David Gilmour Plays His First US Concert In Ten Years, With Help From David Crosby

first_imgEdit this setlist | More David Gilmour setlists With great anticipation, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour returned to the spotlight once more, playing his first concert on US soil since 2006! The beloved guitarist recently released Rattle That Lock, and has performed for Europe a number of times in the past few months. Last night, however, Gilmour brought his rockin’ show to the Hollywood Bowl, where he welcomed David Crosby for a significant portion of the show.As the setlist tells us, Gilmour opened with a few tracks from his new album, including “5 A.M.,” “Rattle That Lock,” and “Faces of Stone.” From there, he went into “Wish You Were Here,” flooding the crowd with nostalgia. While YouTube seems to be removing any videos of the show, this one has remained available:After “Wish You Were Here,” Gilmour welcomed out Crosby, who revived collaborations from Gilmour’s 2006 album, On An Island. Crosby would later return for a couple more songs, including “Comfortably Numb” as the show’s finale.The full setlist can be seen below:Edit this setlist | More David Gilmour setlistslast_img read more

ITaaS can Increase Efficiency and Reduce Cost While also Supporting IT Transformation

first_img1 ESG Research Insights Brief, ‘Automated IT Service Delivery Drives IT Transformation and Business Value’, May 2018.2 ESG Research Insights Paper, ‘Research Proves IT Transformation’s Persistent Link to Agility, Innovation, and Business Value’, March 2018. Discover how implementing automated IT service delivery can help organizations to realize significant business benefits as they work towards transforming their IT infrastructure.In the last of a series of blogs inspired by influential research published by industry analyst ESG, we explore the impact that implementing automated IT service delivery can have on an organization’s ability to achieve IT Transformation. Of all the ways an organization can modernize and automate its IT infrastructure, opting to adopt an IT as a Service cloud operating model is one of the most effective in terms of making progress towards full IT Transformation.With IT as a Service (ITaaS), much of the infrastructure provisioning, configuration and change management is automated. This means that line of business end-users and developers are largely able to self-serve and manage on-premises IT resources as and when their needs and workload demands change.In an organization that’s successfully running ITaaS, management and orchestration software and API workflows combine to automate the delivery of services through hybrid and multi-cloud architectures ­– delivering a user experience that’s timely, responsive, cost transparent and sufficiently agile to fuel innovation.The advantages of automated IT service delivery While successfully leveraging automated IT service delivery is a key measurement of broader IT Transformation, it also offers major operational benefits on its own.New research by industry analyst ESG1 has shown that there’s a positive correlation between running an ITaaS cloud operating model and increased IT and business agility, more streamlined operations, improved end-user satisfaction and – perhaps most importantly – greater business success.One of the core functions of a cloud operations model is to reduce IT operational ‘friction’ – in everything from defining workload requirements and procuring infrastructure, all the way through to integrating and deploying systems. At organizations running ITaaS, requirements come straight from end-users; they select what they need from an IT-vetted service catalog. The infrastructure to fulfill their ‘orders’ is allocated from the organization’s highly virtualized and automated data center resources. It’s an approach that eliminates meetings, wait times and deployment times – leading to both greater IT agility and improved business agility.Running ITaaS also removes manual IT-related bottlenecks to service delivery, which yields significant efficiency benefits across an organization. These include IT projects being completed under budget and IT staff being freed up from routine tasks such as deploying, managing, and monitoring infrastructure to focus on higher-value activities such as IT architecting, planning, and application development.But that’s not all. To top it off, organizations running ITaaS also report higher levels of business success and being more optimistic about their competitive positions compared with companies that are yet to explore the advantages of automated IT service delivery.How does implementing ITaaS affect IT maturity?The new research study demonstrates that making the move to automated IT service delivery can play a key role in increasing an organization’s operational agility as well as its ability to achieve full IT Transformation.Earlier this year, ESG conducted a survey of 4,000 IT executives from private- and public-sector organizations across 16 countries to evaluate their progress in embracing IT Transformation2 – and rank them as ‘Legacy’, ‘Emerging’, ‘Evolving’ or ‘Transformed’.It discovered that ‘Transformed’ companies were nearly 10X more likely to be running ITaaS than ‘Evolving’ organizations (58% versus 6%). Of particular note was the fact that not one of the ‘Emerging’ and ‘Legacy’ organizations surveyed by ESG reported using ITaaS.These statistics are now detailed in ESG’s Research Insights Brief on the fundamental role that automated IT service delivery plays in IT Transformation1.ITaaS delivers clear benefits and supports IT TransformationOverall, the ESG research found that moving to automated IT service delivery delivers significant operational and wider business benefits.Compared with ‘Legacy’ organizations, the ‘Transformed’ organizations in the study – those companies that are leveraging ITaaS – are typically:5X more likely to be ahead of their competitors in time to market (76% versus 14%).Nearly 15X more likely to report completing application deployments ahead of schedule (44% versus 3%).5X more likely to operate an on-site infrastructure that’s as cost-effective (or more so) than the public cloud (71% versus 27%).5X more likely to exceed their revenue goals by more than 10%.Completing 13% more projects ahead of schedule.Do you have customers and prospects who would be interested in achieving this level of business success and operational efficiency? Of course you do! Take the time to introduce them to the business benefits that automated IT service delivery can bring to their organizations…Read and share the full ESG Research Insights Brief >>Discover how ITaaS can help to improve organizations’ operational performance and speak to prospects and customers to discuss their specific needs. You can also use the free ESG online assessment tool with them to demonstrate the opportunities and value of IT Transformation.Explore our dedicated IT Transformation campaign and marketing tools >>last_img read more

