British American Tobacco Kenya Limited (BAT.ke) 2001 Annual Report

first_imgBritish American Tobacco Kenya Limited (BAT.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2001 annual report.For more information about British American Tobacco Kenya Limited (BAT.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the British American Tobacco Kenya Limited (BAT.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: British American Tobacco Kenya Limited (BAT.ke)  2001 annual report.Company ProfileBritish American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya Limited grows, manufactures and sells tobacco products in Kenya. Cigarettes and other tobacco products in its product range include Dunhill, Rothmans, Embassy, Sportsman, SM, Safari and Rooster. The local cigarette brand produced for the Kenyan market is Embassy. The company also exports tobacco products to 13 countries in the African sub-region. The Kenyan enterprise is a subsidiary of the world’s most prestigious international tobacco business, parent company British American Tobacco Group. BAT Kenya was founded in 1907 and formerly known as BAT Kenya Limited. It changed its name to British American Tobacco Kenya Limited in 1998. British American Tobacco Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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60 Years of Rugby World: Greatest Tries of the 1960s

first_imgJacob Whitehead runs through the top ten Test tries from the Sixties There’s always something brilliant about a forward doing something not expected of them, an early example occurring courtesy of legendary All Blacks captain Sir Wilson Whineray (see 4:55 on the video).Part of a 36-3 victory, the New Zealand prop cheekily dummied the Barbarians full-back before casually dotting the ball down beneath the posts of Cardiff Arms Park.Andy Hancock (England) v Scotland, 1965 60 Years of Rugby World: Greatest Tries of the 1960sTo celebrate 60 years of Rugby World magazine, we’re counting down the top ten international tries of every decade.First up is the 1960s, which saw the birth of more organised back play, leading to some quite sensational early scores…Mannetjies Roux (South Africa) v British & Irish Lions, 1962Mannetjies Roux put the seal on a fine series win for the Springboks with a remarkable try on the Highveld.For the first of his two tries in that Test (and the first on this video), Roux took a short pass from his fly-half and seared past two Lions defenders before swerving inside to beat centre Mike Weston and captain Dickie Jeeps. Only the referee, Captain PA Myburgh, proved capable of keeping up.Richard Sharp (England) v Scotland, 1963 The character in Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe novels was named after one of Cornwall’s greatest sportsmen, dashing fly-half Richard Sharp.His greatest moment ensured that England would win the 1963 Five Nations, with a soaring parabola in which no less than four Scottish defenders were fooled by his dummies.Wilson Whineray (New Zealand) v Barbarians, 1964 Day job: Police officer Mike Coulman scored a fantastic try in the Sixties (Getty Images) Tries were only worth three points in these days, and England were under pressure as they trailed 3-0, having already lost to Wales and Ireland in that Five Natons.In the final minutes Andy Hancock, winning only his second cap, received the ball deep in his own 22 with a Scottish wall bearing down on him. One hand-off, two in-and-outs, four flailing defenders and 90 metres later and Hancock would collapse over the line to score a try (see 1:20 on the video) immortalised in the BBC Grandstand opening credits.Keith Jarrett (Wales) v England, 1967 Keith Jarrett emerged onto the international scene as an 18-year-old, selected at full-back against the English despite having never played there before.center_img It mattered little, as the Newport teen burst onto a probing kick with explosive pace, beating two English defenders before they’d even sighted the flyer. He’d make the cover of Rugby World two months later and you can read his take on the try in the 60th anniversary issue of the magazine.FIND OUT WHAT’S INSIDE RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONKel Tremain (New Zealand) v Australia, 1967This was a try (see 2:00 on the video) conjured by the iconic scrum-half Sid Going in New Zealand’s 29-9 Bledisloe Cup victory.He ducked between two Australian defenders to start a flowing move, before once more seizing on the loose ball and slipping the pass inside to onrushing flanker Kel Tremain.Mike Coulman (England) v Scotland, 1968Modern Test rugby has seen the prop emerge as an attacking weapon, but sowing the seeds for Kyle Sinckler and Ellis Genge was dual-code international Mike Coulman. He was notoriously quick for a front-rower, as he showed against Scotland in England’s only victory of that year’s Five Nations (see 0:20 on the video).A looped lineout throw into midfield found the onrushing Moseley player, who cut a swathe through the defence before bulldozing over the top of unfortunate Scottish full-back Stewart Wilson.Frik du Preez (South Africa) v British and Irish Lions, 1968South Africa have a proud tradition of producing second-rows, and one of the finest and earliest was Frik du Preez, named South Africa’s best player of the 20th century.Not only was his try in the first Test against the Lions the decisive score but a rare example of a successful move around the front of the lineout. Du Preez would gallop through from halfway to score in the corner, outstripping the desperate cover tackle of Lions captain Tom Kiernan.Barry John (Wales) v England, 1969      Keith Jarrett, this time playing centre, gathered his own chip to alley-oop the ball to the advancing Barry John, one of Wales’ finest fly-halves.Setting off on a weaving run, John beat four English defenders, the final sidestep the most audacious of all, to win Wales the Five Nations with a 30-9 victory over England.Piet Greyling (South Africa) v England, 1969Amid fierce anti-apartheid protests, the touring South African team failed to win any Internationals. However, they did score a try (see 0:35 on the video) impressive not for the precision or flair of the attack but the ferocity of their defence.England tried to gather the loose ball three times, fumbling each time under intense South African pressure before Springbok hooker Don Walton intercepted and fed destructive flanker Piet Greyling for the game’s first try.Let us know what you think are the greatest tries of the 1960s by emailing [email protected] LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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Provincial newspaper editor scapegoated in political case

