Fulham boss Kit Symons believes the next four matches could determine whether his side achieve mid-table security or be involved in a relegation scrap.The Whites suffered their third defeat in four league games on Saturday when they were beaten by Ipswich, leaving them only five points clear of the drop zone.They travel to fellow strugglers Millwall next Saturday before games against promotion-chasing Wolves, Derby and Watford.And Symons believes the league table in a few weeks’ time will give a clearer picture.He said: “It’s very tight, without a doubt. To stay away from it, it’s all leading into the next three or four results really. Things could happen very quickly.“If you get a few positive results, you’re mid-table but a couple of poor results and you’re right in it.“Confidence is a massive thing in football. Sometimes all it can take is a scrappy goal off someone’s backside to win a game and it’s amazing how the belief can start to soar again then.“I don’t care how the next win comes but I want it sooner rather than later.”Symons also admitted the timing of Ipswich’s two goals left his team with a mountain to climb, with Ross McCormack’s strike proving only a consolation.He said: “Conceding the goals when we did – the first five minutes and last minute of the first half – we’re always giving ourselves a lot to do.“In the second half I thought we showed a lot of endeavour, people dug in and battled but maybe lacked that little bit of composure.“We got ourselves back into the game with a slightly fortuitous goal but didn’t quite have enough to get something out of it.”See also:Murphy’s double enough to beat FulhamFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookj
21 April 2016Melissa JavanA total of 30 start-ups in Africa will be selected to be mentored and coached in talking to investors and refining their business models to prepare them to engage funders at the 2016 Demo Africa Conference, which will be held in Johannesburg later this year. The 2016 Demo Africa will be held in Johannesburg from 22 to 26 August 2016.(Image: Brand South Africa)Applications are open until 15 June for entrepreneurs who want to benefit from this initiative. They will be able to pitch their ideas in the hopes of getting funding for their businesses. The 2015 Demo Africa participants, for example, raised $8-million (over R110-million) in funding.The 30 start-ups will be selected by a panel of judges. The conference will run from 22 to 26 August at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg; it is the first time the annual event will be held in South Africa.According to the organisers, Demo Africa is a flagship initiative of Liberating Innovations in Opportunity Nations in Africa ([email protected]), which aims to connect African start-ups to the global innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem. At Demo Africa, start-ups are able to meet investors, information technology buyers, media, and tech acquisition specialists from around the globe.The initiative was set up in 2012, and 150 companies have been launched since then, according to Harry Hare, the chief executive officer of Demo Africa. Although hundreds of start-ups apply to be part of the initiative, only 30 will be selected, he adds. “We are looking for companies that will have an impact in communities, and also have the potential to grow.”The initiative aims to help entrepreneurs refine their business model, he explains. “We will help them do marketing and give them supporting learning material. Sustainability is almost guaranteed.”Success stories include a micro-lender business in Kenya, he says, and “several companies have gone on to raise a lot of money”.One of the important aspects of Demo Africa is the experiential learning that entrepreneurs will gain, explains Isayvani Naicker, the chief director of international resources in the Department of Science and Technology. “A lot of entrepreneurs fail, but they learn from their experience for when try to do something else.”Johannesburg is excited to host Demo Africa this year, says Ruby Mathang, Johannesburg’s mayoral committee member for economic development. “We will engage with local investors and make sure that they come prepared – that they bring their wallets!“The city of Johannesburg wants to position itself as the number one entrepreneurial hub on the continent. This requires that we play a significant role in the African technology innovation ecosystem,” he says.For your start-up to be part of Demo Africa, apply at venture-africa.com
Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification When Facebook recently added Clicker – the TV guide for Internet video – to its Instant Personalization program, we wrote that it was a “smart next step for the program” because now you could find out what your friends were watching and, in Facebook’s words, “spend less time channel surfing and more time socializing.”According to SideReel, an online service similar to Clicker that helps you find content and TV shows online, that isn’t necessarily what users want. The company surveyed 1,800 users and found that TV wasn’t as social an experience for its users as it used to be, among interesting findings.Click for full view.Sidereel conducted a similar survey of its users in 2009, at which time 50% of respondents said that they were interested in sharing what they’re watching with their friends. This time around, only 25% said they wanted to share. Among the social apps, only Twitter made a significant appearance in the results, with 29% saying they used Twitter as part of sharing their TV watching socially. (See yesterday’s article, “What Glee Means for Twitter & Television” for more on Twitter’s interesting relationship with Internet TV.) “None of the check-in services,” writes the company, “including GetGlue, Miso, Clicker or Foursquare have significant usage among SideReel’s TV watchers. Only 10 percent of users want to broadcast what they are watching or want to watch to their friends.”According to the company, this wasn’t the only interesting finding, which came from 1,800 of its 10 million monthly unique users.“People are mixing new technologies with familiar ones to get a personalized TV experience that includes all of their favorite shows,” said SideReel CEO Roman Arzhintar. “For many, traditional TV watching is starting to supplement online watching, rather than the other way around.”According to the survey, 5% had used devices like Boxee or Roku, whereas 40% had connected their computer to their TV in the past month, a threefold increase over the previous year. Both Boxee and Roku are relatively new to the market and Sidereel says this number is evidence that these sorts of devices are beginning to gain traction.As a testament to Netflix’s continued popularity, SideReel found that 70% of users who do stream video via the Internet to their TV do so using Netflix, whereas the other 30% use other sources. What do you think? Do you want to share what you watch with friends, and vice versa, in order to figure out what’s good on television? Or is this something that just the device makers and advertisers hope users want to share?Twitter really does seem to be the stand-out exception when it comes to social television watching, though is this different from “sharing what your watching with friends?” It seems that Twitter and TV go together more in being able to interact around a piece of content, not necessarily just sharing the fact that you indeed like a certain TV show. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melanson Tags:#Internet TV#social networks#Statistics#web
