Scaling Business Intelligence with Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series (code-named “Westmere”)

first_imgBy how much a drop-in CPU upgrade can boost your server app performance? By 1.2x,… 1.4x? Please find below a report how even astonishing 1.64x can be possible.Recently, Intel has launched the Xeon® Processor 5600 Series (formerly known as “Westmere”). The new CPU is an upgrade for the 5500 Series with two remarkable improvements:• 50% more cores in a single CPU: six instead of four• Higher frequency: 3.33 GHz instead of 2.93 GHzThese and many other enhancements (like larger last level cache and fast encryption/decryption instructions) boosted many well known benchmarks.There is an exceptional result I am especially proud of: Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series provided up to 1.64x performance gain for the SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer, accelerated version (including SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator). This software combines intuitive information search and exploration functionality with the high performance and scalability of in-memory analytics. If you want to feel this intuitiveness and breathtaking speed even on tremendous data volumes, please visit http://microfinance.sap.com/, it takes only a minute to register.SAP and Intel have collaborated for years to deliver SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator (backend for the accelerated version of SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer) as an extraordinary business intelligence appliance, optimizing and tuning it to utilize the advantages of Intel architecture. As a result, our customers will benefit from almost perfect scaling with the new CPU upgrade. Theoretically, the improvement one could hope for is about (6/4)x(3.33/2.93)=1.70x (through the increased core count and increased frequency). That means an amazing scaling efficiency of 96% is achieved!For more details please see the attached solution brief “SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer, Accelerated Version, and SAP NetWeaver* Business Warehouse Accelerator on the Intel ® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series”. If you have questions, let me know (send me a private message or post a comment here), I will be happy to answer.Enjoy your new Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series!last_img read more

De Sanctis: ‘No Roma alibis’

first_imgRoma team manager Morgan De Sanctis stood up for Nicolò Zaniolo and urged them not to use the injury crisis as an “alibi.” The Europa League game with Borussia Monchengladbach kicks off at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. Gianluca Mancini seems to be moved into midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but the Giallorossi are keeping their cards close to their chest. “We’ll see what happens…” smiled team manager De Sanctis on Sky Sport Italia. “We don’t want to focus on the difficulties, as that would be like looking for alibis. It remains an ambitious project, we are a little behind in terms of results, but we knew it would take time to work together and we’ll take the season before evaluating the situation.” Alessio Riccardi is on the bench today and could make an appearance during the injury crisis. “Riccardi is probably the clearest talent in the Roma academy. He has been under the spotlight for a while already, but remains 18 years of age and we are monitoring him carefully. The club and coach Paulo Fonseca consider him highly and he is moving gradually into the first team.” Fabio Capello caused controversy last night on Sky Sport Italia when suggesting Inter striker Sebastiano Esposito should not follow the example set by Zaniolo, a comment that infuriated the player’s mother. “Zaniolo has always delivered and for a year now has been a protagonist in the squad. He has always done what was asked of him, both on the field and off, while we renewed his contract. “With all due respect to Mr Capello, who made football history also with Roma, it was a real slip-up. We are receiving so much from Nicolò and there was no need to consider him outside of the rules or the profession.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