first_img News September 14, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Provincial newspaper editor scapegoated in political case KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Organisation Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal The authorities in the northeastern province of Pavlodar have decided that Yaroslav Golyshkin, a local newspaper editor held since May after investigating a rape case allegedly involving the governor’s son, will spend at least another month in pre-trial detention.Golyshkin is facing up to 25 years in prison on charges of blackmail, extortion and inciting a minor to commit crime.Golyshkin’s pre-trial detention was due to end today, but it came as no surprise that, on 5 September, the judicial authorities extended his detention by another month, until 14 October. Further extensions are possible.Arrested on 14 May, he was initially charged with blackmail and extortion along with five other people as a result of a complaint by the provincial governor. After an initial investigation, additional charges were brought against him, including inciting a minor to commit crime (under article 132 of the criminal code).“The authorities are clearly trying to make Yaroslav Golyshkin carry the can for a rape case with political ramifications in which he was in no way involved,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“It is perfectly legitimate for a journalist to investigate such a serious matter and to provide the public with information about it without having to fear reprisals. We urge to the authorities to drop all the charges against him and to free him at once.”Regarded as an honest and professional journalist, Golyshkin has often been critical of the local authorities in Versia, the local newspaper he edits.Initially questioned as a witness, he was arrested after refusing to make a false statement implicating the deputy governor, against whom the authorities wanted to make a case. The deputy governor was also arrested shortly afterwards and has also been placed in pre-trial detention until 15 October.Kazakhstan is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en January 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Kazakhstan Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information News February 5, 2021 Find out more Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Organ at St John’s hits right note for festival

