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Vietnam arrests two leading members of independent journalists group

first_img News Pham Chi Thanh (left) was arrested on 21 may in Hanoi. Two days later, Nguyen Tuong Thuy was arrested and transferred to Ho-Chi-Minh-City (photos: Facebook Pham Thanh – Dien Dan Dan Chu). Receive email alerts News to go further Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Reporters Without Borders (RSF) demands the immediate release of two leading members of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN), who were arrested two days apart in Hanoi last week, and calls on Vietnam’s commercial partners to put pressure on the authorities to end this latest crackdown on independent commentators. Nguyen Tuong Thuy, a 68-year-old blogger and IJAVN vice-president, was arrested on 23 May in Hanoi, where he lives, and was immediately transported 1,700 km south of the capital to Ho Chi Minh City, where he continues to be held. A former Vietnamese Communist Party combatant, Thuy became a reporter for Radio Free Asia, which is funded by the US Congress. Pham Chi Thanh, a journalist and prominent IJAVN member who uses the pseudonym of Pham Thanh, was arrested when police arrived at his Hanoi home at 8 a.m. on 21 May and immediately took him away. His is currently being held in a Hanoi prison under article 117 of the criminal code, which penalizes “opposing the state of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.” April 22, 2021 Find out more “The almost simultaneous arrests of Pham Chi Thanh and Nguyen Tuong Thuy send an extremely chilling message to all those trying to maintain a public debate in Vietnam,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Vietnam has long been near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index and is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2020 Index. Also aged 68 and an old Communist Party member, Thanh used to work with the state-owned Voice of Vietnam radio station before becoming a pro-democracy activist and critic of the one-party state. He edited a blog, Ba Dam Xoe, and had just published a book about the Communist party’s general secretary entitled “Nguyen Phu Trong: holder of the mandate of heaven or great immoral traitor.” VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedJudicial harassmentRSF Prize “The fact that the government has detained these two journalists, both respected former Communist Party members who have become scathing critics of the party’s ossification, speaks volumes about the feverishness at the head of the party as it prepares for its 21st five-yearly congress in six months’ time. We urge Vietnam’s commercial partners, including the European Union and the United States, to press for an end to this latest crackdown.” Last week’s two arrests were preceded on 8 May by the arrest of Phung Thuy, a bookseller who helped to sell books produced by the Progressive Publishing House (NXBTD), including Thanh’s books. Intelligence agents tortured him in an unsuccessful attempt to get him to reveal the current address of Pham Doan Trang, a journalist and author who was awarded RSF’s Prize for Impact in 2019.center_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information Feverish leadership The IJAVN, which also tries to promote a public debate in Vietnam, was created in 2014. Its president, Pham Chi Dung, who was included in RSF’s list of “information heroes” five years ago, was arrested last November. Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedJudicial harassmentRSF Prize News Organisation RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 27, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2020 – Updated on June 26, 2020 Vietnam arrests two leading members of independent journalists group Follow the news on Vietnam April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Rajasthan HC Dismisses PIL Filed Against ‘Dream 11’ Alleging Its Involvement In Offences Of Betting And Gambling [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesRajasthan HC Dismisses PIL Filed Against ‘Dream 11’ Alleging Its Involvement In Offences Of Betting And Gambling [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay18 Oct 2020 9:56 PMShare This – xThe Rajasthan High Court on Friday (16th October) dismissed a writ petition filed in the nature of a Public Interest Litigation against Dream 11 Fantasy Private Limited, alleging that the game being played on the platform is nothing else but “betting” on the cricket team.Further, it was alleged in the PIL that online fantasy sports games are games of chance, thereby constituting illegal act…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Rajasthan High Court on Friday (16th October) dismissed a writ petition filed in the nature of a Public Interest Litigation against Dream 11 Fantasy Private Limited, alleging that the game being played on the platform is nothing else but “betting” on the cricket team.Further, it was alleged in the PIL that online fantasy sports games are games of chance, thereby constituting illegal act of gambling/ bettingThe Bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Mahendar Kumar Goyal observed that,”Since the result of fantasy game depends on skill of participant and not sheer chance, and winning or losing of virtual team created by the participant is also independent of outcome of the game or event in the real world, we hold that the format of online fantasy game offered by respondent No.5 is a game of mere skill and their business has protection under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India, as repeatedly held by various Courts and affirmed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.”Averments in the PILIt was alleged that the private-respondent No.5 is not paying GST under proper classification, which should be @ 28% and only pays 18% GST that too on the amount received from a participant and retained by it, which effectively amounts to evading GST on balance 80% amount, which is transferred towards the winning amount for the game.The petitioner referred to Section 65-B(15) of the Finance Act, 1994 for definition of “betting or gambling”, Section 2(13) of the CGST Act for definition of “consideration” and rule 31-A of the Central Goods and Service Tax Rules, 2018 (for short ‘the CGST Rules’).The petitioner also referred to Circular No. 27/01/2018- GST dated 04.01.2018 issued in respect of horse racing and on such basis alleges that GST should have been payable on 100% of the amount received.According to the petitioner, out of every `100/- received by the private respondent No.5 from the participants, `80/- are set aside in an escrow account for the common price pool and same is distributed amongst the winners and on such sum no GST is paid which, is being paid on the remaining amount retained as Platform Fee i.e. `20/-. The petitioner also alleges that even on the said actionable claim amount of `80/- kept in the escrow account and distributed amongst the winners, GST should be payable by the private respondent No.5, that too @ 28%.In substance, the present PIL sought action against the private respondent No.5 – Dream 11 by raising two issues, namely:-(1) Whether online fantasy sports games offered on Dream 11 platform are “gambling/betting”?(2) Whether respondent No.5-Dream 11 is wrongly classifying its virtual online game under the wrong entry for GST and, therefore, violating Rule 31(A) (3) of the CGST Rules, 2018 in order to evade GST?Court’s AnalysisWhile citing the Apex Court’s ruling in the case of State of Bombay Vs. R.M.D. Chamarbaugwala & Anr., AIR 1957 SC 699, wherein it was held that the games of skill are distinguishable from gambling and enjoy protection under Article 19(1) (g) of the Constitution of India, the HC said that competitions which involve substantial skill are not gambling activities and such competitions are business activities entitled to protection guaranteed by Article 19(1) (g) of the Constitution of India.Further, the Court concluded that the fantasy games offered by respondent No.5 is not determined merely by chance or accident, but the skill of the participant determine the result of the game having predominant influence on the outcome of the fantasy game.The Court observed that whether any particular team in the real world match wins or loses, is also immaterial as the selection of virtual team by the participant involves choosing players from both the teams playing in the real world.The Court also noted that offering the fantasy games of Dream-11 involving substantial skills is a business activity and not wagering having protection granted by Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution.Court also agreed to the submission of respondent No.5 that the fantasy sports formats like that of Dream-11 are globally recognized as a great tool for fan engagement, as they provide a platform to sports lovers to engage with their favorite sports along with their friends and family. This legitimate business activity having protection under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution contributes to Government Revenue not only vide GST and income tax payments, but also by contributing in increased viewership and higher sports fan engagement, thereby simultaneously promoting even the real world games.Lastly, the Court was of the view that the issue whether the fantasy games played on the platform of respondent No.5 are or are not gambling/betting activities is thus closed and decided in favour of respondent No.5.On the second issue, the Court cited the Bombay HC’s ruling in the case of Gurdeep Singh Sachar v. Union of India [Judgment dated 30th April 2019 in Criminal P.I.L. No. 16 of 2019] and said,”The Bombay High Court was pleased to dismiss the said PIL holding that the online fantasy cricket of respondent No.5 was a game of mere skill, as distinguished from a game of chance. The Dream-11 fantasy game does not involve risking money or playing stakes on the result of a game or an event, hence, the same did not amount to gambling/betting. The Bombay High Court also held that respondent No.5 is correctly paying 18% GST by classifying its services under entry 998439 and is not liable to pay GST @ 28% as applicable to ‘online gambling services’ under entry 999692 and that Rule 31-A(3) of the CGST Rules, 2018 was not applicable as the said actionable claim as per Schedule III and Section 7(2) of the Act, are not considered as ‘supply of goods’ or ‘supply of services’ and, therefore, the authorities have rightly not taken steps against Dream-11.”However, the Court though it appropriate to leave the said second issue for the GST authorities to consider in accordance with law.The Court was of the considered view that PIL has been filed without any real public interest, without disclosing the relevant facts and without proper research.Consequently, the Court found no merit in the PIL petition and the same was accordingly dismissed with costs.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img

