GA-FDD intensifies inspection activities, closed several food establishments

first_imgThe Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) after trumping up inspection activities on local food establishments following a survey conducted earlier this year has since closed several of the said businesses.Speaking at a one-day seminar held for Agro-Processing Food Service Establishments on Thursday, Director of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department, Marlon Cole said that the survey which showed an alarming number of food businesses breaching sanitation regulations has since been expanded to other parts of Guyana.The agro-processing training on Thursday“As it relates to that survey and the alarming results that we, because of the laboratory support and intervention, we have decided to expand the activity but what have happened over time is that the health officers has been responsive to the results of our survey and have since trumped up their inspection activity and a lot of food services restaurants have been closed and work have been done and some have subsequently, after completing the sanitation work or pest control work or food-handling work, have since reopened” Cole disclosed.Analytical Scientific Officers attached to the GA-FDD’s Food Laboratory conducted the survey in collaboration with Food Inspectors of the GA-FDD’s Public Health Officers from the city and municipalities, Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) of the region and Port Health Officers.The purpose of the survey was to determine compliance of the food service industry with existing sanitary regulatory requirements.In September 2018 to March 2019, 55 food services establishments were randomly selected for an assessment. The inspection checklist assessed six areas: food storage, cold storage, food preparation, sanitation, garbage disposal and employee hygiene.In May, the alarming results were revealed to the public which showed unsatisfactory results.Only 25 per cent of the facilities practised adequate food storage, only 13 per cent of establishments used gloves and only 4 per cent of establishments’ workers were observed applying the correct principles of cleaning and sanitising.Only 20 per cent practised handwashing correctly and in 42 per cent of establishments’ workers used hairnets. Of the 102 hands of workers that were swabbed after washing, 47 per cent was unsatisfactory.In regard to food contact surfaces (cutting boards and utensils), 30 per cent of the 125 surfaces swabbed after cleaning and/or sanitising was unsatisfactory.Furthermore, 46 per cent of the 48 food service containers (food boxes) sampled were unsatisfactory. Surveys are presently being conducted in Linden, the Essequibo Coast and other parts of the capital city.last_img read more

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‘They were looking down on us today’ – John Carver’s tribute to plane crash victims after Newcastle secure safety

first_imgNewcastle head coach John Carver hailed the response of the Magpies’ fans after their club ensured their Premier League safety on the last day of the season with a 2-0 victory over West Ham.Second-half goals from Moussa Sissoko and Jonas Gutierrez made sure of the points at a nervy St James’ Park to end a run of ten games without a win in the top flight.Carver, whose long-term future at the club remains uncertain, chose to pay tribute on an emotional day on Tyneside to the two Newcastle fans, Liam Sweeney and John Alder, who lost their lives on the MH17 plane crash last summer.“It’s hard to explain. We cast our minds back to last summer when we unfortunately lost Liam and John which was a big blow for this football club and their families. I’m sure they were looking down on us today,” said the 50-year-old.“Sometimes it’s the supporters who get you over the line, and what a stadium this can be when everybody gets together.”Carver reiterated his desire to land the Toon job on a permanent basis beyond the end of the season after avoiding the drop, while club chairman Mike Ashley came out before the game with a pledge to invest in the summer.Ashley rebuffed calls for his exit with a rare television appearance prior to kick off, and Carver revealed his delight at the onwer’s promise ahead of an interesting summer at the club.He added: “I want this job. I’ve said that since day one. Even if the result had gone against us today I was ready for the fight next season.“It’s a big summer for the club. When he [Ashley] arrived it was a fantastic boost for me. I’ve had assurances that we are going to spend money and the fans can enjoy their summer in the hope that we can take the club in the right direction again.“We have to make sure that this football club doesn’t get into this position again.”last_img read more

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Arsenal suffer blow as midfielder undergoes surgery

first_img Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky 1 Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set for a spell on the sidelines following minor knee surgery.The 34-year-old, who agreed a contract extension at the end of last season, has been struggling with the problem since June following international duty with the Czech Republic.Manager Arsene Wenger was set to give an update on the midfielder’s fitness this week ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.However, Rosicky’s agent confirmed to website fotbal.idnes.cz the player had now had “arthroscopic knee surgery”, but it is understood any projected recovery time is yet to be determined.Arsenal lost their opening game of the new Barclays Premier League season 2-0 at home to West Ham last Sunday and are also without midfielder Jack Wilshere because of an ankle injury.last_img read more