SPORT-OLY-2NDLD IND 2 LAST

first_imgThe shooters continued to misfire as rifle shooters Gagan The shooters continued to misfire as rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to make the final of the 50m 3-position event, finishing a lowly 23rd and 33rd respectively, to end the countrys dismal campaign. Women marathoners O P Jaisha and Kavita Raut were also out of depth and finished way behind in 89th and 120th spots clocking unimpressive time of 2 hours, 47 minutes, 19 seconds and 2:59:29 respectively. Boxer Manoj Kumar lost 0-3 to Uzbek rival Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the light welter (64kg) pre-quarterfinal bout. The former Commonwealth Games gold-medalist Manoj Kumar put up a spirited show but could not match the power of fifth seed Fazliddin Gaibnazarov and bowed out. The biggest talking point before Dipas stupendous show was the shock ouster of world no. 5 Saina, who created history four years ago in London by winning a bronze medal which was the first by an Indian in the sport. She later revealed that she played with pain in her knee. “I had a knee pain and could not give my best. It was heavily strapped, and I tried my best. My movements were not smooth and were painful. Its heartbreaking loss. I also feel very bad about it,” said the former world no. 1 after her shock loss to the tall Ukrainian, who qualified from Group G. According to the star Indian shuttler, the injury happened during training before the Olympics and it got worse after she reached Rio. “It happened just before the Olympics about one and half weeks back. It happened during training and got aggravated after coming here,” she said. Srikanth, the lone Indian in mens singles, kept himself in the hunt by reaching the knock-out pre-quarterfinals from Group H by defeating Swedens Henri Hurskainen 21-6 21-18 in his second match to make the grade. Lanky Sindhu later brought some cheer to the dejected Indian camp by making it to the pre quarters of womens singles from her Group M after getting the better of Michelle Li of Canada 19-21 21-15 21-17. PTI TAP SSR PDS SSRadvertisementlast_img read more

One of Portland’s Best Restaurants, Raven and Rose, Is Inside an Historic “Horse Palace”

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Pair Oysters with Martinis WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene The absolutely delectable English gastro-pub food of Portland, Oregon’s Raven and Rose restaurant is often initially overshadowed by the very building in which it resides.Because that building is, in fact, a former Victorian carriage house or “horse palace” built in 1883 for one of Portland’s first great businessmen, William Ladd. The building has outlasted Ladd’s estate by over a century, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was literally moved three blocks away for over a year to make room for construction of an underground parking garage, before being moved back to its original location. In 2011, the building was purchased by the Mygrant family who worked with architects to restore and renovate the building and bring it not only up to code, but to exceed all environmental standards to become the LEED-Gold certified restaurant it is today.Inspiration for Raven and Rose’s amazing food came from owner Lisa Mygrant’s “time spent living, cooking and learning in England and Ireland.” Taking a page from the book of classic British Pubs, Raven and Rose’s dinner menu gives prominence to game-based dishes including hearty venison and tender rabbit and also offers up duck, lamb, pork, beef, and the spoils of the sea, including fish, oysters, and clams. Focusing on working directly with local farmers and makers, Raven and Rose believes their ingredients and the companies they come from should be as environmentally sound as possible. Raven and Rose makes clear, “From pastured meats to sustainably harvested seafoods to organic produce to biodynamic and natural wines, the health of the planet and of our guests and our employees.”The Fisherman’s Board changes daily, but always includes the freshest seafood available sourced from local fishermen. Also pictured is the Liver Pate.To fully appreciate the British-Isles inspired food, start your meal at Raven and Rose with a half dozen mignonette oysters and follow it by a couple unique starters: First, the beetroot salad made from roasted beets, apples, curried yogurt cream, and Marcona almonds.  The brightness of the curried yogurt cream works well with the apple and is all balanced by the slight earthy, bitterness of the beets. The plate is also a feast for the eyes, with the attention-grabbing pop of red from the beets. Follow this with the second starter called “Under a London Fog.” Made with chicories, wine-poached pear, walnut vinaigrette, and Humboldt fog goat cheese, the poached pear helps to neutralize the intense flavor of the cheese, melding the flavors from the chicories and walnuts into an overall nuanced, yet distinct palate-pleaser.West Cork rabbit two ways, with bacon-wrapped saddle, braised leg, mustard, cream, sweetbread, and chanterelles.After such cheese and cream oriented dishes, have a go at Raven and Roses’s lighter fare, especially the Fisherman’s board. Composed of only the freshest local seafood, the version we had while at Raven and Rose consisted of a refreshing salmon tartar, salty trout roe, cod brandade, perfectly cooked BBQ prawns, grilled octopus (which was cooked sous vide (for supreme tenderness) before being finished off on the wood-fired grill), and grilled mackerel. Other sharable plates that are worth your while are the Ballymaloe chicken liver pâté and the Goan curried clams.Raven & Rose Grass Fed Venison with huckleberry, spruce, foraged mushrooms, and potato coins.For an entree, we recommend the West Cork rabbit two ways, a beautiful dish that cooks the locally rabbit in the form of a bacon-wrapped saddle and a braised leg with accompany mustard, cream, sweetbread, and carrots, chanterelles, and onions. Our server, Joe, mentioned that the chef created this dish so that the sides are “what the rabbit itself would eat.” Another great option is the grass-fed venison (raised in southern Oregon). Venison is an extremely hard dish to get right, owing to the fact that it is extremely low in fat and, if cooked too long, can result in a tough, rubber-like piece of meat with no flavor. Not so at Raven and Rose. This venison was cooked to an absolutely perfect rare center with accompanying mushrooms, huckleberries, and potato coins. Again, the main dish is surrounded with vegetables that the deer itself would have eaten in the wild.If you’ve still got room after all that, Raven and Rose serves a mean dessert menu (we’re partial to the Crème fraîche cheesecake) and some great after dinner drinks.If you’re looking for a full-on boozy beverage to send you to bed full and warm, try the super smooth Ladd’s Manhattan, complete with a single giant ice cube.At Raven and Rose, the team is “dedicated to making everything [they] can in-house, daily and by hand…[They] butcher steaks, roasts, rabbits, birds, and fish in-house everyday. For the bar, [they] hand-squeeze all of [their] juices each day, and make all of [their] own syrups, cordials and tinctures.  [They] believe it is all worth the effort, and we hope you will taste the difference.”We certainly did.last_img read more

