Carver hails ‘outstanding’ Newcastle man

first_imgCaretaker boss John Carver says winger Remy Cabella can still thrill Newcastle fans after a lively display against Chelsea.The Frenchman’s pace caused the Blues no end of problems as Newcastle dominated the first half at Stamford Bridge, only to end up losing 2-0.It was the first time Cabella had completed 90 minutes in the league since September, and Carver said he had set the bar high for future performances.“Remy’s been a little bit frustrating but I think he showed what he’s worth,” Carver said.“He was outstanding in possession and every time he tried to break, somebody was clipping him to stop the momentum.“He added the other side of the game, which is the hard work. But he’s now set a standard – it’s no good just doing it on a one-off.“If he performs like that, he can get our fans on the edge of their seat.”However, Carver – who said he still had no idea when Newcastle might appoint a permanent replacement for Alan Pardew – warned Cabella he would have to deal with the physicality of the league, after fouls by Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.He said: “There were a couple of challenges in the first half from Matic that were a little bit overzealous.“I was a bit concerned for Remy but he’s going to get more of that. He’s just got to move the ball a little bit quicker.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA joins “Earth Hour” campaign

first_imgMillions of people around the world willmark ‘Earth Hour’ by switching off their lights in a bid to highlight the need to conserve energy. (Image: Earth Hour) Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa will be joining 1 189 cities and towns across the world to mark Earth Hour, when all participating households and businesses will switch off the lights for an hour on 28 March. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are part of 39 cities and towns that will be celebrating Earth Hour in South Africa, which will start from 8:30pm and last until 9:30pm.Organised by the conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the event has already far exceeded the ambitious target of 1 000 cities in 25 time zones set out by the organisation.Morné Du Plessis, the Chief Executive Officer of WWF South Africa says he’s excited by South Africa’s involvement in the campaign,“There’s a palpable excitement about this event. Not just because it’s a massive global undertaking involving millions of people, but because it deals with a very important issue, namely the need for global action on climate change.”To mark this historic event, millions of people across the globe will gather in parks, streets, town squares and homes to watch the lights going out on iconic landmarks and city skyscrapers.Popular landmarks around the world such as Cape Town’s Table Mountain, Australia’s Sydney Opera House, the Wat Arun Buddhist temple in Bangkok, the Coliseum in Rome, Stockholm’s Royal Castle, London’s City Hall, New York’s Empire State Building, Sears Tower in Chicago and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco will all shut down for an hour.Influential companies have also jumped on the bandwagon and are now encouraging their clients to join in this campaign.Internet search engine Google will also switch off for on hour in solidarity with the campaign.Users of the blackberry mobile business phone have also been asked to turn off their phones for an hour.Fighting global warmingThe first Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2-million homes and businesses switched off their lights for a full 60 minutes.In 2008, the story of the event grew into a global one, when 50-million switched off their lights. This is the first time however, that that the campaign is now spread across the world in all continents.People of all ages, nationalities, race and background, will now have the ability to use something as simple as their light switch, to vote for saving the earth, instead of voting for global warming.It is hoped by WWF that every person who switches off their lights will be “vote earth” and each vote will be counted towards petition target of one billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this year. At this meeting, official government policies to be used to take action against global warming will be determined. These will replace the Kyoto Protocol.To spread the message, a vigorous marketing campaign, mostly carried out by the media and through social networks such Facebook and Twitter, was carried out.Eskom going greenIn keeping in line with the global event, South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has called all South Africans to participate in the worldwide climate change awareness programme.The parastatal says the national “switch off” event will form part of a tangible way of demonstrating solidarity and support for the Earth Hour global awareness campaign.“This will by far surpass the 2008 event, when people in 35 countries participated,” said Eskom corporate services Managing Director Steve Lennon in a statement released by the company.“As part of its support for the campaign, Eskom will be measuring the reduction of electricity used during the hour against typical consumption for this time on an average Saturday evening,” he said. According to Lennon, turning off the lights for an hour in South Africa, will benefit the country, as hundreds of tons of coal will be saved from burning to produce electricity.Lennon said that every kilowatt-hour of electricity saved amounts to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of one kilogram.In a bid to decrease its carbon footprint, the electricity utility has adopted a six-point climate change plan that commits it to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in South Africa.The plan will concentrate on using lower carbon-emitting technologies; adopting energy efficiency measures to reduce demand for electricity as well as greenhouse gases and other emissions.The plan will also adapt to the impacts of climate change; innovating changes through research, demonstration and development; investing in carbon credit market mechanisms, and making progress in climate change mechanisms through advocacy, partnerships and collaboration.“As South Africa’s primary supplier of electricity, we believe Earth Hour is an initiative we must support as it underlines our key role as a supplier of electricity and the active role that all South Africans can play in reducing demand for electricity,” Lennon concluded.South Africa joining the worldTo celebrate Earth Hour, a free “Concert in the Dark” will take place at the popular V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.The event will coincide with the Mother City’s iconic landmark, Table Mountain having its lights turned off for an hour.The concert, sponsored by Philips Lighting SA, will include boast a performance by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), which will play for free, in support of Earth Hour.A marimba group Ethnic Rhythm will also supply music on that night.Speaking on its involvement in the campaign, CEO of the Cape Philharmonic Louis Heyneman said, “It is an honour for the CPO to make its contribution to a global initiative like Earth Hour, and to present the power of music in a different light.”The orchestra will play a repertoire including a number of light classics such as, Von Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, Johan Strauss II’s Blue Danube Waltz, and Johannes Brahms’s Hungarian Waltz No 5.Do you have comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] Related articlesGreenpeace takes on Africa Green lifestyle magazine for SA Climate park to cool off animals Power from the South African sun Green airline goes greener Useful linksEarth Hour –Earth Hour – South AfricaWWF – South AfricaCape Philharmonic Orchestralast_img read more

