Mkhitaryan looks forward to ‘offensive football’ at Arsenal

first_imgMkhitaryan struggled to pin down a regular starting spot at Old Trafford and was played in a variety of attacking roles during his 18 months at the club.Mourinho has been criticised for an unwillingness to let his attacking players off the leash in big games despite the rich resources at his disposal.Mkhitaryan, 29, said in an interview with UEFA back in 2009 that he wanted to play for Arsenal and he has now turned that dream into reality.“Of course it’s very important to have respect from your manager,” he told Arsenal Player. “I know that he’s demanding and he likes his players to explore.“He was one of the (reasons) to join Arsenal as well because everyone knows he’s a great manager.“I’ve known him for a long time and of course it was not very difficult to make this decision to come to Arsenal, because I think the way that Arsenal play (make) it a dream for every player to come here and play offensive football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Armenia international, who joined the London club last week from Manchester United in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez moving in the opposite direction, is likely to face Swansea on Tuesday.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan has made an apparent dig at ex-boss Jose Mourinho, saying he is looking forward to playing attacking football as he prepares for his Arsenal debut.The Armenia international, who joined the London club last week from Manchester United in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez moving in the opposite direction, is likely to face Swansea on Tuesday.last_img read more

For real industrial internet insight: don’t just capture data, use it

first_imgIt’s not about more data, but more effective use of dataOur approach at GE has been to create an Industrial Internet Controls System (IICS) that reliably, safely and securely connects thousands of machines at scale to the power of the cloud and brings computing to the edge in the plant and at the machine. IICS is designed as an out-of-the-box bridge for industrial assets to the full computing power of GE’s Predix platform, which we built as an operating system specifically for industry. The system consists of a flexible combination of intelligent controllers, I/O modules, secure cloud connectivity, advanced analytics software, and apps. For example, connected controls could enable an app running a turbine to check the price of electricity and adjust speed when the price was at an optimal level. A traditional control would have run the machine at a predetermined speed with no knowledge of outside factors that drive profitability, but the new paradigm creates greater efficiency by optimizing operations based on analysis of dynamic external factors.Another example would be a gas-fired power plant. Industrial Internet automated controls can canvass the information on the performance and operating conditions of every single machine in the plant, as well as market conditions such as costs, pricing, supply from other electricity sources and demand response. They know if the power supply from wind farms and solar photovoltaic sources is surging or ebbing and whether demand is high or low. They can forecast pricing and the additional revenue that would accrue from stepping up production and set it against the cost regarding wear and tear of parts and future maintenance expense. They can do this with the utmost precision because digital twin models provide precise information on the health and performance of every asset in the plant.This new-generation nervous system for industry goes beyond Big Data by allowing the best allocation of data processing between the cloud and the edge based on the speed of response and precision of insights. It also enables different industrial assets to talk together and design optimal coordinated responses, and it combines data and forecasts about machines, the physical environment, and the economic environment. The benefits to industrial companies and their customers are substantial: a shift to predictive maintenance, sharp reductions in malfunctions and unplanned downtime, greater efficiency, productivity, and reliability, lower costs and higher revenues. The extent of these benefits, and the speed at which they can accrue depends crucially on the efficiency of the Industrial Internet controls system.The author is president and CEO of GE Automation & Controls Tags:#featured#GE#IIoT#industrial internet controls#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#top 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Industrial operators already have mountains of data and its only getter bigger. A recent report by GE and Accenture found that for 80 to 90 percent of companies, Big Data analytics is among the top three priorities, and 76 percent expect their investment to increase over the next year. Data holds powerful answers for industries across the spectrum — from energy to health care to transportation and beyond — to increase productivity, improve the customer experience and open doors to new technologies and revenue streams.To get there, we need more than just data collection. Industry needs to be able to use data better and faster for smarter operating decisions, which is the promise of the Industrial Internet of Things. The pathway to this next stage of industrial productivity is through the individual machines from wind turbines to MRI machines to turbines, and more specifically through their control devices.The industrial internet is like a human bodyA functioning and connected nervous system play the key role in allowing us to operate efficiently by responding to our environment extremely fast, even unthinkingly. In this analogy, machine controls are the nervous system of the Industrial Internet. Traditional control systems, however, are woefully inadequate for realizing the full potential of the Industrial Internet. Traditional controls operate on a simple closed loop, act on a fixed schedule or respond to a very limited set of environmental data. They are self-contained, with limited or no interaction with other industrial systems. Currently, companies with traditional control systems can only utilize about three percent of data from industrial assets. Think about that: Just three percent.The next wave of industrial productivity growth will come from turning that data into automated operational decisions driven by machine analytics. We need controls at the machine level to be not just smart, as in collecting and processing data locally, but to be connected. Connected controls can utilize the reams of local data by funneling it through the analytical and computing power of the cloud and back down with specific decisions, in real time. They need to do this in addition to performing the same reliable, deterministic control that we all rely upon. Jim Walsh The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Related Posts Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

