Ja’s Davis too tough for young American

first_imgJamaica’s Tsetsi Davis, one of the favourites to take the 2016 version of the Wray and Nephew Contender title, had an easy first fight, on Wednesday night, as he completely overwhelmed his young American opponent Courtney McCleave in their five round fight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.     McCleave’s corner threw in the towel at two minutes and 10 seconds of round four. McCleave, who is 21 years old, and has been a professional boxer for only a year, showed his inexperience  right  from the start of the fight. He really looked like a boxer with only three previous fights, two of which he lost, and his record is now one victory and three losses. Davis, who now has a 15-4 record,  had won the three previous rounds easily and seemed to be on the brink of a knockout victory when McCleave’s corner threw a towel in the ring to signal to referee Ransford Burton, that their fighter was in no condition to continue. It was the right decision for them to make, as McCleave would just have been  beaten up badly and knocked out, if the fight had continued. Davis, who last fought on July 1 last year, when he dropped a majority decision to Richard Holmes, showed that he was in need of a fight. He stalked McCleave  from the opening bell, but  missed with several  punches that were thrown to his opponent’s head. His timing was badly off and he would have been better served if he had tried to build up his attacks behind his jab. McCleave showed some boxing skills as he tried to score points with his jabs, but these were tentative and had no muscle behind them.  A few landed to Davis’ head and body but had no visible effect on him and certainly did not dissuade him from coming in. After repeatedly missing with punches to the head, Davis changed strategy and made the body his target, and this paid dividends, as McCleave was definitely hurt a few times.  He increased the pressure each round and after round three it was clear that the fight would not  last much longer.  Davis stepped up the pace at the start of this round,  and his hooks to the body made McCleave wince in pain. His corner saw what was happening and correctly gave the signal to the referee that their fighter had had enough. Davis now moves on the quarter-finals, where he will certainly get better opposition. He has a lot of work to do in the meantime, however, as his conditioning seemed suspect. He is, however, one step closer to the first prize of $2-million and the title that has eluded him over the years. In the amateur bouts that preceded the main event,  Raheim Pitter from Boys’ Town scored a first round technical knockout victory over Shaquille O’Neil from Sugar Olympic gym, while Joshua Forrest-Davidson from Seaview Gardens gym had a similar second round victory over Joel Wedderburn from the St. Thomas Boxing Club.last_img read more

NPA, IE Draw Round 5 Encounter

first_imgThe clash produced nearly eight yellow card cautions, with Invincible Eleven receiving five as against three by NPA.The first half ended 0-0 and Invincible Eleven’s Elijah Clark found the opener in the 59th minute following a direct kick.Though there were no corner-kicks in the first half, the second half registered several corner-kicks for both teams that were not utilized to advantage.By the 85th Invincible Eleven’s players had exhibited tiredness, while the NPA players were just starting to attack.It therefore came as no surprise when substitute Weaka Peters hit the equalizer in the 86th minute.From here it was all NPA-Anchors game as Invincible Eleven defended their goal area till the three minutes extra time ended.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The NPA Anchors yesterday forced the Invincible Eleven (IE) to a 1-1 draw in their Round 5 league encounter at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.last_img read more

