Stuart Pearce believes he has identified why Liverpool and star man Mohamed Salah have struggled to rediscover their devastating attacking form this season. 3 Speaking on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Pearce said: “I’ve covered Liverpool’s last three games, and they’re snatching at everything.“Last year when things are going your way, you don’t thinking about it , you just get passes off and shots off and everything works.“But at the moment the Liverpool players, and especially Mo Salah, just seem to be tensing up a little bit.”“Everything Salah touched last year was magnificent,” Sports Breakfast host Brazil added.“He was knocking them in like Messi did the other night [in Barcelona’s 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham], he was scoring for fun.” Salah, Mane and Firmino has 10 goals between them so far this season – they managed 91 last term Salah has scored three goals in ten appearances for Liverpool this season 3 Pearce replied: “This year defences are a little more aware of him and them as a team.“They’ve had good opportunities in the last third to score goals. I wouldn’t say they had great chances against Napoli, I think they snuffed Liverpool out really well [in a late 1-0 defeat for the Reds in the Champions League].“But in the previous two games against Chelsea I thought they had good opportunities to score and they just snatched at it. Mane was guilty of that and Salah was probably the most guilty of not finding a pass or a finish.“They’re just finding it a little bit difficult.“Sunday’s game, my goodness what a game that will be.” “They are snatching at things… especially Salah!”🗣️ Stuart Pearce, who has covered 3 of #LFC’s last 4 games, believes Salah, Mane and Firmino have lost some of the confidence that made them so prolific last season.Liverpool fans, are you concerned by Salah’s form? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/BjH8GAuDss— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 5, 2018 Liverpool are still unbeaten in the league but, after a brilliant start, are without a win in three games ahead of the City clash Jurgen Klopp’s side are joint-top of the Premier League table, sitting on 19 points alongside defending champions Manchester City – with the clubs going head-to-head on Sunday.And yet, the Reds still look off the pace compared their form in the second-half of last season, which saw them terrify defences up and down the country and across Europe.Fans have been happy and relieved to notice a big improvement in defence, but their usually free-flowing attack has not been as clinical, with Salah – last season’s golden boot winner and Premier League record breaker – struggling for goals.And former England defender and Man City boss Pearce believes it’s because Liverpool have lost their composure in front of the net.He also claims opposition teams are more aware of their strengths and are specifically preparing to frustrate their flying front-three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. 3
10 March 2014The rising cost of electricity and increased demand on the national grid, along with the government’s introduction of a National Energy Efficiency Strategy, are encouraging South African businesses to implement energy-efficient initiatives and technologies, US-based business consultancy Frost & Sullivan said last week.New research from Frost & Sullivan, titled Energy Efficiency and Large South African Commercial Businesses, finds that South African companies are becoming more aware that reducing energy usage will lower operating expenditure, improve profit margins, and enhance both their brand image and their competitiveness in a country that is striving to become a carbon-neutral economy.In the 2013/14 financial year, according to the study, peak demand savings by large South African corporates grew to 141 megawatts (MW), from 22 MW in 2012/13.“The introduction of the National Energy Efficiency Strategy (NEES) by the South African government to achieve certain social, environmental and economic targets by 2015 is promoting energy efficiency and sustainable practices among businesses,” Frost & Sullivan’s head of energy and environment, Cornelis van der Waal, said in a statement.“The NEES aims to improve energy efficiency by 15 percent in the commercial sector, which currently uses nearly 10 percent of the country’s energy.”Van der Waal said South Africa’s commercial sector could begin by implementing simple measures such as monitoring lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning use, installing technologies like variable speed drives that have shorter payback periods, and using default energy-saving settings on computers.“There is already a growing interest in the replacement of halogen light bulbs with more efficient light-emitting diodes,” he said, adding that power utility Eskom was offering financial incentives for saving energy, real-time metering, training staff on energy efficiency, and planning energy management projects effectively.Large commercial businesses in South Africa could further cut down on energy consumption by investing in efficient motors, water heating systems, proper building management, and regular maintenance. Conducting energy-saving audits would also help companies establish benchmarks and identify other areas in which they could save energy, the researchers said.They noted, however, that the of lack of staff with the requisite skills, as well as the high capital cost of energy-efficient equipment, was preventing companies from implementing energy management projects. In addition, most businesses still did not consider energy efficiency as a core function of their brand and operations.“To ensure that energy efficiency becomes a culture in South Africa, large commercial businesses should invest in initiatives that positively influence the perception of energy consumers and encourage the adoption of sustainable practices,” Van der Waal said. “They could then implement projects that will optimise resources and be most profitable for their particular business.”SAinfo reporter
