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Mia Irizarry/Facebook(CHICAGO) — A 62-year-old man allegedly accosted a woman for wearing a T-shirt with an image of the Puerto Rican flag in an Illinois park.“You should not be wearing that in the United States of America,” the man can be heard saying to her on a video she posted on Facebook. “Are you a citizen?”Mia Irizarry posted the video of the incident that shows the man, who is facing charges, verbally harassing her at a pavilion that she said she rented with the appropriate permits. The man, Timothy Trybus, has been charged with simple assault, according to an incident report.ABC News has been unable to reach Trybus.Irizarry is shown in the video wearing a sleeveless shirt that is made to look like the Puerto Rican flag, and has the name of the U.S. territory printed on it.That appears to have set off the man.“Are you a United States citizen?” he asked again, prompting Irizarry to say she is. “Then you should not be wearing that. You should be wearing a United States of America [inaudible].”Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, dating back to the signing of the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917.Later in the video, Irizarry is shown asking a Cook County Forest Preserve District police officer for help in getting the man away from her. The officer does not move any closer to the pair or appear to do anything to actively end the situation.“As you can see the police are not even — he’s not even grabbing him. Like this guy is just walking up to me. He basically got in my face, damn near almost touched me,” Irizarry is heard saying to the camera during the incident.Later in the video, a female officer can be seen arriving on the scene and directly engaging the man.“Hopefully, this officer will actually do something,” Irizarry is heard saying when the second officer arrives.The female officer talks to the man, telling him, “Listen, you don’t need to be badgering anybody.”The female officer is heard telling the man that he may face charges “for not being compliant, and you don’t come here harassing people.”“If you’re drunk, you don’t belong here,” she is heard telling the man.Irizarry did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.Irizarry posted the video on her Facebook account after the June 14 encounter at Caldwell Woods, which is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Agency officials released a statement July 9 saying they were aware of the incident and video and “immediately launched an investigation pursuant to our personnel policies into the response of our officer.”“The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct,” the Forest Preserves tweeted.Another tweet said, “All people are welcome in the Forest Preserves of Cook County and no one should feel unsafe while visiting our preserves.”Forest Preserves spokeswoman Stacina Stagner called the video “very disturbing.”“If the investigation confirms the officer did not take appropriate steps to ensure public safety, disciplinary action will be swift,” Stagner said via email. “At the same time, this video will help inform ongoing officer training so we can all learn from this unfortunate episode.”Stagner confirmed that the man who was shown harassing Irizarry was charged by the preserve’s police department.Stagner and the Forest Preserves are not the only ones upset by the video, as Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted about the “undignified event,” calling the man a bigot and finding fault with the first officer who “did not interfere.”“I am appalled, shocked & disturbed by the officer’s behavior,” Rossello posted in a tweet.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host “Welcome Night” 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, on the Ocean City Music Pier.Admission is free, and all are encouraged to attend. Door prizes provided by local businesses will be given out throughout the evening. Refreshments will be offered.The Chamber each year hosts “Welcome Night” to introduce people to community, civic and social organizations, community leaders and city officials, as well as local businesses, including restaurants, financial and insurance services, retail stores and medical offices.Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.
