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People moves: PMT names chair; BNP Paribas hires data chief

first_imgBonnefoux has worked in data and business analytics roles for more than 20 years, including roles at Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young and Accenture Digital.Fabrice Silberzan, chief operating officer, said the new role was a “key step” in the company’s data work, which includes artificial intelligence and digital development. “The areas for which Christophe is responsible are key to the future of our company, and his extensive experience, including knowledge of digital challenges and big data will be of considerable benefit,” Silberzan added.AFM – Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra has appointed Martin van Rijn as a member of the supervisory board (RvT) of communication watchdog Authority Financial Markets (AFM) as of 1 February. He has been appointed for a four-year period.From 2008 to 2012, Van Rijn was chief executive of PGGM, the €206bn asset manager of healthcare scheme PFZW. Until March last year, he was state secretary for healthcare and sports. Paul Rosenmöller, chairman of the RvT, described Van Rijn as “a managerial heavyweight, who has much experience in the supervision by regulators AFM and De Nederlandsche Bank”. Van Rijn succeeded Bart Koolstra, who left in April.Vanguard – The giant US asset manager is creating a new European investment stewardship team, based in London. Adrienne Monley has been promoted to the new role of head of investment stewardship, Europe to etablish and lead the team.Vanguard used to manage its stewardship and proxy voting from its global headquarters in the US, and Monley was previously a senior manager and strategist in the US-based stewardship team. The London-based team will be responsible for engagement with public companies in the UK and Europe, and for proxy voting. It will “enable Vanguard to deepen its participation in European stewardship and corporate governance industry groups”, the asset manager said in a statement. Smart Pension – Paul Budgen has left NEST, the UK government-established master trust, to join competitor auto-enrolment provider Smart Pension as director of business development. Known as ‘Budgie’ in the industry, Budgen joined NEST in 2013, with previous roles at investment houses such as Legal & General, Aviva, HSBC and Aegon. In a statement, Budgen said he joined NEST “to be at the heart of auto-enrolment” and that as auto-enrolment moves to the next stage he had decided to take up a role at Smart Pension as that was “where the industry innovation is at”. He starts at Smart Pension next week. ING/NN – Sebastiaan van den Dries has started as director of the collective defined contribution schemes of both ING and NN in the Netherlands. He joined from Shell, where he was defined contribution (DC) plan manager for the past five years, setting up Shell’s DC pension fund for new workers. Prior to this, Van den Dries was director of pensions and benefits advisory at Deloitte.Pensioenfonds Notariaat – Paul Braams has been appointed as chairman of the supervisory board of the pension fund of notaries and their staff. He succeeds Niko van Niekerk, who left at the end of 2017. Braams has been director of the sector scheme for hospitality and catering (Pensioenfonds Horeca en Catering) since 2009, and is also chairman of the supervisory board of the low-cost DC vehicle of Nationale Nederlanden. He has ample experience in the pensions sector, including 13 years at PGGM, where he left as advice director in 2008.Pensioenfonds DNB – Roeland van Vledder has started as new independent chairman of the pension fund of supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). He has succeeded Floris Schilthuis, who has completed two three-year terms. Van Vledder is also chairman of SPIN, the Dutch company fund of IT giant IBM as well as non-executive board member of De Nationale APF, the general pension fund of Nationale Nederlanden. He has been a member of the executive board of insurer ASR until 2012.Telegraafpensioenfonds – The €1.1bn company pension fund of Dutch daily De Telegraaf has established a new supervisory board. It comprises Rein Godding as chairman, who