Rafa Benitez was offered Real Madrid job in 2009

first_img Benitez replaced Carlo Ancelotti in the summer, someone whom Perez hasn’t spoken to since. “I haven’t spoken to Ancelotti,  I suppose he’ll be in Vancouver,” said Perez on Cadena Ser.  CEST Real Madrid president Florentino Perez revealed that, in 2009, when he returned to rule the club, he offered Rafa Benitez the chance to be the coach. However, the manager decided not to, until he eventually took over this year. “I analysed it and didn’t have doubts to give the team a new impulse. We are glad we did it with a new coach. Rafa Benitez is the best for Madrid at this time. He knows the culture, the values, and is from this ‘house’. 04/09/2015 at 12:45 center_img “We were absolutely convinced we needed a new impetus,” said the chief. “For my part it would have been easier to keep going. Sport EN “I thought of him in 2009 and offered him the job. The circumstances didn’t allow it because he had renewed with Liverpool and couldn’t leave them. Benitez is Spanish, a Madridista.”last_img read more


Is GuySuCo really in transition, or on the road to destruction?

first_imgGuySuCo has been in the midst of rapid changes since around November 2015, but has this since organisation changed for the better or worse? It is my firm conclusion — after analysing the evidence at my disposal — that this change process has failed because of the high level of incompetence in the boardroom and in the senior head office management.When French novelist Jean-Baptise Karr wrote “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”, he was penning an axiom about change management. This troika of destruction that was unleashed on the industry in the form of Noel Holder/Clive Thomas/Errol Hanoman clearly was not focused on the task at hand. Rather than communicating their vision, holding hands with all the stakeholders (especially the workers), and then walking the talk, they did the complete opposite.For the price tag attached to Mr. Hanoman and his predecessor, Mr. Raj Singh, GuySuCo clearly should have been better managed over the last 5 – 7 years. Rather, this period was one of the worst in the history of the sugar industry. Raj Singh and Errol Hanoman did everything else but focus on productivity.The best measure of productivity in the sugar belt is the ratio of the tonnes of sugar produced to the hectares of land planted. As the graph below clearly represents, since the arrival of Raj Singh and Errol Hanoman, it has been a downward slide.GuySuCo experienced, in 2002, a productivity level of close to 8 tonnes of raw sugar from one hectare of land planted. By 2018, even after closure of the allegedly poorly performing estates in the industry, that ratio is now set to fall below 4 tonnes of raw sugar per hectare of cultivation, a decline by almost 100%. This sort of performance has nothing to do with the EU quota system or the market, but everything to do with horrible leadership in the industry.If one were to read Tony Vieira’s commentaries carefully, one would realise that there is a secret to the turnaround in the sugar belt, and it is not rocket science. So I clearly cannot understand why the agriculture executives in the Granger Government just cannot get it. The secret is how you approach the issues around the land and the cultivation. But all we have gotten from Clive Thomas and his crew (thank the Lord he is now history in the sugar belt) were hours upon hours of boardroom gymnastics.Why couldn’t these people have just rolled up their sleeves and walked the cane fields to better understand the level of destruction in the cultivation?For sugar to become commercially profitable, or at least break even, it requires a deep understanding of how to implement an entire project plan around when to rest the land, when to plant the land, when to harvest the crop, and when to grind it. For centuries, sugar planters have mastered this body of knowledge, so it is almost like second nature to people in the sugar belt.What Thomas and Friends did not get was the art and science of the ratoon. I am advised that the ratio of the maiden ratoon should be around 1:5. In layman’s language, that means about 16% percent of the land should at all times be under a maiden crop, 16% under flood fallowing/resting, and the remainder under growing crops at different stages. Every year, at least about 16% of the land should have been taken out of production for resting, and 16% should have been re-planted with fresh ratoons. This is what our fore-parents did for centuries, so why was this practice discontinued?Since Hanoman took over GuySuCo, several key steps at ratoon management dropped. Not enough new planting material was acquired and utilized; there was less monitoring of the husbandry practices in the field, as many field managers migrated into cell phone managers, with no consequences from the top.Additionally, because of massive corruption in the industry around procurement of fuel, fertilisers, and agro-chemicals, nutritional mismanagement became the norm, rather than the exception.Then there was, between senior management and the private contractors, massive corruption around the drainage and irrigation contracts. As I said, what goes around must come around.Turning around GuySuCo is not impossible, but it requires top quality project management. You must build a better relationship with the sugar unions; zero-in on yield management; make cost control the highest priority; and, most importantly, manage the cash flows like every cent mattered. This is what Hanoman failed to do when he had his hand on the levers.Because of what happened mainly during the tenure of Raj Singh and Errol Hanoman, GuySuCo, in 2018, is clearly on the road to destruction. There is only one way to stop this decline – focus on the sugar productivity issue in the field.last_img read more


