Huddersfield ‘lucky’ to win – Wagner

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner felt his side were lucky to win at QPR.The Terriers boosted their promotion hopes with a 2-1 victory at Loftus Road, where first-half goals from Izzy Brown and Nahki Wells put them in control.Luke Freeman pulled a goal back on the hour mark and Wagner admitted Rangers deserved a least a point.“We have to be honest; we were not at our best and I think we were lucky today,” Wagner said,“QPR were very good. They were very aggressive, created on the wings and our keeper Danny Ward was by miles the best player on the pitch, which I think says everything.“We got three lucky points, but three points are three points and we are so happy to have got them.“We should not forget also that we scored two wonderful goals and created other opportunities as well.“But in my opinion QPR deserved more than they got. It doesn’t change that we have got three three points though.“We scored two great goals and in the second half we were unable keep the pressure off.“But how we defended this, and how Wardy kept us in the game and we fought to keep the ball out of our net, was great to see.”See also:Holloway convinced QPR will be safe   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Myles Garrett joins Raiders’ offseason signees Burfict, Brown in NFL exile

first_imgBy now you’ve seen the video.Myles Garrett took Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and slammed it top-down onto the quarterback’s uncovered head. It was only the second-worst hit Rudolph has taken this year.We don’t know what exactly enflamed Garrett so badly, just that Rudolph ripped at Garrett’s helmet initially when the Browns defensive end tackled him late in the Steelers’ Thursday night victory.Whatever the case, Garrett’s actions landed him a rightful suspension for the remainder of the 2019 …last_img

Inclusive small business development key to South Africa’s success

first_imgA small business owner sells food at a stall at Market on Main in Johannesburg. (Image: Brand South Africa) • South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum [email protected] Tel: +27 11 053 7091 Fax: +27 86 236 7559 www.sabef.org.za • It is up to every one of us to sell South Africa • Index to boost women’s rights • Liberian entrepreneurs build South African networks • South Africa in ‘sweet spot’ for growth • Entrepreneurship key to jobs for youthMatsi ModiseSouth Africa’s recent establishment of a dedicated Ministry of Small Business Development reflects a growing national and global recognition that entrepreneurs and small enterprises are powerful drivers of economic growth and job creation. The USA is one example of a country where prosperity has been built over decades on a strong foundation of small business combined with innovative, industry-changing entrepreneurship. As South Africa looks to stimulate its economic growth and create new businesses and jobs, the time has never been better to support small enterprises and encourage passionate, ambitious entrepreneurs looking to make a difference to the country and beyond. However, there is no doubt that the newly appointed Minister for this portfolio, Lindiwe Zulu, will have some significant challenges to address in the short term if small business development and entrepreneurship is to really thrive and grow to its full potential in South Africa.The establishment of a Ministry of Small Business at this current time takes cognizance of the sheer scale of small businesses currently operating in the country, estimated to be around the 2 million mark and representing around 98% of the total number of businesses in existence, yet recognizes that the vast majority of these enterprises are survivalist in nature. If these businesses and the others that will follow in their footsteps are not just to survive, but are to grow and thrive, creating jobs and revenues which will benefit the country as a whole, then much more support needs to be provided. Even more importantly, a positive entrepreneurial culture needs to be developed in South Africa that is embraced and proactively supported at all levels of society.If the ambitious National Development Plan is to achieve its lofty goals of creating 11-million jobs by 2030, then focused interventions on the part of government and the business sector as a whole in the country, need to recognize that small business development and entrepreneurship offer the keys to success, just as they have done in the most powerful nations in the developed and developing world.However, the creation of a new dedicated ministry to support small business and entrepreneurial development is only one part of the exercise if real cultural change is to happen. Government also needs to apply a similar diagnostic approach, as it did when developing the National Development Plan, to get at the root of why small businesses in South Africa have not to date fuelled the economy to the degree its counterparts globally have, in for example the fellow Brics member countries of China, India and Brazil.The ministry needs to take a new, proactive and strategic approach to ensuring that the necessary support is provided to stimulate the growth and development of the previously underserved small business owners of this country. Black entrepreneurs and small business owners need to be developed beyond just being Enterprise Development and Preferential Procurement beneficiaries, but instead supported in their efforts to be key contributors of this economy and the creators of much needed new jobs.The new ministry will also need to seamlessly synchronise all the critical stakeholders in the small business development eco-system, including corporate big business, citizens, civic organisations, public sector, policy makers, incubators, funding institutions and academia, to begin to create a genuinely entrepreneurial culture in the country. If this is achieved, then the benefits will be tangibly felt in so many ways, not just in the creation of jobs, but also in the ability to access new and exciting markets, the creation of new products and services, the development of new technologies, and the positioning of South Africa as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.There is no doubt that this new Ministry of Small Business Development has the potential to positively address the considerable socioeconomic challenges that exist in the country and which are holding back real economic growth and development, such as crippling unemployment, inequality and extreme poverty in so many communities across the country.To succeed, it will need to show real and innovative leadership, accountability and a genuine understanding of what makes small businesses and entrepreneurs tick – after all, what makes them unique and ultimately successful are the very things that the country needs to harness if it is to achieve its goals. There needs to be a real respect for the hard work and sheer tenacity and determination displayed by entrepreneurs and small business owners, and a real understanding of the contribution they can make to the realization of the National Development Plan’s key objectives. If Minister Lindiwe Zulu and those assigned to the new Ministry of Small Business Development rise to the challenge and support the building of an entrepreneurial nation that is the flagship of the African continent, then they will make a real difference in the creation of the 11 million jobs and reducing the unemployment statistics that loom as a spectre over the country daily.The South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum welcomes this dedicated new Ministry of Small Business Development and will stand to support its progressive endeavours.Matsi Modise is the National Executive Director of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forumlast_img read more