Top Cop’s vehicle crashes into water delivery canter

first_img… porters suffer broken limbsThree persons are now injured after the Guyana Police Force-issued vehicle of Police Commissioner Leslie James crashed into a water truck on Saturday.The accident occurred at about 14:45h on the Covent Garden Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) as the Top Cop was returning from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).When contacted, Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, told Guyana Times that while heading to Georgetown, the canter, GWW 9079, which was selling water pulled over on the side of the road to make way for the police vehicle, PSS 4796, after hearing the siren approaching.Top Cop Leslie James’ crashed vehicleBut the canter, according to Isles, could not go further into the corner because of parked trucks on the parapet and as such, when the Top Cop’s Prado Land Cruiser was passing by, it clipped the canter and crashed into it.However, residents in the area are claiming that there was no siren on the Commissioner’s vehicle and that the canter was parked in the corner of the road when the police vehicle collided with it. The impact of the collision, residents say, caused the Force-issued vehicle to skid on the road and its side to be ripped by one of the “bush-trucks” parked on the side of the road.A subsequent release from the Force’s Public Relations said, “the canter suddenly swerved from east to west and stopped leaving the rear portion on the driving lane; as a result, the left side front of the [police] jeep collided with the right side rear of motor canter GWW9079 causing the said canter to spin around and collided to motor lorry GXX 230 [one of the parked trucks] and motor jeep collided to GPP 6739 rear [another vehicle] which was stationary on the western side of the road.”Guyana Times understand that both the canter and the police vehicle were badly damaged.At the time, the Commissioner was in the company of his driver, Corporal Mark Smith, and personal assistant (P.A.C), Superintendent of Police Allistair Roberts, who was in the front passenger side of the vehicle.The water delivery canter being taken away from the sceneThis newspaper understands that shortly after the accident, Police swarmed the scene and took the Top Cop to seek medical attention at a private hospital in the city. This publication was told that while the Police Commissioner and his driver were cleared, his assistant suffered a broken left shoulder and was admitted at the private institution.Meanwhile, there were two persons – the owner and driver, Basdeo Lalchan, 37, of lot 1718 Section ‘B’ Block ‘X’, Great Diamond, E.B.D and occupant Janathan Ramkellwan, 24, of lot 1374 Diamond Housing Scheme – in the canter at the time of the accident. They were reportedly pinned in the vehicle and were freed only after cutting the wreckage. They were subsequently rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where they are being treated for broken legs and back injuries, before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where they were admitted.According to the Police, a breathalyzer test was conducted on Corporal Smith and no alcohol was found in his system. Nevertheless, enquiries are in progress.last_img read more