Big Beach Clean Up takes place in Donegal next weekend

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article20 people awaiting in-patient beds at Letterkenny University HospitalNext articleLatest flood update from Donegal County Council News Highland Big Beach Clean Up takes place in Donegal next weekend Google+ Clean Coasts Ireland and Donegal County Council are coordinating the Big Beach Clean Up in the county on the weekend after next.Last year, 120 clean ups took place across the country, 20 of them in Donegal.Becky Finn is Donegal Officer with Clean Coasts Ireland:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twittercenter_img By News Highland – September 6, 2017 WhatsApp WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

LEADER funding boost set to benefit Donegal communities

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleCouncil urged to progress shovel ready Greenway projectsNext article‘Disappointment’ over setback in vaccine rollout at local practice News Highland Twitter LEADER funding boost set to benefit Donegal communities Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Homepage BannerNews Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – March 15, 2021 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Donegal communities and businesses are set to benefit from an increased allocation of €70 million through the LEADER programme for the period 2021 and 2022.Following EU support, an extra €50 million is being added to the initial funding of €20 million announced by Minister Humphreys in December 2020.Through the LEADER programme, over the next two years a total of €70 million, of which more than €50 million is expected to come from the EU, will be directly invested into rural areas to help address specific needs and help to realise opportunities for rural Ireland as we recover from the impact of COVID-19.The funding will ensure that more vital locally-led projects in areas like climate change, digital transformation, remote working and enterprise development can be progressed in rural communities throughout the country.In the coming weeks, the Department of Rural and Community Development will provide the breakdown of the increased allocation to each of 29 Local Action Groups who deliver the LEADER Programme. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