is tasked with governance and general matters, Peter Mannaert, responsible for financial and economic affairs and asset management, and Renske Biezeveld, who looks after communication and legal matters.Godding is director of the pension fund of pure play asset manager Robeco, while Mannaert is a board member and chairman of the investment committees of the sector schemes for bakers and dental technicians. Biezeveld is policy adviser for pensions at pensions provider and asset manager MN.The supervisory board (RvT) of the Telegraafpensioenfonds replaced the scheme’s visitation committee for internal supervision following new legislation (Verzamelwet Pensioenen), which made an RvT mandatory for company pension funds with assets exceeding €1bn.Amundi Asset Management – The European investment giant has named Alexandre Drabowicz as deputy head of its equity investment platform. He will help oversee the platform’s European equity, volatility, convertible bonds, Japanese equity and global equity investments. He joined Amundi in 2008 as head of investment specialists for equities. Drabowicz worked in portfolio management at French hedge fund Systeia Capital Management between 2001 and 2008.RWC Partners – The UK investment boutique has hired Pierre Giannini as head of southern Europe, including France. He previously led Japanese firm Daiwa SB Investments’ southern European operations. RWC is targeting new business in continental Europe and ran roughly $14bn (€11.4bn) at the end of 2017.MFS Investment Management – Owen Murfin has joined the company as an institutional portfolio manager within the London-based fixed income team. He was previously at BlackRock, where he worked as a fixed income manager for 15 years. He also spent five years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. In his new role Murfin will work mainly on MFS’ Global Credit and Aggregate strategies.Erste Asset Management – The Austrian asset manager is expanding its management board from three to four directors, with Wolfgang Traindl and Peter Karl joining as of next month. Traindl replaces Christian Schön and will be responsible for institutional sales and internal audit. Karl will be responsible for product management and retail sales Austria, and he will also provide input into alternative investments in light of his experience as director of ERSTE Immobilien KAG, Erste’s real estate manager. Karl will remain chairman of the management board of ERSTE Immobilien KAG. FERI – Ahmet Peker has joined FERI Trust’s institutional client team, with responsibility for expanding relations with German employers and company Pensionskassen, and building out Feri Trust’s liquid multi-asset and alternative investment services. Peker was previously at Deka Investment as senior portfolio manager for DACH hedge funds and multi-asset factor premia strategies. Milestone Group – Paul Roberts has been promoted to chief executive officer, having previously been responsible for the technology provider’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business. Geoff Hodge, co-founder previous CEO, becomes executive chairman and president of North America for the company. Milestone provides managed technology solutions for investment managers. PMT, BNP Paribas AM, AFM, Vanguard, Smart Pension, ING, NN, Notariaat, DNB, Telegraaf, Amundi, RWC Partners, MFS, Erste Asset Management, FERI Trust, Milestone GroupPMT – Jos Brocken has started as the employee’s chairman of PMT, the €68bn Dutch pension fund for metalworking and mechanical engineering. He succeeds Jos Berghuis, who retired at the end of 2017 after 17 years at the helm.Brocken has been a member of PMT’s board since 2006. At that time, he also started as trustee of PME, the €47bn scheme for the metal and electro-technical engineering sector, which he also chaired for a few years. Brocken has been director for the metal industry at labour union FNV and led the negotiatons for a single collective labour agreement for the sector.BNP Paribas Asset Management – Christophe Bonnefoux has joined the French bank’s asset management arm as its first chief data officer. He is responsible for data management, including quality control and usage of data across the business.last_img read more

