Spurs end Newport’s Cup run at the second attempt

first_imgBut it was a different story at Wembley where, with South Korea’s Son Heung-Min impressing for Tottenham, Dan Butler’s 26th-minute own goal and an Erik Lamela strike eight minutes later put Spurs 2-0 up before half-time.Tottenham will now travel to third-tier strugglers Rochdale for a last-16 tie on the weekend of February 17-18.“It’s the FA Cup and it’s difficult,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told the BBC. “But I am happy because we wanted to be in the next round.“Son Heung-Min is doing fantastic this season and he feels important.“It is important to keep going and winning games. We are going to be very busy in the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup but we want to keep this run.”Meanwhile Newport manager Michael Flynn praised the visitors’ performance.“It was a good start in the first 25 minutes, but the manner of the goal, the way it went in, it took it out of the boys and deflated them,” he said.“I am very proud of the players. They put in a huge amount of work and they have done themselves and the club proud.”But not even the lure of a fixture at Wembley, Spurs’s temporary home while a new ground that will replace White Hart Lane is constructed, could stop Newport midfielder Sean Rigg quitting between the two ties to become a tattoo artist.The FA Cup has been a huge financial boost for Newport, with their run to this stage earning them at least £700,000 ($972,000, 792,000 euros).But the concern for the Welsh club was that the chance of an upset had come and gone at their Rodney Parade ground, where a goal from Irish striker Padraig Amond put them on course for a famous giant-killing.Newport were far from overawed in the replay and they were unlucky when a cross from Moussa Sissoko deflected off Butler and past stranded goalkeeper Joe Day to put Spurs ahead.It was not long before Spurs had their second goal, when Lamela, getting on the end of a well-weighted through ball from Son, scored for the first time since finding the net against Gillingham in September 2016.Spurs were comfortable in the second half but late in the game Amond had a chance to add a Wembley goal to his one at Rodney Parade in the original tie only to shoot at Michel Vorm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Erik Lamela celebrates after scoring against Newport County at Wembley Stadium in London, on February 7, 2018 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 8 – Tottenham Hotspur finally ended lowly Newport County’s brave FA Cup run with a 2-0 win in a fourth-round replay at Wembley on Wednesday.Eight-time winners Spurs were just eight minutes away from a humiliating exit when England striker Harry Kane scored to salvage a 1-1 draw away to fourth-tier Newport last month.last_img read more

MAN’S LATE COURT EXCUSE FAILS TO WASH WITH JUDGE!

first_imgA man told a Judge he was late for court because his washing machine broke down.Cassells arrives at a previous sitting of Letterkenny District Court. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Daryll Cassells was two hours late for his appearance at Letterkenny District Court where he faced two charges of burglary. When asked why he was late by Judge Conal Gibbons, Cassells blamed his washing machine.Judge Gibbons asked the accused what his washing machine had to do with him being late?Cassells replied that he had no clean clothes.“Oh well that’s okay then. We couldn’t have you coming in here naked. That wouldn’t be good at all.“The next time you’re coming to court, make sure you put your clothes in the washing machine the night before and put it on automatic,” he said.The 20 year old accused faces two charges of burglary at LK Hair and Design and Grainne’s Beauty Salon at Larkin’s Lane, Letterkenny on July 25th last.Cassells previously told the court that h had dabbled with drugs since he was 8 years old and was now trying to go clean.He had moved out of Dublin in an effort to get away from the drugs scene there.Judge Gibbons adjourned the case for a week until August 20th. And he added “Make sure your washing machine is working by then.”MAN’S LATE COURT EXCUSE FAILS TO WASH WITH JUDGE! was last modified: August 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDaryll Cassellsdonegalwashing machinelast_img read more

