Half-time: Brentford 0 Ipswich 1

first_imgBrentford found themselves a goal down on the stroke of half-time after a high-tempo first 45 minutes at Griffin Park.After Ryan Fraser’s shot had clipped the inside of the post, the ball was worked back into the box and into the path of Kevin Bru, who tucked home.Minutes earlier, Bees keeper David Button bravely denied Freddie Sears as Ipswich ended the first half the stronger of the two sides.But Brentford had created the better chances overall, with Jota’s header brilliantly clawed away by Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski and Alan Judge’s free-kick curling just wide of the near post.Marinus Dijkhuizen’s side showed some neat touches in attack, with Judge and Andy Gogia lively, but they came up against a robust Ipswich defence.Hull City target Andre Gray is only among the Brentford substitutes for the Championship opener.As well as Gogia, Philipp Hofmann and Konstantin Kerschbaumer are also making their Bees debuts.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s rankings in the 2018 World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business, the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), and the World Economic Forum Global…

first_imgBrand South Africa has noted and welcomes South Africa’s performance in the 2018 World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index (EDB) which sees the country’s ranking at 82nd out of 190 economies.The World Bank notes two areas of improvement in the EDB 2018, being: South Africa has made starting a business easier by reducing the time for online business registration, and the country improved the monitoring of electricity outages through recording data to monitor outages better.Commenting on the EDB results, Dr Petrus de Kock, the General Manager for Research for Brand South Africa said: “In terms of statistical score there is a marginal improvement of +1.37 points. While South Africa retains its over-all ranking at 82/190 this year, it is notable that there are some improvements in the following pillars of the index, being: starting a business – improve with two positions from 136 to 134; registering property – improve with one position from 107 to 106; trading across borders – improve with four positions from 147 to 143; getting electricity – improve with three positions from 112 to 109; and protecting minority investors – improve with one position from 24 to 23.”The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report is an indicator of the ease of doing business in various economies around the world. Released in October 2018, this year’s report presents data for 190 economies and aggregates information from ten areas of business regulation (such as starting a business, getting credit and enforcing contracts), to develop an overall ease of doing business ranking for each economy.This week also sees the release of the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), with the report showing that South Africa has fallen from 6th to 7th position. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) provides an annual measure of governance efficiency of African countries. The report covers 54 countries and base its analysis on 100 indicators that are drawn from 36 independent sources which together fall into 4 broad thematic categories: Safety & Rule of Law; Participation & Human Rights; Sustainable Economic Opportunity; and Human Development.“The strongest areas of performance for the country are in the Participation & Human Rights (4/54), as well as Sustainable Economic Opportunity (4/54) indicators. In the African – and Emerging Market contexts, governance plays a critical role in shaping the reputation of nations. It is for this reason that the IIAG provides critical insights regarding the profile of the South African Nation Brand.“Results contained in the IIAG 2018 is a cause for concern for the South African Nation Brand. And the implication is that urgent interventions are needed to turn the negative trends around, based on a robust existing governance regime in the context of a constitutional democracy,” adds Dr de Kock.Brand South Africa also noted South Africa’s declined performance in the 2018-2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index (WEF GCI). South Africa now ranks 61 out of 140 economies assessed in the annual survey. Dr de Kock explains that the WEF GCI 2018 presents a revised methodology to measure national competitiveness, and productivity in the context of the fourth industrial revolution.De Kock said: “In a major step change from its long established methodology that underpins the GCI, the 2018 edition of the index introduces a range of new concepts and attributes geared to measuring competitiveness, and ultimately productivity, to respond to the challenges of the time.  Being agile and capable to adapt to technological change and innovation, is critical to productivity and survival in a period of rapid change.“Of the original 98 indicators that informed the GCI, 34 have been retained, and 64 new indicators introduced. And based on the new WEF GCI methodology it is clear that South Africa still ranks extremely well in terms of: Market size, Finance System, and Innovation Capability.”South Africa’s national strengths can be found in the Finance System ranking 18th, it’s Market Size at 35th, with strong performance in Business Dynamics at 56th, the Labour Market at 55th (which looks much more promising than rankings achieved through the previous methodology), with a relatively good ranking for Economic Stability at 57th.  In the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution it is notable that South Africa ranks 46th for Innovation Capability.last_img read more