Motorcyclist escapes death after slamming into minibus

first_imgA motorcyclist had to be rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital after he slammed into a minibus at Houston, Georgetown.The seriously injured motorcyclist has been identified as Rawle Hugh, 43, a contractor of Georgetown.According to reports, the incident occurred at about 19:00h as the man was returning from a staff party.When this newspaper arrived on the scene, eyewitnesses related that the motorcyclist was heading to the city at a fast rate when he lost control of motorcycle, CE 7479, and slammed into the minibus.Public spirited persons rushed to his assistance and managed to pull him from the wreckage.Hugh was taken to the hospital where it was reported that he suffered neck injuries and lost most of his teeth.According to a friend of the injured man, just a few minutes before the accident, he was told not to ride home as he was consuming alcohol but he persisted and left.The Police have launched an investigation.last_img read more


Andean crash survivors meet with rescuer

first_imgMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – The Chilean livestock herder who first spotted survivors of a 1972 Andean plane crash made famous by a best-selling book and Hollywood movie was reunited Friday with some of the men he helped rescue 35 years ago. Sergio Catalan was welcomed at the Montevideo airport by crash survivors whose 72-day ordeal stranded in the snowcapped Andes was recounted in the book “Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors,” by Piers Paul Read, and made into a movie in 1993. A Uruguayan air force plane carrying a private college rugby team crashed in a rugged mountain pass while en route from Montevideo to Santiago, Chile, in October 1972. Of the 45 people aboard, 16 survived more than two months on the freezing slopes by eating flesh from the bodies of other passengers killed in the crash, several later said. Two months passed without rescue, prompting a few survivors to leave the barren crash site to seek help. Eleven days later, in the foothills of the Chilean Andes, two of them came across Catalan, who rode his horse to the nearest town to alert rescuers. 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.One of those men, Roberto Canessa, joined other survivors in welcoming Catalan at the airport Friday, marking the 35th anniversary of the doomed flight. Catalan, now 82, lifted his sombrero and smiled before heading to a meeting with Uruguay’s vice president, Rodolfo Nin Nova, who thanked him for his role in the rescue. Catalan was to be honored at a dinner with crash survivors on Friday night.last_img read more