Traffic safety voice Sgt. Tim McCarthy dies

first_imgNotre Dame athletics announced in a tweet Friday that Indiana State Police Sgt. Tim McCarthy, a former member of the game day football traffic task force, died this week.“We pray for all who loved Tim & join them in celebrating his life,” the tweet said. McCarthy gave safety messages — featuring a pun — at the end of the third quarter of every Notre Dame home football game for 55 years.He first started the tradition in 1960 and told his last live pun Sept. 26, 2015. Today, recordings of his messages are still played at home games, which always begin with his famous catchphrase, “May I have your attention, please?”McCarthy was awarded an honorary monogram by the University in 2013.Tags: Indiana State Police, Notre Dame Stadium, Tim McCarthylast_img read more

Panama: More than 1,300 kilos of cocaine seized in Caribbean

first_img PANAMA CITY – Panamanian authorities seized 1,362 kilos (3,003 pounds) of cocaine stacked in an abandoned speedboat in Cocoyé, a beach in the Caribbean, the National Aeronaval Service said on Aug. 20. The alleged narco-traffickers abandoned the speedboat when they saw the police approaching, according to National Aeronaval Service Deputy Commissioner Jorge Yanis. “There were no detainees because the suspects left during the night hours, jumping to the beach and leaving [the narcotics] behind,” Yanis said. Authorities found 57 packages of cocaine in the boat and two other speedboats nearby. Yanis said the narcotics were probably bound for the United States. The seizure occurred after Colombian authorities alerted Panama to a suspicious speedboat departing from the Urabá gulf, in the Colombian Caribbean, which borders Panama. So far this year, Panamanian law agents have seized 22 tons of narcotics. [AFP (Panama), 20/08/2012; Prensa.com (Panama), 20/08/2012] By Dialogo August 21, 2012last_img read more

Brentwood Armed Home Invasion Victim Pistol-whipped

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Brentwood that ended with a victim being pistol-whipped on New Year’s Eve.Two men, one of whom was armed with a gun, entered a Brentwood Parkway home through a window, demanded money from a victim inside and hit the victim with the gun before fleeing with money at 3:15 a.m. Dec. 31, police said.It was unclear whether the victim was injured. There were neither any arrests nor descriptions of the suspects.Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Creating a sales and service culture

