Our 100 day AWS transformation

first_img This post is currently collecting data… Any business worth their salt has values, you see them in the HR handbook, new hire PowerPoints, sales presentations and on walls as you tour offices (remember doing that?!).It is hard for them not to be a cliché… Integrity! Honesty! I mean, shouldn’t you have those anyway?!When I joined Think|Stack I was presented with our values – Human Centered Design, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Passionate Rebels and Family Trust. I have to admit I did an internal eye roll. Over the years though, I have been excited to see myself and our team embody them, become empowered by them and continue to evolve them.In the spring we were presented with an opportunity to enter into a 100 day “Partner Transformation Program” (PTP) with our cloud vendor Amazon Web Services (AWS). The program gave us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on our cloud practice and make improvements through a consultant led program addressing architecture, delivery, finance, sales and marketing. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Wellington girls hit 13 3-pointers in 65-38 victory over Andale, Duke boys lose

first_img10 Andale 14 65 17 6 13 21 18 38 13 Andale boys 58 Wellington 45 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Andale: Dagenars 6, Cothran 3, Meyer 5, Carney 13, Walstad 11, Bruce 5, Ast 14. Total 10 (7) 17-25 58 18 Follow us on Twitter. 13 4center_img Wellington girls 65 Andale 38 16 Andale: Hopper 2, Easter 4, Eck 4, Bergkamp 6, Dreiling 12, Winter 2, Chavez 2, Walther 2. Total: 17 (0) 4-10 38 8 16 Wellington Connor Phelps brings ball downcourt against Andale.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 3-pointers came raining down in Crusader gymnasium as the second-ranked Wellington girls beat Andale 65-38 Friday evening.The boys lost to Andale 58-45 in the nightcap.A huge homecoming crowd was on hand to view the festivities that eventually ended with Julian Cornejo crowned the Duke of Wellington.Fresh off a scare against Winfield Tuesday, the Wellington girls had little trouble disposing of their Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV rival as the second rotation of league play began. Wellington is now 6-0 in league and 16-0 overall.Wellington tied a school record by hitting 13 3-pointers as five girls contributed to the cause. Both Grace Mitchell and Avery Rusk knocked down four of them, while Lauryn Snipes and MeKenna Adams had two apiece. Even freshman Jacelyn Buck got in the act, nailing a three late in the fourth quarter on a running clock.Going into this contest, there was some uncertainty, even though Wellington had beaten this same team 59-43 at its place in December. Andale had earlier beat Winfield 46-32.The game started slowly, but Wellington went on a nice run at quarter’s end to lead 13-6. In the second quarter, for the first time since Augusta, Wellington found its offensive grooved the 3-pointers started to come. Fellow sophomores Rusk and Adams took turns hitting treys. By halftime, Wellington led 31-19 at the half.“They were throwing a lot of junk defenses on us, triangle-and-two, box-and-ones,” Adams said. “We did a good job tonight shaking that off.”Mitchell had only three points at halftime, victim of those defenses built to stifle her. But by the third quarter, when it was apparent Andale wasn’t stopping the other girls,  the Indians went into standard defensive sets. Mitchell then returned to form and would eventually score 18 of the game.But this night belonged to Rusk, who had 19.“Coach told us in practice that he thought Andale could beat us,” Rusk said. “It made us mad so we went out there to prove him wrong.”Wellington will host Mulvane Tuesday before traveling to Wichita Collegiate next Friday. 45 ————The Wellington boys have always played Andale tougher the second time around.When the Crusaders traveled to Andale in December, the Indians won 63-26. Andale would go on an 18-0 run in the first quarter to coast to victory.Andale got off to a similar start Friday night, taking a 16-4 lead into the second quarter. The difference this time Wellington would never let the Indians expand on its lead thereafter.Too bad there wasn’t a fifth quarter for this game. A.J. Snipes seemed to be just warming up. He scored 25 points for the game, but he had 2 in first, 4 in the second, 8 in the third and 11 in the fourth – including three 3-pointers.Wellington could never shave the lead into single digits, but it was clear it was outplaying Andale down the stretch – outscoring the Indians 17-16 in the fourth.The Crusaders are back at .500 at 8-8 and hosts Mulvane Tuesday. Andale 58 Wellington: Snipes 15, S. French 4, Rusk 19, Adams 6, Buck 3, Mitchell 18. Total: 9 (13) 8-12 65. Wellington 6 Wellington: Ca. Phelps 2, Co. Phelps 4, Frame 5, Snipes 25, King 9, Total 10 (4) 13-20 45 13last_img read more

