Wales have every chance of beating Belgium and reaching semi-finals – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Wales take on Belgium in Lille on Thursday night in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals and are 9/2 shots to win in 90 minutes and 9/4 to book a spot in the last four.Belgium are 30/100 favourites to progress to a semi-final against Portugal but are missing a few key men, and Stevens thinks Wales are in with a real shout of victory.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Terry happy to play alongside Ferdinand at the Euros

first_imgJohn Terry has insisted that he would have no problem playing alongside Rio Ferdinand at the European Championships this summer.There has been speculation about whether the pair will line up together for England given that Chelsea skipper Terry has been accused of racially abusing Manchester United defender Ferdinand’s brother Anton when the Blues played QPR in October.But in an interview with The Sun, Terry stated that he would never pass up the opportunity to play for his country.He said: “I don’t have an issue playing with anyone and never have done. I don’t pick and choose who plays for England and if I’m selected to play it won’t become an issue either.”Asked about rumours he considered quitting the national team after being stripped of the captaincy, Terry replied: “I’m not going to throw away my international career for anyone. I am proud to represent my country. I will never turn my back on England.“I was baffled by these rumours about me quitting. I even had players coming up saying they heard I was going to quit.“But I never considered quitting. I was deeply disappointed by the FA’s decision to strip me of the captaincy as it meant the world to me. But sometimes you just have to accept these things and move on.”Meanwhile, The Sun say Jose Mourinho is set to snub the chance to return to Chelsea and will sign a new contract at Real Madrid worth £10m a year after tax.A Madrid source is quoted as saying: “We are very, very close to clinching an agreement.“Talks have gone extremely well and Jose now has the new contract and we are just waiting for him to sign.”Click here for the Chelsea v Liverpool quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Second-half latest: Preston 0 QPR 1 – Rangers within sight of victory at Deepdale

first_imgSebastian Polter’s early goal has left QPR within sight of the club’s first win at Deepdale since 1980. The German striker, left unmarked at the far post, headed home Alejandro Faurlin’s fifth-minute corner.Rangers have since defended well, although Jordan Hugill had a chance to equalise when he headed over from Greg Cunningham’s cross.And Polter almost forced a second goal when he beat shaky keeper Anders Lindegaard in the air to get his head to Karl Henry’s hanging cross, but the loose ball fell kindly for Preston.Preston made a determined start to the second half but Rangers have looked a threat on the counter attack, with the in-form Junior Hoilett involved in much of their best work.Hoilett crossed for Polter, whose effort flashed across the face of goal, and Alejandro Faurlin’s shot was blocked as the midfielder attempted to force the ball home.Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made a change with 12 minutes remaining, sending Massimo Luongo on in place of the hardworking Jamie Mackie.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hill, Perch, Faurlin, Henry, Mackie (Luongo 78), Chery, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Hall, Tozser, El Khayati, Washington, Petrasso.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Neanderthals Win Toolmaking Olympics

first_imgScientists have taken another step toward debunking the myth of the “stupid Neanderthals” who went extinct when competing with their supposedly advanced neighbors, the “modern humans.”  Science Daily is one of several news sites reporting a study on toolmaking by the two groups of humans, that concluded that “stone tool technologies developed by our species, Homo sapiens, were no more efficient than those used by Neanderthals.”  In fact, Neanderthal tools may have been superior.    More important than the study about flint knife efficiency was the change of attitude expressed by Metin Erin (U of Exeter), lead author of the paper:Our research disputes a major pillar holding up the long-held assumption that Homo sapiens were more advanced than Neanderthals.  It is time for archaeologists to start searching for other reasons why Neanderthals became extinct while our ancestors survived.  Technologically speaking, there is no clear advantage of one tool over the other.  When we think of Neanderthals, we need to stop thinking in terms of ‘stupid’ or ‘less advanced’ and more in terms of ‘different.’Museum displays had long portrayed Neanderthals as stoop-shouldered, beetle-browed, grunting cavemen not as evolved as the upcoming modern humans.  “Many long-held beliefs suggesting why the Neanderthals went extinct have been debunked in recent years,” the article said.  “Research has already shown that Neanderthals were as good at hunting as Homo sapiens and had no clear disadvantage in their ability to communicate.  Now, these latest findings add to the growing evidence that Neanderthals were no less intelligent than our ancestors.”Are you angry at the evolutionists who misled generations of impressionable students with their myth of the stupid Neanderthal caveman?  Why not?    Look at another atrocity stemming from evolutionary doctrine.  Read this entry on New Scientist about the “forgotten scandal of the Soviet apeman.”  Ilia Ivanov, wanting to vindicate Darwin by demonstrating that humans were closely related to apes, tried to breed them together.  Notice the line: “When Ivanov approached the government, he stressed how proving Darwin right would strike a blow against religion, which the Bolsheviks were struggling to stamp out.”    Don’t think for a minute that today’s evolutionary doctrine has now been purged of all its pernicious motivations.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

