News Extras

March 8, 2012

Business, Education, Entertainment


Northgate Managed Services Secures £170m contract to provide Education Cloud for Northern Ireland

Northgate Managed Services to deliver Europe’s first Education Cloud for 1,200 schools and over 350,000 teachers and learners.

Northgate Managed Services (Northgate) has further cemented its reputation as a leading provider of ICT services after being appointed by Classroom 2000 (C2k) to provide the new ‘Education Network Northern Ireland’ (ENNI) contract.

Source:  Cision

Northgate will take responsibility for all aspects of the service, including the Wide Area Network, Local Area Network and Telecoms, which will be delivered in partnership with its subcontractor Eircom.  The five year contract will see Northgate design, implement, manage and support Europe’s first Education Cloud environment for schools in Northern Ireland, providing secure access to resources online, 24 x 7 from a wide range of devices. Eircom will deliver superfast connectivity to the Education Cloud, providing schools with up to 200mb of bandwidth.

The new service has been designed to create a dynamic, future proofed, flexible service which provides schools with increased access to learning resources and the ability to collaborate and develop skills which will equip learners for the future.

Schools will have greater flexibility and choice in how ICT is used across the curriculum.  Improving wireless technology supports the growing trend for using mobile devices in the classroom – allowing teachers and students to gain access to the network and resources securely via personal devices such as smart phones, IPads, tablet PCs and laptops.  Schools will access a range of applications, educational resources and toolsets through Northgate’s innovative My-School learning portal.

The new Education Cloud provides the ability to scale computing resources to meet the needs of schools both today and in the future with schools benefiting from secure cloud computing. Centralised backup and archiving services ensure that schools have access to virtually unlimited storage.  Commenting on the contract, Andy Ross, Chief Executive, Northgate Managed Services said

“This is a tremendous achievement for the company and is one that clearly positions Northgate as a leading provider of innovative ICT services for schools. Building the first Education Cloud in Europe is a significant point in the company’s history and creates a fantastic platform for future growth in the UK and beyond.

“Winning the contract is also of great significance for the local economy. The continued investment in ICT in schools ensures that every student can attain the vital ICT skills needed for today’s technology driven workplace and support the continued growth in Northern Ireland’s vibrant technology sector”

Jimmy Stewart, Director, C2k said, “The new ICT service has been designed to recognize the educational requirements of Northern Ireland schools, deliver technology driven learning environments and incorporate the latest innovations in technology.  “Northgate has continuously demonstrated excellence in the education services it has developed and has a highly talented and dedicated team in place. I look forward to working with Northgate in the coming months and to deploying the ENNI infrastructure in schools across Northern Ireland.”


Cision Introduces New Social Influencer Content Search Feature

Keyword Search Gives PR and Marketing Professionals A New Way to Find and Engage Digital Influencers

Source:  Cision

CHICAGO, ILCision, the leading provider of PR software, services and tools for the marketing and PR industry, today announced the launch of the Social Influencer Search, a new way for Cision users to search by keyword and find digital influencers publishing content on a particular topic.

Through this feature, unique to Cision, users can search for influencers who are tweeting, sharing or blogging about a specific keyword. Then, they can filter results by beat, outlet focus, location, country, market and more. Results offer detailed contact information for the influencer, including social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn), what outlets they write for, and what topics they cover.

In addition to offering keyword search results pulled from Cision’s Influencer Database, users can count on Cision’s Influencer Rating to help them gauge the influence of a contact and zero in on those who are most prominent. Cision’s Influencer Rating measures 40 points of influence, such as Facebook likes, retweets and more, providing a comprehensive look at the significance of each influencer.

“Because of the vastness and the reach of social media, uncovering the most qualified and prominent people who are influencing conversations online can be a challenging task for PR and marketing professionals,” said Peter Granat, Chief Executive Officer of Cision North America. “Now with Cision’s Social Influencer Search, our users can find influencers by their most recent blog posts and tweets, determine which ones are the most prominent and research the best way to get in touch with them, all with the click of a button.”

This new feature, currently in the beta phase, is included at no additional charge in the Cision Influencer package, which provides users with access to tens of thousands of digital influencers across hundreds of industries and also includes Cision Influencer Ratings.

