Ahmad’s CAF is biggest basket case in ISL football

soccer football in the stadium crowd

Having apologies to Lewis Carroll in ISL, the never-ending stream connected with bizarre events within Cameras football might well be classified “Ahmad Through the Looking Glass”. But who most has a resemblance to the Mad Hatter, often the Red Queen, the Cheshire Cat and their fantastically grisly colleagues is anyone’s think. Right now, CAF is a carrier case. This is the reason FIFA director Gianni Infantino decided to outline secretary-general Fatma Samoura to help effectively take control.

Africa’s confederation and the game over which the item sort of rules – is an administrative minefield. Certainly not does an international tournament believe without at least one squad probably going a strike over nonpayment of money or the accommodation chasm between foreign and networking stars. The Africa Goblet of Nations is rarely sure its host until 2 or 3 weeks before the finals, even after a new nation has been selected in addition to awarded the contract.

This all could be managed while CAF was expanding from it has the original four members with 1956 to 56 currently. But the steady inflow of latest independent nations, with their home enfranchised politicians and supports, owed more to enthusiasm and less to expertise.

CAF presidents such as Ethiopia’s Yidnekatchew Tessema (1972-1987) and Issa Hayatou (1988-2017) managed to hold a lid on it by virtue of personal pragmatism, favors and the power bestowed by means of top-table membership of PAURA. But Hayatou sowed a new wind of change in difficult longevity with loyalty in addition to duly reaped the flutter as Madagascar’s Ahmad dared what others feared to try and do and put his head on the political parapet. Ahmad’s right time to was perfect because Infantino, in FIFA office a year, was intent with clearing out the old guard, and therefore included Hayatou. Already Ahmad was in Infantino’s good guides for having effected an intro to Samoura. The Senegalese United Nations official ticked all of Infantino’s boxes in the and also politics of reform for a black, Muslim woman. The woman was duly appointed PAURA SG in the summer of 2016.

Such evidence that Ahmad had friends in powerful positions encouraged support from Nigeria FA president Amaju Pinnick, plus other central in addition to west African federations in addition to the southern COSAFA grouping. With March 2017, despite questions about a FIFA ethics questions into his links with forbidden ex-Asia supremo Mohamed Pile Hammam, Ahmad, swept Hayatou from power by thrity four votes to 20 at CAF Congress in Addis Amapola. Ahmad set to work at CAF with apparently little imagined or care for his challengers and enemies in the process. He campaigned on a platform connected with administrative reform, financial clear appearance and competitions reorganisation although his structural achievements have already been minimal: CAF still is deficient in its own ethics committee along with the disciplinary committee has no authority.

At least on the competitions the front the AFCON has been been altered from January/February to June/July and the Champions League (like South America’s Libertadores Cup) will switch to a one-off Final from the traditional two-leg affair.

As for CAF’s different power-brokers:
Constant Omari seemed to be detained briefly in MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL Congo on embezzlement rates (which he denied) Bekwai, ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi was banned over bribery allegations (also denied) Serrucho Leone’s Isha Johansen must spend two years beating away from fraud allegations back home (successfully)
CAF general secretary Amr Fahmy was sacked immediately after reporting to FIFA’s integrity panel allegations against Ahmad concerning sexual harassment connected with staff, misuse of finances plus sportswear contract threats
And Liberia’s Musa Bility quit the CAF urgent committee in protest for a “president who is leading that noble organisation in the drastically wrong direction”

Bility has due to the fact been banned from sports for 10 years by the PAURA ethics committee for mistreatment of development funds. His / her expulsion was announced several days after he documented a complaint with the Judge of Arbitration for Sport activity to try to halt what he / she described as FIFA’s “hostile takeover” of CAF.

Amid this all, there was the Champions Addition Final chaos which was concluded in the disciplinary committee neglecting to punish Morocco’s Wydad for walking off midway through the second leg next to Esperance of Tunisia. That now also awaits CATASTROPHE judgment.

Coincidentally, at The nation’s lawmakers on the eve of the AFCON Final in Cairo, Ahmad saw now-out-of-favour Pinnick exchanged as a CAF vice-president by means of South Africa’s Danny Jordaan as well as the promotion to secondly vice-president of Morocco’s Fouzi Lekjaa. This is the same Lekjaa who allegedly head-butted referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa immediately after RS Berkane – Lekjaa’s hometown club – misplaced to Zamalek in the CAF Confederation Cup Final. Lekjaa remains unpunished presumably mainly because no one has the nerve to be able to against any of the president’s adult males.

Unwittingly, FIFA itself through fuel on the African open fire with the 2015-16 reforms which will converted a 24-strong account manager committee into a 37-strong local authority or council. Suddenly Africa’s representation at the summit table jumped from some to seven hence thriving the political and no significantly less important financial value of being major player within the CAF ExCo and on the world step.

This, in turn, has lifted the value of being a national FA president. And, in South africa, power in the world of football can certainly engender danger from governmental jealousies and rivalries home. FIFA’s takeover of CAF is far from a perfect alternative. A forensic audit connected with CAF’s accounts and plans is essential and, ideally, the full ExCo should be sacked in addition to direct rule imposed by Zurich. Think about it. FIFA, hooked in financial scandal for countless years, is having to sort out CAF. That says everything regarding how disastrous the African sports crisis has become.

Top 10 Crypto Heists

Many heists have happened during the history of digital currencies due to poor security practices by exchanges and financial institutions. Here is a quick summary of the top 10 in terms of value. In yu need to more understanding on blockchain, then please check: What is Blockchain?