Cardiff 1-0 Hull: Second-place Bluebirds win to keep pressure on Wolves

first_img Cardiff captain and goalscorer Sol Bamba with manager Neil Warnock 1 Cardiff kept the pressure on Championship leaders Wolves with a 1-0 victory over Hull.Bluebirds captain Sol Bamba scored a decisive header after 57 minutes to maintain their six-match unbeaten run.Wolves had opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the table on Friday but Neil Warnock’s side closed the gap.Hull remain 19th, just five points clear of the relegation zone after Nigel Adkins’ first defeat since taking charge.Kenneth Zohore was still missing for Cardiff, while Danny Ward had undergone knee surgery and Omar Bogle was only fit enough to start on the substitutes’ bench.Neil Warnock therefore handed a start to Anthony Pilkington, who had not played a single minute of Championship football this season before the first whistle.It was Hull who had the early chances to break the deadlock. Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge spilled a Kamil Grosicki free-kick, but Michael Hector failed to capitalise with a weak effort.Nouha Dicko then snuck in behind the Cardiff defence and poked an effort against the post from a narrow angle and the hosts survived.Lee Tomlin looked like he was going to be the man to find Cardiff’s creative spark when he stung the hands of Allan McGregor after linking up with Junior Hoilett down the left flank.He saw another shot sail over the crossbar after 42 minutes as a lacklustre first half came to a close.But the deadlock was finally broken 12 minutes into the second period thanks to Cardiff captain Bamba.Tomlin found himself in space and swung an inch-perfect cross onto the head of Pilkington, who flicked the ball on. Bamba was the first to sense danger and got goal-side of Ola Aina to head past McGregor and send Cardiff into the lead.Cardiff had won all 11 matches in which they had scored the first goal and they never looked like surrendering their hard-fought advantage.Hull did have an opportunity to even things up, but defender Ondrej Mazuch only found the gloves of Etheridge after substitute Jarrod Bowen’s effort was blocked.And the Bluebirds held on to continue their march towards the Premier League thanks to Championship veterans Warnock and Bamba.last_img read more


Things to Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Proof” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Back Pages will perform classic rock, 9 p.m. Friday at Club Ted, 18240 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-2471. Street Art Festival will feature live music, fine arts and crafts, international dancing and street art exhibits, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall. Call (661) 286-4018 Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Corvette & Harley Show will benefit Carousel Ranch and The Painted Turtle, 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Route 66, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Howard Butler at (661) 298-4209. Golftoberfest will benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center with dinner at 6 p.m. and tee time at 7 p.m. Saturday at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 257-2387. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Tango Fire will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5303 for tickets. Sierra Club hike to the top of Sandstone Peak, 8 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Ed Davis/Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Mary Ellen Dittemore at (661) 254-8543. America’s Walk for Diabetes will benefit the American Diabetes Association, 9 a.m. Sunday at Valencia Auto Mall on the corner of Creekside Road and Auto Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 295-0081. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lombardi Ranch is open to the public, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 296-8697. Loose Goose Wine Festival Golf Classic, 11 a.m. today at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia; VIP Golden Goose Gala, 7 p.m. Friday at a location to be announced; and the main festival, 5-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Bridgeport Park in Valencia. Call (661) 799-9463 for tickets. Fall Home and Garden Show, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission: $1.50. Call (661) 259-3886. Full Moon Hike, 7 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. last_img read more


Japanese flight attendants face the same alcohol bans as pilots

first_imgFlight attendants in Japan face the same strict rules on alcohol consumption as pilots after airlines have been hit by a series of alcohol-related incidents.Japan’s Ministry for Land, Infrastructure, and Tourism said Tuesday that flight attendants would be prohibited from drinking booze within eight hours of flying.They could also face further mandatory breath testing while on duty and would be relieved of duty even if a low level of alcohol was detected, Kyodo News reported.Mandatory breath testing will also apply to engineers inspecting planes before departure and flight operations managers.READ: Qantas flight attendant remains sacked after in-flight vodka binge. Japan Airlines last year announced it would introduce new breathalyzer systems at overseas airports after one of its pilots was arrested in October at Heathrow Airport for being nine times over the legal limit.The pilot had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.189 when the legal limit for a pilot in the UK is 0.02. He was jailed for 10 months.At that stage, there had been 19 cases since August 2017 where Japan Airlines pilots had failed the company’s alcohol tests.The new breathalyzers were accompanied at JAL by provisional rules preventing pilots from drinking 24 hours before flying.Competitor All Nippon Airways also introduced new, more accurate breathalyzers.Pilots had been previously prohibited from drinking eight hours before a flight but the rules had not been enforced by airlines. There was also no regulation that set a legal limit on blood alcohol level.An expert panel was set up after the incident to address the issue and look at policies in other countries.last_img read more


