Dell EMC World is now Dell Technologies World

first_imgBuild on a legacy of innovation. That was one of the six lessons John Powers, principal, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, says was learned from the merger of Dell and EMC.It’s one that we continue to leverage as today Dell EMC World officially evolves to become Dell Technologies World, happening April 30 – May 3, 2018.As Sam Pudwell of Silicon UK said after Dell EMC World last year, trying to get your head around the breadth of Dell Technologies is a seriously complex task.“The sheer scale of products and services on offer from the companies under its umbrella is staggering,” Pudwell said. “Which has been reflected this week in the size of the conference, the first time the whole ‘family’ has been in one place.”Since we will be bringing the whole family back again, it only made sense to change the name of the event to reflect the full power of seven technology leaders, all in one place.And you can register now to join us and discover emerging trends, get hands on with the latest tech – CRN highlighted “15 Hot Products Unleashed At Dell EMC World 2017” – and meet up with the gurus who make it all happen.And we mean really make it happen. Make it real. That’s the theme this year for Dell Technologies World.Attendees will not only hear about how digital transformation has accelerated disruption across industries, they will also learn practical insights and actionable next steps to make transformation real.“The company appears to be firing on all cylinders across several fields…Share“There was clearly plenty of announcements and stories to digest from Days 1 and 2 of Dell EMC World,” Analyst Patrick Moorehead said in his recap of last year’s event.“The company had to show continued synergy across all the Dell Technologies companies as well as success in the singular areas. That’s a hard thing to do because synergy typically requires giving up on singular features to pay for the synergistic features,” said Moorehead. “The company appears to be firing on all cylinders across several fields—servers (gaining share), HCI (gaining share), data protection, storage (gaining share), IoT (EdgeX Foundry leadership), AR/VR.”You can expect to hear and see more of this at Dell Technologies World this year.Register now and join us to take your thinking beyond infrastructure towards business applications, management, cloud, mobility and security.P.S. Wondering about what this means for VMworld, RSA Conference or Spring One Platform? Our CMO Jeremy Burton answers that over on Direct2DellEMC.last_img read more

Congress finally passes transportation bill with disaster funding

first_imgIn a decisive vote of 70 to 30, the US Senate Thursday night gave final approval to a transportation budget bill that includes provisions added by Senator Patrick Leahy (D) to replenish the federal government’s depleted transportation emergency fund, along with the crucial cost waivers he authored that will mean tens of millions of additional dollars for road and bridge repair aid that will speed Vermont’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. The Senate’s vote came three hours after House approval of the bill Thursday afternoon in a vote of 298 to 121. Leahy said the President will promptly sign the bill into law. Leahy said, ‘We want to get Irene way, way behind us, and this bill will bring that day closer.  We face many challenges after Irene, but the damage to our roads, bridges and rail lines is the biggest challenge.  Repairing our transportation network is the key to restoring Vermont.  We need these emergency funds and these cost waivers because our small state would be stretched too thin to do all of this alone.’ Leahy continued, ‘Back in September some thought this day would never come.  The feeling was that a Congress that’s stuck in the slow gear with the brakes on couldn’t or wouldn’t get it done.  But this bill has been Job One for Vermont ever since Irene, and we wouldn’t take any answer but yes.  On the Appropriations Committee I pressed the importance of this funding and these Vermont waivers.  We got it passed and kept the ball rolling steadily forward.’ On his provisions to shift heavy trucks from state roads to Vermont’s interstate highways, Leahy said, ‘This is a sensible change that offers great relief to towns, citizens and businesses throughout Vermont.  Many are still struggling with the heavy storm damage to our state and local roads.’ Facing stiff odds and severe needs in Vermont in Irene’s aftermath, Leahy added key transportation emergency funding waivers for Vermont in September to the bill in the Senate Appropriations Committee and then worked to secure Senate passage.  The counterpart House bill did not include the Leahy waivers, so Congressman Peter Welch (D) pressed House leaders to accept the Senate-passed provisions, and Leahy similarly worked with Senate conferees.  Senator Bernie Sanders (I) also supports the Leahy waivers, and Governor Peter Shumlin has said they are indispensable to Vermont’s recovery.  Leahy is number two on the Senate Appropriations Committee and also a senior member of its transportation subcommittee.‘Irene will go down in history as one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit our state,’ said Sanders. ‘There is no doubt that Vermonters will pick up the pieces and restore our homes, businesses and communities, but the simple fact is that we cannot do this alone. Vermont, like every other state that experiences a disaster, is entitled to federal help to rebuild our communities.  I am glad that in a significant way we were able to accomplish that with this bill.’Below is a summary of the Leahy provisions in the final bill ‘Add $1.662 billion to the depleted Federal Highway Administration emergency fund, upon which Vermont will depend for help in repairing and rebuilding roads washed away or damaged by Irene-related flooding.  The emergency highway account today is almost empty.  Also vital to Vermont are several cost-waiver provisions Leahy added to the bill, which would save Vermont millions of state tax dollars by allowing Vermont to:o    Be reimbursed for more than the current $100 million per-state limit on federal emergency highway repair funds, which is especially critical as Vermont’s repair costs are expected to exceed the current cap;o    Be reimbursed 100 percent for emergency repairs beyond the current limit of 180 days.The bill also includes another high priority for Vermont: Leahy’s legislation to move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways for the next 20 years.  Leahy’s Vermont provision is paired with a similar change for Maine, authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). (WASHINGTON, DC, NOV. 17, 2011)last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Ride the Guest River Gorge or Blue Suck Falls Trails

