Indiana Woman-Owned Technology Company Adding Hundreds of Hoosier Jobs

first_img  Indianapolis – Knowledge Services, an information technology and professional services company, announced plans today to grow its Indianapolis headquarters, with plans to employ 1,200 Hoosiers by 2019.“Indiana’s talented workforce, favorable business climate and low cost of living have helped put the Hoosier state on the national stage as one of the fastest growing tech hubs,” said Governor Mike Pence. “We have worked diligently to cut costs, lower taxes and reduce regulations, allowing companies like Knowledge Services to see the benefits of doing business in a state that works. Over the next decade, we will build on this momentum and invest $1 billion to support Hoosier entrepreneurs and innovators, ensuring that Indiana continues to be the best place to start a business, grow a business and get a job.”The woman-owned company, which provides cloud software and services to large, complex organizations, committed to creating 400 new jobs by 2019 and has already made significant strides in its job commitment. This is Knowledge Services’ third expansion announcement in five years, following a 2011 announcement to add 200 jobs and a 2013 announcement to add another 400. The company continues to outpace its job creation goals and has increased its Indiana employment by 70 percent in just the last three years.Knowledge Services will invest $2.1 million to expand its office space over the next four years to accommodate its growing team. Based on increased demand for the company’s workforce management solution systems, Knowledge Services must grow to meet the needs of its client base across the U.S. The company moved into its 23,000-square-foot office at 5875 Castle Creek Parkway North Dr. on Indianapolis’ north side in 2009 and is currently evaluating options to expand its footprint to 40,000 square feet.“Indiana continues to be a great place that is conducive for growth and prosperity,” said Julie Bielawski, chief executive officer at Knowledge Services. “Many factors played into Knowledge Services’ commitment to growing in the Hoosier state. Not only does Indiana offer a favorable business climate, but they also have placed a great emphasis on growing the advanced technology sector.”Founded in 1994, Knowledge Services now employs 2,000 associates across the United States, including approximately 1,100 in Indiana. The company is continuing to hire experienced software developers, program specialists, client service associates, sales team members and marketing professionals. Interested applicants may apply online through the company’s website.Knowledge Services designs, develops and markets cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) and mobile applications for workforce management solutions, which provide cost savings, process efficiencies and improved governance. Serving clients throughout the U.S., Knowledge Services’ customers include government agencies and Fortune 500 companies such as Hill-Rom, Disney and Mattel. The company gives back to the Indianapolis community by supporting the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Toys for Tots.The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered GuideSoft Inc. (dba Knowledge Services) up to $2,100,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Indianapolis supports the project in partnership with Develop Indy, a business unit of the Indy Chamber.“Information technology in Indianapolis is stronger than ever,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “With the increasing number of technology companies calling Indianapolis home, organizations like Knowledge Services provide much-needed talent and workforce management solutions to keep our community competitive in a 21st century economy. We applaud today’s announcement of over 400 new jobs in Indianapolis and support the continued growth of Knowledge Services to meet the needs of a booming industry sector.”Knowledge Services’ growth follows Governor Mike Pence’s announcement of a plan to invest $1 billion in innovation and entrepreneurship in Indiana over the next 10 years to advance growth and solutions across all Hoosier sectors, including the state’s growing tech industry. From 2012 to 2014, Indiana’s technology sector added jobs at a rate of 18 percent, which is three times faster than the national average, and the Indianapolis area ranks No.5 in the nation for women in tech (Fast Company).FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Anger, misdirected

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony DemangoneI was sure he was going to like it.Whenever I go on a business trip, I try to bring Kate and Briggs back a gift that ties into the area. For Briggs, I had picked out a beautiful burnt-orange Texas Longhorns t-shirt. He always liked getting shirts from sports teams.But Briggs said he hated it. And he seemed to hate just about everything else about me after I returned from my trip. Let’s just say it was anything but a warm welcome.Being the parent of five-year-olds, I’m used to the roller-coaster of emotions. But something about him hating the shirt gnawed at me.I was hurt.Later that evening, after I finished reading him a story, he quietly asked me a question in a sad voice.Briggs: Daddy, when is your next work trip?Tardily-enlightened me: Not for a while, Briggs. You don’t like my work trips, do you?Briggs: No, I wish you never left again.Heart-broken me: Is that why you were mad at me?Briggs: Yeah.So we had a good talk.Briggs’ anger was justified, in a way. But it was misdirected. continue reading »last_img read more

