Kane keen to play in Under-21 European Championship, Tottenham striker’s agent tells FA

first_img Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane Tottenham striker Harry Kane wants to drop back down to play with the England Under-21s squad for this summer’s Under-21 European Championship, according to FA chairman Greg Dyke.The 21-year-old has enjoyed a spectacular breakthrough Premier League season, having gone from third-choice striker at White Hart Lane to become the talk of the English game.Kane has netted 30 times in all competitions for Spurs this season and last month added another chapter to his fairytale rise at Wembley Stadium, where he scored a debut England senior goal within just 79 seconds of his introduction from the bench.Roy Hodgson has previously stated the striker’s maiden senior call-up does not rule him out of the summer’s Under-21 tournament.And Football Association chief Dyke claims Kane’s agent has told him that the striker wants to return to the Young Lions fold to “finish the job”, having played a key role in their qualification campaign.“We want young English footballers to want to play for England,” he said. “It is an important part of their development.“Playing for the first-team, the England first-team, is the ultimate for a footballer or at least should be and that’s what we want.“Playing for England matters and young English footballers should feel that it matters – that they can play for their club but they also want to play for England.“I got a call from Harry Kane’s agent recently just to say how much he enjoyed playing for England and how much he wants to play for the Under-21s this year in the tournament, in the Euros.“And I think that’s important. If you’re a young English boy coming through the system, you should want to play for England.”However, it is far from a straightforward situation given Spurs’ understandable fears about burnout.Despite Dyke’s comments, plus those of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino who admitted the forward could go, it is understood no arrangement has yet been struck between club and country over Kane’s participation, although the striker is clearly keen to go to the Czech Republic if called upon. 1last_img read more

Rock art centre sheds light on San

first_img6 June 2002KwaZulu-Natal’s new Kamberg Rock Art Centre, now open to the public, will help visitors understand and interpret the more than 40 000 San Bushman images to be found in the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.Opened by KZN Premier Lionel Mtshali on June 4, the centre is situated in the Kamberg Nature Reserve, near to the Game Pass Shelter.It is here that the “Rosetta Stone” of San art first provided archaeologists with the key to interpreting the symbolism of the paintings as spiritual in content – showing how hunters gained power from the animals that they killed.The Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site – one of just 23 sites worldwide granted this status on the basis of both natural beauty and cultural significance. The 230 000 hectare protected area contains 500 known sites of San rock art.The Kamberg San Rock Art Trail and Interpretive Centre together offer visitors information about the world of the San, and the opportunity to walk to Game Pass Shelter to view outstanding examples of their art in the company of a trained community guide.The San people lived in the Drakensberg area for thousands of years before being exterminated in clashes with the Zulus and white settlers.A video documentary on the world of the San can be viewed at the centre, which also provides contact with their descendants who still live in the area. The centre offers a range of books, posters and videos for sale, as well as a refreshment kiosk.The walk from the centre to Game Pass Shelter takes two-and-a-half to three hours via the Waterfall Shelter. The trail and centre cater for a maximum of 10 patrons at a time, with tours run seven days a week. It is recommended that places be booked by phoning Kamberg on (033) 263 7312.It is also possible to stay at Kamberg Nature Reserve, although the accommodation is presently being renovated. The centre is wheelchair-friendly, although the trail is not; people unable to walk to the shelter can watch a special audio-visual presentation instead.For more information call (033) 263 7312 or visit the Kamberg Rock Art Centre web site.last_img read more