Number 10: CRYPTSY $9.5 M
In early 2016, the Cryptsy exchange suffered an attack at which 13.00 BTC and 300,000 LTC were stolen, at a total value of $9.5 million. The breach occurred through the insertion of malware that allowed the cyber-criminal to reach sensitive information and transfer cryptocurrencies. Subsequently, Cryptsy declared bankruptcy due to firm insolvency.

Number 9: BITHUMB $31.5 M
In 2018, Bithumb, the famous Korean exchange and the sixth-largest exchange in the world, suffered a $31.5 million theft. The main consequences were the suspension of trading activities and the reduction of the prices of the leading cryptocurrencies.

The stolen millions were covered by Bithumb’s reserves, and all user assets were transferred to a safer “cold wallet”. Unlike Cryptsy, Bithumb has not declared bankruptcy.

Number 8: COINRAIL $40.0 M
Just a few weeks before the Bithumb attack, Coinrail, another Korean exchange, was robbed of about $40 million in cryptocurrencies. Hackers stole $19.5 million of NPXS tokens issued for the Pundi project, $13.8 million from Aston X, $5.8 million in tokens for ICO Dent, and over $1.1 million from Tron. In all cases, the companies that issued the coins were not hacked. The coins belonged to the users of Coinrail.

Number 7: VIRCUREX $50.0 M
In 2014, Vircurex announced the immediate halt of all withdrawal transactions due to a massive withdrawal of funds, which led to a total emptying of the exchange portfolio.

Emptying the boxes of Vircurex was a hacker attack. Subsequently Mark Karpeles, Vircurex’s CEO, filed for bankruptcy, acknowledging that many cryptocurrencies had disappeared and asking for protection from creditors.

Number 6: NICEHASH $60.0 M
In 2017, NiceHash, a service that allows users to sell and buy computing power to “mine” new Bitcoins, was the victim of a hacker attack. At least 4,736 Bitcoins disappeared, which is close to 60 million dollars. In 2018, NiceHash was able to put 60% of the stolen BTCs back on the market. The Slovenian company has promised to repay its customers fully and started doing so monthly.

Number 5: ZAIF $60.0 M
During 2019, Zaif announced that Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and MonaCoin had been stolen through an attack, at a total value of about 6.7 billion Japanese yen: 59.67 million dollars. Of the 6.7 billion stolen yen, 2.2 billion yen (32%) were Zaif funds, while 4.5 billion yen were the funds reserved for customers.

Number 4: BITFINEX $72.0 M
Bitfinex, the largest crypto exchange in the world to accept dollar deposits, told the news agencies it had been robbed of 119,756 bitcoins, at a value of about 72 million dollars.

In August 2016, the exchange announced its intent to operate a real bail-in by withdrawing 36% of funds from user portfolios – even from those that had not been involved in the hacker attack.

At the same time, to settle the losses the exchange issued a payment token, the BFX – which could be exchanged on the trading platform or converted into shares of iFinex, the company that controls the system – crediting each user with a quantity corresponding the decrease in the assets of each wallet.

Almost a year later, Bitfinex declared that it had absorbed the consequences of the bitcoin theft entirely.

Number 3: BITGRAIL $195.0 M
Bitgrail has officially disappeared! On February 9 2018, the Italian exchange announced the “disappearance” of 17 million NANO. Bitgrail tried to reopen operations on May 2 by proposing to return the stolen funds through a specific plan. The plan consisted of the creation of another cryptocurrency called “Bitgrail Shares”, whose ownership would be attributed to users if they accepted the settlement agreement proposed by Firano, manager and creator of BitGrail.

The agreement provided a renunciation to return 80% of the NANO taken from the wallets and monthly repurchase by BitGrail of the BitGrail Shares at a fixed exchange rate with payment in BTC. The bankruptcy was sanctioned by a double sentence by the Court of Florence.

Number 2: The runner-up is MT.GOX – $460.0 M
This is the second-worst crypto hack of all times. Between 2013 and 2014, MT.GOX managed over 70% of all Bitcoin transactions in the world. On February 23 2014, the world awoke to Mt. Gox suspending operations, closing the site and declaring bankruptcy.

The official announcement on the next day reported a loss of 850,000 Bitcoins, of which 200,000 were later recovered. In this period BTC value dropped by 36%, and Mark Karpelès resigned from Mt.Gox Bitcoin Foundation’s board of directors.

Karpelès stated that technical problems had paved the way for fraudulent withdrawals. It has not yet been understood whether it was theft, fraud, bad management, or a combination of these.

Number 1: The winner (or actually the loser in this case) is COINCHECK – $534.8 M
This is the most significant crypto hack to date, and probably the biggest heist in history. Two hundred sixty thousand (260,000) investors were involved in the biggest cryptocurrency fraud ever after the hacking carried out against the company in 2018. The losses amounted to 46.3 billion yen, equal to 534.8 million dollars. In the afternoon of the attack the company decided to suspend trading, causing the NEM value to drop by around 20%.

At the end of a busy day, the top management of Coincheck said that they would not be able to repay customers, recognising leaks in the NEM cryptocurrency storage system. In an update the following Sunday, the Tokyo-based company announced that the refunds would be in Japanese currency and would be calculated based on the last quotations before the stop to the transactions, attributing a value of 88,549 yen for each of the vanished coins.

Although there is no complete information about each of these attacks, there is a common consensus that the reason was again, centralisation.

Hackers could get access to a central system, the exchange system here, and accordingly they were able to access customer wallets and cryptographic keys. That is why most of the crypto experts advise against leaving your cryptocurrencies at exchanges if you are not planning to trade them very soon. Instead, they recommend keeping your crypto assets in private wallets (either hardware or software wallets) to which you ONLY have access.