Kinder Morgan Terminals Signs USD 900 Mn Deal with Nucor

first_imgzoom Houston-based energy company Kinder Morgan entered into a new, 10-year agreement with US steel producer Nucor Corporation to provide in-plant services for five of Nucor’s facilities in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and two facilities in Arkansas. KMI will be handling approximately 14.8 million tons annually of scrap steel, direct-reduced iron, pig iron and other feedstocks, as well as providing other ancillary services at the five facilities which produce some 13.4 million tons of steel products annually.The company said that the value of the agreement is approximately USD 900 million.“This new agreement ensures that KMI will continue to provide handling, processing, warehousing and marine services to Nucor, the largest recycler and steel producer in North America,” said KMI Terminals President John Schlosser. “These facilities provide Nucor and other customers access to our growing national network of marine and rail terminals. This agreement also reconfirms KMI’s commitment to growing our terminals business,” Schlosser added.Kinder Morgan owns an interest in or operates some 180 terminals.last_img read more

Qatargas QFlex LNG Tanker Sets Milestones in Turkey

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Qatargas Doha-based Qatargas has set a benchmark with the delivery of the largest single cargo of LNG to the Marmara LNG Terminal in Turkey. The super-chilled LNG was delivered on board the Q-Flex LNG tanker Al Sheehaniya, which enters the record books as the first ever Q-Flex vessel to call at the recently expanded terminal.Featuring a 210,000 cbm capacity, the Sheehaniya loaded a cargo of ~207,000 cbm of LNG at the Ras Laffan terminal in Qatar on May 30, 2019, before heading to Turkey.​“The recent expansion of Marmara LNG Terminal allows Qatargas to send the world’s largest LNG vessels to yet another LNG terminal in Turkey. With 14 LNG trains and a total annual production capacity of 77 million tonnes, Qatargas is ideally positioned to meet increasing customer demand for reliable LNG, and capture the economies of scale afforded by Q-Flex and Q-Max LNG vessels,” Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer, Qatargas said.The Marmara LNG terminal was originally designed to accommodate conventional size vessels, and recently went through upgrades to accommodate both Q-Flex and Q-Max vessels.last_img read more

