Liverpool will be in trouble if they don’t sign another striker, claims Beecroft

first_imgLiverpool desperately need another striker otherwise they will be in trouble this season, according to talkSPORT’s Merseyside correspondent Graham Beecroft.The Reds eked out a 2-1 victory over Southampton on the opening day of the Premier League season, but the feeling remains they have not adequately replaced Luis Suarez yet.The Uruguayan joined Barcelona in a £75million move earlier this summer and while many agree he is impossible to fully replace, Liverpool have only brought in two strikers this summer – veteran Rickie Lambert and Divock Origi, who is spending this season back on loan at Lille. Brendan Rodgers said after the Saints win he was still looking to strengthen his squad and Beecroft believes up front must be a priority.“Liverpool do need another striker. Brendan Rodgers is saying ‘well we’ll have a look but if we don’t get another striker in this window, then there’s no panic’. Believe you me, Liverpool need a striker before the window shuts otherwise they will be in trouble as far as the season is concerned,” he told Extra Time.“It only needs an injury to Daniel Sturridge and/or Rickie Lambert and they will be in trouble, there is no question about it.“They need quality in there. I think they’ve got the money to buy quality, it’s just a question of whether they can persuade their targets to come and sign for Liverpool Football Club but it is vital, and I repeat vital, that Liverpool do make that signing before the transfer window closes.”Liverpool saw a transfer for QPR striker Loic Remy fall through earlier in the window after a failed medical, while in recent days they have been linked with a shock move for former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o and Reds legend Steve Nicol has encouraged the club to move for Swansea forward Wilfried Bony.last_img read more

Brand South African partners with Mandela Trilogy in Dubai

first_imgA musical based on the early life and revolutionary awakening of Nelson Mandela, The Mandela Trilogy, was performed at the Dubai Opera House in November 2017. All three shows were sold out. Brand South Africa partnered with the organisers to reach out to South Africans living and working in the United Arab Emirates.Promotional poster for The Mandela Trilogy, performed at the Dubai Opera House, UAE, on 9-11 November 2017. (Image: Cape Town Opera)CD AndersonThe musical, The Mandela Trilogy, (formerly known as African Songbook: A Tribute to the Life of Nelson Mandela) was first performed by the Cape Opera in 2010, followed by sold-out performances in the UK and Germany.Written and produced by composers Peter Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell with librettist Michael Williams, the musical uses original South African music, fusing traditional Xhosa songs, classical music, jazz and modern songs, to complement the three-part journey of a young Madiba’s early years maturing from a rural farm life to lawyer and freedom fighter.In an interview in 2014, Williams spoke about the high international standard of musical theatre the show upheld, while remaining uniquely African. He called the show “a bright, bold and brassy show that pulls together all the musical traditions of South Africa”.In 2016, The Guardian newspaper called the musical – which had a run at the Royal Festival Hall in London – a “successful and original retelling of a story told many times before… using compelling storytelling techniques and powerful cast”.The musical has been popular with many South Africans living abroad. The idea behind its debut in Dubai, in particular, as spearheaded by the Dubai Opera CEO, South African-born Jasper Hope, who saw an opportunity to bring the story to the relatively large South African community in the UAE.Hope told the Gulf News website: “I’m delighted Dubai Opera is able to collaborate with the fantastic Cape Town Opera to share the story of Nelson Mandela’s heroic and inspirational life, presented in this brilliantly colourful production with its intoxicating mix of opera, jazz and Xhosa sounds and rhythms.”Following discussions with the Opera House, for Brand South Africa, the three performances – held between 9 and 11 November 2017 – were a perfect occasion to promote the nation brand and engage with the South African diaspora in the Gulf.The Mandela Trilogy performances were used to strengthen brand advocacy for South Africa’s brand identity, image, competitiveness and value proposition.According to reports, the Dubai performances were a hit with South Africans, and they played to full houses of up to 2,000 seats, on all three nights. The evenings inspired many to talk to fellow compatriots and UAE residents to present a positive global image of the country’s history and culture to the region, just as Mandela himself had intended.Source: Gulf News website, Cape Town Opera House, Brand South Africa Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

In a crowded field, who is ahead in the autonomous car race?