SA to spend billions moving commuters from road to rail

first_img12 August 2014 The government will invest billions of rands in South Africa’s transport infrastructure over the next three years in a bid to reduce road deaths and traffic congestion in the country, says Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Addressing a seminar on road safety at the Southern Sun Hotel in Cape Town on Tuesday, Peters said that commuter rail infrastructure, widely identified as the safest mode of transport, would receive the lion’s share of the allocation as the Department of Transport moved to shift passengers from road to rail. Peters said R51-billion would be spent on commuter rail infrastructure and new rolling stock over the next three years, while a further R14-billion will be channelled towards bus subsidies in the 2014/15 financial year in order to encourage a shift from private cars to public transport. A total of R9.3-billion will be spent in 2014/15, and a further R9.9-billion in 2015/16, to upgrade the country’s ageing road infrastructure in order to ensure quality and safer roads. “The National Development Plan (NDP) diagnostic report states that the commuter rail fleet needs to be renewed,” Peters said, adding that commuter rail “provides the lowest-cost service in metropolitan areas and is safer than cars”. Statistics South Africa’s National Household Transport Survey for 2013 showed that the percentage of car ownership in South Africa rose from 22.9% in 2003 to 32.6% in 2013. Peters noted that various information communication technology initiatives – including the introduction of mobile applications and the use of social media platforms such as Twitter – had contributed to reducing road congestion and promoting safer mobility on the country’s roads. “For instance, the South African National Roads Agency has deployed the Freeway Management System in three large metros. The system enables monitoring and communication of real-time traffic condition. It allows for the early detection of road incidents and subsequent deployment of emergency services. It empowers drivers to anticipate road incidents and avoid congestion.” An hourly traffic update by SABC radio channel SAfm had also played an important role in reducing congestion and hence promoting the safety of drivers. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

If Love is About Communication, Why is Facebook Holding Back?