New Auto Glass Certification Exam Introduced at Reduced Rate

first_imgNova Scotians working in the growing field of automotive glass now have the opportunity to gain certification through a new exam. While certification in the trade is voluntary, it helps define the occupation, improve safety, increase the professionalism the industry and attract new people. It also emphasizes the work as a skilled trade. Consumers will now be able to look for this certification to ensure windshield-related safety and structural elements of their vehicle are being handled by someone with recognized expertise and proficiency. The fee for taking the exam will be reduced for the first 12 months from $666.45 to $133.29. “We are committed to supporting and developing a highly skilled workforce and we are taking steps to make it easier for Nova Scotia’s tradespeople to become certified,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “I encourage all skilled tradespeople working in the automotive glass industry to write this exam. “Certification opens doors for individuals already in the trade and helps introduce new people to the industry.” Tradespeople who have at least 8,000 hours of hands-on experience may be eligible to write the exam. They will have to produce references from two individuals in the trade who can speak to their ability. In 2008, the Provincial Apprenticeship Board received an application from the Nova Scotia Automotive Human Resource Sector Council to designate the automotive glass occupation as a trade. The application was based on a study of auto glass shops in the province, focus groups and detailed consultations. The automotive glass industry was designated as a trade on March 31, 2009. “With changing vehicle technology and processes, increasing demand for service, and a proactive human resource strategy, the automotive glass industry is growing and certification is the next logical step,” said Shannon Smith, executive director, Automotive Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia. ” It will help professionalize the industry through enhanced training and performance standards, improve safety for the public and create a career pathway for new apprentices.” Nova Scotia is the fourth province, after Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, to recognize this trade. The regular fee of $666.45 will be reinstated on Feb. 16, 2012. To apply for the certification exam call apprenticeship training at 902-424-5651 in Halifax or toll-free at 1-800-494-5651.last_img read more

Halifax judge tells rape victim You are strong and you are brave

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge praised a young university student for coming forward after a sexual assault she endured when she was 17, saying she showed courage and strength during a two-year legal ordeal that ended Tuesday with the sentencing of a male classmate.“Despite how difficult it must have been for her to share her thoughts and feelings regarding the impact of the assault … she somehow mustered the courage to read it into the record,” Justice Glen McDougall said before sentencing 21-year-old Chris Davidson of Calgary to 29 months in prison for sexual assault and unlawful confinement.“I hope she can continue to somehow find the strength and courage to go on,” the judge told the victim. “Often times, victims of sexual violence never get over the trauma of having been abused … You have already shown that if anyone can persevere and move forward, you can. You are young, strong and you are brave.”During Davidson’s trial in February, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury heard that the pair became fast friends as they both started their studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax in September 2015. Both were away from home and on their own for the first time — and both had little experience with alcohol.Davidson was 18 at the time.On the night in question, the couple planned to attend a fraternity party. Before they left, they both drank several shots of vodka.“Although Mr. Davidson didn’t have a lot of drinking experience, he matched (her) drink for drink,” McDougall said. “Nor did she have a great deal of drinking experience, based on the evidence.”McDougall said the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, drank about six shots. Davidson had more, though the number remains unclear.When they returned to the woman’s dorm room, they undressed each other and prepared to engage in consensual sex, and the woman suggested he should wear a condom. But at one point, Davidson told the woman he had not had sex before, and was planning to share his first experience with his girlfriend.“Upon hearing for the first time that Mr. Davidson had a girlfriend, (she) decided that she did not want to go any further down this path and told Mr. Davidson to stop,” the judge said, adding that she placed her arm on his chest to make him stop. “Unfortunately, her efforts to end things were to no avail.”The woman placed a condom on Davidson’s penis when it became clear she could not restrain him or escape, the judge said.McDougall said the over-consumption of alcohol might help explain what happened, but he stressed that it couldn’t excuse Davidson’s actions, nor could it be considered a mitigating factor.The Alberta man told police he had no memory of what happened that night, saying he blacked out.Davidson did not testify in his own defence.In February, the jury found him guilty of sexual assault and unlawful confinement.On Monday, the woman read from a victim impact statement, telling the court she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has attempted suicide twice in the past year. She said she has nightmares about the assault and suffers from panic attacks, depression, anorexia, insomnia, self-mutilation and emotional flashbacks.Though she has been unable to attend classes, she insisted she will go back to school at some point.“I refuse to let this crime stop me from accomplishing all the things I have planned for my life,” she told the court.On Tuesday, McDougall told Davidson that it was clear from the evidence that he is an intelligent, respectful, church-going young man from a good family. The judge also cited a pre-sentence report that said he had no previous record and had taken responsibility for his actions.McDougall quoted from the report, saying Davidson had told an officer: “We both were drunk. I blacked out … The judge found me guilty, so I’m going to take responsibility. I chose to drink that much … I feel awful about what she said I had done … She is obviously traumatized.”The judge said even though Davidson showed regret and remorse, the impact of his actions were “devastating” for the victim.“Your conduct has caused perhaps irreparable harm,” he said.Dressed in a blue, collared shirt and tan pants, Davidson — a trim, clean-cut man with short brown hair — stared straight ahead when he stood to be formally sentenced. A few members of his family sobbed quietly as he was led away by two sheriff’s deputies.Outside court, defence lawyer William Leahey said the case is an example of what can happen when young people are away from home for the first time and are inexperienced with alcohol.“This set of facts … should be driven home to every student,” Leahey said. “They need to know the impact of booze when they’re young and have little or no experience.”The lawyer said parents typically do a good job of teaching their children good moral values while encouraging them to avoid drugs and alcohol.“But there’s a vulnerability that develops,” he said. “That vulnerability is a lack of experience with alcohol … You can look at this case and you could see how this could happen to anyone’s child.”—Follow @NovaMac on Twitterlast_img read more

