Computer Finance – Fun With Justin http://funwithjustin.com/ Tue, 24 May 2022 16:07:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://funwithjustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/fun-with-justin-icon-150x150.png Computer Finance – Fun With Justin http://funwithjustin.com/ 32 32 WHITAKER CENTER OPENS A NEW PNC INNOVATION ZONE WITH THE FIRST OF ITS KIND “PURPOSEFUL GAMING STUDIO” https://funwithjustin.com/whitaker-center-opens-a-new-pnc-innovation-zone-with-the-first-of-its-kind-purposeful-gaming-studio/ Tue, 24 May 2022 14:05:00 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/whitaker-center-opens-a-new-pnc-innovation-zone-with-the-first-of-its-kind-purposeful-gaming-studio/

This groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind facility will capitalize on the massive popularity of video games and esports while providing educational and experiential science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) learning for children aged eight and up. .

“The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts was founded more than 20 years ago by a group of extraordinary community and business leaders whose vision was to bring science and the arts together under one roof,” said the CEO of the Whitaker Center, Ted Black. “Focused gaming at the PNC Innovation Zone is a natural extension of the visionary leadership of our founders. By leveraging the popularity of video games and esports to drive interest in STEAM activities such as coding, graphic design and computer networks, the PNC Innovation Zone will break down gender and equity barriers to technology and ultimately inspire the digital leaders of tomorrow through the science, art and technology of purposeful play. “

With over 90% of kids playing video games and the explosive growth of esports around the world, Whitaker Center and its partners saw an opportunity to provide students and their families with a cool space to reconnect, share passions for gaming and esports and learning more about coding, art and embedded technology in video games. The PNC Innovation Zone will host weekly activities, led by certified educators, including creative design coding with Minecraft and Bloxels, building with Scrap Mechanic and Poly Bridge, as well as esports competitions, Girls in STEM and Surgery Live! fields.

“The PNC Innovation Zone at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is a wonderful resource that combines play and learning to help our youth explore their interests in STEAM,” said Jim Hoehnregional president of PNC Bank Central Pennsylvania. “As a Main Street Bank and a technology leader, PNC is committed to making investments like this in our community to plant the seeds of the skilled, diverse and innovative workforce of tomorrow.”

Features of PNC Innovation Zone:

  • Useful 2,000 square foot play studio
    • Capacity up to 30 game stations and 12 game consoles
    • 10 75-inch high-definition flat-screen televisions
    • 12 foot high definition projection screen
    • Esports tiered seating for spectator viewing
    • High-tech conference room
    • Renovation of the 3,000 square foot lobby
    • 40ft high screen for targeted games in Select Medical Digital Cinema

“When we first heard about this visionary project, we were immediately interested in joining the design team to help build this space,” said shaun clear, Vice President of Sales at Clair Global. “As a global technology and manufacturing leader, we’re excited about the prospect of empowering young people to explore STEAM in new and exciting ways.”

The PNC Innovation Zone is home to one of the largest Comcast “lift zones” in the region, which offers free Wi-Fi outside the home at neighborhood community centers. This effort is part of Project UP, Comcast’s comprehensive, 10-year program, $1 billion commitment to help build a future of unlimited possibilities.

“Comcast is proud to provide connectivity to everyone who spends time in this incredible new space at the Whitaker Center,” said Alka Patel, vice president of government and external affairs for the Keystone region of Comcast. “We look forward to partnering up to provide a truly unique opportunity to advance digital equity and STEAM education.”

CrabtreeRohrbaugh & Associates’ is proud to provide architectural and interior design services for the new dedicated game studio within the new PNC Innovation Zone,” said Arif Hasanbhai, senior project designer for Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates. “We understand the importance and impact of the educational spaces at the Whitaker Center on our community, having recently provided these services to the STEM Design Studio at the Harsco Science Center.”

The PNC Innovation Zone at the Whitaker Center has been made possible by many organizations, including:

  • Clear Overall
  • Comcast
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor in partnership with Dauphin County Industrial Development Authority
  • CrabtreeRohrbaugh & Associates
  • Dauphin County Commissioners
  • Alexander Grass Foundation
  • Bill and Sue Rothman
  • Carole DeSoto
  • Hal McGinnes
  • Lois Grass
  • Senator John DiSanto (RACP grant)
  • The Kline Foundation
  • The McCormick Family Foundation
  • The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation
  • The PA Esports Coalition
  • very good anne Fund donations for a 2020 need
  • NCP Bank

For more information about PNC Innovation Zone at the Whitaker Center and a full list of STEAM education programs and camps, visit https://www.whitakercenter.org/pnc-innovation-zone.

