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LEICESTER VS CHELSEA

first_imgLEICESTER (4-4-2)SCHMEICHEL,SIMPSON, MORGAN, HUTH, FUCHS,MAHREZ, DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,ULLOA, VARDYCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA,PEDRO, OSCAR, WILLIAN,MATIC, FABREGAS,BABA, TERRY, CAHILL, IVANOVIC,COURTOISChelsea, after such a poor league season, confirmed their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Portuguese club Porto on Wednesday. It should give them a boost ahead of a difficult game on Monday.Remarkably, Leicester City face reigning champions Chelsea at the top of the table. The Foxes have 32 points – 17 more than the Blues, who are languishing in 14th place and just two points clear of the relegation zone.And at this stage of last season Chelsea were top – and Leicester were bottom. After 15 games of the 2014-15 campaign the Blues had 36 points, 21 more than they have now. By contrast, Leicester had 10 points, 22 fewer than they have now.Leicester are finding the net with ease; they have now scored three goals in each of their last three away games.Their latest success came at Swansea City last weekend when, for once, Jamie Vardy failed to score. He remains the Premier League’s leading scorer, with 14. But teammate Riyad Mahrez took over the limelight with a hat-trick in Wales.That was the ninth hat-trick of the season, just one short of last season’s total over the season.last_img read more

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QPR v Burton line-ups: Holloway makes changes, Fulham man starts for Burton

first_imgQPR boss Ian Holloway has made two changes to his side for the game at Loftus Road.On-loan winger Kazenga LuaLua makes his first start and there is also a place in the team for Michael Doughty. Ryan Manning and Jamie Mackie are on the bench.Lasse Vigen Christensen starts for Burton and Cauley Woodrow is among their substitutes. Both players were signed on loan from Fulham this week.QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Doughty, Hall, Luongo, LuaLua, Sylla, Subs: Ingram, Mackie, Washington, Perch, Shodipo, Eze, Manning.Burton: McLaughlin, Flanagan, Brayford, Turner, Sordell, Dyer, McCrory, Palmer. Christensen, Murphy, Irvine. Subs: Bywater, Mousinho, Williamson, Atkins, Woodrow, Miller, Barker.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Lotus Glass Repels Water, Dirt, Bacteria

first_imgImagine never having to wash your windows again.  That would be a huge boon not only for window washers on skyscrapers, but for astronauts on the space shuttle or space station.  It may become a reality, thanks to the lotus plant.    Science Daily reported on work by a company in Atlanta that has developed a transparent coating for glass that renders it impervious to dirt and water.  The secret: imitating the surface of a lotus leaf, which “contains innumerable tiny spikes that greatly reduce the area on which water and dirt can attach.”  NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is taking a keen interest in this technology, because it can “prevent dirt from accumulating on the surfaces of spacesuits, scientific instruments, robotic rovers, solar array panels and other hardware used to gather scientific data or carry out exploratory activities on other objects in the solar system.”  The latest work seeks to manufacture the material such that it can withstand the harsh space environment.    For us earthlings, the applications of lotus-leaf surface coatings to everyday objects – eyeglasses, windshields, camera lenses and windows – promises a low-maintenance, clear view through the looking glass.  And there’s an extra benefit.  The material also repels bacteria.  Think of how hospitals could stay more hygienic with lotus-like surfaces on walls, windows and equipment.    For previous stories on the properties of the lotus leaf, see 10/17/2006, 01/18/2005 and 10/27/2004.This all began when someone looked at lotus leaves in the rain and noticed how the water beads up and runs off, leaving a clean surface.  Look around at nature and notice what other technologies have already been designed and could be applied to human needs. (You may want to get an early start if you manufacture windshield wipers.)  There’s a bright future in biomimetics, no thanks to Darwin. (Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Clarity on Jacob Zuma’s wives