The indoor track and field season continues this weekend as USC competes in the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas. The 17th-ranked men’s team and seventh-ranked women’s team seek to continue their good form. Last weekend, the Trojans battled their opposition and the high altitude as they competed in the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque. They overcame those challenges to secure four wins — a shotput sweep, men’s triple jump, women’s 4x400m relay — a school record in the women’s 4×400 relay and several personal bests.The events in Fayetteville will kick off Friday with the women’s mile run. Junior Destinee Brown, who placed sixth in this event’s finals last weekend, will be joined by sophomore Deanna Hill, who placed fifth in the same event, Gabriella Cantrell, a sophomore who narrowly missed out on last weekend’s 60m finals, as well as sophomore Ky Westbrook and senior Alexis Faulknor.The men’s 60m dash will include freshman Dominic Davis, senior Just’N Thymes and sophomore Adoree’ Jackson, who placed fourth overall in last weekend’s 60m final. Sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr, redshirt freshman Zyaire Clemes, Thymes and sophomore Jadon Joyner, who posted a time of 22.10s alongside Jackson last week, will represent USC in the men’s 200-meter dash this weekend.The women’s 200m dash will involve seven Women of Troy — all of the 60m dash competitors as well as Jasmyne Graham and Jaide Stepter. Hill will look to get first place this time around, as she was beaten out for it by a mere 0.003 seconds in Albuquerque. Cantrell will try to improve the already great time of 23.65s she posted in the finals last weekend.Stepter will hope to win again in the women’s 400m dash, after she posted a new school record at 52.30s in the finals. The Trojans must have liked Albuquerque’s banked track because right behind her were junior Amalie Iuel, with a second place time of 52.73s and sophomore Kendall Ellis, in third place, with a time of 53.42s. For the men’s 400m dash, USC will be sending Clemes and sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr., who managed a sixth place overall in the New Mexico Classic’s 400m finals.The Trojans were competitive in last week’s 4x400m relay races and will try to be once again. The men and women’s squads will both feature one change from last week’s successful squads. The women’s roster will include Ellis, Iuel, Stepter and Cameron Pettigrew, who will be replacing Hill. The men feature Clemes, Morgan Jr., Jackson and Robert Ford. The women’s one-mile race will feature seniors Katerina Berdousi and Jenna Tong, who placed 3rd and 7th respectively last weekend. The pair will also compete in the women’s 3000m run alongside sophomore Rebekah Ent. Freshmen pair Nicolaus Jakowec and Trent Rule will compete in the men’s 3000m.Ford and Jordon Wallin, two sophomores, will participate in the men’s 800m race, while as many as four Trojan women — redshirt sophomore Rebekah Ent, freshman Rachel Glynn, Pettigrew and freshman Mikaela Smith — will compete in the women’s 800m.Hurdlers to look out for include sophomore Marquís Morris, who narrowly missed out on last weekend’s 60m HH finals, and freshman Graham, who placed seventh in the women’s 60m HH finals, which only included three college athletes. Iuel and freshman Lyndsey Lopes will join Graham in the 60m HH this weekend.The Trojan long jumpers will comprise of Faulknor, Iuel and Margaux Jones for the women, while Jackson and Eric Sloan will represent the men. The high jump event will include one USC athlete: sophomore Randall Cunningham. The triple jump competition will feature Dominic Smallwood, who placed seventh last weekend, and Sloan, who jumped a personal best last weekend to claim first place in an impressive display of athleticism.Last but not least, USC’s shot-putters will try to sweep the event once again. Last weekend redshirt sophomore Nick Ponzio and senior Tera Novy won the men’s and women’s events, respectively. Freshman Nathan Bultman managed a third place throw in the men’s event, while junior Tanya Sapa secured second place in the women’s with a personal best throw. Talented Freshman Matthew Katnik will compete alongside Ponzio and Bultman this weekend.The Trojans have two more competitions left in this year’s indoor season: the MPSF Championships later in the month and the NCAA Indoor Championships in early March. These precede USC’s first outdoor competition in mid-March: the Trojan Invitational.