Site C Construction Schedule for September 30th – October 13th, 2019

first_img Heavy machinery will be in the transmission line corridor. Please stay clear of the work areas.  Helicopters and commercial drones may be used to support investigative and construction works. Noise and vibration  Some noise and vibration may occur near the dam site and work areas, including the quarries. Other  During noxious weed inventories, crews will travel through areas to capture data. Areas, where herbicide has been applied, will be signposted.  Please stay clear of active in-river work areas along the Peace and Moberly rivers. These areas are identified with signage and markings. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The following outlines the construction details for the Site C project for September 30th – October 13th, 2019.Dam site area – north bank and south bank Construction continues on a chain-up area for project vehicles on Old Fort Road, near the Gate B entrance to Site C.  Pavement patching along Old Fort Road is nearing substantial completion.  Noxious weed inventory and treatment will occur in the main civil works area, on the banks of the Peace River.  Large sections of penstock pipe will be transported along Old Fort Road. This requires occasional overnight rolling closures, with short delays to traffic. Check our website for upcoming deliveries.  Construction of a wash station to limit the migration of invasive species continues.  Contractors will continue to mobilize equipment and materials to the site. This includes deliveries by rail and road.  Contractors are continuing construction and operations in their work areas: main civil works, generating station and spillways civil works, turbines and generators, and substation. Activities include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. Tower and mobile cranes will be used.  Excavation, including in-river excavation, will progress on both banks of the Peace River.  Construction activities will continue. This could include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. 85th Avenue Conveyor  Conveyor system testing continues.  Work will use heavy machinery, resulting in noise, dust and vibration. Typical work hours are 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. Road sweeping and dust suppression will occur. – Advertisement -Highway 29 Construction at Cache Creek East embankment continues. This includes vegetation removal, excavation of existing soils, placement and grading of granular materials and site drainage. Noxious weed inventory and treatment may occur along Highway 29 and in Wuthrich, Portage Mountain, and West Pine quarries. Cache Creek West construction continues. This includes grading, road construction, and drainage work. Archaeological studies will take place at Farrell Creek and Dry Creek. Portage Mountain Quarry operations will continue. This includes haul road capping, rip rap and road material production, sorting and stockpiling. Upgrades may occur to the Portage Mountain access road. Visit our website for more Highway 29 schedules, maps and construction updates. Reservoir area  Forestry and access road data collection and site investigations continue.  Clearing activities continue on islands in the Peace River, east of Halfway River. Boaters are asked to stay clear of the work area.  Clearing on the south banks of the eastern reservoir continues. Helicopters will be used.  Archaeological investigations may occur in support of reservoir access road design and construction. Transmission works Advertisement Transmission line construction will continue. This includes construction of stringing sites, helical pile foundation installation, and tower assembly. Work will continue on the western portion of the transmission line and will access the Peace Canyon and Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas.  Maintenance work will continue on roads that provide access to the transmission corridor.  Clearing activities will occur on the western portion of the transmission line. This includes hand-falling and hauling logs to local mills. Wood waste will be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or hauled off-site.  Road construction will continue in various locations on the transmission line right-of-way. This includes but is not limited to the Peace Canyon and Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas. Other areas New: Geotechnical drilling to install groundwater monitors has begun in Hudson’s Hope.  Work is occurring downstream of the dam site for the Peace River side channel enhancements.  Aggregate and riprap production will continue in West Pine Quarry. We will transport material by rail to the dam site and by truck to Highway 29. WHAT TO EXPECT Work will take place during the day, night, and on the weekend until the project is completed. During this time, residents can expect: Traffic – please use caution and obey safety signage Old Fort Road  Traffic delays due to the construction of a chain-up area.  Near Gate A to the dam site, drivers may encounter loose gravel and increased commercial traffic. Gravel sections have also developed near 85th Avenue.  Overnight deliveries of penstock pipes along Old Fort Road will result in rolling road closures and traffic delays. Deliveries will occur every one or two weeks.  Due to equipment delivery, there may be occasional short road closures along Old Fort Road from Tahltan Road to Gate B. Highway 29: Construction-related equipment will travel along Highway 29. Learn more at drivebc.ca. Other areas: Trucks with heavy loads will be accessing the dam site and other project areas, using public and resource roads. Equipment Advertisementlast_img read more

Stewart tossed from practice

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Stewart, a junior, ranks third on the team with an average of 13 points per game. Floyd said that he had decided on his future course of action with Stewart, but would not disclose it before meeting with Stewart today. He described his intentions with Stewart as `nothing Earth-shattering.’ USC next plays Thursday against Washington, one of the Pacific 10 Conference’s best teams, which hails from Stewart’s hometown of Seattle. -Matthew Kredell 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was the kind of play that, had he done it during a game, would have cost us a game, cost him a suspension and cost us an embarrassing article,” Floyd said. Robinson was allowed to remain in practice. center_img Lodrick Stewart was kicked out of practice Tuesday for throwing an elbow at freshman Collin Robinson. Coach Tim Floyd said Stewart could face further disciplinary action today. Stewart, who sat outside the gym for the last half hour of practice, said his elbow was in retaliation for one he received from Robinson. However, Floyd said he wouldn’t tolerate Stewart’s lack of discipline. last_img


first_imgA JUDGE has ordered the arrest of a man who has moved into the home of a dead clergyman without permission.He took over the house in February, Judge John O’Hagan was told.This happened as its owner Charles Reede planned to sell it for €60,000 and give the money to Donegal charities, said his barrister Fiona Crawford. Mr Reede’s brother the Very Rev Samuel Reede passed away at the age of 87 in October 2010.He had served as Dean of St Eunan’s Cathedral in Raphoe in the 1980s and 1990s. He was laid to rest in the grounds of the historic church.Judge O’Hagan granted an injunction and vacant possession of the house at Rooskey, Newtowncunningham.He has ordered the mystery man known only as John Doe to be arrested and brought to court on July 29.JUDGE ORDERS ARREST OF ‘JOHN DOE’ MAN IN HOME OF DEAD CLERGYMAN was last modified: July 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man United sort out arguably their signing of the summer