The many faces of leadership

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. How do leadership and behavioural skills vary around the world? Debra JCohen and Lisbeth Claus take a closer lookSociety and business have become global, with companies operating inmultiple countries. With a global culture comes a need for a new type ofleadership. A global workforce requires leaders to be able to work in culturesdifferent from their own. What makes a leader an effective one for amultinational company? To explore effective global leadership, the Society forHuman Resource Management (SHRM), in conjunction with the SHRM Global Forum,conducted a survey of HR professionals throughout the world. As globalisation among businesses continues to increase in both scope anddepth, many organisations have begun to concentrate on the type of leadershipskills needed to effectively manage, build and sustain them. But are certainleadership behaviours or skills viewed with the same level of importance aroundthe world? If companies around the world are to recruit, retain and developleaders, it is helpful to know if there are any common denominators ofimportance or noteworthy differences from region to region. Effective leadership styles are likely to vary between cultures andcountries. All leaders and managers need to influence behaviour and add valueto their organisations, but how they accomplish this may vary. Similarly, allorganisations must recruit, retain and develop this talent. One purpose of thisstudy was to investigate what organisations around the world value in terms ofleadership behaviours and skills. The study Respondents were randomly-drawn members from SHRM and the SHRM Global Forum.A survey link was e-mailed to 1,898 participants. A total of 426 participantsworking in 52 countries responded -a response rate of 22 per cent. The SHRMGlobal Forum’s Thought Leadership Committee and the SHRM Survey Program jointlydeveloped the survey instrument. The first analysis was a simple comparison of where the headquarters of theorganisation are located (inside the US vs. outside the US); results aredepicted in Table 1. Character and performance were the top two characteristicsidentified by the respondents. Performance was rated first by respondents located in organisations wherethe headquarters are outside the US, whereas character was identified first inorganisations headquartered in the US. Adaptability was rated important by bothUS and non-US firms, but was viewed as more important by non-US firms. HRprofessionals in US firms indicated that flexibility and ethical behaviours aremore important than other behaviours or skills. Conversely, HR professionals innon-US firms indicate that persistence and being visionary are more important. Organisation size Focusing on the top five behaviours and skills, character and performanceare clearly the most important behaviours and skills as identified byrespondents and represent a common denominator among all organisations,regardless of size. However, there are some interesting differences byorganisation size. Table 2 shows the comparison of the top five behaviours and skills as ratedin importance by the respondents across small (1-100 employees), medium(101-500), and large (501 and above) organisations. In looking at the top fivebehaviours and skills as rated by importance, small organisations identifytechnical capability and persistence as key issues, as do medium organisations;yet, large organisations do not. In contrast, large companies identify flexibility as important while smallercompanies do not. Adaptability is important to large and medium companies, butnot small ones. This analysis shows that organisations of different size categoriesmay look to recruit leaders with different behaviours and skills and may trainexisting leaders for different behaviours and skills since they have differentvalue systems. This analysis also shows that the presence of so many largeorganisations in our sample, compared to small and medium organisations, skewedour overall importance ratings to reflect larger organisations more than smallor medium ones. Headquarters location When the region of headquarters country was considered, character and performancewere again common denominators, with these behaviours and skills rated byparticipants as either the first or second most important factor in seven outof eight geographic regions. As shown in table 3, in only one case – the Middle East – neither characternor performance was listed as the most important behaviour. In this case,technical capability was rated the highest, with performance a close second. Technical capability was rated as one of the top five in four out of nineregions, as was persistence. Ethical behaviours was rated in the top five infive out of nine regions, as was flexibility. Adaptability was rated in the topfive in six out of nine regions. Having logical skills was rated among the top five by respondents fromCentral America and the Middle East. Having organisational skills wasidentified as important by respondents from Asia and the Middle East, as wasbeing visionary. Respondents from Africa rated self-confidence as an importantcharacteristic, and respondents from South America rated reconciliation ofdifferences and ambiguities as among the top five behaviours or skills.Clearly, there is a wide range of behaviours and skills valued differentlyacross regions. Conclusion As society becomes even more global and national borders slowly disappear,the importance of global leadership increases. Several factors are clear fromthis study. Character and performance of organisational leaders appear to beissues of convergence around the globe with most organisations, regardless ofsize or location of headquarters. A second conclusion – one that mirrors the literature on national culture –is that while there is a common denominator, there are also noteworthydifferences between organisations depending on various demographic issues,including the location of the headquarters organisation, or size. These maystem from differences in cultural orientation or may be due to practices thathave evolved over time. As organisations continue to globalise, this will make the job of recruiting,retaining and developing talent even more difficult. Accomplishment of work andintegrity in work may be key issues, but they are clearly not the only skillsor behaviours it takes to make an organisation successful. Understanding whatit takes, and seeking or developing these characteristics, may give someorganisations a competitive advantage. 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Brioche Pasquier reveals top dessert flavours

first_imgSource: Brioche Pasquier Chocolate is the nation’s favourite dessert flavour, a survey by Brioche Pasquier has revealed.The survey, which saw 1,938 customers polled in August found that the classic flavour is the top choice for desserts between Brits aged 16-64. Caramel and coffee are also popular choices as part of a group that the company has called ‘rich’ flavours.When it comes to the type of desserts, cake is the favourite for those aged 16-34 while cheesecake claims the top spot for those over 35 years old.However, the company notes an opportunity for businesses to tap into demand for Café Gourmand – a mini pudding served with a hot drink. Nearly half (44%) of respondents say they have indulged in this when out of home.Afternoon tea also remains popular with 48% of those surveyed tapping into the occasion.“Our research confirms that people tend to go for desserts over the weekend and they generally follow a main course, however, what we’ve also seen is that there is an opportunity for a weekday treat with Café Gourmand increasing in popularity on Mondays and Wednesdays and mid-week or hump day Afternoon Tea is also popular,” said Matt Grenter, foodservice sales manager at Brioche Pasquier.“This is the perfect opportunity for cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants to introduce these two options into their planning, helping to increase sales, across the week and through different day parts.”Brioche Pasquier is looking to tap into these opportunities with its range of Petit Fours Elegance and Chocolat range, which come frozen in a box of 48. They combine popular ingredients such as praline, hazelnuts and choux pastry.Other flavours are gaining traction in bakery as consumers seek flavours inspired by other parts of the world, as well as new twists on classics. Find out more in our latest feature: “What’s the next sweet bakery flavour sensation?”last_img read more