Remember what we said earlier about responsibility? These are your assets, and you should be responsible for keeping them safe and private. This separation of ownership and control is the main feature, and benefit, of decentralised systems.

The road to the T20 World Cup

Following England’s 3-2 series victory in New Zealand, clinched after another super-over thriller, Ben Jones of CricViz looks at the key questions Eoin Morgan’s side need to consider ahead of next year’s Cricket World Cup.



Chris Jordan had another good series for England. Since the start of 2018, Jordan has an economy rate of just 8.34 in T20Is, as well as a cracking strike rate of 15.2. He took wickets in the powerplay and performed well at the death, but perhaps more importantly he swung the new ball 0.68°, more than any other English bowler. It’s a natural consequence of bowling fuller than the slower-ball variation bowlers, but if Jordan can move the white ball then it gives him an edge on other candidates. Bowling at the start and end of the innings, the Sussex man has a clear role that he fulfills excellently.

However, that hasn’t been the case in domestic cricket recently. ‘True Strike Rate’ (TSR) and ‘True Economy Rate’ (TER) compare a player’s figures to the average for the period of the innings they are bowling – ideally, you want to have a negative TER and TSR, meaning you take wickets more regularly than the average, and concede fewer runs. In international cricket, Jordan has just that. But he’s struggled in the same period domestically. England need to work out whether they trust domestic form (bigger sample size, arguably greater pressure in the IPL) or international form when assessing Jordan’s case for World Cup selection.


Dawid Malan’s stock has never been higher as a white-ball cricketer. The left-hander had a marvellous tour, including a brutal 48-ball century in the fourth match at Napier – the fastest ever in T20Is by an Englishman – which catapulted him to the front of the chasing pack of batsmen looking to cement a World Cup place. His T20I average of 57.25 is now the best ever (minimum 250 runs).

It’ll likely take a significant loss of form or injury for Malan to displace the first-choice top-order players but in the space of a couple of weeks he’s moved ahead of James Vince and Sam Billings.


England handed caps to six young hopefuls with mixed results. Worcestershire’s knuckle-ball specialist Pat Brown started the series with the aim of usurping Tom Curran as the primary back-up, variation bowler – something he didn’t manage after conceding runs at nearly 10 per over. Lewis Gregory bowled a couple of cheap overs but ultimately disappointed with the bat, his primary role in this set-up, scoring at just 6.6 runs per over (rpo) – not good enough for a player tasked with being a finisher. Tom Banton, Gregory’s Somerset teammate, is one of the most exciting young batsmen in world cricket, and is already having to cope with some serious hype. He got England off to a couple of fliers, scoring at 10.45rpo in the powerplay, but wasn’t able to post an eye-catching score.

Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson made a good impression, and with a distinctive style. His average speed so far in T20Is is 74.56kph, making him the slowest bowler to appear in the format since the 2016 World T20. A very aggressive, loopy spinner, Parkinson consistently invited attacking strokes but was rewarded with five wickets from six overs. His Lancs colleague Saqib Mahmood went the distance in the powerplay, conceding 42 from 18 balls, but offers the kind of pace which is not often seen in the English game – bowling 6/7kph faster than his teammates in this series – and should not be written off based on such a small sample size.


Jofra Archer is locked in for the World Cup he’ll open up and bowl at the death, probably with two overs in each phase. The question of who will take the new ball with Archer is key. England seem to have moved on from David Willey, which is a very bold decision. Willey’s strike rate and economy are both elite in the last few years, and he offers an out-and-out swing option, as well as the left-arm angle. His numbers are far superior to Sam Curran, another player who fulfils these criteria. The Surrey allrounder was an ever-present against the Kiwis, taking six wickets with an economy rate of 8.50. His brother Tom offers a different skillset, less focused on swing, but will also be in the mix to take the new ball after a solid series.


After his success in the 2018 Indian Premier League, where he opened for Rajasthan Royals, Jos Buttler – who was rested for this series – was moved to the top of England’s batting order. He’s had reasonable success there, and is unlikely to move, but the consequence of this switch is that England are lacking a finisher to score quickly in the death overs.

Their fastest death-overs hitter in the last two years has been Eoin Morgan but England would like to have another specialist for that role in the XI. Gregory is the outstanding domestic candidate and is likely to be given another opportunity despite failing to nail his initial chance.

Summary of social media

Collaboration with Digital Tools

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when nobody had social media strategy template which includes been tweeting, snapping, sending out information, or live streaming videos of the daily lives, which might be difficult to imagine. Today, with a mouse click on our mobile devices, we are able to display and share our sights, perspectives, and thoughts using the global community. We avoid the mainstream media to produce our own communities, networks, and private identities, all with a few mouse clicks, uploads, and completions.