first_imgSeptember can be a magical time in the Blue Ridge. Just this morning, we awoke to temperatures in the mid-60s, giving us just a taste of fall before the mercury rises into the standard 80-degree range. Of course, we could still see a scorcher or two before autumn sets in with earnest, but peak summer is behind us for the most part. But as we transition into the fall recreation season, this does not mean you need to pack the swim trunks in the attic. There are still plenty of opportunities to get your refreshing dip on in the mountains. In fact, it’s the perfect time of year to make a swimming hole your trail destination. Start in the morning when the air is crisp and cool, and by the time you work up a sweat and make it to the river or waterfall, it will be warm enough to jump in and cool off. What could be better than that?Luckily, here in the shadow of the Appalachians, nearly all trails lead to, or through, some sort of water feature. Hiking into these beautiful places is fine and dandy, but if you have a mountain bike, riding in only adds to the adventure. Plus, air drying is a snap on the first downhill. We put the spotlight on biking to waterfalls in our September feature Wheels and Waterfalls. North Carolina’s DuPont State Forest was the focus – it is the “Land of Waterfalls” after all, and a mountain biking hotspot – but there are plenty of other places to ride to waterfalls in the northern region as well. Whether you are an expert in the saddle or are just looking for a leisurely pedal, there is something for everyone.For the advanced rider, check out Blue Suck Falls near Millboro, Virginia. This 4.5-mile singletrack loop in Douthat State Park has everything: steep climbs, steep downhills, and scenic views. If you are looking for a gentler, more family-friendly ride, head a little further south to the Guest River Gorge Trail outside Coeburn, Virginia. This rail trail traces the path of the river providing scenic views of rock bluffs, hardwood forests, and waterfalls. Either option is a great way to take advantage of cool morning temps and hotter afternoons.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Children in state’s custody need more representation