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… The race to create the first fully autonomous car has a variety of competitors, from giant automotive firms like General Motors, software conglomerates like Alphabet, to newly minted startups like Chris Urmson’s secretive company.All of them have the end goal of creating some type of self-driving system, able to make it from point A to point B regardless of the conditions on the road. Some want to embed that software into a car, others simply want to license to manufacturers interested.See Also: Get ready for a thermonuclear autonomous ride-hailing warUnsurprisingly, most of the competitors are keeping their progress secretive. Google and Tesla both provide some data on their self-driving programs, but when it comes to how far we are away from full autonomy and driverless taxis, most remain tight lipped.That said, from the press releases and occasional boast from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, we can piece together where some of the automakers and tech firms are in developing a truly autonomous vehicle.To do this, we need to first calculate the strength of tests. Tesla has the most miles of actual road clocked, at 1.3 billion miles, but the vast majority is on highways and the tech is only semi-autonomous. Google has 1.1 billion miles of simulated tests, but only two million miles of real-world tests, however those were in metro areas like Mountain View and Phoenix.Uber has begun fully autonomous tests in Pittsburgh, which are around the same value as Google’s own tests, but it has only clocked a few thousand miles so far. We assume General Motors is in a similar boat, it has tested a few dozen autonomous Chevrolet Bolt cars in California and Michigan, but the firm is not as open with its data as competing tech firms.A lot of carmakers are in the runningFord, which announced its intention to have a self-driving vehicle on the road by 2021, remains tight lipped. BMW is also not providing data, but has Mobileye and Intel, two major players in the self-driving race, to build software and components for the iNext.Other automakers, like Honda, Toyota and Volvo, have started autonomous tests in Europe, North America, and Asia, but like the other two automotive giants, they keep most of their tests and data secret. Apple, the big dark horse, has not even confirmed if the car project is real.“Most car companies and tech companies don’t want to give away how far along they are,” said Nindhi Kalra, a senior information scientist at the Rand Corporation, to Bloomberg.Taking this information into account, it seems likely that Google and Tesla are the closest to building a fully autonomous car. However, Tesla has a fleet of cars already on the road, which we assume can be updated (or customized) to use the self-driving tech. Google, on the other hand, continues to test a small amount of cars on public roads, with a limited vision of how to commercialize the technology.Uber could be another dark horse in the race, due to its wealth of talent working on the self-driving program and dominance in ride-hailing. Most automakers expect a transition from car ownership to car rental or taxi service, as seen by Ford’s plan to launch a ride-hailing app in 2021 in major cities and General Motors’ interest in acquiring Lyft. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#Apple#autonomous cars#BMW#featured#Ford#General Motors#Google#Self-Driving#Tesla#top#Uber center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts David Currylast_img read more

NGT directs Haryana Chief Secy. to review policy, submit report

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday directed Haryana Chief Secretary to review the inspection policy of industries in the State. Further, he was directed to submit a report on the same within one month.A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also noted that the current policy is not in consonance with the mandate of the principles of the precautionary and sustainable development of environment laws. According to the principles, the highly polluting industries, as defined by the Central Pollution Control Board, are to be inspected once in three years.Directing the State pollution control board to revise the policy in consultation with the CPCB, the Bench said, “Constitution of the State pollution control board without effective functioning amounts to failure of law enacted for protection of the environment.”Dissatisfaction Further, the green panel expressed dissatisfaction over a report submitted by a committee comprising of representatives from the CPCB, Haryana Pollution Control Board, Central Ground Water Authority and the district administration on pollution caused by industries in Sonipat and Panipat.“The report can hardly be held to be satisfactory. The gaps in the report be revisited under the supervision of the Member Secretary, CPCB, by a team of two senior officers nominated by him. The committee may also assess the illegal withdrawal of water,” the Bench said.The directions came when the green panel was hearing a plea by Delhi resident that sought directions to close industrial units which are operating without requisite consent under relevant rules.“It is submitted that even though action has been initiated by CPCB on the ground level there is no compliance and even out of the units which have been directed to be closed, some are still working in the same manner,” the plea had said.last_img read more