Europe’s Record Jobless Rate Seen Resisting Recovery

Europe’s Latest Travel Scams

In a shell game on a Berlin street, who wins? Not you. (photo: Rick Steves) Photo: Ricksteves.com

Several high-profile players are not in attendance for the defending champions, though. That includes Ian Poulter, who thrives at these team events. So the door is open for Europe. Let’s check out some Day 1 stars who will continue to play well and help end the drought. Francesco Molinari Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Molinari was struggling to make an impact through 11 holes. He hadn’t won a single hole, but luckily for Europe rising star Matteo Manassero was able to keep it close until the veteran found his form. And he finally did down the stretch. Playing fourball, the Italian won three of the final seven holes for Europe to earn a draw for his side. The hot streak finished at 18, where he carded a birdie to square up the match. It was a clutch run for a player who endured an up-and-down season. His ability to step up when it mattered is a testament to his experience in these type of environments. Whether it’s the Ryder Cup or the Seve Trophy, he’s been a yearly fixture for Europe and all those high-pressure matches are starting to pay off. Nicolas Colsaerts Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Colsaerts is a perfect player for team competition. Europe can pair the big-hitting Belgian with a more conservative player, as it did with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and let him take some chances knowing his partner can make up for any mistakes.

Hadoop Summit Europe 2014 Marches Toward the Data Architectures of Tomorrow

Social Tragedy Unemployment in Europe is a social tragedy and we need to address it, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said in July when presenting the organizations annual employment outlook . Siemens AG (SIE) , Europes largest engineering company, will eliminate 15,000 jobs, the Munich-based corporation said on Sept. 29. It initially planned some 8,000 cuts globally, a person familiar with the program told Bloomberg News in October. Earlier this month, Air France-KLM (AF) Group, Europes biggest airline, scrapped a plan to break even at its main French unit this year, putting 2,800 jobs in the country at risk. While most Southern European economies are struggling to provide work for the unemployed, the jobless rate in Germany , the regions largest economy, remained at 6.8 percent in September, according to 31 estimates in a separate Bloomberg survey . Thats close to a two-decade low of 6.7 percent. The Federal Labor Agency is due to publish these data tomorrow at 9:55 a.m. in Nuremberg. Resurgent Economy A robust job market and Germanys economic strength in the midst of the euro areas debt crisis helped Chancellor Angela Merkel s Christian Democrats take the largest share of the vote in Sept. 22 elections. German retail sales rose 0.5 percent in August from July, the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden said today. That missed the median estimate of a 0.8 percent increase in a Bloomberg News survey of 26 economists. Gross domestic product in the 17-nation euro economy grew 0.3 percent in the three months through June, the first quarterly expansion after six contractions. Economic confidence rose more than forecast in September, with sentiment improving in the industrial sector as well as in services, retail and financial services.

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Click to Tweet : Hadoop Summit Europe 2014 marches toward data architectures of tomorrow. Call for papers now open. #hadoopsummit #hadoop Focused on accelerating the next-generation data architecture built on enterprise Apache Hadoop, Hadoop Summit Europe will feature networking and shared best practices between all levels of the IT landscape, including a vibrant community of architects, developers, data scientists, data professionals and solution providers. The event will feature two full days of content and five tracks, all designed to arm attendees with the know-how to successfully harness the power of big data with Hadoop, driving their business into the next level of the information age. Apache Hadoop continues to proliferate across Europe as enterprise organizations and leading IT vendors realize first-hand the tremendous business impact of the open source big data platform, said Dave McJannet, vice president of marketing, Hortonworks. Building on the success of previous Hadoop Summit events in both North America and Europe, Hadoop Summit Europe 2014 will feature nearly double the number of sessions as last years event and energize the community with new ideas and real-world case studies for making Hadoop the cornerstone of the data architecture of tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you there! Hadoop Summit 2014 attendees will hear and share use cases and success stories, best practices, cautionary takes and technology insights, including discussions on whats next for Apache Hadoop. The Hadoop Summit tracks are divided into five key topic areas including: technical deep dives from Hadoop committers; the future of Hadoop with projects such as Apache YARN; data science using Hadoop; deployment and management of Hadoop operations; and using Hadoop with existing applications to derive business value from data. Call for Papers Now Open Hadoop Summit Europe 2014 continues in the tradition of previous Hadoop Summit events, making submitted speaking abstracts available for public voting on which sessions they would like to see most at the conference. The leading vote-getters in each of the five tracks will be automatically added to the agenda. In addition, abstracts will be reviewed and selected by a committee of industry influencers from a number of different companies.

The Louvre had to close for a day, and the management finally beefed up police patrols. Europe is a surprisingly creative place when it comes to petty thievery and travel scams. Tourists, especially Americans, are an easy target. Be on guard even at church. St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice attracts tourists and pickpockets alike. Loaded down with valuables, jetlagged, and bumbling around in a strange new environment, we stick out like jeweled thumbs. If I were a European thief, I’d specialize in Americans my card would say “Yanks R Us.” But scams can be avoided. Smart travelers are less likely to be victims, so be aware of these travel scams, which I’ve been tracking thanks to my readers and my European travel guides. Rotator Bluff: You’re going through a London subway turnstile and someone is pressing right behind you. You feel something in your pocket, but by the time you turn around, it’s already too late the thief throws your wallet to his accomplice on the other side of the machines. You’re stuck on the wrong side of the turnstile, and both thieves have disappeared into the crowd. The Attractive Flirt or New “Friend”: You’re a single male traveler who is suddenly approached by a gorgeous woman on the street. After chatting for a while, she seductively invites you for a drink at a nearby nightclub. But when the bill arrives, it’s several hundred dollars more than you expected.