Election results for Franklin County: All towns reporting

first_imgElection results will be posted here as they arrive this evening. Polls close everywhere at 8 p.m. All results should be considered unofficial and preliminary.Municipalities and communities currently reporting include: Avon, Carrabassett Valley, Carthage, Chesterville, Coplin Plantation, Dallas Plantation, Eustis, Farmington, Industry, Jay, Kingfield, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Phillips, Rangeley, Rangeley Plantation, Sandy River Plantation, Strong, Temple, Weld, Wilton.Curious how your town voted four years ago? The 2016 results can be found here.Results for AVONPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 96De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 0Hawkins/Walker (G) – 1Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 2Trump/Pence (R) – 164U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 171Gideon (D) – 74Linn (I) – 4Savage (I) – 11U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 132Golden (D) – 128State Senate District 17Black (R) – 202Collins (D) – 58State House District 112Bourgelais (D) – 77Skolfield (R) – 177Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 225SheriffHastings (I) – 75Nichols (R) – 182Results for CARRABASSETT VALLEY (and Wyman Township)President/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 348De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 0Hawkins/Walker (G) – 5Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 10Trump/Pence (R) – 164U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 231Gideon (D) – 276Linn (I) – 6Savage (I) – 21U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 151Golden (D) – 382State Senate District 17Black (R) – 216Collins (D) – 307State House District 112Bourgelais (D) – 280Skolfield (R) – 221State House District 118Grignon (R) – 6Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 407SheriffHastings (I) – 253Nichols (R) – 252Results for CARTHAGEPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 88De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 0Hawkins/Walker (G) – 4Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 6Trump/Pence (R) – 214U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 221Gideon (D) – 67Linn (I) – 11Savage (I) – 10U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 190Golden (D) – 113State Senate District 17Black (R) – 208Collins (D) – 81State House District 112Bourgelais (D) – 54Skolfield (R) – 231Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 245SheriffHastings (I) – 82Nichols (R) – 202County Commissioner for District 1Brann (R) – 206Maiuri (D) – 80Results for CHESTERVILLEPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 314De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 0Hawkins/Walker (G) – 7Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 18Trump/Pence (R) – 460U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 494Gideon (D) – 245Linn (I) – 17Savage (I) – 51U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 396Golden (D) – 409State Senate District 17Black (R) – 527Collins (D) – 273State House District 114Hall (R) – 531Kimber (D) – 260Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 673SheriffHastings (I) – 334Nichols (R) – 469County Commissioner for District 2Fowler (D) – 289Harvell (R) – 493Results for COPLIN PLANTATION (and Wyman Township)President/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 64De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 0Hawkins/Walker (G) – 2Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 5Trump/Pence (R) – 51U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 71Gideon (D) – 39Linn (I) – 0Savage (I) – 0U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 54Golden (D) – 68State Senate District 17Black (R) – 67Collins (D) – 53State House District 117Head (R) – 58Sessions (D) – 48State House District 118Grignon (R) – 7Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 100SheriffHastings (I) – 44Nichols (R) – 77Results for DALLAS PLANTATIONPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 98De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 2Hawkins/Walker (G) – 1Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 4Trump/Pence (R) – 104U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 122Gideon (D) – 81Linn (I) – 4Savage (I) – 5U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 90Golden (D) – 119State Senate District 17Black (R) – 110Collins (D) – 98State House District 117Head (R) – 106Sessions (D) – 97Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 164SheriffHastings (I) – 79Nichols (R) – 119Results for FARMINGTONPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 2225De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 9Hawkins/Walker (G) – 51Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 80Trump/Pence (R) – 1541U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 1830Gideon (D) – 1752Linn (I) – 73Savage (I) – 252U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 1367Golden (D) – 2524State Senate District 17Black (R) – 1997Collins (D) – 1863State House District 113Bunker (R) – 1543Landry (D) – 2303Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 3140SheriffHastings (I) – 1866Nichols (R) – 1927County Commissioner for District 2Fowler (D) – 2012Harvell (R) – 1800Local Issue: Solar power projectYES – 2992NO – 788Results for EUSTISPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 173De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 0Hawkins/Walker (G) – 7Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 12Trump/Pence (R) – 255U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 278Gideon (D) – 133Linn (I) – 7Savage (I) – 31U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 216Golden (D) – 231State Senate District 17Black (R) – 208Collins (D) – 81State House District 117Head (R) – 258Sessions (D) – 159Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 364SheriffHastings (I) – 128Nichols (R) – 299Results for INDUSTRYPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 232De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 1Hawkins/Walker (G) – 10Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 8Trump/Pence (R) – 253U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 279Gideon (D) – 180Linn (I) – 10Savage (I) – 38U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 226Golden (D) – 278State Senate District 17Black (R) – 311Collins (D) – 192State House District 114Hall (R) – 283Kimber (D) – 209Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 412SheriffHastings (I) – 181Nichols (R) – 318Results for JAYPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 1220De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 3Hawkins/Walker (G) – 23Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 44Trump/Pence (R) – 1375U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 1499Gideon (D) – 974Linn (I) – 59Savage (I) – 130U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 1168Golden (D) – 1487State Senate District 17Black (R) – 1547Collins (D) – 1089State House District 74Shelia Lyman (R) – 1368Christina Riley (D) – 1274Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 2289SheriffHastings (I) – 1181Nichols (R) – 1427County Commissioner for District 1Brann (R) – 1460Maiuri (D) – 1147Results for KINGFIELDPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 407De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 2Hawkins/Walker (G) – 6Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 29Trump/Pence (R) – 444U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 496Gideon (D) – 327Linn (I) – 9Savage (I) – 53U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 370Golden (D) – 506State Senate District 17Black (R) – 497Collins (D) – 370State House District 112Bourgelais (D) – 320Skolfield (R) – 532Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 698SheriffHastings (I) – 349Nichols (R) – 511Results for NEW SHARONPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 391De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 2Hawkins/Walker (G) – 12Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 23Trump/Pence (R) – 528U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 569Gideon (D) – 283Linn (I) – 23Savage (I) – 81U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 462Golden (D) – 486State Senate District 17Black (R) – 612Collins (D) – 335State House District 113Bunker (R) – 457Landry (D) – 485Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 795SheriffHastings (I) – 259Nichols (R) – 683County Commissioner for District 2Fowler (D) – 342Harvell (R) – 595Results for NEW VINEYARDPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 154De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 2Hawkins/Walker (G) – 4Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 10Trump/Pence (R) – 293U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 304Gideon (D) – 105Linn (I) – 11Savage (I) – 39U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 256Golden (D) – 197State Senate District 17Black (R) – 327Collins (D) – 132State House District 112Bourgelais (D) – 27Skolfield (R) – 97State House District 114Hall (R) – 312Kimber (D) – 135Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 327SheriffHastings (I) – 134Nichols (R) – 320Results for PHILLIPSPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 252De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 3Hawkins/Walker (G) – 9Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 7Trump/Pence (R) – 385U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 408Gideon (D) – 202Linn (I) – 7Savage (I) – 36U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 313Golden (D) – 336State Senate District 17Black (R) – 418Collins (D) – 216State House District 112Bourgelais (D) – 217Skolfield (R) – 402Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 504SheriffHastings (I) – 197Nichols (R) – 442Results for RANGELEYPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 294De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 1Hawkins/Walker (G) – 7Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 7Trump/Pence (R) – 449U.S. SenateCollins (R) – 514Gideon (D) – 216Linn (I) – 4Savage (I) – 23U.S. HouseCrafts (R) – 396Golden (D) – 347State Senate District 17Black (R) – 471Collins (D) – 266State House District 117Head (R) – 451Sessions (D) – 271Register of ProbateHeidi Jordan (R) – 610SheriffHastings (I) – 252Nichols (R) – 479Local Issue: 1-year Selectman SeatAtkinson – 143Beauregard – 254Haley – 336Results for RANGELEY PLANTATIONPresident/Vice PresidentBiden/Harris (D) – 57De La Fuente/Richardson (A) – 1Hawkins/Walker (G) – 0Jorgensen/Cohen (L) – 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Jeremy Schon & Greg Ormont Talk Domefest History, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s One-Song Set

