Real Madrid lose to Levante as pressure mounts on Julen Lopetegui

first_img 4 Real Madrid crashed to a third successive defeat, putting head coach Julen Lopetegui under further scrutiny with reports Antonio Conte could replace him.Goals from Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marti inside the opening quarter of an hour left Real shell-shocked and Levante went on to seal a famous 2-1 victory in the Spanish capital. Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is under pressure ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Marcelo celebrate his goal. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Mariano did get the better of the shot-stopper after finding the net from close range but the linesman’s flag came to the rescue of Levante.Real through everything forward as they frantically searched for a winner but to no avail, with boos raining down at the full-time whistle. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 4 huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 shining REPLY center_img no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED Getty Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 4 The Real defender was again culpable as Levante doubled their lead to the astonishment of the home crowd in the 13th minute.A handball by the World Cup winner was initially given as a free-kick on the edge of the box but referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez upgraded the decision to a penalty after consultation with VAR.Roger Marti made no mistake with his spot-kick, despite Courtois guessing the right way, to leave Real with a mountain to climb.The hosts thought they had got an immediate foothold back into the clash when Marco Asensio, the last Real player to score, nodded in the rebound after Sergio Ramos’ header had had bounced off the crossbar. Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED MONEY The much-discussed 55th minute came and went without Real scoring, while the final roll of the dice came in the form of Karim Benzema and Dani Ceballos replacing Isco and Asensio.Benzema was involved as Real ended the goal drought at 481 minutes, the Frenchman cutting the ball back to Marcelo, who rifled into the roof of the net with his weaker right foot with a little more than a quarter of an hour remaining.Benzema saw his strike from the edge of the box come back off the post while Olazabal once again came to Levante’s rescue to deny Mariano in the closing stages. However, VAR once again proved their undoing, the system showing Asensio to be offside as Ramos headed the ball.Real were seeing plenty of the ball after a frantic start and continued to fashion opportunities, with Mariano planting a header against the bar while Lucas Vazquez was denied by a superb save from Levante goalkeeper Oier Olazabal.Levante looked to have scored a third as half-time approached but Ruben Rochina’s tap-in was chalked off due to provider Tono being offside before putting in a cross.Gareth Bale was brought on for Alvaro Odriozola at the beginning of the second half while Luka Modric went close to halving the deficit but Olazabal palmed away after the Croatian had jinked his way into box and got a shot away. Gareth Bale came on as as a substitute. Marcelo pulled one back – but only after Real had surpassed their previous highest benchmark of 465 minutes without scoring – but it was to no avail, with this setback ramping up the pressure on Lopetegui ahead of next week’s El Clasico at Barcelona.The former Spain coach’s future was already being talked about following losses to CSKA Moscow and Alaves before the international break, while they are now winless in five.Their recent sticky patch had left them low on confidence and the mood around the Bernabeu only darkened when Morales took advantage of a Raphael Varane error to put the visitors ahead in the seventh minute.Varane failed to track the run of Morales, who collected Sergio Postigo’s long ball forward before rounding Thibaut Courtois and slotting into an empty net. BEST OF last_img read more

Joy for boss Poyet after Brighton beat his former club

first_imgBrighton manager Gus Poyet was a happy man after his team’s victory over his former club Chelsea.Albion hit back to win 3-1 at the Amex Stadium after Frank Lampard had put the Blues ahead.Poyet said: “We found ourselves for long periods without the ball, which is new for us, but the boys did the basics and I’m very pleased for them.“We started well until their goal – which was conceded too easily – but there was a very good reaction. They gave everything.“The idea was to do the basics – defend – and we did that apart from the goal. I’m very pleased.”See also: Chelsea beaten in friendly at BrightonDi Matteo unhappy with performanceFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African schools to tackle rape

