China looks to Manchester to ramp up football fortunes

first_imgDuring that time they will drop in on the training grounds of United and City to see coaches Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in action, state Xinhua news agency said.They will also visit St George’s Park, the training base of English football, as part of the new initiative run by The University of Manchester and Manchester Football Association.The course is one of three in Britain this year for Chinese coaches drawn from schools and universities across China, its consulate in Manchester said.Group co-ordinator Deng Shijun told Xinhua that “we have had excellent lecturers for each class and have benefited greatly from the general training”.Xi visited Manchester in 2015 and posed for a selfie with City striker Sergio Aguero.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chinese coaches will drop in on the Manchester training grounds of United and City to see coaches Jose Mourinho (pictured) and Pep Guardiola in action, as they attempt to dramatically improve football in the world’s most populous country © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFSHANGHAI, China, Jul 13 – Chinese coaches hope the magic of Mourinho and the guile of Guardiola will rub off on them as they attempt to dramatically improve football in the world’s most populous country.A group of 57 Chinese coaches is in Manchester on an intensive 12-week training and management course, part of a drive by the Beijing government and football-supporting President Xi Jinping.last_img read more

Jordy Smith captures Billabong Pro Rio

first_img20 May 2013 “This whole week was so tricky and it was one where you had your heart in your mouth whole time. I think I went out there and over-thought it. I got way too excited watching Jordy, Filipe, Adriano and Medina and tried airs and embarrassed myself. “The waves I had at the start didn’t really allow turns so I thought I’d go for airs and find waves that allowed turns at the end and it didn’t work out. Congrats to Jordy. He’s been surfing great this whole event.” “I knew I could win a World Tour event, but I had to prove to myself that I could do it away from South Africa. Semi-finalsMick Fanning matched his Billabong Rio Pro result from 2012 with a semi-finals finish. He looked deadly in his quarterfinals victory over ASP WCT rookie Sebastian Zietz, but was unable to find a rhythm against Smith in their semi-finals clash. ASP WCT TOP 5 SURFERS (Following Billabong Rio Pro)Adriano de Souza (Bra) 18 500 ptsJordy Smith (RSA) 18 250 ptsMick Fanning (Aus) 18 200 ptsKelly Slater (USA) 16 950 ptsTaj Burrow (Aus) 15 700 pts “This win feels unbelievable,” Smith said afterwards. “It’s another dream come true. The next stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will be the Volcom Fiji Pro from 2 to 14 June. De Souza’s win at Bells Beach combined with his runner-up effort in Rio vaulted the hard-working Brazilian to the number one position over former rankings’ leader Kelly Slater, highlighting his chances of becoming the first-ever Brazilian ASP world champion. Final Gabriel Medina was in top form on the final day of competition, earning a perfect 10-point ride for a lengthy barrel-to-air combination in the quarterfinals. The high-flying Brazilian was equally dangerous in his semi-finals showdown with his fellow countryman De Souza, scoring a stout 17.50 out of 20 heat total, but it was not quite enough to see him through to the final and he had to settle for a share of third. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Smith now sits at number two on the ASP WCT Rankings. Highlights from the Billabong Rio Pro are available at http://wctbrasil.com/rio13 SAinfo reporter De Souza, the 2011 Billabong Rio Pro winner, went on a rampage to advance to his second career Billabong Rio Pro Final, eliminating 11-time ASP world champion Kelly Slater (USA) and goofy-footer Gabriel Medina (Brazil), but was unable to top Smith’s devastating form in the final. South Africa’s Jordy Smith captured the Billabong Rio Pro on Sunday, edging out home favourite Adriano De Souza in the final by a score of 17.80 to 16.34 in clean two-to-four foot (one-metre) waves at Barra Da Tijuca. 1 – Jordy Smith (RSA) 17.802 – Adriano de Souza (Bra) 16.34 “It would have been good to go one better, but the semis is good,” Fanning said. “Thanks to the crowd and Adriano. He’s been ripping the whole event. Thanks to all of my friends and family for all of the amazing support.” Amazing runSmith’s run to the final was nothing short of amazing as the South African powerhouse defeated dangerous rookie Filipe Toledo (Brazil) and two-time ASP world champion Mick Fanning (Australia) en route to the final. Adriano de Souza 15.33 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 12.30Gabriel Medina 16.43 def. Adrian Buchan (Aus) 14.93Mick Fanning 12.50 def. Sebastian Zietz (Haw) 12.37Jordy Smith 17.76 def. Filipe Toledo (Bra) 14.07 ‘I got a couple of scores’“When the swell dropped against Adriano and he took to the sky, I knew I was going to have to do the same, but luckily I got a couple of scores.” RESULTS Smith attributed his success to his ability to adapt to both his competitors and the ever-changing conditions of Barra Da Tijuca. Quarter-finals Semi-finals Smith showed an incredible variety of technical airs and turns in the final, launching a massive straight frontside air for a 9.33 and a stalefish air-reverse for an 8.50 to top De Souza for the win. Adriano de Souza 17.64 def. Gabriel Medina (Bra) 17.50Jordy Smith 14.83 def. Mick Fanning (Aus) 8.26 ‘Congrats to Jordy’“I did my best out there and thanks to the crowd for being behind me 100 percent,” De Souza said. “Congrats to Jordy. He beat me in the final from start to finish. I’m so happy to be here representing Brazil. Jordy was the best out there today and congrats to him.” The third of 10 stops on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Billabong Rio Pro used the entire event waiting period, culminating in a high-performance showdown from the ASP’s top 34 amidst a bevy of barrels and ramps. Third ASP WCT winThe Billabong Rio Pro victory marks the third career ASP WCT event win for the 25-year-old and his first away from South Africa. “I knew it was going to be tough,” he said. “I was really nervous in the first heat against Filipe. Luckily I got through that one and when I came up against Mick I waited for better waves. last_img read more