first_imgFew bands in recent years have experienced growth as steady and sustained as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The jam-funk quartet first came together in the dorm rooms of their alma mater, the University of Maryland, and has gradually sprouted into one of the jam scene’s biggest touring attractions, selling out revered clubs and theaters nationwide and earning slots at countless major festivals.At the same time, they’ve also grown their own festival, Domefest. Started by lead guitarist Jeremy Schon as a one-day event during their senior year of college, Domefest has blossomed into a three-day camping event, with its 9th-annual iteration scheduled for May 17th through 19th.“The band started for fun, and it continues for fun,” explains vocalist/rhythm guitarist Greg Ormont. “We started in the dorm room just to become friends and goof off after going out and stuff. And I think we’ve always kept that honest, genuine appreciation for playing music with each other on the larger stages that we’re playing now.”Just like the band, Domefest—named after the domed roofs on the original event grounds—began with an organic combination of fortunate circumstances nine years ago and has evolved gradually into a beloved tradition in itself, despite the various potential trappings of sustaining a small-scale festival over the course of many years. All the while, Pigeons has amassed a passionate following—affectionately known as “The Flock”—which continues to grow larger and more fervent with each show.In many ways, that steady, sustained growth can be traced to the prevailing attitude of the band. Explains Ormont:As long as every show is better than the last, we’re moving in the right direction. … It’s just really been all about the fun, and pushing yourself to be your best self. That’s something I think you would do no matter what job you have, or what life you’re leading. I think that’s just a good way to approach your passions. You almost can’t lose if you’re giving it your all and you’re having fun doing it.Ahead of the 9th-annual Domefest this month, Live For Live Music’s Andrew O’Brien caught up with Greg Ormont and Jeremy Schon of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong to talk about the story behind the festival, what it’s like to pull double-duty as both performers and organizers, and how exciting musical moments like their recent one-song set came together.Andrew O’Brien: Now that your spring dates are winding down, next up on the docket is your own festival, Domefest. This will be your 9th Domefest, which might surprise some people since that surely pre-dates Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s more widespread fame in this scene. How did Domefest get started?Jeremy Schon: When we were at the University of Maryland, I was involved in the Maryland Music Business Society, a student organization which was started by me and Greg’s roommate, who we lived with for many years. I was our concert director, and a big thing I wanted to do with that club was to throw a day festival. It was very challenging to pull it off on campus. We didn’t have any funding, but we found this cool property that was 15 minutes away from our college campus, and the owner was super into us doing something there, so we decided we’d do something small.Then, at the last minute, we managed to get some funding from the school as one of their student groups. It was not a big sponsorship, but it was something. That made me think, “Okay, I can actually do things a little bit better.” I really owe it to them—it helped kinda start the whole thing. Because I didn’t have, like, a dollar. [laughs]Greg Ormont: And obviously, he had been to a few festivals, and had a good time there and wanted to replicate it.Jeremy: A big inspiration was definitely going to music festivals myself, starting with Bonnaroo, and then All Good. Then, I finally went to Camp Barefoot in 2009, which was the first small festival I went to. I was blown away by the intimacy, by the vibe. When the opportunity came to do Domefest, I wanted to capture that feeling as much as possible and introduce people to new music that they might not have known before, as I was introduced to tons of new bands at Camp Barefoot.Greg: Fortunately, Jeremy has really great taste in music and is able to pick these up-and-coming bands, some of which you might not have heard of, but our fans all love listening to them at Domefest. So I think we’ve gained that trust from the fanbase where they look at the lineup, maybe they know a few bands, maybe they don’t know all of them, but they trust that at Domefest, they’re all gonna be great bands, good people, and it’ll be a great time. Which is really exciting, because that gives Jeremy a little more leeway on picking certain bands that might not have a great following yet in our area, but he believes in them and he wants to show our friends.Andrew: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong was already up and moving at that point, but did you necessarily start it as a “Pigeons Festival,” as a “vehicle for my band?” Or was it something separate?Jeremy: It honestly evolved into that. It was May 1st, 2010, when we had the first Domefest. [Pigeons] were just really getting started. We had been a band for maybe just about three years at that point. You know, we were obviously a core band [on the lineup] from the start, but I didn’t really think of us as a headliner. We just weren’t a headliner nearly at that point in [the band’s] life.But we eventually realized after about three years that no matter who the headliner we were bringing in was, we were still one of the main draws of the festival. It sort of just made sense to make it a little more Pigeons-centric and help the two grow alongside each other, because, obviously, Pigeons started developing momentum as Domefest developed momentum. I brought in Greg to help produce the event with me after the third or fourth year—I can’t keep track—because I needed someone who shared in the artistic vision and detail-oriented nature of all the aspects of throwing a festival.Brady Cooling | Domefest 2017Greg: The first Domefest was the first music festival that I ever attended, which is kind of crazy when you think about it. I didn’t do anything to organize the festival for the first few years. I would see that Jeremy was always working and sending emails and stressing over details and be like, “Man, this is like a lot of effort. I’m