About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and a local offering of personal and business banking services, including a full range of lending products; specialized services for businesses and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For more information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

About the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is a non-profit center for the arts, education, entertainment and cultural enrichment located in the heart of from Harrisburg bustling city center. The Whitaker Center is home to the PNC Innovation Zone, Sunoco Performance Theater, Harsco Science Center, STEM Design Studios, and Select Medical Digital Cinema. To visit Whitakercenter.org for a complete list of events, shows, opening hours and ticket prices.

SOURCE Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

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HSBC suspends banker over comments on climate change https://funwithjustin.com/hsbc-suspends-banker-over-comments-on-climate-change/ Sun, 22 May 2022 18:32:20 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/hsbc-suspends-banker-over-comments-on-climate-change/

HSBC has suspended a senior executive pending an internal investigation into a presentation he made at an event last week, according to people with knowledge of the process.

Stuart Kirk, global head of responsible investment in the bank’s asset management division, accused central bankers and policymakers of overstating the financial risks of climate change in a bid to “outrun the next “.

Over the weekend, chief executive Noel Quinn and Nuno Matos, head of HSBC’s wealth management and personal banking businesses, sought to distance themselves from comments in social media posts.

While the bank and its senior executives criticized the speech at a Financial Times conference, its theme and content had been agreed internally before Kirk spoke on Thursday, according to people with knowledge of the planning. event.

The title of the presentation — “Why Investors Don’t Need to Worry About Climate Risk” — had been agreed two months earlier and posted on the website in the run-up to the event.

“I completely disagree with what was said. [this] FT Moral Money Summit of the Week,” Quinn posted on LinkedIn over the weekend. “They are inconsistent with HSBC’s strategy and do not reflect the views of HSBC’s senior management or HSBC Asset Management.”

He added: “We have a lot of work to do and I am determined that our team will not be distracted by the comments of the past week.”


Matos, whose division includes the asset management business, said: “In complete agreement with Noel Quinn – the transition to net zero is of the utmost importance. [sic] importance to us and we will strive to find ways to help our customers on this journey.

HSBC has come under pressure from activists and shareholders in recent years over its role in financing companies with large greenhouse gas emissions.

Kirk’s comments on climate change – which angered environmentalists – were particularly embarrassing for the bank as it sponsored the conference and was promoted on the event’s website as a strategic partner.

HSBC declined to comment, while Kirk did not respond at press time.

During his speech, Kirk said that throughout his 25-year career in the financial industry, “there was always crazy work that told me about the end of the world”, comparing the climate crisis to the Y2K bug. which predicted a widespread computer problem around the turn of the millennium.

“Unsubstantiated, strident, partisan, self-serving and apocalyptic warnings are ALWAYS wrong,” he wrote on a slide accompanying his presentation.

Last month the FT revealed that the Advertising Standards Authority, the UK watchdog, had drafted a recommendation that it believed HSBC had misled customers in two advertisements by selectively promoting its green initiatives , while omitting information about its continued funding of high greenhouse gas emitting companies. emissions.

A year ago the bank was pressed on its climate commitments by a group of investors, but avoided a shareholder revolt at its annual meeting by stepping up its plans in line with international agreements to limit global warming.

However, the speed with which HSBC and other lenders have committed to action, including on coal power and mining financing, has disappointed some ESG activists and funds. They keep pushing for change.

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]]> Okta (OKTA) outpaces stock market gains: what you need to know https://funwithjustin.com/okta-okta-outpaces-stock-market-gains-what-you-need-to-know/ Fri, 20 May 2022 22:15:10 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/okta-okta-outpaces-stock-market-gains-what-you-need-to-know/

Okta (OKTA) closed the last trading day at $84.22, +1.43% from the previous trading session. The change outpaced the S&P 500’s 0.02% gain on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones gained 0.03% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.16%.

Today, shares of the cloud identity management company were down 40.17% over the past month. Meanwhile, the IT & Technology sector lost 14.21%, while the S&P 500 lost 12.5%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Okta as its next earnings report date nears. That should be June 2, 2022. On that day, Okta is expected to report earnings of -$0.34 per share, which would represent a 240% year-over-year decline. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate calls for revenue of $388.98 million, up 54.97% from the prior year quarter.

