Thunder center Kanter says father arrested in Turkey

first_imgEx-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The arrest came a week after a warrant was issued for Enes Kanter, whose passport has been cancelled by Turkish authorities.Kanter, who has compared Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, was briefly detained in Romania on May 20 but returned to the United States with his green card, telling reporters he wanted to seek American citizenship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img NEW YORK, NY – MAY 22: Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter speaks to media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFPTurkish NBA player Enes Kanter, an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Friday his father had been arrested in Istanbul and could face torture.“My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party,” Kanter wrote on his website. “He may get tortured for simply being my family member.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Oklahoma City Thunder center, who had voiced support for Muslim cleric Fethulla Gulen in Twitter postings after an attempted putsch last July aimed at ousting Erdogan, said thousands in Turkey could face similar fates for their support of the Gulen-inspired Hizmet, which he calls a social initiative advocating for human rights.Turkey, meanwhile, accuses US-based Gulen of ordering the failed coup and refers to the movement as the “Fethulla Terrorist Organization”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundKanter’s family has publicly denounced the player’s support of Gulen.The pro-government Anadolu news agency reported Friday that Mehmet Kanter had been placed in protective custody in connection with an inquiry targeting Gulen. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig inlast_img read more

Van Gaal ready for Euro redemption

first_imgAnd Van Gaal has now begun preparing his side for Thursday’s crucial home game with Midtjylland as they try to overturn an embarrassing 2-1 deficit from the away leg in Denmark.The United manager’s future remains uncertain despite the routine win against League One Shrewsbury, and Van Gaal admits Thursday’s fixture at Old Trafford is a significant occasion.“It is in my opinion a big game because it’s a chance to qualify for the Champions League next season (by winning the Europa League),” he said.“But we have to win a lot of matches of course.“It’s easily spoken about but doing it is different. But it is possible and then we’ll see.“Still everything is possible, we’re still in three competitions, so we have to fight for a lot of chances I think.”Van Gaal could have first-choice goalkeeper David De Gea fit to face Midtjylland after he suffered a knee injury in the warm-up for the first leg.And the Dutchman expects more injured players to return to action in the next few weeks.He has captain Wayne Rooney sidelined for around six weeks with a knee problem while Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia and Bastian Schweinsteiger are also missing.“I think in March a lot of players are coming back and then we’ll have a full selection, and with our full selection we were first in the Premier League,” he said.– Committed –Van Gaal was pleased with his team’s display at Shrewsbury after the dismal defeats against Sunderland and Midtjylland.“Everybody shall say it is against Shrewsbury Town and Manchester United has to win but we have seen very difficult results in the FA Cup,” he added.“The top team is not always winning. I think the performance was very good, I said that already at half-time to my players.“They were very committed, they performed our game-plan very well and the consequence was we were ahead 2-0 at half-time.“So I think we have done it fantastically, I have congratulated my players, I was very pleased but now we have to beat Midtjylland because it is also possible to beat them.“But it is not easy because Midtjylland are very well organised, we have seen that in the away game.”Shrewsbury offered little resistance to a United side who dominated throughout a one-sided contest and boss Micky Mellon said: “You’ve got to congratulate Manchester United on a superb display.“You see players of that quality getting free kicks around the area you always know you’re going to be in trouble.“What we’re disappointed about is that we never gave the fans a goal to cheer.“We’ll be disappointed when we have seen the opportunities back that we haven’t scored.“I’m determined I’m not going to be any way critical of the players because we came up against some fantastic quality.“The players can walk away with their heads held high because they gave us everything they had.” 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Juan Mata (2nd L) celebrates scoring team’s second goal during their English FA Cup 5th round match against Shrewsbury Town, at the Greenhous Meadow stadium in Shrewsbury. PHOTO/AFPSHREWSBURY, Tuesday 23 – Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United still have “a lot of chances” for success this season as they prepare to face FC Midtjylland in a make-or-break Europa League tie.United extended their FA Cup run with a comfortable 3-0 win over Shrewsbury on Monday to secure a tie against West Ham United in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Exclusive – Parlour backs Henry to become Arsenal manager

first_imgRay Parlour believes Thierry Henry has all the tools to be a top manager and is backing him to take charge of Arsenal.The Frenchman is considering moving into coaching after announcing he will not be extending his playing contract with the New York Red Bulls.Arsene Wenger is keen to add the 37-year-old, the Gunners’ record goal scorer, to his backroom staff and Parlour claims that could be the first step towards taking on the top job.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Palour said of his former team-mate:  “I think he will definitely get involved with Arsenal. I certainly believe, one day, if he really wants to be a manager, he will be manager of Arsenal.“He was such an intelligent player. Arsene Wenger used to have a meeting on a Monday with the players after a game and Thierry would always have his say. He would make some great points, not just about forwards, but about defending and how we defend as a team.“He always had that charisma to be a manager. And look at his name around the world. People would want to play for him and he would attract big players.”last_img read more