Windows Blue Will Be Free – And Called Windows 8.1

first_imgreadwrite Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#now#Windows 8#windows 8 rt#Windows Blue Microsoft’s much-anticipated updated to Windows 8 will be free, will be called Windows 8.1 and will be out “later this year.”All this news came on Tuesday when Tami Reller, the CMO and CFO of Microsoft’s Windows Division, addressed JP Morgan’s Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. Reller wouldn’t commit to a launch date, but promised a public preview edition when Microsoft’s Build 2013 developers conference opens on June 26.  Some reports interpreted Reller’s remarks to hint at a full release around the Holidays.Windows 8.1 will work on both Windows 8 and Windows RT, the version of the operating system that runs on ARM processors. See also:Microsoft Is Trying To Build – And Sell – A kinder, Gentler Windows 8Windows Blue’s Goal: You Will Love Metro (Eventually)Tami Reller image is from an earlier Microsoft event.last_img read more

WBC orders rematch of Yamanaka-Nery bout over drug test

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Caguioa, Helterbrand close ‘Fast and Furious’ chapter of their careers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows Mexican challenger Luis Nery (L) fighting against Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka (R) during their WBC bantamweight title match at the Shimadzu Arena in Kyoto.Nery won with a fourth-round knockout. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUTTOKYO — The World Boxing Council has ordered a rematch between Japanese boxer Shinsuke Yamanaka and Luis Nery for the bantamweight title three months after the Mexican failed a drug test.Nery denied Yamanaka a 13th straight title defense on Aug. 15 in Kyoto.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A week after the bout, the WBC announced that Nery failed a drug test performed in the lead-up to the fight with an amount of the banned substance and stimulant Zilpaterol detected. The findings were from Nery’s“A” sample taken July 27, but additional tests taken in Japan gave negative results.The WBC issued a statement Wednesday saying “Based on the evidence the WBC examined concerning this matter, the WBC cannot make a determination with sufficient certainty as to whether Mr. Nery’s adverse finding was the result of intentional ingestion of a banned substance to improve performance. All information and facts lead to conclude that the adverse finding was due to consumption of contaminated food products.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Honored and proud

first_imgCone’s chance to win another gold medal comes 21 years after the Centennial Team, a squad which he was so proud of.In his final post-game interview in that campaign, Cone, teary-eyed, told Filipino reporters that he would love to have “another shot.”This is his chance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Perhaps that’s also why it wasn’t that much of a chore for Cone to accept the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) offer to take charge of the country’s Southeast Asian Games bid slated here later this year.“I would know—I’ve been there, done that. Or should I say, I’ve been there and didn’t do that,” Cone coyly told reporters on the eve of the announcement, where he all but confirmed the move.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40On Monday afternoon, the SBP announced that the multi-titled mentor had accepted the job—a first in his 30-year career—to coach in the biennial meet where the opposition is obviously a lot inferior compared to the last time he coached a Philippine Five.“Even though my appointment is just a stopgap measure and a short-term commitment, I am incredibly honored and proud to be selected,” Cone said in a text message. “I am very happy to help in any way.” Cone said that he would be convening with the SBP over the coming days for the team’s “plan of attack.”Cone already has a championship with a Philippine team, an all-pro squad in 1998 which he led to the Jones Cup title in Taipei. That squad, also known as the Centennial Team, eventually finished third in the Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand, that year.“We’re hoping by the end of the week we’ll have a pool of players working together at full force,” said Cone, the PBA’s winningest coach and the only one ever to complete two Grand Slams.Al Panlilio, the president of the SBP who personally offered Cone the job on Saturday, said the move to put Cone on board speaks highly of how the cage body wanted to pick up the pieces following a disastrous bid in the Fiba World Cup in China just two weeks ago.“Other countries like Indonesia are already putting in the work,” Panlilio said.“We also want to reiterate that we’re taking it one step at a time and this arrangement is for the SEA Games only, for now.”ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES View comments Full interview with PBA coaches Norman Black, Tim Cone PLAY LIST 14:15Full interview with PBA coaches Norman Black, Tim Cone03:49Will Ginebra’s Barangay be a huge factor in the PBA Finals?01:34Cone believes San Miguel ‘greatest team’ in this era02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetanocenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical If there’s anyone who knows just how close basketball is to the Filipinos’ hearts, Tim Cone said it would be him.“I know that as well—or better than anybody,” he told reporters on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Baron feels anything is possible as long as PH volleyball is unitedlast_img read more

