first_imgVacaville >> PGA Teaching Professional Ron Kuwata, from The Links at Rolling Hills in Corning, was recognized with the 2017 Northern California PGA Patriot Award recently. The Patriot Award is presented to PGA Professionals who personify patriotism and demonstrate unwavering commitment and dedication to those who have valiantly served and protected the United States, according to a press release issued by the NCPGA. Kuwata has dedicated much time and effort into working with area veterans via …last_img read more

first_img22 October 2004A website developed to find ways for South Africans to help prevent, manage and minimise the impact of child abuse recently celebrated its second anniversary.The Volunteer Child Network offers volunteers in the fight against child abuse access to a range of information, including contact details of organisations that are active in preventing and reducing child abuse.According to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the database of participating organisations has grown from 150 at the time of the launch in 2002 to over 500.People who wish to volunteer their services can log onto the site to look up their preferred organisation.“The website facilitates the matching of skills and preferences of volunteers to the specific needs of organisations that recruit, train, manage or deploy such volunteers”, the CSIR’s Crime Prevention Centre, a partner in the initiative, said in a statement.Other partners include the Office on the Rights of the Child in the Presidency; the sexual offences and community affairs office of the National Prosecuting Authority; the Department of Justice and the Department of Social Development.The Network was formed in 2001 after a series of seminars involving government, NGOs and civil society.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgAs part of its Predicts 2011 series, Gartner has made four predictions for the near future of business intelligence and analytics. Also, Forrester analyst James Kobielus has written a lengthy article outlining his own predictions for business analytics in Information Week. Both see analytics being embedded in more business processes, particularly in collaborative and social software.From Gartner:By 2013, 33% of BI functionality will be consumed via handheld devices.By 2014, 30% of analytic applications will use in-memory functions to add scale and computational speed. By 2014, 30% of analytic applications will use proactive, predictive and forecasting capabilities.By 2014, 40% of spending on business analytics will go to system integrators, not software vendors.By 2013, 15% of BI deployments will combine BI, collaboration and social software into decision-making environments. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finley The fourth is the most intriguing prediction. One of the most obvious places to expect a convergence of business analytics and social software is in SAP‘s StreamWork, which bills itself as a collaborative decision making (CDM) product. Gartner has identified CDM as an emerging category of enterprise software.The idea of working backwards – getting analytical data from enterprise social software – is even more obvious. Salesforce.com is already doing this internally with its Chatterlytics program that awards bonuses to top contributors to the company’s internal Chatter deployment. IBM’s social software suite Lotus Connections is also baking in analytics. IBM is investing heavily in business analytics, making it a core part of the company’s strategy.Let’s assume business analytics will converge with collaboration and social software. Let’s also assume the future of enterprise architecture is in Web Oriented Architecture platforms like Jive‘s and from Salesforce.com. In this scenario, the platforms with the best analytics systems built into their core will be the most competitive.Meanwhile, Kobielus examines the six trends that are shaping Forrester’s 2011 analytics research:Self-service analytics – Giving customers access to analytics tools.Pervasive analytics – Kobielus says Forrester will publish reports to help enterprises embed predictive analytics into all business processes. As a note, one of my own 2011 predictions is that predictive analytics will be applied to more business processes, whether it helps or not.Social analytics – Kobielus sees business process management utilizing social decision making combined wtih analytics. This jibes very well with Gartner’s fourth prediction.Scalable analytics – Tools like Hadoop that help users deal with big data.Cloud analytics – SaaS-based data warehousing.Real-time analytics – More or less self-explanatory.Analytics is one of the most fascinating emerging technologies, with the potential to radically improve the way we do business or cause cataclysmic business failures or turn out to be a pointless excercise. We’ll be watching analytics developments in 2011 with much interest.Photo credit: nasa1fan/MSFC Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

first_imgRaising the issue of income tax notices to several Durga Puja committees in the State, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party of insulting the festival. Speaking to journalists at the State Secretariat, Ms. Banerjee said those who talk about Hinduism before the elections are insulting a religious festival like Durga Puja by asking the organisers to pay income tax. The Income Tax Department had issued notices to about 40 big budget pujas during the last festival, seeking details of their income and expenditure.“Those who believe in the Hindu religion, observe Durga Puja. Many political parties do not have to pay income tax for the funds they spend during the elections. Then why would the puja committees have to pay tax? I condemn this attitude,” she said.Ms Banerjee’s remarks, just before the onset of the festival season, assumes significance as the BJP is likely to associate with several community Durga Pujas this year. Durga Pujas in West Bengal also serve as a prominent means of reaching out to large number of people. ‘Subscription by people’The Chief Minister said that community Durga Pujas are held on subscription paid by people, who pay taxes and therefore the question of taxing puja funds does not arise. “It is an insult to the pujas,” she said. Last year, West Bengal government paid an honorarium of ₹10,000 to the community Durga Puja organisers, a decision that was challenged in thee Calcutta High Court.last_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer tops the bill at the French Open on opening Sunday when he makes his long-awaited return to the Parisian clay with a first-round match against Italian Lorenzo Sonego.The 37-year-old Swiss, whose one Roland Garros title came 10 years ago, has been absent from the claycourt Grand Slam since 2015 and says he has missed it.”I’m very happy to be back, maybe a tiny bit more because when I have missed the last three editions, and when you miss something in life, you’re happy to be back there again.”The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who will play in the third match on the revamped Court Philippe Chatrier, returns as the third seed behind world number one Novak Djokovic and 11-times champion Rafael Nadal, neither of whom are in action on Sunday.The Swiss has played down his chances of winning the title, although 73rd-ranked Sonego, making his main draw debut at Roland Garros having lost in qualifying last year, should not cause him undue alarm as he reaquaints himself with his surroundings.”Centre court looks very different. There has been a lot of upgrades and investments made,” Federer said.”But I feel it is still the old Roland Garros, it’s kept its flair and everything.”A connoisseur of style, Federer will no doubt be interested to see the brand new Court Simonne Mathieu — set in the picturesque Serres d’Auteuil botanical gardens and flanked by greenhouses containing rare and exotic plants.Muguruza eyes return to formFormer French Open champion Garbine Muguruza will hope the beautiful setting will help her recover some form as the 19th seed christens the court against American Taylor Townsend.advertisementWomen’s fifth seed Angelique Kerber will hope the ankle injury that has ruined her preparation will not be factor as she opens proceedings on Chatrier against Anastasia Potapova.Germany’s Kerber is seeking to win the only Grand Slam to elude her and is one of several women that could take over as world number one at the end of the French Open.Another one, second seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova, closes play on Chatrier against American Madison Brengle.Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of the young brigade being tipped as a title contender, will also get his tournament started when he takes on Germany’s Maximilian Marterer.Two Grand Slam champions will be on show on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Marin Cilic plays Italian Thomas Fabbiano while later last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens faces Misaki Doi.Also Read | French Open 2019: Want to play my best tennis here, says Novak DjokovicAlso Read | Unfamiliar, but nice: Simona Halep back to defend French Open titleAlso See:last_img read more