first_img De Gea with the Golden Glove award De Gea is one of the most popular players at Man United Talk of David de Gea leaving Manchester United can finally be put to bed. For now.Having been linked with a move to Real Madrid, the Old Trafford no.1 has reportedly agreed a new five-year deal. Champions League winners Real came close to landing the Spain international in 2015 only for it to collapse because of a deadline day administrative error.The 27-year-old has continued to be chased by the Spanish side and were they to make an offer, would likely have to break the £100million barrier.Instead, the goalkeeper has decided to put pen to paper, according to the Manchester Evening News.De Gea is currently in Russia with Spain and has been questioned by the country’s media about his future this week. “I don’t think [Real Madrid president] Florentino Perez has my number,” he told El Partidazo de Cope. “I don’t know if I’ll be the goalkeeper at Real Madrid.“What I do know is that I’m very happy in Manchester. What I want is to win titles, like every other player.“There’s no lacking in winning titles [at United] – we have to improve.“We are a big club, we are not here to take second place. We have to improve and make this club great.”He is a hugely popular player with fans and last season he was voted the supporters’ Player of the Year for a fourth time, while he won the Premier League’s Golden Glove trophy for the first time after keeping the highest number of clean sheets. 2 2 De Gea has been at United since 2011, joining in a £17m transfer from Real’s rivals Atletico and has earned a reputation as the world’s best goalkeeper.The club have agreed a deal to sign Fred from Shakhtar in a £52m transfer as well as Diogo Dalot for £17m, but news of De Gea’s commitment is likely to trump any new arrival.last_img read more


first_imgOne of Donegal’s biggest building suppliers has closed its doors.McMahon’s of Ballyraine, Letterkenny fininshed trading last Thursday.The company had previously traded as James Johnston and Sons but was bought out by the McMahon Group a number of years ago. It is understood a number of jobs have been lost as a result of the closure.The company says that it will continue to trade at its branch in Derry and that all existing customers will have any contracts honoured.It is understood the company in Letterkenny has suffered as a result of the downturn in the building trade for some time.One building source told Donegal Daily that stock in the shop has been at a minimum for a number of months. “It’s a pity because Johnston’s were a hugely respected business and McMahons took up where they left off.“Unfortunately this is just a knock-on from the recession,” he said. FRUSTRATION AS DONEGAL BUILDING SUPPLIERS CLOSES ITS DOORS was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:James Johnston and SonsletterkennyMcMahonslast_img read more

DTI incentive helps abalone farmer meet demand

first_img3 December 2014Jobs have been created in the Western Cape coastal town of Hermanus in the specialised field of abalone farming, at Abagold Limited.The company has been able to expand through an agriculture incentive administered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).“Abagold Limited, a company that farms in abalone in Hermanus, Western Cape, is one of the few companies that have already accessed the DTI’s Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme [ADEP] incentive and has already created 120 new jobs,” said departmental spokesperson Sidwell Medupe.Abagold’s managing director, Christo du Plessis, said the company, which applied for financial assistance with a vision to expand and at the same time create jobs for people in the Hermanus region, was realising its vision so far.“We have already created 97 new permanent jobs in addition to the 265 that we had. There are also 29 new fixed-term jobs due to the construction phase, which is likely to continue for more than a year. We are happy to be growing as a company. Our growth is not only for us but for the community and the town at large.”Du Plessis said the company acquired 25% black economic empowerment investors in 2010, which provided most of the capital for the Sulamanzi expansion project. The department partly funded this project through its ADEP incentive.Growth strategySulamanzi is Abagold’s biggest farm and will contribute to the company realising its growth strategy.“The investment in the project is budgeted to a total sum of R112-million and we have already received R5.6-million as a first claim from the DTI. Our maximum production per annum used to be 275 tons of abalone, and with the new project, it will grow to more than 500 tons per annum.”The company currently exported almost 100% of its abalone to markets in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan, Du Plessis added. The product is exported in live, canned and dried formats under its own registered brand.Because of strict permit conditions in South Africa and the fact that abalone was not that well-known, the group did not have a large market locally.Abagold was expanding its footprint, he said, through the manufacturing and selling of specialised aquatic feeds, increased abalone production and wave energy generation.Skills trainingKwanele Tom, 20, who is employed on Abagold’s Sulamanzi farm, was happy with his new job, which helped him to support himself and his family of five.“Since I joined the company I have learned how to work with abalone and would like to attend the aquaculture training course and other skills training courses. I want to grow with the company,” he said.The objective of the ADEP is to stimulate investment in the aquaculture sector with the intention to increase production, sustain and create jobs, encourage geographical spread and broaden participation.It offers a reimbursable cost-sharing grant of up to R40-million qualifying costs in machinery and equipment, bulk infrastructure, owned land and/or buildings leasehold improvements, competitiveness improvement activities, as well as commercial vehicles and work boats.SANewslast_img read more

