Real Madrid caretaker coach Santiago Solari has revealed that Madrid’s midfielder Isco is “special”, however, he claims he was not willing to rush the midfielder.The 26-year-old Isco who went for an appendicitis surgery in September has not been featured in any of Madrid’s past three games which the Champions won in all since Solari took charge.Solari also showered praises on the Spain international and admitted that the playmaker had work to do to fully recover and be his best.“We know Isco’s quality and how special he is. He is training to get back to peak fitness,” he told a news conference on Saturday, according to FourFourTwo.“He had a delicate operation and it’s not easy to come out of that, but he is training with the group.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“All of us who have been footballers know that you have to keep training to get back to your best.”Madrid will visit Celta Vigo in LaLiga on Sunday and have scored 11 goals without any losing any of the three matches in which Solari’s was in charge.👊 Next target: @RCCelta⚽ @isco_alarcon ⚽ @marcoasensio10 👐 @NavasKeylor #RMCity pic.twitter.com/m4CCtBEJBR— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 8, 2018
Elizabeth Alvarez, AP, Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsYEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Sweden was so dominant against Mexico at the World Cup that the best Mexican plays of the night were made 600 miles away by South Koreans.The Swedes rolled to a 3-0 rout Wednesday, never challenged in the second half, overtaking Mexico to win Group F just four nights after a gut-wrenching last-minute loss to Germany. The result, combined with South Korea’s 2-0 upset of the Germans, meant Sweden and Mexico — the group runner-up — advanced.The defending champions from Germany go home early.Sweden makes its first appearance in the knockout stage since 2006. Mexico plays in the round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup, with its fans desperate for its first quarterfinal appearance in 32 years — the elusive “quinto partido,” or fifth game. Sweden Dominates Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Elizabeth Alvarez, AP June 27, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: June 27, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 12345678 Sweden didn’t want to focus on getting revenge by helping eliminate Germany, which got some favorable calls in a tense 2-1 victory over the Swedes on Saturday night.“We grew another little bit,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. “I am not going to sit here and gloat having won a match or boast about a win. We don’t want to stir things up too much.”Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted a penalty kick to help Sweden take control.Mexico’s Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute to put the game out of reach at 3-0.It capped an emotional week for the Blue-Yellow. The team made a unified statement Sunday defending teammate Jimmy Durmaz from criticism and racist attacks after his late foul led to a free kick that won the game for Germany.“A few days ago we lost in the last minute and we were very disappointed, and now we come back and beat Mexico,” Augustinsson said. “I think we deserved to win the group, and Mexico deserved to be second.”As Sweden’s lead grew, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory depending on tiebreakers.El Tri’s faithful could be seen frantically checking their phones for scoring updates from Germany’s game soon after Sweden’s second goal. After South Korea’s first goal, they let up a loud cheer and tossed drinks in the air as their chances of advancing improved.Great organization and some fortunate timing played out in the second half for Sweden. Augustinsson scored when the ball luckily landed in his path following a mistimed shot from Viktor Claesson popped up to his teammate.After Granqvist’s penalty kick, Sweden took total control. Alvarez’s own goal occurred when he was trying to prevent Ola Toivonen from connecting with the ball, deflecting it with his arm past Ochoa.“We just need to move on,” Ochoa said. “This is the World Cup. We can’t pull it out of our pocket, it’s not going to be easy and I think it’s a good lesson for what’s to come.”Said coach Juan Carlos Osorio: “We have to say we qualified because we beat Germany and Korea. However and nevertheless, I am very hurt.”Alvarez’s own goal was the seventh overall of the World Cup, one more than the previous record in 1998.Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo was called for a yellow card just 13 seconds in — believed to be the fastest in World Cup history — setting up the first of two quick set-piece opportunities Sweden could not take advantage of.GROUP DYNAMICSSweden wins Group F and will face the runner-up of Group E (Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia) in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.As the runner-up, Mexico meets the Group E winner Monday in Samara.KEYS TO SUCCESSSweden didn’t panic despite missing early chances to score. The Swedes stayed crisp in their exchanges and it helped them find seams in El Tri’s defense.Mexico will lament its missed chances early. Its aggressive style did open up some counterstrike chances for Sweden.SIDELINEDDefender Hector Moreno got his second yellow card of the tournament and misses Mexico’s next game. Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson, who was carted off in the second half with head injury, also received a second yellow and will also be suspended.___Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at https://twitter.com/khightower Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter
Motorcyclists crowd a fuel station to fill up on petrol in Ahmedabad.Reuters fileTwo-wheeler sales witnessed a mixed trend in June, with Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI), TVS Motor Co. and Hero Motocorp reporting growth while Bajaj Auto saw volumes drop. The month saw hectic activity given that companies were dealing with the last month before the goods and services tax (GST) kicked-in, from July 1 across India except for Jammu & Kashmir.In the domestic market, TVS Motor Co. sold 228,518 units last month, up 10.4 percent from 207,012 vehicles sold last June, while exports rose 20.8 percent to 40,120 units, resulting in an overall growth of 11.8 percent. Hero Motocorp sold 6,24,185 units in India, up 14 percent from 5,49,533 sold last June. “The company sold 547,185 units of motorcycles during the month of June, thereby growing by 13 percent over the corresponding month last year. Hero MotoCorp sold 77,000 scooters in June, registering a 22 percent growth over the corresponding month in 2016,” Hero Motocorp said in a statement on Monday.HMSI reported a modest 2 percent growth in domestic sales at 416,498 units from 407,979 vehicles in June 2016, while exports rose 47 percent to 28,215 units and announced price revision.”Starting July 1, Honda is passing on the GST benefit applicable in most of the states to our valued customers who now get significant savings going up to Rs. 5,500 depending on the model and the state of purchase,” Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, HMSI said.Bajaj Auto’s two-wheeler sales declined 25 percent on to 2,04,667 units in June; the fall in domestic sales was 33 percent while exports took an 8 percent hit. “The company cut the vehicle prices by upto Rs 4,500 a fortnight before the GST implementation despite which the sales have remained weak. We have a neutral rating on the stock,” Shrikant Akolkar, Research Analyst- Auto & Auto Ancillary, Angel Broking,said in a note on Monday.Royal Enfield sales grew 25 percent to 63,160 units as against 50,682 vehicles last June.
OnePlus 6 Midnight Black special variant comes with 256GB 8GB RAM configuration.OnePlus India Press KitChinese smartphone giant OnePlus is enjoying unprecedented success in India. After capturing nearly 50 percent market share in the high-end segment (as of Q1 2018) thanks to its brilliant devices, the company is now looking to open up new facilities in the country.The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), known for its inexpensive flagships is looking to open a second global headquarters in India, and also has plans of setting up and R&D centre in the country that accounts for a third of the company’s business revenue. India is also OnePlus’ second-biggest market in terms of volume sales, making the country a high-priority for the firm. The move comes after OnePlus announced plans to manufacture smartphones in India, specifically targeting the local market. By bringing more operations to India, the Chinese firm will not only be ab;e to decentralised operations and decision making, but also reduce costs.As per Vikas Agarwal, who is the GM of OnePlus India, “The R&D centre is to be set up either in Hyderabad or Bengaluru by the year-end. The centre will have around 50 employees — the Chinese centre has around 100 — to help localise products for the Indian market.”To further boost its offerings in the country, OnePlus will expand its service centres from the current 12 to 25, although no time frame was given. It will also set up five experience zones in India, as well as expanding its offline footprint across the country in a bid to provide OnePlus members with more platforms to engage with the brand. The moves are also expected to attract more people to switch to the OnePlus brand by providing them with an engaging experience with the OnePlus devices before they make a purchase decision.At launch, OnePlus branded itself as a ‘digital first’ firm selling devices exclusively through Amazon in India, but over time has expanded its physical retail presence to ensure it remains competitive in the Indian market. The brand is known for roping in big names like Amitabh Bachchan for conventional ads, as well as digital media where it has preferred to pick up students as brand ambassadors.OnePlus’ latest offering, the OnePlus 6 has launched to great reviews and has kept the brand alive in the highly competitive Indian market.