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BALLYBOFEY APARTMENTS LOOK LIKE LONDON DOCKLANDS, SAYS BBC RADIO 4

first_imgA NOTORIOUS Ballybofey development at the centre of the property collapse would not look out of place in areas of London’s Docklands, a documentary by BBC Radio Four has said.And the Navenny Place apartments are being used by media organisations around the world as an example of how Ireland went from boom to bust.“There’s nothing particularly executive about the town of Ballybofey in Donegal but away from the main street looms a three-four storey development that wouldn’t look amiss in certain areas of London’s Docklands,” said the report broadcast on Thursday and due to be repeated this Sunday. “It is home to 47 apartments – curved, swanky penthouses at the top, supermarkets and delis on the ground floor and an underground car park to house the swish cars belonging to the upwardly mobile.“It also has have one particularly striking feature at the moment, it’s all very quiet.“The flats at Navenny Place remain unfinished and empty, with locals claiming it has lurched from emblem to eyesore, standing testament to the folly of the Irish building boom.”The site was once seen as being worth around €9.5m but went up for auction for just 11k per apartment last month. It failed to sell amid protests from contractors.“Every time you pass by the building you feel sick,” Mary McCroary, the subcontractors’ spokesperson and financial director of Maine Heating and Plumbing told the BBC.“Every contractor in there did their work and will be reminded of that for the rest of their lives.“I stand to lose my job because of it. Do you not think our own banks are saying to us how are you going to claw back this 100,000 euros? And all because of 47 apartments where all the work has been done but we haven’t been paid out.”The Report is broadcast again this Sunday 19 December 2100 GMT on Radio Four. BALLYBOFEY APARTMENTS LOOK LIKE LONDON DOCKLANDS, SAYS BBC RADIO 4 was last modified: December 17th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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10 reasons to send your child to summer camp

first_imgSarah-Marie McDevitt from Pinehill Studios in Letterkenny shares the many benefits of camps for children.Camps are fun. But why are they important? Is there more to them than just silly games and crazy songs? Way more. In a world gone tech crazy, it is important for us as parents to take control and make sure our children have the correct balance in social inclusion. Sarah-Marie from Pinehill Studios gives us 10 reasons why camp is important for children together with some reviews from parents of past camp students. Exposure to diversityCamp connects kids to those who they may not normally meet.  Kids learn the world is a big place with lots of people, who might do things differently to what they are used to. That includes other kids from all over the world – and the camp’s leaders, who serve as positive role models who can leave a huge impression. They’re not seen as strict “law enforcers” but older, “cool friends” who care about them. Self-esteem boostWhen kids are at camp, they don’t have mum and dad there to help them approach people and make connections. They have to put themselves out there, this teaches the kids confidence when making friends from all over.  Learning how to dance or developing co-ordination skills also makes a child realize how capable he or she is to learn and grow. “There are no words.. it’s the best thing I have ever done for my child” – Catherine RelaxYou are giving your child a break from the pressures and stress of competitive sports, school, and you.  All camps at Pinehill Studios are all-inclusive and each child gets their very own 3 seconds of fame to go home feeling that extra bit special.“Peter definitely gives you 10/10!! Don’t know how he will manage till September” – Tracey Develops independenceIt’s a great way to encourage self-development and also develop independence. Kids are empowered at camp to take care of themselves, with guidance from camp leaders. Children a little too attached to mum and dad get the opportunity to learn how to trust themselves to make decisions and take care of themselves.“My little boy has gone from sitting on the floor and not taking part to bouncing into Pinehill Studios.  For me as a parent it has been brilliant to see him grow more confident” – Aggie Instills leadership skillsCamp teaches them important leadership skills. Because camps allow kids to make choices and direct summer projects, camps are natural leadership training places. These kids are less likely to be affected by peer pressure and more likely to set the pace and tone for other kids – and feel empowered in tasks they take on throughout their lives. Gives wonderful memoriesCamp builds good memories for the future, to enjoy the summer with a large number of likeminded children. Kids have tons of memories of the good times, silly shenanigans and fun activities. It’s a time of discovery and self-improvement that stays with a child long into adulthood. “Girls I just wanted to thank you for the amazing Easter Camp.  The boys haven’t stopped chatting about it and are still practising their dance moves.” – Pamela Helps them make friendsThey get to become lifelong friends with people they don’t necessarily live right next door to. They can make friends with people from all over.  This offers a unique opportunity for your child to branch out in the buddies he or she has. Navigating and building these friendships over the summer also teaches children how to be more socially confident – something they can take back to school with them in September.“My shy, quiet nine-year-old went to camp not knowing a soul.  She came home transformed. She blossomed. She made friends, learned a multitude of activities, felt safe, loved, confident, and happy — really, really happy. As hard as it was on me, it was all worth it for her. It was the single best thing I have ever done for her.” — Niamh Gets them activeCamp helps kids learn how to be kids again.  In this technology-filled world, camps cut back on distractions. Removing the chance of mobiles, ipods, tv etc means kids can truly take advantage of all summertime has to offer. That means those prone to sit on their bums and text or play video games are forced to get up – and get moving! Develop interestsCamps are a nurturing environment for a child to explore activities and programs that could turn into lifelong passions. With so much to do at summer camp (dancing, singing, acting, clowning, crafts, etc.), there are many fun, creative activities and opportunities for kids to discover.That’s why it’s the perfect place for your child to tap into an interest that he or she wants to carry on after camp is over. Did your daughter shine ‘On Stage’? Perhaps she’s a budding dancer who would enjoy regular lessons? Occupies the summer“I have to work!” expressing what for many parents is the most practical reason to send their child to camp. After all, when school ends for summer, kids have to go somewhere to spend their time. Camp offers fun, excitement and lessons that last a lifetime.Did this post help you decide if you will send your child to camp? Comment and tell us your thoughts.Summer Camps at Pinehill Studios – choose from 6 camps running from 3rd of July until 18th of August.  Each camp is a weeklong Monday-Friday 10am-3pm.  Cost per week €85, sibling/multiple camp discounts.Contact Sarah-Marie on 0867900554 or visit www.facebook.com/pinehillstudioss for further camp details at Pinehill Studios this Summer 2017.Contact Sarah-Marie on 0867900554 or visit www.facebook.com/pinehillstudioss for further camp details at Pinehill Studios this Summer 2017.10 reasons to send your child to summer camp was last modified: June 27th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:childrenPARENTSPinehill Studiossummer camplast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES

first_imgWeekly Notes Strength and conditioning training for seniors and reserves cancelled Monday 24th December. Check Facebook or club website for details of upcoming sessions.    You can now keep up to date with the latest club news on twitter: Go to https://twitter.com/Naomh_Colmcille and hit Follow.    Naomh Colmcille are holding a social night on Saturday 29th December in the clubhouse. Re-live the fantastic Jigs and Reels night. Music after and light refreshments available. €5 admission payable on the night. Contact Darina Friel for further details.   Copies of the Donegal yearbook (€10 each) are now available from Catherine Clarke. Naomh Colmcille’s Weekly Lotto: The closest match for the first draw for the past weekend was four numbers and the winners were Karol and Breda Friel who won €75. The numbers drawn were 1, 8, 9, 10, 11. A second draw place for the coming weekend (Saturday 29th December) and the numbers drawn were 10, 20, 11, 19, 17, Six people matched three numbers and the winners drawn were Monica McDaid, Josephine McDaid and Andrew Dowds who won €25 each. The Club would like to take the opportunity to Thank Everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the Club the essential means of continuing to give our local Kids and Adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime. Happy Christmas to everyone associated with the club. GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Naomh Colmcille club oteslast_img read more

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A.V. football beat

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week KNIGHT (2-6) at ANTELOPE VALLEY (5-3), 7 p.m. Key stat: 6. Sacks by Antelope Valley DE Randy Burton this year. He also has 67 tackles. Outlook: Knight (0-4) is coming off a bye week that followed four consecutive losses. Antelope Valley (3-1) isn’t the opponent the Hawks want to see right now. A.V. needs to get back on track after a 21-14 loss last week to Lancaster put its Golden League title hopes in jeopardy. The Antelopes need to win their last two games, with Lancaster losing tonight to Palmdale, to win its first title in three years. QUARTZ HILL (5-3) at HIGHLAND (3-5), 7 p.m. Key stat: 248. Rushing yards given up by Highland last week in a 41-14 loss to Palmdale. Outlook: Both teams need to win their final two regular-season games to make the playoffs, so this essentially is an elimination game. Highland (2-2), which upset Lancaster 28-27 two weeks ago, has the best chance. The Bulldogs can make the playoffs with victories over Quartz Hill (tonight) and last-place Knight (Nov. 10) and a Lancaster loss to Palmdale. Quartz Hill must beat Highland (tonight) and defending champion Palmdale (Nov. 10). BISHOP (7-1) at ROSAMOND (6-2), 7 p.m. Outlook: Rosamond (3-0) rides a five-game winning streak into its biggest game since it won its last High Desert League title in 1999. The Roadrunners, ranked No. 4 in Div. XII, will need to find a way to get past No. 1 Bishop’s defense, which has surrendered just 8.5 points per game. Rosamond is led by tight end Eric Leon (31 receptions, 571 yards, 12 touchdowns) and running back Spencer Rodney (75.6 yards per game, five touchdowns). Bishop also is 3-0 in league play. KERN VALLEY (5-3) at DESERT (2-6), 7 p.m. Outlook: Desert (1-2) can greatly improve its playoff chances. The Scorpions, coming off a 36-0 loss to Bishop, will count on senior quarterback/linebacker Ryan Gava (28 for 63, 436 yards passing; 63 tackles) against Kern Valley (1-2), which lost 46-13 to Mojave last week. LUCERNE VALLEY (5-3) vs. DESERT CHRISTIAN (4-4) at Rosamond HS, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Outlook: Buoyed by last week’s decisive 46-20 Desert Mountain League victory over Silver Valley of Yermo, Desert Christian (2-1) finds itself playing for sole possession in second place. The Knights are second-year program seeking their first playoff berth. Lucerne Valley (2-0) is coming off a 24-0 nonleague victory over Lakeside of Lake Elsinore. HE SAID “We’d rather just win tonight and not have to think about it.” – Lancaster RB Josh Gaines, on the Golden League playoff picture. SPOTLIGHT Antelope Valley WR Brandon Scott has the talent to be a college prospect, he just hasn’t been on the field enough to show it. Scott didn’t play as a freshman, played only half of his sophomore season, and as a junior sat the bench because A.V.’s new coaching staff didn’t know much about him. This year, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior is trying to make up for lost time. “He’s a good kid,” Antelope Valley star RB Andre Crenshaw said. “He got lost a little bit, but he’s trying to make it now. I think he will, too, because he’s a hard worker, and he’s very coachable.” Scott caught his first touchdown pass last week against Lancaster. TRIVIA QUESTION What was the last Golden League team, other than Palmdale, Lancaster or Antelope Valley, to reach the playoffs? OFF THE CHARTS Lancaster has had a difficult time with Palmdale in recent years, but it hasn’t always been that way. The all-time series results: Year, Winner 2004 Palmdale 19-13 2003 Palmdale 38-0 2002 Palmdale 31-7 2001 Palmdale 33-0 2000 Palmdale 17-6 1999 Lancaster 28-8 1998 Lancaster 24-7 1997 Palmdale 41-11 OFFBEAT Quartz Hill backup QB Kyle Mallett hadn’t played in anything but garbage time until last week. Star QB Calvin Culver missed practice earlier in the week, so he had to sit out the first quarter. Mallett, starting for the first time, guided the Rebels to two touchdowns and graded out at 95 percent for the game. “Calvin hasn’t graded out higher than 70 percent all year, but when he sees Mallett seizing the opportunity, all of a sudden he becomes the consummate QB,” Quartz Hill coach Pat Degnan said. “(Culver) was faking, running, throwing, making reads he hasn’t made all year, and (he) graded out at 82 percent. “It’s amazing what motivation a little competition can be.” TRIVIA ANSWER Highland was a playoff participant in 2002, finishing third, behind A.V. and Palmdale.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAME OF THE WEEK LANCASTER (7-2) at PALMDALE (3-5), 7 p.m. Key stat: 4. Lancaster turnovers in a 29-13 loss last season to Palmdale. The Falcons also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. Outlook: Lancaster (4-1 league) can clinch the Golden League title with a victory over Palmdale (3-1). That was the situation the past two years, and the Eagles failed to win either. Palmdale has had a difficult season, losing 58-14 to Oaks Christian of Westlake Village two weeks ago, then rallying last week for a 41-14 victory over Highland, the only Golden League team to beat Lancaster this year. Big plays will be crucial. Both offenses are balanced and move the ball well. Palmdale is led by WR Tyreace House (22 catches, 547 yards, 6 TDs) and RB Dominic Blood (758 yards, 10 TDs). Lancaster’s key players include RBs Tony Jackson (944 yards, 12 TDs) and Josh Gaines (647 yards, 6 TDs). last_img read more

