Aston Villa boss rues ‘shocking’ defending but insists goals will come

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert said he was confident his team would soon end their goal drought after the 2-0 defeat at QPR.Villa have now lost five matches in a row and played nearly nine hours of football without scoring a goal.But Lambert believes striker Christian Benteke, back in action after an Achilles injury, will eventually give them a cutting edge.The Scot was more concerned about his side’s defending at Loftus Road, where they had plenty possession but were beaten by two goals from Charlie Austin.Lambert said: “I know we’re going to be okay in that [goalscoring] department once Benteke is up to speed. We’ve also got guys like Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann who have got goals in them.“It was only Benteke’s second game in six months or so and it’s a long time to be out. He might need six or seven games to get up to speed.“My concern was that when you have that much of the ball you have to score but you’ve also got to defend.“The two goals we lost were shocking, especially as we were on top. We had most of the possession but defended poorly for the two goals.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Record investment in SA stocks

first_img4 January 2007Overseas investment in South African stocks hit a record high for the second year running in 2006, Bloomberg reports, as foreigners sought to profit from the longest period of uninterrupted economic growth in the country’s history.Foreigners invested a net R73.7-billion in SA’s stock exchange in 2006 – up by 47% from 2005 – buying R480.8-billion of shares on the JSE and selling R407.1-billion, in the process driving the benchmark All Share index to a succession of all-time highs.South Africa’s economy shrugged off a string of interest rate hikes in the third quarter of 2006 to notch up its 32nd quarter of growth since 1998 – the longest sustained upswing in the country’s history.Bloomberg put this growth down to an expanding black middle class, increased government spending and surging prices of gold and platinum, the country’s biggest exports.“At the same time, government pressure on companies to boost black participation is boosting the wealth of blacks, so pushing up sales of everything from cars to clothes and boosting corporate profits,” Bloomberg stated.Centaur Asset Management’s Warren Goldblum told Bloomberg that foreigners were “increasingly looking at emerging markets for growth opportunities on the back of the commodities boom,” adding that greater spending on construction was also helping to boost growth in South Africa.According to Statistics SA, construction activity rose by 14.3% in the third quarter of 2006, with real value added by the industry over the first three quarters rising by 13.2% compared to the first nine months of 2005.The government, partly in preparation for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, plans to spend in the region of R410-billion on infrastructure development over the next three reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Are edge computing and IIoT changing the way we think about data?

first_imgAs we observe what’s happening in industrial enterprises, there’s an interesting evolution occurring—one that has important implications as companies make their first tentative steps toward the industrial Internet of things (IIoT).Traditionally, operational technology (OT) teams have tended to think of their environment in terms of the automation equipment within their environment, both hardware and software. They might describe themselves as a “Rockwell shop” or a “Siemens shop.” They identified with the tools that made automation possible.See also: In industrial IoT, think of a May-December romanceBut that’s beginning to change. We’re now seeing an increasing number of organizations where engineers are focused less on the tools and more on the data that’s generated by their automation systems. This evolution reflects the increasing recognition that data and advanced analytics offer tremendous opportunities for unlocking business value. More and more, people are focused on data rather than applications. That’s a major shift in mindset.What’s driving this shift? In part, it’s being driven by the explosive growth in data as a result of the increase in computing intelligence at the edge, closer to production processes. What are the four “I’s”?This is the first step in the progression to a true IIoT infrastructure—a progression I call “the four ‘I’s.” It starts with Insightful, using business analytics to drive insights and efficiencies. They can then progress to Intelligent, connecting elements across the infrastructure to enable real-time optimization. The ultimate state is Invisible, where decisions are made in real time based on artificial intleligence (AI) with no human intervention.Most industrial enterprises are in the Informed stage, though forward-looking enterprises are thinking strategically about their roadmap to the more advanced phases. Some industries are progressing faster than others based on their perceived return on investment. For example, the food and beverage industries are actively embracing IIoT technologies. They recognize the value of using real-time data analytics to help ensure not only production efficiency but also the safety and quality of their products, which is critical to the value of their brands. Other highly regulated industries are seeing the value in production data to help ensure compliance. Some “old school” industries, on the other hand, may be slow to recognize the value of data in terms of optimizing their efficiency or gaining a competitive advantage. As technology progresses, I predict these holdouts will begin to recognize real-time analytics as an essential component of a modern industrial enterprise—or find themselves playing catch-up.For the enterprises that “get it,” this growth in data—and its increasing criticality to the business—is a catalyst to modernize their infrastructure. That infrastructure needs to be scalable to accommodate accelerating data growth and flexible to allow new ways to use real-time data analytics. As they become more reliant on data, they need to think about how to protect that valuable data. That means viewing data availability and integrity as a core requirement, not as an afterthought. Jason Andersen Tags:#edge computing#featured#IIoT#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#top Jason Andersen is vice president of business line management and is responsible for setting the product roadmaps and go-to-market strategies for Stratus Products and Services. Jason has a deep understanding of both on-premise and cloud-based infrastructure for the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and has been responsible for the successful market delivery of products and services for almost 20 years. Prior to joining Stratus in 2013, Jason was director of product line management at Red Hat. In this role, he was responsible for the go-to-market strategy, product introductions and launches, as well as product marketing for the JBoss Application Products. Jason also previously held product management positions at Red Hat and IBM Software Group. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: A List of Non-negotiables