Can you briefly talk about what Building Healthy Military Communities program is working on in Maryland? What can we expect to see in the next year?We recently hosted a statewide service provider conference called “Building Collaborative Communities in Maryland: A Conference for Those Who Serve Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families.” It was a joint initiative of Building Healthy Military Communities, Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans, Maryland National Guard Family Readiness Program, and the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs. The one-day conference focused on providing service providers the opportunity to connect and improve communication and collaboration with other organizations in Maryland and showcasing local best practices. The conference was centered around three panel discussions showcasing organizations that have collaborated across service sectors in the areas of behavioral health, honoring this population, and outdoor opportunities. It included a resource fair that enabled organizations to connect directly with service-connected organizations such as Maryland National Guard Family Readiness Programs, Fleet & Family Support, and Veterans Affairs. Guest speakers were MD Secretary of Veterans Affairs, George Owings and MD Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene, Dennis Schrader. The keynote speaker was CAPT Kimberly Elenberg (USPHS), Director of Operation Live Well from the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness. One hundred and fifty individuals representing 103 government, VSOs, military-connected, and non-profit organizations, as well as, private business organizations, schools, and libraries participated.This conference was well-received by the community and has led to many requests for “continuing what was started at the conference”, so we are working together to do just that. In order to continue the momentum, we are currently in the process of planning five regional roundtables to provide communities the opportunity to discuss the challenges to collaborate and continue to build connections. As well, we are starting the process of planning for the second annual conference that will include breakout sessions focusing on the “how to” of community capacity building to assist individuals and organizations in different stages of the process.I am also working with representatives from Active, Reserve, and Guard family programs offices to organize three multi-branch wellness events with the first one being held in November. These events will not be the standard resource fair style, but will be more festival style with activity-based programming. We are exploring having healthy cooking demos with regional and seasonal flair, yoga and/or exercise mini-classes, mindfulness how-to, and many other activities for the whole family. These events will be about looking at Total Force Fitness in a fun, meaningful, family-oriented way and supporting our military families in their local communities. Joy Ashcraft is the Maryland State Coordinator for the Building Healthy Military Communities pilot program. She is a Maryland native and has spent the past 12 years working alongside and in support of service members, veterans, and their families in her roles as a Social Worker, Senior Family Readiness Support Assistant, Security Director, and Volunteer.During her nine years of working in the security realm, her teams vetted and managed over 7,000 interpreters and translators for military operations in US Africa, Central, and Southern Commands, as well as, role players for National Training Center operations. In addition, she provided subject matter expertise, production, and graphic design support for several large scale proposal efforts and trained security officers from other companies.Joy left the security field to pursue a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California where she specialized in Community Organization, Planning and Administration and minored in Military Social Work. She interned at both the Washington Cancer Institute and Hope For The Warriors, where she developed and strengthened new and existing military-connected and business partnerships. Joy is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Maryland. She is passionate about supporting this community and truly enjoys connecting them with outdoors, arts, wellness, and service opportunities. Can you talk about some of the challenges facing BHMC in Maryland?The biggest challenge, like most organizations, is manpower. There is only one BHMC coordinator for each of the seven states. As Lynn Brannon from Florida stated in a previous blog, “a ‘boots on ground’ force multiplier in training, organizing events and community partnerships, recruiting new service providers and holding seminars that our Service Members and their Families can take part in” is needed. There is great interest from the service provider and military family communities for a forum to exist where they can be connected with one another to increase knowledge and opportunities. It is very challenging trying to connect with everyone and provide support even in the smallest of the seven BHMC states.Who has the most to gain from the BHMC program in your state?Each of the military service branches have the most to gain from this program. With over 70% of Service Members not living on an installation, this type of wellness program is needed to address readiness and retention concerns. Total Force Fitness is more than just the physical fitness of Service Members – it also incorporates environmental, medical/dental, nutritional, spiritual, psychological, behavioral, and social fitness for Service Members and their Families. In order for Soldiers, Airmen, Seamen, and Marines to do the jobs they are called upon to do, they need to be confident that their families are being taken care of and thriving. When the families are healthy and feel supported, Service Members re-enlist thereby continuing force strength. These families also become role models for new enlistments in the community which supports the need for increasing force strength under the new administration.What type of collaboration is taking place between the Cooperative Extension System and Building Healthy Military Communities in Maryland? How do you see this partnership developing in the future?I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 National Health Outreach Conference in May that was held in Annapolis. I was able to meet Cooperative Extension representatives from across the United States and learn about the multitude of collaborative programing that is taking place. It was very eye opening. I see growing this partnership on the county level in order to support one another in regional programming as I feel that we have a great deal to offer one another.How can military family service professionals, non-profits, or other local organizations get involved with BHMC?The easiest way is to contact me at [email protected] and register your organization as a service provider on the Service Provider Network (SPN) at https://www.jointservicessupport.org/spn. The SPN is an excellent referral tool for your organization and can assist with your mission to connect with our Service members, veterans, and their families who require help with responding to all sorts of challenges brought on by serving our country.Opportunities range from joining the monthly newsletter distribution list to participating in one of the regional roundtable discussion groups or community wellness events to participating in the 2nd annual statewide provider conference. I welcome the opportunity to learn more about the organizations across the state so that I can share their information, as well as, support them in their endeavors. If you are not sure how you can best be involved, then let’s start with a conversation. The possibilities are endless.Is there anything else you’d like our listeners to know?The families of Service Members serve too. So when you are thanking a Soldier, Airman, Seaman, or Marine for their service, remember to thank their mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, and children too. Better yet, join or even start community efforts to improve the “whole body” wellness of our Military Families. Everyone can make a difference. This week we’d like to feature a guest post from BHMC State Coordinator in Maryland, Joy Ashcraft.