Winning debuts for South Africa, Uganda coaches

first_imgIn other matches, there were away victories for Mozambique over Kenya and the Central African Republic over Niger while the Ivory Coast defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo in France.Benin at home and Malawi away snatched late draws against Zambia and Lesotho respectively and Togo came from behind to hold Equatorial Guinea in France. Ntseki was a controversial choice to succeed English coach Stuart Baxter after South Africa exited the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in the quarter-finals.He had never been a head coach at senior level and critics alleged his appointment had more to do with the cash-strapped national football association needing a “cheap” replacement.– Immediate goal –But Ntseki insists he is up to the task with his immediate goal being to achieve a top-two finish in a 2021 Cup of Nations qualifying group including Ghana, Sudan and Sao Tome e Principe and reaching the finals.South Africa controlled most of the match against Mali, but a 75th-minute goal from Sekou Koita for the visitors created a tense finish.Judgment on Ntseki will have to be delayed as Mali lacked many of the players who took them to the last 16 of the Cup of Nations in Egypt this year.The 1-0 win for Mozambique over Kenya in Nairobi was a surprise with the only goal coming from Amansio Canhembe midway through the second half.Justin Shonga twice gave Zambia the lead against Benin in Porto Novo, but Michel Pote salvaged a 2-2 draw for the home side with a stoppage-time goal.Malawi left it almost as late to rescue a 1-1 draw away to Lesotho in Maseru with Hassan Kajoke scoring two minutes from time after Hlompho Kalake had put the home team ahead.Record seven-time African champions Egypt host Botswana Monday and 2019 Cup of Nations winners Algeria meet Colombia in France Tuesday as a six-day friendlies schedule continues.The matches are being used to prepare teams for the first two rounds of qualifying during November for the 2021 Cup of Nations in Cameroon.Share on: WhatsApp McKinstry (middle) with his new team of coaches. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAResultsEthiopia 0 Uganda 1South Africa 2 Mali 1 Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  South Africa and Uganda won international friendlies Sunday to give new coaches Molefi Ntseki and Northern Ireland-born Johnny McKinstry successful debuts.Goals from Dean Furman and Themba Zwane earned South Africa a 2-1 home victory in Port Elizabeth over Mali, who were missing many stars, including Southampton forward Moussa Djenepo.It was the first match for Bafana Bafana (The Boys) since xenophobic attacks on African immigrants in South Africa last month led Zambia and Madagascar to cancel friendlies.McKinstry guided Uganda to a 1-0 away win over Ethiopia in Bahir Dar with long-serving Emmanuel Okwi scoring the only goal midway through the first half.This is the third national coach post for the Irishman, who took charge of Sierra Leone in 2013 when only 27 years old and was later hired by Rwanda.last_img read more

Buffalo Bills cheerleaders suspend operations

first_imgIn this Nov. 17, 2013, photo, Buffalo Bills cheerleaders perform during the Bills’ NFL football game against the New York Jets in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Pack up the pom-poms in Buffalo, because the Bills will be playing without the support of their official cheerleaders this year.Stephanie Mateczun, whose company manages the Buffalo Jills cheerleading squad, said Thursday she has suspended operations through at least the end of the season. The decision was made two days after five former Jills filed a lawsuit complaining they worked hundreds of hours for free, and were subjected to groping and sexual comments.The civil action was filed in state Supreme Court and seeks unspecified back pay and legal fees. It names Mateczun’s company, Stejon Productions Corp., the Bills, and the Jills’ former manager, Citadel Communications Co., as defendants. Stejon took over managing the cheerleaders in 2011.Mateczun is in the process of hiring legal representation, and declined further comment.The Bills have been made aware of the Jills’ decision to suspend operations, but otherwise declined comment.Lawyer Frank Dolce, who represents the five cheerleaders, said the decision to suspend operations won’t affect his case because it addresses past complaints.Dolce, however, did question Mateczun’s motives, saying her decision to suspend the squad was unnecessary.“If they cease operations, they will blame the lawsuit for the destruction of the Jills, when that was not intended at all,” Dolce said, noting there is not much money at stake in the lawsuit.“We love the Bills. We love the Jills,” he said. “We do not love the travesty of its management that has occurred over the last few years.”According to the Buffalo Jills Alumni website, the squad was formed in 1967, eight years after the Bills were established as founding members of the American Football League. In 1986, the Bills relinquished managing the cheerleaders to private companies.Cheerleaders have launched similar suits against the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals.The case against the Bills claims the Jills are wrongly classified as independent contractors and subjected to policies that violate the state’s $8 per hour minimum wage law and other workplace rules.The Jills aren’t paid for games or practices and have to make 20-35 appearances, most of which are unpaid, at community and charity events each season, the lawsuit said. On top of that, they have to pay $650 for their uniforms and are not reimbursed for travel or other expenses, the cheerleaders said.All five cheerleaders said they had to take a “jiggle test” so that Mateczun, Stejon’s president, could assess their physiques. And Mateczun, they said, controlled everything from their hair and nail polish color to what they could post on Facebook.The time and expense, as well as rules governing their personal lives, far exceeded what they signed on for, the women said.Dolce and his clients hope their legal action leads to policy changes within the Bills’ organization that ensure future cheerleaders are paid and treated better.“A decision to disband the Jills as an entity is a tremendous mistake for community spirit,” Dolce said. “We do not feel bad that Stejon Productions has ceased operations. We think that’s a good thing. We just hope the Bills don’t trivialize the Jills because of the poor management of them.”___Associated Press writer Carolyn Thompson contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more