first_img June 15, 2002 Regular News Lawyers are needed to improve the lot of children in the state’s custody and generally in their dealings with the legal system, according to the chair of the Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children.Eleventh Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan presented the commission’s executive summary from its past three years of study to the Board of Governors last month. A final report, which includes a call for the Bar to establish a permanent Children’s Law Committee and to be involved in legislative efforts to improve representation for children, will be ready at the Bar’s Annual Meeting later this month.The commission found a lack of standards and guidance for representing children, as well as major problems with state programs that are supposed to help them.“Did you know that children aging out of foster care represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population?” Karlan said. She quoted one former state foster child as describing the program as “a swift kick into your own life without money and without information.”Children many times don’t receive services they are entitled to and in many cases are frequently switched from one foster home to another. One child was in 20 homes over an eight-year period, she said.Other findings include:• Although experts agree it doesn’t protect the community or rehabilitate the child, Florida continues to lead the nation in the number of prosecutorial decisions to try children as adults.• There appears to be racial bias in the juvenile justice system as more minority children are tried as adults than nonminority children.• There are no standards to help lawyers representing children, including whether they should be guided by the child’s wishes or the best interests of the child.• Zero tolerance policies are used to expel children from school without regard to their prior history, the circumstances, or due process.• Children are often the last to find out their status in probate cases.• There needs to be better information sharing between the courts and agencies dealing with children, but there also needs to be privacy protections.Recommendations include creating a statewide office on children’s justice, which would encompass the guardian ad litem program as well as legal counsel for children. More also needs to be done to educate participants in the system, something the Bar can help with, Karlan said.“We want the Bar to educate all parties involved, including lawyers and judges,” she said.She noted the Supreme Court has asked the commission to comment on a pending rule determining whether children in state custody being involuntarily committed have the right to an attorney.“There’s still a lot of work to be done, and we’ve laid that out in the report,” Karlan said.Bar President Terry Russell thanked Karlan and the commission for its efforts.“It represents thousands of hours of your work,” he said of the report. “It represents more than a $250,000 investment by the Bar, and it defines issues regarding the legal rights of children, our most precious resource.” Children in state’s custody need more representationcenter_img Children in state’s custody need more representationlast_img read more

Stretching your credit union: Five steps to stronger prototyping

first_imgMy first job out of college was with a credit union that served Macy’s employees. One of the benefits with that role was that employees of the credit union received an employee discount at Macy’s. That coupled with the fact that some of our team members were former Macy’s employees, meant that I was not only able to buy nice clothes at a discount, but I had colleagues that gave me solid fashion advice and would recommend pieces that I might not have ever even considered. This stretched me.In recent years, without the influence of my fashion forward colleagues, my wardrobe has gotten a bit dull. I tend to pick very similar styles and I don’t stretch myself to try new things. Enter Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix merges fashion, needs identification and technology to provide a regular “fix” for users. Via the Stitch Fix website, I shared my sizes, my interests, my career and the kinds of events I attend. Using a simple rating system, I gave insights into the kinds of clothes I typically like. At whatever interval I choose, I then receive a “fix” which is a package containing interesting and new clothing. I select the pieces I like to keep and mail back those that don’t work.What I like best beyond the convenience and customization of the experience is that it stretches me to try new things. Every time I receive items that I would never pick myself, but that I really like. It has expanded my horizons. It’s also a low risk way to try new options. If I don’t like any of the clothes in my “fix,” I can send it back in an easy to use postage-paid envelope and the only cost is a $20 styling fee.As Filene works with credit unions to build their innovation competency through both i3 and our innovation programming, one of the most important elements of our Filene method is prototyping. Prototyping brings new ideas to life through a quick and inexpensive physical manifestation. It helps to really see what works about a new idea and where the challenges lie.Done iteratively, prototyping helps ensure that great new ideas are more successful and that new ideas that may not have a future are halted before large investments are made. Just like Stitch Fix, prototyping can help credit unions to try new things more often, stretching the organization to improve and grow while also reducing the risk heavily in a new idea before knowing if and how it might work.Here are five ways to help your credit union build prototyping into your innovation process:Invite your biggest critics to review the prototype. When you are ideating and creating new ideas, you want to avoid skepticism and criticism. When you choose an idea to move forward and begin prototyping, you want to invite in your most critical team members, colleagues and constituents. Tough feedback is important and will help shape the idea further.Focus on function over beauty. Your prototype should be inexpensive and does not need to be beautiful. It should be rough around the edges. Let those reviewing it know that you’ll focus on the polish of the idea once the prototyping is complete.Ask at least two questions. As you share your prototype, you’ll get the most meaningful feedback if you have specific questions to ask of those that are reviewing it. Questions should help you to gather insights around the biggest concerns that you have and should be open-ended in nature. Think about what you are most worried about and be sure you ask questions to address those issues.Don’t let your first prototype be your last. Prototypes are intended to be iterative. Once you have built one prototype, shared it, asked good questions and received feedback, use what you’ve learned to build another and follow the same process again. Every idea might have several prototypes before you decide to move forward.Invite your members and potential members to participate. Consumers love to be a part of building new ideas. Invite them to give you feedback on your prototype. Ensure that you invite participation from those that will be benefit most from the idea.It has been fun to stretch myself again and bring variety and depth to my wardrobe. Prototyping can stretch your credit union as well by bringing new ideas to life and making those ideas even more successful while reducing risk. Get your prototyping fix today.Filene’s innovation programming details can be found here. 79SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tansley Stearns Tansley is a dynamic force of nature, fiercely crusading on behalf of all credit unions while tirelessly driving forward the brand image and family spirit of Canvas. She joined us … Web: Detailslast_img read more