How Latin America is Drawing in Global Tech Giants

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture CEO of BairesDev, a technology services company that specializes in software development, software outsourcing, and testing solutions. Latin America’s tech-savvy workforce has attracted international companies to maintain support offices in the region for years. However, the recent government commitment to develop innovation hubs, coupled with a growing middle class that lead in the adoption of mobile devices, has made Latin America prime territory for global tech companies to target local consumers. More and more foreign tech companies are entering the region with confidence, tapping into the numerous industries that remain largely underserved by technology. From Amazon to Alibaba, here’s a look at how Latin America is drawing in some of the world’s biggest tech companies.Growing demand for cloud servicesAmazon has been expanding its operations globally for years – most notably its cloud computing operations and services. In Latin America, Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently set up a new data center in Argentina, adding to its list of existing offices in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. The addition of an AWS center in Argentina signifies just how important Amazon’s cloud computing services have become for tech companies in the region, and that the demand for these services is growing. Having a data center nearby helps companies reduce costs and improve data speeds, eliminating the need to rely on services outside of their country or region. Not to mention, Argentina is home to one of Latin America’s largest and most successful tech companies, MercadoLibre, which uses AWS. With operations in 16 countries and over 3,200 employees, 800 of which work in the IT division, MercadoLibre uses several AWS products to develop its real-time solutions quickly and easily.With a recent spike in investor interest in Latin America from global venture capital firms, such as Sequoia Capital and Softbank, there is an increasing demand from growing tech companies for more support services like AWS. According to a Gartner report, the global market for public cloud services is expected to increase by 21.4% in 2018 and generate revenues of $186.4 billion. Amazon’s expansion in Latin America is likely a strategic move to capitalize on this market opportunity as well as to stay ahead of its competitors Google and Alibaba in the worldwide cloud services space.A new generation of tech workers in BrazilBrazil is one of the top three countries in daily active users for Google, and Portuguese is the second most popular language for Assistant usage on smartphones. What’s more, São Paulo is home to more than 2,700 active tech companies and has been cited as the most mature startup ecosystem in South America. Therefore, it makes sense that the city is one of the latest additions to Google’s network of Launchpad Accelerators and Campus spaces. In addition to mentoring and training local entrepreneurs, Google recently launched a community program called Grow with Google which offers free training sessions, tools, and events to help anyone grow their skills, career, or business. With a presence in four cities in Brazil, the program has already trained more than 17,000 people. The tech giant continues to launch new initiatives in Brazil all of the time. For instance, Womenwill is another Google program that has helped train more than 2,500 women in leadership, negotiation tactics, personal finance, and digital marketing. Google also announced a grant of $1 million to support the local nonprofit Instituto Rede Mulher Empreendedora with training up to 135,000 women in Brazil over the next two years.E-commerce is still developing, and full of potentialAlmost half of Latin Americans that go online to buy something visit MercadoLibre.com. The “eBay of Latin America” is the largest e-commerce marketplace in the region, with more than 174.2 million users in 15 countries. While it has operated for years with few outside threats, there are still significant opportunities for more niche e-commerce sites and other global e-commerce giants to make a profit in this space. Over the years, global heavyweights like Amazon and Alibaba have remained distant; however, this is now starting to change. Alibaba has made a number of moves that signify its interest in the Latin American e-commerce space. The company not only signed three memorandums of understanding with governments in Latin America but also established partnerships with local postal services. Alibaba also launched various programs to help make cross-border transactions and trade easier in countries such as Mexico and Argentina. Amazon is also strengthening its position in the region, launching a number of services in Brazil. Another e-commerce giant gaining a strong position in Mexico and throughout Central America is Walmart. Latin America’s e-commerce market is forecast to grow 18% annually over the next five years, yet it still only represents 2% of the world’s retail market, meaning there are still considerable gaps in the market to fill, and plenty of e-commerce companies up for the challenge. Tech adoption in Latin America is acceleratingFrom services for small business owners to greater retail options, many industries in Latin America remain underserved by technology, and Amazon, Google, and Alibaba certainly aren’t the only ones that have taken note. For instance, Latin America is currently a top growth market for Spotify and Netflix as well. Mexico and Brazil are top markets for Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp in terms of monthly users. In fact, almost 100% of connected Brazilians use WhatsApp. The global ride-hailing leader, Uber, has also noted that its top three cities by volume are all in Latin America.As more and more substantial tech companies enter the region, not only are they bringing with them innovative solutions and hiring local tech talent, but they are also inspiring the latest generation of entrepreneurs and forming beneficial partnerships in Latin America, bringing a new wave of energy and excitement about the region’s potential.    Nacho De Marco Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Amazon#Argentina#Brazil#Google#Latin America#MercadoLibre#Mexico#Technology in Latin America Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Sunny Deol names ‘representative’ for Gurdaspur

