Hudson-Odoi closing in on Chelsea return

first_imgAfter a mixed start to the Premier League season for Chelsea, Frank Lampard’s side are set for a welcomed boost with Callum Hudson-Odoi nearing a return to action. The 18-year-old attacker has been sidelined since April when he ruptured his Achilles in a 2-2 draw against Burnley.It was an otherwise breakthrough season for Hudson-Odoi, who scored four times in the Europa League for the Blues as they went on to claim the title.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Given a full pre-season to focus on recovery, the teenager revealed just how close he is to a return, with Chelsea struggling for consistency early on in the season.”Recovery has gone really well and I feel good,” Hudson-Odoi told Sky Sports News.”Hopefully I can be back after the international break. We have to just get things going and hopefully everything goes to plan.”I was scared it could take longer but really recovery has gone very well and I am really happy everything has gone to plan.”Now I just can’t wait to get back on the pitch and start playing again.”The Blues have won just one of their first four league games under Lampard, squandering a 2-0 lead on Saturday as they drew 2-2 with Sheffield United. While Lampard has failed to hit the ground running on his return to Stamford Bridge, Hudson-Odoi is looking forward to being given a chance to shine under him. “He is a top manager, I’ve said it from the start. He’s there and he’s giving youth a chance,” he said.”He says to us if you work hard and believe in yourself you will get your chance.”Lampard himself has expressed his excitement at being able to soon unleash the England attacker. “The injury looks good which is the great news,” Lampard said in August.”Then he’s going to have to be fitter than he’s ever been because I’m going to want him to run!”Currently ninth in the Premier League, Chelsea will return to action after the international break with an away match against Wolves on September 14.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

From Broadway to Cancun: Hit Musical “Rock of Ages” Takes the Stage at Dreams Resorts

first_imgNEWTOWN SQUARE, PA. – Oct. 18, 2017 – AMResorts®, a subsidiary of Apple Leisure Group, is pleased to bring one of Broadway’s most successful musicals of all time, “Rock of Ages,” to the all-new Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort. The full theatrical production will be performed exclusively at Dreams Playa Mujeres six times a week now through January 15, 2018 for resort guests, other visitors staying in the Mexico Caribbean and the general public. This first-time partnership was announced during Cancun Travel Mart on October 15, 2017, where industry partners, local government officials and members of the media enjoyed the premiere performance. “We are always looking to take our guests’ vacation experiences to the next level, so we are honored to be the first resort company to host this live show from Broadway in the popular destination of Cancun,” said Gonzalo del Peon, President of AMResorts. “‘Rock of Ages’ is a highly-regarded and favored show that will undoubtedly add value to the on-property experience and enhanced entertainment offerings at one of our newest properties, Dreams Playa Mujeres.” Produced by the renowned Gerardo Quiroz, one of the most prolific and well-known Mexican producers, “Rock of Ages” is the story of a small-town girl and a city boy as they meet on Sunset Strip while pursuing their dreams of fame and stardom. Their rock n’ roll love story is complemented with hits by artists such as Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more. “Rock of Ages” will be performed at Dreams Playa Mujeres in the resort’s fully-air conditioned, non-smoking Limelight Theatre which can comfortably seat up to 400 guests. The Limelight Theatre Bar serves a variety of drinks and a comfortable lounge space conveniently situated near the vicinity. Showtimes include Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., as well as Sundays and Mondays at 7:00 p.m.* Transportation services are available for guests staying in Puerto Morelos and North to Playa Mujeres. Ticket prices are $139 USD including round-trip transportation and $119 USD without transportation. Ticket prices include entrance to the show and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages 30 minutes before and after the performance. Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort is set along a private stretch of beach in a serene, gated community. The resort offers couples and couples with children luxurious beachfront settings, spacious suites, an Explorer’s Club for Kids with Red Cross certified staff, a Core Zone Teen’s Club and more. As part of the resort’s Unlimited-Luxury® experience, where everything is included, guests are privy to seven gourmet á la carte dining options without reservations required, a buffet, a grill and a café with an ice cream parlor, unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits, endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment. For more information or to book a stay at Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort,*Information and show times subject to change About AMResortsAMResorts, a subsidiary of Apple Leisure Group, is the fast-growing provider of sales, marketing and brand management services to six individually unique resort brands. The Newtown Square-based company is continuously raising the all-inclusive concept to a new level of luxury with its signature Endless Privileges®, Unlimited-Luxury® and Unlimited-Fun® programs. Located throughout Mexico, Jamaica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Panama, AMResorts’ more than 52 award-winning properties treat every guest to premium accommodations, desirable locations and extraordinary inclusions. The brands in the collection include: boutique Zoëtry®Wellness & Spa Resorts (; 1-888-4-ZOËTRY); adults-only Secrets® Resorts & Spas (; 1-866-GO SECRETS); high-energy Breathless® Resorts & Spas (; 1-855-65-BREATHE); family-friendly Dreams® Resorts & Spas (; 1-866-2-DREAMS); vibrant Now®Resorts & Spas (; 1-877-NOW-9953) and fun-filled Sunscape® Resorts & Spas (; 1-866-SUNSCAPE).Images, logos and informational material about the AMResorts Collection of brands and properties are available at read more