Rafael Benitez challenged his Chelsea players to end the season on a high after securing a place in the Europa League final with victory over Basel.Although they are third in the Premier League and in a good position to book a spot in next season’s Champions League, the European trophy is the Blues’ only chance of silverware this campaign.“It is important to show this character and keep the momentum,” Benitez said.“We have difficult games left but hopefully we can do it.”Chelsea return to Premier League action on Sunday with a trip to champions Manchester United before they host Tottenham, who are three points behind in the race for a top-four place, on Wednesday.“Now they realise how important every single game is,” added interim manager Benitez. “The reaction in the second half [when Chelsea fought back from a goal down] showed their character and now I think they will be like that until the end. “To get three points in every game will be massive because we are so close. We have to do our job and hopefully other teams will make mistakes.”Benitez, who has led Valencia and Liverpool to European titles, said the Europa League finalists now had the perfect opportunity to wipe away the disappointment of losing in the semi-finals of both the League Cup and FA Cup.“I have been in a lot of finals, and a lot of games in this kind of situation, but another one with another club means you have good staff and good players,” he continued, looking ahead to their final clash against Benfica on 15 May in Amsterdam.“It’ll be tough because Benfica are a very, very dangerous team and hard to play against, but at least we are there. With the commitment and the quality, we’ll have a chance for sure.”Chelsea reached a European final for the second successive year thanks to second-half goals from Fernando Torres, Victor Moses and David Luiz after Basel had made it 2-2 on aggregate when they scored just before the interval. “We had two clear chances in the first half but did not take them, we conceded the late goal at the end of the first half and the players had to react,” said Benitez, who confirmed in March he would be leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.“Credit to them [the Chelsea players] because they did. We scored three and controlled the game.“I am very pleased to be in the final. We have been working so hard to reach another one.“I came to do a professional job with the commitment of the players. I am pleased for them and everyone here.“We have had a very good atmosphere inside, the players have always worked hard, they have always done their job. I was pleased with them before this game and I am pleased with them now.” When asked whether reaching the Europa League final made him feel like staying on as manager, Benitez said: “I feel fine, I feel happy, I’m enjoying the moment.”Basel coach Murat Yakin said his players were “caught out ice cold” by Chelsea’s second-half sucker-punch.“We played well in the first half and I think we caused Chelsea many problems,” said the former Switzerland international.“In the second half it went too fast and we were caught out ice cold, but I have to compliment my players for their performance.”
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansCollin Tate scored two goals for the second straight game and Chris Pugh added two more for the Oly Town Artesians, but the Tacoma Stars Reserves exploded in the second half and registered a 17-5 win at The Pavilion on Saturday night.The Stars Reserves struck first on a goal by Isidro Prado-Huerta at the 6:53 mark of the first quarter. Moments later, the Artesians lost their starting goalkeeper, Bradley Hanson, when he made a save with his face and had to leave the game and went to the hospital. He was checked out and released but will be out for the remainder of the regular season. Luis Magana replaced him between the pipes.Taking advantage of the cold keeper, the Stars Reserves scored twice before Chris Pugh got the Artesians on the board with 23 seconds left in the first. Tacoma then scored twice and took a 5-1 lead at the 8:22 mark of the second quarter. But Magana caught fire and made some outstanding saves to keep the game close and allowed Oly to get back into it with Pugh’s second goal and another by Esau Vazquez. The half came to a close with just a two goal difference, 5-3.The two teams traded goals early in the third with Collin Tate scoring his first of the game for the Artesians four minutes into the period to make it 6-4. But the dam broke 4:09 into the third and the Stars Reserves outscored the Artesians 11-1 over the final 19 minutes.Nate Ford scored four times, including a penalty shootout goal in the fourth quarter. Eddie Na posted a hat trick and nine different players scored for Tacoma. They also managed to commit just three fouls all evening and stayed undefeated at 3-0-0 with a visit from Bellingham United looming next weekend.The Artesians fell to 0-4-0 and will look to rebound next weekend in Bremerton against the Oly-Pen Force. First kick is set for 7:30 p.m.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.