For the full year, our Zacks consensus estimates call for earnings of -$1.26 per share and revenue of $1.78 billion, which would represent changes of -173.91% and +37 .18%, respectively, compared to the previous year.

Any recent changes in analyst estimates for Okta should also be noted by investors. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest short-term trading trends. Therefore, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company’s business outlook.

Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated to short-term stock prices. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes into account these estimation changes and provides a clear and actionable scoring model.

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Robinhood Announces New Noncustodial Crypto Wallet Allowing Investors to Store Digital Assets, Including NFTs https://funwithjustin.com/robinhood-announces-new-noncustodial-crypto-wallet-allowing-investors-to-store-digital-assets-including-nfts/ Wed, 18 May 2022 19:38:01 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/robinhood-announces-new-noncustodial-crypto-wallet-allowing-investors-to-store-digital-assets-including-nfts/

Robinhood announced on Tuesday that it is releasing a noncustodial cryptocurrency wallet in a standalone app. The app and wallet will allow investors to store and hold NFTs, as well as exchange and trade cryptocurrencies without network fees.

According to Robinhood, in addition to having no network fees, the wallet will allow investors to earn returns on their assets. The new app will provide a similar experience to Robinhood’s current app, only investors will now hold their own wallet key and will be able to access decentralized apps where they can trade and trade cryptos. The app will also allow investors to connect to NFT markets.

Perhaps the most notable feature is the lack of network charges. Cryptocurrency networks, such as Solana, Ethereum, or Avalanche, all charge fees when sending or receiving cryptocurrency on their respective networks.

Network fees can range from exorbitant to minor, depending on the volume of network transactions. Ethereum, for example, is somewhat notorious for having substantial gas fees – the cost of validating transactions on the ETH network. So getting Robinhood to cover those fees for investors could be a huge boon. However, the company has yet to announce which cryptocurrency networks the wallet will support.

Currently, Robinhood investors can buy cryptocurrency through the Robinhood app, but the assets are owned by the company. The new non-custodial wallet will put investors back in control by literally handing them the key to their individual wallets. Wallet keys are unique 64-digit codes used to access crypto wallets that cannot be recovered if lost.

The wallet is a hot wallet, which means it is a web-based mobile wallet, as opposed to a cold wallet. Cold wallets are physical devices that must be connected to a computer and accessed using a PIN, making them a safer choice for holding digital assets.

“By delivering the same low cost and design that people have come to expect from Robinhood, our Web3 Wallet will make it easier for everyone to hold their own keys and take advantage of all the opportunities the open financial system has to offer,” Vlad Tenev , co-founder and CEO of Robinhood, said in the company’s blog.

Interested investors can join the waiting list. The company said beta invites will be sent out later this summer, with the product being made available to everyone else by the end of the year.

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5 new members elected to the University Board of Directors https://funwithjustin.com/5-new-members-elected-to-the-university-board-of-directors/ Mon, 16 May 2022 18:37:09 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/5-new-members-elected-to-the-university-board-of-directors/

Syracuse University announced the election of five new members to its Board of Trustees, all with extraordinary experience in business and philanthropy. Individually and collectively, these new administrators have already enhanced the student experience and advanced the University’s mission by supporting scholarships, programs and services that prepare students for success.

New members are Steven R. Becker ’73, Raquel-Ann “Roxi” Nurse McNabb ’98, G’99, Sandra Cordova Micek ’91, Edward G. Mitzen ’88 and Michael R. Venutolo ’77.

“The Board of Directors welcomes these new members and is grateful for the passion and purpose they bring to their new role,” said Board Chair Kathleen A. Walters ’73. “I am particularly impressed with how they have each demonstrated their commitment to our shared values ​​through their service-oriented work and philanthropy. Each brings unique experiences and wisdom that will help us meet the challenges facing higher education.

Chancellor Kent Syverud says these distinguished and diverse professionals bring tremendous value to the governance process. “We are grateful that these accomplished alumni are willing to dedicate their time and resources to Syracuse University. Their dedication to Syracuse will ensure that this generation of students and generations to come have opportunities for academic, personal and professional success,” said Chancellor Syverud.