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DONEGAL SPORTSTAR’S EMOTIONAL ‘THANK YOU’ AS HE BATTLES CANCER

first_imgFinn Harps captain Kevin McHugh with Mark Farren at today’s event. Pic by Joe Boland.One of Donegal’s most successful sportstars has said an emotional ‘thank you’ to the people of the county as he continues to battle cancer.Inishowen man Mark Farren has netted more than 100 goals from 200 games for Derry City in a stunning career.Today hundreds of people turned out to pay tribute to the Greencastle native during a 5K run in Killea in his honour. The fundraising initiative was organised by Finn Harps captain and former team-mate Kevin McHugh.As well as Finn Harps and Lifford AC, many other clubs turned up to raise funds for the 31 year old.An emotional Farren admitted that he was struggling to face up with his battle against cancer but said today’s event had spurred him on.Among those who turned up was former Derry City and current Dundalk FC boss Stephen Kenny as well as former Finn Harps veteran Paul Hegarty.  DONEGAL SPORTSTAR’S EMOTIONAL ‘THANK YOU’ AS HE BATTLES CANCER was last modified: February 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancerderry cityFINNA HARPSMark Farrenlast_img read more

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Dinaledi schools making progress

first_img16 October 2007The Dinaledi schools project aimed at increasing access to maths and science at higher-grade level in underprivileged schools has contributed to a steady increase in the pass rate in those subjects, and as such the number of participating schools will be expanded from 400 to 500 in 2008, says the Department of Education.“We hope to see 50 000 mathematics passes on Higher Grade by 2009,” Department of Education director general Duncan Hindle told members of Parliament in Cape Town this week, adding that the department was confident that the momentum would build over time.“Although there had been a dip in 2006, there has been an enormous growth in the number of passes on standard grade,” Hindle said. He said the numbers suggested that more students could have passed on higher grade if they had been given the necessary teaching support.He said that as part of efforts to increase the number of science literate students, the department has tested 4 500 maths and science teachers to check their competency levels in teaching such subjects.In 2006 the department reported that in terms of teacher development 120 master teachers were appointed and an additional 2 400 teachers were being trained.Hindle said that incentives would be given to the teachers involved in the project, and support from the department would be supplied in various districts, while coordinators have been appointed and a mathematics, science and technology unit has since been established in the department.“The number of learners writing mathematics on the Higher Grade has increased,” he said, adding that there had been more than 6 500 learner who achieved an A pass mark on standard grade during the 2006 examinations, with numerous B and C passes.Hindle told members of Parliament that he now wanted to see more learners changing to higher grade in their subjects.Most improved schoolsIn March this year, 10 of the Dinaledi schools were awarded at the Most Improved School Award. Speaking at the award ceremony, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said the key objectives of the awards were to recognise and acknowledge schools that were performing well and have achieved good results.She said recognising and acknowledging schools that are showing consistent improvement and highlighting successes and identifying possible role models was important.The schools were awarded for improvement in home language and English second language, mathematics and overall consistent improvement.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SAP Chief Scientist: In-Memory Computing is Like Groundhog Day All Over Again

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Clever headline in an SAP blog post by SAP’s Chief Scientist Ike Nassi who compares in-memory computing to Ground Hog Day, the film starring Bill Murray. In the film, Bill Murray plays a character who gets caught in a time warp, living Groundhog Day over and over, like some existential trap.Nassi says the advent of in-memory computing is like seeing the same inflection point that was seen in the days of VisiCalc and Lotus 123. He writes that many thought the spreadsheet concept was trivial and not worth a serious person’s time. In-memory computing was dismissed in some respects as people perceived the real opportunity being in analytics and big database tools.But it turned out that the “what-if” analytics and the instant “end-user programmability of large data sets” that spreadsheets provided were actually what made the PC revolution happen. The whole point is that VisiCalc and then Lotus 1-2-3 could not have been done without fast access to “in-memory” data. Single-handedly, large spreadsheets were the program that drove the need for more DRAM and in effect “sold DRAM” to PC users. Spreadsheets needed to have all of the data in DRAM in order to make real-time analytics, decision-support and “what-if’ing work.The “Groundhog” point here is that in-memory is once again driving the need for business to get questions answered fast. In the early days of the PC era, the spreadsheet forced Apple, Microsoft and Lotus to make more memory available. Nassi says it is why Apple increased the memory capacity of the original 128K Macintosh to 512K. In part, the move was made to support Lotus.He says today “businesses are going to need systems that have far more addressable memory, holding entire analytic “what-if” databases; and, more importantly, they need not be just off-line computations, but an integral part of the decision-making process.”It will become standard to do what-if questions and track the impact across the enterprise.So, is Nassi correct? Is it Groundhog Day all over again? Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing#Trends center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williamslast_img read more

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