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Man Utd draw ‘as bad as it gets’ – Moyes

first_imgManchester United boss David Moyes was bitterly disappointed after Fulham denied his side victory at Old Trafford.Two late goals in as many minutes appeared to give United all three points but Darren Bent scored deep into injury time to snatch a draw for the Whites.It continued United’s woes under Moyes, who admitted: “Today was as bad as it gets. How we didn’t win I have no idea.“We dominated the game and being one down was bad enough. The amount of attempts, chances and play we had was unbelievable.“We should have scored more. You’ve got to try and keep making it work.”More reaction to follow later. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Cats sweep the Warriors to close L4

first_imgFerndale closed out the Little 4 with a doubleheader sweep at home to Hoopa Valley on Saturday, winning game one 4-2 and taking the nightcap 7-0.Garrett Christiansen pitched the win in the opener, while teammate Austin Hughes led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-2.In game two, Shaun Leonardo got the win on the mound.At the plate Landon Gomes was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Leonardo and Putter Walters each finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. With the win, the Wildcats …last_img

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Boon for South Africa as BRICS evolves into global institution

first_imgWith interaction between BRICS countries increasing and trade rising, the grouping of Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa is transforming from a loose economic category into a global governance institution – with significant benefits for South Africa. BRICS is looking to transform itself from an economic concept into a governing institution, which could make the organisation a global powerhouse in coming years. (DIRCO) Shamin ChibbaBRICS, the group of emerging nations comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is transforming itself from a loose economic category to a global governance institution. Just how the countries will interact with each other was the question discussed at the Brand South Africa BRICS Research Roundtable in Johannesburg on Wednesday 30 September.The conversation focused on the outcomes of the Seventh BRICS Summit held in Ufa, Russia, in July this year, one of which was the institutionalisation of BRICS. This, said Brand South Africa’s general manager of research, Petrus de Kock, could deepen ties between the five nations.Interaction between BRICS members has increased over the last six years, with commitments rising from 15 to 68 between 2009 and 2014. And when it comes to implementation, the group has outdone itself. “Based on research conducted by the BRICS Research Group, and other analysts, the BRICS have achieved a 70% implementation rate in terms of implementing summit decisions,” De Kock said.This, he said, indicated progress, and that all member states were buying in to the grouping. Brand South Africa general manager for research, Petrus de Kock, says South Africa has benefited financially and politically since joining BRICS in 2011.Mandy Rutgers, head of communications at the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency – the co-host of the roundtable – said BRICS had been the engine powering the world’s economic recovery after the 2008 financial crisis.Another sign that relations are at a high is that Russia and China have openly backed South Africa, India and Brazil to play an increased role on the UN Security Council.South Africa is reaping the financial benefits of BRICS membership: total trade with its peers increased from around R90-billion in 2010 to nearly R150-billion in 2014.Catherine Grant Makokera, trade negotiator and senior associate at Tutwa Consulting, said trade between BRICS nations was still mainly bilateral, and could improve further. China, she said, benefited most from the grouping. “At the moment, it’s a hub-and-spoke configuration with China in the middle. Trade between the other four is still fairly limited.” Mandy Rutgers, head of communications at the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, credits BRICS for tugging the global economy out of the 2008 recession.Bring more Chinese to our shoresGarth Shelton, professor of international relations at Wits University, said China would likely make up most of the 70% implementation rate cited by the BRICS Research Group.For this reason, he said, South Africa should take advantage of five Chinese growth factors predicted for the next 10 years. These are:China’s economic growth will continue to riseIt will import $10-trillionIt will invest $500-billion internationallyThere will be 400-million outbound Chinese touristsIts middle class population will increase by 600-millionShelton said South Africa should work on attracting more Chinese investors and tourists by, for example, providing information in Mandarin – as Mozambique now does – and offering more entertainment.South Africa should also develop a special Chinese economic zone to attract investment and new skills, Shelton said. It should also improve transport infrastructure for goods. Chinese colleagues of his, he said, had suggested that building a railway to Kenya would boost South Africa’s economy.South Africa is a leader in many fieldsRead more: /economy/4134-south-africa-is-a-leader-in-many-fields#ixzz3nKE3eSXalast_img read more

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Will the demise of Microsoft Band kill enterprise wearables?

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Word that Microsoft is shutting down its line of Band devices could be a blow to the future of mainstream enterprise wearables.Computer Weekly discussed the impact of Microsoft’s decision to kill off its Band series of smart watches. This decision marks the exit of the only large enterprise vendor active in the wearables field.“We have sold through our existing Band 2 inventory and have no plans to release another Band device this year,” said a spokesperson discussing the disbanding of Band’s hardware team. Microsoft has also taken down any Microsoft Store references to Band devices and its related software development kit.Though Microsoft’s Band primarily focused on personal health, its demise further proves the challenges facing enterprise wearables of any kind.A Kony report from last month found that wearable developers are finding it very difficult to transition from consumer applications to business-focused products. The report found that almost 75% of those surveyed found designing wearables for the enterprise market was challenging.“Forward-thinking enterprises are eager to take advantage of the wealth of new devices and form factors entering the market today, but capitalising on these innovations remains a challenge for today’s mobile app design and development teams,” said Kony’s Dave Shirk.The report also found that 40% of respondents saw communication problems between IT stakeholders and developers as a top challenge.Microsoft isn’t the only strugglerMeanwhile, consumer wearables are facing their own share of difficulties.A report from this summer found Apple Watch sales had fallen to 1.6 million in the second quarter of 2016, representing a 55% decline from the 3.6 million sales recorded in the same quarter last year. This combines with predictions by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who sees Apple Watch overall sales falling in 2016 despite the Apple Watch Series 2 launch.One bright patch comes from China, which could become the world’s largest wearable customer in 2017, if sales continue to surge. In the past year, the country has seen an 84% increase in wearable sales, reaching 9.5 million between April and June. Tags:#Apple Watch#Band#devices#IoT#Microsoft#wearables Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Donal Power Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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