first_img#SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Print NewsLocal NewsOrgan at St John’s hits right note for festivalBy Alan Jacques – March 14, 2014 1277 New Music: 40Hurtz Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Email Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick TAGSLimerick DioceseLimerick Pipe Organ FestivalMusic LimerickProfessor Gerard GillenSt John’s Cathedral Linkedin Previous articleSearches continue for missing studentsNext articleLimerick set to benefit from €68 million local authority investment Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie LIMERICK takes centre-stage for a celebration of organ music this week, heralding a significant milestone for St John’ Cathedral and its 150 year old pipe organ.The Limerick Pipe Organ Festival, organised by Limerick Diocese as part of the year-long City of Culture programme, kicks off at St John’s this Friday, March 14 at 8pm. The festival takes place throughout the city and county with a programme of 16 events.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One of the key aims is to raise awareness of the rich heritage of pipe organs in Limerick. From mighty Cathedral organs to delightful smaller and more intimate instruments, Limerick churches are amply supplied with organs, some dating back to the nineteenth century.The inaugural concert promises to be a special one. Taking place at St John’s Cathedral, it celebrates the 150th anniversary of its iconic Hill organ with a recital from internationally acclaimed organist Professor Gerard Gillen.The performance will include music spanning several centuries in a programme designed to show off the outstanding range of the organ at St John’s. Speaking ahead of the recital, Professor Gillen, described the Hill organ at St John’s as “one of Ireland’s finest”.“There are magnificent organs throughout the country, pretty much in every large town in Ireland and the St John’s organ is as good example of this as there is. Built 150 years ago and restored a number of times since, it is a quality, craft-built instrument with outstanding workmanship”.“It has brilliantly stood the test of time and has as much national significance now as it had 150 years ago. The only concession to modern technology is the use of electricity so when people hear the St John’s organ, they hear a wonderful sound straight from the 1800s,” he said.According to Professor Gillen, one of the key strengths of the St John’s organ is the outstanding acoustics of the Cathedral itself.“Acoustics are terribly important for any instrument, not least the organ,” he said.The ecumenical Limerick Pipe Organ Festival runs through to the closing concert in November and details for all the events are available at www.lpof.ie and www.limerickdiocese.org. Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch WhatsApplast_img read more

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Plea In AP HC Seeks Declaration Of HC Premises As Containment Zone; Central Inquiry Into Death Of Registrar General [Read Petition]

first_imgNews UpdatesPlea In AP HC Seeks Declaration Of HC Premises As Containment Zone; Central Inquiry Into Death Of Registrar General [Read Petition] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK22 July 2020 8:07 AMShare This – xA PIL has been filed in the Andhra Pradesh High Court seeking a direction upon the State Government to declare the High Court premises as a “Red Zone/Containment Zone”, in order to prevent Covid-19 pandemic from spreading among the staff and other stakeholders. The petition has been filed by BC, SC, ST Minority Student Federation after 30 members of the court staff from the high…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA PIL has been filed in the Andhra Pradesh High Court seeking a direction upon the State Government to declare the High Court premises as a “Red Zone/Containment Zone”, in order to prevent Covid-19 pandemic from spreading among the staff and other stakeholders. The petition has been filed by BC, SC, ST Minority Student Federation after 30 members of the court staff from the high court tested Covid positive in addition to two fatalities. “It belies reason as to why an area in which 2 persons died of COVID-19, 2 persons are critical, about 30 employees have tested positive continues to function normally and has not being declared a containment zone,” the Petitioner has contended. They have also sought an independent enquiry into the incidents leading to the “untimely death” of Late B. Rajasekhar, Registrar General (In-charge), on June 24, 2020 and the death of an employee working as Assistant in the VR Section. Based on certain newspaper reports, the Petitioner has indicated that death of the Registrar General (I/C) was squarely due to “sabotage” of the procedures required to be adopted by the High Court, including the social distancing norms. “Due to the visiting of the court premises by the Hon’ble Judges, the court staff also had to attend, including the then Registrar General (I/C), Sri B. Rajasekhar, who was suffering with a heart ailment. He suffered a cardiac arrest on 24-06-2020 while on the court premises and expired. It was reported in local newspapers on 25-06-2020 that he was tested positive for COVID-19 and that his death was caused due to complications arising out of being infected by COVID-19,” the plea states. On this note it is submitted that as held by the Supreme Court in State Of West Bengal & Ors. v. Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights, 2010(3) SCC 571, the High Court is empowered to order a CBI investigation under Article 226, without the consent of the State Government. It is further contended that the swearing in ceremony of 3 Judges at the High Court on May 2, 2020, was conducted in absolute derogation of social distancing. “The said swearing-in ceremony took place in the presence of all the existing judges, huge number of court staff, and advocates in a packed courtroom. This was in total violation of the guidelines issued by WHO, the Government of India, the State Government of A.P., and the Hon’ble Apex Court in dealing with the norms to be followed at the workplace and in the courts as the case may be,” the Petitioner-organization has submitted. It is therefore prayed that the High Court be directed to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Central/ State Government. The plea has been filed through Advocates K. Ashok Reddy and Sahith GV. Click Here To Download Petition Read Petition Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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This week’s global HR news in brief