Warriors’ Kevon Looney, Jacob Evans and Alen Smailagic to be reevaluated next week

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — By the middle of next week, the Warriors will know more about potential reinforcements.Center Kevon Looney (neuropathic condition), guard Jacob Evans (adductor) and rookie center Alen Smailagic (ankle) will all be reevaluated Wednesday, the team announced. The Warriors will be in Dallas for the second-to-last game of a four-game trip. All three will miss at least the next three games before timetables for their returns are established.Looney, 23, played 11 minutes in the …last_img read more

Bizarre Fossils Raise Questions

first_imgFor decades, students have been taught that the fossil record shows a long, slow, gradual progression of increasing complexity over millions of years.  Scientific data are usually not so simple.Surprising youth in old fossil:  When you see the word unexpected in a headline, expect the unexpected.  “Unexpected exoskeleton remnants found in Paleozoic fossils,” reported PhysOrg about chitin protein remains found in scorpion-like arthropod fossils alleged to be 310 million and 417 million years old.  The previous record was 25 to 80 million years.  The subtitle reads, “Surprising new research shows that, contrary to conventional belief, remains of chitin-protein complex — structural materials containing protein and polysaccharide — are present in abundance in fossils of arthropods from the Paleozoic era.”    George Cody of the Carnegie Institution “speculates that the vestigial protein-chitin complex may play a critical role in organic fossil preservation by providing a substrate protected from total degradation by a coating waxy substances [sic] that protect the arthropods from desiccation.”  Is he claiming the proteins protected the rock impressions, and not the other way around?  Other than that, the article did not explain how proteins could last for over 400 million years.  Prior to the discovery, it was unexpected, surprising, and contrary to conventional belief.Antarctic forests:  The caption of artwork in a BBC News piece reads, “Dinosaurs once foraged beneath the Southern Lights in Antarctica.”  It shows young dinosaurs admiring the skylights while grazing around conifers in the long polar night.  “It may be hard to believe, but Antarctica was once covered in towering forests.”  Fossil trees in Antarctica have been known since Robert Falcon Scott explored the frozen wastes of the south polar regions, finding evidence of a subtropical climate where no trees grow today.    Jane Francis (University of Leeds) has spent 10 seasons collecting samples.  As she described her adventures, it was evident the surprise of fossil trees in ice has not worn off:“I still find the idea that Antarctica was once forested absolutely mind-boggling”, she told the BBC.    “We take it for granted that Antarctica has always been a frozen wilderness, but the ice caps only appeared relatively recently in geological history.”    One of her most amazing fossil discoveries to date was made in the Transantarctic Mountains, not far from where Scott made his own finds.    She recalled: “We were high up on glaciated peaks when we found a sedimentary layer packed full of fragile leaves and twigs.”    These fossils proved to be remains of stunted bushes of beech.  At only three to five million years old, they were some of the last plants to have lived on the continent before the deep freeze set in.The article says that this was not the only period of warmth.  Fossil plants dated 100 million years old indicate the area must have resembled forested areas of New Zealand.  “We commonly find whole fossilised logs that must have come from really big trees.”  One of the specimens found is Ginkgo biloba, a well-known “living fossil” that was thought extinct from the age of dinosaurs till living trees were discovered in Japan (cf. NW article with links).    How did the trees adapt to the polar light conditions, when long periods of darkness alternate with six months of light?  Francis did experiments growing trees in simulated polar light conditions and found they adapted remarkably well.  In addition to the trees, dinosaurs lived under these conditions.  One kangaroo-size vegetarian dinosaur had large optic lobes, possibly suggesting adaptation to the low light of the long winters.    The article tried to tie this evidence into the current debate over global warming, but clearly the climate changes of those prior times were not caused by humans.  “Visiting the frozen wasteland of Antarctica today, it is hard to believe that rainforests haunted by small dinosaurs once flourished where 3km thick ice-sheets now exist, the article ended.  “However, the geological record provides irrefutable evidence that dramatic climate fluctuations have occurred throughout our planet’s history.”Snakes alive and dead:  Fossil snakes show remnant hind legs, reported MSNBC News.  At first, this seems to support the belief that snakes descended from lizards, and lost their legs through evolution.  The snake fossil studied by Alexandra Houssaye (National Museum of Natural History in Paris), named Eupodophis descouensi, has “ultra tiny 0.8 inch legs” with “four anklebones but no foot or toe bones.”  It appears that calling these structures legs requires some interpretation; they were clearly not used for walking.    Questions remain, however, about the evolution of snakes.  “The oldest snake remains are dated to 112 to 94 million years ago, and this snake is dated to around 90 million years ago,” Houssaye said.  Yet her evolutionary story seemed to allow opposite conclusions: “If something is not useful it can regress without any impact on the (animal’s) survival, or regression can even be positive, as for here if the leg was disturbing a kind of locomotion, like for burrowing snakes or swimming snakes.”  But why would useless structures remain for 4 to 22 million years?  It would seem millions of generations of snakes would have had to contend with useless structures getting in their way, if it took that long for legs to regress.  Houssaye was not prepared to announce a victory for evolutionary theory: “The question of snake origin should not be resolved in the next 10 years,” the article quoted her saying, ending, “She is, however, hopeful that all of the separate teams working on this puzzle can one day pinpoint what species was the common ancestor of all snakes.”  The lizard-like ancestor, if there was one, is not known from the fossil record.    According to Live Science, which also reported the story, “the bones suggests that evolution took snakes’ legs not by altering the way they grew.  Instead, Houssaye said, it looks as though the limbs grew either slower or for a shorter period of time.”  PhysOrg’s coverage includes an image of the very simple structures.  According to this entry, “Only three specimens exist of fossilised snakes with preserved leg bones.”  None of the articles mentioned whether the structures had a function, or might have been developmental anomalies, such as when babies are born with an enlarged coccyx (cf. CMI).  What evolutionary stories could be told if a fossil two-headed snake were found?Only the third entry tried to tie the fossil to an evolutionary prediction, but even then, the story was not straightforward.  It is not clear, for instance, that the loss of legs represents an increase in genetic information or in fitness.  Flightless birds are adapted to their land-based habitats, but it would be a greater leap for birds to evolve from ground to air than the other way around.  Same for snakes losing legs instead of evolving them de novo.  In the first two entries, though, the discoveries were clearly unexpected, surprising, and contrary to conventional wisdom.Conventional wisdom is not always wise.  A better term might be conventional folly, or popular credulity.  Enough reports like this, and a consistent theme emerges: evolutionists are clueless about not only their own theory of common ancestry, but about the millions-of-years scheme on which their theory is built.  You can’t just read one BBC News or PhysOrg article to get the whole picture.  Individual articles present puzzles, but maintain the triumphal theme of the march of secular science toward Understanding Reality.  That is a false picture.    Sites like CEH help document the reality, that secular scientists sold on an evolutionary world view maintain their belief system by telling stories in spite of the evidence.  And for you creation-bashing lurkers out there who lambaste CEH as anti-science, pay attention!  This is not anti-science, because we clearly honor and support legitimate scientific discovery and analysis (see yesterday’s entry, for instance).  This is anti-storytelling – anti- twisting evidence to support a belief system.  An honest rationalist skeptic should join with us in that goal.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dynasty’s Doorstep: Durant, Warriors Take 3-0 Lead in Finals (Vid & Pics)