BCEF announces Andy Koors legacy fund and Bruns certification program

first_imgBatesville, Ind. — Two new programs to supplement student learning at the Batesville Community School Corporation will be implemented by the Batesville Community Education Foundation during the 2017-18 school year.“BCEF’s mission is to provide additional funding for innovative learning opportunities at the Batesville Community Schools,” Anne Wilson, director of the Batesville Community Education Foundation said. “These two new programs are definitely beyond what you’d find offered at most other schools, and we’re thrilled to be able to provide these financial resources for our students.”The Andy Koors Legacy Fund has been established using a donation arranged by former Batesville High School German teacher Andrew “Andy” Koors. Also, through money from the estate of Viola M. Bruns, a select number of students who are enrolled in advanced technical programs through the high school will have their associated certification costs covered through scholarships.Andy Koors was the Batesville High School German teacher for 33 years. After his passing, the foundation was informed that he had arranged for the proceeds from one of his life insurance policies to be donated to the foundation in the case of his death. His family had also asked for individual donations in his memory to be donated to the education foundation.“Those of us associated with BCEF were humbled to find out that not only had his family chosen our organization to receive donations but that Andy had named BCEF as the beneficiary of one of his life insurance policies,” Wilson said. “Andy had a long history of supporting education and helping students ­— whether it was spending extra time working with them on their German skills or taking money out of his own pocket to help finance students’ study abroad foreign language programs when their own funds fell short. He truly was a generous soul. Our task now is to utilize that money in ways that reflect his commitment to our mission. One way to do that, the BCEF board has decided, is to establish an Andy Koors Legacy Fund with some of the money. That money will be used in a way yet to be determined, but it will most certainly focus on his love of foreign language and how he would have wanted us to help students. We hope to announce the details in the fall.”Money provided from the estate of Viola M. Bruns will be used for scholarships for high school students who are working to receive certification in technical programs that can benefit them after graduation.last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through June 2

