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Preview: 2010 World Cup Group A

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first_img They will be appearing at the World Cup finals for the fifth time in succession and for the thirteenth time in total. They will also be South Africa’s opposition in the tournament opener. France End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 20Appearances: 11Best results: champions 1930, 1950Players to watch: defender and captain Diego Lugano, and strikers Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez Mexico’s coach Javier Aguirre told Fifa.com: “It is an honour to play against South Africa in the opening game. To know that the whole world will have eyes on us during the game is huge. There will be a lot of emotion and pressure.” Based on their ranking, South Africa shouldn’t progress beyond the first round, but host nations invariably perform pretty well; in fact, no host nation has previously failed to advance beyond the first round. At times, host nations have performed well beyond expectations too. One of the best examples of this, and a recent one to boot, is the performance of South Korea in 2002 when they reached the semi-finals. In their past four appearances in the Fifa World Cup finals, the Mexicans have always made it to the round of 16. It should also be pointed out that the French go into the World Cup as the beaten finalists from 2006. If they had come out on the right side of a penalty shootout, it would have been their second title in three World Cups. The big question is whether or not they can perform as well outside of Europe. Mexico showed good form in the latter half of 2009 with eight wins, one loss, and two draws. Overall, in a very busy year, they played 20 matches, won 11, lost six, and drew three. Veteran striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco, at the age of 37, will likely lead Mexico’s front line. Despite being ranked seventh in the Fifa World Rankings, France was unseeded for the draw. Their qualification was very controversial, thanks to an overtime victory over the Republic of Ireland in Paris in which the winning goal was set up by a deliberate hand ball by striker Thierry Henry. France finished second in their qualifying group behind Serbia, but booked their place with their controversial two-leg win over the Republic of Ireland. It marked the first time the French had qualified for the World Cup four times in succession. The only group containing two former Fifa World Cup winners: France (1998) and Uruguay (1930 and 1950). Hosts South Africa will have their work cut out for them! Benni McCarthy’s move from Blackburn Rovers to West Ham United in February could be a big plus for South Africa. Bafana’s all-time leading goal scorer needs match practice and if he gets it, it would help coach Parreira’s charges find a cutting edge. They have qualified only twice over the course of the last five World Cups. Even then, in 2002, they failed to make it out of the group stages. Uruguay snatched the last available qualifying place for the 2010 Fifa World Cup by qualifying fifth among South American teams and then beating Costa Rica in a playoff for a place in South Africa. It was the third time in succession that they had been involved in a playoff for a World Cup place. They have an enviable World Cup record, having won the tournament the first two times they entered it, in 1930 and 1950. In 1954 they finished fourth. Since then, apart from reaching the quarterfinals in England in 1966, Uruguay has found the going tough at World Cup level. While they may have been the last team to qualify, they have two quality strikers in Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez, which makes them a dangerous prospect for any opposition. Uruguay Previously Aguirre led the team to South Korea/Japan in 2002 before moving to Spanish club Osasuna, which he helped qualify for the Uefa Champions League. He then moved to Atletico Madrid and helped them to fourth in La Liga before he moved back to take over as Mexico’s coach once more. During 2009, the Uruguayans played 12 internationals. They won five of them, lost four, and drew the remaining three. They will look to Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar for inspiration. He showed during the Fifa Confederations Cup that he is able to excel among the world’s best players. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 85Appearances: 3Best results: first round 1998, 2002Players to watch: midfielders Steven Pienaar and Teko Modise, and striker Benni McCarthy Mexico To reach the last 16, Bafana Bafana are going to have to recapture the form that they found during the Confederations Cup and maybe a little more than that. It will be tough, but then every group should be tough; this, after all, it is world football’s biggest and most important event. Despite having Henry – now his country’s leading international goal scorer of all time – leading the attack, they have at times struggled to find the back of the net. In fact, during 2009, they went through seven matches in succession in which neither team managed to score more than one goal. They played 12 matches, won seven, lost two and drew three. South Africa End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 7Appearances: 12Best results: champions 1998, third place 1958, 1986Players to watch: defender William Gallas, midfielders Franck Ribery and Lassana Diarra, and strikers Thierry Henry and Karim Benzema While they are still a team to be reckoned with, the French are no longer the free flowing skilful side that they were when the great Zinedine Zidane patrolled their midfield. Unfortunately for the hosts, 2009 was not a good year on the field. After an encouraging showing in the Fifa Confederations Cup in mid-year, the SA national team went through a run of eight losses in nine outings, resulting in coach Joel Santana being fired and replaced by his predecessor Carlos Alberto Parreira. No coach will have more World Cup finals experience than Parreira in 2010. Bafana Bafana are one of the lowest ranked teams in the tournament. However, as hosts, there was no need for South Africa to qualify for the World Cup. They will be contesting the event for the third time. In total, South Africa played 18 matches in 2009. They won only five games, lost 10, and drew three. Among their defeats were five losses to top 10 ranked teams Spain (twice), Brazil, Portugal and Germany, but to be successful at the World Cup those are the kinds of teams that Bafana Bafana will have to beat. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 17Appearances: 13Best results: quarter-finals 1970, 1986Players to watch: defenders Rafael Marquez and Carlos Salcido, midfielder Andres Guardado, and striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco Uruguay is coached by Oscar Washington Tabarez, known as El Maestro. He previously led Uruguay to the round of 16 at Italy 1990. He has been in charge of the team since they exited qualification for the World Cup in Germany in 2006 after a penalty shoot out loss against Australia. Their most impressive performance of all came in the Gold Cup final in July when, after being level at nil-nil with the USA at half-time, they crushed the USA 5-0. If they can show a similar ability to step up their game on the World Cup stage, the Mexicans could be dangerous. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Dorthy: Search and Dream in Public