The 3 Things You Can’t Do On Twitter

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification No-NosTwitter’s rules outline several things users are not allowed to do or say. Impersonation, harassment and abusive behavior, and posting private information are all straight-forward policy violations. Twitter can suspend users accounts for violations of these rules. The service may also suspend accounts in response to official requests from law enforcement or government agencies. Once Twitter is notified of tweets in question, it can then withhold tweets for that specific country. Legal issues aren’t always clear, though. International jurisdictional differences often lead to complications. For example, something that would be legal to say in America could be illegal in Germany (denying the Holocaust, for example, is legal in the U.S., illegal in Germany). If German courts prosecuted or users called out that activity, Twitter could suspend the user and remove those tweets from the stream in Germany. But if the tweets were posted from a place where they were legal, like here in the U.S., Twitter won’t do anything for American streams. Free speech is a country-by-country issue, not a blanket Twitter policy. Users can also be suspended if they tweet too much over an extended period of time. There’s a 1,000 tweets per day limit on updates and if a user goes over they are automatically put into “Twitter jail” for several hours (BundlePost CEO Robert Caruso says he’s been kicked off Twitter hundreds of times, specifically every Friday because he breaks the limit, responding to each one of his thousands of #ff mentions). The daily update limit is further broken down into smaller limits for semi-hourly intervals. Despite rumors stating otherwise, there is no way to request a higher ceiling on postings. When it comes right down to it, though, there are three things pretty much guaranteed to get you kicked off Twitter:1. Child Pornography: Accounts promoting or containing updates with links to the sexual exploitation of children are permanently suspended. It doesn’t get more straight-forward than this. In America, anything under 18 is off-limits, and this rule extends globally. 2. Direct Violence Threats: Specific threats of bodily harm include details of how and when an act will take place. Posts that say a person will come to a certain spot at a particular time and be injured or hurt are clear red flags. Everything from terrorism and crime to bounties and beatdowns. It’s all out of bounds. 3. Spam: Automated replies to people requesting follows or clicks, heavy linkage to promotional content. Sending these robot messages are one of the biggest no-nos. Fake followers are a big problem for Twitter, and many are spammers. It’s unclear just how many of the 200 million tweets sent out every day come from bots, but that number is high. How Does Twitter Catch Violators?Twitter has no algorithim looking for specific words, no team of people trolling the site looking for violations. Instead the service relies on its 140 million users to monitor and report violations of its rules and Terms of Service.Hey it’s cheaper, and with no unified, global legal system, each country has its own interpretation of what’s acceptable and unacceptable – regional legal counsels help the company mitigate cultural concerns. While algorithms exist for malware detection and phishing, the site looks to its users to determine what does and doesn’t violate its terms. Every violation that is flagged is then looked at by Twitter’s staff on a case-by-case basis. Most are false alarms, usually people reporting things they simply don’t like or don’t agree with. If Twitter does see a violation, it can suspend the account, sometimes forever.What To Do If You Get Kicked Off?So, what to do if you’re suspended? Accounts nabbed for child exploitation are suspended permanently, without exceptions.   Accounts that aren’t violating the child pornography rule are typically given abuse warnings. They may also be allowed to edit for parody, which means if an account is parodying a user or situation and is suspended (for example for impersonation), then that user has can label themselves as a parody in their bio to make it clear (here’s the policy in detail). Once suspended, users are required to state that they will not break rules again before being allowed back on. Permanent suspension is incurred if they fail to do so.Second chances are granted only for accounts temporarily suspended for minor offenses. But second chances usually don’t mean just one second chance. If a violator is merely posting too much, and is put into Twitter jail, there is no cap to how many times they can be suspended and reinstated. However, if an account or user breaks major rules like implying violence or spamming and do not curtail their behavior, they will be permanently banned. Rule of thumb: Follow the rules. Photos courtesy of Shutterstock and Paul Shirey. Tags:#social media#twitter Americans tend to think of free speech as allowing us to say just about anything we want, minus shouting “fire” in a crowded theater or threatening violence. But does that mean you have the same rights on a social network, specifically Twitter? Hey, it’s not a government entity, it’s a company. So does this free speech blanket apply? Years ago when the FCC still held weight, George Carlin famously recounted the “7 words you can’t say on TV” – is there a similar list of things you can’t say on Twitter?Well, yes and no. Twitter does not mediate content. It doesn’t matter who you are, whether celebrity, government agency, corporation or regular Joe, the micro-blogging service does not regulate what you say. But if one of its users reports you for violating one of the site’s tenets, then you may be in trouble. Twitter isn’t actively seeking out misdeeds by users, but if one is reported, it actively delves in and investigates. So there are things you can’t say, even though the rules aren’t always enforced.  Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit adam popescu Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Top 10 Latin American IoT Startups to Watch