International call centre opens in Durban

first_imgThe launch of the R200-million CCI Call Centres building in Umhlanga took place on 30 January 2015. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies was one of the speakers at the launch.More than 200 people will be housed in the CCI Call Centres building in Umhlanga, Durban. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe expansion of skills remains vital to the support offered by the South African government to investors, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Davies, who was joined by King Goodwill Zwelithini, was speaking at the launch of the R200-million CCI Call Centres building in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, on 30 January.His ministry’s partnership with private sector companies like CCI illustrated the government’s commitment to work closely with all companies to create an enabling environment to attract investors.The R200-million investment in the building, which will house more than 200 employees, demonstrated a commitment by CCI Call Centres to the South African business process services (BPS) sector. The company benefited from the department’s BPS incentive, which aimed to attract investment and create employment in South Africa through offshoring activities.CCI Call Centres set up its operations in the country in 2005 and has grown from 50 seats to over 3 000 seats operating from Umhlanga. The group has also participated in the Monyetla Work Readiness Programme, which prepares people who are under 35 and previously unemployed for the workplace through training and development.Mark Chana, CCI managing director, said support from the South African government through the BPS incentive had made the South African value proposition cost competitive when bidding for international contracts against other offshore destinations such as the Philippines.Davies said the business process outsourcing/business process services (BPO/BPS) incentive had been hugely successful in terms of meeting the department’s objectives. Over 9 000 jobs had been created and the sector was key for attracting investment and creating new jobs, especially in the 18- to 35-year-old age groups, where job creation was most needed.King Zwelithini encouraged CCI Call Centres management to also consider setting up offices in rural areas, other provinces and other Southern African Development Community countries. He called on those who would be employed at the call centre to take their work seriously as it was not a right but an opportunity and privilege.CCI Call Centres is an international call centre group that provides outsourced customer contact services. It specialises in the operation of outbound, inbound and blended multi-channel contact centres. Some of the UK’s leading brands, primarily in the mobile, technology, telecommunications and financial industry sectors, are supported by CCI from the 2 000-seat purpose-built contact centre and head office in La Lucia, Durban.The company has over 4 000 permanent employees and has three fully functional sites in South Africa, with the capacity to grow to 5 000 seats.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Intel Inside Our Closets

