Club to make second attempt to sign Chelsea player – Had…

first_imgSerie A side Lazio are making a new attempt for the signing of Olivier Giroud, according to reports from Italy. Gazzetta Dello Sport write that the club were actually close to signing the Frenchman in January, when they reached a personal agreement with his entourage.However, Chelesea managed to hold him for longer. That’s something the Blues can’t do now, since his contract expires at the end of the season.Lazio are considered to have an advantage for the signing now, because even though the same agreement won’t be valid for the summer market, they are confident that Giroud’s representatives really liked what they heard during the winter negotiations.Embed from Getty ImagesBut they also know they’re not alone in the race. Several European sides are said to be interested in the striker, including Serie A rivals Inter Milan.The outlet doesn’t even consider the possibility of a contract renewal with Chelsea, believing Giroud is planning to leave the club soon.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameWill You Build The Most Beautiful City?Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndolast_img read more

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Ramjattan urges Police hierarchy to be professional

first_imgGPF undergoing capacity buildingAs the Guyana Police Force (GPF) continues with efforts to reform its operations, the capacity building department of the Force’s Strategic Planning Unit was commissioned on Monday and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan calledPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanon the hierarchy of the law enforcement agency to build on its leadership and professionalism.The Minister gave this encouragement at the police officers’ training centre in Eve Leary, Georgetown, where he said that under the United Kingdom’s Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP), the GPF would be able to implement the reforms.“Our Police Force needs an improved capacity and capability in the area of professional strengthening in leadership, which will empower the Force to initiate reforms and to strategically plan out for the realisation of these objectives,” he notedRamjattan expressed appreciation for the UK’s support in assisting the security sector, calling the nation one of Guyana’s allies. The capacity-building department was opened as Britain continues to carry out its objectives by providing assistance under the SSRP.Referencing the recently-halted Police promotions that followed the commencement of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into an alleged assassination attempt against the President, the Public Security Minister noted the need for an overhaul of the guidelines that govern the hierarchy of the Guyana Police Force.“Indeed with all that has happened recently and highlighted in the news concerning our Police Force, especially its upper echelons, there is need for strategic rethink,” Ramjattan asserted.UK experts Paul Mathais and Andy Odell are in Guyana to offer support in matters of security and to assist in the sector’s reforms under the guidance of Presidential Advisor under the SSRP, Russell Combe.After he carried out an assessment of the reforms that were needed within the local Police Force, Combe handed over his preliminary findings to the Guyana Government in June 2017. One of the advisor’s key focal points related to the prison system where it was noted that many prisoners were on remand for longer than the prison sentence they would receive if they were convicted.British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn also addressed Monday’s commissioning of the department. He informed the gathering that the launch was just one of several initiatives planned over the next few months to assist the country’s security sector.“It also adds to the support we are giving to other areas of the security sector – the Prison Service, Defence Force, and specialised agencies such as the Special Organised Crime Unit,” Quinn disclosed.“We also expect it to support and sustain relevant reform programmes and the implementation of those reform action plans for broader security reform within the Police,” the Ambassador added.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine welcomed the addition to the unit, indicating his willingness to see the realisation of strategies recommended under the programme.“More and more, every sector of society is depending, requesting, demanding improved services from the Police Force,” he told the participants.An initial training exercise with stakeholders followed Monday’s launch and two officers from the Surinamese Police Force were present to support and train locals, along with the UK experts under the Strategic Planning Unit’s Capacity Building.It was during a meeting with former British Prime Minister David Cameron in September 2015 that President David Granger requested that the multimillion-dollar SSRP be revived.After this request, an analysis was subsequently conducted on the current state of the local security sector and how the UK Government could assist Guyana.As part of the implementation phase, UK security expert Combe was first recruited on a one-year programme where he guided and advised the Guyanese Government on reforming the security sector.last_img read more