first_imgIMCA Modifieds – 1. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 984; 2. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 951; 3. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 871; 4. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 845; 5. Brandon Hood, McGregor, Texas, 775; 6. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 765; 7. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 724; 8. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 684; 9. Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas, 679; 10. Ethan Dot­son, Bakersfield, Calif., 669; 11. Cody Shoemaker, Decatur, Texas, 648; 12. Cody Laney, Tor­rance, Calif., 638; 13. Jeff Hoegh, New Caney, Texas, 613; 14. Robert Scrivner, Waco, Texas, 611; 15. David Goode Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 598; 16. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 585; 17. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan., 556; 18. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., 547; 19. Jerry Frydrych, Aus­tin, Texas, 544; 20. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 540.IMCA Late Models – 1. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 547; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 492; 3. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa, 423; 4. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 405; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 336; 6. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb., 312; 7. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 306; 8. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 270; 9. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 268; 10. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 258; 11. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 247; 12. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, and Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., both 242; 14. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa, 238; 15. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 224; 16. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 221; 17. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 219; 18. Curt Martin, Independence, Iowa, 212; 19. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill, Iowa, 209; 20. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 188.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 725; 2. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 656; 3. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 570; 4. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 540; 5. Blake Baccus, Crandall, Texas, 495; 6. Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, 491; 7. Britney Bry­ant, Granbury, Texas, 426; 8. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 422; 9. Kyle Ganoe, Thompson­town, Pa., 419; 10. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 417; 11. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 410; 12. Dale Wester, Ovilla, Texas, 405; 13. Tyler Reeser, Orwigsburg, Pa., 391; 14. Corby Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 368; 15. George White, Fort Worth, Texas, 358; 16. Zach Newlin, Miller­stown, Pa., 356; 17. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 353; 18. Cale Reigle, Newport, Pa., 330; 19. Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 321; 20. David L. Grube II, York Haven, Pa., 319.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 1,094; 2. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 929; 3. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 810; 4. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 785; 5. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 780; 6. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 691; 7. Ronnie War­ren, Oglesby, Texas, 645; 8. Brandon Taylor, Granbury, Texas, 639; 9. Chad Bruns, Wake­field, Neb., 636; 10. Race Fisher, Dove Creek, Colo., 604; 11. Jay Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 594; 12. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 582; 13. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 569; 14. Dillon Smith, Hewitt, Texas, 566; 15. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 556; 16. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 550; 17. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 535; 18. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 509; 19. Ryan Powers, Crowley, Texas, 501; 20. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 496.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 757; 2. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 633; 3. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 624; 4. Damian Snyder, Copperas Cove, Texas, 569; 5. Damon Richards, David City, Neb., 567; 6. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 547; 7. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 538; 8. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan., and Dean Zachrison, Sur­prise, Ariz., both 515; 10. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 495; 11. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 494; 12. Bradley Stafford, Desert Hills, Ariz., 488; 13. Andrew Borchardt, Mason City, Iowa, 486; 14. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 481; 15. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 480; 16. Gerald Spalding Jr., Abilene, Texas, 479; 17. Justin Wacha, Vinton, Iowa, 476; 18. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 475; 19. Jason Beshears, Somerton, Ariz., 471; 20. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 469.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 1,011; 2. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 952; 3. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 894; 4. Ron­nie Bell, Lorena, Texas, 840; 5. James Guyton, Moody, Texas, 775; 6. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 655; 7. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 653; 8. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 652; 9. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 649; 10. Allen Montgomery, White Settlement, Texas, 609; 11. Sid Kiphen, Gatesville, Texas, 563; 12. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 496; 13. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 489; 14. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 479; 15. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 466; 16. Kamera McDonald, Keller, Texas, 465; 17. Kevin Crawford, Azle, Texas, 464; 18. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 457; 19. Quentin Noel, Dublin, Texas, 441; 20. Daniel Cavanagh, Hudson Oaks, Texas, 430.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,078; 2. Kenny Wyman Jr., Avondale, Ariz., 683; 3. Erik Laudenschlager, Minot, N.D., 677; 4. Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif., 675; 5. Dale Kunz, Buckeye, Ariz., 665; 6. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., 610; 7. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 578; 8. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 575; 9. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 564; 10. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 559; 11. Mark Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 526; 12. Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb., 518; 13. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 508; 14. Miles Mor­ris, Yuma, Ariz., 501; 15. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 498; 16. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, both 496; 18. Phillip Shelby, Olivehurst, Calif., 493; 19. Kyle Ol­son, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 485; 20. David Harrington, Peoria, Ariz., 484.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Dillon Richards, Beatrice, Neb., 803; 2. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 644; 3. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 635; 4. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 597; 5. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 590; 6. Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa, 559; 7. Barry Taft, Ar­gyle, Iowa, 534; 8. Darwin Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 528; 9. Dakota Dees, Weatherford, Texas, 520; 10. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 519; 11. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 482; 12. Tanner Uehling, Norfolk, Neb., 480; 13. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 461; 14. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 443; 15. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 435; 16. Cody Van Dusen, Atalissa, Iowa, 422; 17. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 417; 18. Mike Jacobs, Weatherford, Texas, 414; 19. Brandon Wise, Hays, Kan., 407; 20. Dustin Jackson, Oneill, Neb., 400.last_img read more

