Pinterest SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 1, 2021– Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, today unveiled the details of the new Acronis #CyberFit Partner Program. This update to the company’s existing program places increased emphasis on supporting partner development, particularly for cloud-based services, while rewarding service providers and resellers for their expertise, commitment, and growth with Acronis through performance-based benefits and financial compensation. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210201005008/en/ Acronis CEO, Serguei “SB” Beloussov, speaks to partners at the annual Acronis Global Cyber Summit (Photo: Business Wire) Acronis’ cloud ecosystem has more than doubled since 2018 and last year saw the largest growth in the number of new partners, with a 30% increase in the number of active service provider partners during 2020. Now, based on feedback from its partners, Acronis provides a partner program that supports forward-thinking go-to-market strategies – enabling partners to earn more while deploying cloud-based solutions that are uniquely suited to meet their clients’ modern protection challenges. “Acronis makes profitability of our partners a priority. Since the launch of Acronis Cyber Protect last year, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from partners about the ability to scale their business and increase their IT professionals’ productivity by orders of magnitude. Acronis Cyber Platform enabled partners to automate, customize and deliver cyber protection at a level that was not possible before,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, Acronis’ Founder and CEO. “Now, with the introduction of the new #CyberFit Partner Program, focused on Cloud business, partners have all the tools to steadily grow their business and introduce new cyber protection services to their customers.” Acronis enhanced partner program Reimagined as a unified program for service providers and resellers, the Acronis #CyberFit Partner Program now includes:Financial incentives that increase as partners advance within the program’s levels, including rebates and proposal-based market development funds (MDF).Marketing and sales assets, with additional marketing automation tools and renewal tools coming in March 2021.Account management assistance that increases with program level, with dedicated marketing support available to Platinum partners.Enhanced technical support to enable faster response times.Sales and technical training via the Acronis #CyberFit Academy, with courses available both live and online. Given the breadth of the enhanced #CyberFit Partner Program, industry observers have noted that Acronis is clearly providing the support that many in the IT channel are seeking. “In today’s digital-focused world, it is critical for vendors to connect easily and efficiently with partners to optimize the user experience,” said Phil Goodwin, Research Director, IDC. “Acronis’ new #CyberFit Partner Program was designed to create this exact kind of relationship. By enhancing this offering over the past few years, Acronis has demonstrated its commitment to providing total marketing, technical and financial support to its partners now and in the future with a dedication to cyber protection solutions.” Additional enhancements to come Acronis also revealed that beginning in March, partners will be able to engage with a new Partner Portal, a platform that will make account management and communication with Acronis easier than ever. “Our partners’ success is our success,” says Acronis Channel Chief Alex Ruslyakov. “By increasing our sales, marketing, and technical support tools and training, we’re making it easier than ever for partners to protect and delight their customers with Acronis’ world-class cyber protection solutions. Acronis continues to invest in partner development and growth to our mutual benefit.” Today’s launch will be followed by the 2021 Acronis #CyberFit Partner Kickoff event, held virtually on February 2 at 10 a.m. EST. Attendees will learn more about Acronis’ roadmap for 2021 and what to expect over the course of the year — including additional new tools, licensing models, and training opportunities. Acronis will also unveil a new licensing format at the event, which is designed to help partners create new opportunities and new revenue streams by expanding their cyber protection services in the coming year. Registration for the 2021 Acronis #CyberFit Partner Kickoff is now open through the Acronis #CyberFit Events website. Partners react to the enhanced program In announcing the expanded program, many of Acronis’ existing partners have welcomed the announced changes. “We are excited by the new Acronis partner program,” said Kuo Yoong, Cloud Program Manager, Synnex Australia. “This program incentivizes a stronger partnership between Synnex and Acronis partners to further grow Acronis cybersecurity solutions to protect reseller businesses in the evolving threat landscape.” UbiStor, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Dan Hill had a similar reaction, saying, “Today, we are all relying on data like never before, and we are at ease knowing our customer’s data is safe and secure with Acronis’ effective and affordable solutions coupled with UbiStor’s 24/7/365 managed services. We are thrilled to be a part of the newly improved Partner Program and excited to take advantage of the new incentives to work closely with Acronis as a partner.” From Germany, Thimo Groneberg, Managing Director at Busymouse said, “We’ve always been able to count on Acronis to understand our company needs. Acronis has now taken that to the next level with their new Partner Program. This program incentivizes a stronger partnership that leaves us safer and more protected from cybercrimes in today’s evolving threat landscape.” About Acronis Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that fit the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications, and systems with innovative next-generation antivirus, backup, disaster recovery, and endpoint protection management solutions. With award-winning AI-based anti-malware and blockchain-based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment — from cloud to hybrid to on-premises — at a low and predictable cost. Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,500 employees in 33 locations in 18 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million home users and 500,000 companies, including 100% of the Fortune 1000, and top-tier professional sports teams. Acronis products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 40 languages. 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From now until April 2nd, a group called Tee Spring has paired with a number of musicians and NBA franchises to make custom shirts. The series, called “MYTEAMMYCITY,” matches famous artists to their hometown, and, naturally, the Jerry Garcia shirt was the first to catch our eye. The Garcia/Golden State Warriors shirt can be seen above.Other crossovers include The Roots x Philadelphia 76ers, Slipknot x Chicago Bulls, John Denver x Denver Nuggets (that one just makes sense!), DJ Khaled x Miami Heat, Nathaniel Rateliff x Denver Nuggets and so many more! The shirts are only available for eight more days, so don’t waste any time.You can find the whole series here.
