu.edu/EPArelease.last_img read more

  • OfficeMedium: Intranet for the Small Business User

    first_imgalex williams We write a lot about the battles for the enterprise, the merits of Sharepoint and Google’s pitches into the corporate world.But it’s always good to watch the new players who use existing open-source software to build something pretty quickly that people can use. OfficeMedium is a service that is a fit for the small business user with just enough social features to give it a decent chance of winning over companies looking to establish a community platform for their users.OfficeMedium is a web-based, intranet and collaboration software. It’s developed on the Drupal platform so you know it has every possible module available to it for adding on if needed.Overall, OfficeMedium is a clean, easy to use intranet software. In the new world of the enterprise, every employee will create their own media. OfficeMedium provides an environment to fit with this emerging trend but with enough hooks to satisfy the needs of a business where keeping people in the loop is often mission critical.This front page has a clean UI with clear demarcation for recent content added or updated; comments; a calendar; a “shoutbox,” for quick messages and a basic activity stream. .The profiles we looked at have just a few fields for web sites but included a blog, personal and miscellaneous sites that the user may include. We’d add several more fields to this section to reflect the real media presence of the user. The blog environment has built in notifications that may be sent to users. Comments can be turned on, off or set to read-only.Overall, the social features are pretty decent but could use some improvement. For instance it’s difficult to find tags that are associated with the user or the company. A nice, robust cloud tag would be excellent to have front and center on every page. The navigation down the right column clearly identifies what the system can do but we wonder if this could be consolidated in some manner to provide a richer activity stream.We’d also like to see rich media integration. Services like OfficeMedium can be fertile places for training and sharing marketing materials that may include videos. To have a place for them on the service would be quite handy.But on a basic level – OfficeMedium works. Perhaps what we suggest is beyond what the small business user is looking for in an intranet. But overall, they do a good job of covering the basics. Here’s a summary of what they offer:Task and Event ManagementPersonal and Group CalendarsFile Sharing, Storage, and OrganizationContact ManagementArchivingFurther, the service provides the ability to integrate external parties with controls so the outside user can only see what is intended for them. That’s a big plus as more often than before, users work pretty closely online with outside parties.OfficeMedium is $8 per user per month and $1 more per gigabyte used. The first 512 megabytes are free. Tags:#enterprise#Products Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more