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s global HR news in briefOn 21 Feb 2006 in Personnel Today Florida prepares to allow firearms in cars at workA proposed Florida law could allow employees to keep loaded guns in their cars at work, and fine or imprison employers who disallow it. Similar laws have passed in several states, with the powerful National Rifle Asso-ciation (NRA) lobby trying to get them passed nationwide. Banning the practice denies workers the “right to bear arms” according to the NRA, “and forces anti-gun politics on employees”. Employers fear increased danger and security costs, making tense workplace situations, such as redundancies or dismissals, even worse. The Florida Bill grants employers immunity from lawsuits brought by anyone injured in a workplace shooting as long as they have made a good-faith effort to prevent workplace violence. Employers are fighting the Bill through industry associations rather than individually for fear of recriminations and being boycotted by the public.North Americans under psychological attack at workMore than 40% of North American workers, or 47 million people, are victims of psychological workplace aggression, according to a national survey published in the US Handbook of Workplace Violence. Customers, clients or patients (in the health sector) are the most likely source of attacks, according to the survey. One-quarter of respondents said they were victims of aggression from members of the public, while 15% reported being victims from other employees and 13% from supervisors. Respondents reported being screamed at, insulted, or threatened with physical violence while at work. Researcher Aaron Schat, from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, said the results indicated serious problems. “The fact that such a large percentage of the American population has experienced workplace aggression demonstrates the need to address it,” he said.European ruling makes cross-border worker checks illegalDetailed checks on the immigration status required of non-EU staff that companies want to post to another member state are illegal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled. It said immigration authorities should rely on a “simple declaration” from a company that its non-EU staff comply with the immigration rules of the country where the firm is based. Judges ruled against a German system, where diplomatic representa-tives are required to satisfy themselves that a non-EU worker has been lawfully employed for one year or more in a company’s home country, before issuing a visa. The court said that the German practice was “contrary to the freedom to provide services”. A company declaration would enable abuse of these rights to be prevented, it said. ECJ rulings create pan-EU precedents, so similar systems in other member states could eventually be challenged as a result of this ruling.German civil servants strike over plans to increase hoursTens of thousands of public sector workers in Germany have been striking over government plans to extend the working week. Civil servants, including nurses, cooks and cleaners, are protesting over the proposed increase of 90 minutes a week – from 38.5 hours to 40 hours – without any pay rises. Leaders of Germany’s largest union, Verdi, which has 2.4 million members, have warned that the strikes could last for up to six weeks. Talks between unions and local authorities to end the country’s first public sector strike since 1992 are scheduled for 20 February. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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2016 ELECTION CHOICES: GUARANTEED DISASTER OR RISKY RIVER LANDING