South African-born entrepreneur, Elon Musk, tweeted that the Tesla Model 3 would be sold in South Africa, India, Brazil and New Zealand, among other countries.The Model 3 can travel up to 346 kilometres after a single charge. Its lithium-ion battery pack is located under the floor. (Image: Inverse)Tesla’s latest electric car would be available in South Africa, chief executive Elon Musk said on 31 March. The South African-born entrepreneur tweeted that the Model 3 would be sold in South Africa, India, Brazil and New Zealand, among other countries.Adding several more countries to Model 3 order page tonight. Check for details, but will include India, Brazil, SA, SK, NZ, Sing & Ireland.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2016Watch the launch, and listen to Musk explaining how climate change inspired his creation:Tesla Unveils Model 3 from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.According to news website ENCA, two full-electric cars are already available in the country: the Nissan LEAF and BMW i3. But this will be the first time a full-electric car company will set up shop in South Africa.The Model 3 can travel up to 346 kilometres after a single charge. Its lithium-ion battery pack is located under the floor.The starting price is $35 000, about R520 000 at the current exchange rate. The Tesla website states deliveries will start in late 2017.Lines are moving! #Model3https://t.co/0wbXJtiiK7— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) March 31, 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Ask David Lieb, the founder of Bump, one of the top 25 best-selling iPhone apps of all-time and, coincidentally, one that illustrates just how an Internet of Things could really work for us.Lieb, a now-rusty programmer, has been getting it for years now—four years, actually. In the early days of iOS, Bump was a way to swap contact info through a literal “bump” between two iPhones. Run into someone who you might like to get in touch with in the future, swap info effortlessly and be on your way.Now Bump has blossomed into hands-down the most seamless service I’ve ever used for sharing files between devices—and as it turns out, we smartphone users need to do that a lot. The app doesn’t discriminate. These days you can share any kind of file—photos, videos, text files, MP3s, you name it—between any two devices by “bumping” them together. You can literally whack your laptop with your smartphone and have a whole album of photos appear on the screen. I do this a lot. I’ve perfected the “Bump bump.”The thing is, Bump doesn’t use Bluetooth or NFC or any other irritating proprietary wireless standard. Instead it aggregates a cascade of mobile sensor data from the devices in question, all triggered by a jolt that gives, for instance, a phone’s accelerometer its cue to kick off a file transfer up to the cloud and then down to an opposite device.No muss, no fuss—and most important, no need to fiddle with settings to tell the devices exactly where to send the data or how. They just know. Smart. And it’s a perfect example of how the Internet of Things should work. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Making Devices Share Like PeopleLieb’s Y-Combinator-fueled pet project was conceived as many great ideas are: to fix something that was both really specific and really, really annoying. Namely, how to make moving a chunk of data from point A to point B dead simple. Lieb’s app works like everything should, so when he talks about the future, I listen. I want to know how his brain works—and I wouldn’t mind learning the secret recipe behind his app’s killer formula while I’m at it.ReadWrite: At a conference last year, I sat down to dinner at a table with about 10 other tech journalists from the Wall Street Journal, PC World, et cetera. In conversation, Bump came up and the group couldn’t even figure out how the app works. We even tried to mess the process up by all “bumping” our phones together at once like crazy people. But, much to our chagrin, it still transferred files perfectly. So, um, how does Bump work?David Lieb: Bluetooth is available, but it’s really hard to get it to work between devices. There’s wi-fi but everyone’s got to be connected to the wi-fi network. So we basically have built this really sophisticated system to make the user experience what we wanted. And the sophisticated system is that we monitor a bunch of sensors on the phone: where you are, the accelerometer … there’s this laundry list of six or seven other sensors or [kinds of] data that we can get our hands on.[Taken alone] any one of those isn’t enough, but if you group them all together, the full set of sensor data is enough [to uniquely identify the devices involved in any given transfer]. And it’s dynamic. So we use whatever we need to know to get really good confidence. And it works really well, as it turns out. Very rarely do we mess up.RW: Aha, so the data set is more than the sum of its parts. Very cool.When it comes to wireless [peer-to-peer] connectivity, we just keep waiting for “the one.” And of course, a couple of years ago, we thought that NFC was the one….DL: As a technology [NFC] is great. But as a solution to a problem it doesn’t make any sense. As it turns out, you need a lot more than a chip in a phone to make something work really well. You need design, you need user experience, you need technology that achieves the goal rather than technology for technology’s sake.The Near (And Far) Future ReadWriteBuilders is a new series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future.Today, we know what the future looks like—or we have a pretty good cheat sheet, anyway. More than half of the people in the U.S. are carrying around computers smaller than a deck of cards. Devices have started studying their owners like an alien race, jotting down observations about their habits, crunching the numbers. At the stuttering dawn of the Internet of Things, those same devices are talking to each other and comparing notes But why aren’t they doing it better? Tags:#apps#Builders#Future Tech#Internet of Things#Mobile Ecosystem#smartphones Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud taylor hatmaker RW: So what’s next?DL: The biggest shift that