Kolkata: ‘Ahare Bangla’ 2018 — the food festival will start from Tuesday at New Town Mela Ground in Rajarhat.The food festival will continue till November 25. This is the fourth year when the state government is organising the festival supported by various its departments such as Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing, Fisheries, Food Processing Industries and Horticulture, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles department and Animal Resources Development department. There will be 125 stalls in Ahare Bangla 2018, where 55 well known restaurants and caterers will be present. Celebrity chefs will also be taking part in the food festival. It may be mentioned that last year there were 108 stalls. With the overwhelming response from people, the number of stalls has been increased, said Anil Verma, Principal Secretary of the Animal Resources Development (ARD) Department. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe festival will be inaugurated on Tuesday at 6 pm and remain open from 12 noon to 9 pm till November 25. There will be a cultural programme in the festival. In the festival, four government organisations and 30 sweet or dessert shops will be taking part. There will be 36 stalls at Ahare Biki Kini, which is an exhibition-cum-sale hanger. Various food ingredients and “ready-to-eat” food will be made available by the government or government promoted organisations at Ahare Biki Kini. ‘Dheki’ that was one of the main attractions last year will be there this time as well.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read June 30, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Chatbots are set to transform marketing, but there is a bump in the road that many are missing.According to Digitas, 59 percent of Americans have communicated with chatbots or would be willing to do so. After all, customers can use them to receive quick and personalized assistance right on their mobile devices.Brands, on the other hand, can use chatbots to automate customer service, be available 24/7 and collect data about their consumers. In fact, chatbots could help reduce business costs by more than $8 billion per year by 2022. That’s why major companies such as NBC, Sephora, and Uber have already built their own bots.Related: Top 10 Practices for Making a Great ChatbotMessaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WeChat and WhatsApp also contribute to the rise of chatbots. According to eMarketer, more than a quarter of the world will use mobile messaging apps by 2019. And brands continue to launch their own chatbots on these apps.Despite this excitement, however, chatbots are still failing your customers. Without the proper approach to this new technology, companies will only end up wasting money and frustrating their audiences. That’s why it’s important for marketers to understand the complexities of chatbots, and be prepared for the challenges that they pose.Here’s what you need to know.Why chatbots are failingChatbots aren’t being used to their full potential. Marketers are forcing them to perform traditional functions and, as a result, cutting themselves short. For example, they plug simple, automated responses into their messaging services instead of taking the opportunity to reimagine the entire customer experience around this new tool.As Katie Lamkin wrote for Prophet, “Many companies think they are innovating, when they are simply iterating . . . . Rather than re-imagining the moment and overall experience, initial solutions for chatbots mimic modern-day call centers.”Related: Choosing the Right Chatbot Program Could Be Your Best Customer Service MoveYou wouldn’t use a fork to do the job of knife, right? Then don’t use a chatbot to perform the functions of a call center. Think about it: If you apply an old strategy to a new platform, you still have an old strategy.The takeaway here is that chatbots are more than just squawk boxes that parlay messages between parties. They’re powerful tools that can deliver personalized experiences to individual consumers. They can be used to follow up with each buyer along their journey, provide optimized services and complete transactions — but only if marketers use them correctly.How you can optimize your chatbot strategy Two major issues prevent marketers from making the most of chatbots: siloed departments and ineffective technology.Let’s start with the first one. Chatbot interactions don’t exist in a vacuum. A customer might see your email newsletter, for example, then check out your Facebook page, and then open up Facebook Messenger to ask a question to your chatbot. In order to deliver the best experience possible, you need to be able to see every step of that journey. That’s why your departments — from social media