LISTEN: Pochettino pleased with Spurs’ mental strength after Crystal Palace win

first_imgMauricio Pochettino felt Tottenham passed a major test of their Premier League title credentials after Christian Eriksen’s goal beat Crystal Palace.Eriksen struck with 12 minutes left to ensure the gap to leaders Chelsea is back to four points with five games to play.Tottenham had endured a tough few days, losing the FA Cup semi-final to the Blues on Saturday before Antonio Conte’s side beat Southampton 4-2 to stay in control at the top.They desperately needed a pick-me-up at Selhurst Park to keep their season alive, but that was never going to be easy against an in-form Palace side looking to add them to the scalps of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this month alone.However, Eriksen’s 30-yard thunderbolt secured a vital three points to keep the pressure on the Blues.Spurs boss Pochettino said: “That was always going to be difficult after Saturday, and it was a big challenge for us.“I think it was a great opportunity to show we are focused on us and trying to improve our game, and to fight when we are under pressure.“We are showing we learned a lot from last season, and that is important. It was a big challenge to improve on last season. We have improved a lot this season.“One area key for us to improve was in the mental area and the team are showing we are ready to fight.”Yet Spurs looked a million miles from title contenders in the first half, with Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend close to giving Palace the lead.Pochettino made a double change at the interval, replacing both his central midfielders, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama – who was lucky to still be on the pitch after escaping a second yellow card for a clumsy foul on Townsend – with Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko.Dele Alli should have put Spurs ahead when he met Kyle Walker’s cross three yards out, only to sidefoot his effort across goal and wide.But with time running down Eriksen collected Harry Kane’s pass and lashed a powerful drive inside the far post.“I am very pleased for Christian, it was an unbelievable goal,” added Pochettino.“We changed things at half-time and in the second half we were much better and after 90, 95 minutes I think we fully deserved the win.”last_img read more

Over €677,000 granted for rural road repairs across Donegal

first_imgMore than €677,000 has been allocated to Donegal for repair and improvement works on local and farm access roads, laneways and boreens around the county.A new round of Local Improvement Schemes funding was announced today, with €10 million allocated nationally.Minister Joe McHugh welcomed the funding total granted for Donegal and said: “Funding of more than €677,000 for rural, local and farm access roads is hugely important and makes a real and lasting difference. “The money will go repair and upgrade hundreds of kilometres of roads to improve access to homes, farms, tourist spots and local amenities.“Donegal got one of the highest allocations in the country last year and again this year the allocation of €677,456 is a hugely significant spend. This will ensure dozens of access roads can be worked on.”The funding was allocated by the Department of Rural and Community Development under its Local Improvement Scheme (LIS).Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, also announced that the 2019 LIS will include a cap of €1,200 on the amount that any individual householder or landowner will be asked to contribute towards the cost of repairs to their road. Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher added his disappointment that the amount allocated to Donegal falls short of what was applied for.Deputy Gallagher said: “A total of €10 million was allocated nationwide and the Donegal allocation of €677,456 will certainly allow for a great number of roads to be done within the county, there will of course be disappointment due to the fact much more was applied for by the local authority.“LIS applications are extremely important for rural part of our county and it is essential that increased funding is approved for the county, as currently there is a massive backlog of roads awaiting funding.“I am calling on the Government to consider another round of funding to be allocated later in the year,” concluded Pat the Cope.Over €677,000 granted for rural road repairs across Donegal was last modified: February 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Art Bank Joburg: helping local artists