‘Vote! Love! Support PBA,’ among signs borne by ‘Spider-Man’ James Harden led Houston with 35 points, and Chris Paul added 27.Harden’s layup got the Rockets within three with less than a minute to go, but Thompson made a 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds remaining to extend Golden State’s lead to 110-104.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, logistics Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The Rockets failed to score for a big chunk of the fourth quarter and had to watch the Warriors celebrate a series victory on their home court for the second straight season after they won the conference finals in Houston last year. Harden was 11 of 25 from the field, going 6 of 15 from 3-point range, and went 7 of 12 on free throws.Curry struggled early, failing to score in the first half for the first time in 102 career playoff games, and had just 10 points through three. But he got going in the fourth, scoring 23 points.There were questions entering the game about how the Warriors would weather the loss of Durant — and his more than 34 points a game. But they didn’t seem to miss a beat, getting 21 from Thompson in the first half before Curry closed it in the fourth.The Rockets had a five-point lead to start the fourth and it was tied at 95 with about 7 1/2 minutes to go after three points by Golden State’s Shaun Livingston.Harden and Curry exchanged baskets soon after that before both teams failed to score for the next 2 1/2 minutes. Houston missed five shots in that stretch and the Warriors missed four before Kevon Looney made a layup to put Golden State on top 99-97 with just under four minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates the team’s win over Houston in Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, May 10, 2019, in Houston. Golden State won 118-113, winning the series. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)HOUSTON — Stephen Curry scored all 33 of his points in the second half and the Golden State Warriors overcame Kevin Durant’s absence to finish off Houston in six games, beating the Rockets 118-113 on Friday night to advance to the Western Conference finals.Klay Thompson added 27 points to help the two-time defending champion Golden State reach the conference finals for the fifth straight year and eliminate Houston for the fourth time in five seasons. The Warriors did it with Durant sidelined by a calf injury sustained in the second half of their Game 5 victory.ADVERTISEMENT A 3-pointer by Curry gave the Warriors a five-point lead before Harden ended a scoring drought by the Rockets of almost four minutes with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 102-100 with about 2 1/2 remaining.Harden was called for a charge after that before Curry scored all of Golden State’s points in a 5-2 run that made it 107-102 with 90 seconds left.TIP-INSWarriors: Durant didn’t make the trip to Houston, remaining in the Bay Area to receive treatment for his injury. The Warriors said he’ll be re-evaluated next week. … The Warriors started Andrew Bogut for Durant and he had three rebounds and zero points. … C Damian Jones, who is out with a torn pectoral muscle, has been cleared for contact drills and could be available later in the playoffs if the Warriors advance. …Rockets: Tucker had 15 points and has scored at least 10 points in eight of Houston’s last 11 games. … Clint Capela had with 10 points and 10 rebounds.UP NEXTThe Warriors move on to face the Denver-Portland winner. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald Green then missed a 3 for Houston and the Rockets were forced to foul Curry. He made both shots before Harden’s 3 got Houston within five at 112-107 with 24 seconds left.Playing with a dislocated finger on his left hand, Curry made two more free throws before P.J. Tucker hit a 3 for Houston. But two more free throws by Curry made it 116-110 with 12.3 seconds left and Harden dribbled it off his foot for the last of his six turnovers. MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments
Real Betis interested in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinezby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Betis are interested in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.Marca says Martinez has been placed on Real Betis’ radar for a potential January move.The Andalusians have made contact with the Nerazzurri to try to sign the player on loan with a purchase option.Martinez arrived in Italy from Racing Club last summer, for a fee of €25m and has since participated in 16 matches and has scored five goals.The Argentine is seen by Luciano Spalletti as the backup to Mauro Icardi and a move out of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza seems complicated. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say