10-year plan to save Africa’s chimps

first_imgA patchwork of forest and agriculturecharacterises chimpanzees’ habitat ineastern Africa.(Image: Andrew Plumptre, WCS) The eastern chimpanzee is currentlyclassified as “endangered” on theInternational Union for Conservation ofNature Red List.• Download high-resolution image(Image: International Union forConservation of Nature)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nicki ChadwickIUCN Media Relations Officer+41 22 999 0229+41 79 528 3486E-mail: nicki.chadwick@iucn.orgnicki.chadwick@iucn.orgMary DixonVice-President CommunicationsWildlife Conservation Society+1 718 220 3711+1 718 220 5555mdixon@wcs.orgRELATED ARTICLES• Gorillas in our midst• Baby gorillas named in Rwanda• Black rhinos return to Serengeti• Cheetah guru wins Tyler prizeSeven countries in East and Central Africa have developed a 10-year action plan to save the eastern chimpanzee, one of humankind’s closest relatives, from hunting, habitat loss, disease and other threats.The ambitious plan, announced on 21 June by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and titled Eastern Chimpanzee: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 2010-2020,calls for the conservation of 16 core areas which, if protected, would conserve 96% of the known populations of eastern chimpanzees.Download the document Eastern Chimpanzee: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 2010-2020 (PDF, 3.1 MB)The 16 areas are distributed over the countries of Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.“This effort to assess the status of eastern chimpanzees will help us to focus our conservation actions more effectively,” said Andrew Plumptre, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Albertine Rift Program and the plan’s lead author. “In the next decade, we hope to minimise the threats to these populations and the ecological and cultural diversity they support.”In one of the most wide-reaching efforts to assess the status and conservation threats to eastern chimpanzees, conservationists and researchers with experience from all seven range states contributed data on sightings, nests, feeding signs, and vocalizations from the past decade – more than 22 000 GPS-located data points across their range.During a workshop in August 2009, more than 30 experts from seven countries travelled to Kampala, Uganda, to identify priorities for the conservation of the subspecies, and to develop an action plan with specific projects for their conservation. To fill in the gaps in countries currently off limits to research due to conflict, the plan authors formulated predictive models to estimate the density of chimpanzee populations in un-surveyed areas.In the subsequent range-wide priority setting analysis, workshop participants identified 16 chimpanzee conservation units that, if successfully protected, would safeguard 96% of known chimpanzee populations, estimated to total some 50 000 individuals. The total number of eastern chimpanzees across their whole range is poorly known. The models estimate the total population to be as many as 200 000 animals, almost double that of previous estimates.“It is clear that we know about the distribution and abundance of only a quarter of the world population of the eastern chimpanzee”, said Liz Williamson of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. “There are large areas of the Congo basin where we know very little about this ape”.The plan also targets two of the greatest threats to the species – illegal hunting and trafficking – with a goal of reducing cutting both to half of current levels across most of the animal’s range. Other objectives include reducing the rate of forest loss in chimpanzee habitats, filling in knowledge gaps in chimpanzee distribution, status, and threats, improving the understanding of health risks to chimpanzee populations, including human-transmitted diseases, increasing community support for chimpanzee conservation, and securing sustainable financing for chimpanzee conservation units.“The plan will require considerable support from the global community – approximately US$315 000 per chimpanzee conservation unit, or $5-million each year – but will ensure the continued survival of eastern chimpanzees in their natural habitats,” said James Deutsch of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Africa Programme.“The conservation of wild populations is important not only for conservation, but also for the survival of chimpanzee cultures in the region that are invaluable to helping us define our own place within the natural realm.”The eastern chimpanzee is currently classified as “endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List and occurs in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Zambia.Threats to the subspecies include hunting for bushmeat, the capture of infant chimpanzees for the pet trade, the loss and fragmentation of habitat due to agriculture, mining, and other forms of human development, and disease. Chimpanzees share an estimated 98% of their genes with humans. They occur in a variety of forested and forest-edge ecosystems and have been known to use tools to gather termites, crack open nuts, and other activities.Eastern chimpanzees are among the best studied of the great apes, due in large part to the work of researchers such as Jane Goodall, who started her fieldwork in Gombe Stream National Park in western Tanzania 50 years ago. The development of the Action Plan was funded by Wildlife Conservation Society with the support of the Arcus Foundation and the Daniel K Thorne Foundation.last_img read more

How Comcast’s Xfinity Home is using Analytics and more to Drive Business Decisions