first_imgTags:#Analysis#social networks#web Facebook this weekend published a special Valentine’s day study about romantic relationships and happiness. The company’s Data Team sliced and diced the language used in millions of peoples’ status messages, then looked at how they varied depending on the relationship status the people listed themselves with. Conclusions? Married people are the happiest, people in Open Relationships are the least happy. Men are less happy than women in an open relationship (believe it or not) and more happy in marriage. These findings are interesting, but what they really indicate is that there may be a modern-day Farmers’ Almanac for understanding our lives hidden behind the company’s doors. Facebook needs to set that data free or at least do more with it.The Data Team’s conclusions were written up by intern Lisa Zhang, whose relationship status isn’t public on the site. Zhang explained the methodology like this:We already have methodology for measuring the happiness of Facebook users: by considering how many positive words people use in their status updates (see the USA Gross National Happiness Index). This method allows us to see whether a person’s Facebook relationship status affects how positive and negative they are. We examined the use of positive and negative words in the status updates of all English speakers over the course of one week in January. To protect your privacy, no one at Facebook actually reads the status updates in the process of doing this research; instead, our computers do the word counting after all personally identifiable information has been removed. One of the most significant findings reported is about people who listed themselves as in an Open Relationship, meaning typically that they are committed to one person but have sex with multiple people. Those people tend to be less positive than anyone else, less positive even than widowed people! This is truly remarkable, if you think about it. For what tiny percentage of human history has it been a common practice to publicly declare your relationship Open in such a way? It’s a pretty new thing! How’s it working out for people? Apparently not so well!That could be good information to know before making certain decisions (“if I knew then what I know now…”). Of course, how does having children affect happiness in married people? How happy do people in heterosexual vs same-sex Open Relationships tend to be? Do women who are engaged to men with feminist or liberal-sympathetic interests (Fan pages) express less negativity than other engaged women or is that just a facade that in reality means nothing?There are lots of questions raised by this data, and it’s just one of an infinite combination of data points that Facebook could analyze.It’s probable that some of this data includes important observations about the human condition. Information that could help people make better-informed decisions than ever before in human history; informed not only by our own experience, and the experiences of the people we observe in our immediate lives, but by the experiences of hundreds of millions of people around the world.Other Examples of Important AdviceRemember the Farmers’ Almanac? It’s a book that’s been published annually since 1818, filled with advice about cooking, gardening, humor and weather predictions. The mysterious Farmers’ Almanac team (there’s only been 7 editors in the publication’s history) refuses to disclose its methods for weather prediction, but claims to have a 80 to 85% accuracy rate over its history.Similarly, Facebook data might not be able to tell us with 100% accuracy whether people who move from Michigan to California, or who marry young, or who stop playing football and start playing basketball tend to be more happy or less happy than before – but that data could come a whole lot closer to telling us than anything we’ve had before has. Of course we’re all special snowflakes, with infinite complications, and free will is important – but doesn’t it seem that there’s an incredible opportunity for world-wide self awareness hiding inside this social network where we’re typing our relationship status, our location and our interests into fields in a form?Of course Facebook uses that data to target advertising. Why will the company tell an advertiser that I’m part of a group of college educated, white, married men, over 30 years old and living in the state of Oregon but it won’t tell me that among people in those circumstances I have a particularly geographically limited set of friends and should probably get out more if I want to really understand the world? Now that would be valuable information!Hunch, the startup lead by Caterina Fake and Chris Dixon, makes that kind of data a big part of its social decision making service. The site provides a way for you to walk through various things you should consider in making decisions like what kind of car you should buy next or where you might like to go on vacation. It also asks you questions about yourself along the way.Among 10k people Hunch asked “do you like Cilantro?” the ones that said they did were far more likely to prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate. People who said they didn’t like cilantro are much more likely to prefer milk chocolate. (Probably because people who don’t like cilantro don’t know what’s good in life.) A Hunch study last week of people who own different breeds of dogs found that German Shepherd fans tend to rely more on intuition than common sense and Pug fans particularly enjoyed the movie The Shawshank Redemption.How about Facebook coughs up the goods on the far greater supply of user data than any other site in the world has? Unfortunately, Facebook is going in just the opposite direction. The company’s Data Team puts out some lightweight analysis like these Valentine’s Day conclusions about once a month. When software engineer Pete Warden tried last week to offer up user data he’d collected from 250 million Facebook users to the Academic community for study (see The Man Who Looked Into Facebook’s Soul) the company contacted him and told him to put a hold on the release while privacy concerns were evaluated. Last week the company took down Lexicon, its public tool for comparing how often different words were being used across the streams of Facebook users.Come on, Facebook! Set the data free. It’s not about cilantro and chocolate, that’s just the fun stuff. There are important observations about humanity hiding in that data. Check out, for example, Hunch’s observations of hundreds of people who said they don’t believe Barack Obama was born in the US and what else they have in common.If you don’t feel like you can set it free, then at least do something more serious with it. The Farmers’ Almanac is a mysterious organization, maybe some more mystery would be ok if it came along with a whole lot of Facebook data.This is a historically unique opportunity and one that I hope Facebook will take ahold of soon. Think of all the heartbreak the company could help prevent if only people knew their odds of being happy in an Open Relationship, among the countless other decisions we make that would be well informed by analysis of aggregate user data. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Guest Blog: Pitfalls of Existing Theories Explaining Domestic Violence and a Mental Health Perspective