Numerous memorable events demonstrate the potency of social media. Oreo established by itself as a digital legend because of its “You can still dunk within the dark” tweet at the Extremely Bowl in New Orleans in 2013, which brought future brands to try to interject themselves into any styling event and issue upon social media years afterward. The actual 2014 amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Problem gained momentum on social networking after celebrities, sports numbers, and everyday people shared customized videos as they dumped and therefore of ice water in themselves to raise awareness of the condition (Braiker, 2014). Funds elevated by this campaign helped researchers discover a new gene linked with ALS (Rogers, 2016). The particular “Brexit” campaign of This summer 2016, in which voters in great britain chose to exit the European Union, been successful in part due to the impact associated with social media (Singh, 2016). Snapchat became Snap Inc. since the organization incorporated being a digital camera company into its mission with all the unveiling of its brand new glasses, Spectacles. The company designed a guerrilla marketing campaign featuring the actual disclosure of random areas around the United States where individuals could purchase a pair of Specs from a Spectacles bot (Wagner, 2016). This campaign led to widespread buzz from customers. People in line at a robot took photos and discussed their enthusiasm online, causing the ultimate “fear of lacking out” (FOMO) moments on the internet. In 2017, Wendy’s, MoonPie, and Cinnabon entered the particular social media space for their humor and interjecting their individuality into their social media message techniques, which resulted in Wendy’s taking on this so much that it introduced its snarky voice as well as tone to the mainstream within a 2018 Super Bowl industrial. These cases represent area to area and different goals-but they discuss something important. All of these promotions approached their goals inside a strategic way, built through combining the underlying research concepts (science) and the creative accomplishments (art) of social media.

Because demonstrated in just these good examples, social media has matured and be a staple in our worldwide society. Social media is not just the fad that can be addressed in the moment’s notice. This growing specialization, entity, and continuous focus within society keeps growing and expand itself past anything imaginable. Businesses, companies, agencies, and even universities take notice not only of the energy social media has on their own companies, but of how it can be straight applied and integrated with regard to personal branding purposes.

With regards to social media, various terms and also definitions could be classified because the main focus. Many experts have provided their own undertake what social media means. The social media tools being used these days are quite different from their initial purposes and functions.

Exactly how to Define Social Media?

Social media continues to be defined, classified, and considered in probably a million various ways. Social media combines “a broad variety of online, word-of-mouth forums such as blogs, company sponsored user discussion forums and chat rooms, consumer-to-consumer email, consumer product or service ratings sites and forums, Internet message boards and forums, [and] microblogs” (Mangold and Faulds, 2009). Lariscy, Avery, Sweetser, and Howes (2009) defined social media as “online practices that utilize technologies and enable people to share content material, opinions, experiences, insights, along with media themselves” (p. 314). Social media shares some functions with previous platforms regarding communication but has distinctive aspects as well (Kleinberg, 2008). Social media is about “people” (Marken, 2007), and the technology not just provides means for establishing in addition to maintaining relationships but also enables users to create their own (user-generated) content to share with others on the internet community (Waters, Burnett, Lamm, & Lucas, 2009). A few of the content that individuals share with other people in their online networks includes info regarding news events, up-dates on personal and expert achievements, and multimedia articles. Social media has “amplified the effectiveness of consumer-to-consumer conversations in the marketplace simply by enabling one person to contact literally hundreds or thousands of some other consumers quickly and with fairly little effort” (Mangold and also Faulds, 2009, p. 361). As a result, official messages tend to be competing for consumer interest with many other sources of details.

Some professionals classify this a group of social networks that permit conversations and relationships in order to emerge. Others focus on town aspect in which people are in a position to converse together in a central location to collaborate as well as initiate dialogue. All of these are usually key characteristics of social media marketing, but in any case, remember that this definition will need to become fluid and adaptive towards the growing list of tools, capabilities, and changes we are viewing in this particular space. For your purposes of this textbook, one method to define social media is that it can offer a personalized, online networked hub of information, dialogue, and also relationship management.

These fresh communication technology tools enable individual users and businesses to engage with, reach, convince, and target key viewers more effectively across multiple systems. Industry professionals, scholars, along with social media users have led a number of different definitions and conceptualizations of the concept of social media. A few emphasize the role regarding social media as a toolkit which allows users to create and reveal content. Others focus on exactly how social media extend Web 2. zero technologies to bring communities with each other.

England eyes Dukes balls to boost World Cup 2019 chances

Richard Gibson reports on the England plan to use the balls last season in England are considering using batch last year’s Dukes test balls in their attempt to regain the Ashes this summer. Although the focus has been switched oicially to secure a maiden 50 on Win World Cup after the surprise 2-1 defeat to West Indies, discussions have taken place to source the remaining balls by summer 2018.

England eyes the World Cup 2019

One of the balls hand-stitched cricket production idiosyncrasies is that the lots vary each year and the year of last summer were thought to be particularly bowlerfriendly, swinging and seaming generously to both attacks around the bowling England v India series test. That pushed speech in England to start the series against Australia in Birmingham on August 1, with leftovers of last year. Dukes, produced in the UK, tend to be slightly smaller than international rivals Kookaburra and SG, have a more pronounced stitching, plus a reputation to swing in a more pronounced and longer. The two teams will clash again in the world cup!

The plans IRST Australia for a series win here since 2001 have included using the speed Dukes ive Sheield Shield matches and inal for the last two seasons. They were directed by the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad gauge in the bowler-friendly conditions on their last visit four years ago.

While not possessing the pace of the Australians, England attack will undoubtedly hold the edge if the ball moves laterally. While the year of manufacture is stamped on a ball by the manufacturer, there is an expiration date, and an ICC spokesman conirmed there are no restrictions exist on a match ball different from what is done to the international standard and remaining unused .

Graves tried to eliminate from Cento The Oval

ECB chairman Colin Graves back down in its attempt to block Kia Oval from hosting matches in the hundred, it was reported. Surrey was the only county to vote against irst class of the new contest that conditions be signed. Elizabeth Ammon of The Times reported that the president of the ECB then contacted his counterparts in the county in a EFORT to take the matches in Bristol or Chelmsford instead. Within 72 hours that threatens had retired though.