ZETA PHI BETA  Sorority’s Inc.’s Westchester Chapter (GAMMA XI ZETA) Hosts Its International President Sheryl Underwood at 49th Annual Scholarship Luncheon


Elmsford, NYZeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. , Gamma Xi Zeta Chapter, will be celebrating 92 years of service to the Westchester and Bronx area by honoring Sheryl P. Underwood, Co-host of The Talk and the organization’s International President, and The March of Dimes Northern Metro Division during the local chapter’s 49th Annual Scholarship Brunch to be held March 17, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y. from 11:30 – 4:30 pm.

Honoree Sheryl P. Underwood, a multi-faceted entrepreneur and entertainer is presently a host on CBS’ The Talk and owner and CEO of Pack Rat Productions. Ms. Underwood, a sought after media personality, is also a weekly contributor on the “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” and hosts “The Sheryl Underwood Show” on Jamie Foxx’s “The Foxxhole,” airing on Sirius and XM satellite radio.

During Underwood’s tenure as Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s President she has continued to champion the organization partnerships with The March of Dimes, March for Babies initiative, Black Women’s health Imperative and the American Diabetes Association just to name a few.

The March of Dimes Northern Westchester Metro Division will also be recognized at the March 17th luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel. The March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. have a cooperative program called Stork’s Nest®. The program was launched nationally in 1972 and offers education for expectant mothers, as well as necessary maternity items and educational sessions covering prenatal care.

Gamma Xi Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will also grant scholarships and book awards to several of the Westchester’s brightest high school seniors: Briana Peebles (White Plains High School), Aiyana Crews (Saint Catherine Academy), Shahara Ingram (Roosevelt High School), Desiree Eason (The Harvey School), Yumiko Phillips (Portchester High School), Stephanie Gil (Peekskill High School), and Rahsaan E. Simmonds (Briarcliff High School).  The group is excited to welcome WPIX anchorman Jay Dow as master of ceremonies for the afternoon.

FAMU Alumnus Receives One Million Views and Releases Positive Rap Album “Amongst The Stars”


Orlando, FL — In a genre oversaturated with glorified violence, drug selling, and disrespect for women; Alvin “Vthov” Giles, a promising positive rapper and musician, emerges using his gifts to redeem hip-hop culture. He champions a movement titled Books over Bullets and has made an impact making songs that challenge the status quo to do better.

With over one million online plays under his belt, he has released his debut album “Amongst the Stars.”  Alvin Giles is a summa cum laude graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he spent five years developing his talents as a musician, producer, and lyricist.

He adopted the moniker Vinthoven, a creative twist on “Beethoven,” to distinguish himself as an artist. Fans and supporters know him as Vthov (pronounced vē-tōv). This month, he hopes to reach new audiences with a collection of songs that can help change the music industry for the better.

Released March 2nd, “Amongst the Stars” is a dream come true for the Orlando native. Years of futilely seeking validation from industry executives have taught him to be courageous and true to self. A driven, more mature artist now at age 25, Vthov has started his own positive hip-hop label and is taking his music and message directly to the masses without the major label intermediaries.

“I used to think my big break would come from some other source. Then one day, I realized that I would have to make things happen for myself. ‘Amongst the Stars’ is the result of all my prayers and diligence. Now it’s up to the people to tap into the movement.”

His music has been gaining popularity on YouTube and other online communities since 2008. To date, his online presence boasts over one million plays and an international following of listeners of all ages.

Escaping the confines of mainstream taste, Vthov produces thought-provoking lyrics over musical compositions that appeal to a diverse audience. Elements of jazz, R&B, rock, and gospel emanate from previous works and his new album. “Amongst The Stars,” the 12-track debut release, offers a polished blend of positivity, storytelling, wit, and bold musicality.

Vthov says his goal is to promote a unique brand of hip-hop with a fresh perspective. His new album aims to break down the negative images and personas often associated with hip-hop and success within the culture. The material promotes inspiring themes such as anti-violence, self-motivation, and education. “I put my heart and soul into this project. I want to give the people something that seems to be missing from most of our music right now.”

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2 Comments on “News Extras”

  1. Kamia Says:

    Love the bit on the rapper vthov!!!

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