Ozil enjoying new life in London

first_imgGermany star Mesut Ozil has admitted he is loving life in England. He said: “Driving on the left-hand side. I thought it would be much more difficult than it really is. But Per Mertesacker gave me some ‘driving lessons’ and they helped me, so I can drive there. “London is an interesting city to live in. I have grown to love the place in a short space of time. “The guys in the Arsenal team and the coaching staff are fully behind me. They have given me great responsibility and that’s what I feel great about.” Ozil’s Gunners initiation included the traditional song in front of his team-mates, although it was an experience he admitted he did not enjoy. He said: “The singing bit, I didn’t really want to do that because my voice just isn’t up to it. I’m not an X-Factor contender by any stretch of the imagination.” Asked what he had sung, he replied: “The song was a Turkish song, to be honest. Of course, people didn’t understand what I was singing.” Press Associationcenter_img The former Real Madrid midfielder, who joined Arsenal in a £43million summer move, is currently on international duty as he and his team-mates prepare for Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. But much of the focus from the German media was on Ozil’s new life in London. last_img read more

Mourinho slams ‘crying’ tradition

first_img Press Association Responding to the ‘boring’ chants, Mourinho, who is still to be beaten by Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in 10 attempts, said: “I’d agree. I played against them 10 times and I never lost. “‘Funny, funny Jose’. Ten times, they don’t win once. What do you want to call me?” The Portuguese was content with the result which took his side fourth, two points behind Liverpool, who lead Arsenal on goal difference. Mourinho added: “Happy with the result? I would say not unhappy. We came to win, we wanted to win, we didn’t want to lose. It’s very important not to lose, because if we lose we are five points behind the leader. “And, with a point, we are two points behind both leaders. That’s a completely different picture. We tried to win, but we are not unhappy with the point.” Mourinho believes referee Mike Dean performed well; Wenger did not. The Arsenal boss said: “I don’t think he had a great game at all.” Wenger declined the opportunity to elaborate and did not criticise Dean for failing to take clear action on Mikel’s tackle. “I have to watch that again on television,” Wenger added. “On the pitch it looked bad, but the referee was in a good position.” Wenger felt Arsenal deserved a spot-kick in the first half. He added: “I think it was a penalty. Honestly. If I’m wrong, I apologise. “I’ve not seen it again, but it looked like a penalty. “They defended well, were well organised, and we didn’t find our zippy movements to play between the lines as we can.” Mourinho was content with a point, but Wenger wanted more. He added: “Overall, they were happy with a point and we weren’t. But we couldn’t take our few chances we created. “We dropped two points tonight and that’s what we want to focus, to win the next game (at West Ham on Boxing Day).” It was Arsenal’s fourth successive match without a win. “We’re going through a patch where it’s a bit more difficult, but part of a successful season is how you deal with that. “The spirit of the players is unbelievably focused. There’s a great desire. “But let’s be serious: if after the first game against Aston Villa (when Arsenal lost) I’d told you we’d be top of the league at Christmas, you’d have told me I was absolutely mad. “We are where we are. The last three games have been a bit more difficult, but we have played Everton, Man City and Chelsea.” Arteta was on the receiving end of two ankle-high tackles from Mikel and Ramires, while Arsenal might have had a penalty after Willian’s challenge on Theo Walcott in the first half. Asked about Arsenal’s reaction to the decisions which went against the hosts, Mourinho said: “They like to cry, that’s tradition. “I prefer to say that English people – and I give one example, Frank Lampard – would never provoke a situation like that. “Players from other countries, especially some countries, they have that in their blood. “Foreign players are bringing lots of good things, but I prefer English blood in football and English blood in these situations is ‘come on, let’s go’.” Asked specifically about Mikel’s tackle, Mourinho insisted it was fair. He added: “It was a hard one, an aggressive one. Football is for men or for women with fantastic attitude. “There are other sports without contact and fantastic sports and sports that demand a lot from the players, but no contact. “Football is a game of contact. English football, winter, water on the pitch, the sliding tackles become at a fantastic speed. So be proud, play with proud.” Chelsea set up defensively in the clash and shackled Arsenal, with the home fans booing the Blues off and labelling Mourinho’s men ‘boring’ at the final whistle. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticised Mikel Arteta for overreacting to a John Obi Mikel tackle and taunted Arsenal after extending his unbeaten record over the Gunners in Monday night’s 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