Steven R. Becker ’73

Becker is executive vice president, treasurer and chief compliance officer for the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, which operates in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. He is responsible for the company’s cash management functions, including banking relationships, cash management, mortgages, leases, real estate transactions and all financings. In addition, he is responsible for managing the company’s governmental affairs on both a state and national basis, and for complying with all regulatory aspects of the company.

Steven R. Becker ’73

Prior to Southern, Becker worked for Knickerbocker Liquors Corporation, first as sales manager for the New York distributor’s wine division, before becoming deputy general manager of sales and then assistant to the president.

Becker serves on the Advisory Board of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, the Supply Chain Advisory Board of Franklin, and the Board of Governors of Hillel. The appointment of Professor Steven R. Becker of Supply Chain Management reflects his commitment to his alma mater.

He graduated in 1973 with a BS in finance from the Whitman School. He received a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law in 1976 and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.

Becker and his wife, Abbe, live in Boca Raton, Florida, and have two adult children, Robert ’05 (Whitman School) and Meredith.

Raquel-Ann “Roxi” Nurse McNabb ’98, G’99

Raquel-Ann Nurse McNabb

Raquel-Ann “Roxi” Nurse McNabb ’98, G’99

McNabb is a well-known public figure, philanthropist and advocate for making athletics accessible to all young people. She founded the Caris Sports Foundation in 2019 to give young athletes in Arizona the opportunity to participate in organized sports by removing financial barriers and covering the costs associated with recreational and competitive sports, from equipment to fees. registration. She is also a co-founder with her husband, Life Trustee Donovan McNabb ’98, of the Donovan McNabb Fund, and a partner in their philanthropy.

McNabb graduated from Syracuse University in 1998 and earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the School of Education with a minor in history. She was the point guard for the women’s basketball team, was twice named Most Valuable Player and Athlete of the Year in 1997, and was on the Big East All-Star Varsity Team. three times.

In 1999, she earned an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She also earned a Master of Education in Educational Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She is the Nominating Chair for the School of Education Board of Visitors.

For Syracuse University, the McNabbs supported athletics, including naming the home of the Syracuse women’s basketball team and the school of education with the establishment of the Donovan McNabb and Raquel-Endowment Fund. Ann Nurse McNabb Graduate Assistant.

McNabb and her husband live in Phoenix with their four children, Alexis, Sariah, Donovan Jr. and Devin.

Sandra Cordova Micek ’91

Micek is President and CEO of WTTW | WFMT (Window to the World Communications Inc.). WTTW is Chicago’s PBS station and WFMT is its classical music radio station. She has over 30 years of management experience in media and marketing.

Sandra Michek

Sandra Cordova Micek ’91

Before WTTW | WFMT, Micek was senior vice president of global brands at Hyatt, where she oversaw marketing for 15 brands and co-led the diversity resource group, Latinos at Hyatt. Micek has also held executive positions at USA TODAY/Gannett, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting and Yahoo and has served as a management consultant in the media, entertainment and telecommunications strategy practice at Accenture in San Francisco and London. During her professional career, she has won numerous awards, including a Silver Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Micek earned a BS in Television, Radio and Film from SI Newhouse School of Public Communications and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Ford Motor Company Fellow.

Micek sits on the boards of PBS, Kartemquin Films, Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Community Trust and the Economic Club of Chicago. She was a McCormick Foundation Fellow in Leadership Greater Chicago’s Daniel Burnham Program and is a member of the Commercial Club and the Association of Latino Professionals for America.

Her service at Syracuse University includes chairing the Newhouse School Advisory Board and she established the Cordova Micek Family Scholarship to expand opportunities for Latinas to attend college.

Micek lives in the Chicago metro area with her husband, Marc Micek ’92 (Newhouse/Whitman), and their two children.

Edward G. Mitzen ’88

Mitzen is the co-founder of The Business for Good Foundation (BFG), a non-profit organization dedicated to using entrepreneurial and business skills to uplift people in underserved communities by focusing on venture philanthropy, support for entrepreneurs and impact donations. Mitzen and his wife, Lisa Mitzen, founded BFG to “invest in people to build better businesses, stronger communities, and a more equitable world.”

Edward Mitzen

Edward G. Mitzen ’88

Mitzen also founded Fingerpaint, a full-service health and wellness advertising and marketing company. He is a serial entrepreneur, having launched four businesses totaling over $1 billion in combined revenue, including Palio, a communications agency that was later purchased by Syneos Health.

