85 Brisbane homes set to go under the hammer this weekend

first_imgOr take the plunge a few metres away.“Located just metres from the esplanade and the waterfront, this setting is in close proximity to so many bayside amenities including Manly pool, yacht clubs, Manly farmers markets and waterfront cafes. The Manly Village cafe and shopping precinct is just a five minute stroll. Manly train station is a two minute drive and Brisbane airport just 20 minutes away.”The suburb has seen rising sales amid strong interest from southern buyers drawn to the seaside location, and local buyers upgrading or downsizing.The Joynt Street home in Hamilton was marketed by Damon Warat of Ray White Ascot as “the ultimate family home”.The renovated Queensland was on a 910sq m allotment in the Ascot State School catchment and deemed a “home above the ordinary”. You can take a dip here … 28 Joynt Street, Hamilton Qld 4007 The property was tastefully renovated. 28 Joynt Street, Hamilton, has sold before it could be auctioned off this weekend.BRISBANE will see 85 homes go under the hammer over the weekend, after two had to be taken off the auction schedule because they sold beforehand.Saturday will see 81 properties set up for sale via auction with the first four to kick off at 9am, including a brand new townhouse at 4/398 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba; a university suburb home at 41 Dell Rd, St Lucia; a post-war home at 70 Evelyn Street, Grange; and a two bed cottage 65 Buckingham Street, Ashgrove. Four auctions were also scheduled for Sunday.The two that sold beforehand were a four bedder at 10 Earl Parade, Manly, which had been set for auction at 9am on Saturday, and a massive six bedroom home at 28 Joynt Street in Hamilton.Marc Sorrentino of Place Manly had marketed the Earl Parade property as a “bayside lifestyle home just metres from the waterfront”. The home is in the Ascot State School catchment.Among its charms was a solar heated pool for year long swims, multiple formal and informal living and entertaining spaces across two levels, built-in surround sound speakers in the kitchen, barbecue area and TV room.See the full list of auctions below or click here to see the listings. BRISBANE AUCTION TIMETABLE: SATURDAY: 9:00AM 4/398 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba, Qld 417141 Dell Rd, St Lucia, Qld 406770 Evelyn Street, Grange, Qld 405165 Buckingham Street, Ashgrove, Qld 4060 9:30AM 26 Byron Street, Bulimba, Qld 417187 Plimsoll Street, Greenslopes, Qld 41208 Poets Place, Parkinson, Qld 4115 10:00AM 49 Cronin Street, Annerley, Qld 410394 Laurel Avenue, Chelmer, Qld 4068109 Franklin Street, Annerley, Qld 410373 Boundary Road, Bardon, Qld 406514 Harding Street, Hendra, Qld 401130 Pindari Street, The Gap, Qld 4061107 Clough Street, Mount Gravatt, Qld 412225 Bally Street, Kelvin Grove, Qld 405934 Kuranda Street, Balmoral, Qld 41713 Majestic Outlook, Seven Hills, Qld 4170155 Empress Terrace, Bardon, Qld 4065775 Esplanade Street, Lota, Qld 4179 10:30AM 30 Panama St, Wishart, Qld 412278 Peppercorn St, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109 11:00AM 15 Palm Avenue, Sandgate, Qld 40171 Kidston Street, Ascot, Qld 400711 Laurel Street, Highgate Hill, Qld 41019 Emlyn Street, Coorparoo, Qld 415174 Chaprowe Road, The Gap, Qld 40617 Skipton Street, MacGregor, Qld 4109116 Beatrice Terrace, Ascot, Qld 400746 Windermere Road, Ascot, Qld 400723 Franklin Street, Nundah, Qld 40124 Abingdon Street, Woolloongabba, Qld 410261 Liverpool Street, Eight Mile Plains, Qld 411362/15 Tribune Street, South Bank, Qld 4101 11:30AM 25 Teagarden Street, Eight Mile Plains, Qld 41131 Aratula Street, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 410910 Lindsay street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171 12:00PM 78 Moreton Avenue, Wynnum, Qld 417826 Vakuta Street, Fig Tree Pocket, Qld 406932 Brindle Street, Paddington, Qld 40646 Ormond Street, Ascot, Qld 400732 Small Street, Teneriffe, Qld 400523 El Paso Street, Bardon, Qld 4065More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago5/34 Duke Street, Ascot, Qld 400716 Ferres Street, Grange, Qld 4051 12:30PM 50 Derby Street, Hendra, Qld 401113 Copia Street, Calamvale, Qld 4116 1:00PM 69 Abingdon Street, Woolloongabba, Qld 410223 Alverna Close, Wynnum, Qld 417818 Wirilda Street, Middle Park, Qld 407440 Brisbane Avenue, Camp Hill, Qld 415233 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot, Qld 4007113 Birdwood Terrace, Auchenflower, Qld 4066 1:30PM 