What is Apple Without Steve Jobs?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… guest author 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… By now you’ve probably seen several reports about how Steve Jobs, 55, has taken a medical leave of absence to focus on his health. According to the New York Times, an anonymous source at Apple stated that Jobs had been looking “increasingly emaciated,” and that he was on a “down cycle” leading up to his medical leave announcement.It’s well-known that Jobs had pancreatic cancer, a rare form called islet cell neuroendocrine tumor with an incident rate of 2 per 1 million people. He was originally diagnosed in 2003 and successfully treated with a variation on the “Whipple” procedure, called a pancreatoduodenectomy, on July 31, 2004. This procedure includes the removal of part of the stomach and small intestine, portions of the duodenum, the head of the pancreas, the gallbladder, the common bile duct and regional lymph nodes.According to a Fortune magazine profile of Jobs, for nine months leading up to his surgery he tried alternative therapies, with reports that he had initially refused traditional Western medicine. He finally acquiesced to pressures from those close to him after a scan revealed growth in his tumor, and went through with the Whipple procedure. Without having to receive chemotherapy or radiation, he ended up recovering, back at Apple shortly after his surgery. WWDC 2006, 2007, 2008Over the next few years, Jobs became noticeably thinner. It’s not uncommon for those who have undergone a Whipple procedure to lose body mass. However, according to The Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases at the University of Southern California, Department of Surgery, it’s usually only around 5% to 10% of the body’s regular weight, and “stabilizes very rapidly”. Based on his appearance, this hasn’t seemed to have been the case with Jobs.When he announced the iPhone 3G on June 9, 2008, about four years after his original cancer surgery, his weight sparked rumors in both the media and the Apple community that his cancer had returned. Apple PR was quick to respond, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that he was suffering from a “common bug.”In January 2009, he took another medical leave of absence. Just like now, the media was buzzing. To quell speculation, Jobs wrote an open letter to the Apple community on Jan. 5, right before MacWorld 2009 San Francisco, explaining that his weight loss was due to a hormone imbalance that had been “robbing” his body of essential proteins, and that he had already begun treatment.Guest author Ryan Vetter is a Project Manager at liquidpubs. He has published articles on MacNN, and is the author of an upcoming book “People, Technology, and Change”. His interests revolve around education, publishing, and technology. One week later, he wrote an email to Apple employees explaining that his health issues were “more complex” than he had originally thought, and that he would be taking a six month medical leave of absence. During his absence, Tim Cook, Apple’s COO became operations manager while Jobs remained CEO and was still involved in all major strategic decisions for the company.The same month in which he was to return from his absence, The Wall Street Journal reported that Jobs had received a liver transplant in Tennessee and was recovering. As Fortune would later report, he flew to Switzerland prior to his transplant to undergo an “unusual radiological treatment” at the University of Basel. According to Fortune, he chose the University of Basel because it had developed a unique form of hormone-delivered radiotherapy to treat neuroendocrine cancer. This treatment isn’t currently available in the U.S.When Jobs appeared on stage at an Apple Special Event in September looking frail and speaking in a soft-pitched voice, he told the world that he had indeed received a liver transplant. It?s still unclear whether the transplant was due to a recurrence of cancer spreading to his liver, or because of some other reason. However, it may have been due to a recurrence of his cancer, since a liver transplant is a treatment option for people whose neuroendocrine tumors have metastasized to the liver itself. This would also explain his trip to Switzerland.Now that he’s on another medical leave of absence, there’s speculation that he