9 months agoPorto midfielder Hector Herrera on Arsenal, Wolves radar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Porto midfielder Hector Herrera on Arsenal, Wolves radarby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto midfielder Hector Herrera is on Arsenal’s radar this month.TMW says Arsenal are planning a move for Porto ace Herrera.Gunners boss Unai Emery is looking at the midfielder as he seeks to strenghten his option.But he’s not alone. Roma, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Wolves have also been linked.Herrera enjoyed an outstanding World Cup with Mexico and was linked with Real Madrid last summer. last_img read more

Ottawa orders regulator to investigate telecom sales practices

first_imgThe sales practices of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies – a long-time sore spot for many consumers – will be the subject of a public inquiry ordered by the federal government on Thursday.“Like many Canadians, we are concerned by allegations of clearly inappropriate sales practices by telecom carriers,” Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for telecommunications, said in a statement.“We have listened to Canadians about this issue, and we are taking action.”Bains said he has directed the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to conduct the investigation, including a public inquiry, and report on the sales practices used in the industry.His statement didn’t point a finger at particular industry players or specify which practices have been inappropriate.John Lawford, executive director the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa, said he’s happy that the minister had asked for a public inquiry that will take a wide look at long-standing practices that are widespread.“I think consumers are going to see some real changes. Because it’s going to be hard to write a report that doesn’t have at least some recommendations to change the way things go.”“I hope the major telecoms are going to feel a little bit more fair when they sell stuff,” Lawford said from Ottawa.He said one the biggest sore points has been promotional discount prices that don’t last for the term of the entire service contract and add-on fees that aren’t well disclosed.“So the consumers feel they have been promised one price and had to pay another,” Lawford said.CRTC chairman Ian Scott had previously declined calls for a public inquiry lodged earlier this year by PIAC and OpenMedia, two consumer advocacy groups that often do battle with Canada’s major carriers such as BCE’s Bell, Rogers Communications, Telus and Quebecor’s Videotron.Rogers Communications issued a brief statement saying, “We strive to deliver the best possible experience for our customers with products and services that best meet their needs and budget, and we will participate and share how we work to be clear, simple and fair with our customers every time they contact us.”OpenMedia’s Katy Anderson said in an email that it’s unfortunate that the CRTC “needed guidance from the government” but added she was encouraged that Bains had ordered an investigation.“Hopefully this sends a strong signal to the CRTC to keep the interests of Canadians front of mind in all their decisions,” Anderson said.The CRTC is an arms-length regulatory body responsible for upholding the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act, which are both under review by the federal government.In that capacity, the CRTC has attempted to balance sometimes conflicting mandates – such as protecting the interests of consumers while creating conditions that allow for private-sector investment in infrastructure and innovation.Scott wasn’t available for comment but a CRTC spokeswoman acknowledged receipt of the minister’s directive.“`We understand that there are growing concerns about the issue. And we will announce next steps in due course,” Patricia Valladao said.last_img

Water out of thin air California couples device wins 15M

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one.Soon he and his wife, Laura Doss-Hertz, were thinking bigger — so much so that this week the couple won the $1.5 million XPrize For Water Abundance. They prevailed by developing a system that uses shipping containers, wood chips and other detritus to produce as much as 528 gallons (2,000 litres) of water a day at a cost of no more than 2 cents a quart (1 litre).The XPrize competition, created by a group of philanthropists, entrepreneurs and others, has awarded more than $140 million over the years for what it calls audacious, futuristic ideas aimed at protecting and improving the planet. The first XPrize, for $10 million, went to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aviation pioneer Burt Rutan in 2004 for SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed manned space flight.When Hertz learned a couple of years ago that a prize was about to be offered to whoever could come up with a cheap, innovative way to produce clean freshwater for a world that doesn’t have enough of it, he decided to go all in.At the time, his little water-making machine was cranking out 150 gallons a day, much of which was being given to homeless people living in and around the alley behind the Studio of Environmental Architecture, Hertz’s Venice Beach-area firm that specializes in creating green buildings.He and his wife, a commercial photographer, and their partner Richard Groden, who created the smaller machine, assembled The Skysource/Skywater Alliance and went to work. They settled on creating little rainstorms inside shipping containers by heating up wood chips to produce the temperature and humidity needed to draw water from the air and the wood itself.“One of the fascinating things about shipping containers is that more are imported than exported, so there’s generally a surplus,” said Hertz, adding they’re cheap and easy to move around.And if there’s no wood chips around for heat, coconut husks, rice, walnut shells, grass clippings or just about any other such waste product will do just fine.“Certainly in regions where you have a lot of biomass, this is going to be a very simple technology to deploy,” said Matthew Stuber, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Connecticut and expert on water systems who was one of the panel’s judges.He called their water-making machine a “really cool” merging of rather simple technologies that can be used to quickly deliver water to regions hit by natural disasters, stricken by drought or even rural areas with a shortage of clean water.Hertz and Doss-Hertz are just starting to contemplate how to accomplish that.Theirs was among 98 teams from 27 countries who entered the competition. Many teams were bigger and better funded, while the couple mortgaged their Malibu home to stay in the game. At one point, they were told they hadn’t made the final round of five, but one team dropped out and they were back in.“If you say we were the dark horse in the race, we weren’t even in the race,” Hertz recalled, smiling.He stood near a giant copy of the check in his office while Doss-Hertz prepared to leave for a photo shoot and a visitor sampled a glass of their freshly made water.Now, though, they are in for the long, wet haul.“There’s no restrictions whatsoever on how it’s used,” Hertz said of the prize money. “But Laura and I have committed to using it all for the development and deployment of these machines, to get them to people who need the water most.”last_img read more