SANTA CLARA — The last time Baker Mayfield and Nick Bosa met on a football field, the quarterback led his Oklahoma Sooners to an upset win over Bosa’s Ohio State Buckeyes.After the 31-16 victory, a brazen Mayfield planted an Oklahoma flag at the 50-yard line at Ohio Stadium.Under the bright lights at Levi’s Stadium on Monday, Bosa did the planting. There was no Buckeye flag on the grass in Santa Clara, but instead an outline of Mayfield’s body.In the best game of the rookie’s young pro …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showIn 2015 Ohio’s lawmakers passed a bill that prohibits dredged materials from Lake Erie harbors or any other navigation maintenance activities to be deposited into the lake after June, 30, 2020. Called “open lake dumping,” that’s been the acceptable disposal method for uncontaminated siltation and other dredgings. With a five-year compliance window about to close, that option is about to change.The impact of the new dredging regs will be greatest on the eight commercial ports along Ohio’s Lake Erie shorelines, where the US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the harbors that require regular dredging to maintain commercial traffic and recreational boaters and anglers enjoy the benefits. However, most of Ohio’s private and public small boat harbors and marinas along Lake Erie also require periodic dredging. As with the Corp’s commercial operations, those dredged materials have always been allowed to be put back in Lake Erie. But beginning 2020, those materials must be contained on an adjacent land site or trucked out to an upland containment area, increasing dramatically the dredging costs for marinas large and small.On the up-side, some of the commercial harbors are looking at the feasibility of a dredge-to-soil project, placing the material on an area that allows it to drain, after which it would be removed, blended and offered for sale as topsoil. Other options include the creation of a nearby “marsh land” which could become habitat for plants, animals and birds.So, if you witness lots of dredging activity in your favorite Lake Erie marina this season, and an increase in launch and dockages fees to follow, you’ll know why. Free boating training offeredSpeaking of boating, the United States Power Squadrons, now known as “America’s Boating Club,” has been promoting and educating safe boating for more than a century. The Columbus Sail and Power Squadron unit has a memorial educational fund established by one of its members to cover the costs of the upcoming class to earn the Ohio Boat Operators license, required of boaters born in 1982 or later who operate a boat with a motor of 10 hp or greater. Sign up is first come-first served at the web site for the 8-hour training program that will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the organization’s north Columbus facility. Students will learn everything needed to safely operate a power boat and will be tested on their knowledge at the end of the day to earn the Ohio Boat Operator License. Ohio Department of Natural Resources Watercraft officer will provide training for State of Ohio requirements, and topics include safety equipment, navigation rules and aids, finding your way, lines and knots for every-day boating, trailering, anchoring, communications afloat, lights and sound signals. For more information and to register for the free class, visit: cspsboater.orgFree frigid digit fishing instructionA free ice fishing clinic will be offered by the ODNR on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hebron State Fish Hatchery, 10517 Canal Rd, in Hebron. Experts from the Ohio Division of Wildlife will discuss topics such as ice fishing planning and preparation, equipment use, and safety. Demonstrations and hands-on fishing opportunities in the field are planned, conditions permitting. Some equipment is available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own ice fishing gear. A fishing license will be required for participants 16 years of age and older and licenses must be obtained prior to the event. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather as portions of this workshop will be held entirely outdoors.The workshop is free but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Call 614-644-3925 or email [email protected] to register. You must provide your customer I.D. number found on your fishing license when registering for this clinic. To read more about ice fishing in Ohio, visit wildohio.gov. Wecker named Chief of Wildlife DivisionODNR Director Mary Mertz has selected Kendra Wecker as Chief of the ODNR’s Division of Wildlife. Wecker has more than 25 years of experience working for the division building programs and partnerships that have helped shape Ohio’s conservation efforts. She becomes the first female Chief of the Division of Wildlife and began her assignment on Jan. 20.Wecker has advised numerous ODNR Division of Wildlife chiefs and other senior staff on legislative issues for all aspects of hunting, fishing, trapping and shooting sports. She has worked on many large projects affecting Ohioans, including commercial fishing regulations, Sunday hunting and improved shooting ranges.As chief of the division, Wecker will be responsible for day-to-day operations, including issues related to wildlife law enforcement, fish and wildlife research and management, promoting and establishing regulations related to