Bacolod eyes P3-B budget for 2020

first_imgLeonardia considered the budget fornext year as one of the highest increases in the local budget history. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that hewill submit to the Sangguniang Panlungsod his request for the passage of anappropriation ordinance to the proposed 2020 budget. He added that they have broken thevery long-term dependency on the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), which nowconstitutes only 45 percent of the total proposed budget. “The local income is now bigger thanthe IRA because the economic machineries in the city are moving very fast.That is why, the city has been awarded by the Manila Times as business friendlycity,” said Leornardia. According to Leonardia, more than halfof the proposed budget will be sourced out from the local funds, real propertytax and business registration in the equivalent of 52 percent. The proposed budget is 19 percent higher, or P480 million more than the budget in 2019. He said that his administration’sleadership has consistently raised the city’s financial position, billion bybillion. BACOLOD City – The city governmenthere is eyeing an annual budget of P3 billion for 2020. “We have created a climateconducive and very healthy for business to grow,” he added./PNlast_img read more

Franklin County FSA Holding Committee Elections

first_imgMichael E Kohlsdorf,  County Executive Director, Franklin County Farm Service Agency, announced the County Committee Election process for 2014 has begun with the announcement of the Local Administrative Area (LAA) boundaries and the posting of the eligible voter list at the FSA office.This year LAA-3 in Butler, Highland, Ray & Salt Creek Townships will be conducting an election.   A map, with specific boundaries, is available at the county office.The FSA County Committee is a unique and important partnership member with the USDA to administer the farm programs. Committee members are nominated and elected by their peers. Members serve a three year term and apply their judgment, experience, and knowledge when making local decisions regarding:The duties of FSA County Committee members include:Administering farm program activities conducted by the County FSA Office.Informing farmers of the purpose and provisions of the FSA programs.Keeping the State FSA Committee informed of LAA conditions.Monitoring changes in farm programs.Participating in county meetings as necessary.Performing other duties as assigned by the State FSA Committee.“We are seeking nominations from eligible voters to be placed on the ballot which will be mailed to eligible voters this fall”, Kohlsdorf said.  The nomination period is open from June 15 to August 1.Nominating form FSA-669A, can be obtained at the county FSA office, or obtained electronically at here >>Each form submitted must be:Limited to one nominee.Signed and dated by the nominee in Item 4. Nominee must sign if willing to have his/her name placed on the ballot and agrees to serve if elected.Note: Name shown on ballot will appear exactly the same as in Agency records.Delivered to the County FSA Office or postmarked no later than August 1.last_img read more

Bhuvneshwar five-for puts Indid in charge

first_img(REUTERS)-Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up five wickets in a fine display of seam bowling to floor New Zealand after Wriddhiman Saha’s battling half-century helped India reach 316 on the second day of the second Test at Eden Gardens yesterday.After India were dismissed shortly before lunch, their seamers did most of the damage as New Zealand staggered to 128 for seven at the close on a rain-interrupted day.BJ Watling (12) and Jeetan Patel (five) were at the crease for the touring side.It was the fourth five-wicket haul for the 26-year-old Kumar, who replaced Umesh Yadav in the side.“In India you rarely get this kind of wicket, so I wanted to make full use of it,” Kumar told the host broadcaster. “It was one of my dreams to take five wickets in India.”Mohammed Shami struck first, trapping opener Tom Latham (one) lbw, before out-of-sorts Martin Guptill (13) departed when the ball ricocheted off of his elbow and on to his stumps after he lifted his arms to avoid a sharply-rising Kumar delivery.Henry Nicholls (one) was out soon after play resumed in the second session when the left-handed batsman chopped Kumar on to his stumps to reduce the Kiwis to 23-3.Stand-in captain Ross Taylor (36) and Luke Ronchi (35), who made 38 and 80 in the first Test in Kanpur, took the fight to the hosts with a 62-run fourth-wicket stand before the latter was trapped in front by left-arm spinner Jadeja.New Zealand’s hopes rested heavily on Taylor’s shoulders with regular captain Kane Williamson absent due to illness but after a two-and-half hour rain delay the right-hander pushed hard at a Kumar outswinger to be caught at first slip.Kumar completed his five-wicket haul by sending back Mitchell Santner (11) and Matt Henry (nought) in successive deliveries.Earlier, resuming on 239-7, India, who lead the three-Test series 1-0, added valuable runs through their lower-order batsmen, with Saha (54 not out) completing his third test fifty.The 31-year-old Saha, who has cemented his place in India’s test side after the retirement of long-standing captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was struck on the elbow and the ribcage by some hostile New Zealand bowling.But the right-hander did not flinch and brought up his fifty with a four and a six in successive deliveries off left-arm spinner Santner, much to the delight of the crowd, who applauded at length for the local player.Saha added 41 for the eighth wicket with Jadeja (14) and another 35 for the final one with fellow home favourite Shami.INDIA 1st innings (Overnight: 239-7)S. Dhawan b Henry 1M. Vijay c Watling b Henry 9C. Pujara c Guptill b Wagner 87V. Kohli c Latham b Boult 9A. Rahane lbw b Patel 77Ro. Sharma c Latham b Patel 2R. Ashwin lbw b Henry 26W. Saha not out 54R. Jadeja c Henry b Wagner 14B. Kumar lbw b Santner 5M. Shami c Henry b Boult 14Extras (b-8 lb-10) 18Total (all out, 104.5 overs) 316Fall of wickets: 1-1 S. Dhawan,2-28 M. Vijay,3-46 V. Kohli,4-187 C. Pujara,5-193 Ro. Sharma,6-200 A. Rahane,7-231 R. Ashwin,8-272 R. Jadeja,9-281 B. Kumar,10-316 M. ShamiBowling: T. Boult 20.5 – 9 – 46 – 2, M. Henry 20 – 6 – 46 – 3,N. Wagner 20 – 5 – 57 – 2, M. Santner 23 – 5 – 83 – 1,J. Patel 21 – 3 – 66 – 2.NEW ZEALAND 1st inningsM. Guptill b B. Kumar 13T. Latham lbw b Shami 1H. Nicholls b B. Kumar 1R. Taylor c Vijay b B. Kumar 36L. Ronchi lbw b Jadeja 35M. Santner lbw b B. Kumar 11B. Watling not out 12M. Henry b B. Kumar 0J. Patel not out 5Extras (b-5 lb-4 w-5) 14Total (for 7 wickets, 34 overs) 128Fall of wickets: 1-10 T. Latham,2-18 M. Guptill,3-23 H. Nicholls,4-85 L. Ronchi,5-104 R. Taylor,6-122 M. Santner,7-122 M. HenryTo bat: N. Wagner, T. BoultBowling: B. Kumar 10 – 0 – 33 – 5, M. Shami 11 – 0 – 46 – 1(w-1),R. Jadeja 8 – 3 – 17 – 1, R. Ashwin 5 – 2 – 23 – 0.last_img read more