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are some things that a leader cannot and should not negotiate. There are some things, some values, that must be written in stone and written clearly for all who come in contact with an organization to see. These are the non-negotiablesCulture: A leader must create and sustain a positive, empowering culture. Culture is  non-negotiable. If someone or something threatens culture, the leader is obligated to take action. Allowing a positive empowering culture to be destroyed is to allow the organization to be radically changed for the worse.Values: Values are what sustain an organization, especially through times of great change. Values are what persist, what provide a foundation. If one of the values is integrity, then allowing people to color outside the lines is a non-starter. The leader not only has to embody the values, she has to enforce them.How people are treated: People who are treated well perform better than people who are treated poorly. People who are trusted are more trustworthy, and people who are expected to take initiative and be resourceful try to do those things. When people are treated like their workplace is something between a prison and daycare, you lose great people. Leaders set the tone and ensure people are treated right. You can’t attract and build new leaders otherwise.Business models: This isn’t to say that business models can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t change. They can, will, and should over time. But only at the right time and for the right reasons. Allowing price reductions that inhibit your ability to produce results breaks the model. Selling products and services that don’t create the value your clients want, need, and expect from you changes the model, too. A leader cannot allow the model to be negotiated.A leader needs a list of nonnegotiable, things that cannot be allowed to change because someone doesn’t like the culture, the values, the business model, or who doesn’t want to treat other people well.last_img read more

Seeking to lure the tigress, with Calvin Klein cologne

first_imgSomewhere in the lush Pandharkawada forests of Maharashtra, a team of forest officials, on the advice of experts, are spraying very expensive cologne on cloth near camera traps in the hope of luring an elusive tigress.Currently, over 100 personnel have been stationed to capture the five-year-old tigress, known as T1, which has been controversially linked to the deaths of 13 villagers in the past year. Amidst the chaos and opposition to the operation to kill the tigress, also called Avni, a novel experiment is being undertaken: luring the tigress using Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men. Sunil Limaye, Additional Principal Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), who is coordinating the exercise, says the experiment started on Tuesday night with spraying of cologne in certain places where the tigress had been last spotted.Tracing the tigress has been difficult, and a camera trap image earlier this week put its location somewhere near Sawarkheda village. “But it would have walked at least four kilometres after that,” said a senior forest department official. Spurious productsThe experiment has been devised by wildlife veterinarian Dr. Prayag H.S., who pitched the idea to the forest department. He explained that the perfume has chemicals that mimic civetone, a pheromone secreted by civets, which could possibly attract the tigress or its cubs. This, he said, formed the first hurdle for the experiment, since only fakes could be obtained in India, while the original (nearly ₹6,000 for a bottle with sprays that last for eight hours) needed to be bought from abroad. The idea stems from a 2003 experiment in Bronx Zoo where researcher Pat Thomas tested 24 perfumes on cheetahs to gauge whether the scent can kept them curious and engaged. In 2015, Dr. Prayag brought the idea to the country, and using the cologne, managed to trap a leopard in Mandya in Karnataka, and a year later, to capture a tiger in Gudalur in Tamil Nadu. In Gudalur, the tiger had come to the bed sprayed with CK’s Obsession, rather than the other four test beds. He, however, cautioned that this was just an experiment, with no real guarantees of luring the tigress for tranquillisation.last_img read more