first_imgYvonne Mamothusi Harvey – Three women.(Image: Art Bank Joburg) Art Bank Joburg, the only initiative of its kind in South Africa, is providing a much-needed platform for emerging local artists to showcase their work.Art Bank Joburg owns some of South Africa’s best art by upcoming and established local artists, proving that the country can be proud of its outstanding artistic talent.The initiative is now in its fourth year, and in spite of a tough economic climate, and declining corporate budgets for art, it continues to provide exposure for South African artists.“We have such a diversity of talent in South Africa – there are people from so many walks of life and this situation produces great variety in South African art,” says Vishnu Singh, GM of Creative Industries for the City of Joburg.The initiative was the brainchild of Ben Ngubane, the former minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. Ngubane was introduced to the Canadian Art Bank concept on a visit to Ottawa in Canada, and decided that a similar project in South Africa could support local artists.Art Bank Joburg was established by the City of Joburg to buy art from emerging and established artists in the city, and then lease it to public and private sector clients. The art finds a temporary home in corporate reception areas, offices, and government departments in the city, such as the Johannesburg High Court, the Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Metro Police and the Office of the Speaker. Monash University leases one of the largest collections.The bank was established in Newtown, Johannesburg’s arts and culture hub, but has since also opened a satellite branch just off Nelson Mandela Square in the business district of Sandton, north of the city centre.Real benefits for emerging artistsOne of the biggest difficulties for local artists is earning a sustainable income from their art. However, through the Art Bank initiative, artists benefit directly.Prospective works are assessed by a committee of respected members of the art community, who then decide if the Art Bank should purchase the piece. If the committee agrees that it is a valuable addition to the collection, Art Bank Joburg buys the art at its current market value and the artist receives payment immediately.Artworks are leased to clients at a fee of 20% of market value, and are reevaluated annually.Singh says that the bank’s main focus is sourcing art from emerging artists. “We want to take their work and give them exposure and access to the market,” he says.The team has never struggled to find good art, either. “The artists usually find us,” he says.On Wednesdays, Art Bank Joburg hosts an open day where artists can present their works. This gives them the confidence of knowing that there is a place where they can take their art for consideration.If a particular piece has potential, Art Bank Joburg takes a photo of it and registers it on its database for later evaluation. Some of the art also comes to them through workshops and incubator projects in and around Johannesburg.If an artist can’t make it to the open day they may make an appointment to visit at a more convenient time.Emerging and established artistsThe bank houses art from both emerging and established artists, in a variety of media including paint, sculpture, photography, wire art, mosaics, print-making, mixed media and craft. Singh says just about any art medium is welcome, as long as the work is not created from biodegradable materials.Work by well-known artists such as William Kentridge (a donation to Art Bank Joburg), Robert Hodgins, Sam Nhlengethwa, David Koloane, Penny Siopis and Pat Mautloa is also available.Leasing art can be a form of corporate social investment. It also contributes to cultural development in Johannesburg and provides good market exposure for local artists.Some of the leased art has led to private sales – if a client likes the art, Art Bank Joburg puts them in contact with the artist for further commissions. Singh says that artists such as John Vusi Mfupi, who specialises in collage art, first received exposure through the Art Bank Joburg and went on to receive international recognition for his work.According to African Colours, a website that promotes contemporary African art, most of Mfupi’s work has been purchased by corporate companies and the South African high court. He has also exhibited abroad in Scotland, Malaysia, Germany, Portugal, Brussels and in the Netherlands at The Hague.For many people, the arts remain a highbrow affair but as more art is leased from Art Bank Joburg, it becomes more accessible. In a corporate or public space, people who would usually not show an interest in art, or do not have access to it, have the opportunity to engage with high quality artwork.“As people are exposed to art, they learn to appreciate it,” Singh says.last_img read more

Tips for Avoiding Email Misunderstandings

first_imgQ: One of my coworkers has a knack for writing emails that instantly irritate me. We normally get along well over the phone and face-to-face interaction, so I don’t think it’s intentional. But there’s something about the way she writes and asks questions that’s really annoying. Do you have constructive tips I can pass along?A: Because so much information comes to us from non-verbal cues, we are really at a disadvantage when we communicate via email since we are missing things like tone of voice, and demeanor. It’s no wonder that miscommunication and misunderstandings are so common.So let’s look at what we can do to minimize problems when we are both writing an email, and when we’re reading an email.Tips for writing:Avoid being short and cryptic. When writing, you know the context and where you’re coming from. But remember that other people can’t hear your thoughts or know what you mean. Don’t assume that the reader understands, so be clear and specific.For instance, if someone writes “I didn’t know that!” it’s hard to know whether they are exited, mad or just surprised. So provide context.Set the tone with the opening words. For example, starting with “We might need to reassess.” or “We have a challenge” telegraphs the reader that there’s a problem, but WE are going to fix it together. So no need to get defensive.Before sending, picture yourself in the reader’s shoes. I visualize the person reading the email and how they might interpret my meaning. Editing a couple of words can make a difference in tone from accusatory to collaborative.Tips for reading:Assume the best interpretation. Especially if you already know that the sender might not mean harm, and that the message is not rude but only clumsy. Respond in a way that makes it clear that you made the most generous assumption. For instance you can respond to an ambiguous “I didn’t know that! by saying “I know, I was surprised too!”If unsure, ask for clarification. Simply ask. Were you surprised? Are you exited? (don’t volunteer “are you mad?”)If it’s a sensitive issue, pick up the phone and call. Why are we so reluctant to do this? I don’t know, but very often this is the easiest and fastest way to resolve or prevent a misunderstanding.Hope these help! Origianlly posted on HR Box blog.last_img read more

Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS): Less Than One Tenth of Today’s Stand-Alone EFSS Systems Will Still Exist in 2018

first_imgMore than 140 different vendors are currently selling enterprise file sync and share services (EFSS) according to Gartner.  The market can’t sustain that many vendors and products and will be forced to consolidate.  Gartner selected the top 16 vendors from the field and included them in their recent Magic Quadrant report on EFSS.The Gartner report found that because there are so many vendors active in this space that “market consolidation is ongoing. Small EFSS destination vendors will be acquired by larger IT vendors in adjacent markets and added to their core products as extensions. By 2018, less than 10% of today’s stand-alone EFSS offerings will exist.”Whitney Bouck, Box SVP and general manager of enterprise, said that “this is a highly competitive and fast-growing market, as nearly every business in the world is looking for technology to power new ways of working to increase productivity and collaboration across their organization.”Features which Gartner considered important for enterprise file sync and share products include:MobilitySecurityAdministration and ManagementBack-end server integration, like with more fully featured ECM systemsContent ManipulationCollaborationSimplicity and UsabilityStorageVineet Jain, CEO of EFSS business Egnyte, said that “it has become increasingly clear that value-added files services with a hybrid focus of security and innovation around user experience is the key to survive and win long-term.”Gartner identified four leaders in the EFSS space: Citrix, Syncplicity, Box and Accellion.last_img read more

Using SPDY on Your Web Server

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Google’s SPDY protocol offers several advantages over serving traffic via HTTP/HTTPS. But, if you want to use SPDY, you’re going to have to take a few additional steps to set it up. The good thing is that if you happen to be using Apache on recent Debian or RPM-based systems, installing and using SPDY is a simple matter.Installing SPDY PackagesRight now, Google is providing binary packages for Debian or RPM-based systems with Apache 2.2.4 or greater. If your system is Debian or Fedora/Red Hat-based, you should have little trouble getting SPDY running. If not, Google also provides the source code for the SPDY module, and you can compile the module if necessary.Before installing SPDY, you will need to have an SSL certificate to use SPDY since it uses SSL. This can be a self-signed certificate, though Chrome will give some pretty evil-looking errors when accessing a site with a self-signed certificate. For testing SPDY, this is merely a small annoyance. If you’re actually looking to deploy SPDY to a production site, though, it’s probably much better to go ahead and buy a certificate signed by a recognized authority. (There is a way to turn off SSL, but it’s not recommended for anything but debugging.)If this is the first time you’ve set up SSL on Debian-based systems, see the Debian Administration tutorial on configuring SSL. The Linode library has a Fedora 14 tutorial that should work with later versions of Fedora. See the CentOS guide if you’re using RHEL, CentOS or another RHEL-based distribution.Next step is to get the right package for your system. My server is a Linode VPS and runs Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and it’s a 32-bit system. The 32-bit Debian package worked just fine for that, but Google also provides a 64-bit Debian package and 32-bit and 64-bit RPMs as well. All of the packages are on the mod_spdy page under the Google Developers site.You might run into a few snags if you’re using an RPM-based system, like openSUSE, that isn’t quite what the Google packagers were expecting. Nick Robinson has provided some instruction for getting the binaries installed on openSUSE 12.1 that may prove useful if the RPM doesn’t work for you.For Debian systems, you should use dpkg to install the module, like so:dpkg -i mod-spdy-beta_current_i386.debNote that that’s the current package name; it will likely change soon when Google decides to move the module from beta to stable. (One hopes this will happen faster than Gmail moving out of beta status…)Google also says that you need to run apt-get -f install, but this had no effect on my system. Presumably, some systems require installing additional dependencies.Next, you’ll need to restart Apache for the new module to be recognized. The packages automatically add the spdy.conf and spdy.load files for Apache, so that SPDY will start automatically when Apache starts.TestingOnce you have the SPDY module installed and enabled, use Chrome to visit a page on your site with HTTPS. You can go to chrome://net-internals/#spdy in Chrome to see whether SPDY is enabled, and chrome://net-internals/#events&q=type:SPDY_SESSION%20is:active will show live and active sessions.I do recommend doing extensive testing before pushing a SPDY deployment live. So far, I’ve been having no problem with my WordPress blog, but I have found a few glitches with my Piwik install. Apparently, other users have encountered this as well. I suggest watching the mod-spdy-discuss list if you’re working with SPDY.If you decide you don’t want to use SPDY until it moves out of beta, you can turn it off without needing to remove the packages. Open the spdy.conf file (under /etc/apache2/mods-available on Debian systems) and turn SpdyEnabled to off. You’ll need to restart Apache for that to take effect.There’s talk of SPDY becoming an official Apache module (though it’s written in C++ and official modules need to be in C), so it may be even easier to get SPDY in the not-too-distant future. Until then, it’s still pretty trivial to install SPDY, and you should be able to have it up and running in less than 30 minutes. Tags:#Features#hack joe brockmeier 1last_img read more