Syracuse’s late stops, Kayla Treanor’s record-breaking goal put Louisville away, 13-10

first_imgSyracuse was backed into a corner after struggling to stop the Louisville offense several times in the second half. Allie Murray made a sweeping save with her stick and then stuffed another shot on the doorstep of the net.Syracuse still needed one last stop. The Cardinals had battled back and cut a three-goal deficit to one. Jillian Balog threw a cross-field pass that Kelly Cross picked off. The turnover ended Louisville’s last come-back attempt.“They’d get close and our players would make a play. We’d get a save and we’d get back up by a couple,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “I thought we finished the game, not quite stopping their run and building on it, but at least we stopped it.”No. 5 Syracuse (14-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) held the ball and scored twice more to preserve its lead and beat No. 7 Louisville (12-4, 3-4), 13-10, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Kayla Treanor broke SU’s goal-scoring record with the 251st of her career, also the goal that formally clipped UofL. The Orange’s biggest lead shrunk from four to one, but the Cardinals hardly ever got within true striking distance.The win guarantees Syracuse will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s ACC tournament, which it won last season, beating the No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 seeds. This season, the ACC tournament could help Syracuse make its case for being a top four seed in the NCAA tournament, which would give it home-field advantage through the quarterfinals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(Louisville) didn’t give up, kept fighting back,” Gait said, “but the good thing is, we had answers.”One Treanor goal and three assists accounted for half of SU’s goals by the end of the first half. The Orange built a three-goal lead by the time the final seconds were ticking down and Treanor had a chance for one last goal. The senior attack blasted a shot wide of the net, but had been decked as she got it off.A buzzer sounded. The band started playing. Gait opened up his hands at his sides staring at the play, asking the referees for a call. Treanor was given a free position with one second left instead of the half ending.She ripped her shot past UofL goalie Kelly Gielner.The buzzer sounded again, the band started playing again. Brenna Rainone was one of a small group to congratulate Treanor as she ran off the field for breaking the school record in goals. This time it was Cardinals head coach Kellie Young who argued that the goal shouldn’t count.After Treanor ran off the field, the referees called the goal off because it went in after the buzzer sounded. SU ended the half up, 8-5.“In the locker room, the coaches told us (the goal didn’t count),” Treanor said.The goal that never was would have given SU just a bit more cushion. Its lead steadied through the first 15 minutes of the second half until the Cardinals scored twice and brought the game within one.After Cross picked off the Louisville pass, Syracuse cleared the ball out of its own end and Gait called a timeout. The Orange worked the ball around and 29 seconds after the timeout, Treanor slid around the right side of the crease. She faked a high shot, but bounced it off the ground instead to break the scoring record.The goal buried UofL and gave SU the cushion it needed with her near-goal at halftime. In the second half this year against ranked and conference opponents, the Orange has scored two less goals (61-57) than its opponents.On Saturday, SU managed a tie and that’s all it needed.“I think definitely, that’s been a focus of ours, finishing our second half,” Treanor said. “Luckily today — fortunately today, I don’t think it’s luck — I think we did the job, we finished our game. A couple times during the season we haven’t done that.” Comments Published on April 23, 2016 at 4:49 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Superlatives from Syracuse’s 73-53 win over Miami