10 Honeywood St, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 41097 Romulus Street, Sunnybank, Qld 410919 Bywood Street, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109 2:00PM 10/269 Nursery Road, Holland Park, Qld 4121435 Upper Brookfield Road, Upper Brookfield, Qld 40697 Raleigh Parade, Ashgrove, Qld 4060207 Verney Road East, Graceville, Qld 407528 Joynt Street, Hamilton, Qld 400753 Harris Street, Hawthorne, Qld 417168 Mingera Street, Mansfield, Qld 4122 2:30PM 13 Plumridge Street, Chelmer, Qld 406814 Homeland St, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 41099 Karalee Street, Sunnybank, Qld 4109 3:00PM 116/803 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, Qld 41027 Raven Street, Camp Hill, Qld 4152148 Morehead Avenue, Norman Park, Qld 417050 Abbeville St, Upper Mount Gravatt, Qld 41226 Japonica Place, Calamvale, Qld 4116 3:30PM 300 Lutwyche Road, Windsor, Qld 403080 Morden Rd, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 410912/36 Glen Road, Toowong, Qld 4066 4:00PM 102 Rubicon Crescent, Kuraby, Qld 411248 Dowrie Street, Upper Mount Gravatt, Qld 41222 Fairleigh Street, Windsor, Qld 4030 4:30PM 22 Lawford St, Sunnybank, Qld 410930 Kelceda Street, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109 5:00PM 2591 Old Cleveland Road, Chandler, Qld 4155947 Beams Road, Bridgeman Downs, Qld 403526 Alconah Street, Sunnybank, Qld 410932 Capella Street, Coorparoo, Qld 4151 SUNDAY: 10:00AM 24 Frederick Street, Taringa, Qld 40689 Jerome Street, Coorparoo, Qld 4151 11:00AM 39 Victoria Street, Balmoral, Qld 417110 Pharaoh Close, Runcorn, Qld 4113 (Source: Realestate.com.au) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX 10 Earl Parade, Manly Qld 4179last_img read more

‘Hobbes’ creator intensely private

first_img His former editor, Lee Salem, also remains mum, saying only that as a painter Watterson started with watercolors and has evolved to oils. Watterson’s parents respect – but have no explanation for – their son’s extremely private nature. It doesn’t run in the family. Kathryn is a former village councilwoman, and Jim is seeking his fourth council term this fall. Their other son, Tom, is a high school teacher in Austin, Texas. Bill Watterson, 47, hasn’t made a public appearance since he delivered the commencement speech in 1990 at his alma mater, Kenyon College. But he recently welcomed some written questions from fans to promote the Oct. 4 release of the three-volume “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes,” which contains every one of the 3,160 strips printed during its 10-year run. – Associated Press 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week You might even expect Calvin to come bounding out the door with Hobbes in tow, the screen door banging behind them. After all, the guy on the front porch kind of resembles Calvin’s dad. Readers will remember him as the exasperated patent attorney who enjoyed gummy oatmeal and jogging in 20-degree weather. Sure enough, Watterson’s father, Jim, has a sheen of sweat on his neck, not from a run but from the 73-year-old’s three-mile morning walk. After “Calvin and Hobbes” ended, Jim Watterson and his son would paint landscapes together, setting up easels along the Chagrin River or other vistas. He laughed that sometimes they’d spend more time choosing a site than painting. But they haven’t painted together for years. So what’s Watterson been up to since ending “Calvin and Hobbes?” It’s tough to say. His parents will say only that he’s happy, but they won’t say where he lives, and the cartoonist could not be reached for an interview. Maybe someday, officials will put up a statue marking Chagrin Falls, Ohio, as the birthplace of “Calvin and Hobbes.” Just don’t expect cartoonist Bill Watterson to attend the unveiling ceremony. It’s been nearly 10 years since he abruptly quit drawing one of the most popular comic strips of all time. Since then, he’s been as absent as the precocious Calvin and his pet tiger, err, stuffed animal, Hobbes. Some call Watterson reclusive. Others say he just likes his privacy. “He’s an introspective person,” says his mother, Kathryn, standing at the front door of her home, its yard covered by a tidy tangle of black-eyed Susans and other wildflowers. It’s where Watterson grew up. Calvin lived there, too, so to speak. Watterson used the well-kept, beige Cape Cod-style house as the model for Calvin’s home. last_img read more

Mobile money transactions on the rise