first_imgSunny Deol, BJP Parliamentarian from Punjab’s Gurdaspur, has stoked a controversy by appointing a “representative” to attend meetings and follow up important matters on his behalf. Opposition parties have termed the move an insult to voters. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party criticised Mr. Deol’s decision on Tuesday, accusing him of making a “mockery of democracy.”Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said in a democracy the voter is always right. “It’s their choice. One has to accept it. Even his voters knew they had it coming. Actually, they perhaps never expected anything more than a selfie with him,” said Mr. Jakhar. “What more can be expected of him? He himself admitted during canvassing that he didn’t know anything about politics. His voters probably never expected him to shift his base to Gurdaspur. You reap what you sow,” he told, The Hindu.AAP’s Harpal Singh Cheema, leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, said it was absurd for a “public representative” to appoint a “representative.”“It’s an insult to democracy. Mr. Deol’s decision goes to show his lack of seriousness towards the people of his constituency. He is trying to delegate his powers, but he needs to understand this is not the way things work in a democracy. Why did he contest election if he cannot serve his constituency?” wondered Mr. Cheema. “People have elected Sunny Deol and not someone he would like to appoint,” he said.Mr. Deol had recently issued a statement on his official letter-head, appointing his close aide Gurpreet Singh Palheri as his representative. “I hereby appoint Gurpreet Singh Palheri, son of Supinder Singh, resident of village Palheri, district Mohali, Punjab, as my representative to attend meetings and follow important matters pertaining to my Parliamentary constituency, Gurdaspur (Punjab), with concerned authorities,” read the letter dated June 26.‘A non-issue’The actor-turned-politician, meanwhile, said it was unfortunate that a controversy being created out of a non-issue. “I have appointed a personal assistant to represent my office in Gurdaspur. This appointment has been made to ensure smooth flow of work whenever I am out of Gurdaspur to attend Parliament or travelling on work. The intention is merely to ensure that no work is disrupted or delayed due to any reason whatsoever and to keep myself updated on a daily basis,” he tweeted from his official Twitter handle.He added that as an MP he was genuinely committed to the cause of Gurdaspur.last_img read more

This is why Touch is excited about the new NRL women’s program

first_imgNRL CEO Todd Greenberg said that, for the first time, a Women’s Premiership will be held in 2018, featuring up to six teams aligned with NRL Clubs.Why is this a good thing for NRL Touch Football? It provides our female athletes with yet another pathway. Touch Football’s origins are in rugby league, and now, female Touch Footy players not only have the opportunity to play Touch Football at the top level – through the Elite 8, State of Origin, Trans Tasman, World Cup, etc – but also opportunities to play rugby league at the highest level if they wish.The NRL and Touch Football Australia formed a partnership back in 2013, and NRL Touch Football CEO Steve Mitchell is excited about the ever increasing opportunities for female Touch players with our partner sport.“We know that a lot of our Touchies have an interest in both our game and rugby league. Many of them follow both, some of them play both..We also know that some girls start out in Touch Football, eventually start playing rugby league, then return to Touch Football, since Touch is a lifetime sport that some play into their sixties and beyond.”There are so many former Touch Football players that play in the men’s NRL comp. And many World Cup-winning Jillaroos superstars – including Caitlin Moran, Maddie Studdon, Ali Brigginshaw, Nakia Davis-Welsh, Isabelle Kelly and Sam Bremner – either still participate in Touch Football or came through that pathway.Let’s hope we see plenty of Touch Footy athletes make it into the brand new NRL women’s program.In case you missed it, Mr Greenberg said the new NRL women’s program will feature:The Premiership, scheduled to be played as ‘double-headers’ in the lead up to and during NRL Finals matches;A stand-alone State of Origin match (formerly known as the Interstate Challenge) between New South Wales and Queensland, played during the NRL’s representative weekend in mid-June;State League competitions, with Grand Finals to be played as double-headers prior to Women In League Round matches;A National Championships Carnival and Talent Combine, congregating the best state talent on a national stage and providing a sequential pathway for female players to progress to the elite level;The Harvey Norman Jillaroos playing international matches in the Pacific and New Zealand;The Jillaroos competing in the Commonwealth Games Championship in Redcliffe, ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games;In addition, Mr Greenberg said an initial 40 players would receive Jillaroos contracts, which would include payments for matches and participating in a series of high performance camps, as well as access to high performance staff and elite athlete training programs year-round. This month the NRL unveiled a new era in rugby league for women – a program of events covering everything from an NRL Women’s Premiership to a stand-alone State of Origin match and Jillaroos international matches.last_img read more