first_imgBy Kathleen BeallDomestic violence (DV) is seen as a multilayered issue. Theorists and researchers have varied perspectives on the best way to make sense of this pervasive problem within our society. In previous blogs, we’ve highlighted warning signs and definitions. We’ve also distinguished between different types of domestic violence and what types of assessments and interventions can be utilized by clinicians and advocates helping families who struggle with each type. Today we are featuring guest blogger, Kathleen Beall who has provided her perspective on the Pitfalls of Existing Theories Explaining Domestic Violence and a Mental Health Perspective based on a recent article by Corvo & Johnson (2013) [1].[Flickr, The Last Straw by Jarkko, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015Pitfalls of Existing Theories Explaining Domestic Violence and a Mental Health PerspectiveDomestic violence is a family problem with far reaching consequences. Two key views are commonly used to explain why such violence occurs: the Feminist/ Sociocultural view and the Social Learning Theory/ Intergenerational Transmission view point. Today, I’m exploring the pitfalls of these two theories and offer an explanation as to why it may be helpful to include a psychological and psychosocial viewpoint as proposed by Corvo, & Johnson, (2013) [1].Tackling the Existing Theoretical Perspectives:Feminist/ Sociocultural Viewpoint: This viewpoint is the basic groundwork upon which many DV intervention programs are built. This perspective asserts that domestic violence stems from  an underlying patriarchy that is engrained into the culture of our society. From this perspective, violence is considered a form of power and control that is used to oppress women.Pitfalls:The term “patriarchy” is often ambiguous and imprecisely definedThis viewpoint asserts that the violence is only against women which has proven to be incorrect based on the amount of female-on-male DV that occurs each year and refrains from looking at same-gender couple violence.Violence against men has been proven to be more culturally acceptable than violence against women (Dixon & Graham-Kevan, 2011) [2].While this viewpoint has shown to have some research to back up its claims, the statistical significance is very limited and lacks sufficient empirical evidence to support the theory as a whole.Social Learning Theory/Intergenerational Transmission: Social Learning Theory is based on the concept that we learn from watching those around us. This can be a child watching a parent or an adult modelling the action of their peers; we learn from those who are more experienced than ourselves. Based upon this idea, the Intergenerational Transmission viewpoint was formed. This perspective asserts that domestic violence is a learned act, passed down from generation to generation. Men watch their fathers abuse their mothers and are therefore more inclined to abuse their intimate partners.Pitfalls:Although this theory has more empirical support than the feminist perspective, meta- analysis shows only a modest overall effect size of r=.18 (Stith, Rosen, Middleton, Busch, Lundeberg & Carlton, 2000) [3].There are likely other variables that are causing the violence in the cases that carry a strong correlation.[Flickr, Special Emphasis by Fairfax County, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015Ockham ’s Razor: Sometimes Simple is BetterA review of existing theories and literature has brought Corvo et. Al. to a more simplistic conclusion: maybe mental disorders can be used to explain  the domestic violence. Much of the widely used research and literature on domestic violence have concluded that perpetrators of domestic violence are no more likely to have mental disorders than their non-abusive counterparts. However, research by Danielson, Moffitt, Caspi, and Silva (1998) [4] has shown conflicting results. These researchers looked at data from 1,037 participants in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study and found that 58% of participants who were considered perpetrators of physical domestic violence met criteria for “some diagnosis” based upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM). That number jumped to 88% among the perpetrators of severe physical violence.Although it seems like a simplification of domestic violence to say that all those who abuse their partners have some form of psychopathology, it is a perspective that can be taken into deeper consideration when researching domestic violence patterns. Rather than blaming society or culture for the actions of individuals, it may be time to look more closely at those who carry out the violence and less at society as a whole. This could lead to progress with how the mental health community approaches treatment with perpetrators of violence. While years ago, a child who couldn’t sit still or focus in class would be labelled a trouble maker or a class clown, now we know that the child is likely suffering from ADHD. This is a clear diagnosis with viable treatment and interventions that have been found helpful. Perhaps, if looking with a mental health lens, the actions of an abuser may be the symptoms of underlying personality disorders, PTSD, or depression. This is an area in which one must tread carefully, however, so as to not strip the responsibility of the abuse away from the perpetrator. Instead, perhaps we could consider adding mental health evaluations when treating domestic violence in an attempt to address the problem holistically.References[1] Corvo, K., & Johnson, P. (2013). Sharpening Ockham’s Razor: The role of psychopathology and neuropsychopathology in the perpetration of domestic violence. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 18(1), 175-182.[2] Dixon, L., & Graham-Kevan, N. (2011). Understanding the nature and etiology of intimate partner violence and implications for practice and policy. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(7), 1145–1155.[3] Stith, S. M., Rosen, K. H., Middleton, K. A., Busch, A. L., Lundeberg, K., & Carlton, R. P. (2000). The intergenerational transmission of spouse abuse: A meta-analysis. Journal of Marriage and Family, 62(3), 640–654.[4] Danielson, K. K., Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., & Silva, P. A. (1998). Comorbidity between abuse of an adult and DSM-III-R mental disorders: Evidence from an epidemiological study. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 155(1), 131–133.Kathleen Beall, an undergraduate student in the Family, Youth, and Community Sciences Department at the University of Florida, is a guest blogger for the MFLN Family Development concentration.last_img read more