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First-place Waupaca nets win over Marshfield girls hockey

first_imgComets 9, Tigers 3Marshfield 2 1 0 – 3Waupaca 3 3 3 – 9First period: 1. W, Mandy Tomlinson, 0:23; 2. W, Tomlinson, 5:13; 3. W, Brianne Huettner (Tomlinson, Markie Ash), 8:36; 4. M, Morgan Larson, 12:18; 5. M, Larson (Kaylee Geiger), 16:03.Second period: 6. W, Tomlinson (Katerina Otter, Huettner), 0:39; 7. W, Ash (Tomlinson), 12:55; 8. W, Ash (Jamie Slattery, Avrey Simonson), 13:35; 9. M, Larson, 16:47.Third period: 10. W, Huettner (Ash, Simonsen), 1:56; 11. W, Tomlinson (Slattery), 2:12; 12. W, Tomlinson, 9:57.Saves: M, Maddie Hall 36; W, Cassie Rasmussen 19.Records: Marshfield 5-12, 4-6 Great Northern Conference; Waupaca 18-2, 8-1 GNC. By Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUPACA – Mandy Tomlinson scored five goals and assisted on two others as first-place Waupaca toppled Marshfield 9-3 in a Great Northern Conference girls hockey game Monday night at the Waupaca Expo Center.Tomlinson scored twice in the first period and added two more in the third as the Comets won to maintain a one-half game lead over Northern Edge on top of the GNC standings. Waupaca is now 18-2 overall and 8-1 in the conference. Marshfield falls to 5-12 and 4-6 in the GNC.Waupaca led 3-0 before Morgan Larson scored twice for the Tigers to cut the deficit to one after the first period.Waupaca responded with three-straight goals and after another Larson goal, the Comets scored three more in the final period to preserve the victory.Waupaca held a 45-22 advantage in shots on goal. Maddie Hall made 36 saves for the Tigers.Marshfield plays a nonconference game at Black River Falls on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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Entrepreneurs bring British business back home