first_img26 February 2013The Department of Basic Education, in partnership with Lead SA, has announced a major initiative to raise awareness and educate South Africa’s 10.2-million learners about the scourge of rape.Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has issued a directive to all provincial education departments to instruct schools across the country to call special assemblies at 8am on 1 March, where learners will be addressed about rape and sexual crimes.“Following the singing of the National Anthem, we want principals, educators, learners or activists to address the assemblies for 15 minutes about rape and sexual crimes. The focus will be on education/awareness and more importantly what to do,” Motshekga explained.She added that the department would provide guidelines for the talks, adding that NGOs were encouraged to assist with the morning’s talks.Rape Response booklet and pledgeA Rape Response booklet and pledge, based on the Bill of Responsibilities which includes a statement on violence and rape, will also be circulated. The booklet and a poster, which will help to guide educators on how to cope with this sensitive topic, can be downloaded from www.education.gov.za.Motshekga urged educators and learners to adopt the pledge, which will be available in all 11 official languages, at the assemblies.The department has also called on all schools to prepare worksheets for learners about violent and sexual crimes. “We want boy and girl learners to complete these worksheets at home, with their families if possible, and return them to their teachers,” said the minister.March is South Africa’s Human Rights Month, and Motshekga stressed the need to teach youngster about their rights and responsibilities as outlined in the Bill of Responsibilities.‘Take the message home’She encouraged ordinary South Africans to adopt the pledge as well, after it has been taken by millions of learners on 1 March. “Take it to your offices, factories and homes … we call on civil society to support the StopRape initiative.”She further appealed to learners to report any form of abuse from anyone to the authorities.Lead SA said it hoped the 10.2-million learners would “take the messages home so that society at large can act. The ‘StopRape’ message needs to reach every corner of South Africa. Let’s all unite and fight rape with one voice.”Proudly South African and Shout SA have already come out in support of the awareness programme.Proudly South African said it would include the messaging in its national “Ubuntu schools” campaign, which was launched shortly after the gang rape of a Soweto teenager in April last year.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

South African journalists excel at CNN awards

first_img13 October 2015Four South African journalists have won CNN African Journalist Awards, held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Kenya, Nairobi. The awards recognised and awarded 32 African journalists, drawn from over 1 400 entries from 39 African countries.The Mohamed Amin Photographic Award went to @hermanverwey, Beeld #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 pic.twitter.com/AlmXQO5lw8— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Photographer Herman Verwey from the Beeld newspaper won the Mohamed Amin Photographic Award for his photos taken during the murder trial of the Paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius.“When you look at Herman Verwey’s work, for a second, you can wonder. the characters are so full of life, these pictures really give you a sense of their feelings. Herman’s body of work gives also a proper idea of the high pressure that surrounded this trial, so important for the South African society,’ said the judges of their choice of this year’s winner.The awards were handed out on Saturday evening, 10 October.The Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award went to @sarahemilywild, Mail & Guardian #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 pic.twitter.com/PEFadJx44N— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Sarah Wild from the Mail & Guardian newspaper won the Technology & Innovation Reporting Award for her story, “Robot”, on the environmental testing of the health of the oceans’ “lungs” in relation to effects of global warming.Judges highlighted the article’s intuitive and simple tone in communicating the technicalities of the subject matter, saying: “Sarah Wild delivered an original report on a major innovation in research over global warming, conducted by a South African scientific team. It’s an excellent reminder that there are African-led research programs at the forefront of the climate change issue. Sarah Wild transports the reader into the heart of the project, with the team deploying this new generation of sea-cruising robots.”The IPP Media Features Award went to @JulieLaurenz & #JacquelineJayamaha #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 pic.twitter.com/mrnV3LJXxT— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Freelance documentary-makers Julie Laurenz and Jacqueline Jayamaha won in the Features Award category for their harrowing profile piece, “Viola’s Hope”, for the e-tv channel, about the effects of woonga drug addiction.“Tragic. Educative. Committed. The team that brought us this piece spent over a month putting it together and they stayed with their story which was well-shot, produced and written,” said the judges.CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 is Hyacinthe Sanou, Burkina Faso #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 w/ @UKenyatta pic.twitter.com/NYCfaWaXPO— DStv Kenya (@DStv_Kenya) October 10, 2015Burkinabe journalist Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou won the top prize – African Journalist of the Year – for his piece, “Room 143”. Published in the Ouagadougou daily newspaper L’Observateur Paalga, the story covered the ousting of Blaise Campaore, who had ruled over Burkina Faso for 27 years.“My story was about power and how people can fight against it – I’m so proud that the story has been told and will now be remembered,” said Sanou.Uhuru’s speech during 2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards http://t.co/KtM6nB6thX #AfricanJournoAwards pic.twitter.com/4uXdfz0Wvr— The Star, Kenya (@TheStarKenya) October 11, 2015Keynote speaker for the event, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, paid tribute to the hard work journalists did to find the real stories of Africa. He asked that they do their best to continue to find the real “African truths” and reclaim the African story, so that they could tell global audiences of the success stories.Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press newspaper, was this year’s chairperson of the judging panel. She paid tribute to the winners, saying the awards were recognition for a lot of sacrifices that journalists made to get their stories. “Journalism can be very dangerous, lonely,” Haffajee told the gathering.Speaking on behalf of the hosts and sponsors of the event, Deborah Rayner, CNN senior vice-president for international news gathering, TV and digital, said that the winners demonstrated the very best of journalism, from investigative journalism through to stories of hope and change.“I’ve seen tremendously courageous reporting, brilliantly innovative reporting and highly entertaining reporting,” added Tony Maddox, executive vice-president and managing director of CNN. “The awards really do cover the full panorama of all that is good in journalism.”Source: News24last_img read more