Congress gearing up for municipal polls in Rajasthan

first_imgWith an eye on municipal elections due in November, the ruling Congress in Rajasthan is planning to conduct a survey before distribution of tickets to candidates. The party has asked its block committees to identify the local issues which will be raised in the run-up to the polls.Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot has asked Ministers to visit the district Congress committee offices during their tours and address the grievances of people, besides getting feedback from the local party workers. “Local polls are fought strictly on the issues of the neighbourhood. It is our duty to resolve the problems related to municipal bodies,” he said.In its first Cabinet meeting after being elected in December 2018, the Congress government had reversed the previous BJP regime’s decision of 2014 on the mode of election of Mayors of municipal corporations from indirect to direct polling. The government’s latest decision to increase the number of municipal wards and delimit their boundaries may also help the Congress. Mr. Pilot said at a preparatory meeting held here on Wednesday that the Congress was willing to fulfil people’s aspirations for development after being elected to the State Assembly. The local Congress workers should help the party in selecting suitable candidates without any prejudices and carry the message of the government’s welfare policies to the voters, he said.Manifesto planningMr. Pilot, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, said the district committees would prepare manifestos, incorporating the local issues, for the towns where municipal corporations and municipal councils are functioning. The office-bearers of the party’s front organisations will also be involved in the works such as corrections in the electoral rolls.Local Self Government Minister Shanti Dhariwal said the party would present a road map for completing the works of local bodies to win people’s confidence and field candidates with a background of working among the residents. Former PCC president Girija Vyas, Energy Minister B.D. Kalla, Transport Minister P.S. Khachariawas and office-bearers of the party’s local units attended the meeting.last_img read more

With Rose Bowl ticket in hand OSU shifts focus to Michigan

Roses might have been the only things on the Buckeyes’ mind for a few hours Saturday after a game-winning kick in overtime vanquished Iowa and clinched a share of the Big Ten title.But after the 27-24 thriller, the mood quickly went from joyful to serious as OSU began preparation for its game against Michigan.“Someone described this month as tough, tougher and toughest,” coach Jim Tressel said Monday at his weekly press conference. “We’ve battled through the tough and the tougher, and now we’re excited about the toughest and there’s just a special feeling about this week.”Tressel’s Buckeyes have locked up at least a share of the Big Ten crown with back-to-back victories over Penn State and Iowa.Michigan week, however, is about a fierce rivalry and tradition that goes deeper than any conference championship, season record or bowl berth.Still plenty at stakeAlthough the Buckeyes have already clinched a share of the Big Ten title, a win over Michigan would make that title outright.A win by OSU would also keep Michigan at home this postseason, as the Wolverines need a win over the Buckeyes to become bowl eligible.“It’s exciting for a lot of reasons. One is it’s Ohio State-Michigan and there’s nothing like it,” Tressel said about the rivalry. “Two, it’s your last regular season game and you’d like to think that you’re going to be playing your best football in all phases, offensively, defensively, special teams, and we’ve certainly got a lot of work to do for that to be the case, but we’re looking forward to a great week of preparation. Our kids are excited.”Senior captain Kurt Coleman said regardless of records, the Buckeyes have just as much to play for because a loss would diminish everything they have worked hard for this season.A loss for the Wolverines would mean a second-straight season in which Michigan watches the rest of the Big Ten play in bowls, while the team sits at home.“Playing Michigan is always important to us,” senior defensive lineman Doug Worthington said. “It is the biggest game of the season for us, just like it is for them. Just putting the added pressure that this is what it will take for them to get to a bowl game and knowing that we can stop them is big, it’s huge. We definitely want the victory, and if that keeps them from going to a bowl game, that’s just a little added sugar on top.”Lopsided rivalrySince Tressel took over at Ohio State, the rivalry has been dominated by the man in the sweater vest.At 7-1 since taking the helm at OSU, Tressel has turned a rivalry that used to be dominated by the Wolverines into an annual victory for the Scarlet and Gray.Even when OSU isn’t favored, Tressel seems to find the necessary ingredients to upset the school up north.Tressel said that to an outsider, the rivalry might have lost some of its luster, but to those involved, OSU-Michigan is always the most important game of the year.“Well, not if you’re a part of it. If you’re an observer, perhaps,” Tressel said, responding to a question about the rivalry losing steam. “But if you’re a part of it and you’ve felt those feelings and had those experiences and just know what it means to both schools and so forth, that would never occur to the participants.”The players also feel no different toward their rival regardless of their unimpressive record.  Beating Michigan every season is still a goal, no matter what has happened in the first 11 games.“You can’t be worried about the success we have had the last few years,” Worthington said. “This year is a different year and they are definitely a different team. They are very capable, and what’s up for the bowl game for them is huge. We’ve already been blessed with a bid to the Rose Bowl but I was telling the team to get that out of their head, and make sure we take this game like we have every other game, one at a time because that’s how they’re going to take it.”Wildcat offenseIn victories against Penn State and Iowa, the Buckeyes unveiled a new wrinkle on offense.The Wildcat formation has swept through college and pro football, and the Buckeyes have joined the party.“I think the first discussion of it came up when Terrelle was a little banged and our tailbacks were a little healthy,” Tressel said.Sophomore running back Dan Herron has taken most of the direct snaps, and on Saturday he scored on an 11-yard run. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor lines up at wide receiver during the formation, and is still lobbying to make a play.“He’s hoping for us to throw it to him. You know how that is. He thinks he’s a great route runner,” Tressel joked. “I said, well, you’ve got to have somebody who can throw it. So I think he’s reminiscing about when Todd [Boeckman] was throwing to him. Todd’s not here, so any little thing we can have to add preparation time for people to add pressure to our opposing defenses we think is good.”Throwing tradition out the window with “throwbacks”While some teams embrace changes, OSU has built its history on tradition.The Buckeye uniforms have sported mostly the same look for the last several decades, but on Saturday, for one day only, OSU will look drastically different.The Buckeyes will wear a throwback uniform designed by honoring the 1954 National Championship team.The new Nike Pro Combat uniform design will offer several technologically advanced features, while also being designed in a scheme to pay tribute to Buckeye legends from decades ago.“I’m excited,” junior receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “Obviously it’s something different, change it up a little bit, so it will be fun.”The most drastic change will be the helmets. The silver and traditional stripe will be replaced with an all-white helmet and numbers on the side, a single red stripe will also run down the middle.Coleman expressed satisfaction with the new throwbacks, but said he doesn’t think it will have any effect once the ball is snapped.Worthington said he and the rest of the linemen will look their best in the slender-fitting new digs.“We’re going to look great, fantastic. I’ve been doing some extra curls and stuff, getting my wristbands ready,” Worthington said. “I got my Vaseline so I can look shiny and big. … It is a great thing to be able to represent the 1954 team and being serious about it. They are great uniforms and Nike did a wonderful job of creating a replica throwback.“It’s just going to be great to go out and play with those uniforms on, but at the end of the day, when the ball’s snapped, it doesn’t matter what we have on, we have to get after the Wolverines,” Worthington said. read more