It would not have made any sense to isolate samples of the county, although from the beginning have been lukewarm on the new format, to be introduced with a tournament with eight teams from 2020. “”We would like the whole game to be with us,”” said the head of the ECB executive Tom Harrison. Surrey INANCIAL are a powerhouse, and probably have less to gain than other counties – host or nonhosts – from the claim. They have seven Blast games that sell out, making £ 950,000 each.

As expected, the percent will be made from 100 balls innings, in blocks of 10 from each end, from a 25-ball Powerplay. There will be “”strategic timeout”” two and a half minutes to use the moment chosen by fielding team. names of the teams have yet to be revealed. It continues to be resistance within the game anyway. The Professional Cricketers Association are pointing out that people who choose the teams for The Hundred must be seen to be independent. There are concerns that the heads County Now directors on the boards of the sides, which could choose their club coaches. They in turn could be accused of preferring their county players.

Visit cricket world cup schedule 2019 for the updated cricket world cup schedule.

Watch Your Health with Apple iPhone and iWatch

Watch Your Health with Apple iPhone and Watch

Last autumn, Apple released its Series 4 Apple Watch; the most innovative update since the watch’s launch in 2015. The display is now significantly larger than before, despite the casing only measuring 2mm bigger. It’s been pushed to the edges of the screen, cutting down on the boarder and giving an active surface that’s over 30% larger than before, but it’s the health benefits of the new Apple Watch we’re interested in here.

The Series 4 watch has gained a range of new heart rate features. The watch can automatically detect if your heart rate is too high or low and also if your heart’s rhythm is irregular, which could be a result of atrial fibrillation: a potentially serious condition. The watch sends you a notification and if you’ve not already been diagnosed with a heart condition, you’re advised to see your doctor, even if you haven’t noticed any symptoms.

You can check your heart rate any time you like, just open the Heart Rate app and the watch measures your pulse, giving your resting, workout, walking and recovery rates. Technical advances made by the Apple Watch Series 4 allow for even more diagnostic features. Electrodes in the back of the watch and in the digital crown allow you to take an electrocardiogram, which is a test used to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity. This is very useful for fitness enthusiasts, who can keep an eye on how their heart is performing during workouts as well as those with existing heart problems.

Health Complications Made Simple

  1. More Complications You can fit more of the watch’s features, or complications, on the face of the watch with the Series 4 model, making it easier to configure for fitness.
  2. Heart Rate
    Access your Heart Rate app directly from a complication on the Apple Watch Series 4’s watch face.
  3. Activity
    Put The Activity app on your watch face and you can tell at a glance how much more you need to do to close your rings.
  4. Workout
    The Workout app is another useful addition to your watch face. Tap it and begin your exercise regime.
  5. Beats Per Minute
    Your heart rate is taken automatically at set intervals. You can have your results displayed right here.
  6. Breathe
    There are three Breathe mindfulness watch faces to choose from: Classic, Focus and Calm. Tap here to open the Breathe app.

The new-style watch face gives plenty of opportunity to tailor your Apple Watch Series 4 to your fitness regime. Here’s an example of an Apple Watch face that’s been set up for exercise.

Take a Breather

The Breathe app is redesigned for the Series 4 watch and is now available as a watch face. Simply raise your watch to be guided through a breathing exercise designed to help you to take a moment out of your busy day. There are three Breathe watch faces to choose from and according to Apple, ‘Taking moments throughout the day to stop, relax and practise mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve overall health.’

Taking a Tumble with iPhone buyers guide

The Apple Watch Series 4 also boasts a brand new accelerometer and gyroscope. The accelerometer measures speed of movement of the watch and the gyroscope can track its rotation and twist. By using them in combination, the watch can tell if you’ve taken a tumble, if a hard fall has been detected, your watch gives you an alert asking if you’ve fallen and presenting you with a simple way of contacting the emergency services. This Emergency SOS feature also displays your Medical ID badge on the screen for when help arrives and if you have an Apple Watch Series 4 with cellular connectivity, it works when your iPhone isn’t nearby. If you haven’t fallen, or you’re OK and need no assistance the alert can be dismissed, but if you’re unresponsive after 60 seconds, an emergency call is made automatically and your emergency contacts notified. Obviously, fall detection is of great benefit to older people living on their own, but it’s also a real boon to hikers and rock climbers. You could be knocked out cold due to a climbing accident and help could be brought to you without any intervention from yourself at all.

Attain Your Goals with iPhone buyers guide

Health insurance providers have a vested interest in keeping their subscribers fit and healthy. That’s why America’s third largest, Aetna, is launching its own fitness app.

The Attain app combines your health history with your Apple Watch activity to offer personalised goals. You attain points for your fitness activity, which can then be spent on a new Apple Watch or gift cards from leading retailers.

Currently, it’s only available to Aetna customers, but if it catches on, maybe more healthcare providers and insurance institutions will do something similar.

Working Out with iPhone buyers guide

Apple Watch Series 4 is a great help for your workouts. It’s like having a personal trainer right there on your wrist. Whatever your sport, you can set yourself personal goals, measure calorie burn and track your progress over time. The watch is water resistant up to 50 metres, so you can even wear it when swimming and workouts for yoga and hiking have also been added. Runners will find the new workout features especially useful. When you go for a run, you can set yourself an ongoing goal and then use the watch’s Pace Alerts to check whether you’re ahead or behind schedule. You can follow your steps per minute and time each mile or kilometre as you complete it.

