Ronaldo on Fergie: He’s the best coach EVER but I still don’t understand him!

first_img1 Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he still cannot understand what his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is saying.The Real Madrid star, the subject of a film documentary about his life which is now on general release, spoke of his respect for the legendary Scot in an interview with Jonathan Ross, describing Ferguson as ‘the best coach I ever had’.But he confessed that he still finds the Glaswegian’s accent impenetrable, stating: “I still don’t understand him. In the beginning, I had a translator, a Brazilian man, of course, basically only for him.”Ronaldo has described Ferguson as a ‘father figure’ and he told Ross that has has never forgotten his old manager’s compassion in allowing him to visit his late father – who suffered from alcoholism – when he was ill.“I just have to say thank you for what (Ferguson) did for me,” he said.“We had an important game in the Champions League and I said, ‘Coach I need to go to see my daddy’ and I was a key player, I was a very important player and he said, ‘Listen, your personal life, your family is the important thing that you have in your life. If you want to go three days, four days, five days you can go’.“This moment is what I keep for me because it was the most important time in my life and he shared it with me. This is why I respect him and for me he’s the best coach I ever had.”Ronaldo, who spent six years at United before moving to Real, also spoke of his affection for his time in England.“I respect English people a lot because they are very polite and they respect (you),” he added.“But it’s true, the time I spent here, people treated me unbelievably. I’m never going to forget that.”last_img read more

Giants hold team meeting, Brandon Crawford accepts new (interim) title

first_imgMIAMI — When the Giants dealt Cory Gearrin to the Texas Rangers last summer, they lost more than just a veteran reliever.They traded away their Major League Baseball Players Association representative.That position was left vacant during the offseason and into spring training, but at least for the time being, they’ve found an interim union rep in shortstop Brandon Crawford.Crawford confirmed Wednesday that he has temporarily taken over as the player rep and said he’s willing to continue in …last_img read more

South Africa pleased with WEF participation

first_img26 January 2015President Jacob Zuma returned to Pretoria on Saturday upbeat and satisfied with the outcome of South Africa’s participation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.The president led a seven-minister delegation to the annual gathering, where they promoted South Africa as a key destination for foreign direct investment and development partnerships. Successful interactive sessions were held with international and South African business leaders, who were interested in a number of sectors. Of particular interest were infrastructure development, energy, transport and broadband, as well as mining, agro-processing and manufacturing.WEF 2015 ran from 21 to 24 January. Over four days each year, global leaders from across business, government, international organisations, academia and civil society meet in Davos for strategic dialogues which map the key transformations reshaping the world.The ministers participated as panellists in several sessions, and shared the South African story of progress. They also spoke of the country’s readiness to meet its challenges through implementing the National Development Plan.“The investors heard our message. They understood us very well that where there were challenges, we had plans to remedy the situation, for example the energy shortage in the country that we are attending to through an infrastructure build and maintenance programme,” said Zuma.“They heard us when we said we wanted to see a stronger mining sector and a transformed mining sector, hence the need to revitalise mining towns and communities.“We are happy that South African business was able to echo our message in Davos, making it clear to all that we do talk and work together. We are building our country, and will continue to make progress. We made the point strongly that any wise businessperson would really want to have a presence in South Africa,” Zuma added.He held bilateral meetings with John Key Mark Rutte, the prime ministers of New Zealand and Netherlands, respectively. The talks contributed to enhancing the good relations between South Africa and the two countries. The president also held a bilateral meeting with Professor Klaus Schwab, the founder of WEF.WEF was held under the overarching theme of the new global context. “Complexity, fragility and uncertainty are potentially ending an era of economic integration and international partnership that began in 1989,” it stated on its website.“What is clear is that we are confronted by profound political, economic, social and, above all, technological transformations. They are altering long-standing assumptions about our prospects, resulting in an entirely ‘new global context’ for decision-making.”Leaders at the meeting were “looking to strengthen their situation awareness and contextual intelligence”.Source: SANews.govlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 98 | Sending help to Nebraska

