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first_imgChelsea remain ahead but Samuel Eto’o squandered a great opportunity to extend their lead as both teams kept up a high tempo early in the second half.Eto’o looked a favourite to score when he was sent clear by Eden Hazard but Reds keeper Simon Mignolet produced a fine save with his arm.Liverpool have posed a greater threat since half-time, as Mamadou Sakho headed against the woodwork and Luis Suarez fired straight at Petr Cech.Earlier, Hazard and Eto’o had grabbed the goals as Chelsea responded brilliantly to going behind early on.Liverpool took the lead in the third minute as a Phillipe Coutinho free-kick aimed in at Luis Suarez bounced off Branislav Ivanovic’s arm and into the path of Martin Skrtel to turn home.Chelsea went on to dominate the rest of the first half, with Hazard and Frank Lampard forcing Mignolet into saves.They were deservedly level when Hazard curled a composed finish into the top corner after being set up by Oscar and then went in front thanks to Eto’o’s poached finish which squirmed through Mignolet’s grasp.Between the two goals, Cahill produced an outstanding challenge as Joe Allen prepared to pull the trigger.Chelsea have substituted both Branislav Ivanovic, who picked up a knock during the first half, and Frank Lampard, replaced by John Obi Mikel at half-time.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic (Cole 30), Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Luiz, Lampard (Mikel 46); Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o.Subs: Schwarzer, Essien, Mikel, Schurrle, Mata, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NFL Draft: Five things to watch for 49ers on Day 2

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/26/bang_70cd44d6-07f6-4330-bb3c-08cac4a615bd”]Cam Inman and Dieter Kurtenbach talk about how the San Francisco 49ers’ first choice was a no-brainerSANTA CLARA — While defensive end Nick Bosa filled the 49ers’ biggest need with his No. 2 overall selection Thursday, other holes exist, and here are five things to watch in Friday’s second and third rounds:1. Wide receiver: A slew of wide receivers should be available when the 49ers go back on the clock four picks …last_img

World Cup 2010? Yes, we can

first_imgInside Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.(Image: Local Organising Committee) As the city of Durban kicked off celebrations marking 100 days to the 2010 Fifa World Cup last night, it was evident that South Africa is on track to success as hosts of Africa’s first global football extravaganza.As the city of Durban kicked off celebrations marking 100 days to the 2010 Fifa World Cup last night, it was evident that South Africa is on track to success as hosts of Africa’s first World Cup.“As we mark 100 days to the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we do so with immense pride,” said Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe during the 100 Day Banquet at the Durban International Convention Centre. “We are proud because, in many respects, we are able to pronounce ourselves ready to welcome the world three months ahead of schedule.”Motlanthe used the occasion to not only celebrate the countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, but to celebrate the hard work that has been put into getting to the 100 day mark.“We have gathered here to begin a countdown to the greatest football tournament on earth. On behalf of the Republic of South Africa, I wish to extend our gratitude to all the men and women who have worked on the World Cup project and those who are still working on the last phase of our preparations”.Irvin Khoza, chair of the World Cup local organising committee, said the 100-day celebrations marked a significant change in attitude.“When the countdown started there were 2 218 days; we did not count in years and months,” he said. “But when you arrive at 100 days it is the last three digit number on the countdown.“It is within this time period when people start applying for their leave, plan for their travel and even pay.”Khoza said South Africans’ anticipation of the event is growing. “We cannot wait until the 32 participating teams arrive. We cannot wait to enjoy the 30 days of football, 30 days of festival and 30 days of unprecedented and unequalled excitement and celebration. We cannot wait to bask in global attention, to project an image of Africa so vibrant and so positive that we create wealth, jobs and opportunity.”Although he had many to thank for the hard work put into the preparations for the World Cup, Khoza singled out the ordinary citizens of South Africa, and Africa, in preparing a country for the World Cup.“I would like to thank our people,” he said. “Together, as South Africans and Africans, we have faced doubters and skeptics, we have faced critics and opponents. We have heard people say we cannot finish stadiums. We have heard people say we cannot provide safety and security. We have heard people say we cannot host the Fifa World Cup.“Today, 100 days before the opening match, I ask you to recall the words of US President Barack Obama: Can we stage an outstanding World Cup in Africa? Yes, we can. We are waiting and we are ready.”last_img read more