first_img7 January 2010South African President Jacob Zuma, who practises polygamy in keeping with traditional African culture, has not five but three wives, any of whom may accompany him on official engagements.In a statement aimed at correcting media reports following Zuma’s wedding to Tobeka Madiba-Zuma on the weekend, the Presidency said that South Africa’s Constitution and public service regulations did not make provision for a First Lady or First Ladies, and that there was thus “no such official designation”.Contrary to media reports, Zuma has not five but three wives: Sizakele Khumalo, Nompumelelo Ntuli, and Tobeka Madiba. He also has a fiancee, Bongi Ngema.When it comes to official or public engagements, the Presidency said, it is up to Zuma to decide whether he is accompanied by any or all of his wives. “This is his prerogative, and has been the practice since he took office.”The Presidency said it provided “administrative support” to the President’s wives through its spousal office, “as has been the practice in past administrations”.While Zuma’s wives might take part in community work or other activities that supported the President’s work, this was purely voluntary, as they were not part of the Presidency or the public service.MaKhumalo (in isiZulu culture, married or adult women have the prefix “Ma” added to their surnames), whose area of interest is agriculture and food security, runs a vegetable garden project in Zuma’s home village of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.KaMadiba (the prefix “Ka” is used for names already beginning with “Ma”) is interested in health care, especially work relating to the fight against cervical cancer. MaNtuli’s focus is on social development; she works to help orphans and vulnerable children.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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WEF Africa 2016: connecting Africa’s resources through digital transformation

first_imgWith Africa’s economy under pressure, the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, will look at how the continent’s technology industry can help overcome its challenges.Rwanda’s capital, Kigali will host this year’s WEF Africa. (Image: Flickr, Lori Howe)Africa’s positive economic outlook is under pressure – mainly due to adverse changes in the global economy – and is expected to remain just below 5% in 2016.As many countries in the region improve their investment climate and undertake macroeconomic policy reforms, foreign direct investment flows are expected to continue to grow, although at a slower pace.Low global prices for major commodity exports, currency devaluations and debt sustainability considerations, as well as geosecurity threats that have weakened growth in some countries underscore the urgent need for economic diversification for sustained inclusive growth.In this context, Africa’s leaders need to pursue new approaches to ignite structural transformation, particularly in the face of rapid technological changes that have the potential to create new industries and reduce inequality.Under the theme Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation, the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa, being held in Kigali, Rwanda, between 11-13 May, will bring together regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society.They will discuss digital economy catalysts that can drive radical structural transformation, strengthen public-private collaboration on key global and regional challenges, and agree on strategic actions that can deliver shared prosperity across the continent.Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, has dramatically transformed since the 1994 genocide. The country is emerging as a regional high-tech hub and boasts one of sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest GDP growth rates. It is one of the continent’s most competitive economies and a top reformer in improving the business environment.This remarkable progress showcases the country’s rapid evolution as a knowledge economy, powered by smart policies and investments. Nonetheless, further reforms and alliances are called for to accelerate development by leveraging digital transformation to expand socio-economic opportunities.South Africa will be sending a delegation to Kigali for the conference. Follow them on Twitter using #SAinKigali.last_img read more

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The Enterprise Marketing Disconnect that Nobody Wants to Talk About