Joey Bosa Trolls Marcus Mariota, Oregon With “O, No” Instagram Post

first_imgJoey Bosa trolls Marcus Mariota with Instagram post.Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa of one of the most promising young players in the nation. He also seems to be quite skilled in the trash talk department.Tuesday morning, following his team’s 42-20 College Football Playoff National Championship win over Oregon, Bosa took to Instagram to poke a bit of fun at his opponent. We’re not sure if he’s just responding to the fact that the Ducks were favored in the contest or whether he had words with some of Oregon’s players during the game. But considering he posted a photo of Mariota lying on the ground (after this hit), with the words “O, No”, we think it’s safe to say he feels justified rubbing it all in.It’s quite likely that Mariota and Bosa will see each other at the next level. But for now, it’s Bosa and the Buckeyes who have bragging rights.last_img read more

Texas A&M Football: This Awesome “Gig ‘Em” Cake Looks Too Good To Eat

first_imgA general view of Texas A&M fans at a game.COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 08: Texas A&M Aggies fans cheer from the stands in the first half of their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Kyle Field on October 8, 2016 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)College sports-themed celebratory cakes seem to be a hot trend. Lollie Houch of LollieCakes of Baytown, Tex., has gotten in on the act, and here’s a look at a gorgeous Texas A&M “Gig’em” cake she created.That looks incredible, almost too nice to eat. For good measure, Lollie also made some Aggie-related sugar cookies.Texas A&M cookies! Whoop! #lolliecakes #sugarcookies #tamu #a&m #whoop #gigemaggiesPosted by LollieCakes on Friday, June 12, 2015Aggie fans, if you’re in the mood for some baked goods, hit her up.last_img read more

Video: Draymond Green Screams: “They Told Me I Can’t Play In This League” After Winning Title

first_imgDraymond Green celebrates a championship win.Draymond Green Michigan StateFormer Michigan State forward Draymond Green was certainly a force during his college days, but the Spartans star wasn’t looked at as one of the best players in the 2012 NBA Draft – mostly because teams couldn’t figure out what his natural position on the floor would be. Turns out most of those teams are now regretting passing on him. The Warriors star, who was eventually selected with the No. 35 overall pick, won a title last night after putting up a triple-double in game six of the NBA Finals. He’s one of the most versatile players in the NBA, too.After the game, Green, in celebration, was seen screaming to his mother “they told me I can’t play in this league.” It was a great redemption moment.Green is set to make some serious money this offseason. Apparently, he can play in this league.last_img read more