first_img8 July 2010 The growing use of mobile phones has opened the door for innovative financial transactions, says First National Bank, with consumers now able to use their mobiles as virtual wallets, giving them the ability to transact in even the remotest of locations. “The power of telephony has always been underestimated, with the launch of mobile phones in Africa, no one expected the radical change it would create, and recently Africa has become one of the fastest growing mobile markets on the globe,” said FNB Smart Services CEO Yolande van Wyk in a statement this week. According to FNB, its eWallet solution specifically, has seen a remarkable up-take in a very short period, predominantly because it speaks to people’s needs to replace cash easily and safely. Once there is a complete network providing access into this ecosystem, true cashless transactions become a reality, said Van Wyk. “It also dramatically reduces the costs of transactions as the negation of bricks and mortar services reduces the total cost of service provision; a cost saving that is then translated back into a benefit for the customer.” Since its inception in November 2009 more than 100 000 eWallets have been created with over R80-million been sent to friends and family from FNB accounts. According to FNB, while the service itself sounds simple, the ecosystem behind it is what really makes it tick. It is the collective companies, networks, and agents that work behind the scenes that bring the services into the hands of the consumer. Significant growth Access anytime, anywherecenter_img To date, FNB Smart Services has seen a significant growth in demand for paid-for content services, airtime transfer, mobile banking, merchant payments and even person-to-person money transfers. With the advent of various m-commerce models like mobile money and mobile banking, access to and the facilitation of financial transactions and financial information has become a method and means of business for African entrepreneurs. There is a need to place emphasis on partnerships, investigate interoperability, deploy incentives for users and partners, and deploy business models that reward qualified risks, Van Wyk explained. Van Wyk said that to effectively bring mobile banking solutions to the African market, service providers needed to bring the customer to the centre of the environment and make the stakeholders secondary. Customer-centric approach “The reality is that mobile money offers everyone access, no matter the physical infrastructure around them, or their income bracket,” the statement read. Mobile banking services is rapidly creating a service driven industry allowing consumers access to their financial information anytime, anywhere. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Find the Right Geocaching Party for You

first_imgMOGA 2014Unlike the Yuma Mega-Event, MOGA is held in a different place each year. The 2014 version took place in Athens, OH in late March. The perfect time for a road trip from Kansas! MOGA was where I experienced my first and only geocaching competition. The organizers took a different approach to Lab Caches, but they were just as enjoyable as what I’d seen in Yuma. The area offered a wonderful variety of geocaches. MOGA 2015 will be held in Jackson, MO, less than two hours from St. Louis.A map-style logbook at the MOGA Mega-Event.Geowoodstock XIIGeowoodstock XII was held just 30 minutes from St. Louis, in the historic river town of St. Charles, MO. The immediate area is more urban than Yuma or Athens, which meant yet another different style of caching. Fittingly, the Lab Caches focused on the area’s amazing history. Speaking of history, GeoWoodstock XIII is to be held in Boonsboro, MD. I could talk for days about all the great caching in that area, but definitely don’t miss the Wherigo at Antietam National Battlefield. It’s one of my favorite caches ever!If you’re lucky, you might see Signal at a Mega-Event.3IEEShortly after joining the staff of Geocaching HQ, I took a weekend to enjoy my first international Mega-Event in Duncan, British Columbia. 