South Africa ‘will not nationalise mines’

first_img7 February 2012 South Africa will not nationalise its mines, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday, welcoming the report of an African National Congress (ANC) task team that reaffirmed that nationalisation was “not a viable policy” for the country. The Mining Indaba is regarded as the world’s largest mining investment conference and Africa’s biggest mining event. Shabangu said that in the midst of “this debate about nationalisation, we have consistently maintained that nationalisation is not the policy of the ANC or the government of South Africa.” She added that “when all is said and done, the ANC will adopt a policy position on this issue that is in the best interest of South Africa. “Furthermore, we have consistently maintained that were it not for the mining industry lagging behind in terms of implementing the provisions of the Mining Charter … this debate would not have been there in the first place.” She said the ANC task team report, which reinforced the party’s earlier decisions that nationalisation was “not a viable policy for South Africa”, came as no surprise. “It demonstrates the consistent but pragmatic policy that has guided the ANC over many decades, including the period of the adoption of the African Charter in 1955 and, even more recently, the period after 1994.”Minerals beneficiation ‘critical’ On a separate matter, Shabangu said that beneficiation of the country’s minerals was a critical component of the industrial and economic development framework. “It is the vehicle through which South Africa’s resource-based comparative advantage can be transformed into a national competitive advantage. To this end, a beneficiation strategy has been developed to maximise the returns from the exploitation of our mineral resources.” Shabangu said that the beneficiation policy identified five pilot mineral value chains which included iron ore and steel, energy and titanium. “It is not our intention to force mining companies into being manufacturers, but rather to address the challenges of the inaccessibility of our raw materials as an impediment to greater local beneficiation.” She indicated that she was happy with some of the initiatives taken by some companies to support the beneficiation strategy. “This work demonstrates their commitment to South Africa.”Mine health and safety On mine health and safety, Shabangu said the government remained “gravely concerned” about the continued loss of lives at the country’s mines. She said the latest figures showed that fatalities in the industry had dropped by 3 percent from 127 in 2010 to 123 in 2011. “Already this year, there have been 13 fatalities in the mining sector. The recent spate of fatalities is also a reflection of some CEOs’ refusal to make meaningful changes and take personal responsibility for health and safety issues. “Some of them value profits more than the lives of the people.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Incubating Women Entrepreneurs

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters A story last week in the San Jose Mercury News highlights, as the title suggests, “the dearth of women in tech.” The article begins with a description of InDinero founder and Y Combinator alum Jessica Mah: “I just wasn’t sure if Jessica Mah was for real,” writes Scott Duke Harris, admitting that he probably wouldn’t have had this impression if Jessica were Jesse. He admits it’s a sort of “gender profiling” – the expectation that girls can’t (or are less apt, perhaps) to found tech companies. The article points to the small number of women who’ve participated in Y Combinator’s program over the years – only 14 out of 450 have been women. “It’s tempting to think the Y in Y Combinator has something to do with the Y chromosome,” writes Harris. Debates about a chromosomal aptitude for math and logic aside, there are undoubtedly many cultural pressures and expectations that seem to steer girls and women away from pursuing technology careers. The Case for an XX CombinatorAnd the obstacles that stand in the way of women entrepreneurs, particularly those that don’t seem to fit into the Y Combinator model, prompted Tereza Nemessanyi to ask, first in comments on Fred Wilson‘s blog then in a longer post on her own, as to whether there was a need for an XX Combinator.“To start,” she writes, “Y Combinator is seeking founders who code. And in today’s tech innovation model, the founders have to. Problem is, very, very few women in the U.S. can code.” Furthermore, “Y Combinator participants are for the most part very young — in their early 20’s. This is not when women would be most inclined. Women who start businesses like to know what they’re doing, and be trained and experienced in it. That takes up our 20’s. We have kids in our 30’s. Our entrepreneurial sweet spot is around age 40.” Prestigious incubator programs like Y Combinator also demand participants relocate, something that isn’t always possible for founders (men or women) with families. While Y Combinator and other programs have been enormously successful in supporting innovative tech startups, it’s not a model that “works” for everyone.Women 2.0 Labs Recognizing the importance of incubator and accelerator programs that support women entrepreneurs, Women 2.0 Labs is a pre-incubator for men and women. The mission of Women 2.0 “is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups, by enabling entrepreneurs with a network, resources and knowledge to take your startup from an idea to launch.”Women 2.0 Labs is a five-week program – “five engineers, five more engineers, five designers, five business mavens, five teams, five weeks, five days a week, five product releases, five minimal viable products released.” The teams are formed organically at the start of the program, and by its end are hopefully in the position to apply to an incubator program or be ready to launch. The program takes place in the evenings and on weekends, so that participants can keep their “day jobs.” Visiting advisors have included Steve Blank, Eric Ries, Dave McClure, Ann Muira-Koo, Mari Baker, and Theresia Gouw-Ranzetta.A key benefit from the program is the establishment of “founder history” created in the teams as they work together intensely over the course of the program. Women 2.0 Labs also provides participants a first taste of truly creating something from an idea to a basic prototype. As Labs participant Rebecca Woodcock says of her involvement, “The idea has been formulating for a while, but my lack of technical expertise has stifled me from pursuing product development.” The Labs program has helped her form a team to bring her idea to fruition. Women 2.0 CEO Shaherose Charania says she sees the program as a “way to jump into the deep end of being a founder while still wearing a lifejacket (keeping your job). By the end of the program I expect individuals and teams to be able to rip off the life jacket and keep swimming into the deep end (quitting their job to work on the startup they started in the program).”While Women 2.0 Labs does provide great mentorship and skill-building opportunities for women entrepreneurs, it doesn’t address all of the issues raised by Tereza Nemessanyi. It requires relocation to the Bay Area, for example. But the questions raised by her call for an XX Combinator, alongside the work of Women 2.0, Astia and other programs, point to some of the efforts to help support more women entrepreneurs. As a recent Kauffman Foundation study found, providing support and mentorship is one of the keys to increasing the number of women entrepreneurs. Tags:#Analysis#start center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