Busmen ground Aguilas; Stallion, Global escape

first_imgDavao got a late consolation goal from Harry Sawyer in the first minute of second half stoppage time as the Aguilas lost for the ninth time this season.Despite acquiring veterans Phil and James Younghusband, Simone Rota, Matthew Hartmann and Jason De Jong during the transfer window, victory has remained elusive for the Aguilas, who only have six points from 15 matches.The Busmen have played six games less than Meralco Manila, which was held to a goalless draw by Global Cebu also on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Arellano, TIP collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View comments Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Stallion Laguna striker Jess Melliza continued his scoring run as he fired the only goal that lifted Laguna past JPV Marikina.The fleet-footed lefty from La Paz, Iloilo, beat JPV goalkeeper Nelson Gasic from a tight angle in the 77th minute to push Stallion closer to JPV with 26 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingChristiaens found Fernando Rodriguez at the far post for a close-range strike in 19th minute, before punctuating the win with a clinical goal off the counterattack three minutes from time.Spanish midfielder Bienvenido Marañon was also on the scoresheet, firing home from just inside the box in the 50th minute.center_img Defender Jeffrey Christiaens scored a goal and assisted on another as AFC Cup Asean zone champion Ceres-Negros kept the retooled Davao Aguilas winless with a 3-1 victory on Saturday in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Returning to PFL action just four days after their elimination in the interzone semifinals of the AFC Cup, the Busmen played with verve and urgency as they collected their ninth win of the season to hike their tally to 28 points for fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more