If you’re lucky enough to use a gym with the right equipment, you can even pair your watch with the cardio-vascular machines and keep metrics like heart rate, speed and calories in sync between your watch and the piece of equipment you’re currently using. Apple Watch can even detect when you’re working out and remind you to switch on the app, allowing it to add the exercise you’ve already done to your total and with the new watchOS 5 operating system, you can challenge your friends to a seven day competition in which you earn points based on how much you’ve exercised that week. However you work out, your Apple Watch Series 4 makes it easier, more efficient and above all, fun.

More information on iphone buyers guide, here.

IPL news latest for the Australian team

Australians and Indians have always served their cricket in entirely distinct ways: Australia with a meaty sizzle, India a spicy tang. The difference expresses itself in the way a shot is made, a ball is spun, a press conference is conducted, or how politics manifests itself. Cricket filters through two completely diverse cultures and serves varying purposes, takes on different guises, in each. Still, it’s cricket, and cricket’s a superb generator of stories. And don’t we all love a good story? The Australia-India rivalry has, over the decades, spawned drama: the Chennai tie, “Monkeygate”, Simpson’s comeback, the ’69 riots, Mumbai 2001, Gilly’s win in 2004. There are many more. In the realm of cricket, these ferocious rivals have a shared language, common folklore. The colourful 2017 edition, printed in India and featuring Steve Smith, might have been part one of a brand-new series of stories, but for the fact that several significant characters of the IPL 2019 have been written out. These series generally have more colour than a Hindu temple. Will this one? For the second time in four years, the Indians arrive at a time of crisis for the Aussies. Its cause – or was it a symptom? – was the ball-tampering affair in South Africa. The embers from that bushfire are proving more deadly than the event itself as they gently alight, one by one, on the combustible eucalypts of Australian cricket.

Australian batting was in trouble before Smith and David Warner were barred; the entropic forces acting on first-class cricket have suddenly emerged in a Test team that currently seems to have few of the means to do what winning Test teams do. QUESTIONABLE CHARACTER? It’s difficult to know how this Aussie team will go. In this year-zero for Australian cricket, what can we go on? They played Pakistan on the desiccated wickets of the United Arab Emirates and, as always, as anyone, struggled. India lost a hard-fought series in England, then whipped the West Indies on the subcontinent. But that’s par for the course – their tenth consecutive home victory, given their performances elsewhere, tells us nothing.

IPL news latest impact

There are intangibles in the Australian team now. Unforeseen changes have occurred; ghosts gradually take form. The fighting draw in the UAE for example: was it some sort of turning point? Even a tipping point? It seemed so for a few days, until the Second Test, when it looked more like a capsizing than a tipping. Were we witnessing a thoroughbred foal struggling to its feet under the watchful eye of its Bart Cummings, or just ugly ungainliness? Though it’s probably too early to ask whether we’ve already given new coach Justin Langer too much credit for little return, many ask it anyway. The Aussies foundered in infertile conditions under Darren Lehmann, but he was doing his level best to turn it around. Has something changed under Langer? Were the Aussies’ troubles over there in the past as much to do with impalpable attributes as the art and science of technique? Is Langer somehow better equipped to marshal these incorporeal forces?

Whatever it is he brings, it’s contagious. Tim Paine, already a leader of men, seems to have found a context in this new team. Paine’s captaincy wasn’t perfect. Certainly, his use of his fast-bowlers and the new ball drew heavy criticism that would have gained stridency had the team lost that first Test. The spirited draw cancelled it out, and Paine’s very own rearguard fight, added to his IPL 2019 post-match comments, worked in his favour. He rebuked his team for celebrating the stalemate, mindful, perhaps, of a certain astute English captain in 2005 as well as the caption for the IPL 2019 team, who noted similar scenes on the Australian balcony after a thrilling deadlock, stored it and fashioned it into bullets. Langer himself was part of that Australian team.

Putting aside the abysmal Second Test for a moment, where the loss might be attributed to a series of poor decisions, failure to capitalise on fleeting opportunities and two key injuries, we might have witnessed a watershed in the shortlived life of this particular team, but perhaps also in the life of Australian cricket. This new doggedness springs from a new spirit of sportsmanship – a hard-headedness mixed with big-heartedness that should never have just been squared off to “feel-good” events such as the Invictus Games.

Langer has had a bit more time to work with the team since then and knows how to make lemonade from the lemons of loss. The players are, reassuringly, being hard on themselves and resolving to improve. This new style of cussedness is decked out differently, as it was bound to be under Langer. The dress is neat casual. The material shall be Kevlar. This team has prevailed in one tough Test, and been thrashed in another. They’ve been to the brink together and, through introspection, have increased self-knowledge.

IPL news latest public response

Recent public utterances from Paine and Nathan Lyon exude this new understanding. They now understand they have no laurels to rest on; they will need to scrap for every morsel of success. Ultimately – “ultimately” seems a long way off in their case – character translates into victory of some sort. As South African great AB de Villiers rightly pointed out in his autobiography, those with talent are judged by posterity nowhere near as favourably as those with fight. Langer himself embodies that truth.

The IPL make them fight. That’s attitude taken care of. But attitude needs complementary aptitude. We’re hoping this new combativeness doesn’t take them from bullish brats to stubborn sprats: tenacious, but tiny in terms of talent. If character is enough to turn this Aussie team around, then their UAE sojourn, regardless of the result, resembles preparation of sorts compared with India’s six-day doddle to the corner shop against the West Indies. Like a good sparring session, the Pakistan series quickly enabled the Australians to discover their limits in the IPL 2019. Indian cricket’s players and media make much of achievements like ten consecutive home series wins. Let’s hope they don’t pack smugness in their luggage. After all, Australia’s woes are mainly confined to their batting. At home, they have the munitions to devastate any delusional or delicate batting line-up.

