FIFA finances ‘extremely solid’ – Infantino

first_img0Shares0000Infantino said it was normal for FIFA to make losses for three years and then “make revenue” during the fourth financial year, when a World Cup takes place © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISManama, Bahrain, May 8 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino claimed Monday that the finances of football’s governing body were “extremely solid”, despite it posting a $369 million loss earlier this year.Infantino was speaking at the Asian Football Confederation’s congress in Bahrain, a meeting which also saw one of the leading global advocates for reform, Australia’s Moya Dodd, lose her seat on the all-powerful FIFA Council. Infantino said FIFA’s big losses were in line with its “business model”.“In spite of what some have been trying to write or to say, FIFA’s finances are extremely solid,” Infantino told delegates in a short address.He added that it was normal for FIFA to make losses for three years and then “make revenue” during the fourth financial year, when a World Cup takes place.“That’s how the business model is conducted,” he continued. “We don’t need to tell you other stories, we don’t need to make our figures artificial (or) look better by some accounting measures.”FIFA has said previously that its losses could increase throughout this year, but rebound in 2018 to a profit of $1 billion, largely due to TV deals from the Russian World Cup. Infantino was speaking a day after FIFA formally announced a partnership deal with Qatar Airways for the Gulf carrier to be its “official airline” for a host of major tournaments, including the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.– Dodd loses Council vote –Dodd was defeated in the vote for the Council seat reserved for a woman delegate by the largely unknown Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, from Bangladesh, by 27 votes to 17.Also elected — unopposed — were three men, China’s Zhang Jian, South Korea’s Chung Mong Gyu and the Philippines’ Mariano Araneta.There were originally only two seats up for grabs, but a third became available after Kuwaiti powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, who is facing corruption allegations in the US, which he denies, stood down.The original vote had been delayed since last September when the AFC abandoned their extraordinary congress in Goa after just 27 minutes.That meeting was abruptly cancelled after Saoud al-Mohannadi, the Qatar Football Association vice-president, was stopped at the last minute from standing for election. Mohannadi subsequently overturned a year’s ban from football but too late for him to apply to stand for the council again.Elsewhere in Manama on Monday, the Confederation of African Football elected Egypt’s Hani Abo Rida to the Council, at an extraordinary general assembly.Meanwhile, AFC president, Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa, hinted that a ban on Iraq hosting football matches could be lifted this week, ahead of the annual FIFA congress, which takes place in Bahrain on May 11. That congress could produce fireworks.A row over the issue of Israeli clubs in the West Bank sparked to life again Monday when Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub claimed Israel was placing FIFA under pressure of which there was “no precedent in the history of football”.He was responding to media reports that Netanyahu had personally telephoned Infantino and urged the FIFA boss to stop congress debating possible sanctions against six Israeli clubs from West Bank settlements.The Palestine Football Association argues that the presence of the clubs on its territory is in breach of FIFA statutes, while Israel claims those rules are unenforceable as there is no permanent border.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Technology: Top Technologies in 2013 for Information Management

first_imgGartner recently named the top nine technology trends that they see will have an major impact in modernizing information management (IM) in 2013. Regina Casonato, managing vice president at Gartner, said that “Information is one of the four powerful forces changing the way business is done.  Significant innovation continues in the field of information management (IM) technologies and practices driven by the volume, velocity and variety of information, and the huge amount of value — and potential liability — locked inside all this ungoverned and underused information.” Big DataModern Information InfrastructureSemantic TechnologiesThe Logical Data WarehouseNoSQL DBMSsIn-Memory ComputingChief Data Officer and Other Information-Centric RolesInformation Stewardship ApplicationsInformation Valuation/Infonomicslast_img read more