So What If Chief Marketing Officers Outspend CIOs On Enterprise Tech?

first_imgesmeralda swartz Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Guest author Esmeralda Swartz is chief marketing officer at MetraTech.Most of the high-end products we purchase are bought without inherent understanding of how they work. That’s not usually a problem, but the Internet went nuts when Gartner recently predicted that by 2017, chief marketing officers (CMOs) will spend more on technology than chief information officers (CIOs) will.Various technologists and data center experts howled that “People (CMOs) who don’t understand enterprise software are going to spend billions of dollars on stuff CIOs understand far better.”(See also Chief Digital Officer: Technology + Marketing = New Enterprise Leader.)What Do You Really Need To Know?To which the logical, if counter-intuitive, response might be, “So what?”CIOs most often deal with back office technology and are typically not the internal champions or the drivers of front office innovations. But in today’s world, that’s no longer where the action is. In the modern, connected, mobile environment, companies need to connect with customers with personalized and differentiated services. So called “stickiness” is essential, and CMOs are better equipped to meet those demands, regardless of whether they have the same level of technical knowledge as the CIO.Let’s look at an everyday example. Prior to investing large sums of money in a new car, few people feel the need to master the inner workings of the internal combustion engine. Not only do we not go to mechanic school before handing over $20,000 or more, we don’t even take a qualified mechanic to inspect the goods we’re considering buying.Likewise, we buy houses ignorant of the first principles of building or architecture. And many of us drop significant cash on personal computer hardware and software knowing little or nothing of Java or C++ or anything else technical.Despite all this blindness, for the most part, what we buy doesn’t let us down.How Do Buying Decisions Work?Let’s think about how we buy a car, and how it relates to how we buy enterprise technology.First, we think about what we want at a high level: Does a particular vehicle appear fit for the purpose? Do the manufacturers’ brand values create a sense of identification and aspiration? Is the price right? Is this car (perhaps fueled by peer pressure) desirable?In short, we respond to cues created by a combination of real needs and automotive marketing. We read the brochure (solution description) and if we’re really interested in cars, we check the performance specs (functional description). Maybe we’ll watch Top Gear or an equivalent TV show (in other words, check out the webinar). Then, we go for a test drive (the proof of concept) and find out if – for at least 10 minutes – the car does what it should. And then, without so much as lifting the hood, we sign on the dotted line. Ultimately, we’ve got a problem that buying a car solves, so we buy a car.How Would Technology Buying Decisions Change?So, here’s the salient question: How would enterprise technology buying decisions change if they felll out of the hands of the guy who runs the data center and into the hands of the guy who helps run the business (i.e., someone like the CMO)?CIOs might recoil in horror at the thought of commercially fueled CMOs taking over a key aspect of their domain. Buying software – wait for it – simply because it threatened to get the job done – will likely ruffle some feathers. Software companies, too, might not adapt well to the challenge of selling to an entirely different audience with significantly different motivations.But when you look at the data center and the state of enterprise software today (outdated, outmoded, under-performing – much of it no longer fit for the purpose and shored up by adjunct solutions), you have to wonder if the IT experts who’ve been responsible for buying enterprise software for the past two decades have got it right.We hear of spaghetti code rendering the rapid change necessary to monetize new business models being near impossible.We see system heaped upon system where each new component is delivered simply to shore up a function or bill for a service that old systems can’t handle.We are told of escalating costs, impossible maintenance, and a patchwork quilt of product work-arounds that at best just about do the job.We learn of enterprises locked in to vendors for life, even after getting something entirely different than what they thought they were buying.CMOs Won’t Get Fooled Again?All that makes it easy to argue that the era of CIO-driven enterprise software purchasing hasn’t been a resounding success. If the CMOs took over, would things likely be any worse?It may be that Gartner’s prediction isn’t so much an evolutionary change as a response to a broken buying pattern. A growing number of enterprises complain of their data centers being held ransom by vendors. But isn’t part of the problem their own CIOs’ purchasing decisions?Isn’t it possible that a new and commercially driven buying process will make things better?Either way, CMOs buying technology will create challenges for big, established software vendors in an interesting place. How do you market your next product if your last one created the problem you’re now trying to solve? As CMOs assume more purchasing responsibilities, they are unlikely to want to buy from poachers-turned-gamekeepersSee Also:Why The Traditional Sales Model Can’t Sell Enterprise Software5 New Rules: Don’t Get Fooled Again When Buying Enterprise TechnologySaaS: Enterprise Software Vendors Are Still Denying RealityLead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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