first_imgDNR Law Enforcement Outdoor Education Coordinators Honored by Purdue UniversityBy Susan Stamper BrownAn 11-year old lewd comment by Donald Trump that the Clinton campaign dredged from the sewer reminds us America is in a nose dive and set to crash.So a little perspective here. Like it or not, either a crude buffoon with a Godly Vice President will win the election —- or we choose a lying, cheating, corrupt criminal who is married to an alleged rapist and supports killing full-term babies on the taxpayers’ dime. Women: Hillary also defended a rapist against a 12-year old girl, calling the little girl a liar. Tim Kaine’s stance echoes hers.Let’s not forget that our coolest president ever, Obama, hangs out with Jay-Z and Beyonce in his spare time, when he’s not busy stomping on the United States Constitution. For those living in Bluebird-and-Butterfly-Land, google Jay-Z’s lyrics to “Is that Yo, Bi***.” Our coolest prez ever says Hillary will continue his legacy and will flush that which he’s already placed in the toilet.I know this is hard for the snowflakes among us to handle, so I suggest you retreat to a safe place until after November 8.And for the rest of us, let’s talk about tough choices and unwelcomed events which either draw out the hidden hero within or send tail-tucked snowflakes into their thumb-sucking corners.On January 15, 2009, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger showed us what heroes are made of when he was faced with an unanticipated event for which he’d never been specifically trained, when the Airbus A320 he piloted hit a flock of birds, disabling both engines.Later that year in an interview with Newsweek, Sully said, “When we struck them and the engines were damaged, I knew in that moment that it was going to be a life-changing event —- that this was going to be unlike any experience I had ever had. I knew it was going to be the hardest day of my life, the biggest problem I would ever have to solve. But I was confident I could solve it. I never thought I would die that day. I was just trying to make sure that no one else did.”Thanks to God’s grace and Sully’s clear-minded understanding that whether he liked it or not, he only had one choice. As a result, 155 souls on board survived, and Sully became a hero when he successfully executed an emergency landing on the Hudson River.Sully didn’t sulk about the lack of good choices. Nor did he complain about the most unfortunate of circumstances on a day he described to Newsweek as “a day like literally 10,000 other days —- until it wasn’t.”Quite similarly, this year we are faced with a presidential election which was just like every other election —- until it wasn’t.But, unlike Captain Sullenberger, too many snowflakes are so busy sulking about poor choices, they don’t understand America is on a collision course with Hillary in the captain’s seat.Captain Sullenberger knew every option before him was bad, so he chose the one which would save the most lives and discarded the one he knew would be guaranteed disaster.Hillary Clinton is guaranteed disaster.So it’s time to lay aside petty differences and rise to the occasion, understanding we only have one choice. This election is not about us. Nor is it about our likes or dislikes, personal preferences or wish lists. Nor is it about partisan politics. It’s not about you. Or me.Not this time. Not this election.So don’t be a snowflake. Rise up, be the hero of this story. Ask the 155 Miracle on the Hudson survivors if a risky river landing trumps a guaranteed plane wreck.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Marco Benevento For Waterwheel’s 20th In Coney Island [Videos]

first_imgThe remainder of the set included a slew of Grateful Dead teases, including multiple allusions to “Shakedown Street,” as well as “Help On The Way” and “Let It Grow.” “Old Barns” seamlessly segued into “Kerosene” to close out the set, before Benevento came out for a final time to join Greensky as they encored with one of their most popular covers: Bruce Springsteen‘s “Atlantic City” (which as usually hemmed more closely to The Band‘s cover of the tune than The Boss’s original). As the Brooklyn get-down came to an end, everyone headed back to Manhattan for the final three Phish shows of Baker’s Dozen run. If the past ten shows are any indication of what the finale will bring, this last weekend of PH is not one to miss! Greensky got the show on the road with no time to waste, opening with a monstrous “Windshield” into “Burn Them.” Paul Hoffman and Dave Bruzza’s powerful vocal harmonies rang out loud, while Anders Beck and Michael Arlen Bont traded off fiery solos as the rain pattered on the white-tented amphitheater roof. “Train Junkie” was the highlight of set one, showcasing the band’s versatility and ability to bring their tasteful take on bluegrass to any corner of the country. The band weaved in and out of fan favorites before inviting Benevento up to help close out the first set with a 3-song stretch of “Lose My Way”>”Working on a Building”>”Handle With Care”.After a 30-minute set break, Greensky came back out for a jam-packed second set, kicking things off with “The Four” into “Big Shot,” which included a Happy Birthday shout-out to B. Moore. Marco came back out midway through the second set for “I’d Probably Kill You,” before going into the deepest jam of the night with “Leap Year”, backed by an unrelenting Mike Devol holding things down on the upright-bass. The addition of Benevento on keys provided the perfect touch for a special night, benefiting a foundation that has given so much back to the Phish community and beyond over the last 20 years. For the last off-night of Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run, friends and phamily gathered at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk to celebrate The Waterwheel Foundation’s 20th anniversary. Brooklyn’s own Marco Benevento got the night started off with his currently-touring trio, bringing his punchy indie rock to the breezy Brooklyn boardwalk for a short but sweet 45 minute set. Just as fans had hoped and expected, as Marco gave his final bow he announced that he would be joining Greensky Bluegrass momentarily for segments of their headlining set.center_img For a list of upcoming Greensky Bluegrass tour dates, head to the band’s website. You can also check out Marco Benevento’s upcoming performances on the keyboardist’s site.[Cover Photo By Dylan Langille © Greensky Bluegrass]If you’re hanging around the Big Apple (or the Big Donut) for the final shows of Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run this weekend, don’t miss the rest of Live For Live Music’s Baker’s Dozen Late Night series! Tickets are still available for tonight’s Kraz & Taz show featuring Eric Krasno Band and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band at The Cutting Room!Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsAug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)last_img read more