first_imgAnother successful International Trade Programme (ITP) trip – the most successful so far – concluded when 14 entrepreneurs returned to South Africa with business deals and partnerships lined up. (Image: The Lime Envelope) • Michelle Samraj PR & Events Assistant The Lime Envelope +27 11 467 8998 [email protected] • Entrepreneur builds internet empire • Entrepreneurship key for jobless youth • The DTI spotlights small tech businesses • Give youth a voice • Imbizo boost for entrepreneursMelissa Jane CookAnother successful International Trade Programme (ITP) trip – the most successful so far – concluded when 14 entrepreneurs returned to South Africa with business deals and partnerships lined up.It was the third ITP trip in two years, on which 14 South African entrepreneurs representing 12 businesses visited the United Kingdom. They touched down at OR Tambo International Airport last week, bringing business back home.The ITP aims to stimulate trade between South African entrepreneurs and British partners, fast tracking the growth of local entrepreneurial businesses. It is held that entrepreneurship is key to economic growth and job creation in South Africa. Hundreds of entrepreneurs from across the country applied for inclusion on the ITP. The candidates were chosen during a rigorous selection and training process at the end of 2013.Medo, which connects large companies with an annual turnover of more than R35-million with emerging and smaller enterprises, is the group behind the programme. It is sponsored by British Telecom Global Services (BT). This latest tour yielded the best success rate ever. Success is based on actual agreements concluded. Bjarke Gotfredsen, the joint chief executive and co-founder of Medo, says: “Our first tour had a success rate of 20%, our second 50% and this one I would say anywhere between 70% to 80%.”The success is due to a number of factors. “The entrepreneurs are more prepared for the tour every year and as tour facilitators we have also learned where to go and we have built up better connections. For example, where we stayed this time was better for the entrepreneurs in terms of getting around as it did not take as much time as previously experienced.”University learning and presentationsHe also says their partners in the United Kingdom are better prepared. “Our UK partners put in a big effort and they have been building on the momentum from the first tour. Coventry University was extremely insightful, for example, hosting 10 lecturers presenting not just on technology, but also on entrepreneurship. Each entrepreneur also gave a short presentation on their business and ideas, and connections were then brainstormed with the experts at Coventry University.“This was also the first time that BT sent two representatives on the tour and it was very helpful to have them along,” Gotfredsen adds.Rodney Heubner, the contract manager for sub-Saharan Africa at BT Global Services, was one of those representatives. “The success of the tour for me was on the faces of the entrepreneurs when they had a meeting and secured a deal or contract,” he says. “I was impressed with all of them as they did their homework before we went over.”A tour such as this one, he says, opens their minds to the opportunities and possibilities out there. “The focus on this tour was the ICT sector. We want to grow that sector by investing in it through initiatives such as the Medo ITP and, in doing so, bring these entrepreneurial businesses into our supply chain.”The businesses and their dealsHenk Koekemoer, who owns CashCow in Cape Town, an accountancy board game and kit, was one of the entrepreneurs on the programme. He received an endorsement from the International Association of Bookkeepers for CashCow. In addition, Serious Gaming Institute will develop CashCow into a digital format. “This means CashCow will become available worldwide – on smart phones and tablets.” Koekemoer also had discussions with Price Waterhouse Coopers in the UK about how the financial services firm could use his product to assist in the basic learning of accounting throughout the world.Itumeleng Legodi of Systemwox ICT in Centurion was another entrepreneur on the tour. The company provides ICT business solutions to companies so they can operate more efficiently. These solutions include bulk texting and crowd sourcing. “We have secured an agreement in principle with Capium to distribute their products in Southern Africa. I am overwhelmed and pleased with the deal. I think it would have taken me much longer to yield such a result if I had to do it on my own, instead of through the Medo ITP,” Legodi says.Also on the programme were two representatives from AC Electromech in Middleburg. Josias Motsoeneng, the chief executive director of marketing and projects, and Hendrik van Rooyen, the chief executive director of risk management, were very pleased with the tour. “We secured an exclusive licence agreement to sell and distribute Hansford products throughout Africa,” they say.AC Electromech provides predictive and preventive machine health monitoring technology to the mining, manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Hansford products, together with the software AC Electromech is developing, will mean machine health monitoring in real time. “Maintenance costs in the mining industry are very high. Technicians have to travel to the mines to scan the machines and then come back to the office with the data. With new software we can offer online live data, meaning analysis of machines can be done in a couple of hours. The client can also access the data 24/7.”They are also in talks with BT, which will lead to its entry into the oil and gas sector. This should be finalised at the end of this month.Good progressBoth businessmen were happy with how the tour went and their progress. “A tour such as this also allows us to see what other entrepreneurs in other countries are doing, and how their governments and institutes are assisting them. Medo and BT have given us the opportunity to engage in conversation at the top, instead of us fighting [from] the bottom to be heard to get to the top,” says Motsoeneng.Van Rooyen adds: “I think the Department of Trade and Industry is moving in the right direction in South Africa. What we need is funding and research. A university should start a course for entrepreneurs to expose them to the institution and give them access to research.”Fundi in Cape Town provides academic and training institutions with a delivery mechanism for their digital material. The company’s Kennedy Kitheka said the tour gave entrepreneurs the opportunity to see what they were capable of and to realise they were not that far behind in terms of technology. “Even if you do not seal a deal, you learn a great deal,” he explains.His company was successful in securing the rights to digitise Limra’s content through its delivery mechanism. The pilot will run in the next month or two. But Medo does not only help to secure supplier relationships and expand trade within and outside South Africa; the company’s knowledge and experience in enterprise development also allows it to help corporate clients with their enterprise development strategies and broad-based black economic empowerment point accrual.last_img read more

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Feed of the Day

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Cool, I’m Feed of the Day at Feedster! btwregular readers may’ve noticed I’m posting more frequently now. Shorter, pithier posts.But I plan to continue the long-form entries too (like last nights). I’ll see howthis experiment goes… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Blogging#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Related Posts last_img read more