World Cup will not impact Benitezs transfer plans

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez has insisted that the performances of the players at the World Cup will not have an effect on his summer transfer plansThe Spaniard, who is currently facing an uncertain future at St James’ Park, has confirmed that he has begun making his plans with managing director Lee Charnley.But the former Liverpool manager has refused to judge players based on their performances in the upcoming World Cup this summer in Russia.“I don’t think so. We have people going around but now you can see a lot of players and you don’t have to be there.” said Benitez, according to Chronicle Live.“Also I am not a fan of the Euros and World Cup in terms of signing players from there because when they go there, what do they have? Something you don’t have for ten months, it’s not guaranteed for ten months.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When you go to the Euros and the World Cup, everybody wants to go and they are motivated. This motivation for one or two weeks, for some players it is enough to make a name and then go to a top side.“But after for ten months, maybe they don’t reach the level. I am not impressed with the World Cup or Euros in terms of signing players because they do well there.”After a difficult start in their return to the Premier League this season, there has been a notable upturn in form for Newcastle since the beginning of the new year and Benitez’s side have climbed to an unexpected 10th place in the standings.Yet the 57 year-old has previously stated that he will not be satisfied until they reach his 40 point target with Newcastle just two points shy.last_img read more

Gabriel Barbosa announces move to Flamengo

first_imgBrazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa has announced he’s moved to Flamengo from Inter Milan on social mediaThe 22-year-old returned to Italy on January 7 after spending a year-long loan spell back at his old club Santos in Brazil.Barbosa had hoped to convince Inter coach Luciano Spalletti to retain him this month and give him “a chance” to prove his worth after never being handed a start in his 10 appearances for the club.While Flamengo confirmed their interest in signing Barbosa last month with Premier League side West Ham also reportedly interested.And it appears that the Brazilian has chosen to go back home by joining Flamengo after tweeting a video of himself playing Pro Evolution Soccer for the club with the caption: “I’m a player at Flamengo!”.No official announcement has been made by the club yet with Globo Esporte reporting that Barbosa has signed up on another year-long loan spell.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Barbosa scored 18 goals in 35 Brazilian Serie A matches for Santos last season.Sabe aquela brincadeira que só acontece no vídeo game ou em sonho:⠀”Um dia eu vou jogar no Mengão, no Maraca lotado, com toda aquela nação gritando meu nome!” ☝🏾🏟Meu sonho agora é realidade. 🙌🏾⠀Eu sou jogador do @Flamengo! 🔴⚫Tamo junto Nação! 👊🏾⠀#FechadoComOMengão pic.twitter.com/WRDHIFc7fg— Gabriel Barbosa (@gabigol) January 9, 2019last_img read more

Landfills To Reopen On Sundays On May 6

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to close Borough dumps on Sunday from October to May. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Beginning tomorrow, May 6th, the Central Peninsula Landfill and Transfer Facilities and Sites will be open on Sundays. The FY2017 budget put forth a plan to close Borough landfills one day a week for the entire year. The Assembly ultimately compromised and decided it would keep landfills open seven days a week from May to September.center_img All facilities will be open 7 days a week starting on May 6. For more information, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at (907) 262-9667last_img read more