Toyota research division unveils first autonomous test vehicle

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#AI#automotive#autonomous cars#driverless#featured#Lexus#lidar#Self-Driving#top#toyota#TRI Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Curry Toyota Research Institute (TRI) unveiled its first autonomous test vehicle this week at the Prius challenge event in Sonoma, California.The Japanese automaker will modify the Lexus LS 600hL, outfitting it with LIDAR, radar, cameras, and other sensors to recognize all objects and movement on the road.See Also: Boston seaport becoming a testbed for autonomous vehiclesThe underlying software has been in development for more than a decade, but this is Toyota’s first push into the limelight with its self-driving platform. In a press release, the company said it held more patents on self-driving than any other firm.Guardian…or chauffeur?Toyota is working on two “core research paths,” called Guardian and Chauffeur.Guardian is an advanced driver-assist program that alerts the driver to any issues on the road and is able to take control of the car to assist in crash avoidance. Chauffeur is the more ambitious of the two, a fully autonomous system at Level 5 autonomy, the highest level for autonomous cars.Guardian could be deployed shortly and some features are already available in newer cars, like assisted braking and crash avoidance. Chauffeur does not have a launch date, although Toyota, like most in the industry, is aiming for 2020. It has not said if it will launch a ridesharing service for self-driving vehicles, as Ford and GM appear to be gearing up to do.Toyota has made a huge investment in artificial intelligence over the past year, with $1 billion set aside for autonomous technologies and robotics. The autonomous test vehicle is part of this investment, aimed at making its self-driving platform even more sophisticated.last_img read more

How three disruptive technologies can work together to change the world as we know it