we’re going to see is just starting now. It’s going to be way bigger than touchscreens and way bigger than apps.If you look at the history of computing for the last 50 years … the computer is this tool that you can use. It’s like a screwdriver. You need to do something so you grab your tool. As we go forward, phones know so much about us that they can predict what we want to do before we even think about it. This is just the beginning of what I call ‘the age of inference,’ where every app is going to flip from an intent-based app where I open it and say ‘I need to do these things now’ and turn into an inference-based app where it tells me ‘hey, you need to do this now’ or ‘here are some options of things you [might] want to do.’And that will allow us to do so much more. Because the human brain can only hold so many things at once.RW: How do you think this “age of inference” is coming along? Inference and prediction sounds a lot what’s Google’s up to with Google Now. And of course Google Glass is a hardware vessel for that kind of data delivery prescience.DL: I think that Google is doing interesting things with Google Now—I would summarize their work so far as “predicting what information I may want to see” as a supplement or replacement to existing behavior of searching for that information. But I see that as just the beginning—there is far more that computers can do beyond predict information to display to me. What about interactions with services, other people, or places or businesses? I think we’ll start to see predictive computing or “inference” emerge more in these areas over the next several years.Google Glass is a nice way to deliver information in a more contextual way, so I see it as an enabler for some of these higher level ideas on the future of computing. But to me the bigger shift is that from “I command the computer to do something for me” to “the computer infers what actions I’d like it to do for me.” I see that as the biggest shift in computing since the abacus.In the last couple months, both Google and Apple have announced more sophisticated API support for developers for contextual awareness in apps. Phone platforms now are beginning to provide classifications such as “the user is riding a bike” and “the user is walking” which will greatly improve developer’s ability to focus on the application layer, rather than the tech layer.RW: So what do you think is next next?DL: Well, the future is always a bit hazy, but a few trends that are happening that I expect to continue.More devices: 30 years ago, people shared access to a single computer. 20 years ago people started getting their own family computers. 10 years ago everyone got their own computer. 5 years ago people got a mobile device in addition to a computer. 3 years ago people got a tablet too. In the future, I think the number of computing devices people have will continue to grow.More intimacy with those devices: 30 years ago you wouldn’t dare leave any personal info on a computer. 20 years ago you started saving your documents and files on them. 10 years ago people began keeping all their photos and videos on their computers. 5 years ago people began carrying their phones with them and using them for all of their communications and personal data.I expect this to continue, to the point that our devices will know (and analyze) all the intimate details of our lives—who our friends are, who we should connect with, who we should meet, how healthy we are, etc.Beyond Bump: Meet FlockLieb touts his second app as a model for this next era, the one in which devices make correct guesses about their users. For his next trick, Lieb created Flock— an app that address the Sisyphean task of regularly sharing the mobile photos we take. (I for one am guilty of snapping photos with my phone constantly … and then watching them accrue virtual dust.) Flock was designed to nudge people into sharing those photos that didn’t quite make it into a #latergram with the people who will actually care.I’ve had Flock since I hung out with Lieb back in January at CES. The app is way rougher around the edges than Bump, unfortunately, but its conceptual purity remains. Like Google Now, a bold herald of the anticipatory systems trend, Flock wants to know you better than you know you.When Lieb launched the photo sharing app, everyone likened it to Color (remember that hype?). But Lieb thinks Color, unlike Flock, never had a core user issue that it was trying to solve—and that was its downfall.DL: An app has to have one brand for a user. If Bump did like three other things, people would be like “oh what is that app I wanted to use?” Keeping things really focused, especially on mobile, is super important.I think one of the most important things that Apple did when they came up with the iPhone [user interface] was that they had this spatial grid of icons. What it allows is the user to spatially recognize ‘when I want to do this, I go here.’ Your thumb is going to that place before you even think about where it is.RW: So you “bump” with Bump and you “flock” with Flock.DL: It’s really interesting, because there are more seamless ways to do it. But because the cognitive hurdle is lower with Bump—I don’t have to think about anything, I just bump the phones together and it works—that’s what’s allowed Bump to get so big. It’s just dead simple. “I don’t want to think about how it’s working. I just want it to do what I want.”Bumping Our Way To The Internet Of ThingsExactly.As it stands, we’re still wrestling with what should be relics of a bygone technological era: battery life woes, wired connections, wi-fi deadzones, dropped calls—the list of would-be anachronisms goes on. How do we let our imaginations expand infinitely when we still can’t move information from point A to B without wrangling with USB cables and flickering signals?If devices are all going to be chattering away to us and each other everywhere we go, then we better puts our heads down and get to work. Because it’s tough to build the future without a foundation of solutions to the problems plaguing us now. And those solutions, elegant workarounds like the ones Lieb builds, will pave the way.