first_imgVerl Allen 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Digital marketing and analytics leadership veteran. Tracking First CEO. A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacycenter_img CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Related Posts Enterprise marketing teams have a big problem that nobody wants to talk about; they have no idea if their cross-channel campaigns have performed well or completely failed. The dilemma comes from a fundamental disconnect between analytics and business intelligence (BI) tools and the thousands of marketing point solutions used to create and launch campaigns, resulting in teams making uninformed decisions and ultimately distrusting the data they spend hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars to generate.  The fault isn’t with enterprise marketing and analytics tools, but stems from the fact that enterprise marketing teams are operating in silos that are often distributed across channels, geographies, and partner channels. The average enterprise marketing team uses dozens of different point solutions–compounded when you consider their agencies and other external providers–working in silos according to channel, region or product. These teams can generate thousands of placements a week across dozens of disparate marketing point solutions. Simply put, there are armies of marketers managing individual campaigns, and all of them are doing things a little differently than their counterparts. Magnify this by one of 5,000+ available marketing tools, hundreds or thousands of prospects a week, across a large enterprise, and you end up with mountains of marketing data that lack governance, uniformity, and transparency. Digital and analytics tools have done amazing things for enterprise marketing teams, including allowing them to scale operations to meet the demands of modern-day business. Now that these platforms have matured, it is essential that enterprise marketing teams find a way to ensure they get the most out of their investment and that the data being generated drives value not chaos. The era of “Big Data” allowed enterprises to make some positive strides by enabling them to scrub data and put it into data lakes for analysis. However, this capability has only perpetuated the issue. Much like first responders continually reacting to each car that careens off a cliff — rather than having the forethought to put up warning signs and guardrails at the top — data analysts are stuck trying to clean up data after the fact, rather than helping marketers prevent the problem from occurring in the first place–at the point of campaign creation.With more than 5000 marketing solutions, the need has never been greater to have data that gives the complete picture. This image of the “Martech 5000” is courtesy of chiefmartec.com.The SituationWith more than 5,000 campaign-tracking platforms on the market today and single enterprises using an average of 91 marketing cloud services, the integration of the results generated by these point solutions becomes overwhelmingly complex, and accuracy can quickly erode. How can marketers integrate these points solutions in a way that ensures data accuracy and facilitates a strong foundation for decision making? Let’s take a look at one such example:Several years ago, I consulted for a large wholesale retailer to help them locate and visualize their campaign results. I quickly realized they had nothing in place to track ROI. When I brought it up, the digital manager explained that they tried using platforms like Adobe Analytics, but were struggling to realize value out of their campaign reports because they didn’t trust the data. Instead, they based their decisions on the successes of what was happening in their brick and mortar stores, rather than their digital data. Knowing that platforms like Adobe Analytics can be great for delivering accurate results, it quickly became clear that the real concern was in making sure the data was input correctly from the start. Like so many others, they simply didn’t understand that the data you get out of analytics tools are only as good as the data you put in. So what created this problem in the first place? Typical enterprise marketing and analytics tools pull data from across an entire organization made up of thousands of employees. They need data from the marketing team, the analytics team, the web department, e-commerce, social media teams, as well as every single agency and consultant they employ. The issue is that each of these teams uses different tools and data tracking codes to track their campaigns, and since there is no standardization across the different platforms, there’s inconsistency in tracking codes across each tool used. At the end of a campaign, when analysts try to gather all the data across these departments and agencies, they find that the data simply isn’t compatible because it wasn’t structured or tracked in the same way. This results in companies investing enormous amounts of money, often millions, in enterprise marketing and analytics tools that can’t show them how campaigns actually performed. Not because the tools didn’t work, but because there is no structure or verifiability in how that data was sourced, leaving decision makers to guess how to fill in the gaps in their analytics data.From my time at Adobe and Omniture, I’ve experienced first hand just how frustrating it is to have to rely on questionable data when making important decisions about campaign spend and attribution. So when I was approached by the founders of Tracking First and heard about their solution, I was immediately intrigued.How Tracking First Can Help They explained that Tracking First is a marketing solution that puts the power to govern data across multiple channels into the hands of marketers. It does this by making sure data is tagged and input correctly from the source so that data analysts don’t have to piece together a string of fragments at the end. Every piece of data is identically gathered and verified so that campaign analytics actually show a clear picture of marketing success or failure.Like a pre-flight checklist, Tracking First makes sure that necessary steps are taken upfront to ensure that results will be clear and actionable. No longer must marketers attempt to make sense of multiple, siloed point solutions. Instead, Tracking First ensures that there is an enterprise data governance solution in place that allows marketers to create a unified view of campaign data, in real time, for easier analysis. It centralizes tracking code management to make sure data stays consistent throughout the campaign and across the enterprise. Tracking First integrates with campaign solutions (i.e. DoubleClick) so marketers can generate the tracking code, validate the data and launch campaigns. On the back end, data from Tracking First can be set up to flow directly into analytics tools like Adobe Analytics Cloud and Google Analytics, saving analysts time trying to clean up and structure data.When it comes down to it, less time spent cleaning up data means more time getting campaigns out the door and reviewing accurate data reports, and that means stakeholders can make more informed decisions. Here’s another example:One of our clients, a Fortune 500 hotel brand, was struggling to streamline its data analytics processes. Much of that data was maintained manually in large Excel spreadsheets, and failure to get the right people to use the right tools resulted in a lot of extra time spent on data clean up.  After deciding to use Tracking First, the brand’s turnaround time in tracking data shortened, and executive leaders were able to make decisions based on accurate, real-time campaign results. This improvement was reflected in a recent study that showed Tracking First customers increased report accuracy by 66 percent while time spent managing and integrating tracking data decreased by 90 percent. These numbers clearly show that enterprises don’t need to settle for inaccurate, ineffective data, and Tracking First’s growing customer base and traction in the industry proves there is growing demand for a solution. The growing company has more than 30 enterprise clients, including multiple Fortune 500 companies, all of whom rely on Tracking First for precise campaign analytics to make better-informed decisions. Venture capitalists like Silverton Partners and Kickstart Seed Fund have also recognized how widespread this problem is, and they’ve decided to invest $4 million in funding so Tracking First can continue doing what it does best: solving enterprise data problems. Throughout my 20-year career, I’ve struggled with the data disconnect that has stood in the way of being able to use campaign data to make smart business decisions. I’m looking forward to accelerating the strong growth the company has experienced and helping marketers and analysts gain deeper insights into enterprise-wide campaign performance. last_img read more