“Headless fatty photos have got to go,” says Monica Kriete, M.P.H. ’18. “The message they send is so harmful.” A student of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Kriete is also a passionate activist. Last fall, she helped mobilize student support for striking Harvard dining hall workers, talking into a bullhorn, her corkscrew curls bouncing.But despite her outspokenness, Kriete, who identifies as fat, has long been attuned to the cultural signals, both subtle and blatant, that her body is not acceptable. After immersing herself in fat activism blogs as an undergraduate biochemistry and women’s studies concentrator, she’s come to the School to acquire the tools to help change the conversation around weight and health. A key part of that is attacking stigma and shame.Kriete describes weight stigma as a toxic exposure, like air pollution. The more you breathe it in, the more it puts your physical and emotional health at risk — from depression to hormonal changes that can lead to long-term physical damage. It can come from a nasty comment on the street, a blunt physician, or a family member practicing “tough love.” And there’s mounting evidence showing that it’s not just cruel, it’s also counterproductive.One might think fat shaming would be trending down as the size of the average American has gone up, but perceived weight bias is actually rising. Among women, it’s now even more common than racial discrimination, according to work by Rebecca Puhl and colleagues at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. They and others have found that most Americans see weight as a matter of personal choice and willpower—and people with larger bodies as undisciplined and lazy. Being formerly obese does not make one immune to biased thinking about people who still carry excess pounds, Puhl has found. It can even make newly thin individuals more likely to feel contempt, because having successfully lost weight themselves, they may be more likely to scorn those who have not. According to Puhl’s research, the factor most likely to protect against biased attitudes toward overweight is having a friend or loved one with obesity. The young woman strides down a city sidewalk gripping a textbook and folder. Maybe she’s worrying about missing class, but probably not about being photographed. Nevertheless, she is caught in a camera’s viewfinder. The lens zooms in, focusing on the body part that will come to define her — a fold of belly revealed by her tight top. Her head is cropped out of the resulting photograph, which will go on to be picked up by news sites across the internet. You can now see her body next to headlines like “Too Fat to Graduate” and “Junk in the Trunk” — an anonymous symbol of disgrace. Read Full Story
View Comments We already know Alice Ripley’s a kickass rock star. Why is she trying to hide it? Take a look below at the teaser trailer for Sugar!, starring the Tony winner. In the film, Ripley plays Leslie, a piano teacher who moonlights as the front-woman of an all-women rock band. Tensions rise as her husband—a conservative Republican running for Senate—and their college-bound daughter discover her secret. Meanwhile, she’s having an affair with a young bartender. Looks like you’re not the only Tony-winning on-screen cougar, Vicki Clark. The film is slated for a 2015 release. Take a look below!
Controversial legislation that would allow guns in vehicles on school grounds passed the Indiana House late Monday. Credit: file.INDIANAPOLIS – Controversial legislation that would allow guns in vehicles on school grounds passed the Indiana House late Monday. It’s currently a felony to bring a gun onto school property, but Senate Bill 229 would allow those with proper carry permits to keep firearms out of sight in vehicles on school grounds.Nicki McNally, leader of the Indiana Chapter of Moms Demand Action on Gun Violence, said she’s disappointed and hopes some of the issues can be clarified in conference committee.“There’s still a chance that we can get things changed or make it a little bit more tolerable,” she said. “This is something the schools don’t want, so the Legislature is going to have to listen to that eventually.”The bill also would allow individuals to carry guns to off-campus school functions.McNally said the bill also needs clarification on whether bus drivers can carry firearms while transporting pupils.“There’s no definition of ‘bus’ in the bill: it only refers to motor vehicles, so it sort of opens that window and that language really needs to be clarified,” she stated. “I think most people, even gun owners, would not want their bus driver having a gun on the bus.”McNally pointed out that the bill also prohibits schools from adopting policies related to firearms on school buses or school parking lots.“So it’s completely trumping their ability to decide what’s best for them as a school or as a school district across the state,” she said. “That’s a big thing, given that every school is different, every area is different, and this does not give them any choice in the matter.”According to McNally, the measure is dangerous because it will increase the risk of gun-related incidents. Supporters say it allows those who legally carry guns for self-protection to do so without committing a crime.