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 24, 2019 at 9:58 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturcocenter_img Since Syracuse’s upset of then-No. 1 Duke, a once-stagnant offense has broken out. The Orange’s hot shooting continued on Thursday night, as the team shot 49.1 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from beyond the arc. Elijah Hughes’ 22 points and six 3s led the way for Syracuse (14-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast), which blew out Miami (9-9, 1-5) inside the Carrier Dome, 73-53. The Orange have won three straight and remain tied atop the conference standings.Here are the superlatives from the dominating victory.Big Moment: Paschal Chukwu’s block and Jim Larrañaga’s technicalWith just under 12 minutes remaining in the game, Ebuka Izundu went up with a layup. The ball was swatted away by Paschal Chukwu. UM players pleaded for a goaltending call but didn’t get one. Seconds later, Hurricanes head coach Jim Larrañaga, made his way to the court, screaming and throwing his arms in the air.He was quickly charged with a technical foul by the referee, and Tyus Battle made both free throws on the opposite end. The Orange, already on an 8-2 run, used the technical free throws to push the lead to double digits and pull away.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStud: Elijah HughesA Miami player corralled a Marek Dolezaj missed shot and threw a lead pass to Zach Johnson running up the court. He caught the ball and rose up against Elijah Hughes, who met him at the rim and blocked the ball. The following possession, — after Hughes nabbed the defensive rebound — Dolezaj found Hughes on the left wing. He nailed it as the Carrier Dome crowd erupted. Head coach Jim Boeheim gave him a slap on the butt.Hughes could not miss on Thursday night, dropping 22 points with six 3s on 66.7 percent shooting from deep. Hughes was extremely active on the defensive end, too, adding three blocks and three steals.Dud: Oshae BrissettOnce again, Oshae Brissett struggled creating offense inside the paint. Drives that gave him open looks came up short. Jumpers rimmed out. Outside of his and-1 finish midway through the first half, Brissett struggled mightily. The sophomore forward finished with just seven points on 25 percent shooting. On a day where Syracuse’s offense had been on fire, Brissett was anything but.Highlight: Tyus Battle’s passingFresh off his third ACC Player of the Week award, Tyus Battle did not score a single point in the first half. While he missed all three shots in that frame, the junior tied a career-high with six assists. He even found Buddy Boeheim for 3 multiple times while manning the point as Frank Howard sat.While Battle found offensive success in the second half — scoring 10 points — his passing stood out and helped create offense for a hot-shooting Syracuse squad. He finished with nine assists. The highest single-game total by any player this season came in just more than 21 minutes.Lowlight: ReboundingIt was expected that Syracuse, the nation’s tallest team, would have no trouble out-rebounding Miami on Thursday. The Hurricanes are the 238th tallest team and have notoriously struggled on the boards. Yet, Miami doubled the Orange in first-half rebounds, grabbing eight on the offensive glass in the process. The Hurricanes finished the game with 39 rebounds to the Orange’s 28. Paschal Chukwu registered double-digit rebounds in back-to-back games but ended with just four rebounds on Thursday night.Early in the first half, Elijah Hughes and Oshae Brissett both blocked a pair of Miami shots into the stands. A long 3 before the shot clock expired came up short, but the Hurricanes grabbed the offensive rebound and scored a 3 seconds later. Second-chance points kept Miami close the entire game, as the Hurricanes outscored the Orange in that department, 19-6.last_img read more