has either had a recurrence of cancer or that he’s having difficulty with the immunosuppressants he takes, better known as anti-rejection drugs. Without these drugs, the body would quickly mark and attack any transplanted organs because they contain foreign DNA.Since we’re not at a the point where we can grow new organs from patients’ own stem cells, Jobs has to deal with the side effects of anti-rejection drugs. Those are increased risks of disease and infection, in addition to an increased risk of tumors recurring. Apple is characteristically tight-lipped about Jobs’ medical issues, and has not stated exactly what kinds of medical problems he?s experiencing.There has been much debate about whether shareholders have the right to know more details about the CEO’s condition, including information about a succession plan.Here’s why I’m not terribly interested in succession plans.Let’s assume for the moment that Jobs will not be returning to Apple.Apple Without JobsThere?re two camps when it comes to the topic of Apple sans Jobs. One camp is optimistic. Apple is comprised of great people from top-to-bottom, and because the company has so much depth, it would continue to be successful well into the future – particularly because it’s believed that it has a set of products and services in the pipeline that will carry it for the next two-to-five years.The other camp is not so optimistic. They believe Apple will never be the same company without Jobs. The thinking goes something like this: Apple equals Steve Jobs. Without Jobs, there is no Apple. As many great people as they may have, without a leader to steer the ship, there will be no vision, no navigator.I tend to side more with these folks than I do with the optimistic ones. I don’t think Apple will fall face-first if Jobs is unable to return, but eventually, it’ll lose some ground and focus. Jobs is a special kind of person. He’s one of the few that can lead a company through all the competitive detritus in the world, and make it sing.Thanks to Jobs, Apple is one of the most innovative companies. He’s the perfect blend of a consumer and a businessman all wrapped into one, creative, visionary body. He strives for ultimate perfection and accepts nothing less. With his famous reality distortion field, he?s able to push people to new heights, and shake up entire industries. He’s a Da Vinci and a tyrant all in one. Tags:#Analysis#Apple#web Related Posts From all the little decisions to all the big ones, Jobs has his hand in a lot of it. You can see his name on an array of Apple?s patents for instance. He was even known to pick the music for iPod commercials. Since his return in 1997, Apple has become very dependent on his leadership and vision, and the culture that he infused into the company. As a result, he?s the source of Apple?s greatest strength. But he?s also the source of its greatest weakness, and that?s simply because he’s irreplaceable.Photo credits: top photo by BENM.AT Live Coverage; WWDC 2006, Collin Allen; WWDC 2007, acaben; WWDC 2008, Tom Coates; Newsweek, Business Week and Time magazine covers via Ballistik Coffee Boy; UnixWorld via mrbill.A History of Apple Without Jobscenter_img Jobs the VisionaryHistory doesn’t necessarily have to repeat itself. However, since Jobs is so unique and adept at creating the most innovative consumer technology, if he is unable to return, not only will it be a major loss for Apple, but for the world. We’d be stuck with Microsoft’s wares. Smartphones would likely still be dumb-phones. There’d be no iPad.He’s a change agent. We’ll look back and marvel at his creations.Jobs is one of the only individuals who has the ability to see the future with such sharp clarity, while at the same time is able to deliver that future today in a way that makes sense to consumers. As Sculley stated in Odyssey, his memoir, “What I perceived as symbols of the new technological age, Steve saw as low tech junk, remnants of antiquated technology that polluted the area’s beauty. He was right. Steve was mentally living twenty-five years in the future.”In a now-famous interview in Playboy in early 1985, the interviewer asked Jobs about the purpose of personal computers in the home. Jobs replied, “The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We?re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people–as remarkable as the telephone.” And that’s exactly