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Player of the Week: Ian Sangalang fuels Hotshots’ playoff drive

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments The former San Sebastian standout beat teammates Paul Lee and Rodney Brondial, San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot, Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar, Alaska wingman Jeron Teng and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle for the weekly citation. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Ian Sangalang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMagnolia has been on a steady rise in the crucial stretch of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.The Hotshots’ ascent from the bottom of the standings is due in large part to their star big man Ian Sangalang, who has been his team’s most consistent performer.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 In Magnolia’s critical week where it went 2-0 against NorthPort and Blackwater, Sangalang delivered on both ends, averaging 18 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks.The 27-year-old Sangalang collected 20 points, four rebounds and two blocks in a 103-90 win over the Batang Pier on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThen, he followed it up just two nights later with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds on top of five assists and a block in a 97-87 victory over the Elite.With Sangalang leading the way, the Hotshots climbed to sixth place at 5-5 after opening the season with three consecutive losses. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag BVR on Tour: Tan-Rodriguez, Abdilla-Lopez rule Santa Fe Openlast_img read more

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‘The job’s not done’: Raptors reset, as NBA Finals loom

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 There is a clear back-to-work vibe coming from the Raptors as they get ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Toronto. There was some reveling late last week for an hour or two after winning the Eastern Conference title, but that feeling is nowhere to be found anymore.“We know that we accomplished some great things,” Raptors guard Danny Green said. “But the job’s not done.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTS Palace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWhen the Raptors won the East, after the on-court celebrations and a few moments back in the locker room, someone got the brilliant notion to take the silver conference-championship trophy to what’s known as “Jurassic Park” — the outdoor area usually called Maple Leaf Square, unless the Raptors are playing.So, with players flanked by security and Drake — of course — Kyle Lowry carried the trophy out through an arena concourse long after the game was over on Saturday night, past hundreds of lingering fans who tried to get hugs and photos, and the group eventually made their way toward the outdoor stage. Most fans were gone by then, and the party didn’t last long. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “If there was ever a time I thought maybe a disastrous moment could happen, it was then,” Nurse said. “But man, we played great. Totally outplayed them. We played tough. We didn’t win the game but I thought we outplayed them almost all the way through. We just didn’t get the ball to bounce our way. We might have used a couple bounces a couple days earlier. But again, that just showed me our team was capable of kind of keeping their emotions in check.”They’ll need to be that way again Thursday night.Fred VanVleet doesn’t think it’ll be a problem.“None of us in October and July and June of last year were working out thinking about the conference finals,” the Raptors’ backup guard said Tuesday. “Obviously, it’s a great accomplishment, and we’re happy to be taking that next step. But you want to win a championship. You want to win the whole thing. It’s not about just making it to the finals.”The arena will be electric for Game 1. Jurassic Park will be rocking yet again. But the quick little trophy parade through the halls and stairwells of Scotiabank Arena — one where Green revealed on his podcast earlier this week that reserve OG Anunoby was inadvertently decked in the eye by a celebrating fan, and where Leonard needed two security staffers to clear his path — will be long forgotten by the Raptors when Game 1 rolls around.“I think everybody understands that,” Raptors center Marc Gasol said. “You get to kind of soak it in and enjoy that moment and after that night, the next morning, it’s on to the next challenge.”Everyone knows what that challenge is, too.The Warriors are coming.“I think along this little playoff run there’s been some critical, critical games,” Nurse said. “There’s been some ups and downs, and again, I know I keep (sounding like a) broken record, but we’re just trying to take what’s in front of us. And right now, it’s Game 1.” Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard hoists the trophy after the Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. The Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The parade that the Toronto Raptors enjoyed last week was an impromptu and quick one.A chance at the real parade awaits.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Neymar leaves Brazil training with knee pain By Sunday, Lowry had shifted his focus to the finals anyway.“Pretty much,” Lowry said. “It’s a big task at hand. We know we’ve got a good team, and we’ve got to be focused every single possession. They’re all going to be massive in this series.”Handling this moment is sure to be a challenge for the Raptors, since most of the players on Toronto’s roster haven’t been to the finals before.If there is a silver lining there, it’s that Toronto has already dealt with the mood-swing pendulum in these playoffs.The most worried Raptors coach Nick Nurse has been about a game so far this postseason was Game 1 of the East finals at Milwaukee — a game that came a couple days after Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beating jumper hit the rim four times before dropping in and giving Toronto a win in Game 7 of the East semifinals against Philadelphia.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more