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The Harvard Campaign, two years in

first_imgAs The Harvard Campaign approaches the close of its second year, Tamara Rogers ’74, vice president of alumni affairs and development, and Paul Finnegan ’75, M.B.A.’82, University treasurer and campaign co-chair, took a moment to reflect on its progress and early signs of its impact, in an interview with the Harvard Gazette.GAZETTE: As the second year of The Harvard Campaign comes to a close, what are some trends you’ve noticed?ROGERS: Since the last campaign, there’s much more cross-School activity. Eight of our Schools have campaign chairs who are not alumni of that particular School. We find that leadership and alumni alike are working more collaboratively to help each other achieve goals across Schools. That’s a positive culture shift, which makes Harvard more competitive in many ways, even beyond the campaign.FINNEGAN: I have been struck by the level of engagement of alumni, both as volunteers, but also the number re-engaging through the Your Harvard events. We had one in Chicago, recently, and nearly 400 people attended. To see the level of interest is fantastic.ROGERS: We’ve also seen an increase in participation by non-alumni who are simply drawn to the kind of global impact that Harvard has through our research and education. That has been a wonderful addition to the campaign.GAZETTE: How has the campaign engaged alumni beyond financial contributions?ROGERS: Paul mentioned the most recent Your Harvard event in Chicago. And to date we’ve hosted eight of these events around the world, with more than 3,000 attendees in total. It has been such a great opportunity for the alumni to hear from President [Drew] Faust and fascinating faculty, and to reconnect with each other and the University.GAZETTE: What are some of the academic or research endeavors that the campaign has enabled?ROGERS: To cite a couple, there’s an exciting new undergraduate teaching program in the Graduate School of Education, which will welcome its first cohort in September. And the Foundations of Human Behavior, a multi-disciplinary initiative studying behavioral science, received a very generous gift from Bill Ackman, allowing the University to hire faculty and also providing a research fund.FINNEGAN: At the Graduate School of Design, the Center for Green Buildings and Cities is another initiative made possible by the campaign. The president’s Climate Change Solutions Fund also distributed its first seven grants this year.GAZETTE: What physical changes to the campus does the campaign bring to mind?FINNEGAN: I took “Fine Arts 13” as an undergraduate, and for me to walk into the new Harvard Art Museums was striking. It’s truly inspirational to see this magnificent space as so much more than just a museum. It’s a place for teaching and learning, and also a place for Harvard to interact with the community.ROGERS: Perhaps the most recent example is happening at the Kennedy School, where they have just begun a significant expansion and renovation. Tata Hall at the Business School is magnificent. And right in the heart of the square, the Smith Campus Center represents Harvard’s first convening center for all members of the University community.FINNEGAN: And I would encourage people, while they’re on campus this week, to walk through McKinlock Hall [Leverett House] or Stone Hall [Quincy House]. Both are magnificent examples of the benefits of House Renewal. I think the renewal project is going extremely well and it’s a great physical representation of campaign impact.GAZETTE: What are your perceptions of the campaign to date?ROGERS: We feel very good about where we are in the campaign. The numbers have been strong overall. We remain focused on where there are unmet needs. These include things such as undergraduate House renewal, the Allston science and engineering complex, and each School’s continuing needs in financial aid. We want to make sure we raise the right money for the right things and not think of progress solely in terms of the overall target.FINNEGAN: This campaign is an opportunity for the alumni to support President Faust and her team in moving this University to the next level. They did a magnificent job recovering from the financial crisis, the institution is a lot stronger today, and now this is a chance for the president, the deans, and others to move us forward in some new and exciting directions.ROGERS: As we think about all of the graduates together in Tercentenary Theatre for Commencement, there’s not a person at this gathering who has not been touched by philanthropy to the University, past and present. It is one of the truly inspiring legacies of Harvard over the centuries, and the campaign is part of that legacy.last_img read more