what happened. The PC industry exploded as soon as the Internet hit critical mass.A more recent example is from an interview Jobs did on CNBC after the announcement of the first iPhone in 2007: “I think the iPhone may really change the whole phone industry… I think this is where the world’s going… This is the future… I don’t see why everybody wouldn’t want one of these.”I hope history doesn’t repeat itself should Jobs end up not returning to Apple. And we may not even reach that point. He could get better, and be right back at the helm full-time. In fact, in a recent study , long-term survival rates for neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer can be as high as 77% post-surgery.Here’s hoping that Jobs makes a speedy recovery. WWDC 2010 photo by BENM.AT Live Coverage. “[Microsoft was] able to copy the Mac because the Mac was frozen in time. The Mac didn’t change much for the last 10 years. It changed maybe 10 percent. It was a sitting duck. It’s amazing that it took Microsoft 10 years to copy something that was a sitting duck. Apple, unfortunately, doesn’t deserve too much sympathy. They invested hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars into R&D, but very little came out. They produced almost no new innovation since the original Mac itself.”Billions of dollars were spent under Sculley’s rule, with hardly any product output. For instance, Apple tried to create a new, cutting-edge operating system in the late 1980s code-named “Pink”. Because of problems with memory leaks, processing power and more, they weren’t able to output a product. This was part of the beginning of Apple’s troubles. With other expensive R&D initiatives that didn’t result in any consumer products, the bills added up, and quickly.In 1993, the same year the first Newton MessagePad was launched, Sculley?s pet project that ended up costing the company hundreds of millions of dollars, Apple was beginning to seriously question Sculley’s ability to run the company. It didn’t help that its six-year lawsuit against Microsoft over the ownership of a graphical user interface operating system had just been dismissed. Around this time, Sculley admitted to his secretary that he was tired and was thinking about leaving Apple. In June of that year, the board removed Sculley from power, and placed Michael Spindler as CEO.Shortly after, Sculley left Apple.By the end of 1996, Apple was in disarray, unable to recover from its past mistakes, and was on its third CEO of the decade. Its stock was trading at $5.22.While there were some good things to come out of the company sans Jobs, like the PowerBook, it was losing relevance and desperately needed a new operating system. Windows had most of the world’s market-share. At that point, Windows was more advanced than the Classic Mac OS, since it sort of multi-tasked, whereas the Classic Mac OS, full of legacy code and old technologies, didn’t. The Mac had simply been frozen in time.Since Apple failed at creating a new operating system, it decided to try and buy one.But which one? There wasn’t much choice. They courted a few companies, one being Sun Microsystems. But they soon found themselves on Jobs’ doorstep. It was the little-known NeXT operating system they were after.When Jobs had originally left Apple, not only would he go on to found Pixar, which produced Toy Story in 1995, he started a new computer company called NeXT, Inc. It was there that he created what many believed at the time to be the world’s most advanced operating system: NeXTSTEP. It could multi-task, it supported multiple processors, and had excellent graphics support. It was essentially OS X, born 15 years earlier.Apple came back into Jobs’ life just at the right time. After some 10 years on the market, NeXT wasn’t profitable. But it housed incredible innovation.With Apple now at his mercy, Jobs had the opportunity to make something out of what he created at NeXT, and, most importantly, redeem himself. He seemed particularly focused on the latter. In an interview from Triumph of the Nerds, he had this to say about Sculley: “What can I say? I hired the wrong guy. He destroyed everything I spent ten years working for, starting with me, but that wasn’t the saddest part. I would have gladly left Apple if Apple would have turned out like I wanted it to.”This was Jobs’ chance to turn Apple around, and make it into the company he always