IBM Makes OpenStack The Cloud Platform To Beat

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud antone gonsalves Tags:#Cisco#cloud computing#cloudstack#dell#Hewlett-Packard#IBM#OpenStack#Rackspace#VMware center_img With IBM tossing its might behind OpenStack, the open source software used to run cloud-computing installations is in a strong position to become the dominant platform in the industry.OpenStack RisingIBM announced Monday that it will make OpenStack the foundation of its cloud services and software. In backing the open source project, Big Blue joined other tech heavyweights behind the technology, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Cisco, Red Hat and Rackspace.“IBM is the big fish in the sea and for them to make the level of commitment that they did today is a big deal,” said James Staten, analyst for Forrester Research. “That’s the kind of heft OpenStack needs.”The announcement is likely to send OpenStack’s two main competitors VMware and CloudStack, another open source cloud computing platform, into a battle for second place.“OpenStack has won the race to become the standard, and it has done it rapidly,” Ann Winblad, a venture capitalist and a managing director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, told AllThingsD.IBM And Open SourceIBM has conducted a long love affair with open source software. In 2000, it backed Linux and a year later committed $1 billion to the development of the operating system. IBM’s support helped drive Linux into large organizations and made it a viable competitor against Microsoft as a server platform.“IBM could have the same impact on OpenStack as it did on the Linux world,” Staten said.IBM recognized years ago that open source code fit its business strategy a lot better than proprietary technology. The company draws most of its $100 billion in annual revenue from providing IT services. By basing a lot of its own technology on the code from various open source projects, as well as industry standards, IBM is able to work its hardware and software into what enterprise types call “heterogeneous computing environments” — the combinations of patched-together technology from a variety of vendorstypically found in large companies, the segment of the tech market IBM is strongest.“IBM has really great credibility in the open source community,” Gary Chen, analyst for International Data Corp., said. “They really do understand open source.”IBM’s First OpenStack ProductIBM followed its announcement with the introduction of its first OpenStack-based product, SmartCloud Orchestrator. SmartCloud is the brand name for IBM’s platform for running cloud installations in customers’ or IBM’s data centers or in a combination of both. Orchestrator is a service customers use to configure the computing, storage and networking resources for cloud applications.One unanswered question is how IBM will integrate its current SmartCloud code base with OpenStack. In an interview with NetworkWorld, Robert LeBlanc, a senior vice president of software for IBM, waxed mystical in describing how Big Blue will handle the transition.“We’re on a continual journey,” LeBlanc said. “But we think this is a major step in that journey.”Cloud StandardsIBM clearly wants to influence OpenStack’s technological direction and efforts to develop industry standards for cloud computing, which is still a relatively immature architecture. IBM has formed a 400-member Cloud Standards Customer Council to help push other tech vendors in a direction favorable to IBM. The company says it has more than 5,000 customers running private clouds on its platform.IBM is also a major player in standards bodies, such as the World Wide Web Consortium and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).While standards are key to making different technologies work together, they won’t help companies make the cultural changes necessary to adopt cloud computing and make it work. Delivering applications as a Web service dramatically changes the role of IT departments and affects how employees interact with software, too.Because of its success in professional services, IBM is in a strong position to help companies make those cultural changes, but it won’t be easy. “A lot of enterprises are not ready to hear it,” Staten said.Nevertheless, the momentum in the tech industry is behind cloud computing. The public cloud service market alone is expected to grow 18.5% this year to $131 billion worldwide.With that much money on the table, IBM plans to become a major player in the market and is betting that OpenStack can help it achieve that goal.Image courtesy of ShutterStock Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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De Laurentiis new European tournament proposal