This Years Kentucky Team Is More Dominant Than Indianas Undefeated 1976 Squad

We also did a bit more data entry from those NCAA.org scans of old team stat sheets to compare Indiana’s core stats with Kentucky’s. Our former ESPN colleague Dean Oliver, now with the Sacramento Kings, developed four factors to describe teams’ style of play. We estimated these for Indiana,4We had to guess what share of its and its opponents’ rebounds came on the offensive side of the floor, because offensive and defensive rebounds weren’t listed separately in the stat sheets that year. To that end, we estimated from trends in recent college data (paywalled) and in the NBA that 35 percent of rebounds by Indiana and its opponents were of the offensive variety. and we also computed each undefeated team’s pace of play and its points scored and allowed per 100 possessions.Indiana was better than Kentucky in a few ways: It allowed fewer points per possession, shot for a slightly higher effective field goal percentage, forced a greater rate of turnovers and allowed slightly fewer free-throw attempts per shot from the floor. But in every other respect, and every net measure, the Wildcats best the Hoosiers.Of course, Kentucky is trying to finish as undefeated champion in 2015 — it’s not chasing the 1975-76 Hoosiers or perfection. Or, as Kentucky coach John Calipari keeps emphasizing to the media when they ask about his team’s quest to finish 40-0, “We know we’re not perfect. We’re undefeated, but we’re not perfect.” The coach is right, and he’d be just as correct if he were describing the 1975-76 Hoosiers.Both the 2014-15 Wildcats and the 1975-76 Hoosiers are great teams — probably among the 25 best teams relative to their competition in the last 40 years of men’s college basketball. But neither team ranks as the best in recent decades. What sets apart Kentucky and Indiana is that they managed to win all their close games and remain undefeated. Indiana won two games in overtime, and five more by five points or fewer. Kentucky has also won two OT games, and two other games by five points or fewer. Each team played nailbiters against Notre Dame: Indiana won by three on Dec. 11, 1975, while Kentucky won by two on Saturday to advance to this weekend’s Final Four in Indianapolis.We have reliable SRS data going back to 1985. Eight teams rank ahead of this season’s Kentucky squad, including two previous Kentucky teams: the 1996 two-loss champs, and the 1997 national runners-up. Those 1997 Wildcats — along with the No. 1 team on our list, the 1999 runners-up, the Duke Blue Devils — provide a warning to this year’s Kentucky squad that the best team usually doesn’t win the NCAA tournament. Even among the eight teams of the last 30 years that were more dominant than Kentucky has been so far this year, just two won the title. Kentucky has to win two more games to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1975-76. And if the Wildcats succeed, the stats we have suggest that they’re a notch or two more dominant than those Hoosiers were.Getting data on Kentucky is easy: The Wildcats’ every game has a digital box score that’s been compiled and analyzed by the likes of Ken Pomeroy and our own March Madness predictions. But Indiana’s statistical record from its undefeated season remains in the analog age, locked in scans of stat sheets.To truly measure the 32-0 Hoosiers’ greatness, we’d want to compile the schedule and results of every Division I team that year. Unfortunately, that would involve inputting dozens of data points from hundreds of image files. And our favorite speed typist was busy.1Seriously, we asked him. So we simplified our analysis: We entered the scores of every Indiana game, then adjusted the Hoosiers’ average margin of victory by the average margin of victory of each of its opponents that season.2Accounting for home-court advantage. That gave us an estimate of Indiana’s Simple Rating System scores, which otherwise aren’t available for teams that far back.3We checked how well this technique estimates SRS for teams from the Big Ten — Indiana’s conference — and the SEC — Kentucky’s — for more recent seasons. We found it’s very reliable, with an r-squared of 0.96 against actual SRS for seasons since 1984-85. The distribution of its errors is approximately normal, with mean of zero and a standard deviation of 1.26, allowing us to create a confidence interval around its predictions and estimate the likelihood that Indiana’s true SRS was greater than or less than the known SRS ratings of more modern teams.What we found is that Kentucky has been slightly better, relative to its opposition, than Indiana was. Kentucky’s SRS is 29.05, meaning it would beat an average team on a neutral floor by about 29 points. Indiana’s estimated SRS is 27.49. Though that’s just an estimate, we can be fairly confident — about 90% sure — that Kentucky is the more dominant team. (Again, these are estimates only relative to the average team each season — the question of which team would win head-to-head is an entirely different one.) read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State faces Michigan State Maryland for second time

Ohio State sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry (11) and sophomore setter Becca Mauer (1) block the ball on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State in 3 matches. Credit: Claire Kudika | Assistant Design EditorFor its second time this season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team will face Michigan State (15-12, 3-11 Big Ten) and Maryland (15-11, 6-8 Big Ten) this week. The Buckeyes will travel to East Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday and return home Saturday to host Maryland for Ohio State’s senior night.The Buckeyes will honor senior setter Olivia Dailey and senior outside hitter Audra Appold after the match against Maryland. Ohio State will also honor former Ohio State volleyball players Jasmine Koonts and Taylor Hughes. The Buckeyes swept Michigan State in their last match and are seeking redemption against Maryland after their 3-2 setback earlier in the season. Michigan State is on a seven-match losing streak, five of which were hard-fought battles against nationally ranked teams. Despite those losses, head coach Geoff Carlston anticipates the Spartans to be stronger than they have been in the past. “They got everyone back and they’re playing better,” Carlston said. “We were a different team when we played them. We had Audra (Appold) and Madison (Smeathers) both healthy, so we’ll be different, and they’ll be different.”Maryland freshman libero Allegra Rivas was awarded Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last week,  currently ranking No. 6 in the conference with an average of 4.54 digs per set this season. Sophomore setter Nicole Alford also records 9.91 assists per set. The Buckeyes have dropped their past six matches.  “Once we get to 20 points we need to get better at stepping on the gas a little more,” Dailey said.Carlston plans to use scrimmage time to practice exactly that. “We’ll do a lot of stuff at 20-20 and try to play those games because we do it all the time anyway,” Carlston said. “We just need to keep establishing our personality and confidence in those moments as best as we can.”The Buckeyes will face Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Maryland at 7 p.m. on Saturday at St. John Arena. read more