Open Source: Commercial Software no longer at the Leading Edge

first_imgA report out of Austrailia shows that Leading Edge companies there are selecting Open Source over Commercial proprietary software.Why? To get the most cutting edge technology. The report was done by Waugh Partners and surveyed 129 companies ranging in size from multinational to very small.“They must have robust, cheap, scalable technology to stay ahead of competitors,” said Jeff Waugh, director of Waugh Partners. “They have to keep so close to the bleeding edge.”It’s beginning to sink in on people that Open Source isn’t necessarily free, but it is more cost effective. The sectors that have been more accepting of Open Source have been financial institutions and government organizations.National Australia Bank, for example, built an internet banking application using Open Source. Their software platform was developed co-operatively by the open source community under an open source license.Part of the acceptance of Open Source is due to the fact that large Software vendors like IBM and Oracle backing some Open Source projects.last_img read more


Historic flooding possible this week; some Jeff City residents told to evacuate

first_imgSeveral low-lying roads have closed due to flooding as of Wednesday morning, including Highway 94 west of Portland. See MoDot’s travel information map here.The Missouri River at Jefferson City was forecast to hit major flood stage late Wednesday or early Thursday, and crest at 32.1 feet, one of the ten highest levels in recorded history. Glasgow was on the way to a top-five all-time crest.More rain was in the forecast, starting Wednesday night.Jefferson City residents north of the Missouri River have also been given evacuation orders effective at 5pm Wednesday.In addition, The Salute to Veterans Airshow is canceled over Memorial Day weekend, because of flooding near the Jefferson City airport. Governor Parson declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.last_img read more


Performance & Benchmarks: Xeon E7 and DB2 tops TPC-C Performance Results

first_imgCustomers that look to deploy mission critical applications  on Intel Xeon Servers always consider IBM as one of the key hardware  partners.  IBM offers a variety of system  configurations, and also invests both in benchmarks and software partners. With  these investments, IBM can differentiate its products and demonstrate the full  capability to handle enterprise server workloads.Last week, IBM published the latest in a series of  benchmarks on Intel’s Xeon E7 processors performance.  This one is a very impressive 3 million  transactions per minute TPC-C benchmark, which is the highest performance  result ever published on an X86-64 system.   It also ranks fifth in the TPC-C Top Ten performance results for non-clustered  systems and also in the TPC-C Top Ten price/performance results for non-clustered  systems.   Housed in a 43U rack, this entire system  configuration is perfect for enterprise database applications.The IBM x3850 X5 achieved this result by using IBM’s  innovative MAX5 technology. The MAX5 technology allows for a scalable, 1U,  memory expansion drawer. This expansion drawer provides an additional 32 DIMM  slot with a memory controller for added performance, and boosts scalability  with a node controller for the x3850.The TPC-C configuration above had a total of 3TB of memory  (2TB in the server and 1TB in the IBM MAX5 for System x). Previously, IBM has  also published papers that indicate the effect of additional memory capacity on database performance.  While this paper focuses on in-memory database  performance, the memory expansion can also increase the performance of other  application workloads like web, file, virtualization and cloud computing.It is worth noting that in addition to the TPC-C benchmark, IBM also published a result that sets new  records for 4-socket performance and overall price/performance on the TPC-E  benchmark that utilizes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Addition  configured with SSD storage.  I mention  this because there is always lively discussion regarding the merits of the  TPC-C versus the TPC-E benchmarks and their  relationships to actual production workloads.I believe these are all great examples of the workload and performance capability of Intel’s Xeon E7 chips     IBM has demonstrated that when partners work  collaboratively it is possible to implement unique features that deliver  additional capability to the customer.   The tradeoff between CPU and memory has always provided the ability to  tune configurations for database workloads.  With these new benchmarks IBM has validated those  options on its x3850 X5  server.last_img read more