It’s easy to trim imaginary trees of L.A.

first_img His covert war on gangs. The historic turnaround in the Los Angeles Unified School District. If you’re scratching your head about that last one, let me explain: The mayor is so committed to fixing the schools, he wasn’t satisfied with a 180-degree turnaround; he’s given us a 360-degree turnaround! However, we do have Villaraigosa to thank for a new trash tax, a con job on the phone tax and new union contracts that make L.A. city workers the A-Rods of municipal employees. Mayor Villaraigosa promised us transparent government; what he’s delivered are transparent accomplishments. If the mayor gave a news conference, and no cameras where there to photograph him, would it still be news? Los Angeles is rapidly becoming a sequel to Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” Eli Broad and the boys pour billions into the Grand Avenue project, while homelessness, illegal garage conversions and homicidal street gangs take over suburban neighborhoods. We should celebrate entrepreneurs who are still willing to invest in L.A.; however, the vanishing middle class spells disaster for the future. No city, no nation, succeeds with just rich and just poor. The mayor, City Council and school board are pretending to address the critical issues facing the city; what they’re really doing is decorating a dead Christmas tree. Tony V dangles a lot of shiny objects before the public: “A million trees! Trees for everyone!” It’s nitwit stuff while the very viability of Los Angeles as a unified civic body becomes a jump ball. The Westfield mall megalopolis planned for Woodland Hills is a harbinger of L.A.’s future. Traffic, crime and traffic have become so oppressive we’re balkanizing into mini-cities within the city. While this has always been true to some extent, the lack of leadership and the craven caving to special interests and self-interest by our so-called leaders are sowing the seeds of the eventual dissolution of a truly great city. That we succeed at all is a tribute to the spirit of the people of Los Angeles who make it work despite their government. Can you imagine how great this place could be if we had leaders who actually led rather than preen for the cameras? Do you have to rake invisible leaves? Doug McIntyre host, the “McIntyre in the Morning” program on Talk Radio 790 KABC, weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Why can’t L.A. do something as simple as plant saplings? Well, despite a year of planning and promotion, apparently nobody bothered to plan for tree maintenance, or to track where the trees went, or even if the trees stayed in Los Angeles. For all anyone knows, Antonio’s virtual forest could be on landscaping trucks headed to Phoenix, Las Vegas or Beijing, for that matter. Our jobs went to China; why not our trees? While we might not know where the stealth saplings are, I’m pretty sure I know where we can find 4 million saps – in the mirror. Tony V didn’t elect himself. The invisible forest is a beautiful addition to the mayor’s see-through record of achievement. Let’s relax in the shade and reflect on his many other fictional accomplishments: The stealth subway to the sea. PHILOSOPHERS ask, “If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it still make a noise?” But Angelenos ask, “What if there is no forest? What if Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa just tells the world he’s planting a million trees? Does he still get credit for making Los Angeles, `the largest cleanest and greenest city in the United States?”‘ The mayor’s phantom forest is just the latest symbol of a local government so detached from reality it could be clinically diagnosed as delusional. To even a casual observer, the unions, the City Council and Villaraigosa are managing Los Angeles as if it were a fantasy-league city, not the flesh-and-blood second-largest urban center in America. Welcome to the “Emperor’s New Forest.” The mythical million trees promised by the world’s most self-celebrated mayor turns out to be a measly grove of 440 actual trees planted, with an additional 100,000 missing in action. Talk about not being able to see the forest for the trees; we can’t even see the trees for the trees. We need LoJack for our lumber. last_img