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first_imgRelated Posts dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img At first glance, the phrase “dream achievement service” conjures images of people in head scarves listening to self-help tapes. Nevertheless, in the case of semantic search service Dorthy, “dream achievement” is about getting good results free from the irrelevant fodder of the regular search experience. In August 2009, Dorthy celebrated its Alpha release and as of this evening it’s opening access to its data. Dorthy claims to be a mixture of “AI, machine learning, natural language processing and common sense reasoning.” Rather than focussing on individual keyword search, the site looks at the combined history of a users searches and adapts to omit and serve specific results. Users are asked to enter their dream or passion and the site offers related Tweets, videos, articles, blog posts and photos. As of today, in addition to the above results, the site also allows users to view each other’s dream pages and subscribe. Once you subscribe to a dream page you can message like-minded users and delve deeper into their content. While sites like Hunch.com match like-minded users via a survey process, Dorthy matches them on their actionable interests. To test this unique approach to search visit dorthy.com. Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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What Stories Are Your Numbers Telling You?

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your sales numbers tell a story. Your numbers paint a picture of what you believe, as well as the actions you take based on those beliefs.If your pipeline is empty, your pipeline metrics tell the story of a salesperson (or sales organization) that isn’t prospecting. Or maybe it tells the story of someone struggling to effectively prospect in a day and age when business acumen, situational knowledge, and value creation are the price of admission.If your pipeline is full of deals that are smaller than your target deal size, the story your average deal size tells might be about a salesperson that is calling too low because he doesn’t feel like he is producing results when he is working on the long sales cycle deals. Or maybe it’s the story of a salesperson that doesn’t call on large clients because he believes they already have partners in place, because they’re too difficult to win.If the time your deals spend in a certain stage of your sales process is longer than it should be, your numbers tell the story of a salesperson that isn’t in control of the sales process. Your time in stage metric might tell the story of a salesperson that isn’t asking for or gaining the commitments she needs. Or it might tell the story of a salesperson that isn’t following a sales process at all.In business-to-business sales, your numbers at the end of the quarter don’t often tell you anything about that quarter. The story your number tells at the end of the quarter is the story of what you did during the prior couple of quarters—maybe even the prior year. It might be the story of a salesperson that worked to make their number, taking action long before it was necessary. Or it might tell the story of someone who took a quarter off waiting for deals to come to them.You are the hero in your story your numbers tell. The story your numbers tell provides you with a picture of your beliefs and your actions. Your numbers tell the story of where you are challenged, and where you are succeeding. They also tell you what you need to do more of and what you need to change. But this is only true if you let the numbers tell you your story.QuestionsWhat stories do your numbers tell?What is the underlying belief that leads to your numbers?What actions result in your numbers telling these particular stories?Why is the story that you tell about your numbers a different story than someone else might tell about your numbers?last_img read more

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New sensor for measuring electric field strength

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Schematics of the sensor: the moveable and the fixed grid. Credit: TU Wien Accurately measuring electric fields is important in a variety of applications, such as weather forecasting, process control on industrial machinery, or ensuring the safety of people working on high-voltage power lines. Yet from a technological perspective, this is no easy task. A moveable grid made of silicon is displaced in an electric field, relative to another grid, which is fixed. Credit: Vienna University of Technology Journal information: Nature Electronics Tiny new sensor — compared to a one-cent-coin. Credit: TU Wien Team develops new semiconductor processing technology Explore further More information: Vittorio Ferrari, Distortion-free probes of electric field, Nature Electronics (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41928-017-0013-9 Provided by Vienna University of Technology This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The sensor developed by the team at TU Wien is made from silicon and is based on small, grid-shaped silicon structures measuring just a few micrometres in size fixed to a small spring. When the silicon is exposed to an electric field, a force is exerted on the silicon crystals, causing the spring to compress or extend slightly.These tiny movements are made visible via an optical solution—an additional grid located above the movable silicon grid is lined up so precisely that the grid openings on one grid are concealed by the other. When an electric field is present, the structure moves slightly out of perfect alignment with the fixed grid, allowing light to pass through the openings. This light is measured, from which the strength of the electric field can be calculated by an appropriately calibrated device.Prototype achieves impressive levels of precisionThe new silicon sensor does not measure the direction of the electric field, but its strength. It can be used for fields of a relatively low frequency of up to one kilohertz. “Using our prototype, we have been able to reliably measure weak fields of less than 200 volts per metre,” says Andreas Kainz. “This means our system is already performing at roughly the same level as existing products, even though it is significantly smaller and much simpler. Other methods of measurement are already mature approaches—we are just starting out. In the future, it will certainly be possible to achieve significantly better results with our microelectromechanical sensor.” Citation: New sensor for measuring electric field strength (2018, January 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-sensor-electric-field-strength.html In a break from the design principle employed by all other measuring devices to date, a research team at TU Wien has now developed a silicon-based microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensor. Devised in conjunction with the Department for Integrated Sensor Systems at Danube University Krems, this sensor has the major advantage that it does not distort the very electric field it is currently measuring. An introduction to the new sensor has also been published in the electronics journal Nature Electronics.Distorting measuring devices”The equipment currently used to measure electric field strength has some significant downsides,” explains Andreas Kainz at TU Wien. “These devices contain parts that become electrically charged. Conductive metallic components can significantly alter the field being measured, an effect that becomes even more pronounced if the device also has to be grounded to provide a reference point for the measurement.” Such equipment also tends to be relatively impractical and difficult to transport. read more

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