Grab goes with nuTonomy on Southeast Asian self-driving service

first_imgGrab, ofrmerly GrabTaxi, one of Uber’s main competitors in Southeast Asia, announced on Friday plans to partner with nuTonomy, a MIT spin out that last week received clearance to trial a self-driving shuttle service in Singapore’s one-north district.It provides Grab with a neutral partner in the self-driving battle, though neither firm can manufacture an automotive. As I’ve wrote previously, this may become a necessary requirement to compete in ride-hailing.See Also: GM hints at autonomous Bolt EV coming to LyftGrab CEO Anthony Tan expressed interest in a self-driving partnership in May. Apparently, the two firms were already in talks, which were solidified earlier this month.The exact terms of the partnership have not been disclosed. From what we can tell, nuTonomy will provide its self-driving system to Grab, in return for a share of Grab’s ride-hailing profits.Grab already well-established in regionGrab is active in 30 cities across the Southeast Asia region, including Singapore. It might be possible that we are seeing the early stages of a merger, since Grab could easily provide the self-driving shuttle service that nuTonomy wants to launch in 2018.The two firms may need a closer partnership, as Uber ramps up its spending in the Southeast Asian region. After selling Uber China to Didi, CEO Travis Kalanick said the ride-hailing giant, valued at $69 billion, will now be able to spend more in the region.Uber has already made big steps in the self-driving market, acquiring self-driving truck startup Otto for $680 million and adding 100 modified Volvo SUVs to its self-driving Pittsburgh fleet. It also partnered with Hyundai in South Korea, also focused on self-driving.Ride-hailing services are going to become much more valuable as the automotive industry moves from an ownership to shuttle and lease business model. But automotive manufacturers don’t seem happy with the current outlook, and some, like Ford and General Motors, are apparently building their own ride-hailing services to compete. David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#Asia#autonomous vehicles#Grab#Internet of Things#IoT#NuTonomy#ride-hailing#Self-Driving#Singapore center_img Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts last_img read more


Wanted man caught again in southern Callaway County

first_imgMichael Schnieders is looking at more trouble with Callaway County cops.The 29-year-old Tebbetts man was arrested Saturday afternoon on Route PP near Mokane. He had a warrant for violating his probation on a tampering charge.Last May, Schnieders hopped in someone else’s car near Portland, Missouri, crashed into another car and house, then ran. He was a fugitive at that point too.Schnieders also had a Jefferson City warrant when he was arrested over the weekend.last_img


Which SCS Service setting to go for – script or from DB? Everything you ever wanted to know…