wildlife recreation including hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife watching, as well as the responsible management and investment of funds generated from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and related equipment.Wecker was the wildlife diversity coordinator for almost 20 years before becoming the information and education executive administrator in 2016. In both roles she worked with outside organizations on outdoor public education programs, advised multiple chiefs on important topics, managed research project budgets totaling over $1 million, and coordinated legislative issues for the division. During her tenure she has been the recipient of multiple awards, including Wildlife Conservationist of the Year from the League of Ohio Sportsmen. According to the state agency, the Ohio State University graduate enjoys camping, fishing, and hunting with her family.Former Division of Wildlife Chief Mike Miller will stay within ODNR as acting law enforcement administrator for Parks and Watercraft. Miller served the ODNR Division of Wildlife for a year and a half, helping to bolster law enforcement capabilities and create the multi-year and lifetime licenses for hunting and fishing. New Wildlife Chief Names New AssistantsNew Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker recently announced the appointments of Pete Novotny and Todd Haines as assistant chiefs for the division. Together, Novotny and Haines bring more than 50 years of experience working for the division to their respective positions.Novotny began his career with the ODNR Division of Wildlife in 1996 as a wildlife officer, serving Harrison County. He continued working in the division’s law enforcement section until 2015, when he was promoted to manager of the division’s District Three office located in Akron where he led a staff of biologists, wildlife officers, public outreach and business personnel. Since April 2018, he has served as acting assistant chief and administrator of the division’s law enforcement section, overseeing all fisheries, wildlife, law enforcement and district operations. Novotny received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Wittenberg University in Springfield. He resides in Cadiz with his wife and two sons.Haines began his career with the ODNR Division of Wildlife in 1987, working as a wildlife research technician in Oak Harbor. In 1993, he moved to southwest Ohio, working as a management supervisor in the division’s District Five office located in Xenia. Since 2003, Haines has served as the manager of the District Five office, leading local staff, building support with constituents, and supporting hunting and fishing opportunities for the public. Haines received a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife management from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He resides in Wilmington with his wife, and they have two sons.
Live at the International Builder’s ShowBeyond photovoltaicsConvenience also came into play: the batt-and-fabric insulation system is relatively easy to transport, one CHIP team member noted in a blog post, adding, “I’m convinced that the fabric exterior will yield a truly distinctive design that beautifully suits our needs.” The building’s shape is derived from a cube that conformed to the maximum size the structure could be and still be easily shipped. The cube was then stretched and trimmed in ways that would enhance the sun exposure of the 16 Sanyo HIT (heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer) 210-watt solar panels on the roof and also would cantilever the north end to create a carport (a concession to L.A. car culture). The 800-sq.-ft. house, which features a five-level interior, breaks up into four sections for shipping. Follow the CHIP team Get the CHIP 2011 Blog widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)Mechanicals SCI-Arc/Caltech’s calculations show that the house, when occupied, will consume about 21 kWh per day, with most of the electrical power used for air conditioning, laundry, and kitchen appliances. Lighting is handled by a combination of solar tubes, CFLs, and dimmable and non-dimmable LED bulbs. The CHIP engineering crew noted it aimed for a mechanical system that would “optimize the tradeoff between energy savings” and the cost of the photovoltaic system. To that end, CHIP’s mechanical system will include a 130-gallon thermal storage water tank for both heat storage and heat transfer between the home’s ductless heat pump – a Mitsubishi MXZ-2B20NA outdoor unit – and, for cooling, two Mitsubishi SEZ-KD09NA fan-coil units with a total capacity of 1.5 tons. Domestic hot water will be supplied by a 50-gallon GE GeoSpring hybrid electric heat pump water heater – selected over a solar thermal system, the team says, to maximize the PV panel coverage on the roof. For the Solar Decathlon team representing Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology, otherwise known as SCI-Arc/Caltech, beauty is, in many ways, skin deep. The skin of the team’s house – called CHIP, which stands for Compact House Increasing Possibilities, but also Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype – is a system of cellulose-filled batts fastened in layers to the outside surface of the sheathing on the roof and exterior walls. The batt-covered shell is wrapped in architectural grade polymer-coated vinyl whose seams are sealed for airtightness and water resistance. Taken together, the insulation and wrapper will produce an 11-in.