curious as to what the payoff is.” And then I experienced it first-hand, and it was a life-changing experience.I think that’s another reason why I was so on-board and behind this message once I joined the Domefest team. It just had such a profound impact on my life that I wanted to have that happen to my friends and even people I don’t know, to just have them experience that. It’s amazing to have that eye-opening experience and then be able to keep the tradition going. It kind of has always been just from Jeremy taking the lead, putting things on the way we like it. And it hasn’t failed us yet.It’s an incredible thing to be able to do. We don’t take it lightly… and at the same time, we take it really lightly. [laughs] You work hard behind the scenes and then you get to enjoy the show, but once you’re playing music and you’re onstage, that’s the fun.Andrew: It is definitely impressive that it’s you two handling the nuts and bolts of putting on the festival. That’s not always the case when bands “host” a festival.Greg: Like Jeremy said, it’s a ton of work. It is wonderful to see when everyone’s there, but I mean, Jeremy and I are working on Domefest about nine months out of the year, every single day. We are masters of Google Drive, spreadsheets, emails. We live our lives online when we’re on tour as Domefest approaches. Sometimes our fans have been like, “I heard at Domefest, you’re actually working. You’re not being prima donnas, not doing anything.” And I’m thinking to myself, “I mean, someone has to throw the festival.” You know what I mean?We literally organize everything. We’re the ones emailing and speaking to everyone who’s coming, and we see it through. As we get closer and closer, it becomes pretty intense juggling touring with Pigeons and, you know, lining up our staff and volunteers and vendors and making sure everything’s ready for the festival. And, at the end of the festival, if our cleaning crew has left and we see cigarette butts on the floor, we pick them up. Every year, we’re able to do a little bit less of the nitty-gritty stuff like picking up cigarette butts. [laughs] It takes a bit of sacrifice, but there’s nothing sweeter than seeing all your friends with that smile on their face at the festival.Brady Cooling | Domefest 2017Andrew: That personal touch you put into Domefest surely comes across to the fans, and probably has a lot to do with the event’s long-term success. You have to make it a tradition, make it something people look forward to in and of itself, not just for a specific band or set. That may be the biggest key to surviving as a festival, particularly a small festival.Greg: I definitely agree. Domefest has really blossomed into something special with that in mind. People go every year—it’s like their kind of spring kick-off to the festival season. Last year, we had our first wedding on the festival property, which was beautiful! All of their vows were, like, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong lyrics, saying, like, “Ever since I saw you, I knew you’d be my ‘Julia’,” and it was really sweet. The year before that, some of our friends got engaged at Domefest. People are doing bachelor parties this year. … It’s definitely an honor to have those things happen at our festival, and I would be surprised if Jeremy expected that nine years ago when he started this thing—that people would be getting married at Domefest. That’s really special.Jeremy: It definitely blows my mind. I never expected to be doing a ninth edition of the festival, that wasn’t even a thought in 2010. It never really dawned on me that this would become a thing.Brady Cooling | Domefest 2017Andrew: Another way you showcase your attention to detail with Domefest is with the inclusion of “Undercover” Pigeons Playing Ping Pong sets. At last year’s Domefest, you did a “Dead Phish” set, and mixed Grateful Dead and Phish songs with your own. Any hints on what’s in store for Domefest “Undercover” set?Greg: We love doing themed shows, especially around Halloween and New Year’s Eve. This last New Year, we did a Disney theme, “DisNYE”. It was so much fun. We actually had that idea brewing for like three years. Just the “DisNYE” made sense and, obviously, their music is incredible.A lot of the time, we try to pick a theme that will help us grow as musicians. One of our earliest themes was a Motown theme in Baltimore that really was like a crash course in songwriting, especially in the funk category. And we learned a lot doing the Disney thing. We have a lot of really good ideas that are in our back pockets that we’ll be un-rolling over the next few years. … We’re never trying to just sit on anything—”Okay, we just did the Disney set? What’s next? We just finished this year’s Domefest? What’s next?”—and I think that drive really keeps it interesting for us, and it keeps it interesting for our fans.Phierce Photo | Keith Griner | 12/31/17Andrew: A lot of times, small festivals have trouble sustaining over long periods for a variety of reasons, but you guys have managed to not just survive, but thrive and grow. The same could be said about Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. In just the last few years, you’ve gone from playing small rooms in minor markets to selling out multi-night runs in revered theaters around the country. Do you have any thoughts on that sustainable but rapid growth and the reasons behind it?Jeremy: I think a big thing for us was that we always had this drive to push forward musically and professionally—to make our show better. Every time people see us, we want to have tightened-up songs. We want to have tightened-up jams, or make jams looser, in some ways. We’re never complacent on the product, so to speak. We always want to be better. We want to constantly improve, in big ways and in little ways. Since day one, that’s been our attitude. … I mean, we work hard. We put a lot into it. A lot more than meets the eye, I’d like to think.Greg: Similarly, with Domefest, we’ve tried to be very patient and realistic as we grow and gain more attendees and fans and stuff. Sometimes, the smaller festivals, they’ll have a few successful years and then they’ll get a little too big for their britches, try to bring on some huge headliner, and try to jump from “small festival” to, like, “humongous festival.” And we’ve seen a lot of festivals kind of crash and burn with that approach.Fortunately, Jeremy has had the foresight to sort of slowly build the lineups and trust