Rafael Nadal of Spain talks to journalists on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Rafael Nadal is confident he can be fit for the Australian Open as he chases an 18th Grand Slam title.A right knee injury forced Nadal to retire from his U.S. Open semifinal in early September — his last competitive match — and the 32-year-old Spaniard had ankle surgery at the start of November.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Asked Thursday to assess his fitness level out of 10 ahead of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, Nadal said: “I don’t know . I am not that good with numbers.“I started about two weeks ago and I am taking small steps forward. I am just making sure I am moving forward and it’s not a step backwards. I know I have time to be ready for Melbourne at 100 percent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe Australian Open starts Jan. 14.Nadal, who won his 17th Grand Slam at the French Open in June, said he was happy with his progress “but of course I need to prove myself in competitions and hopefully, playing here will help me take the first steps.” BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? The exhibition tournament also features top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who had surgery in February for an injured right elbow.“It’s been a very exciting 12 months. Last year here, I was still carrying the injury of the elbow that resulted in the surgery,” Djokovic said. “I am grateful that this season has taught me a lot about myself as a tennis player and as a person. I really had to dig deep to sort of turn the table in my favor.”Djokovic, who raised his haul of major trophies to 14 this year with Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, said his aims had changed.“I feel I am not prioritizing success on the tennis court for the sake of success only as I used to do probably until about five years ago,” Djokovic said. “For me, tennis is more of a platform now for other things — for the values that I want to share and the messages that I want to give out to the young generation.”The exhibition tournament also features a one-off match between the Williams sisters — Venus and Serena — on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green lift Raptors past Heat
Pochettino insists Walker-Peters important for Tottenham title tiltby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino says Kyle Walker-Peters emergence will aid Tottenham Hotspurs’ title tilt.The 21-year-old made a horrendous mistake against Barcelona a few weeks ago, in what was his first start of the season.However, during the hectic festive period, Pochettino has stuck with the Englishman, who rewarded his faith with a fine performance against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.”It’s no surprise to me. I told you after the match in Barcelona that we really believe in him and he has amazing quality and only needs time to mature and show his quality.”I’m so pleased, so happy, because I think his quality is going to help the team this season and for the future he’s going to be a very important player for Tottenham.”Did I have to speak to him after the mistake? Not really, because this type of thing happens in football. The first person who knows that very well is the players, to come in after and try to make sure that that situation meant a lot to you there is no point.” The 5-0 win over the Cherries elevated Tottenham into second place, leapfrogging champions Manchester City by one point. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights Community Relations Officer at the NWA’s Western Office, Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that most of the work on the 14-kilometre roadway should be completed by May. The National Works Agency (NWA) says construction of the US$24.9-million Ferris to Mackfield road in Westmoreland is approximately 85 per cent complete.Community Relations Officer at the NWA’s Western Office, Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that most of the work on the 14-kilometre roadway should be completed by May.This, she said, places the China Harbour Engineering Company Limited-executed project on track to meet the 18-month completion date, adding that “it should be substantially completed in terms of all areas being asphalted”.“So far, we have completed 10.5 kilometres of base and sub-base work… and of that amount, we have now asphalted approximately seven kilometres. So we have asphalted 3.4 kilometres from Ferris Cross to Whithorn; we have also done the 3.5 kilometre stretch from Mackfield to Haddo,” Ms. Ricketts said.She further advised that work remains to be completed on the middle section of the roadway, which, she added, is expected to be significantly advanced in the region of the community of Galloway by the end of the week.“So once we have pressure tested it, we will be able to asphalt it. The contractor uses a paver, so the process goes by quickly,” the Community Relations Officer added.Ms. Ricketts also advised that new water lines are installed along a section of the roadway, which “we are now in the process of pressure testing”.Additionally, she said drainage infrastructure installation is far advanced as “all the side drains along the asphalted sections have been completed and we have installed the necessary culverts at other sections of the roadway”.