Debutant Ngidi takes 6-39 as Proteas seal series win

first_imgPRETORIA, South Africa (Reuters) – Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs to claim victory in the second Test in Pretoria yesterday and also win the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match contest.Seamer Ngidi, 21, recorded figures of 6-39, his best in first-class cricket, as South Africa bowled out India for 151 just before lunch.India are the top-ranked side in Test cricket according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings with South Africa second, though the Proteas will not be able to overhaul the sub-continent side even with a 3-0 series win.The third Test starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on January 24.“It took a lot of hard work and was one of the harder Test matches in terms of what you had to put in,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said at the post-match presentation.“Bowling was tough, batting was tough, but over the five days I thought we were on top most of the time.”India resumed the final day on 35 for three chasing a victory target of 287, having been dealt a huge blow the evening before when Ngidi bagged the wicket of captain Virat Kohli (5).Their slender hopes were dealt a further set-back when Cheteshwar Pujara (19) became the first Indian player ever to be run-out twice in a Test.Ngidi had a hand in that too as he chased the ball down to the boundary and stopped a four, with his cut-back to AB de Villiers allowing for a bullet throw to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock that saw Pujara short.Pujara had also been run-out first ball in the first innings and has now been involved in six of India’s last eight run-outs in Tests.It would start a procession of wickets as Parthiv Patel (19) picked out Morne Morkel on the fine leg boundary off Kagiso Rabada (3-47), with the big fast bowler pulling off a magnificent catch on the run.Hardik Pandya (6) was caught by de Kock off Ngidi, before the seamer also induced an edge from Ravichandran Ashwin (3) to the wicketkeeper to leave India reeling at 87 for seven.Rohit Sharma (47) took the attack to the bowlers before he was magnificently caught at fine leg by de Villiers off Rabada attempting a hook.The innings wrapped up quickly after that, as Mohammed Shami (28) was caught by Morkel off Ngidi and Jasprit Bumrah spooned a catch to Vernon Philander at mid-off to hand the youngster his sixth wicket and debut match figures of 7-90.“We thought the wicket was really flat to play on, it was quite surprising,” Kohli said. “We tried our best but South Africa were better than we in every department, especially fielding.”SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 335INDIA 1st innings 307 SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings 258INDIA 2nd innings (overnight 35 for 3)Murali Vijay b Kagiso Rabada              9Lokesh Rahulc Keshav Maharaj b Lungi Ngidi              4Cheteshwar Pujara run-out AB de Villiers 19Virat Kohli lbw Lungi Ngidi               5Parthiv Patel c Morne Morkel b Kagiso Rabada             19Rohit Sharma c AB de Villiers b Kagiso Rabada           47Hardik Pandya c Quinton de Kock b Lungi Ngidi             6Ravichandran Ashwin c Quinton de Kock b Lungi Ngidi         3 Mohammed Shami c Morne Morkel b Lungi Ngidi       28Ishant Sharma not out                  4Jasprit Bumrah c Vernon Philander b Lungi Ngidi            2Extras: (b-4, w-1)            5Total: (all out, 50.2 overs)        151 Fall of wickets : 1-11, 2-16, 3-26, 4-49, 5-65, 6-83, 7-87, 8-141, 9-145.Bowling:  Philander 10-3-25-0, Rabada 14-3-47-3, Ngidi 12.2-3-39-6, Morkel 8-3-10-0 (w-1), Maharaj 6-1-26-0.last_img read more