Whittier was the Longhorns’ first African-American letterman, making his debut in 1970, one season after Texas fielded the last all-White national championship team in the history of college football. He starred for two seasons at guard before switching to tight end as a senior in 1972, a season in which he caught every touchdown pass the Longhorns threw.“And I caught it in the (Texas) A&M game,” he said in the 2007 book “What It Means to be a Longhorn.” ″We had one touchdown pass the entire year.”Whittier died Tuesday at age 68, the school announced Thursday. No cause of death was given, but Whittier had been battling Alzheimer’s disease. In 2014, his family sued the NCAA on behalf of college players who suffered brain injuries. The case is still pending.The school’s Board of Regents dropped its ban on Black players in 1963 but integration was painfully slow and difficult. A few Black players signed with the Longhorns over the next several years, but none stayed long enough to make the varsity in an era when freshmen were ineligible to play under NCAA rules.Texas recruited Whittier out of San Antonio and his parents were scared of what might happen to him in Austin.“My dad was scared for me,” Whittier said in 2007. “He’d known some guys who struck off into ‘White’ territory and paid for it with their lives.”Whittier landed on a campus of nearly 35,000 students and only 300 were Black. He was a star on the freshman team, and Texas made Whittier available for interviews before his debut season.“I’m a loner up here,” Whittier told the San Antonio-Express News in early 1970, noting his coaches were treating him well but hinting at having problems with some of his teammates.“Texas seems to recruit a lot of boys from small towns, and most of them have small minds just like their fathers,” he said. “They never think about the things that are happening in this country. You never hear them talk about Vietnam or racism. If you want to know the truth, the only people I’ve met that I can really talk to are the longhairs or hippies. They are really concerned about things like ecology and the war. I’m concerned about those things, too.”A few months later, a group of sportswriters covering the Southwest Conference looked into his social life. The lead of a Sept. 8, 1970, article by The Associated Press noted that “Whittier, Texas’s Black offensive guard, is rooming with a White player and occasionally dates White girls.”The story noted that Whittier said no one at school had said anything to him about the dating.“I don’t think it’s anything unusual. Well, unusual, but not abnormal,” Whittier said then.Texas senior halfback Billy Dale was Whittier’s roommate that season; Whittier’s previous roommate, another Black player, had left school. Coach Darrell Royal had asked Dale and two other seniors to consider rooming with Whittier, Dale said.“Coach Royal wanted someone to help look out for him,” Dale told the AP on Thursday. “I volunteered. We learned a lot from each other. He just added a depth to who I was. He made me a much wiser individual about racial relationships.”Whittier played in the 1970 season opener against California. Texas won three Southwest Conference titles from 1970-72. The Longhorns were 28-5 over that span, 20-1 in the SWC.Perhaps frustrated early by his role as a trailblazer, Whittier seemed to embrace it by his senior season when he said in an interview he went to Texas in part to change its culture: “I wanted to see if the myth about UT’s racism was true. If it was, I wanted to see what I could do to change it.”Whittier earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a law degree from Texas. He went on to be a criminal prosecutor in Dallas.Whittier’s success opened doors between Texas and Black athletes. In 1971, Texas recruited the top player in the state in running back Roosevelt Leaks. By 1974, it had signed Earl Campbell, who would win the Heisman Trophy in 1977 and go on to a Hall of Fame career in the NFL.“I am so proud of Julius,” Dale said. “His legacy is the fact that he was an individual who was smart enough and confident enough to come to Texas and challenge the university.”___https://twitter.com/AP_Top25More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and___Follow Jim Vertuno at https://twitter.com/jimvertuno AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Julius Whittier once remarked that attending the University of Texas and playing football opened up a larger world for him. It could be said Whittier helped open the university to the world. In this Dec. 16, 2005 photo, Dallas attorney and former Texas football player Julius Whittier holds a newspaper clipping from 1971 featuring Whittier with teammates Bruce Cannon, Greg Dahlberg, and coach Darrell Royal in Dallas. Whittier, the first African-American football letterman at the University of Texas whose family later sued the NCAA on behalf of college players who suffered brain injuries, has died, the school announced Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Tim Sharp/Austin American-Statesman via AP)