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rose Hartschuh joins Matt and Joel for the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold. They’re talking the relief efforts by Ohio farmers to Nebraska though Ohio’s Rural America Relief.Other guests include Muskingum Co. Pork Producer Matt Bell, Grain Merchandiser Jon Scheve, Laura Lindsey from OSU Extension on Barley, and Chris Baker of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Tune in!last_img

Microsoft’s Office For iPhone: Wrong Product, Wrong Market

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#iPhone#Microsoft Office#mobile Related Posts Remember when Microsoft Office ruled the world? Office files were so ubiquitous, and so proprietary, that the entire personal computing industry hinged on whether or not a given device could run Office. No more. After years of foot-dragging, Microsoft recently released Office for the iPhone.(See also Microsoft Office For iOS App Limited In Audience, Features)Did you notice? We did, and had a definite meh feeling about it.One reason it may not have crossed your radar, as The New York Times‘ David Pogue points out, is that Microsoft is only making Office available for the iPhone to Office 365 customers. That probably doesn’t include you.Why? Because as good as Office 365 is, it’s hard to come up with a good reason to subscribe to it. When was the last time that Microsoft released an Office feature that you really, desperately needed? Maybe 10 years ago? If you have an old copy of Office sitting on your hard drive somewhere, you probably see little reason to upgrade to a cloud version, or any other newer version.Office simply doesn’t matter very much anymore.Back When Office Mattered…This wasn’t always the case, of course. I avoided buying a Mac until Microsoft made the platform fit for the enterprise by building a version of Office for the Mac in 1997. But for Microsoft’s gesture, almost certainly intended to deflect U.S. antitrust attention on Microsoft’s monopolies in the PC market, I would never have bought a Mac.Fast forward to 2013, and no one considers Office when buying an iPhone, iPad or the equivalent Android devices. And Office, which has been available on Windows smartphones for some time, hasn’t been enough to fuel Windows smartphone or tablet sales. Even though such mobile devices are very much a part of enterprise computing today, we simply don’t care if they run Office, because Office doesn’t fit the way we work anymore.Microsoft Capitulates A Decade Too LateMicrosoft’s release of Office for the iPhone, in whatever form, feels very much like a belated capitulation, as Pogue suggests:Office for iPhone is big news, but not because the software is earthshaking. No, it’s a big deal primarily because of the politics of the situation….Here is Microsoft – the once-mighty software global overlord, years into its repeated failures to produce a successful smartphone – creating an app that lets you edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the gadget that defeated it, the iPhone.Microsoft will continue to print billions of dollars in profits each quarter, the spoils of its hard-fought 1990s office productivity suite hegemony. But I suspect you aren’t going to be rushing out to subscribe to Office 365 in order to get access. Would you buy a copy if Microsoft made it a $0.99 download on iTunes?Probably. Just like that one song to which you used to listen.center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Matt Asaylast_img read more

Registrations now open for the inaugural Bundaberg Cup!

first_imgTeams from around the country are invited to nominate for the richest Touch Football prizemoney purse in Australia, $20,000, to be shared across various men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Register Now!Entries for the inaugural Bundaberg Cup are now open and interested teams can nominate by visiting www.qldtouch.com.au. In addition to providing a wonderful prizemoney knockout opportunity for players, officials and volunteers in regional Queensland, the Bundaberg Cup also promises to provide a major boost to the region’s tourism industry.International, inter (Queensland) and intra-State teams will compete for the prizemoney in a carnival atmosphere at the Greg Duncan Fields, Bundaberg on 14-15 November (Saturday and Sunday). Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie O’Connor, said he was looking forward to working with Touch Football Australia to deliver a landmark event. “The inception of the Bundaberg Cup provides a significant addition to the wider Touch Football events calendar,” he said.“More importantly, it provides another significant regional opportunity to boost the profile and leverage the sport to increase tourism and participation numbers to key destinations, such as Bundaberg.”Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire added: “Touch Football is a quintessential Australian sport and Bundaberg has one of the strongest local associations in the country. We are delighted to partner with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Queensland Touch Football and Bundaberg Touch Association to help deliver a fantastic regional sporting and economic opportunity.” The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar.Related Files150818_2015_bundaberg_cup_launch_media_release_v1-0-pdf2015_bundaberg_cup_poster-pdfRelated Links2015 Bundaberg Cuplast_img read more