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The 12th Annual Datacloud Awards ceremony to be held in Monaco, June 4th, 2019 has announced actress, model and charity campaigner, Joanna Lumley OBE as host for the evening. The event will also include entertainment for an expected international audience of 900 guests.
“We are delighted and honoured to have Joanna Lumley joining us as the Datacloud Global Awards” remarked BroadGroup Chairman Philip Low. “Reflecting the industry defining ceremony for 2019, the Judges have extended several regionally specific award categories including Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa and the Americas covering data centre excellence and data centre service provider of the year.”
Chairman of the Judging Panel Gerd Simon remarked that “The 2019 Datacloud Awards offer a global platform for players in digital transformation businesses to inspire the markets with their pioneering spirit. The Awards provide ever higher benchmarks in recognizing achievement in leadership and innovation.”
“We encourage companies worldwide to nominate and wish them all every good luck in the process. We have the largest assembled panel of expert Judges ever, and we look forward to seeing you all in Monaco on 4th June” continued Mr Simon.
A number of new awards for 2019 were also announced and include the cybersecurity sector and the information security market, how data centres contribute to the shaping and enabling of Smart Cities, the 5G Forerunner award recognizing a significant contribution to best practice in 5G deployment and also recognizing innovation of IT architecture, design and data centre construction for Hyperscales.
Focused on customer implementation which has made the greatest impact in data centre and cloud services, 2019 will also see for the first time a Digital Champion award.
The Judges have also launched three new Edge awards reflecting its growing importance: Edge Innovation, Edge Leader of the Year, and Telco at the Edge.
Innovation in global connectivity, and a separate category for Fibre are also both announced as open for nomination.
A popular category recognizing data centre location, is open again to development agencies, governments and trade associations. Similarly, an award is sustained for excellence in leading and implementing Corporate Social Responsibility.
Finally, the Judges were keen to emphasise the importance of new people entering the industry and are offering two awards: Young Engineer of the Year, and Young Digital Leader of the Year.
Nominations close on Tuesday 12th March. Shortlisted companies will be announced during April, and winners announced on the evening of June 4th in Monaco at the black tie ceremony held in the spectacular Le Sporting in Monte Carlo.
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The emergency response capabilities of Monaco, Italy and France have been put to the test during a mock oil spill off the coast of San Remo.
An exhibit of 65 works by the legendary Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist Joan Miró is on display at the New National Museum of Monaco, Villa Paloma.
It’s been a month of diplomatic accreditations, with several ambassadors officially presenting their credentials in Monaco and internationally.
Philippe Verdier was looking very calm on Saturday afternoon, having officially kicked off the 18th No Finish Line 2017 at 2 pm with music by the Prince’s Orchestre des Carabiniers.
Despite the popular TEDxMonteCarlo event taking place at the same time, the Founder of NFL told Monaco Life, “Everything has gone very smoothly and we already have 1,000 more people signed up than last year, and there’s still another week to go.”
This year’s edition – “Heading to the Stars” – is hoping to reach the 400,000-km mark with the help of participants, individuals or teams, running or walking on a 1.4 km circuit in Fontvieille open 24 hours over eight days, for as many laps – and kilometres – as desired. Every kilometre completed equals €1 donated to charity on behalf of the sponsors, like Barclays and JB Pastor & Fils Monaco, to help sick and disadvantaged children through the association Children & Future.[caption id="attachment_24955" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Monaco Life[/caption]
Barclays finished third last year in the Team Category raising €10,321, is back for the 2017 edition with 300 participants from the Monaco branch, and Paula Radcliffe as their running Ambassador.
Francesco Grosoli, CEO Barclays Private Bank, EMEA & Monaco branch, had this to say about the team’s 2016 achievement: “I am very proud of the team and the way they pushed themselves beyond their limits for this great initiative. It is this same drive and determination to achieve excellence that allows us to continue delivering our best to our clients, the community and the Principality. Our commitment to Monaco is as solid as the Rock.”[gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" size="large" ids="24964,24955,24962,24958,24961,24952,24948,24949,24950,24945,24946"]
Last year the 13,297 runners and walkers who took part in the annual No Finish Line passed the distance from the earth to the moon, travelling a total of 392,516 kilometres.
Since 1999, the year of the first No Finish Line, the objectives, both in terms of the number of participants and the number of kilometres, have continued to grow, making this one of the most important charitable events in Monaco. Over the past 18 years, 96,085 participants have travelled 2,636,778 kilometres, raising a total of €2,797,303 for projects favouring children.
Philippe’s goal is to have a NFL every week of the year worldwide. He launched in Paris in 2015 and Oslo in 2016. In April of this year, Athens held its first NFL and in 2018, No Finish Line will launch an edition in Nice, from June 6 to 10, with a 1km-circuit along the Quai des États-Unis.[caption id="attachment_15793" align="alignnone" width="640"] Patrice Loquet at NFL in Athens[/caption]
One Monaco resident at the start on Saturday is Patrice Loquet who has the unique distinction of participating in all four No Finish Lines: Monaco (he done more than a dozen times, his personal best over eight days is 828 km), Paris, Oslo and the inaugural Athens NFL.
Ben Rolfe – aka Team Pussy Footing Around (look for them and their neon pink shirts) – is back with his amazing wife and children, each of the girls won a prize last year, although they were not at the start this year as Emily Rolfe was centre stage at TEDxMonte Carlo talking about her experience as the youngest person to finish the Marathon des Sables.
From babies in carriages to 98-year-old moms Anne Casey from St Paul's Church, and from joggers to Special Olympics volunteers pushing wheelchairs, No Finish Line is accessible to everyone and their pet.
You can see Patrice, Paula and the Pussyfooters across the week. Be sure to cheer them on.
No Finish Line 2017 kicked off Saturday, November 11 at 2 pm and will close 4 pm on Sunday, November 19. Article first published November 12, 1017.