first_imgFollow the Puck The amount of data a person can collect in the home is astounding. Nest controls your heating and cooling, collecting historical data of usage patterns. CURB connects to your fuse box to gather data on every outlet. Netatmo measures air particles, humidity and even noise. All this data can be overwhelming, and finding insights can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. However, once AI is trained to work with all this information, it won’t be long before our home lives are improved. VR enters the picture in scenarios like renovations or insurance evaluations — when contractors are able to virtually tour your home from their office, it streamlines processes significantly. How These Technologies Can Work Together in Different Industries As AI develops further potential of running on the edge, these three technologies’ relevance will only increase in significance. Their intersection is the key to unlocking the full potential of IoT applications. And VR is capable of so much more than entertainment and gaming; their greatest uses are in training and diagnostics — and AI and IoT sensors will make that more apparent as we move forward. Related Posts The Final Frontier: The Intersection of VR, AI, and IoT These technologies’ intersection has the potential to disrupt industries such as design, maintenance, logistics and many other fields. On the factory floor, for instance, IoT sensors collecting data on machinery enables predictive maintenance. And the ability to provide a remote visual to technicians in real-time can revolutionize the process. These technologies working in tangent provide the ability to zero in on problems much more effectively. K.R. SanjivChief Technology Officer for Wipro Limited Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Consumers Benefit From the Intersection of AI, VR, and IoT, Too In the digital journey, AI, IoT, and VR are all significant levers to redefine processes for both businesses and consumers. But it’s the combination of the three that will be the most disruptive. For entities looking to effect change, the key is to identify the right opportunity within this intersection and implement a pragmatic solution to leverage all three technologies together. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Consider another example: At my company, we are designing IoT sensors and solutions within the heavy equipment industry, building edge- and cloud-based analytic engines to address geospatial understanding, ring-fencing data and sensor-based performance details, to name a few areas. We are also digitizing this content for training and maintenance within this industry. In the heavy machinery industry, equipment idle time is a huge loss and makes machines prone to theft or misuse. Putting sensors for measuring various parameters such as engine parameters, fuel monitoring, and hydraulic pressures provides real-time analytics on the usage patterns. This demonstrates how a machine can be better utilized or flag any misuse, substantially improving the profitability and user experience for a company. Instances of this three-way intersection are happening across industries — and this trend is already leaking into the consumer market. Smart home sensors are becoming more prolific on the consumer market, and they’re beginning to do more with the data they generate via IoT. Everything from ambient temperature and air quality to lights, electricity, and even human activity can be monitored these days. There’s no shortage of data platforms, and IFTTT is currently serving as a break-fix to help with automation and other smart use cases. And this is just one example. IDC research shows spending on these next-gen technologies grew an estimated 17 percent in 2017 and will only accelerate over the next five years. In other words, we’re set to see a lot more interplay between the three technologies in the not-so-distant future. Tags:#AI#IoT#VR IoT, for example, doesn’t work on a hub-and-spoke model. Currently, the technology operates mostly on the IFTTT model — i.e., “if this, then that” — but relying on AI instead will create smarter, more granular connectivity. This isn’t a farfetched concept: AI requires data, which IoT generates, so it’s a match made in heaven. And VR brings it all together with an immersive visualization of the data, creating heightened simulations that enhance users’ experiences and understanding of a scenario. The use cases don’t stop there; these technologies are combining to improve our lives outside the home as well. Guru, for instance, is using VR to bring static museum artwork to life. AI is used to distinguish between buildings, objects and people in exhibits to identify themes. From there, it brings digital life to the figures and environments, immersing visitors in a whole new way to appreciate the art world. And public transportation can be improved by this technology intersection: Eye Create Worlds has a proof of concept in which a network of IoT sensors are placed throughout a city to allow a remote operator to optimize rail transportation networks in VR. Look at the Tour de France as an example. Today’s cyclists are heading into this summer’s race with significantly more information than previous competitors have been able to afford. Before the race begins, trainers with 360-degree cameras run routes so cyclists can get familiar with them through a VR simulation. Machine learning then uses historical data about the weather, environment and other cyclists to forecast racing conditions. Once the race is underway, heart rate monitors track movement efficiency, while a GPS and other sensors gather data on the bike. Alone, each feature is helpful — there’s no arguing that. But when brought together, users (the cyclists) find themselves in a heightened, immersive experience with the potential to prepare them for the race like no previous cyclists before them. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things are common buzzwords these days, but so often, businesses and individuals alike think of each in its own silo. That’s a disservice to emerging tech because combining each concept’s strengths will lead to solutions previously unimagined. Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutions K.R. Sanjiv is the Chief Technology Officer for Wipro Limited. The views expressed in this article are his own and his employer does not subscribe to the substance or veracity of these views. last_img read more