first_imgNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, has proposed a new European tournament that only includes the five most powerful countries in the EU. There is a theory that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has about the state of football in Europe, mainly from the economic standpoint.The Champions League’s format includes most of the European countries that have a league of their own, depending on their status according to UEFA, they get a number of spots to compete in the Champions League and Europa League according to their position from last season’s competitions.But with Aurelio De Laurentiis, this format is not up to date when you want to use it as a means for entertaining in modern society.The Napoli president made another one of his already weird statements when talking to Le Parisien, where he proposed a brand new format for a competition that only includes the top four clubs from the most competitive five European nations.This proposal leaves all the other countries completely out of the equation, but more importantly, it shows an alarming classist point of view that the Italian president has when it comes to other countries that are not Italy, France, England, Spain, or Germany.“Football is a very important industry. Without the breaks from FIFA and UEFA that go way back in time, it would be even more valuable than it is today,” said the Napoli president during his latest interview with Le Parisien during his visit to Paris before last Wednesday’s Champions League match between PSG and his club.“We must look to the future because young people care more about video games today. We are sinking right now, we are destroying football. Eight years from now newborn children won’t care about football,” he added.De Laurentiis “Football matches are too long, you fall asleep….We must change everything and European football should be England, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.”Link:https://t.co/UHFS2xHQLZ pic.twitter.com/UlvxpdAhaB— SSC Napoli 24 (@SSCNapoli241) October 25, 2018“This is all our fault, we are nothing but old idiots. There are boring matches! Football games are too long for anyone to watch, one tends to fall asleep during a match,” he continued.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“What you have to do is play two 30-minute halves with a 2-3-minute resting period in the middle of each half. If not, then why is the manager there for? Not everybody can be like Ancelotti.”The fundamental changes that De Laurentiis proposes, are mostly based on an idea that the leagues from all the other countries he doesn’t mention, are the ones that are setting back the football industry in the continent and he wants to completely ostracize them from the world.This idea leaves out historic clubs like the ones from Portugal, the Netherlands, Scotland, Belgium, Denmark, Russia, among others.“We must change everything. Why doesn’t Europe work you ask? This should be England, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain’s Europe. Period. The same for football,” said the Napoli president.“If you create a championship of only five nations instead of the Champions League with the top four clubs of each league, you get 20 clubs. You would only have to play a single match with no first and second leg.”“The draw would only let you know if the match will be played at home or away. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, that’s when this new competition would be played. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday would be for the national championships. This new competition would generate €10 billion,” he concluded.In previous interviews for other publications, Aurelio De Laurentiis had already made countless crazy statements that are considered offensive, but this one has gone a little over the top as it paints a perfect picture of a club owner who has completely lost his sense of reality and keeps making bold claims without thinking about the whole picture.The Napoli fans don’t really accept De Laurentiis, they don’t think he is fit to rule the club but they have no other choice apart from accepting that he is the one who owns it.Are football matches too long? The Chairman of #Napoli thinks so!Aurelio De Laurentiis has suggested that two 30 minute halves with a 2-3 minute break between each one would increase excitement and protect the sport for the future. https://t.co/o7RdWyCinSWhat do you think?— Lombardi Associates (@LombardiAssocs) October 25, 2018What do you think about Aurelio De Laurentiis’ most recent proposal to change the European competition format? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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