PROJECT OF A LIFETIME CANADIAN PAUL MASSEY NOMINATED FOR BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY SOUND

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Canadian sound engineer Paul Massey says he’s “totally thrilled” and “ecstatic” to be nominated for an Oscar for his work on the 2018 film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”“This is a project of a lifetime for me, so to be recognized as well is just icing on the cake,” he told CTV News Channel from Los Angeles on Friday.“My background while I was in Toronto and in later years was in music engineering and music mixing, and so for me now to be able to bring that experience of music mixing into the film world on such an iconic film, I mean, gosh… it’s just so exciting for me.” Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon in Twentieth Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (Alex Bailey TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation) Advertisement Massey, along with Tim Cavagin and John Casali, has been nominated for best sound mixing for the film, which is a biopic of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

ENS Rabat Hosts a Conference on Journalism Englishlanguage Teaching

By Amine MechaalRabat – The English department at L’ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) will host a conference under the theme “Journalism and English-language Teaching” in Rabat in association with Morocco World News on Saturday, February 28th. The conference will host a number of journalists, English-language professors, teacher trainees, and university and high school students. The participants will discuss and exchange their opinions about journalism, how they see it in Morocco, and ways of using journalism activities in English-language teaching. This conference began as an initiative from the English Department at the ENS and Morocco World News to introduce the attendees and teacher trainees to journalism and the many developments the field has seen. It also aims to draw a connection between journalism and the field of teaching English as a foreign language in Morocco, as well as to highlight the role of English in Moroccan journalism.The conference will highlight the potential of English in exporting our culture and national heritage overseas, since it’s an international language. It will also highlight the role that English plays as a window for Moroccan communities abroad to the political and social changes that Morocco encounters.The first presentation will be titled “An Introduction to Journalism,” and will be delivered by TESOL and TEFL teacher trainees from ENS. It will tackle many topics, including the history of journalism, the evolution of newspapers, ethics, and values of journalism.Miriam Tinberg, a ?Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) at the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE), will give another presentation on the criteria that are considered in evaluating online newspapers and the veracity of their news. This presentation will be followed by Caitlin MCateer, who is also a Fulbright ETA at the MACECE and teacher at the ENS, whose presentation will be about activities that are related to journalism and can be used by future English-language teachers in their practicum and after graduation.Mr. Adnane Bennis, the managing editor and Co-founder of online newspaper Morocco World News, will present the last topic. He will speak about the past and future of English as a language of journalism in Morocco. read more