first_imgIf you are using Intel SCS 5.x, after you’ve installed it you will need to decide whether you want to configure the scs service to either get configuration parameters from a script or from the DB. This seemingly innocuous decision has some technical implications, so here’s the background..Choice A – get configuration parameters from the DBLet us first define what are the configuration parameters – they are the fields of a vPro system – such as: FQDN, AD OU, Profile – the important ones that are required for completing provisioning – and the remaining informative attributes, such as AMT firmware version etc. Therefore the configuration parameters that are necessary to have are FQDN (or hostname) AD OU path (if you are integrating with Active Directory) and the SCS provisioning profile being assigned to the vPro system. Where will the information for these 3 fields come from?The wording of this option might be slightly misleading as you might (wrongfully) assume that the configuration parameters to get your vPro systems provisioned smoothly are sitting and waiting in the DB for you and will provide you an extra smooth provisioning experience over above the other method (using a script). This is however not the case; the configuration parameters are empty to begin with and only after going through a (successful or unsuccessful) provisioning process for each vPro machine, it will in turn have these configuration parameters populated in the DB, so that subsequent provisioning attempts will in fact be able to rely on these now populated configuration parameters in the DB.Let us consider the flow of events…A vPro system needs to initiate the provisioning process and let the SCS know about its existence – this is commonly known as the ‘hello packet’. The hello packet contains a UUID (unique identifier), certificate hash or PID, MAC Address and ip address. Purely technically speaking, this will manifest itself by a new entry appearing in the AMTS table in the SCS DB. At that point you are missing the FQDN, AD OU path and profile ID. Once a new entry makes it into the AMTS table, it will also appear in the SCS Console as an unconfigured system with the UUID field populated, but the rest being blank.You now have an option to manually double click on the row in the SCS Console and enter these 3 fields. Once you’ve done that, the information will now be sitting also in the UUID_MAPS table which is also know as the configuration parameters. This is typically not a scalable method and therefore the current BKM is to rely on a client side utility to send more than just the UUID, pre-provisioning information (cert hash or PID) and IP address, but also the FQDN, AD OU path and a profile ID.The utility that has been designed to do this is the Activator utility which comes bundled when you download the SCS application (this blog posting won’t go into the details of how to use the Activator Utility and what options you have and will assume you have an understanding of how to do this). Therefore instead of manually (and quite error prone) populating the fields, you can now have a utility that effectively pushes all the information required for provisioning into the UUID_MAPS table as well.Another last option is to create a list mapping UUIDs and pre-assigning them FQDNs and uploading it into the UUID_MAPS table. This is more difficult as it relies on the OEM providing you with an accurate list of all the UUIDs prior to receiving the systems. This is technically feasible but logistically more difficult and as such is a rarer implementation.Choice B – get configuration parameters from the scriptThis method might be less popular, as it is a bit more complex and should be used only when the circumstances necessesitate it. The script would typically be a VBscript for which a sample script is provided when you install the SCS service. What the server script does in essence is set the AD OU path and profile ID. The FQDN still needs to be provided by the vPro machine itself and for that it will rely on either the activator utility (as mentioned above) or client side vbscript – either of which will typically rely on a WMI query.Purely technically speaking, the script takes the different parameters available to it and constructs an XML file (map.xml) that is formulated in a manner that is recognised and can be consumed by the SCS application. If there aren’t enough permissions for the script to run locally, any necessary parameters are missing, or if the XML is not formulated properly then the SCS will complain about a missing XML file.Using the server side script provides you the flexibitliy of making changes to the AD OU path and profile ID further down the line as opposed to the client side only method, which would have required you to pre-package the parameters to invoke the client utility and any changes would involve deploying a new package to all machines.The server side script also allows you to overcome any permissions related issues and security concerns, as the client side only method typically requires administrator priveleges and involves letting each client right into the main DB (which for some security experts is an opportunity for malicious behaviour). Therefore a 2-tiered approach is possible where the client side (script or activator) send information into an interim DB and the server script reads the information from the interim DB. The trigger for the server script to run, is for a new entry to appear in the AMTS table but not have an entry in the UUID_MAPS table – i.e. a hello packet has arrived and there are no present configuration parameters.Finally, the server script is essential if any further manipulations are required in order to accommodate a particular environment. Such is the case when the FQDN queried on the vPro client has a domain suffix of an Active Directory domain, but there is a separate non-AD integrated network domain and any queries to DNS will return the network domain FQDN. This requires provisioning the vPro system with the network domain, which could either be hard coded as a constant (like the AD OU path and profile ID) if there is only one, or it will need to be dynamic and poll DNS (though something like nslookup on IP address) to replace the AD FQDN with a network FQDN. Provisioning will succeed regardless, but the problem will be later on when trying to manage the vPro machine if you will be using AD integration and therefore will need to conform to the Kerberos protocol.A situation can arise where you have configured SCS to use the script, however the the configuration parameters have already been populated due to a previous provisioning attempt – be it fully successful or not, since the parameters are in the DB already, the trigger for the server script to run will be missing and therefore it won’t execute again. This scenario is typically come across in testing when the same machine is re-used. There are some ‘real-world’ scenarios such as machine has broken, is re-imaged and fixed by IT department, the client side provisioniong components (activator) kick-in on startup (typically) but the configuration parameters are already in the SCS DB and therefore the script will not run and provisioning won’t succeed. Unfortunately SCS does not automatically remove the configuration parameters for machines that are partially or even fully unprovisioned. It can only be done manually when a system is deleted from the SCS Console and the ‘delete configuration parameters’ must explicitly be selected.This turned out to be a longer posting than originally intended… but if you’ve made this far, hopefully you’ve picked up a few useful nuggets of information…Tallast_img read more