wanted it to be. And that was a consumer company. Sculley lacked the unified vision Jobs had for Apple, teetering between a focus on business and an interest in consumers. This confused Apple’s R&D initiatives and product lines. An example is the Newton.As Jobs stated in the above-referenced Rolling Stone interview, “A perfect example is the PDA stuff, like Apple’s Newton. I’m not real optimistic about it…they thought individuals were going to buy them and give them to their families…at $1,500 a pop with a cellular modem in them, I don’t think too many people are going to buy three or four for their family. The people who are going to buy them in the first five years are mobile professionals.” The Newton ended up being used by mobile professionals, and didn’t gain much ground with consumers, just as Jobs had predicted.Jobs had originally built the company around the idea that it was primarily to be a consumer company, betting against Xerox on the idea that personal computers were just that: personal.He made a deal with Apple in 1997, sold NeXT and all its assets to them, and returned to run the company. He swiftly simplified and “consumerized” Apple’s product line, reducing the number of products, and streamlining their marketing.From 1997 until now, the rest is history. Apple’s stock (NASDAQ:AAPL) went from a decade-low of $3.28 at the end of 1997 to a high of $348.60 as of January, 2011, with almost $60 billion in cash and marketable securities. Apple has risen to be the second most valuable publicly traded company in the world, second to Exxon (NYSE:XOM).Shortly after Jobs returned in 1997, industry-changing products and services were spun out incredibly quickly; the Clamshell iBook, iMac and Titanium PowerBooks, Mac OS X, iTunes, the iPod, the iPhone, movie and TV show rentals, the MacBook Air, and the iPad, among others. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting During Jobs’ absence, Apple ended up nearly bankrupt. According to Jobs, when he first got back to Apple, it was within 90 days of bankruptcy. The stock had tanked; its product line was a mess. There was no real business strategy.While anything can happen in the future, we do have some prior knowledge of what Apple was like without Jobs at the helm. Let’s look back to 1983. Jobs et al. were hard at work on the all-in-one Macintosh computer. With sales of its previous computers, like the Apple II, having transformed it from being a basement business into a multi-million dollar company in just a few years, it needed to not only look like a big company, but act like it too.In order to achieve this, Jobs, among others at Apple, decided that they should bring in someone from the corporate world to run things. At this point, Jobs and company were self-aware enough about how hippy-ish Apple’s culture was and that it needed some kind of father to come in and watch over it.Jobs and the company chose John Sculley, the CEO of PepsiCo. Sculley exemplified the cold, withdrawn, hard-nosed CEO they were looking for. In a now famous line, Jobs called up Sculley and said, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change the world?” While they developed a close relationship in the beginning, Sculley was immediately taken aback by how out-of-control both Jobs and Apple as a company was upon his arrival. For instance, as Sculley stated in his memoir Odyssey, at one of his first meetings with Jobs and other Apple executives, there were people interrupting and insulting each other, acting rude. “Many of them traded insults as often as kids used to trade baseball cards,” he wrote.Fast forward two years. At this point, Sculley managed to rally the board against Jobs, which resulted in him being removed from power. Feeling dejected, Jobs left Apple in September, 1985. Shortly before Jobs?s departure, Sculley had also executed a massive layoff, axing 1,200 jobs from Apple?s payroll. Apple wouldn’t be same again until 1997, when Jobs officially came back to Apple.During Jobs’ absence, Apple ended up nearly bankrupt. According to Jobs, when he first got back to Apple, it was within 90 days of bankruptcy. The stock had tanked; its product line was a mess. There was no real business strategy. Sculley was responsible for a lot of the trouble Apple was in. As Jobs said in an interview in Rolling Stone in 1994: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more