in the process that people are there to see great music, not necessarily an enormous nationally or internationally-touring band. They just want an escape in the woods, to see some of their favorite bands, and, hopefully, catch some new ones. And as a result, Domefest is looking like it will sell out this year for the first time at this location. But it’s not our first time selling out Domefest. We’ve just had smaller locations in the past, and we like to slowly make it to that point and grow at a normal, natural, patient pace.Andrew: What about your approach to planning Domefest is different now than it was nine years ago?Greg: Over the years, Pigeons has played hundreds of festivals, small and big. So at this point, we’re really just kind of putting on the festival that we would want to go to, both as an attendee and as a band. So the bands make new fans, and attendees make new friends, and the camping is comfortable, and the staff works hard to make sure everyone’s happy and has everything they need. That whole mindset of “what would we want to experience at the festival” or “what would we want to experience at a show” is what we pour into Domefest and all of our Pigeons Playing Ping Pong concerts. I think that’s one reason fans are so strongly into it and getting [Pigeons] tattoos and stuff. We’ve always tried to reflect our fans and what they would want and, in that, what we would want.Also, from the Pigeons side of things, after the show, we still love to talk to the fans and go out and sign stuff if they want us to, or just have a drink with them and get to know them better. And I think our fans appreciate that. Rob Chafin from The Werks told me a long time ago to “stay, homie,” and that was the best advice I’ve ever gotten. [laughs] You know? No matter what’s going on, just stay homie, be yourself, relate to the people around you, and appreciate what you have. So we definitely appreciate where we’re at, and we’re definitely pushing ourselves to be at our best at all times, whether it’s writing new songs, whether it’s working on jams, or even just on spreadsheets, phone calls, and emails.Andrew: Speaking of working on jams, you guys did a bit of particularly notable jamming recently at Port City Music Hall, when you stretched out “Funk E. Zekiel” for an entire, hour-plus, single-song set of improvisation. Was that something you really planned to do ahead of time?Jeremy: That wasn’t the plan for that day. At all…Greg: We had a setlist written, but we didn’t play it. [laughs] And keep in mind, this also was a Sunday show… Apparently, you’re not supposed to miss any of those…Andrew: I’ve heard that, yeah…Greg: The sound was really good the night before. Kind of just on a whim, we said, “Let’s start with this song, and if it’s not going great, we can close the song and play our set, but if it’s going well, let’s take it out there and see where it goes.” … And fortunately, there weren’t many stale moments. And I think we all recognized as a group that if we reached the end of one section, one of us needed to make a move to change up the groove or change up the feel or the chords and let whoever’s playing most confidently at a transition point push it in a new direction.Jeremy: A big thing about doing a super extended jam like that is that it puts us in a very vulnerable place to the fans. You know, like, we’re gonna make mistakes [laughs] … There’s usually one moment where someone doesn’t know what’s happening. If we were really nitpicking, and it was during a [regular] song, we’d be like, “Oh my god, we totally screwed that up!” But when you’re in a free-form improvisational moment, there’s no such thing as a wrong note. You could hit something that sounds bad for a second, but then you figure it out quickly.Andrew: And it becomes the tension that leads to a release. It’s all part of the puzzle.Greg: We jam at all of our shows. The majority of our concert is improv. This particular jam was just wide open, in the sense that sometimes when we’re jamming in a song, we’re aware of where we need to end up. If we’re gonna go back and close that song or if we’re gonna transition to the next one, you kind of need to be in the right key, or build toward the right chords, things like that. That’s what made this experience different—the fact that there was no destination in the jam made it all the more special.And then what was really exciting was we found ourselves, about an hour in, floating around the key of “Funk E.”, the song we had started with, and we found our way back to it. That was really cool because that was not necessarily the plan. There was no plan. But the fact that we were able to close it was inspiring for us as a group and made it that tight one-song set.Phierce Photo | Keith Griner | 4/28/17Andrew: Definitely. It’s like in the movie, The Prestige, what Michael Caine’s character says about magic tricks: It’s not enough to just make something disappear. You have to bring it back to earn the applause…Greg: That is such a great reference! There are some fans who take their notepad out, and they write down the set so they can post it in our Facebook group, The Flock. One of the kids’ notes was really funny. It was like “Funk E. … Is this still ‘Funk E.’? … ‘Holy shit, what’s going on?’” It was a good one. I’m really happy we made it unscathed, relatively, and were able to experience it and add that to our resume, of sorts. We are always pushing ourselves to do something different, to do something more. This was something we’d never done before, and I look forward to the next thing we haven’t done before.Andrew: Speaking of the next things you haven’t done before…You were supposed to make your Red Rocks debut last year with moe., and obviously Rob Derhak got sick and that got postponed. Now Rob’s better, moe.’s back in action, the show’s rescheduled, and you’re finally heading to play Red Rocks…Greg: Allegedly. I mean, we’re scheduled for it again. [laughs] … After experiencing getting the Red Rocks offer and then having it be taken away, for very good reason, it made me realize that you only “play Red Rocks” once you’ve actually played Red Rocks. So…[laughs]…July 12th, we’re both very stoked, and once it’s in the books, we will revel in it.Phierce Photo | Keith Griner | 7/23/17Phierce Photo | Keith Griner | 7/23/17Pigeons Playing Ping Pong‘s 9th-annual Domefest takes place May 17th – 19th. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the festival website.last_img read more