Traffic ranks trained to use breathalyser, speed guns

first_img…after increase in complaints filed by citizensIn light of the high number of complaints filed against traffic ranks in recent days, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has embarked on a new initiative which will allow officers to not only be trained but certified to use the breathalyser gun and tachometer, popularly known as the speed gun.In an interview with the Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, on Friday, <<>> was told that the sessions would also allow for ranks to be trained to better communicate with the public as there have been numerous complaints surfacing against the cops, who are supposed to be examples and moreover, fight crime and not participate.A senior rank, who is responsible for the supervision of the training sessions said that so far 79 ranks have been trained in Georgetown.He explained that those persons were trained in two batches so far, with training being held during weekdays usually from 08:00h to 18:00h.Filed photo: Traffic ranks at Eve Leary, Georgetown (DPI photo)He said that a lecturer from the University of Guyana (UG) was brought to help the officers with their communication skills while persons from the Guyana Bureau of Standards were also invited to provide the certification on the equipment usage.Ranks were also trained in professional ethics of law enforcement as well as how to better conduct themselves in appearance as well as on accident scenes, whether minor or serious, the officer said.The officer was keen to note that the training for ranks is not new, but having them certified is a new initiative which only began this year.Asked if only certified officers will be allowed to conduct breathalyser tests, Jack responded in the negative.According to him, the objective is to have each traffic rank in the various Policing Divisions trained at the Georgetown Police Training Centre.In the past, persons have complained about being mistreated by the police while a breathalyser test is being conducted.Moreover, the recent matter between Attorney-at-Law Ryan Crawford and a police officer has made the communication and conduct aspect of the training even more important.In September last year, a video went viral of the attorney shouting expletives at the cop while refusing to comply with the requests of the cop. The 48-year-old attorney, who was slapped with five charges, denied all when they were read to him by Magistrate Peter Hugh and was released on his own recognisance.In his apology, Crawford stated that it was his frustration that was the cause of his expletive rant, noting that he was only attempting to get his point across which is that he was illegally stopped.last_img read more

A month to save Chelsea’s season

first_imgHas Sarri found the winning formula?As a Chelsea fan, the last few years seem to have been peppered with months that would determine either the club’s season, a manager’s future or more often than not – both. March 2019 is yet another one. In a season that started off so promising, with talk of a new Sarri era that would rival or even eclipse the best of Jose and Conte, it veered off into one that would possibly be worse than the darkest months under those two. Surprisingly though there are signs (small but unmistakably there) that the Italian can turn it around. The next 4 weeks or so, will prove if they are a false dawn or actually something to build upon.Euro MillionsThe eyes of the rest of the footballing world are very much on events in the Champions league, in particular the triple England Germany head-to-head. A competition of course, that Man City are favourites to win. That shows the distance Chelsea have fallen in such a short time. Nevertheless, Chelsea now find themselves in the same position in the continent’s second cup competition. With a Champions League place courtesy of the league looking a tougher proposition than it did not that long ago, the Europa is probably Chelsea’s best path to the Champions League riches. Whether they will be able to spend those riches is of course up in the air at the moment with the transfer ban looming.Their opponents in the last 16 are Dynamo Kiev, a tie where the travel probably presents the trickiest aspect of the two legs. The Ukraine side will be no pushovers, having topped the group that also included Arsenal’s opponents Rennes, but in a draw where there was no seeding, it could have been a lot worse. The Stamford Bridge tie is on the 7th March, the reverse a week later. Should those go the way of expectations, it will be early April before Chelsea venture into Europe again. By which time, the EPL picture will be clearer.Push for FourthHiguain – time to shineDespite the wheels appearing to have fallen off Chelsea’s bid for the top four and the unlikely resurrection at Manchester United, it is still very much within Chelsea’s grasp. The remaining games fall neatly into two categories. Those that they really should be winning, and those that, judging by all evidence, they probably won’t. In order to claim that last remaining Champions League spot, they have to ensure there are no slip ups and they do take all three points from those games that reside in the first of those groups. That includes every league game in March.The recent  turnaround, evident in the contrasting Manchester City games, needs to be built upon, and with these fixtures, anything less than 13 points would make the task a whole lot trickier, and could see Sarri going to Old Trafford at the end of April needing a win.• Fulham away•  Wolves home•  Everton away•  Cardiff away•  West Ham homeWith that visit to Manchester in April, along with one to Anfield earlier that month, it needs to be a case of making hay, even if the sun is only just threatening to shine.The fact we are talking about still finishing in the top four, along with a possible European trophy, does put into perspective some of the negative talk in, around and aimed at Stamford Bridge. The rumoured loss of the changing room appears to have been overstated, and Sarri was quick to try and quash any further disharmony in the backlash from the Kepa incident at Wembley. However, it is worrying that having seeming to have found his Premiership legs remarkably easily, something did go wrong. Add to that that if recent history is to be repeated – and I am not saying that that in itself is a good thing – but if it is to be repeated, then new managers at the Bridge tend to do their best work early on. Maybe Sarri is repeating history after all, and is merely doing it on a lot quicker time scale than his predecessors.At the moment, there are a lot of things in the air. There are too many questions still to be resolved. Come the end of March, the majority of those will have been answered, one way or the other. For Sarri and every Chelsea fan, we can only hope that they are answered in such a way that means we enter April and then May on the brink of yet another defining month.last_img read more