first_imgRelated Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Comcast Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoT By: Comcast’s Shuvankar Roy, vice president, Xfinity Home and Neeraj Grover, director of business analytics and reporting, Xfinity HomeQ: Why are analytics right to use to drive business decisions?A: Analytics can help to identify the actual pain points in many parts of the business, including the customer journey. By using analytics, it’s easy to prioritize initiatives and avoid making decisions based on hypothesis, with no evidence to back up your work. Data offers significant insights into your business and can help you to course correct, as needed. Additionally, data can help you to define goals, make forecasts based on trends, patterns or the season.To give an example, we here at Comcast are hyper-focused on customer satisfaction. For us, it is imperative to gain insights into our customers’ interactions with our front-line employees, such as technicians and customer service representatives, to help serve them better. Measuring the net promoter score or NPS at all levels including transactional, products, and employees help us to identify pain points that customers may experience from our service and products. Without these insights, we would not be able to improve or change processes and better serve our customers at every level. Q: What type of analytics are essential?A: To a large extent it depends on the maturity of the organization. To start with, you need Business Intelligence tools to identify and measure leading and lagging indicators. With this level of analysis, you will be able to understand what is driving an uptick and what may be causing a downward spiral.With Business Intelligence, your organization will be able to start predicting what is happening and provide corrections as needed.As the organization matures and starts collecting more and better quality data, consider digging deeper beneath the numbers by using machine learning algorithms. These can provide further insights into top factors impacting your KPIs and help come up with a few “if-then” solutions that may help improve your metrics. We recommend testing each solution separately to see if the outcome actually enhances the indicators you want to influence.  The tests help foray from predictive into prescriptive analytics.A particular type of Analytics can also be used for specific applications. For instance, Artificial Intelligence when paired with chatbots can offer your customers immediate access to assistance, and the text analytics can also help provide insights into areas that may need improvement.Adoption of technology that leverages analytics to solve issues could become the critical differentiating factor to improve service delivery.Q: With so much data/analytics that exist within a company, what are some best practices to narrow down the data that matter the most?A: We see three factors of success for any projects: rely on extensive domain knowledge, be very skeptical of visible past trends and don’t  overanalyze,Providing enough domain knowledge at each step of the way is key to identifying the most relevant data for any analytics study. The structure that works the best for us is having the analytics and business intelligence teams work carefully (or at times embedded) within the business units. This ensures that there is participation from subject matter experts to provide real-time feedback as insights are provided. The input and validation from SMEs ensure that the right data elements are being considered.The other factor is to be very skeptical of apparent past trends as market conditions evolve. Lastly, avoid over analysis. In some cases getting 80 percent, accurate data is sufficient to understand directional and correct patterns which can help you make timely decisions. Avoid the pitfall of ensuring 100 percent accuracy as you may miss the opportunity to course correct in time.Q: What type of business decisions can be made based on analytics?A: Many decisions can be made based on analytics, but it’s important to look at the whole picture such as market conditions and what’s going on in the world. As you begin to make decisions based on analytics keep in mind these key points:Analytics may be wrong sometimes as correlation is different from causation so take immediate corrective actions when you realize the change that was implemented is not working. Don’t be afraid to pivot and move on to another solution.Prioritize analytics initiatives based on business goals. You can get a lot of data, and there may be many areas that need to be fixed, but you can’t do it all so narrow in on the few that will make the most significant impact to your business and go from there.At times, be sure to complement data with other approaches. Sometimes it’s essential to conduct a few focus groups or review processes to find the triggers leading to the lagging data.Q: Can you share an example where you made some critical business decisions based on the analytics?A: Losing customers or churn is a measure that is key to most businesses. A while back our team leveraged decision trees and other machine learning algorithms to predict the type of customers that may have a high propensity to churn, and we identified key factors that led to it. The outcome of the machine learning algorithms identified customer engagement – the lack of activity and usage with the service – as the most impactful predictor of customer churn.The importance of this factor led our teams to dig deeper into customers’ engagement with their services, their tenure, the services they have subscribed, and their preferred channels of engagement with us. This led to further insights into how our customers engage with each product and what service delivery steps could help drive customers to have a better experience. Ultimately, we found that customers who participate with or used the product(s) regularly led to more satisfaction with their service, which lowered churn.As the IoT space expands with more and more devices in a secured and connected home, the value for AI to help further improve customer service will be imperative.  Machine learning supported chatbots will become more sophisticated as they can scan for any system issues or other similar customer issues and quickly help to resolve and respond to customers. This level of customer care and service can be provided at an increased scale and response time will be quicker without adding to the cost of operations –the cost to provide the best customer service may even decrease.last_img read more

Exclusive: Mariners to poach WSW midfielder

first_imgTransfers The Covert Agent: Central Coast set to poach Wanderers midfielder Jacob Melling The Covert Agent Last updated 1 year ago 03:29 1/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jacob Melling Western Sydney Wanderers Transfers Central Coast Mariners Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners Western Sydney Wanderers A-League EXCLUSIVE: Goal’s resident spy reveals the Gosford club are nearing the acquisition of the unwanted midfielder enforcer Central Coast Mariners are close to securing Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Jacob Melling on a deal until the end of the the current season.The Covert Agent can reveal the Mariners are currently in negotiations with the 22-year-old, who appears to be surplus to requirements at the Wanderers.It’s believed Mariners coach Paul Okon is keen to sign Melling because of the temporary departure of star midfielder Daniel De Silva with the Australian Under 23’s. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Melling will likely slot into the defensive midfield position of Dutch star Tom Hiariej, who will move into a more advanced role to cover De Silva’s loss.The Adelaide-born youngster has only played 55 minutes in the league this season and has missed the past four Western Sydney matchday squads under Josep Gombau.The Mariners would be Melling’s fourth A-League club after stints at Adelaide United, Melbourne City and the Wanderers.last_img read more