“There were [also] quite a number of retaining structures that were built [and] those are now complete.” Ms. Ricketts further indicated.The Ferris to Mackfield road project, which is being managed by the NWA, is intended to improve the north-south roads linking Savanna-la-Mar and Black River to Montego Bay.The project is being executed under the Government’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).Meanwhile, Ms. Ricketts advised that the NWA has commenced compensating residents who were inconvenienced consequent on the removal of structures to facilitate the project.She indicated that the compensation exercise got under way last week.“Quite a number of residents would have received payment, or are in the process of receiving payment. It is an ongoing process, which we are now working on. By the end of this week, another set of payments should be processed,” she told JIS News.Ms. Ricketts, in noting several residents’ concerns about the pace of the payments, pointed out that the NWA is “actively” undertaking the process and assured that “all persons who we have engaged will be paid”.She further indicated that the NWA is in the process of doing the final relocation to make way for the new alignment, adding that “we have removed most of the fences, houses and other structures”. This, she said, places the China Harbour Engineering Company Limited-executed project on track to meet the 18-month completion date, adding that “it should be substantially completed in terms of all areas being asphalted”. The National Works Agency (NWA) says construction of the US$24.9-million Ferris to Mackfield road in Westmoreland is approximately 85 per cent complete.
The spotlight was on the 13 feet and 1 inch of All-American candidate centers in the Ohio State-Michigan State women’s basketball game Saturday, but 5-foot 7-inch Samantha Prahalis stole the show in the Buckeyes’ 65-62 win.Allyssa DeHaan, at 6 feet 9 inches, and Jantel Lavender, at 6 feet 4 inches, didn’t have much of a battle in the paint like anticipated. Prahalis had a huge game, leading the Buckeyes to victory with a career-high 32 points — 16 in each half — and five assists. She never had a cold spell in the game, scoring the team’s first seven points and seven of its last nine.“When I saw that [the shots] were falling, I just kept shooting,” Prahalis said. Although their matchup wasn’t the highlight of the game, Lavender and DeHaan each played a major role.DeHaan’s size allowed her to take away Lavender’s ability to post-up and made every OSU player think twice before attempting a shot in the key. She had three blocks in the game along with 12 points.Lavender had a more profound impact on the stat sheet than DeHaan did. Lavender had 20 points and 13 rebounds — her ninth double-double of the season.She had a slow first half, however, succumbing to MSU’s defensive game plan to keep her out of the paint on both ends, but she came alive in the second half, using her speed to get around DeHaan and not allow her to challenge her shots.“My focus is trying to get to the basket,” Lavender said. “The taller you get, the slower you get, no matter how athletic you are. I just need to get her off her feet and drive her to the basket.”Both Lavender and DeHaan are largely considered All-American candidates this year and have been since before the season began. This game may have vaulted Prahalis into the same arena.Prahalis has been ranked in the top 10 in assists most of the season and is currently ranked second with 8.2 per game, behind only Gonzaga’s Courtney Vandersloot, an All-American Honorable Mention last season.“We have two great players [in Lavender and Prahalis],” coach Jim Foster said. “They are very competitive, they want to win games and they’re going to put their responsibility into the game.”Prahalis has now been the difference for OSU in the last two games. She hit the game-winning shot against Michigan Jan. 3 and Saturday she scored nearly half of OSU’s points against MSU. “I think she’s an amazing player,” Lavender said. “She can shoot, she can drive, she can pass … she can do it all.”
Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has blasted Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos for his poor disciplinary record this season which has seen him being booked 10 times and sent off on three separate occasions.Morelos who has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances this season was suspended during the 1-1 draw at Dundee on Sunday in a game that Rangers desperately missed his brilliance up front, and Strachan believes that moving to the club has proved too big for the Colombian as he has been trying too hard to get on the good side of the fans.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“For some, petulance is a problem. If you look at Alfredo Morelos’s record at Helsinki, did he keep getting sent off there? No. It’s the fact he’s playing for Rangers, and it’s testing his mental strength, on and off the pitch,” said Strachan on the Scotsman.“It’s a real shock to people to go there, and maybe it’s too much for him. And he’s letting his team down. The fans might cheer him off, and the manager might support him publicly, but he’s knackering the team, and risking the result. “