SA wins big at World Travel Awards

first_imgA view of Green Point in Cape Town with the city’s 2010 Fifa World Cup stadium at left, and Table Bay beyond. The city regularly receives global accolades for its tourist attractions. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jane Larcombe World Travel Awards Press and PR Director +44 1892 785071 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town: most beautiful city • SA restaurant best in the world • SA a favourite among expats • Dash of Zulu in heart of London • SA shines at world travel showMary AlexanderSouth Africa cleaned up at the annual World Travel Awards for Africa last night, winning 36 awards out of the total 49 categories. Despite the pyramids, Egypt, its nearest rival, managed to win only four.For the sixth time in seven years the city of Cape Town was named Africa’s leading destination, at an awards ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg. South African Airways was named Africa’s leading airline, South African Tourism the continent’s leading tourism board and Durban harbour the leading port.Of the 49 categories, six were awarded to multinational entities with a strong presence in South Africa. Kenya, Morocco and Namibia garnered one award each.Cape Town, South Africa’s most-visited destination, regularly receives international accolades for its attractions. This year it joined Paris, London, New York and Venice as one of Forbes magazine’s 10 most beautiful cities in the world.In 2009 the city was named best destination in the Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, the world’s second-best city by Travel+Leisure magazine, the world’s best entertainment and lifestyle destination in the Luxury Travel Awards, and best tourism investor city in the AI Tourism Investor Awards. Cape Town was also named one of the “places of a lifetime” by National Geographic in 2008.The World Travel Awards also nominated Cape Town as the leading destination in the world in 2002, 2005 and 2006.“These awards are an incredible endorsement,” said Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du-Toit Helmbold. “Being recognised by the industry makes all the hard work we put into hosting the Fifa World Cup in Cape Town so worthwhile.“We do believe that Cape Town is one of the greatest cities to live, visit, study and invest in. It’s a place of a lifetime, and it just keeps on getting better.”The World Travel Awards, first held in 1994, is a tourism industry initiative, with travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations across the globe voting for the winners.The full list of the 2010 World Travel Awards for Africa winners:Africa’s Leading Airline: South African AirwaysAfrica’s Leading Airport: OR Tambo International Airport, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Apartment Hotel: The Regent, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand: Mantis GroupAfrica’s Leading Business Car Rental Company: AvisAfrica’s Leading Business Hotel: Hilton DurbanAfrica’s Leading Business Travel Agency: Travel with FlairAfrica’s Leading Casino Resort: The Palazzo Montecasino, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Conservation Company: Shamwari Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Convention Hotel: Sandton Sun, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Destination: Cape TownAfrica’s Leading Family Resort: Sun City Resort, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Green Hotel: The Phantom Forest Eco-reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Hotel: Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Innovative Hospitality Company: Signature Life HotelsAfrica’s Leading Low-Cost Airline: 1timeAfrica’s Leading Luxury Hotel: Arabella Western Cape Hotel & SpaAfrica’s Leading Luxury Lodge: Shambala Private Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Luxury Train: The Blue TrainAfrica’s Leading Luxury Villa: Thanda Private Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre: International Convention Centre Durban, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel: The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Online Tour Operator: 1timeAfrica’s Leading Port: Durban (Port)Africa’s Leading Resort: Sun City Resort, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Safari Lodge: Shamwari Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Spa Resort: Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Sports Resort: Legend Golf & Safari Resort – South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Suite: Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Tourism Development Project: Fairmont ZimbaliAfrica’s Leading Tourist Board: South Africa TourismAfrica’s Leading Town House Hotel: Shamwari Town House, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Travel Agency: Club Travel, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Travel Exhibition: INDABAAfrica’s Leading Travel Management Company: Travel with Flair South AfricaAfrica’s Tourism Personality Of The Year: Dr Aupindi Tobie Aupindi – MD Namibia Wildlife ResortsAfrica’s Leading Golf Resort: The Palmeraie Golf Palace, MoroccoAfrica’s Leading Beach Resort: Diani Reef Beach Resort & SpaAfrica’s Leading Beach Destination: Sharm El Sheikh, EgyptAfrica’s Leading Beach Hotel: Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna Hurghada, EgyptAfrica’s Leading River Cruise Company: Sonesta Nile CruisesAfrica’s Leading Villa: Queen Cleopatra Villa, Savoy Sharm El Sheikh, EgyptAfrica’s Leading Car Hire: EuropcarAfrica’s Leading Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Cruise LineAfrica’s Leading Game Reserve Brand: Mantis GroupAfrica’s Leading Hotel Group: Starwood Hotels & ResortsAfrica’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company: &Beyond Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award: &Beyondlast_img read more