New Data Protection Capabilities that Enable Your Cloud Strategy

first_imgIt’s Day One of Dell EMC World–and we are excited to announce enhancements to our portfolio that further broaden our cloud data protection capabilities, adding two new uses cases for Disaster Recovery to the cloud and Protection Storage in the cloud.Many organizations today have been given a mandate to have some percentage of their IT infrastructure in the cloud.  In fact, IDC states that 70 percent of CIOs have a “cloud first” strategy.  With increasing amounts of mission-critical data being moved to the cloud, it cannot be taken for granted that this data is protected. Data in the cloud requires the same level of protection as any other workload, across applications and meeting the most stringent recovery objectives.  This is why Dell EMC offers a comprehensive portfolio of multi-cloud data protection solutions.  Currently, more than 150 PB of data in the cloud is managed by Dell EMC Data Protection technology.The combination of Data Domain and the Data Protection Suite can now deliver best-of-breed disaster recovery to the cloud.  With Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery, organizations are able protect their on premises Data Domain using Data Protection Suite by transferring data securely and efficiently into AWS S3 for disaster recovery, eliminating the need for an additional data center and taking advantage of the agility and cost effectiveness of cloud object storage. Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery requires minimal footprint in AWS as well as minimal compute cycles, enabling a disaster recovery solution at minimal cost. In the event of a disaster, failover is fully automated and workloads being recovered can be run directly in AWS.Additionally, customers can now gain the efficiency, reliablility and performance they expect from Data Domain in the cloud with the latest release of Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE).  DD VE now provides backup and recovery for traditional and emerging applications that have been moved to the cloud and cloud native applications running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. Data Domain replication is also supported to, from and within the cloud for additional flexibility. The latest release of the Data Protection Suite can perform orchestration, management, monitoring and reporting of these backups in the cloud further enabling users with a common experience both on-premises and in the cloud with nothing new to learn for purchase. A technology preview of DD VE in the cloud is now available through the Data Domain Community, and a try and buy option will be available when this release is generally available starting in June 2017.Whether your applications are on-premises being extended to the cloud, are born in the cloud or have been moved there, Dell EMC delivers innovative data protection solutions where and how you need them.last_img read more

The Future of Work and the CIO’s Role

first_imgI recently stumbled across an interesting article. It dealt with a topic that affects us all, one that we perhaps do not take into consideration quite enough during our day-to-day work; namely, the future of work. The contents of this article were, to put it mildly, a little unsettling. Quite some time ago, researchers at the University of Oxford discovered that almost half of all jobs could cease to exist in the years to come. In some sectors, the prospects are bleaker still. For example, these British economists actually predict that 90 percent of jobs in the insurance sector could be in jeopardy.The reason for this, according to the researchers, ultimately lies in something which has become intertwined with our everyday lives – the digital transformation. Computerization, networking, IoT, and, more recently, artificial intelligence (AI) enable a high level of automatization; this includes tasks which were previously reserved for truly intelligent beings with the power of judgement. We are all well aware of the fact that digitalization is altering numerous work processes, some of which we could not even have conceived of previously. This has not just had an impact on simple tasks, but also complex activities such as those carried out by journalists, lawyers, or doctors. Even though we still have a lot riding on ideas and projects, we have to ask ourselves whether there will be detrimental long-term impacts on working society. Will intelligent machines really replace the workforce in the near future?Economics would not be described as a science if cases could not be refuted or seen from different perspectives. Accordingly, the aforementioned article refers to researchers from the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), who came to the conclusion that the degree of automation of activities is nowhere near as high as this; according to their calculations, in all OECD countries, only nine percent of jobs on average are under threat. In Germany, the figure is approximately 12 percent. Indeed, this is significantly lower, but I do not find it particularly reassuring, as we are still talking about the livelihoods of five million people in our country.Is it inevitable that technological progress will axe jobs? If you think back to the last technical revolution, which many of us even experienced ourselves, the introduction of PCs in the 80s led to extensive computerization and, to some extent, the first stage of digitalization. Ultimately, this resulted in more jobs, not fewer. This was not just because we needed more software developers, system administrators, database experts, and IT consultants; the PC also initiated a whole host of new processes and business models, and whole new sectors emerged, too. The article also includes the following statement: “In 20 years, 80 percent of jobs will have been destroyed”. This originally comes from an edition of the SPIEGEL magazine dated 17 April 1979.But can we simply apply these past developments to today’s world? Or does digitalization have the power to sweep away everything we have learned? Perhaps the disruption we are seeing means that these kinds of analogies no longer apply, since AI may be redefining everything. That would mean that we have just about reached the point where this is like reading tea leaves; it is futile to speculate about it. As I see it, approaching the future does not mean waiting for what either does or does not happen, but rather taking an active part in shaping it.Regarding the subject of the workforce, this can only mean improving mobility, diversity, and creativity. We have to help workers to achieve their full potential and, above all, we have to put them in a position where they can comprehensively work with new technologies, from IoT, to cloud computing, to AI. If, for example, 44 percent of workers are of the opinion that their workplaces do not yet provide enough intelligent equipment, this also shows that many of those who are greatly affected by the workforce changes actually think that more technology should be implemented. When it comes to technology, it really depends on how you use it.In this environment, CIOs face completely new challenges, precisely because the essential leverage during the upcoming changes is to make use of technology. This means that the CIO does not just act as an interface between IT and business. With their high level of technical expertise and social skills, they also are a key component in the relationship between IT and employees. The CIO is the go-to expert on implementing technology in the workplace. Therefore, their competence in this role is crucial for employees’ working potential, both now and in the future.To learn more about the new job profile of a CIO, how current CIOs can prepare for this role, and which key challenges await them, please refer to our new Connected CIO booklet, which is available for download at read more