Bury waiting on takeover as EFL consider extending Friday’s expulsion deadline

first_img 1 Bury were fearing being kicked out the EFL on Friday night Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ stalemate Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:10Loaded: 7.63%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen deals Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Norwich vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSwansea vs Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Just minutes before the League One side were due to lose their Football League status, the EFL announced owner Steve Dale had accepted an offer from C&N Sporting Risk.The governing body said it was in ‘discussions with the potential purchaser and await information to allow the board to consider a request for an extension to Friday’s deadline’.Dale had been given until 23.59 on Friday to either provide proof to the EFL he could fund the Shakers this season or hand the club over to someone who can.Extinction was the option if not but, after a day of claim and counter-claim, Dale told the PA news agency on Friday night he had agreed a deal.Rory Campbell and Henry Newman’s C&N Sporting Risk, whose bid was made on Friday, have been working closely with Bury North MP James Frith.Before the EFL’s announcement, Campbell and Newman told PA in a statement: “We can confirm that over the past 10 weeks we have been in discussions with Bury FC, the EFL and others with a view to putting forward a proposal to buy the club. Bury fans face an anxious wait to hear if their club has been saved after the possible 11th-hour sale of the League One outfit.The Shakers had been poised to be expelled from the English Football League for failing to prove the Gigg Lane outfit’s financial viability.But the EFL is considering extending Friday’s expulsion deadline after being informed a deal had been struck to sell the embattled club. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty on target OFF rookie error targets Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ latest “It is a very complicated scenario and there remain a number of outstanding legal and other issues that have to be addressed. Our background is in football and data analytics and it should therefore not be surprising that we are taking a very detailed forensic look at the realities of Bury FC finances.“A club like Bury ought to have a viable long-term future even if the short-term future is clearly very challenging. To that end, we have been in discussions with the EFL about an extension so that we can continue to explore the prospects for a purchase. We will be making no further comment at this stage.”Dale’s declaration of a sale came just before 10pm, with a little over two hours remaining before the deadline.The Cheshire-based businessman said throughout the day he had a buyer lined up but was unsure if a deal could be concluded before the deadline, having also asked fans to pledge money, while MP Frith had said a ‘credible bid’ would be lodged along with proof of funding. LATEST Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Discussing the likelihood of an extension on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday morning, Frith said: “I think if the EFL need anything more than they’ve got right now, then they’ve raised the bar higher than I believe it needed to be in order to suspend the expulsion order.“I don’t believe the EFL will want to consign Bury to history and I think both Steve Dale and C&N Sporting Risk and those of us involved in this for as long as we have been, I think we’ve provided more than enough reason to extend.“But equally, the practicalities of this could yet be the reason why things don’t happen in time, so we’re still not clear of all of this.”Dale bought Bury for £1 in December after previous owner Stewart Day ran up huge debts following years of overspending at Gigg Lane.Having initially claimed to buy Bury for “philanthropic” reasons, Dale put the 134-year-old club into administration this summer and engineered a debt repayment scheme.The scheme, known as a company voluntary arrangement, would see creditors paid only 25 per cent of what they are owed, with him and his associates being the main beneficiaries. Sam Allardyce says Bolton should not have called off Doncaster gameHis plan, however, depended on Bury being allowed to start the season – with a small squad and skeleton staff – and the EFL handing over the club’s share of its central income.That, as desperate Bury fans are well aware, has not happened.Having previously greeted each EFL postponement of a Bury game – five league fixtures and an EFL Cup tie so far this season – with an angry statement on the club website, Dale announced he was willing to listen to offers for the club early last week. FAREWELL last_img read more

Santa Claus Man Jailed after Trying to Intimidate with a Molotov Cocktail

first_imgA lengthy investigation into numerous violent attempts to intimidate resulted in the arrest of a Santa Claus man. At 5:30 A.M. (Central time) this morning, the homeowner at 335 South Melchoir Drive West, Christmas Lake Village, had left her home to take her husband to work, only to return home to find a bottle in her front yard with a burning wick extending from the opening.  The homeowner immediately contacted Spencer County 911, who requested the assistance of the Indiana State Police and the ISP Emergency Ordinance Disposal Unit.State Police Troopers and members of the EOD unit responded to the residence to find that the bottle was Kahlua alcoholic beverage bottle containing gasoline and a t-shirt that was lit afire, assembled as a Molotov cocktail.  The Molotov cocktail device was not properly deployed and therefore only caused burn damage to the lawn.Through the investigation of the device, Master Trooper Trey Lytton learned that the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department had been at the residence around 1:00 A.M. Friday morning.  Deputies had responded for a complaint of an arrow being fired through a bedroom window.  Lytton followed up on the early morning complaint, learning that both a male living at the residence, as well as the male’s girlfriend, had received threatening text messages, dating back to September 4, 2017 and including this morning. Lytton found that the text messages had been sent by 21-year-old Eric Braun of Santa Claus.  Lytton learned that the vehicle Braun was known to drive matched the description of a vehicle that the homeowner on Melchoir had seen driving away from her neighborhood prior to arriving home to find the Molotov cocktail.At 12:11 P.M. (Central), Lytton’s investigation led him to Braun’s home in Santa Claus, where he gained permission to search the property.  Troopers found an empty bottle of Crabbie’s ginger beer on the ground with burnt residue on the bottle with a t-shirt lying next to it as a wick.  Lytton believed the t-shirt to match that found earlier in the morning on Melchoir Drive.  Additionally during the search of the residence and a subsequently executed search warrant on Braun’s Toyota Corolla, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.Troopers also found arrows that matched the exact type fired through the bedroom window early Fridaymorning.Braun was placed into custody without incident and transported to the Spencer County Jail.Assisting Agencies:  Santa Claus Police Department, Spencer County Sheriff’s DepartmentArrested and Charges:Eric J. Braun, 21, Santa Claus, IN– Possession, Transporting, Placing a Destructive Device to Kill, Injure, or Intimidate, Level 2 Felony– Possession, Transporting, Placing a Destructive Device, Level 5 Felony– Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon, Level 5 Felony– Criminal Recklessness, Level 6 Felony– Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Level 6 Felony– Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanorlast_img read more