SMMT Update – 18 January 2013

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from our Chief Executive.CLICK HERE: Read Update 251 onlineClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Mintec releases new Minesight Schedule Optimiser

first_imgMintec has released an improved MineSight Schedule Optimiser (MSSO). Mine engineers around the world have been using the MSSO for their short, medium, and long-term planning needs. It determines the most productive mining sequence to achieve the highest project profitability and then generates practical short-to medium-term project schedules.NPV and cash flow are integral to enhancements in Version 7.2 of MSSO. Costs associated with mining, processing, reclaim, hauling, loading, and capital can now be managed and presented with the addition of reports.  New tables and graphs allow MSSO users to present their cumulative cash flow and NPV data without the need for third-party spreadsheets.  Also new is a cycle-time report to display the raw cycle-time data imported from MineSight Planning Database. Constraint grids have also been redesigned for ease of use.Today’s enhancements are the latest in a long line of new functionalities added to MSSO over the last year. An improved calculation engine, integrated workflow, better reporting, charting and visualization, and a more user-friendly graphic interface are among the upgrades. MSSO can work together with MineSight Haulage and the soon-to-be released MineSight Atlas.last_img read more

FC Barcelona Lassa with 19 from Kristianstad

FC Barcelona handball FC Barcelona showed outstanding performance in Sweden against IFK Kristianstad 44:25. It looks that “Orange Army” won’t be able to play some important role and endanger favorites like they did in previous season.25 – Kristianstad: Kappelin (L. Larsson); Chrintz (1), Nilsen (6), Cañellas (1), Arnarsson (1), Gudmundsson (4), Ehn (3); Einarsson (1), J.Larsson (2), Freiman (1), Jurmala (1), Hansson (4) and Henningsson.44 – FC Barcelona : Möller (Pérez de Vargas); Áleix Gómez (4), Raúl Entrerríos (4), Fábregas, Thiagus Petrus (1), N ‘Guessan (3), Mortensen (4); Andersson (3), Víctor Tomás (4), Sorhaindo (1), Palmarsson, Ariño (6), Mem (6), Syprzak (1), Dolenec (7, 3p).Result: 3-2, 4-5, 8-9, 11-12, 12-16, 14-19 (rest), 14-24, 16-28, 19-33, 19-36, 22- 38 and 25-44. ← Previous Story Vranjes after defeat against Vardar: Many strange decisions of two men in black Next Story → VIDEO: RK Vardar clean Veszprem Arena read more

Why you cant see the black book that was never used for

first_imgNEITHER THE DEPARTMENT of Finance nor the Central Bank will release the so-called ‘Black Book’, a crisis management manual intended to assist officials during financial crises, which was never used during the bank crisis five years ago.The ‘Black Book’ is referred to in the Nyberg report into the causes of the banking crisis which led to the fateful guarantee of Irish banks in September 2008. The report notes: “In the actual crisis no use was made of the Black Book procedures.”The manual lays out procedures for emergency funding from a Central Bank or emergency liquidity assistance (ELA), guidance on legal issues related to insolvency processes and providing state aid to industry, and information on how to contact the responsible persons in a crisis.It has been in existence since 2001 when it was prepared by the Central Bank of Ireland to provide for a set of processes and procedures to refer to during the management of financial crises.But it was never used when Ireland’s banks were plunged into crisis at the back end of the last decade resulting in the eventual guarantee of all liabilities of Irish banks at an eventual cost of €64 billion, a move which later resulted in Ireland needing an international bailout.The manual was referenced in a parliamentary question from independent TD Stephen Donnelly this week. ‘Strictest confidence’Donnelly asked the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan if he would release a copy of the ‘Black Book’ as it existed at the end of 2006 or as it was redrafted in the crucial period leading up to the banking crisis between August 2007 and September 2008.Noonan said the manual was passed to the Department of Finance “on the understanding it would be treated in strictest confidence given the nature of the matters treated in the document”.He described the ‘Black Book’ as a document which lays out a “set of processes and procedures to assist it in the management of a financial crisis situation”.“I do not therefore propose to provide a copy of the document,” Noonan said.Contacted this week, the Central Bank declined to answer a series of questions about the document including the content in it, how many times it has been updated and when it was last updated.A spokesperson said that the document laid out “the principles under which the Central Bank would operate during a crisis; operational procedures and terms and conditions for ELA; legal issues relating to insolvency laws and state aid to industry; and information and logistic issues such as arrangements for contacting the responsible persons in a crisis.”The spokesperson declined to comment any further.Read: No more consultations on salary waivers for NAMA/NTMA staff on over €200kRead: NTMA paid PR company €630,000 to “keep taxpayers in the dark”last_img read more