and customer service to sales and IT — need to work together to develop a unified view of the customer.The solution is to adopt the right technology for the job. Specifically, marketers need to connect their bots to a system of intelligence that contains data from every customer touchpoint. They need one platform where they can view and collect information from email responses, social channels, customer relationship management software and sales calls.Related: 10 Metrics Your Chatbot Should Track to Optimize User ExperienceFor example, when a customer messages a company on Facebook Messenger, this data can be processed and matched with their data in the platform. Machine learning can then be applied to that data. This helps marketers understand exactly what the customer wants, and then route their message to the appropriate customer care agent. Or if a customer starts a conversation on Twitter and then picks it back up on Facebook Messenger, companies should be able to follow this conversation and use aggregated customer intelligence at the point of engagement.By integrating departments and acquiring the right technology, companies can enable a seamless handoff between bots and customer service representatives –leaving that traditional call center strategy behind.Building more intuitive customer experiencesChatbots aren’t going anywhere. They offer new and efficient ways for marketers to reach individual customers at scale. And with the growth of messaging apps, they fit right into customers’ mobile habits.Still, hype alone won’t help them succeed. To harness the full potential of these tools, marketers must take the right approach. They have to connect their chatbots to an intelligence platform that combines data from every touchpoint. 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Microsoft stated that its recent addition, SAP Cloud Platform is now generally on its Azure Platform. The SAP cloud platform enables developers to build SAP applications and extensions using PaaS development platform along with integrated services. With the SAP platform becoming generally available, developers can now deploy Cloud Foundry-based SAP Cloud Platform on Azure. This is currently available in the West Europe region and Microsoft is working with SAP to enable more regions to use it in the months to come. With SAP HANA’s availability on Microsoft Azure, one can expect: Largest SAP HANA optimized VM size in the cloud Microsoft would be soon launching an Azure-M series, which will support large memory virtual machines with sizes up to 12 TB, which would be based on Intel Xeon Scalable (Skylake) processors and will offer the most memory available of any VM in the public cloud. The M series will help customers to push the limits of virtualization in the cloud for SAP HANA. Availability of a range of SAP HANA certified VMs For customers who wish to use small instances, Microsoft also offers smaller M-series VM sizes. These range from 192 GB – 4 TB with 10 different VM sizes and extend Azure’s SAP HANA certified M-series VM. These smaller M-series offer on-demand and SAP certified instances with a flexibility to spin-up or scale-up in less time. It also offers instances to spin-down to save costs within a pay-as-you-go model available worldwide. Such a flexibility and agility is not possible with a private cloud or on-premises SAP HANA deployment. 24 TB bare-metal instance and optimized price per TB For customers that need a higher performance dedicated offering for SAP HANA, Microsoft now offers additional SAP HANA TDIv5 options of 6 TB, 12 TB, 18 TB, and 24 TB configurations in addition to their current configurations from 0.7TB to 20 TB. For customers who require more memory but the same number of cores, these configurations enable them to get a better price per TB deployed. A lot more options for SAP HANA in the cloud SAP HANA has 26 distinct offerings from 192 GB to 24 TB, scale-up certification up to 20 TB and scale-out certification up to 60 TB. It offers global availability in 12 regions with plans to increase to 22 regions in the next 6 months, Azure now offers the most choice for SAP HANA workloads of any public cloud. Microsoft Azure also enables customers, To extract insights and analytics from SAP data with services such as Azure Data Factory SAP HANA connector to automate data pipelines Azure Data Lake Store for hyper-scale data storage and Power BI An industry leading self-service visualization tool, to create rich dashboards and reports from SAP ERP data. Read more about this news about SAP Cloud Platform on Azure, on Microsoft Azure blog. Read Next How to perform predictive forecasting in SAP Analytics Cloud Epicor partners with Microsoft Azure to adopt Cloud ERP New updates to Microsoft Azure services for SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL
Posted by Preferred partners & members recognized at TDC Leadership Conference Travelweek Group Friday, May 26, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Transat CANCUN — A delegation of 250 Transat Distribution (TDC) owners and managers made their way to Cancun recently for the company’s 2017 National Leadership Conference, a major undertaking that took more than a year to plan.Taking place from May 11-15 in Cancun, the conference was opened by keynote speaker Bruce Poon Tip, who addressed the issue of tourism sustainability, consumer trends and the impact of travel on the global economy. And closing out the conference was Nicolas Duvernois, President and Founder of PUR Vodka, who highlighted his journey to becoming a world-class entrepreneur.TDC also welcomed leaders from Atman and its Transat Human Resource Team who shared tools to recruit the right people for the job as well as consulted on HR managerial know-how. Also, Annick Guerard, President Transat Tours, was on hand to highlight the company’s plans and strategies, while Sam Patel, founder of AirNets and a TDC network member, shared his insights on the state of the airline industry, with special focus on how to make money selling airline tickets through TDC’s exclusive consolidator program.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“Our mission is the financial health of our network. This forum delved into products and strategies designed to meet the evolving consumer demands with a focus on agency profitability,” said Joe Adamo, President TDC. “To that end, we bring together leaders from our industry and external speakers who can add unique perspectives and insights. The members also shared best practices, one of our most appreciated sessions.”Over 40 experts from 27 travel partners joined this year’s conference, all of who Susan Bowman, Vice President Marketing and Industry Relations, referred to as “preferred” partners. “It’s not just a label,” she said, “we commit to having win-win relationships.”To recognize the ongoing commitment made by such partners, a celebration was held in their honour at the Dreams Playa Mujeres where they were presented with awards and prizes. TDC members with the highest support for the company’s preferred partners were also recognized.Here are this year’s winners:Distinguished Preferred Partner Support:More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionQUEBECMulti-Office: Club Voyages DumoulinIndividual Office: Club Voyages MarinairONTARIOMulti-Office: Goliger’s TravelPlus WaterlooIndividual Office: Marlin Travel BrantfordWESTMulti-Office: Marlin Travel VictoriaIndividual Office: Marlin Travel BurnabyThe Conference ended with a birthday party celebrating Transat’s 30th at the Paradisus La Perla Resort. Hosted by the Transat team, the party included trip giveaways and special recognition of TDC members.Transat 2016 High Achievement AwardsHighest Sales – National: Club Voyages DumoulinHighest Group Sales – National: Club Voyages OrfordHighest Sales Ontario: Goliger’s Travel Plus Waterloo, ONHighest Sales Increase Ontario: Marlin Travel, Bowmanville, ONHighest Sales Western Canada: Marlin Travel, Regina, SKHighest Sales Increase Western Canada: Transat Travel, Abbotsford, BCHighest Sales Quebec: Voyages Transat Carrefour LavalHighest Sales Increase Quebec: Voyages Mille et une nuit, Mascouche, QC
Education First (EF) looking for host families in Mississauga Share Posted by Travelweek Group Thursday, October 26, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — Education First has introduced its Language Travel program to the Mississauga area and is now looking for families in the area interested in hosting students for its short-term summer program.From the end of June to mid-August 2018, students from all over the world will be coming to the Greater Toronto Area to participate in two- to four-week programs.EF says it has an urgent need for families interested in opening their home to the world by hosting one of these students. EF can provide a weekly stipend during the student’s visit, to help cover extra costs. The company also has a referral program for anyone with a large network of family members interested in taking part.EF Education First has been the world’s leader in international education for the past 50 years, offering students from Europe and Asia ages 8-18 the opportunity to spend two to four weeks in Canada to improve their language skills, live with a local host family and learn about Canadian culture through fun and immersive activities.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backAnyone looking for more information can contact Robyn Blanton at (617) 619-2903 or email Robyn.Blanton@ef.com.