-thick blanket of what the SCI-Arc/Caltech team calls “outsulation,” which makes the polygonal house look a giant, quilted abstract sculpture. Cost considerations factored into the selection of the wrapper fabric – polytetrafluoroethylene fiberglass (marketed as PTFE fiberglass, a Teflon-coated woven fiberglass fabric) was the first choice, but too expensive. Poly-coated vinyl was found to be nearly as durable in tests conducted by the team, which has engineered CHIP to perform equally well in Washington, D.C.’s wide-ranging seasonal weather and in the relatively warm, arid, and sometimes very rainy climate of Southern California. For an overview of the Solar Decathlon teams, see GBA’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Resource Guide
Related Posts Sometimes you start off a new year with no idea where things are headed. But this year the tech industry is starting off with a clear agenda. It’s all about the enterprise and B2B, and frankly I can’t wait.I’ve been thinking about it this way: 2013 is the year when things get real again. By real I mean we’re going to be focusing on real companies that make real products that cost real money and get bought and used by other real companies. Not those crappy, kooky, consumer-focused startups that can’t raise any more money. I’m talking about companies whose products involve real engineering, stuff that goes beyond what three kids can do in a weekend on a startup bus on their way to SXSW.This is the year when value received falls back into proportion with effort invested, the year when a trillion-dollar wealth transfer begins to take place in Silicon Valley, as companies around the world, big and small, start to rebuild their computing infrastructures in huge, profound ways.Of course for decades this was what companies in Silicon Valley did. So in a sense we’re just returning to our roots.Was It All A Dream?Honestly I can’t believe we have taken this long to come back to our senses. Sometimes I look back on the last few years and it seems like a bad dream. More than a few times I’ve thought that if I had to read (or write) about yet another startup that just raised a seed round to pursue a new twist on scooter rentals or photo filters I would just lose my mind and turn into one of those guys who walks around on the sidewalk shouting obscenities at the air.Investor Dave McClure of 500 Startups says everyone is bailing out of consumer too early, that there’s still so much work to be done on the consumer side and that “anyone deciding to leave this ballgame early is gonna punch themselves in the face hard in a few years when they realize how much they messed up / missed out.”The big problem he wants to see fixed? Restaurant menus.Well, okay. I’m sure menus could be better, and I’m sure that’s a problem that someone will solve. And maybe there are people who find that super interesting. I’m just not one of them.My Hot List For 2013What’s on my hot list this year?Acquia, founded by Dries Buytaert, the creator of Drupal. Drupal is open-source software but Acquia has built a business around supporting it. Think of them as the Red Hat of content management systems. I met with them recently. They’re killing it.FuzeBox, a company in San Francisco that has created a low-cost videoconferencing system that blows away stuff costing 10 times as much and runs on any device, including an iPad. Steve Jobs loved their software and used it all the time. Now it’s catching on inside huge companies all around the world, places like GM and Kellogg’s.Leap Motion, maker of a revolutionary little gizmo that lets you control a computer with hand gestures. But computers are just the beginning. Soon, Leap’s technology will be embedded all over the place. As I wrote recently, these guys could be the biggest break-out story of 2013.Who else? Box, which pivoted toward the enterprise years ago and now is reaping the reward. Cloudera,GoodData,MobileIron,Zendesk,Okta, Ping Identity.Wow, Money!Sure, things like identity management and content management and cloud infrastructure don’t sound very sexy. Truth is, they’re not very sexy. But you know what is sexy? Money. And these companies are making real stuff and they’re charging real money for it.This means they’re not trying to make money by selling ads, which in turn means they don’t have to resort to a business model based on tricking people and exploiting them. They don’t have to resort to doing sneaky things with terms of service agreements or privacy policies.Nope, this is straight-up business. You give us money, we give you our stuff. This is good for the tech companies but also for customers. The great thing about using money to pay for things is that it creates accountability. There’s an implicit or explicit service level agreement.It means you can’t rely on the big cop-out that consumer Web companies use every time they get caught doing something sleazy: Hey, it’s free, so if you don’t like it, just leave. No, companies that charge money for their products have to do a little better than that.So let’s raise a glass to 2013, the year when things will get real again. And please, no more photo filter apps, I beg you. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#B2B#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… dan lyons IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…