first_imgTags:#Internet of Things#IoT#IoT startups#Latin America China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Nora LearyCo-Founder Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Follow the Puck IoT is taking the world by storm and rapidly gaining ground. In 2015, there were about 15.4 billion connected devices. IHS says this number will grow to 30.7 billion in 2020, and 75.4 billion by 2025.As the demand for connected device technology increases, so does the number of emerging IoT startups. But it’s not just US startups that are dominating the IoT market; there are many international IoT companies making waves. Latin America, in particular, is a region to watch.Micromarket Monitor predicts that the IoT sector in Latin America will increase from US$14.2 billion in 2013 to US$44.4 billion in 2019. As Latin American startups ramp up IoT efforts, here are ten IoT startups to watch now.IoT is disruptive around the globe in all testing areas. Even mobile apps are becoming the norm for IoT.Disruptive Latin American IoT startups1. Higia detects early symptoms of cancer.According to the World Cancer Research Fund, breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women worldwide, contributing 25.4% of the total number of new cases diagnosed in 2018. Mexican company Higia helps women detect early symptoms of cancer with non-invasive biosensors that use thermal sensing and artificial intelligence to identify abnormal temperatures in the breast that can correlate to tumor growth. If the device detects an abnormality, the app recommends follow-up steps for further screening with a healthcare professional.Forbes Magazine Mexico named Higia one of “30 Most Promising Businesses of 2018,” and the company has raised a total of US$5.1M in funding. As of August 2018, Higia plans to enter the US market and begin clinical trials with Stanford Medicine X.2. Jooycar creates a connected car experience.Chile-based Jooycar provides connected car technology via a device that plugs into automobiles and syncs to a mobile app. The device turns vehicles into smart cars, delivering data about the driver and the vehicle, such as driving patterns, route optimization, and maintenance reporting. This information allows insurance companies to serve their clients better.Jooycar’s usage-based insurance platform has incentivized many to subscribe to car insurance for the first time. The insurtech startup has achieved 400% annual growth and processed nearly 40 million kilometers on its platform by 2018, in Chile alone. Jooycar recently secured US$3 million in funding that will allow the company to expand internationally to the US.3. Chipus Microelectronics saves power and extends battery life.Headquartered in Brazil, Chipus Microelectronics is a semiconductor company offering power management products, data converters, sensors, and actuators as well as customized IC design services. Chipus serves IDMs, play foundries, and semiconductor companies worldwide, including the US, Europe, and Asia. The company has raised a total of US$2.5M in seed funding.Chipus partnered with SiFive, a key player in the semiconductor industry, to customize technology making it easier for customers to save power and extend the battery life of IoT edge devices.4. SensorBox offers a complete remote monitoring solution.Brazil-based SensorBox helps reduce business losses caused by blackouts through cloud-based monitoring that predicts and reports problems with power sources. When SensorBox detects unusual activity, such as a temperature spike in a hospital, it sends an alert and allows users to control equipment remotely. It helps reduce losses for companies such as Internet providers, healthcare facilities, data centers, and restaurants.5. Ubidots builds IoT applications.Born in Colombia, Ubidots expanded quickly to global markets. The company offers an intuitive IoT application and cloud development platform. Ubidots started in Latin America but soon after launch joined the Boston MassChallenge Accelerator in 2014, which pivoted the business into a global product-based cloud IoT startup.6. Agrosmart reimagines agribusiness.Agrosmart is a Brazilian company that monitors environmental conditions in real-time through sensors, meteorological data, and image processing to help farmers manage their agribusiness better. Its technology also reduces irrigation costs and increases efficiency.Agrosmart’s digital platform is helping companies, and farmers in Brazil, the US, Israel, and Latin America make data-driven decisions.7. Citysense enables smart cities.Based in Santiago, Citysense offers a shared infrastructure platform that helps fast-growing cities improve their quality of life. The company developed a network of sensors, located across cities that use IoT technology to communicate about specific city data. Its products can show a city’s air quality, track crime, and help companies understand potential markets through crowd counting.Citysense raised US$1.7M in seed funding in December 2018. The startup has ambitious plans to increase the number of sensors in Chile from 140 to 1,000 by mid-2019, while also installing 1,500 across Mexico City by the end of 2019.8. Tecrea develops IoT solutions.Tecrea is the first Colombian company to develop certified IoT devices to transmit on the Sigfox network. The company created ibutton, which has multiple uses, including an ibutton animal. This tool gives real-time alerts and GPS locator of livestock, and its batteries recharge through a solar panel.9. Fracttal is an asset management platform for IoT.Also based in Santiago, Fracttal specializes in predictive maintenance for a wide range of industries. Its cloud-based software captures real-time information to predict and respond to possible failures.After having served companies in 22 countries, the firm raised US$2.1M that will help it consolidate its presence in Latin America and expand into the US and Europe. Fracttal also partnered with Microsoft to access a database solution that will support its exponential growth.10. WeTechnologies offers remote industrial equipment operation.Accenture predicts that industrial IoT devices will add US$14T to the global economy by 2030. For industrial operations, monitoring and controlling equipment remotely can be challenging. We Technologies is a Chilean company that makes it easy for users to operate and automate industrial equipment remotely. Its platform helps businesses decrease operating times and save on energy costs. In 2018, the company raised US$2M in funding from HSC Capital Partners, the same investor that backed Jooycar.Latin American IoT startups are solving real issues through innovative solutions. The global IoT market is expected to increase from US$157 billion in 2016 to US$457 billion in 2020, and Latin American companies will no doubt add to this market value.More and more valuable will be the tech of safety and security in the new era of IoT and IoT devices. Companies who want to be at the forefront of tech — will also have to give us a way to protect our data. Related Posts Nora Leary is the co-founder of Launchway Media, a digital marketing firm that works with startups and SMEs in high-tech industries. last_img read more