Possible to topple US, says Raja Bell

first_imgRaja Bell calls himself a ‘journeyman’ basketball player, and his travels have now brought him to India for the first time. And the National Basketball Association (NBA) star is eager to see the talent pool in the country.”I am very interested in seeing what the talent level in India is like. I’d love to have an opportunity to work with some of the younger kids, because that is my passion. Kenny Natt (India’s national coach) was an assistant coach when I played with the Utah Jazz, so to see the work he’s doing with the national team here is very exciting,” Bell told Mail Today on Friday.”I want to be able to hop into some of those drills and just see where basketball is in the country.”Asked what the secret behind his very ‘Indian’ first name was, Bell said: “It’s not through heritage, though my mother was fully aware of its meaning. My father’s name is Roger, and in the Virgin Islands (when he was born), he was called ‘Raja’, so my mother read up on it, liked it and gave me that name.”With the Olympics just around the corner, the US team is once again the favourite to win a gold medal, but Bell believes the day isn’t far when it will be challenged every step of the way.”Basketball isn’t in its infancy as an international sport, but it is far behind sports like football and cricket. If the NBA can come into these countries and create a fan base, things can progress pretty quickly,” Bell said.advertisement”I don’t think the lack of a challenge is upsetting. We have a league with the best players in the world, and when you can take the best of best from that, the US expects to win gold. Teams from other countries do give us a run for our money, and we have had to do a better job of late of trying to create a ‘team’, rather than a bunch of superstars.”Bell has bounced around the league in his 12-year career, playing for six different teams, some of which have been genuine championship contenders, and others cellar dwellers.But the 35-year-old shooting guard, who went undrafted out of the unheralded Florida International University, has made a name for himself as a defensive specialist who can knock down three-point shots with ease, and is proud of his achievements.”I have exceeded my own expectations, and made a career out of playing in the NBA. Now I just want to add a championship; that would be the final accomplishment. I want to play a role on a championship team,” said the man who has been an NBA All-Defensive Team selection twice.Bell recently agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Utah Jazz, which leaves him free to explore the free agent market, and his destination is likely to be a ready championship contender like the Miami Heat or the Los Angeles Lakers.Superstars like Steve Nash, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have taken paycuts to be able to play with these teams next season, and Bell admits this is creating a ‘haves and havenots’ scenario in the league.There is also the issue of team and fan loyalty, but Bell believes the players are just being pragmatic.”Some of our players are taking a more business-like approach, exercising their rights to make that happen. This is a big part of why we were locked out last season. It does create an imbalance in the league, but if you look at the finals last season, it makes for good drama,” Bell said.”Teams like Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers were the best in the league in terms of talent, and they have addressed issues on their rosters and got better. So the other teams will have to raise their games to challenge them for the title. Brooklyn (formerly New Jersey) Nets have a chance, and teams like San Antonio are always in the mix because of the way they are coached.”last_img read more

Helping State Competition

first_imgRepresentatives from five States and Territory’s came to TFA to discuss State competitions. Wednesday saw Peggy Sanders from the Northern Territory, Phoebe Burgoyne-Scutts from the ACT, Lewis Tuck from Victoria, Mitch Collins from WA and Renee Bryant from SA come to TFA in Canberra to discuss competition development.The aim of the meeting was to create best practice guidelines for State Competitions. It was of benefit to streamline competitions, for other development opportunities.There was also a visit from BMTA’s Matt Hall. BMTA is Australia’s best-run affiliate, and Matt was there for competition analysis. This meeting will help all State-based competitions, and ultimately affiliates.last_img read more

10 months ago​Everton post record revenues for second consecutive year

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Everton post record revenues for second consecutive yearby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are in a very healthy financial position.The club has posted record revenues for the second year in a row.With total revenues of £189 million for the year, it is a ten percent bump on the figure from last year.The major increases came from sponsorships and commercial revenue, which are up 45 percent.Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement: “For the second consecutive year the club has generated record revenue.”Gate receipts, sponsorship and other commercial income increased significantly by 45 per cent and the continued and quite magnificent support of our fans meant that season tickets reached the cap with more than 10,000 on a waiting list.”This commercial growth demonstrates our progress and we have a vision for the club that is shared on and off the pitch by our majority shareholder, chairman, our board of directors, the Everton leadership team, our director of football and manager.”Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “With Farhad continuing his outstanding commitment, Marcel and Marco driving our first team forward, Unsie continuing to develop some of the best young talent, Denise thrusting our operations ever onward and a fanbase that continues to inspire our ambition, we look forward to the next 12 months with purpose and anticipation.” last_img read more

a month agoQuique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have plenty to play for

first_imgQuique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have plenty to play forby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores insists there’s plenty to play for this season.Sanchez Flores thinks the decision to bring him back in place of Gracia demonstrates the club’s ambition and shows why they can achieve “something special”. “I never see Watford at the bottom,” he said.”Three years ago, we were never there. The last three years, it was impossible to think about that, but football’s very hard right now. It’s very equal, very even and everything is pure competition, so everything is possible.”We need to go out of this position as soon as possible.”The ambition is the same. This is a club that is very clear about the way they want to grow and so I realise of course they have changed a lot of things, the training ground, the players, the squad.”But [what they want] is exactly the same what they wanted from me three years ago.”Now it’s a little bit different because they’re established in the Premier League, they want to keep going in the same category, so the pressure is the same, but the squad and the objective of the club they are different.”I’m confident we can work together and we can do something special.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more