first_imgA sales and service culture is an environment in which everybody at a financial institution is motivated and well-equipped to present products to borrowers that benefit them on an individual level. The institution moves beyond viewing its customers transactionally and encourages its employees to treat all product offerings as personalized opportunities to better serve the people they engage.Products Customers Actually NeedInstead of blindly offering customers the ‘product of the month,’ members of a sales and service culture recognize the importance of individual relationships at the point of sale. All stakeholders at the financial institution are involved in creating relationships, asking questions, finding out what’s important to the customers, and identifying what’s going on in their lives. This allows institutions to encourage their staff to be relationship-oriented instead of forcing them into a sales role, which is a critical distinction for many loan officers at financial institutions. When employees understand that they can offer education and products that benefit their customers in meaningful ways, they are more likely to offer them to everyone.Results Financial Institutions WantFinancial institutions are often reluctant to incorporate non-interest income products into their portfolios out of fear that becoming sales-oriented will drive borrowers away. However, when a sales and service culture becomes a top-down part of an institution’s DNA, offering additional products becomes part of that institution’s commitment to delivering exceptional customer service. Instead of viewing extended coverage products as one-size-fits-all solutions aimed at increasing revenue, financial institutions can tailor their offerings to the individual customer, which leads to improved relationships and increased revenue opportunities. In a true sales and service culture, offering products is the norm, not an anomaly—and neither the loan officers nor the customers are surprised by the open conversation about what products would benefit the borrower. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Data breach hit 60 Kimpton Hotels locations

first_imgKimpton Hotels admitted on Wednesday that a data breach affected 60 of its 62 locations this year, after first announcing it would investigate the apparent breach in July.KrebsOnSecurity, which was the first to notify Kimpton of the breach, had originally estimated more than 20 locations were affected.The breach affected cards used at the 60 hotels and restaurants between Feb. 16 and July 7. It is not yet clear how many cards were affected.Kimpton joins a growing list of recently breached hotels, including Trump Hotels, Hilton, Mandarin Oriental, White Lodging, Starwood Hotels and Hyatt. Most of the incidents involved point-of-sale malware.NAFCU continues to push for a strong national data security standard for retailers through the “Data Security Act” (H.R. 2205/S. 961), which would hold retailers to the same standards credit unions already follow under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and institute consumer notification requirements. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Co-Lab CU branch of the future concept – Take a virtual tour!

first_img continue reading » In light of accelerating industry trends and the COVID-19 pandemic, we gave ourselves a challenge: Create a unique credit union concept and build our own vision for the branch of the future from the ground up. Introducing Co-Lab Credit Union!The member experience comes first and foremost, and an open, welcoming design allows members to come in and bank on their own terms. The space supports conversational member interactions as well as private conversations, and the space can be quickly reconfigured for different branching models, after hour events, and to adapt to disruptive events such as COVID-19.The digital experience is integrated into the branch environment as well, with touchscreen tables for new member onboarding and ITMs pulled into the center of the branch for more natural digital transactions.The entire branch, including back-of-house, fully supports the wellbeing of members and staff and demonstrates a commitment to the mission of people helping people in every way possible. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Allsop defies high street gloom with £140m sale

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Gabriel Magalhaes left stunned by Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal transfer

first_img Coral BarrySaturday 22 Aug 2020 1:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.2kShares Comment Arteta has swayed Gabriel (Picture: Getty)Arteta is working with a limited transfer budget, but Gabriel will represent a major purchase for the London club.The deal is believed to be worth in the region of £27million, but Arteta was desperate to strengthen a wayward backline.A new centre-back was high on Arteta’s agenda and a new forward is also on the head coach’s check list. MORE: Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar wants Juventus move over Arsenal and Manchester CityMORE: Arsenal confirm signing of Salah-Eddine from FeyenoordFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Gabriel Magalhaes left stunned by Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal transfer Gabriel has a host of suitors (Picture: Getty)Gabriel Magalhaes was reportedly left stunned by Mikel Arteta’s persistence during talks about a potential switch to Arsenal.The Lille defender appears set to join Arsenal despite interest from Napoli and a late enquiry from Manchester United.Gabriel was asked by United to hold off on committing to Arsenal, but the player has grown tired of the transfer saga and has made a definitive decision on his future.Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport claim Gabriel has been massively swayed by Arteta and Napoli are resigned to missing out on the centre-back.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal and Arteta have constantly been on the phone to Gabriel in a bid to complete the transfer quickly.AdvertisementAdvertisementGabriel has been left ‘stunned’ by Arteta’s insistence and it appears the Gunners’ pitch appears to have been decisive.The Brazilian will become Arsenal’s second summer signing after the Gunners secured the signature of former Chelsea attacker Willian last week. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more