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Enterprise Data: Vendors move in lock-step

first_imgIDC announced marketshare figures for major database companies based on data for 2007. Vendors’ slices of the market haven’t budged a whole lot from 2006. IDC reports that the overall Database market grew to $18.6 billion in 2007, 12.1% higher than the $16.6 billion of 2006. The top five vendors are as follows:Oracle with 44.1% market share. $8.2 billion in revenues. 13% growth over 2006 revenues.IBM’s DB2 and Informix have 21.3% market share. $3.9 billion in revenues. 13.3% growth over 2006 revenues.Microsoft with 18.3% market share. $3.4 billion in revenues. 11.2% growth over 2006 revenues.TerradataSybaseOracle seems to have made a little progress in Microsoft’s home turf for databases running in a Windows OS environment. Some of the gain can be attributed to Oracle’s Express database and lower prices. Other new features of Oracle 11g have made the database popular. New features include the Data Vault feature, the ability to assign security to certain elements of a database schema. The restriction applies even to database admins, disallowing access to company sensitive data, like compensation and corporate strategy.SQL Server’s numbers fell a bit, but that was most likely attributable to Microsoft’s announced, but not year available, SQL Server 2008.IBM saw gains in databases running in Linux and UNIX environments. Terradata is expanding with companies needing data warehousing and business intelligence features. Sybase seeks to discriminate itself with a column-based DB offering which claims better performance for certain type of data operations.Overall though, the picture of vendors, especially the top three commercial vendors, has changed very little from the picture we saw in 2006. What the report didn’t investigate and which may be on many minds is what about the Open Source options out there, like MySQL and PostgreSQL and how do they stack up to their commercial counterparts. IDC may need to expand the scope of future reports to include Open Source options.last_img read more

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Thrilling Emilia-Romagna Derby

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Dejan Kulusevski scored a great goal and hit the woodwork for Parma, but Bologna grabbed a 2-2 Emilia-Romagna Derby draw with the last kick of the game. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the LIVEBLOG.last_img

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Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal vows to return better than ever

first_imgSaeed Ajmal has also added two new deliveries to his armoury to trouble the opposition batsmenPakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has revealed that not only has he remodelled his action to legally bowl again in international cricket, he has added two new deliveries to his armoury and hinted he could return to Australia for the Big Bash League next summer.In an exclusive chat with cricket.com.au, Ajmal also revealed the reasons behind his decision to opt out of playing for Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup despite still being the World’s No 1 ranked one-day bowler.”I withdrew my name from the World Cup squad because I felt I was not at my best yet and I didn’t want to play as second fiddle to anyone,” Ajmal said from the National Cricket Academy.”I have always wanted to be leader of the pack and played cricket as a front-line bowler and will continue to do so in future as well. I would have featured in the World Cup if I wanted to play but I opted against it as I didn’t want to be a burden on the team.”Now that my action is cleared I will work more on my bowling. I have already started playing club cricket.”Pakistan’s next bilateral series is still three months away and I will have gained significant improvement by the time Pakistan plays the next series.”The off-spinner underwent the ICC’s strict biomechanical testing January 24, but only learned he had passed the tests and been cleared to resume his international career Saturday.advertisementHe celebrated with friends and close family in his hometown of Faisalabad, a three-hour drive away from Lahore.Ajmal could make his return to the national team during a planned tour of Zimbabwe before a likely bilateral series against arch-rivals India later this year.When he does, he says he will bringing all his old tricks in a new action, as well as a few new ones.”The ICC has cleared my five different bowling varieties, including the doosra,” Ajmal said.”I will bowl all of my varieties and trouble batsmen with them. While serving the suspension and remodelling the action I have added two more varieties in my bowling arsenal. I can now also bowl seam up and for it I am thankful to Mohammad Akram who worked with me on it.”The other delivery I have learned is the carrom ball, which works like doosra. Carrom ball is a lethal delivery in the death overs to counter batsmen’s slog shots, especially under the recent changes in ICC laws which don’t allow more than four fielders outside the circle.”last_img read more

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