3IEE was a complete departure from my previous three Mega-Events, as it focused on EarthCaches. I’m no geology genius, but I walked away feeling like even I might be able to construct an enjoyable EarthCache, thanks to the many educational opportunities at the event. The Lab Caches introduced me to the beautiful Cowichan Valley. And, of course, I nabbed my first Canada caches, which were very cool!At the International EarthCache Mega-Event!I’ve had the chance to meet geocachers from around the world and enjoy very different geocaching experiences in some neat places. In fact, I’ve already booked another vacation to sunny Arizona for S*W*A*G Yuma Mega Event #12 on February 8, 2015. See you there!Share with your Friends:More These geocaching parties of 500+ people offer more than a meet-and-greet of other geocachers—though that’s bound to happen too. Mega-Events are more like a celebration of all facets of the hobby we love. Often centered around a theme (ahem, *Pirates*), Mega-Events happen all over the world and are a must for every geocacher. Find one near you.Were you there? Can you find yourself? GeoWoodstock XII.Living in or visiting Germany? You’ll never be short on awesome events.Not sure if Mega-Events are your thing? SharePrint RelatedAttend the World’s Mega-EventMay 14, 2013In “Community”Add a Little Geocaching Mega & Giga to Your AugustAugust 5, 2014In “Geocaching Info”Geocache Icon Run: find the most cache types in one dayApril 19, 2018In “Community” Geocaching HQ’er Chris (Rock Chalk) discusses his experiences at four Mega-Events this past year, and you can be sure that no two Mega-Events are alike. By Chris RonanI’ve had the good fortune (and the necessary vacation time) to attend four Mega-Events in 2014. I’ve found Mega-Events to be much like any geocaching event in that they reflect the personality and geocaching style of the host community. However, they’re larger than typical events, as an event must have 500+ attendees to achieve Mega-Event status.At this time last year, I had no idea what a Mega-Event was about, or whether I’d enjoy attending. Perhaps my experiences might be useful as you peruse the list of upcoming Mega-Events around the world.center_img S*W*A*G’s Yuma Mega #11Held in Yuma, AZ, this was my first Mega-Event. I lived in Kansas at the time, so this was a wonderful mid-winter break from Midwestern winter. It was my first experience with Lab Caches, which took me on a great tour through the area. There’s a great variety of caching around Yuma—from power trails such as the Arizona Star Geo-Art and the S*W*A*G Geo-Art to higher-terrain hiking and climbing caches.Logbook at the S.W.A.G. Yuma Mega-Event. Word on the street is, Mega-Events are the best thing since sliced breadlast_img read more

Signs of our times are poor

first_imgOne of the pleasures of not being a professional writer is the advantage I have of writing without being subjected to its rules. That there should be rules to its writing would be obvious to anyone who reads the morning papers, listens to television news or views its ads. Or indeed travels around the city and country filled with signs and billboards and directional signals.Excessive wordiness is a peculiar Indian trait but it is hard to beat a sign that hangs at a Delhi sports complex. “The joggers and other walkers using the track alongside the Golf Driving Range are hereby advised to use the track on the other side of the cricket field for their purposes, as an occasional golf ball may fall on the track adjacent to the Range, and injure the said person. The sports complex takes no responsibility in case of injury as the members have already been forewarned of the impending injury”.PeculiaritySuch archaic and lengthy language immediately presumes the worst, that many will be injured, some seriously enough to wage a legal battle with the sports authority. The sign could well have read, “Beware of falling golf balls”, but then that would hardly be an important government project, calling for tenders and a short list of sign painters. Unfortunately, people who get seriously injured by golf balls are usually those who stop long enough to read the sign. Words are always used to assert your self-importance. Why is the All India Institute of Medical Sciences not just the Indian Institute of Medicine? Is there also then a Some Institute of Medical Sciences?advertisementIf you drive along the hills in Himachal, you will come across other sets of government signs whose language seems to have been fashioned by a frustrated, but highly moral poet. Marry Safety Divorce Speed . Then an almost Wordsworth-like We love You Enough, About Safety We Never Bluff. Or the more risque, If you love porn, at curves sound horn . In an important government department in Dehradun, the Bureau of Road and Infrastructure Poetry, grown men sit around a table to discuss their inspirations. “Aare Prakash, how’s this-If Your Bus