Is Hadoop Not Enough For Cloudera?

first_imgEven as the hype around Hadoop has exploded, its use as a “poor man’s ETL” or “unsupervised landfill” has remained somewhat pedestrian. But that’s about to change. At least, if Cloudera has its way.Cloudera is moving beyond Hadoop to add services like search, yet keeping these add-on services firmly grounded in HDFS.(See also: Searching Hadoop Data Just Got A Lot Easier)It’s an ambitious strategy, one that views Hadoop as the operating system for Big Data, and HDFS as the common repository shared by a number of different tools/services, e.g., MapReduce, Pig and Hive as the batch computing engine, Impala as the SQL engine, Lucene/Solr for full-text indexing and search, etc.It also implicitly assumes that Big Data is the data market worth chasing, an assumption I’ve challenged before (see here and here, for starters). Regardless, there’s certainly going to be an important evolution of the data warehouse, and Hadoop will play a central role. The question is whether Cloudera can do it alone.As 451 Research analyst Matthew Aslett highlights, while Cloudera has hitherto played nicely with data platform vendors like Oracle, recentlyCloudera… announced its intention to challenge the incumbent data management providers by positioning Hadoop as the focal point of next-generation data management platforms and calling on enterprises to ‘unaccept the status quo.’ Matt Asay Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Questionable grammar aside, this positioning is the inevitable consequence of Cloudera expanding its purview beyond simply being seen as a distributor of Hadoop for batch-based data processing. With Cloudera Enterprise, it has assembled what could now best be described as a multi-purpose data-processing and analytics platform.Aslett goes on to note that Hortonworks, another Hadoop vendor, has a much more partner-friendly approach to the Hadoop market, pointing out that “Hortonworks’ vision is not based on building a stack of data management and processing capabilities around Hadoop but on improving the flexibility of Hadoop itself for handling multiple application workloads via Apache YARN.” In other words, while Hortonworks also sees Hadoop as the “OS” for Big Data, it’s not building an all-encompassing Big Data suite. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Big Data#Cloudera#data management#data warehousing#Hadoop#Hortonworks#Open Source center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts (See also: Hadoop: What It Is And How It Works and The Real Reason Hadoop Is Such A Big Deal In Big Data)This ambition would be at risk were Cloudera unprofitably limping along with minimal revenue, but it’s not. Sales are on track to exceed $100 million this year, according to several sources close to the company. As an independent company, Cloudera evidently feels it can risk upsetting the incumbent data management vendors.Does it really have a choice? At a certain point, its erstwhile partners will grow wary of its growing size, even as Hadoop takes on capabilities that encroach on their turf, whether Business Intelligence, Database or other adjacent markets. Cloudera perhaps could have waited longer to declare its intentions, but that’s a matter of near-term tactics, not long-term strategy. Any Hadoop vendor will necessarily be competitive to yesterday’s data warehousing and analytics tools.Cloudera is simply being honest about that fact.But it’s still an open question whether a more partner-friendly approach like Hortonworks is going to win out over time. In a parallel market, Red Hat came to dominate the Linux market by having the most expansive partner program that made a host of database, application and other vendors its allies against proprietary UNIX. Only in the past few years has Red Hat expanded beyond its operating system beachhead to take on middleware and other markets.Cloudera is striking out on its own much sooner. It remains to be seen whether this is genius or brash.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstocklast_img read more

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