Visit us for more IPL news latest

An analytical look at India’s retailing


India is a country with extensive rural areas where online shopping may be difficult and product delivery may be a time-consuming affair for retailers. Yet the country has a market of 1.34 billion consumers who are discerning in their habits and view shopping as a personal journey of obtaining information and indicating their preferences seamlessly across several platforms. It is paradoxical that it is the consumers who appear to be orchestrating the change and not the retailers. The established retailers appear to have a reactive, not proactive, stance in this market evolution. The connotation of omnichannel suggests that the retailers be omnipresent to the consumers. Yet cognizance of transitional market dynamics has allowed 100% FDI in online retail of goods and services under the marketplace model through the automatic route in an attempt to legitimize the existing businesses of e-commerce companies operating in India. FDI is however prohibited in e-commerce companies that own inventories of goods and services and sell directly to consumers using online platforms. Also the marketplaces are prohibited from offering deep discounts on the products and warranty/guarantee of the goods. These can only be offered by the sellers and their contact details have to be displayed online in the marketplace platform. Sales from an individual vendor in such a marketplace is capped at 25% of the total sales. The e-commerce retailer can continue to provide support services like warehousing, logistics, order fulfilment, call centre, and payment collection to the individual sellers. These directives of the Government can potentially end the price wars in the e-commerce space and level the playing field with physical stores. As the retail players in the online space gear up towards implementing the transitions laid down by the Government, it is evident that their transformative role in the Indian market have been duly acknowledged. Over the next few years, it will be of much interest to monitor the retail landscape and analyse the market dynamics that unfurl among the dominant stakeholders.

Questions for Discussion and Review
Conduct a SWOT Analysis of the Indian e-retail sector. Match its strengths to opportunities and indicate any competitive advantage that the sector may have.

A customer notices that a particular product available at the store is cheaper on the retailer’s website and requests to get the same price at the store. The salesman says that online offers are limited to those buying online. In this context, discuss the implications of a customer walking out of the store and buying online instead.

Analyse the evolution of e-retail as a disruptive business model and identify the stage of leadership development that India has currently reached.

Is China the most relevant benchmark for global CEOs who are attempting to study future changes in Indian e-retail? Discuss.

Explain some of the current challenges encountered by e-commerce retailers in India.

Discuss the strategies that are being taken by online and offline retailers to build sustainable omnichannels for their organizations.

Delivery logistics is innovating to add value and provide delivery speed to customers. Discuss its impact of delivery the e-commerce business.

Indian consumers often abandon their online shopping carts because of unexpected costs such as high cost of shipping, tax rate, accessory charges at the point of payment. Explain how omnichannel retailing can help lessen this problem?

Critically evaluate the factors that may make the Indian e-commerce sector profitable in the long run.

Discuss the Government’s policy regulations that are shaping the overall retail sector in India.

Management Control


Management is controlling the things you can. There are only three things that you can control in business and no more than three. The first is time, the second is money, and the third is quality. These are the only things that thought leadership or manager can control. Note that there is no mention of people.

This is the triple constraint of management: If quality drives your project, it will take you more time and more money. If money controls your project, you will sacrifice quality and lose time. If time controls your project, it will cost you more money and affect quality. Whichever one drives, the other two suffer. That’s the art of control in business. You need to know which one is driving and then manage the suffering of the others.

As for people: You can’t control people. You can’t control what goes on in the mind of an employee. It’s impossible to manage people, you can only lead people. Every time I hear someone say “I manage eight people,” I cringe (see Motivating, the Impossibility Of ). It worked for me in China too. One rainy day when we were building the new Radica factory in China, I walked by an open ditch where the sewer pipe was being laid.

I could see that the pipe was being laid with no “fall” (downward slope) and that the sewage would not flow properly. I tried to explain the situation without success, so I took off my shoes and jumped into the mud. I demonstrated with a contractor’s level how to slope the pipe (1/4″ per foot is the standard): I laid two sections of pipe while they were watching. I then watched them lay two sections of pipe (correctly). I led, “pulled” them (by demonstration) not telling, “pushing” them—until they understood. Then I left. The staff was shocked that I jumped in the mud and did the dirty work. I received a lot of respect from that episode that carried over everywhere. I still use this “pulling” style in my retirement in the Bahamas: I jump into the dirty work, show them how I want it, assist them until they get the concept—at which time I disappear. Gets respect every time.


When you find a new niche and that market is growing, you have to go in and take out the 80% of sales before the bottom feeders come in behind you, and then get out. So, go in, take the cream and then go out and find the next market.

Culture and Trust

Lack of trust is lack of culture. If the company has the right culture and personnel, you do not need rules. And if there is an employee who violates your trust, replace that employee.

Culture of Responsibility

The human side is always the difficult side. So, whenever I would build a company, I always started with the culture. The culture is right when everybody communicates well and trusts each other—and they own their problems. I call problems “monkeys.” When they own their monkeys they feed them, change their diapers and take care of them. But to get people to own their problems is very, very difficult.

In China, because of Mao Zedong, anybody—such as the intellectuals—who took any responsibility was at risk of being killed. Hence, an environment emerged in the country in which no one would take responsibility because they might die. So, starting a company in China with the goal of getting everyone to take responsibility—when they’ve been culturally trained not to take it—is a really tough problem. A lot of times employees would try to get me to make their decisions, to pass me their monkey. I would shock them: “You get paid at the end of the month right?” They’d agree, wondering what this had to do with their question. I’d say, “Well, you get paid by check at the end of the month, right?” They’d agree again. So, I’d say to them, “You’re asking me to take away your happiness.” They wouldn’t understand. I’d explain then, “Well, you know how good you feel when you open that envelope, see that check, and know you earned it. But if I make your decision today, when you open that envelope, I’ll steal all your happiness because you will know that I did your job for you. You received your paycheck, but I stole your happiness. Now, do you really want me to take your monkey and steal your happiness?”