Artificial Intelligence: Wrangling AI to Achieve Positive ROI

first_imgDavid Kiron, executive editor at Sloan Management Review, said that “while some companies have clearly figured out how to be successful, most companies have a hard time generating value with AI.” The Sloan report suggests these tips for best aligning AI with the goal of achieving positive ROI: AI is in. Just about every company says that they see value in the technology — 90 percent according to a survey by MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group. AI project goals need to be grounded and aligned with overall business strategy.AI projects associated with business transformation and collaboration tend to have greater positive impact.AI frequently is the source for achieving higher revenues but less so for cost reduction. Expand the success measurement of projects to account for revenue as well as cost savings. Since the goal is higher ROI, maybe this is creative accounting and a little bit of a cheat, but doing so identifies additional positive outcomes that AI can achieve beyond just dollar savings.AI projects need to offer tools to as many users as possible rather than confining access only to AI-trained and savvy users.Avoid focusing on using the coolest AI techniques and instead look at which AI methods are best fits for your business needs. The report found that a corollary of this is that AI projects led by CEOs tend to drive greater value than those led by CIOs. Companies have jumped in to apply AI to their business, but the ROI coming out of those projects are lackluster. 70 percent say that there have been no or minimal gains achieved. Actually 30 percent say that they’ve seen no gain.last_img read more

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Leader of Rajya Sabha, Azad Leader of Opposition

first_imgArun Jaitley was named as the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha on Monday, while Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad was declared the Leader of the Opposition.Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari made the announcement.Ansari said Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had written to him on June 2 informing that Jaitley will the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha.He said the letter regarding Azad being made the Leader of Congress came to him on Sunday.Jaitley (61), a senior BJP member was earlier Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha during UPA government, while Azad (65) was Union Health Minister.Both Jaitley and Azad lost elections from Amritsar in Punjab and Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir respectively in this Lok Sabha polls but the tenure of their Rajya Sabha membership still remains.Jaitley had lost to Amarinder Singh of Congress while Azad lost the Lok Sabha polls to BJP’s Jitendra Singh, who is now Minister of State in PMO.While Jaitley is a member of Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, Congress leader Azad is a member from Jammu and Kashmir.-With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Srikanth recommended for Padma Shri by ex Sports Minister Goel