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Dell EMC PowerEdge Tops Big Data Analysis Systems Benchmark

first_imgConclusionEver since the release of the TPCx-Big Bench benchmark standard in December 2015, Dell EMC has been an active member of the TPCx-Big Bench Technical Committee and will continue to collaborate with other stakeholders within the industry to maintain the TPCx-BB specification.Dell EMC uses the TPCx-BB workloads to compare and differentiate its data analytics solutions and will additionally use them for performance characterizations and optimizations for the benefit of its customers.Industry standard computer benchmarking should not be viewed as a purely academic exercise or a competition among vendors.  Studying the design of top performing systems has significant benefits for customers that now, with the industry collaboration on the TPCx-BB benchmark, can advance the state of the art of performance engineering for Data Analytics. Power Test18,949.43s Detailed results and documentation are available at the TPC website.Competitive LandscapeThe TPCx-BB benchmark standard has published results on SF1000, 3000, 10000 and 30000. Dell EMC has one SF10000 published result submitted in May, 2017 based on 13G hardware (Intel Xeon Broadwell based processors). As of April 04, 2018, only Dell EMC and HPE have published results at SF10000 based on servers with Intel Xeon Skylake processors. The published results for SF3000 and 1000 from HPE and Huawei are based on Intel Broadwell and Haswell family of processors. The only result the Dell EMC 14G performance data can realistically be compared to is the latest HPE SF10000 result: Total System Cost$908,125 Throughput Test70,134.07s Performance Metric1,660.75 [email protected]center_img Price/Performance546.82 $/[email protected] Dell EMC Re-takes Performance Lead on TPCx-Big Bench Benchmark at Scale Factor 10000 Using 14G Hardware PlatformComputer benchmarking is the practice of discovering, measuring and assessing the relative performance of a system for a specific workload. Industry standard benchmarks allow researchers to compare the best performance being achieved by their systems to those of another entity (competitor) or to an entirely different industry. This information can then be used to identify gaps in an organization’s performance processes to achieve a competitive advantage. It is also used to compare the performance of the various vendor offerings within the Industry.Dell EMC uses industry-standard benchmark tests to provide objective and verifiable performance data to its customers as it relates to its hardware platforms and solutions. Customers can use this data when designing and sizing a solution to deliver optimal performance for their business use cases and to scale as needed.As big data analysis systems (BDAS) mature, the pressure to evaluate and compare both the performance and the price performance of these systems rises. To address this, the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) developed the TPCx-Big Bench (TPCx-BB), a benchmark standard for comparing BDAS solutions. Detailed information about the TPCx-BB specification can be found at http://www.tpc.org/tpcx-bb/default.asp.On March 22, 2018, Dell EMC published a SF10000 TPCx-BB benchmark result that occupies the number 1 position for both the Performance and Price/Performance tables on the TPC website. With this result, and as at that date, Dell EMC topped the Performance and Price/Performance tables of the TPCx-BB benchmark at SF10000. This is the 2nd result from Dell EMC following the pioneering result it published in the summer of 2017. There are two other results published at SF10000, both from HPE as shown on this page http://www.tpc.org/tpcx-bb/results/tpcxbb_perf_results.asp.System Under TestFor this submission, the System Under Test (SUT) comprised 1 x DELL EMC PowerEdge R640 Server (Master node) and 18 x Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd Servers (Slave nodes) as depicted in the System Configuration diagram below:What was tested and measured?The benchmark is designed to stress the CPU and IO systems of a Big Data Cluster using a single stream (power test) and concurrent streams (throughput test) of 30 queries (workloads).  Each run is performed under 3 phases: Load, Power and Throughput. For the test to pass an audit, 2 sequential performance runs must be executed.ResultsThe overall TPCx-BB performance data for the Dell EMC R640/R740xd configuration is summarized in the table below: Availability DateMarch 20, 2018 Load Test2,190.66slast_img read more

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