falls in Khud, Life is Nipped in the Bud “. “Yaar, you are almost Tagore”. The other peculiar obsession with abbreviations and short forms borders on incoherence and miscommunication. A recent news story had a sentence: PMO and UPA including Delhi CM likely to be indicted by CAG in CWG. Such lazy writing presumes the reader is entirely clued into Indian politics. But a foreigner reading it may understand that a pre menstrual obstruction and a uterine pituitary ambulatory are the cause of a constriction of the aortic globulin? Humour of course has been a saviour of India’s private signage.There are enough instances of misspelling to keep you wondering HORAN PLEAS or HOWREN PLEZE before Making Pass. And the eternally enigmatic sign that hangs outside a temple in Orissa, DO NOT ENTER, WOMEN DURING MENSTURATION. A comma at the wrong place can not only alter the meaning altogether, but provoke enough women’s rights groups into action.Government road signage however generally works on the principle of ‘the more the merrier’. Outside my house is a massive directional sign so large it could be visible at high speed along a 6-lane highway; but the sign occurs along a narrow residential street where traffic moves at a pace so miserly, pedestrians are always ahead.The sign informs the driver to take a right for Malviya Nagar.The sign might as well have said London Next Right.DelhiThere are seven colonies between mine and Malviya Nagar, but there is no road information available on them. The sign for Malviya Nagar was obviously available, and needed to be planted somewhere to ensure the public felt their funds were being put to good use. On the road to the airport is a sign for the Indira Gandhi International Airport Domestic Terminal (sic).Should there then also be an Inter State Bus Terminal for Local buses? The city is filled with meaningless signage that conveys little but looks selfimportant enough to suggest that Delhi is a world-class city.The judicious use of signage ensures the road environment is not cluttered and forms as neutral a background, so the passage through it is swift and without confusion. Unfortunately, most signage is not only misleading but is a complete misinterpretation of reality. At a nearby junction is another sign with a large painting of a traffic signal indicating a red, yellow and green light with the words Stop, Get Ready and Go against each of the appropriate colours.advertisementIs this supposed to be a driving lesson, a sort of learn on the job situation, or should someone with a licence be aware of it before they take to the road? Should then there be other signs stating ‘ Turn steering to the Right for a Right turn’ and ‘To slow down use Brake’? Sadly, despite all its claims, Delhi always has the feel of a frontier town. As if everything is on trial. Testing out pedestrian bridges, road signs, new building types, cabling systems, rapid bus systems. So tentative are the steps that nothing is completed enough to be successfully tested. Bus lanes peter out into midstream traffic, signs are international looking, but misleading, new building technology is visually appealing but ceilings fall apart.In the same vein, newspaper classifieds are filled with a host of cultural pretenses. When used cars are sold it’s best to give the ad a prefix of Lady Doctor Driven, Maruti 800. If there is no lady doctor in the family then the next best is ‘Army officer used Maruti 800’. Advertisements Presumably the officer is on border duty and doesn’t get a chance to drive. The mere act of possession by a lady doctor or an army officer implies that the car has a high pedigree, from a good home. Follow this up with, ‘owner going abroad’, and you have a legitimate reason to sell the car. Most of our lies are small and white. Some cultural inhibition stops us from simply stating that ‘a 12 year old Maruti 800 that chokes and splutters could be picked up cheap’. The same holds true for matrimonials.Parents give glowing accounts of their, deviant and delinquent sons, and cloak it in language that is representative of his rightful place in society: Hindu, high caste, fair skinned male, heir to family fortune, residing in South Delhi colony, earning seven figure salary, owning own business, living abroad, pious mother, father in government service, sister settled in nearby South Delhi colony, member of a reputable club, owner of high value shares and five suits, graduate from leading national academy seeks? A boy of such pedigree should