Your Client’s Value Lens

first_imgYour dream client views the world through their own lens. They see the world through the framework of their industry, their business model, their own business, their challenges, their opportunities, and their experiences. The individual stakeholders within their company each have their own experiences and biases, too.The biases create a lens through which your client (and the stakeholders who make up your client) view the world. That lens shapes how they perceive value. Call it their value lens.When the value that you create is aligned with your prospective client’s value lens, it’s easy to sell. They perceive the value in what you sell, and it aligns with and supports their worldview. But the trouble begin when your prospective client’s lens deletes or distorts the value that you create.Distortions and DeletionsLet’s use price as an example. You might be able to produce far greater results than your low price competitors. You might even be able to prove a compelling ROI that any CFO would be proud to sign off on. But some of your prospective clients (some stakeholders) will have a value lens that deletes the value you create. Their lens only lets in “lowest price.” If they don’t see lowest price, their lens deletes the value you create; it’s not enough for you to win their business.But the deletion and distortion of value occur in other areas.Your dream client might have a stakeholder who perceives value through a political lens. If your solution doesn’t allow them to bury some internal opponent, they perceive other solutions as more valuable. If it doesn’t help them make the political case that they should be promoted, they can’t perceive the value.Match the Value or Change the WorldviewThere aren’t any easy answers for dealing with problems of value deletion and distortion. You can sometimes align the value you create with your client’s value lens. Other times you have to work on changing your dream client’s value lens altogether. Neither is easy, and swapping out the lens takes a lot of time. But the sooner you start working on understanding what your dream client sees through their value lens, the sooner you can match it or start helping to change it.QuestionsWhat does your client perceive through their value lens?What do you do when you have a mismatch between the value you create and your prospective client’s value lens?How do prospective clients delete the value you create by viewing it through their lens?How do they distort the value you create because of their lens?How do you match or change their lens?last_img read more

Civil society group to form task force to address poverty in Goa

first_imgOver 20 experts, who were part of a round table organised by an NGO on Thursday, decided to form a task force to prepare a roadmap for the State government and create an enabling environment to address issues of livelihood and poverty. Charudutta Panigrahi, mentor at Forum for Integrated Development and Research, said, “This round table brings together the intelligentsia, policy makers, implementers, experts from business, governments and development practitioners to explore the dynamics in livelihood and economic growth of Goa.”The experts included former MLA and Goa EDC chairman Sidharth Kucolinkar, MAIT president Nitin Kukolikar, Advocate Yatish Naik, senior journalist Shashwat Gupta Ray, Sangita Naik of Goa IT Professionals, Soter D’suza of the local self governance movement, Monoj Parab of Revolutionary Goa, and president of DRAG Avelino de Sa.Issues addressed at the round table included data gaps and institutional capacities to make livelihood the central theme of development for future generations. The focus of the meet was to strengthen analytical and institutional capacities to design and implement pro-poor State development strategies. It was also decided to bring about policies in line with sustainable development goals, encouraging gender empowerment and equity in distribution of benefits of growth.The experts felt that in the wake of stagnating and decelerating growth in significant sectors like tourism and mining, there is a need to design interventions to help communities access alternative sources of livelihoods such as IT without compromising the inherent skills and resources of the State’s youth.Mr. Panigrahi said, “The group was concerned about the issue of people migrating in search of a better life, which has been rising steadily in Goa. Some of the ideas shared included initiatives to reduce the rapid migration from rural areas, develop employment strategies and build local capacities.” Siddhartha Behera, director, FIDR, emphasised on the need for a ‘one stop shop forum’ for the State to take forward the livelihood discourse with due representation from the communities.last_img read more