Leading the Way to a DeveloperFocused Future

DevUser.png Log in or register to post comments 3. Don’t isolate developers and engineers from the end customers. Just as important as knowing the business is knowing the customer, Jackman said. “MRT will sometimes get [developers and engineers] on the sidelines of customer opportunities … so they can be among the people and see the excitement around a solution,” he explained. The company finds this motivates the developers to think outside the box and causes them to want to make customers just as happy and excited as they are. “We found it works really well to get people to feel like they’re involved,” Jackman said. Plugging Into the Power of APIs Gary Audin June 07, 2019 Evangelist Roy Kurver shares on the importance of APIs for communications today. Tags:News & ViewsDeveloper-FocusedCultureQuicken LoansLazardMarine Rescue TechnologiesDevSecOpsAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsBest PracticesCareersCloud CommunicationsCPaaSEnterprise Connect Articles You Might Like The security mindset is critical at MRT, too, Jackman agreed. “With today’s climate, especially going from premises to cloud, security should be first and foremost.” 1. Include enterprise architects and tech-savvy business product managers on the team. These are “two sides of the same coin,” Quicken Loans’s Wolfe said. As part of a service-oriented architecture strategy, enterprise architects will know which information and tools they need to solve problems quickly. And product managers who have a basic understanding of technology can help translate business needs so the team can identify the microservices that will solve their problems, he said. Click on the video player below to hear the full panel discussion. See All in APIs & Embedded Communications » At Quicken Loans, having cross-functional teams has helped alleviate this sort of problem, Wolfe said. “To the extent that we can keep all the work centralized inside of the team, we can really kind of continue [work on a project] — there’s nowhere to hide, you have to understand and know that you have to get it all the way to the finish line.” Untangling Services, Microservices, Functions Tom Nolle June 27, 2019 Understanding applications in the cloud era takes deciphering the terms of modern software architecture. Quicken Loans addresses this issue by having all technology hires go through a “Passport to the Business” program within six months of joining the company, Wolfe said. “This is an organized program where you go systematically through every single piece of the business, from origination through servicing — everything — and that just pays us huge dividends down the road when your first opportunity is to understand the top-to-bottom picture.” Vonage Takes Care of Healthcare with New Services, APIs Zeus Kerravala April 16, 2019 Helps healthcare organizations fast-track digital transformation plans 5. Remove barriers to progress. One downside of development work can be the “we’re done with our piece but waiting on that group to finish its work” attitude, Lizza said. That’s something he’s seen cropping up at Lazard, so much so, he said, that he has a running joke with his team that he’s going to steal the idea of a swear jar. Just like people have to toss a buck into a swear jar upon uttering a curse, he said he’d like to make team members do the same using a “blocker jar” when they talk about having to wait on somebody else to wrap up a project. This type of excuse “gets thrown out a lot in the industry now, [and I don’t like it.]” Enterprise Connect 2019 panelists, from left: Carmine Lizza, CIO, Lazard; Darryl Jackman, business automation developer,  Marine Rescue Technologies; Benn Wolfe, communications technology lead, Quicken Loans As important as application development has been and will continue to be, “app dev is pointless without the infrastructure — and I think the healthiest organizations bring those together,” Lizza added. Balance and talent acquisition are likewise a challenge at Marine Rescue Technologies (MRT), a safety systems manufacturer, agreed Darryl Jackman, a business automation developer at the company. The move to a cloud platform triggered paradigm shifts in logistics and hiring at MRT, he noted. Once the company moved to an API-based cloud platform “it opened the doors for what we could do very differently compared to being just on premises systems,” Jackman said. And that has led to the challenge of “finding the right people who are openminded and on top of leading technologies.” 