3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… U.S. regulators are investigating software giant Microsoft and its partners over alleged bribery schemes in China, Italy and Romania, according to the Wall Street Journal.The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are reportedly both investigating allegations that Microsoft received kickbacks in these three nations. No formal charges have been filed.In China, an executive in Microsoft’s subsidiary allegedly ordered an employee to “offer kickbacks to Chinese officials in return for signing off on software contracts, according to people familiar with the matter and people briefed on the internal probe,” the Journal reported.The feds are also investigating suspicions that Microsoft offered kickbacks to get deals with Romania’s Ministry of Communications, as well as using partners in Italy to lavish gifts on Italian procurement officials.Microsoft’s response to the news has been as detailed as it can be, given it’s the focus of an active investigation.“The matters raised in the Wall Street Journal are important, and it is appropriate that both Microsoft and the government review them. It is also important to remember that it is not unusual for such reviews to find that an allegation was without merit,” Microsoft deputy general counsel John Frank wrote in a company blog post today.Frank noted that such probes are not automatically guaranteed to generate actual charges. Corruption allegations are common, he argued, particularly for multinational corporations. He also acknowledged that in a company as large as Microsoft, problems will sometimes occur:In a company of our size, allegations of this nature will be made from time to time. It is also possible there will sometimes be individual employees or business partners who violate our policies and break the law. In a community of 98,000 people and 640,000 partners, it isn’t possible to say there will never be wrongdoing.Frank emphasized that Microsoft plans to cooperate fully with “any government inquiries.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Microsoft
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ohio State football is used to success. In Jim Tressel’s 10 years as coach, he led the Buckeyes to eight BCS bowl game appearances and six consecutive Big Ten Championships. The 2011 season was different. OSU won just half of its regular season games, finishing with a 6-6 record and its first loss to archrival Michigan since 2003. It also dropped its final three games of the year. Senior wide receiver DeVier Posey, who was playing his second game of the year after serving two five-game suspensions, said the locker room felt “weird” after the loss. “We’ve never lost to Michigan,” Posey said, “It’s just an eerie feeling. You have a weird feeling in your stomach.” Despite the drop in success this season, the Buckeyes were reluctant to call the season a disappointment. “I think it’s a disappointment in terms of what the fans think and everything,” senior linebacker Tyler Moeller said. “Obviously you want to go out there and win every game. We fought and battled out there. Every game that we have lost, we were in them. We fought them. Sometimes in life that happens.” OSU has the minimum number of six wins to be eligible for a bowl game, but for the first time since 2004, OSU won’t be selected for a BCS bowl. Senior center Mike Brewster said dealing with all the losses has been difficult after having so much success in the past. “It’s hard,” Brewster said. “Just kind of shows you when you’re playing a team sport, decisions you make can affect your teammates.” OSU is still awaiting the decision as to whether or not they’ll be selected to play in a bowl game. Although six wins grants a team eligibility to participate in a bowl, it does not guarantee a team will be selected. Traditionally, OSU has had an advantage in the selection process because of the program’s reputation for traveling well to postseason games and drawing high TV ratings. One report from the Orlando Sentinel said representatives from the Gator Bowl are interested in choosing the Buckeyes to participate in the Jan. 2, bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., and pitting them against the Florida Gators. The hypothetical matchup would pit the team Urban Meyer coached from 2005-2010 (Florida) with the team Meyer will coach for the 2012 season (OSU). According to athletic director Gene Smith, current coach Luke Fickell will coach the bowl game and Meyer will no role in the team’s preparation. No matter what bowl game OSU is selected to or the coaching situation the team faces, junior defensive lineman John Simon said it won’t affect how his team will prepare. “We’re motivated,” Simon said. “We get excited for every game. We’ll make the corrections about this game tomorrow when we watch the tape and get back to work.” Moeller agreed. “Any game that we’re dealt, we’re going to work hard,” he said. “Just as hard as any other bowl game that we had. We’re going to try to win that.”
Gloria Votta (left) and Ken Sedberry from the Ocean City Board of Realtors and Dottie Cianci from the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard at the end of the 2014 drive.The Ocean City Board of Realtors’ “Food Is Love” drive has been extended through Tuesday, March 3.The drive had been scheduled to end Saturday (Feb. 28).The Food Is Love, Share Some Love winter food drive will collect food items, monetary donations as well as ShopRite gift cards, which will be donated to the Ecumenical Food Cupboard to provide for local needy families.Donations can be dropped off at the office of the Ocean City Board of Realtors, 405 22nd Street, or call the office at 609-399-0128 for pickup service.Here is a brief list of some of the items that the Food Cupboard has identified a shortage of and is in need for:Hormel Microwaveable MealsMicrowaveable spaghetti O’s, lasagna, meatballs & spaghetti, ravioliCanned meats (corn beef hash, Spam, Dinty Moore stew, etc)Jelly, Peanut ButterJuiceTomato pasta sauce (26 oz.)Canned beansLiquid laundry detergent (48oz)Dish detergent, Paper towelsShopRite gift“Post holidays, the Food Cupboard needs to be replenished, and we encourage our Realtor family, friends and neighbors to donate items for the Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard that will ‘Share Some Love’ this winter for families in need,” said Gloria Votta, chair of the Community Services Committee, Ocean City Board of Realtors.For more information, contact Vicki Heebner at 609-399-0128 or [email protected]— News release from the Ocean City Board of Realtors
A lawyer for the widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan is slated to square off in court in Toronto on Thursday against counsel for Omar Khadr.Tabitha Speer and a former U.S. soldier are trying to go after Khadr’s assets.They want an injunction aimed at preserving any money the federal government paid Khadr for breaching his rights. Ottawa reportedly paid the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner $10.5 million last week.The action comes as they seek to have a Canadian court enforce a US$134-million award against Khadr from Utah.In response, a lawyer for Khadr argues the injunction application should be rejected.He says it’s unlikely a Canadian court would enforce the Utah award and that Khadr has a right to keep his financial affairs private.