Mens basketball Kyle Young out with ankle injury versus William Mary

Ohio State freshman Kyle Young looks to pass into the post against Walsh in an exhibition game on Nov. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State’s forward depth continues to wane thin as freshman forward Kyle Young is out with an ankle injury for the Buckeyes’ game against William and Mary, an Ohio State spokesperson said Saturday. With center Micah Potter’s continued absence from the team, Ohio State now will turn to sophomore forward Andre Wesson as the primary backup to center Kaleb Wesson and forwards Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop. Young has averaged 2.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game. He registered a career-high six points and four rebounds against Michigan in the team’s 71-62 win against the Wolverines Monday. read more

VAR makes history as Paul Pogba decides World Cup Group C

first_imgHistory has been made in the France vs. Australia World Cup game on Saturday as an intervention by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) led to Les Bleus being awarded a penalty.VAR assisted to override referee’s original decision for a challenge on Antoine Griezmann by Josh Risdon inside the area, from which Griezmann fired home. But Samuel Umtiti powerfully handled inside the area and Mile Jedinak converted from the penalty spot to level the scores.This is the first time video technology is being used in the World Cup to directly influence a referee to change his decision. And it led to the opening goal of the game as Antoine Griezmann scored from the spot.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Also, Aziz Behich’s challenge of Pogba was great and well-timed but the ball looped over Ryan and narrowly crossed the line having bounced down off the underside of the crossbar.France stuttered to a 2-1 win over Australia in their opening Group C World Cup clashlast_img read more

Barca record comfortable win over Alaves

first_imgFC Barcelona began their La Liga title defence with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Alaves on Saturday, according to Sky Sports.Lionel Messi scored the club’s 6000th Spanish League goal with his first goal of the night.The Catalans came closest to opening the scoring in a quiet first 30 minutes, with Luis Suarez, making his 200th appearance for the club, firing just over the crossbar.Messi, who also scored the club’s 5,000th league goal in 2009, fired a free-kick against the bar after 38 minutes but the game remained goalless at the break.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.The Argentine captain broke the deadlock in the second half when his free-kick went under the wall and into the net to give Barca the lead.Coutinho who came in at the start of the second half for Nelson Semedo doubled Barcelona’s advantage with a lovely curling strike into the back of the net.Messi completed the rout with his second goal of the night coming in added time, as Barca secured their first La Liga win of the season.last_img read more