blueorganizer: Interview with adaptiveblue founder and CTO Alex Iskold

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Tags:#conferences#DEMOfall 2006#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Richard: What are your major challenges?Alex: There are a couple major challenges. Number one is building the user base –standing out from the crowd. DEMOfall helped us address that in an excellent way. Anotherchallenge is expanding and growing in the right way. We are here to build products thatpeople use without expanding to be a 30 people company. Our challenge is to scale and weare going to address it by being smart about our software infrastructure andresources.Richard: What are you going to build in the next 12 months?Alex: We are going to add more collections like images, video and people. Expectsupport for microformats and more smart browsing stuff. We are also planning to startwork and roll out some backend personalization technologies. But we can’t talk about themyet 🙂Richard: What is the most important thing for a start up to besuccessful?Alex: Passion, closely followed by people, focus and agility.Richard: What web sites / blogs do you use / read often?Alex: Techcrunch, Read/Write Web, Peter Rip’s blog, Headrush. Use Basecamp from37signals a lot, and cvsdude to store our code.Richard: Which ‘web 2.0’ things are noise and which are signals?Alex: Signals are true innovations, noise are clones.Richard: How did you find DEMOFall?Alex: We found this show fantastic! The energy and the crowds were just amazing, We gotso much out of it and were very well received. We highly recommend the show to all companies that are launching new products.Disclaimer: not only is Alex a regular R/WW contributer, but blueorganizer is asponsor too. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Alex Iskold was at DEMOfall lastweek, but not only to live-blog the eventand do interviews for Read/WriteWeb 🙂 He was also promoting his own product blueorganizer, so I thought it’s only fair toturn the tables and interview him about DEMO – particularly as blueorganizer wasregarded as one of DEMO’s highlights by both Techcrunch and ZDNet.Also adaptiveblue has just released a brand new version of theblueorganizer. New features include the “autobluemark” (which automatically collectsobjects from the sites that users visit often), blogs collection with popularity rankingbuilt in, smart filtering (which brings iTunes-like flexible selectors to theblueorganizer), a google desktop widget and much more.Richard: What is your company about?Alex: adaptiveblue was founded with the vision to build the next generation of smartbrowsing and personalization technologies. Our first product, the blueorganizerextension, is focused on bringing the semantics of everyday objects into the browser tomake users more productive.Richard: Why did you start this company?Alex: I have been thinking about personalization and semantics for quite sometime. Isaw that there was a gap between theoretical thinking about semantic web and practicalsteps to get to it and wanted to help bridge it. Ironically my previous startup,Information Laboratory (which was sold to IBM), was focused on the structure of complexsystems like software, power grids and society. So I think that understanding of thestructure can take you very far, but to build truly personalized online experiences youneed to understand the semantics of things.Richard: Tell us what adaptiveblue has achieved so far?Alex: We have developed and launched our product in record time – just short of 5months. We also created innovative and important pieces of infrastructure forblueorganizer. We leveraged XML and JavaScript to roll out new collections and actions ina very short time, without having to do JavaScript coding. Finally, we just had anamazing launch at DEMOfall. It has been a great success and we are very pleased.last_img read more