first_imgTags:#biometric smart wear#biometrics#biosignals#Body#Brian Krzanich#Code Conference#Code Conference 2014#digital fitness#Edison#exercise#fitness#fitness apps#fitness trackers#health#Intel#OMsignal#quantified self#smart clothing#Stephane Marceau#workouts Smart clothing for consumers is a new category. It involves a product that is hard to do well and involves a lot of seamless integration (even across different mediums). It is probably not atypical for a new category to start with a very “vertically integrated” value chain and then eventually modularize, to gradually open and then partly disaggregate. So Intel may have a shot. But right now, with wearable clothing as a very nascent market, it may be too early. There aren’t enough customers—either in the fashion business or as consumers—for smart clothing to be a business like PCs, with one kind of chip inside most devices.And most people are very cost-sensitive in buying clothes. So if tech-enabled apparel does develop into a mass market, it’s not clear there will be big profits in it. In Krzanich’s hunt for big new markets, this may not be a good fit. Feature photo via AIQ Smart Clothing; photo of Walt Mossberg and Brian Krzanich by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self. And then there was the time when Intel CEO Brian Krzanich started unbuttoning his shirt on stage.The boss of the giant chipmaker stopped several buttons short of any risqué moves, but he wanted to show Recode’s Walt Mossberg, who was interviewing him at the Code Conference earlier this week in Los Angeles, what he was wearing underneath: a bicycling jersey wired up with steel threads and sensors that could read his heart rate and other vital signs.Wiring Up What We WearCall it the Internet of Threads: Intel wants to get inside clothing, one of many new markets it’s exploring.The Smart Shirt prototype Krzanich wore used an Edison chip to process signals off of the jersey, made by Intel partner AIQ Smart Clothing. Edison is Intel’s big bet on the wearables market, an all-in-one chipset that inventors can take off the shelf to start building devices with connectivity without having to put all of the silicon parts together themselves.Krzanich also showed an app that picked up his heart rate from the shirt.“I’m relatively calm for being up on stage,” Krzanich said. “Uh oh, now my heart rate’s going up.”Intel CEO Brian Krzanich shows Recode editor Walt Mossberg a heart-rate app linked to a shirt with wearable technology inside.Intel is developing a new technology called Gossamer, a combination of hardware and software that’s especially good at processing heart-rate data. That could be useful: As I’ve found, the quality of heart-rate data varies wildly from device to device and app to app, and different companies take different approaches to handling the variations people see.Basis, a smartwatch maker Intel recently acquired, tries to smooth out heart-rate variations to get a useful reading over a long period of time, at the cost of moment-to-moment accuracy. Under Armour’s Armour39 tries to capture the spikes elite athletes can generate when they launch right into an intense workout.A Struggle To Fit Into Clothes The challenge Intel will face is signing up wearable inventors, who so far have preferred to tweak every last bit of their hardware and software to extend battery life and get the right experience for users.The right decisions if you’re targeting runners and cyclists might not work out for people who prefer to work out inside a gym. And devices that target the athletic demographic may not work well for other markets. Krzanich brought up the example of providing Smart Shirts to elderly people living in nursing homes, to better monitor their health.Fashion being fashion, it’s unlikely that a device targeted for the geriatric set will appeal to avid runners (like Krzanich himself).I asked Stéphane Marceau, CEO of OMsignal, a maker of smart shirts whose first products are coming out this summer, what he thought of Intel’s move. Would OMsignal put Intel inside its shirts one day? He shared these thoughts:Hey, we just source the best components in order to deliver the best Biometric Smartwear to our consumers.  So far, the only way to effectively harness biosignal “from skin to insights” and to deliver a seamless consumer product has been for us to develop our own architecture/software and source a variety of specialized components.  For now, we are very full stack. However, we are totally open to working with leading partners like Intel and others in the future.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … owen thomaslast_img read more