6. Invest in your people. Do so, and you’re sure to keep them engaged, Wolfe said. “Take the time to present new opportunities to your existing people. I do believe that they will jump up and take the reins if given the opportunity,” he added. At Quicken Loans, this manifests itself in a “relaunch program” that lets people sign up for new learning opportunities and shadowing on different teams. Here’s the upshot from Lizza on how any enterprise IT professional should be thinking about how to take a developer-focused mindset and empower their organization for the future: Don’t be afraid to be a thought leader. “If you work in an organization where someone is going to penalize you for trying something different, you’re probably not in a good organization.” Mortgage lender-turned-technology company Quicken Loans has been quick to adapt to the developer-focused future — the topic of an enterprise IT panel at the recent Enterprise Connect 2019 event. “Innovation is absolutely a key component to our approach to the market and how we drive the industry … so the developer-focused culture for us is absolutely critical to how we succeed,” shared Benn Wolfe, technology lead for communications at the company, during the panel discussion. Part and parcel of establishing the developer-focused culture at Quicken Loans has been adoption of an Agile methodology for software development, the underpinning of which is the cross-functional team, Wolfe said. “You can always do better and have more cross-functional teams; you can have more people who are empowered to solve problems and own them from inception to completion. … That’s one of the things I really spent a lot of time working out with Quicken Loans, and Quicken Loans empowers all of its leaders to make sure that we’re delivering that message to our teams,” he added.If Wolfe makes this sound easy, it’s not, as our other panelists pointed out. Along with the move to the cloud, communications and collaboration technologies are becoming increasingly software-centric and open for customization and integration. Deployment implications aside, the shift ushers in the need for an organizational rethink — silos be gone and long live the multidisciplinary team with a developer-orientation and innovation mandate. What Role Will Integrations, APIs Play in the Evolution of UCC? Todd Carothers June 27, 2019 RESTful APIs are bringing a wave of change to the communications industry. 2. Ensure your technologists know the business. Absent business knowledge, technology can get done for technology’s sake alone, Lizza warned. One way he assures this doesn’t happen at Lazard is taking technology team members from cubicle to cubicle — “’let’s go meet with some other people in our organization,’ I tell them,” Lizza said. They need to get out of their technology comfort zones in order to understand the business end goal, he added. For one, achieving balance between the old and new can be tough, said Carmine Lizza, CIO at Lazard, a global financial advisory and asset management firm. Lazard, no doubt, is not alone in being at an inflection point, which Lizza described as the need to continue running a global organization on “legacy” systems while also being forward-looking enough to attract — and retain — people who understand and can develop in cloud environments such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Twilio Says, ‘Let’s Keep the Conversation Flowing’ Beth Schultz August 08, 2019 The cloud communications platform company showcases two new APIs aimed at improving conversational engagement for messaging and phone calls. 4. Don’t forget to incorporate security expertise when moving ahead with a developer focus. This is particularly sensitive for Lizza, given the nature of Lazard’s business, but it’s a widespread challenge, particularly when casting a wide net to catch your developer talent. At Lazard, for example, “we’ve got a lot of people who we brought in from outside of financial services, from startups in many cases, who… it’s not that they don’t consider security, but it’s not a paramount focus,” Lizza said. But security must be front of mind all the time, so educating his team about secure development best practices – DevSecOps — is an imperative. Having the chief information security officer participate on a project goes a long way in assuring the appropriate thought goes into security, as well, he added. What constitutes the right sort of person for the developer-focused future? What skills are requisite for the multidisciplinary team guiding the way? How does this look from an IT cultural standpoint? Wolfe, Lizza, and Jackman shared some ideas during the panel discussion, including these six. read more