have been married by the age of 11, but the ad is so open-ended that it says nothing of value. The father’s government job could be the Prime Minister, or a coolie at the railway station, a pious mother could be the head pujari at the Laxminarayan temple, or an overly sanctimonious kerosene- crazed mother-in-law, the family fortune may refer to Reliance, or to a Bihari extortion racket, living abroad could be Japan or Bangladesh.A more realistic ad will doubtless get more hits: ill mannered and hostile boy aged 56, dark skinned, bald and with signs of leprosy, earning a two figure salary in a temporary job in a matchstick factory officially living in a rented barsati above landlord, but currently in jail for alleged rape of a minor, seeks beautiful, rich, high caste girls with large breasts and big dowry. Marutis and TVs a must.advertisementFarmhouses welcome. Box 203.- The writer is a well known architectlast_img read more

EC to closely monitor PMs rally at Brigade Parade ground today

first_imgKolkata: Election Commission officials would capture videos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally at Brigade Parade ground on Wednesday.The commission will also keep a tab on the rally to ascertain if there is any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The commission will also carry out an assessment to know if the entire cost of organising the rally has been spent as declared by the state BJP leaders, while taking permission for it. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe commission will also monitor to see if the controversial theme song of the party sung by its Asansol MP Babul Supriyo is played during the rally. The song is yet to receive permission from the EC. Meanwhile, Special Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey will hold meeting with all the observers at Siliguri Circuit Bench on Wednesday, to take a stock on the poll-preparedness in the two districts that will go to poll in the first phase on April 11. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSeven companies of Central Forces have been sent to North Bengal for the first phase of polls. The first phase of elections would be held in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Sanjay Basu, additional Chief Electoral Officer, said that seven companies have been taken from the existing 10 companies which have been presently deployed in the state. The forces have been sent to the North Bengal districts as a part of the confidence boosting measure.last_img read more

Does it make sense to talk about DevOps engineers or DevOps tools

first_imgDevOps engineers are in high demand – the job represents an engineering unicorn, someone that understands both development and operations and can help to foster a culture where the relationship between the two is almost frictionless. But there’s some debate as to whether it makes sense to talk about a DevOps engineer at all. If DevOps is a culture of a set of practices that improves agility and empowers engineers to take more ownership over their work, should we really be thinking about DevOps as a single job that someone can simply train for? The quotes in this piece are taken from DevOps Paradox by Viktor Farcic, which will be published in June 2019. The book features interviews with a diverse range of figures drawn from across the DevOps world. Is DevOps engineer a ‘real’ job or just recruitment spin? Nirmal Mehta (@normalfaults), Technology Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, says “There’s no such thing as a DevOps engineer. There shouldn’t even be a DevOps team, because to me DevOps is more of a cultural and philosophical methodology, a process, and a way of thinking about things and communicating within an IT organization…” Mehta is cyncical about organizations that put out job descriptions asking for DevOps engineers. It is, he argues, a way of cutting costs – a way of simply doing more with less. “A DevOps engineer is just a job posting that signals an organization wants to hire one less person to do twice as much work rather than hire both a developer and an operator.” This view is echoed by other figures associated with the DevOps world. Mike Kail (@mdkail), CTO at Everest, says “I certainly don’t view DevOps as a tool or a job title. In my view, at the core, it’s a cultural approach to leveraging automation and orchestration to streamline both code development, infrastructure, application deployments and subsequently, the managing of those resources.” Similarly, Damian Duportal (@DamienDuportal), Træfik’s Developer Advocate, says “there is no such thing as a DevOps engineer or even a DevOps team.  