Team India flunks final, but must build on gains from World Cup

first_imgCUP OF WOE: Sachin Tendulkar made to stand down by the AustraliansOn the night India lost the World Cup final, one of the bowlers ran into a friend. “Hard luck,” said the friend. The player exploded, “What hard luck? Why does everyone say that? We played f***-all. Who knows when,CUP OF WOE: Sachin Tendulkar made to stand down by the AustraliansOn the night India lost the World Cup final, one of the bowlers ran into a friend. “Hard luck,” said the friend. The player exploded, “What hard luck? Why does everyone say that? We played f***-all. Who knows when we’ll ever get to a Cup final again?”As it happens, the young man could play in a couple more World Cups but on that bleak Sunday night when gloom crept into Indian souls like the chill of an advancing Johannesburg autumn, his heart wouldn’t listen to reason or reassurance. He could barely imagine it but by hating defeat so intensely, the cricketer was giving himself the best chance to reach another big final. If being the No. 2 team in the world doesn’t feel good at all, there is only one other alternative.The men in blue headed out of their hotel rooms looking for warm food and cold comfort, a cavalcade of the chronically dejected. That night all the glasses came up half-empty but if Indian cricket learns to look into the distance – admittedly, not its strong suit – its African campaign could be a blueprint for future success and, maybe, a cup running over.En route to the World Cup finals Sourav Ganguly’s team equalled the record for the most successful streak by an Indian team in one-day internationals  – eight straight wins. It matched the run of the 1985 team that won five matches to take the World Championship of Cricket in Australia and three one-dayers after that. India’s record pales in comparison to Australia’s 17 but collective achievement in Indian cricket is rare. For too long has the sport been ruled by the cult and clash of personality and the mammoth weight of some pretty impressive individual records.advertisementCUP OF WOE: India were made to stand down by the AustraliansCaptain Ganguly, who could well be the first militant Bengali after Subhas Chandra Bose, will have no more of it. He is fast becoming the leading pulpitt-humping evangelist of a new church of Indian cricket.Drinking tea in a train-wreck of a hotel room in Durban, windows open to cooling sea breezes off the Indian Ocean, he said, “Individual performances don’t matter at all if the team doesn’t win. Indian cricket has to realise that the team is first: whether you are looking at the past or whether the team has to go ahead in the future.”The future is the only place to go because the past is never as glorious and golden as it is made out to be. The Australians are already in tomorrow, casting long shadows on those who try to follow. India have responded to the rigours and rewards of a nascent professionalism with the enthusiasm of a child who, after days of sliding around his bottom, discovers the heady benefits of being able to walk.They are quick to give credit to their three-man back-up team of professional coach, trainer and physio, use polar wristwatches to monitor their fitness, know how to download the data from the watches onto their personal laptops, and have discovered the use of computer analysis in team planning. Fellows who would struggle to spell “psychologist” sit down with the famous sports shrink Sandy Gordon to discuss insecurity, fear of failure, ambition and come out feeling wiser, less burdened.Radical? For Indian cricket, yes. Australia has been there, done that – and moved on. Diving and slide-tackling in the field is kindergarten stuff. Their specialist fielding and throwing consultant, Mike Young, an ex-baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, knows nothing about cricket fielding, but uses his understanding of motion from baseball to design drills. His brief is to keep the fielders moving, energised and involved and minimise the time taken for a ball to travel from the fielder to the man at the wicket.When the ball goes