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt — and a very familiar spot — as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.Another momentous shot for Durant.And soon, probably another NBA championship.Durant scored a career playoff-high 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute to cap his magnificent performance, and the Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep, their second straight title and third championship in four years.The Warriors are on dynasty’s doorstep.Afterward, the defending champs could be heard loudly celebrating inside their locker room, perhaps a warmup for a bigger party to come.The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are in a hole that might as well be 6 feet deep. Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131.It might be time for the guys from Northern California to order some champagne from Napa Valley.With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and almost motionless after dropping his 33-footer — just a few feet from where he made one in Game 3 last year — and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.After Durant scored, Curry and Green rushed to his side and the trio walked back toward Golden State’s bench where the other Warriors were hugging and high-fiving.As always Durant stayed cool.“I don’t want to downplay anything, but I don’t want to act like this is the end of the road,” Durant said. “So just get back to work tomorrow and figure out a better game plan.”Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James leaves the court after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Durant said the similarity with last year’s shot — a moment that helped define his first championship — didn’t occur to him.“No, not at all,” he said. “I just took the shot.”There was nothing James or the Cavs could do but think about what might have been after losing two games that were within their reach.“Tonight will be tough,” said James, who scored 33 and rolled his right ankle in the first half. “Tomorrow I’ll replay some plays and some moments and things of that nature. When I wake up Friday morning I’ll be locked in on the game plan of what needs to be done to help our team win. That’s just who I am.”Golden State will now have four chances to wrap up its title starting with Game 4 on Friday night. The Warriors are trying to join a select list of teams to win three championships in four years.Kevin Love added 20 points for the Cavs, who have fallen into a hole in which no team has ever emerged. Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Warriors in the 2016 finals, but that was when Durant was in Oklahoma City and James had a different supporting cast.The Warriors won despite a 3-of-16 shooting performance from Curry, who did come up big down the stretch as the Cavs were trying to salvage their season.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green in the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Now Cleveland could be down to one final game with James, who recorded his 10th triple-double in the finals. The three-time champion can opt out of his $35.6 million contract and test free agency this summer, and it may be time for the 33-year-old to find a team capable of beating the Warriors.These Cavs can’t figure it out.Durant, who tilted this rivalry toward the West Coast when he signed with the Warriors as a free agent before last season, was brilliant from the start. He helped offset a rough night for Curry, who made a finals-record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, but was just 1 of 10 from behind the arc and didn’t score his second field goal until there were under three minutes left.Curry’s scoop shot put the Warriors up 98-97 and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala, who didn’t play in Games 1 or 2 because of a knee injury, came up with a steal under the basket. Curry finally buried a 3 and after James matched him with a long shot, Iguodala drove the lane for a thundering dunk.Moments later, Durant delivered his dagger to silence Cleveland’s crowd.“No, that wasn’t the same shot,” James said when asked to compare Durant’s 3 to last year’s. “The one he made tonight was about four or five feet behind the one he made last year. He’s an assassin. That was one of those assassin plays right there.”Durant scored 24 in the first half, when the Warriors attempted 13 free throws to zero for the Cavs, a disparity that induced further wrath on the officials from Cleveland fans still stinging from the now infamous reversed call in Game 1.Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant celebrates with teammates after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)James arrived at 6 p.m. dressed more casually — camouflage pants, purple hoodie, “Billionaire Boys Club” baseball cap — than on the road where he and the Cavs have been wearing suits during the postseason.Everything is more relaxed and familiar at home for James and his teammates, who were counting on a return to their own noisy building, where they play better and shoot better, to get them back into the series.The Warriors had other plans.TIP-INSWarriors: Green passed Wilt Chamberlain (922) for the most rebounds in Warriors playoff history. … Klay Thompson played in his NBA-high 390th game over the last four seasons. Green is second with 387, while James is third at 381. … Curry has made a 3-pointer in 89 consecutive playoff games, and a record 43 on the road.Cavaliers: Kyle Korver continued to struggle. He missed all four shots and is now 8 of 29 dating to Game 1 of last year’s Finals. … James (238) broke a tie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and moved into fourth place for the most playoff games. Only Derek Fisher (259), Tim Duncan (251) and Robert Horry (244) have made most postseason appearances.COMEBACK KIDIguodala, the 2015 finals MVP, scored eight points and made one steal in 22 minutes, but his impact went beyond those numbers.“It was good just having him, settling the game down,” guard Shaun Livingston said. “His defense was strong, whoever he was up against — LeBron or someone else — and his toughness makes everyone out there better.”HOOD HELPSLue gave Rodney Hood a chance and the seldom-used forward came through with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds. Hood only played four minutes in the first two games.“That was Rodney Hood, man,” James said. “It was more than just what he did for the team. For himself, that was just a huge moment.”UP NEXTGame 4 is Friday night.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love shoots during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks to move past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green celebrates after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more