Silver Ferns sweep Sunshine Girls

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls made a positive start to the third and final match in their netball tour of New Zealand yesterday. However, their hosts accelerated to complete a 3-0 series sweep when the teams met in the Energy Events Arena in Rotorua. In the end, the Silver Ferns beat the Jamaicans 66-38. With Shantal Slater and Shanice Beckford shooting at 100 per cent accuracy in the first quarter, Jamaica overcame a 4-7 deficit to lead at 9-8 and held the ascendancy to 13-11. The home team pulled even at 13-13 just before the quarter ended. The bright beginning was based on what coach Minneth Reynolds called “strong decisive movements” in defence and attack. However, shooting opportunities became scarce for Jamaica in the second quarter in the last match of this tour. With the visitors only attempting 10 shots, New Zealand took over and led 35-20. They had outscored the Jamaicans 22-7 in this period. That was the turning point in the match and the black-clad New Zealand team outlasted Jamaica 15-8 and 16-10 in the last two quarters to move the overall score to 50-28 and 66-38 at the end. By comparison, the scores of the previous encounters were 72-34 and 61-38. Slater ended with 22 goals from 26 attempts, with Beckford getting 15 from 19 tries. Notably, turnovers by Jamaica were progressively reduced with each match on the tour. After yielding 45 on September 11, the statistic fell to 37 on September 14 and 33 on September 17. Outscoredlast_img read more


Balotelli threatens to leave pitch after racist abuse

first_imgPointing towards his ears, the former AC Milan and Manchester City striker then tried to leave the pitch, only to be stopped by his teammates and Verona players, some of whom hugged him.The match was suspended for a few minutes before a message was read out of the stadium loudspeaker threatening both teams would all leave the field if there was a repeat of any abuse.The message was whistled loudly by a large number of the home fans, who have a notorious reputation in Italy for hard-right politics and open racism.With the game back underway Matteo Pessina doubled the hosts lead when he squeezed home a neat finish with nine minutes left before Balotelli pulled one back with a superb curling long-range effort.Balotelli’s side remain in the bottom three after the defeat, while Verona jumped up to ninth, level on points with Fiorentina ahead of their match with Parma.A number of black players have been racially abused by supporters in Italy in the opening weeks of the season, with Milan midfielder Franck Kessie targeted by Verona fans in September and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku abused by Cagliari fans, also serial offenders.Balotelli has a particularly hostile relationship with Verona fans, who six years ago targeted him with ironic cheers after then-mayor of the city Flavio Tosi called him a “troublemaker” who brought racist abuse on himself.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mario Balotelli has been a frequent target for racist abuse during his three spells in Italy © AFP / Marco BertorelloROME, Italy, Nov 3 – Mario Balotelli threatened to leave the pitch on Sunday after apparently hearing racist abuse by Hellas Verona fans before scoring for Brescia in their 2-1 Serie A defeat.With his side a goal down to Eddie Salcedo’s powerful header Balotelli, who has been a frequent target for racist chants during his three spells playing in his home country, booted the ball into the crowd after around an hour and charged towards Verona fans.last_img read more


H-DNL football: Week 4 roundup

first_imgEureka (1-3) 32 Montgomery—Santa Rosa (0-4) 7Eureka High picked up win No. 1 on the season thanks to season-bests on both sides of the ball. On offense the Loggers, led by quarterback Trevor Bell who passed for a touchdown and ran one in himself, scored a season-high 32 points. On defense, thanks in part to a 2-interception performance on behalf of Mengka Vang (who also kicked two field goals in the win), the Loggers gave up a season-low seven points.St. Bernard’s (4-0) 43 La Salle—Milwaukie, …last_img read more


“Smart Phone” is a Misnomer: It’s a Computer, not a Phone

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… The smart phone is not a phone. It’s a computer. It’s like your desktop or laptop. It stores data. It connects to the Internet. It runs applications. It’s a computer, not a phone.The real challenge for the enterprise is to shift its thinking about how it will move beyond the carriers and one day become an entirely data-centric organization – an organization that gives information workers the ability to work entirely on an IP infrastructure, be it for Web-based productivity applications or on a VoiP network.Forrester Research issued a report today that calls 2010 the year of the smart phone. That seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? To its credit, Forrester does use the report as an opportunity to explore how the enterprise can make the smart phone a part of the daily work life for as many employees as possible.There are many reasons for the enterprise to adopt a smart phone culture:There is no excuse anymore. Workers have to be connected. The big weave on the social Web is getting richer. Billions of threads are being added by the day. How can we even tolerate not being connected? Collaboration depends on being connected. You can’t be fully connected without a decent smart phone strategy. People are not working at the office as much anymore. They need a smart phone to keep up with their work. As illustrated by Forrester, the trend is already in play:It does not have to be that expensive to adopt a smart phone culture. People want to use their smart phones for both their personal lives and work, too. They will pay for their data plans.Forrester agrees. From the executive summary by Ted Schadler:“Employees, aka consumers, are mad about smartphones, attracted by the ability to email, collaborate, and work with documents from anywhere. Fourteen percent of information workers across the US, Canada, and UK already use smartphones to do work today, and another 64% would like to. That demand, coupled with the willingness of some employees to share the cost of a monthly mobile plan, sets the stage for a surge in the use of personal smartphones for information work. Information and knowledge management professionals should immediately call for a formal bring-your-own (BYO) smartphone strategy, establish a sliding scale for when to reimburse employees, and pressure mobile carriers to cut costs across corporate-liable and personally liable plans.”Forrester’s BYO recommendation makes sense. But he does not explore how smart phones can be treated as computers. This discussion can create a new level of discourse in the enterprise between IT and business users.Forrester points out that IT recognizes the importance of smart phones. Many companies are already developing policies for how the devices should be treated.Collaboration tool are not being heavily used but this could change if smart phones were treated as tools as much as communication devices.MobileIron follows this approach, offering services that give IT managers the ability to be more like change agents than police forces.In MobileIron’s view, information can be tracked with a data-centric approach. Applications can be monitored. Users and administrators can view a social graph that shows usage.That’s a smart approach. It stimulates thinking and moves people to start exploring how a fully data-centric approach can be adopted over time as VoiP matures in the enterprise. alex williamscenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more