The main purpose of DevOps is to focus on value, finding the optimal for the organization, and the value it will bring.” For both Duportal and Kail, then, DevOps is primarily a cultural thing, something which needs to be embedded inside the practices of an organization. Is it useful to talk about a DevOps team? There are big question marks over the concept of a DevOps engineer. But what about a specific team? It’s all well and good talking about organizational philosophy, but how do you actually affect change in a practical manner? Julian Simpson (@builddoctor), Neo4J’s Global IT Manager is sceptical about the concept of a DevOps team: “Can we have something called a DevOps team? I don’t believe so. You might spin up a team to solve a DevOps problem, but then I wouldn’t even say we specifically have a DevOps problem. I’d say you just have a problem.” DevOps consultant Chris Riley (@HoardingInfo) has a similar take, saying: “DevOps Engineer as a title makes sense to me, but I don’t think you necessarily have DevOps departments, nor do you seek that out. Instead, I think DevOps is a principle that you spread throughout your entire development organization. Rather, you look to reform your organization in a way that supports those initiatives versus just saying that we need to build this DevOps unit, and there we go, we’re done, we’re DevOps. Because by doing that you really have to empower that unit and most organizations aren’t willing to do that.” However, Red Hat Solutions Architect Wian Vos  (@wianvos) has a different take. For Vos the idea of a DevOps team is actually crucial if you are to cultivate a DevOps mindset inside your organization: “Imagine… you and I were going to start a company. We’re going to need a DevOps team because we have a burning desire to put out this awesome application. The questions we have when we’re putting together a DevOps team is both ‘Who are we hiring?’ and ‘What are we hiring for? Are we going to hire DevOps engineers? No. In that team, we want the best application developers, the best tester, and maybe we want a great infrastructure guy and a frontend/backend developer. I want people with specific roles who fit together as a team to be that DevOps team.” For Vos, it’s not so much about finding and hiring DevOps engineers – people with a specific set of skills and experience – but rather building a team that’s constructed in such a way that it can put DevOps principles into practice. Is there such a thing as a DevOps tool? One of the interesting things about DevOps is that the debate seems to lead you into a bit of a bind. It’s almost as if the more concrete we try and make it – turning it into a job, or a team – the less useful it becomes. This is particularly true when we consider tooling. Surely thinking about DevOps technologically, rather than speculatively makes it more real? In general, it appears there is a consensus against the idea of DevOps tools. On this point Julian Simpson said “my original thinking about the movement from 2009 onwards, when the name was coined, was that it would be about collaboration and perhaps the tools would sort of come out of that collaboration.” James Turnbull (@kartar), CEO of Rethink Robotics is critical of the notion of DevOps tools. He says “I don’t think there are such things as DevOps tools. I believe there are tools that make the process of being a cross-functional team better… Any tool that facilitates building that cross-functionality is probably a DevOps tool to the point where the term is likely meaningless.” When it comes to DevOps, everyone’s still learning With even industry figures disagreeing on what terms mean, or which ones are relevant, it’s pretty clear that DevOps will remain a field that’s contested and debated. But perhaps this is important – if we expect it to simply be a solution to the engineering challenges we face, it’s already failed as a concept. However, if we understand it as a framework or mindset for solving problems then that is when it acquires greater potency. Viktor Farcic is a Developer Advocate at CloudBees, a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author. His big passions are DevOps, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).last_img read more

Revamps and rewards with Contiki Crystal learning platforms