first_imgBy Amanpreet SinghNew Delhi, Nov 1 (PTI) Indian badmintons new superstar Kidambi Srikanth, whose stature has grown immensely following a phenomenal 2017, was today nominated for the prestigious Padma Shri award by former Sports Minister Vijay Goel.Srikanth became the first Indian and only the fourth shuttler in the world to win four Super Series tournaments in a calender season when he clinched the French Open last week.Goel, who is now Parliamentary Affairs Minister, today wrote a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, recommending Srikanth for the countrys fourth highest civilian award. However, the deadline for Padma nominations had closed on the midnight of September 15. “In this scenario, it is imperative to motivate the young sportsman by acknowledging his contribution to this sport in India,” Goel, who was succeeded by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in a Cabinet reshuffle, wrote in his letter. “He is an idol for the youth of the country and millions of people have aspirations to see his achievements being recognised. Many people have approached me in the capacity of ex-Sports Minister to recommend his name for this years Padma Shri award. Accordingly, in the spirit of reflecting the aspiration of people of India, I recommend name of Shri Srikanth Kidambi for the Padma Shri award,” the letter read. Srikanth had downed Japans Kenta Nishimoto 21-14 21-13 in the summit clash of the French Open Super Series in Paris. Before Srikanth only Chinese legend Lin Dan, his compatriot Chen Long and Malaysian star Lee Chong Wei have managed to win four Super Series titles in a single season in the mens singles. This season, the 24-year-old Srikanth reached five finals, ending runner-up at Singapore Open, where he lost to compatriot B Sai Praneeth. Srikanth is not the only sportsperson who has been recommended for Padma awards. Women shuttler PV Sindhu and former cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been recommended for the Padma Bhushan. Former tennis national champion Nitten Kirtane has also sent his application. The awards — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri — are announced on the eve of the Republic Day every year. PTI AT AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2018: Pakistan great Younis Khan recalls invaluable advice from Azharuddin

first_imgPakistan batting legend recalled the moment when Mohammad Azharuddin’s advice helped him score a double hundred in a Test match in England in 2016. Younis, Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket, was struggling in England when he got a call from Azhar, who offered him a simple piece of advice.Only a very arrogant man would have turned down good advice from a batsman like Azhar and Younis is a wise man, who knew he needed good advice at that point. He listened to the former India captain and scored a hundred.The two faced off at Salaam Cricket 2018 and the mutual respect was evident.Younis said he had been an Azharuddin fan since his first tour against India in Sharjah.Salaam Cricket 2018: LIVE”My first tour against India was in Sharjah and I have been following Azharuddin since then. We couldn’t play much after that but I have learnt a lot from him and even during my captaincy, I tried to learn from him.Also read – India favourites even without Kohli, says Harbhajan. Misbah disagrees”Two years ago, when I was struggling, Azhar bhai gave me a piece advice and that helped me score 200 against England in my last Test,” Younis said. “(Back then) I got a lot of criticism by the end of my career but Azhar bhai called me and told me that batsmen also use the crease and he asked me to try it in the nets. He did not force me into it but asked me to try and I did and that helped me.”Also read – Quality of batting has gone down, says HarbhajanadvertisementAzhar said he just reciprocated after a similarly nice gesture from Pakistan batting great Zaheer Abbas.”I told him whatever I had learnt in England and I think he implemented it.”In 1989, I was dropped from the first Test but there were no regrets because I was not batting very well. But Zaheer Abbas came to our nets session and he asked why I could not score. Then I told him what the problem was and he asked me to change my grip – I tried it but it felt a little strange. But he was one of my idols and tried it in the nets. After that, when I played a Test, I scored some runs and took five catches and my place was sealed. After changing my grip, my game changed completely.Also read – Muralitharan switched to off spin after trying pace and leg break”I had given Younis advice but Zaheer bhai had also given me sound advice years ago,” Azhar said.last_img read more