He is a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and philanthropy at universities, and a frequent contributor to Forbes, Fortune, and other business publications. His first book, “More Than a Number” was published in 2019.

Mitzen was named Saratoga Living “Person of the Year”, “Executive of the Year” by Albany Business Review and Med Ad NewsIndustry Person of the Year. He was also a two-time finalist for E&Y’s “Entrepreneur of the Year”.

Mitzen graduated in 1988 with a BS in Biology from the College of Arts and Sciences. He also earned an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in 1995.

His service at Syracuse University includes serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences. Mitzen has supported the Dean of Arts and Science Fund and the SUSTAIN Program Endowment.

Mitzen and his wife, Lisa, live on a farm in Saratoga Springs, New York. Mitzen has three adult children: Emily, Nicholas and Grace.

Michael R. Venutolo ’77

Venutolo is the Managing Director of Raymond International Group, an industrial machinery manufacturing company that is a leader in the global engineering and construction industry, and specializes in engineering and construction services, the manufacture, installation and maintenance of pipelines for the water, oil, gas and petrochemical industries. Raymond International Group has been operating in the pipeline services and specialist construction industry in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East for over 40 years.

Michael Venutolo

Michael R. Venutolo ’77

Venutolo earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering and Computer Science in 1977, where he majored in civil engineering.

His service to Syracuse University includes being a founding member of the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT) Regional Council, the first regional council established by the University outside the United States.

Venutolo has set up a unique internship for students of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. To date, 30 civil and environmental engineering students have been sponsored to study various drinking water supply and transmission technologies in the arid Arabian Peninsula.

Venutolo provided support for the Construction Engineering Lab at the College of Engineering and Computer Science and participated as a judge for Invent@SU.

Venutolo and his wife, Kim, live in London and New Jersey. He has three adult children: David, Christopher and Danielle.

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Texas Tech pays tribute to the last class of its first century https://funwithjustin.com/texas-tech-pays-tribute-to-the-last-class-of-its-first-century/ Sat, 14 May 2022 20:58:23 +0000 https://funwithjustin.com/texas-tech-pays-tribute-to-the-last-class-of-its-first-century/

More than 4,700 Texas Tech undergraduate and graduate students from every college in the university marched on stage in front of family and friends during commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena.

After years of study, the students received their diplomas and heard messages praising them for their hard work and encouraging them for a future life.

Technology President Lawrence Schovanec said this semester’s graduates carry the distinction of being the last class of the first century in Texas Tech’s history — the university celebrating its centennial in the coming year — as well. than being a class that persevered through a pandemic.

Texas Tech launch continues Saturday

“You have shown an exceptional level of perseverance and courage,” Schovanec said. “You have learned to be more resourceful and adaptable. These are traits that will serve you well for the rest of your life. I am assured that you are prepared and ready to seize the opportunities and overcome the challenges that life will inevitably present.

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec addressed the graduates during Friday afternoon's commencement ceremony at the United Supermarkets Arena.

He also conveyed his gratitude to the graduating class for choosing Texas Tech and for leaving their mark on the university.

Texas Tech System Board of Regents Vice Chairman Mark Griffin reminded graduates that this moment is not just a time to celebrate graduates’ academic achievements, but also a time to celebrate everyone who has helped them acquire a university education.

He said graduating from Texas Tech means they are part of a family and a proud Red Raiders heritage.

Texas Tech students participated in the commencement ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences on Friday afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena.

“You will be part of a special tradition…you will become leaders in your families and in your communities,” Griffin said.

This year, the speakers at the start were students from each graduation ceremony, reflecting on their time at Tech and the lessons they learned along the way.

After the provost conferred the degrees on the students, the students sang the Matador song for the first time as graduates of Texas Tech University. In total, nearly 5,000 students graduated from Texas Tech, Texas Tech School of Law, and other university entities this semester.

A new Texas Tech graduate gives the Guns Up during Friday afternoon's commencement ceremony at the United Supermarkets Arena.

Banner stands

Outstanding students, chosen based on their overall achievements, will carry banners representing their colleges. The banner holders are:

Davis College: Isabella A. Schoenherr, Natural Resource Management

Faculty of Architecture: Jacqueline Reyes, architecture

College of Arts and Sciences: Dyllin Jett Gallegos, Cellular and Molecular Biology

College of Education: Melanie Nicole Scott, Education

College of Humanities: Julia Brown, Addiction Counseling and Rehabilitation Sciences