What Should a Digital Public Library of America Look Like?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The public library may be one of this nation’s most important cultural and civic institutions. Yet it faces a number of threats – budget crises at the state and local level and the shift in the publishing industry from print to digital books. Of course, the library is more than just a repository for books – paper or otherwise. And even as libraries move to embrace more digital content, the local library will (hopefully) persist as a community center and as a portal to Internet resources.But efforts are underway to create a DIgital Public Library of America, an online library . The project’s steering committee have announced a “beta sprint,” asking people to weigh in on what they think this library should look like. Librarians, archivists, developers, and the general public have been asked to contribute “ideas, models, prototypes, technical tools, user interfaces,” and so on to the project, helping design how the DPLA might index and provide access to the digital content.Geeks and Librarians Joining Forces“We hope geeks and librarians, especially, will join forces to develop beta submissions in support of this initiative,” says John Palfrey, the director of the steering committee and co-director of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The Berkman Center has been coordinating the planning of the Digital Public Library of America, and other members of the steering committee include representatives from the Library of Congress, the Internet Archive, and academic and public libraries.As the call for submissions for this beta sprint suggest, the design of the DPLA is still very much under review. There are several models for what it could look like, including the Internet Archive and Europeana, the European Union’s online cultural archives.The Challenges of a Digital Public LibraryBut designing a digital public library will be no easy task, as many libraries and publishers are already finding themselves at odds over what exactly access and lending policies will be with electronic content. Furthermore, some interpreted the recent Google Books settlement (or rather, the federal judge Denny Chin’s decision to throw out the Google Books settlement) as a sign that the road ahead for digitization efforts is still full of legal obstacles. However, Judge Chin himself commented that “the digitization of books and the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many.” But a digital public library is quite a different thing than what Google has undertaken with its attempts to digitize every book ever printed. After all, a digital library won’t be just about storing content, but it will be about making that content accessible. Those interested in taking part in the Digital Public Library of America’s beta spring must submit a statement of interest by June 15. Final submissions are due by September 1.Photo credits: via Flickr user eflon Related Posts Tags:#E-Books#web audrey watterscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Helvetia Group and Vontobel Group Get Mission-Critical Performance with Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 Family

first_imgTwo financial services companies are using the top-of-the-line Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family to get record-breaking performance and scalability for their mission-critical challenges.For example, Helvetia Group created standardized and centralized data center model that was more scalable and agile than its existing distributed approach. It’s cut average provisioning times in half and increased virtualization from 65 to 85 percent, reducing server racks from 6 to 0.5.The Vontobel Group needed to boost the performance of the core banking platform on which all its customer and business interactions are based. It migrated from a RISC platform to x86, powered by the Intel Xeon processor E7-4800 and Intel Xeon processor 5600 series. This has boosted application performance by a factor of three while reducing costs and enhancing manageability.To learn more, download the new Helvetia Group and Vontobel Group business case studies. As always, you can find many more like this one on the Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.last_img read more

Caesars Entertainment Bets on Big Data and Wins

first_imgThree best practices for successful big data projectsMany people have asked me why only 27% of respondents in a recent consulting report believed their Big Data projects were successful.I don’t know the particulars of the projects in the report, but I can comment on the key attributes of successful Big Data projects that I’ve seen.Let’s look at an example. Intel recently published a case study about an entirely new Big Data analytics engine that Caesars Entertainment built on top of Cloudera Hadoop and a cluster of Xeon E5 servers. This analytics engine was intended to support new marketing campaigns targeted at customers with interests beyond traditional gaming, including entertainment, dining and online social gaming. The results of this project have been spectacular, increasing Caesars’ return on marketing programs and dramatically reducing the time to respond to important customer events.Three ways that Caesars Entertainment got it right:1. Pick a good use caseCaesars chose to improve the segmentation and targeting of specific marketing offers.  This is a great use case because it is a specific, well-defined problem that the Caesars analytics team already understands well.  It has the additional benefit that new unstructured and semi-structured data sources were available that could not be included in the previous generation of analysis.Rizwan Patel, IT director, commented, “When it comes to implementation, it is … essential to select use cases that solve real business problems. That way, you have the backing of the company to do what it takes to make sure the use case is successful.”2. Prioritize what data you include in your analysis“We have a cross-functional team…that meets quarterly to prioritize and select use cases for implementation.”This applies to both data and analytics. There is a common misconception that a data lake is like an ocean: Every possible source of data should flow into it.  My recommendation is to think of a data lake as a single pool where you can easily access all the data that is relevant to your projects. It takes a lot of effort to import, clean and organize each data source. Start with data you already understand.  Then layer in one or two additional sources, such as web clickstream data or call center text, to enrich your analysis.3. Measure your results“The original segments were not generating enough return on customer offers.”It’s hard to declare a project a success if it has no measurable outcome.  This is particularly important for Big Data projects because there is often an unrealistic expectation that valuable insights will magically bubble to the surface of the data lake.  When this doesn’t happen, the project may be judged a failure, even when it has delivered real improvements on a meaningful metric. Be sure to define key metrics in advance and measure them before and after the project.Your organization’s best oddsBig Data changes the game for data-driven businesses by removing obstacles to analyzing large amounts of data, different types of unstructured and semi-structured data, and data that requires rapid turnaround on results.Give your organization the best odds possible for a successful Big Data project by following Caesars Entertainment’s good example.last_img read more