to a fielder’s “wrong’ side” (i.e. on the left side of a right-hander), usually the fielder picks up the ball, transfers it to his throwing hand, shifts his weight and then throws the ball back. Young taught the Australians to pick up and pivot, transferring the ball from hand to hand during the pivot before hurling it back to the man at the stumps. The fielder can end up off-balance during the throw, but when Andy Bichel ran out Aravinda De Silva in the semi-final, hours of practice turned into something perfect.Young also turned out to be a handy bard who composed a poem about his adopted home which the Aussies chanted and sang after every victory in South Africa. Coach John Buchanan says, “At the moment we do most things everyone else does but we do them a little bit better and more consistently. There is no question we can get better.”advertisementIt could be a frightening thought for anyone trying to catch up, but then it could be an inspiration too – there is always a way, teams must have the will to discover it. The Indians seem to have found theirs. It took a year of thinking and tinkering for their World Cup campaign to come together. The hiring of fitness trainer Adrian LeRoux made a difference to the strength of the bowlers and consequently the pace at which they bowled in South Africa.Andrew Leipus held the bodies of all the main men together with hours of physiotherapy, yards of tape and the pure power of prayer. No matter how loud the howls of protest, Rahul Dravid was given a year with the wicketkeeping gloves in order to lengthen the batting line-up. An idea of the best balanced team for South Africa was devised and stuck to. In South Africa, only two teams looked like they had made progress from the 1999 Cup: Australia, of course, and, surprise, surprise, the consorts of chaos, India, a testimony to persistence with The Plan.India have done a lot right in the past two years, reckons former South African coach Graham Ford, but to keep progressing they need to replace the one important link that will go missing soon. “They need to get another pace bowler into the squad now because they are going to miss Javagal.”The man himself, who went through the World Cup wearing an unusually sunny disposition all the time and a beach hat at practice, believes fast bowlers are like fine china, meant to be handled with care and wrapped in cotton-wool. Only then can they provide service for years. “An Australian or South African bowler may take two years to develop, in India you have to give a guy 3-3 1/2 years, put him on a fitness routine, monitor his progress. If you are thinking of 2007,” Srinath says, “find a guy now.”Australia reaped the benefits of pure pace in the Cup – Brett Lee broke down batting line-ups after injury stopped Jason Gillespie and tiredness slowed Glenn McGrath down. Lee has been shepherded through Australian cricket since 1995 – when it was discovered he was the fastest kid on the block – and let loose on the world only in 1999. South Africa, looking for its successors to the Allan Donald generation, tried the same with the injury-plagued Mfuneko Ngam and are now working on Monde Zondeki.A team insider says, “What we cannot do is bumble along and hope for someone to turn up. That’s the way it has been with us but that’s not the way it works in professional sport anymore.” It means the traditional animosity between selector and player, board and player, the swell of egos must subside to make the team competitive.advertisementSunil Gavaskar believes the team needs to do more, telling INDIA TODAY, “The 2007 World Cup should be the assignment starting now. We must overcome the weaknesses that prevented us from winning this one and consolidate the gains have been made from this trip.” The gains are both cricketing and cultural.Indian cricket knows now why it needs genuine fast bowlers, all-wicket batsmen and the best support staff the BCCI’s money can buy. But like that angry young man on finals night, it must breed dissatisfaction and stoke hunger too. Because finishing second may be noble, and worthy, but it really is no fun.last_img read more