first_imgRevamps and rewards with Contiki, Crystal learning platforms Posted by Friday, January 12, 2018 Tags: Contiki, Crystal Cruises, Education TORONTO — Contiki has updated its travel agent eLearning program ContikiU to include a more simplified way to earn Contiki Rewards.Contiki says the program will now feature two levels toward graduation, each boasting “snack size” training modules, ranging from five to 15 minutes each, to be completed at the agent’s leisure. The incentive program offers agents of all ages access to exclusive Contiki rewards based on the number of bookings they make.Agents can register for ContikiU by visiting contiki.com/agents.Agents who complete Level 1, consisting of the mandatory ‘Introduction to Contiki’ and ‘Europe with Contiki’ modules, will now be eligible to earn ‘Contiki Rewards’.Those who also complete Level 2, consisting of the mandatory ‘Asia with Contiki’, ‘The New Contiki Agent Site’ and ‘How to Sell Contiki to Millennials’ courses, will not only be able to redeem for rewards, they will also be qualified to join any of the upcoming four fam trips planned for 2018.“We know millennials and have seen more and more that are willing to seek the expertise of travel agents,” says Sheralyn Berry, Vice President of Sales for Contiki Canada. “This year, we updated our ContikiU program to allow agents of all ages to enrol and earn rewards – in the form of Contiki trips or cash rewards. We want to help them understand the millennial audience and ensure that they are knowledgeable of our products. ContikiU will further enhance our commitment to our valued travel agent partners and provide them with the insight and expertise they need to be successful. Not to mention, the incentive of accessing our amazing Contiki Rewards program!”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upUpon completion of the two mandatory modules in Level 1, agents will graduate to become a ‘Contiki Champion’ and will be eligible for exclusive ‘Contiki Rewards’ that includes something for everyone from Contiki travel bags, free Contiki trips, and cash rewards (for those over the age of 35 or who simply want the money). The updated rewards program will be based on the amount of bookings made by the graduate. Champions who book:2 Contiki trips will receive a Contiki Parkland lunch kit5 Contiki trips will receive a $50 Contiki Store gift card (redeemable for Contiki branded merchandise), and Contiki swag7 Contiki trips will receive a $200 Visa gift card10 Contiki trips will receive a free Contiki trip (valued at $2,000) or $500 cash15 Contiki trips will receive a free Contiki trip (valued at $2,500) or $750 cash20 Contiki trips will receive one of the following: a free Contiki trip (valued at $3,000) or Travel with a friend or $1,000 cash50 Contiki trips will receive one of the following: a free Contiki trip (valued at $5,000) or Travel with a friend or $2,500 cashCrystal Cruises has also revamped its agent learning centre, debuting its newly renamed Partner Resource Center and also relaunching its updated Travel Agent University.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthFormerly the Travel Agent Center, the Partner Resource Center now has an updated platform, improved functionality and a comprehensive collection of materials and tools, says the cruise line.“We greatly value our relationships with our travel partners, and appreciate the extensive time and effort they put into growing their business,” says Carmen Roig, Crystal’s Senior VP of Marketing and Sales.Aimed at retail partners looking to expand their Crystal business, the new platform provides access to:Training videos and webinarsSales and marketing kitCrystal news and media centerCruise GuidebooksCruiseBuilder 3.0Personalized URL servicesTravel documents and forms portalCrystal sales team bios and backgroundsSpecial offersTravel partner faresCrystal says agents can also increase their Crystal product knowledge through enhanced training modules with the cruise line’s Travel Agent University. The modules have been redeveloped to represent the key selling points of each brand experience across Crystal’s luxury portfolio, including Ocean, River, Yacht Expedition and Air.The first three modules – Crystal’s Multi-Brand experience (billed as a high-level review of All Things Crystal), Crystal Ocean and Crystal River – are scheduled to launch next week. The Yacht Expedition and Private Jet Journeys modules will launch in the weeks to come. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more