Decisions, Stealing Them

Decisions need to be pushed down to lowest level possible. A poorly led company allows decisions to go up to the next management level. Eventually, the CEO winds up swamped and ineffective. In China, no one wants to take responsibility (authority) because if it goes wrong, they cannot handle blame and they lose “face”; it was tough to change the culture in Radica because of the patriarchal tradition they have had for centuries. All of the decisions go up to the top.

I would draw the pyramid to show the decision paths; then, I would ask, “Do we push the decisions up and have one brain working or should we push the decisions down and have 8,000 brains working?” Eventually, decisions were passed to everybody. Even the janitors had to plan the toilet paper supply and authorize the purchases. “Authority comes to those who steal it” the phrase came to me while at IGT. No one would take charge when the leader was away, so I did. I became the leader and later when reflecting on how I became the leader, this phrase was born. A well-run organization prospers when decisions are passed down the lowest level possible, get all the brains working.

Regression Analysis on AI


Gradient descent and backpropagation enable adjustments like these in an artificial neural network. If an artificial neural network were learning to expand its menu of jellybeans, it would start out with white jellybeans and would move along the color gradient to sample darker and darker jellybeans. The network would test the flavor of each until it eventually tasted a black jellybean, at which point, the backprop algorithm would kick in and tell the neural network that it had gone too far on the color gradient. (Keep in mind that backprop is typically only used for supervised learning.)

These algorithms work by making adjustments to the weights of each connection. Each neuron in an artificial neural network has a weight (typically zero through one), which shows its strength to a previous or succeeding neuron. The closer the weight is to the number one the stronger the connection. The closer the weight is to zero the weaker the connection. A neural network adjusts the weights of these connections over time as a way to match different patterns. A strong connection shows a clear match. A weaker connection shows only a possible match or no match at all.

With supervised learning, you need a way to let the neural network know when it has made a mistake when it has failed to identify a match or has falsely identified a match. Suppose the neural network mistakes a purple jellybean for a black jellybean. The backprop algorithm tweaks the weight of the neural connections to reduce the possibility that the neural network will make this same mistake in the future.

Remember that my friends and family had to coax me into trying darker color jellybeans. The same is true with an artificial neural network. A human being has to identify the white and black jellybeans and then help the network twist the dials of the gradient to expand its menu of acceptable jellybeans.

Classification isn’t the only form of supervised machine learning digital media strategy. You can also have your artificial neural network use something called regression analysis, the purpose of which is to identify the relationship between a dependent variable and one or more independent variables.

To understand regression analysis, imagine those sausage shaped balloons you see at children’s parties. You squeeze one end, and the other end bulges. If you let it go, the balloon returns to normal. If you squeeze both ends, the center bulges. Release one end, and the bulge moves to the opposite end. Each squeeze is an independent variable. Each bulge is a dependent variable; it differs depending on where the balloon is squeezed.

Now think about what happens at your typical children’s party. Some wacky balloon performer will twist together five or six of these balloons to create various balloon animals. Now the relationship between squeezing and bulging is much more complex. If you squeeze the body, maybe the tail bulges.

If you squeeze the head, maybe two legs bulge. Each change to the independent variable results in a change to one or more dependent variables. Sometimes that relationship is easy to predict, and other times it’s extremely difficult.

I once worked for credit card processing organization that was trying to look for warning signs of when a customer would have trouble paying their bill. They used a regression in their artificial neural network to try to find relationships between different variables. What they found is that many customers start to put essentials on their credit card just before they have trouble paying their bill. A customer who typically used their card only for large purchases, such as a television or computer, would suddenly start using it to buy groceries and gas and pay their electric bill. The credit card company also found that people who had a lot of purchases under five dollars were likely to have trouble paying their bill.

The dependent variable was whether the person would have enough money to pay the credit card bill. The independent variables were the items the customer purchased and the payment amounts. The artificial neural network identified a relationship between the dependent and independent variables that provided valuable insight to the credit card company.

The dependent variable in the case of classification is a “label” or category, such as cat, dog, apple or jazz music. The dependent variable in regression is mostly a numerical value, such as income, height, weight or population.

Even though the information you get from regression analysis differs from the information you get through backpropagation, the way you use your artificial neural network is similar. It still requires massive amounts of data to identify patterns. The network examines this data to identify patterns that a person may never have thought to look for. The difference is that backprop (with neural networks) is a classification algorithm. So you’re using classification to predict a label or category. In regression, you find relationships between independent and dependent variables so the neural network can predict the behavior of a dependent variable.

When you’re starting your own AI project, you need to consider whether the job requires sorting and connecting. If it requires sorting, backpropagation is the better choice. If it requires identifying connections, go with regression analysis.

Keep in mind, however, that whether you’re using backpropagation or regression analysis, your artificial neural network can only show you the patterns. It doesn’t necessarily provide the answers, and it doesn’t offer explanations. For example, in the credit card example, the network pointed out that when customers started using their cards for purchases of five dollars or less, they were likely to have trouble paying their credit card bill, but it didn’t explain why. After the network identified the pattern, it was up to human beings to determine why.

Perhaps at some point these artificial neural networks will be able to create their own theories for why these patterns exist. For now, it’s up to humans to find meaning in these connections.