Depay treble sees Lyon beat Nice, pip Marseille to CL spot

first_imgIt capped a miserable week for beaten Europa League finalists Marseille, who will have to make do with a return to Europe’s second-tier competition despite beating Amiens 2-1.Nice missed out on the Europa League with Saturday’s defeat, and coach Lucien Favre announced he was leaving the club after the game.Marseille’s defeat by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in Lyon had ensured that the third-placed finishers in Ligue 1 would join the top two in the group stage of Europe’s premier competition, rather than face the qualifying rounds.“The group this year has done very well, it is a fair reward to finish third,” Lyon captain Nabil Fekir told French television, before refusing to commit his future to the club.“I don’t know, frankly. I gave everything at Lyon, we’ll see for the future. It hasn’t been perfect this season, but it’s a good finish.”Lyon were the first of the three sides in contention to slip up, as Alassane Plea raced clean through on goal and fired through the legs of home goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to put Nice ahead.OL desperately needed a quick leveller after half-time and Depay provided just that.Fekir did excellently to twist into space and square for Depay to tap home.Depay has arguably been the best player in France during the latter stages of the season, and the Dutchman produced the moment of magic needed to send Lyon into the Champions League.The former Manchester United flop showed magnificent creativity and execution to roll a free-kick under the wall and into the bottom corner to score his 18th goal of the campaign and his ninth in as many games.Depay completed a sublime treble late on by dinking the ball over away goalkeeper Walter Benitez, and although Plea fired home from long range in the 89th minute, Lyon held on as Nice missed on a Europa League spot.– Marseille victory in vain –Rudi Garcia’s Marseille were left frustrated as they missed a second chance in four days to reach the Champions League © AFP / Boris HORVATMarseille struck first in the race for the Champions League against Amiens at the Stade Velodrome, as teenager Boubacar Kamara’s clever pass picked out Morgan Sanson who slammed a fierce shot into the roof of the net to give Rudi Garcia’s men an 11th-minute lead against Troyes.Just seconds after Lyon fell behind at the Groupama Stadium, things got even better for Garcia’s team as Kostas Mitroglou reacted quickest after Lucas Ocampos’ header was saved to stab in the ninth goal of his first Ligue 1 season.But Amiens hit back to give Lyon a boost, as Moussa Konate took advantage of some terrible home defending to halve the deficit before half-time.Visiting midfielder Thomas Monconduit was rightly sent off for a horrendous challenge as he slammed his studs into the planted leg of Ocampos, who was lucky not to escape serious injury, early in the second half.Marseille saw out the win, but the three points provided little joy as results elsewhere meant they wasted two chances to return to Europe’s top table in just four days.“Everyone started screaming in the stands and we thought it was 3-3 in Lyon,” said Marseille star forward Florian Thauvin.“We’ve had a good season, but haven’t been rewarded.”Monaco knew that they would be assured of a Champions League place if they avoided defeat and a double from Rony Lopes and Jordi Mboula’s late strike saw them relegate Troyes with a comfortable win.That result sent Troyes down to the second tier with already-relegated Metz, as Toulouse secured a playoff with a 2-1 victory over Guingamp.Elsewhere, Caen held champions Paris Saint-Germain to a goalless draw to secure safety, while Bordeaux thrashed Metz 4-0 to join Marseille and Rennes in the Europa League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Memphis Depay’s lofted finish competed a wonderful hat-trick © AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZESPARIS, France, May 20 – Memphis Depay struck a wonderful hat-trick as Lyon fought back to beat Nice 3-2 at the Groupama Stadium on Saturday to qualify for the Champions League from Ligue 1 at the expense of Marseille.Monaco saw off relegated Troyes 3-0 to wrap up second spot behind champions Paris Saint-Germain, as Bruno Genesio’s Lyon finished one point clear of Marseille in third after a dramatic final day of the season.last_img read more

Progress with planting, Chinese trade and prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileWhat a difference a year makes! This year producers were unfortunately treated to cool, wet weather for much of April, following an extended winter. Corn and soybean planting progress for Ohio was virtually nil at the end of April. While producers were not pleased with weather conditions they certainly had time to get planters and tillage equipment even better prepared for the push that finally came in early May. The two-week delayed start, in a weird twist, seems to have improved producers’ attitudes compared to last year. Gone were the major frustrations of last spring that brought the unwelcome task of replanting corn and soybeans to reach desired plant population levels for optimum yields. Gone were the added stress levels brought about by replanting two or even three times as nagging rains continued to come out of nowhere. Instead, this year there was unexpected overall efficient planting progress made during the first two weeks of May. Many were estatic at the excellent planting progress for their farms.At this writing on May 18, producers had not yet seen any hints of a U.S. weather market with the typical huge price swings, both up and down. However, there have already been huge price swings as the U.S./China trade concerns and talks have been ongoing for two months. A common thread seen in numerous analysts’ comments are that price activity during a trade war has violent price swings, similar to those seen with weather markets. Weather can fluctuate producers’ outlooks between glee and gloom multiple times in a span of just days. On again, off again trade talk progress can be a dizzying process to understand.May 18 brought about a huge change in China’s trade policy with the U.S. They withdrew their anti-dumping claims against U.S. sorghum. The U.S. had been expected to export 6 to 7 million tons of sorghum to China prior to their imposing anti-dumping duties. The U.S. had already shipped 4.3 million tons before the duties were announced. With U.S. sorghum again flowing to China, it prompts the scenario of U.S. feedgrains shrinking, resulting in larger amounts of corn being fed to livestock.The May 10 USDA Supply and Demand Report yielded neutral implications for corn and bullish implications for soybeans. New crop 2018 soybeans were estimated at 415 million bushels, 120 million bushels below trade expectations. That surprise was the bullish slant for soybeans. Further examination reveals USDA estimated 2018-2019 US soybean exports of 2.29 billion bushels, a jump of 225 million bushels above 2017-2018 USDA export estimates, an increase of 10%. Such an increase would seem extremely suspect given the continuing uncertainty as the U.S./China trade issues have not been yet resolved.While producers attitudes are the best seen in months with the excellent corn and soybean planting seen at mid-May, those sentiments are not rampant throughout the entire agricultural sector. Bankers in general have been turning down agricultural loans this past winter and spring. The farm slump of declining revenues has entered its fifth year. Livestock producers have seen a sharp decline in cattle prices over $60 since late 2014 while the hog price declines are over 40% since the summer of 2014.As time marches on this summer, remember that unexpected uncertainty brings confusion. Bull markets do not have their thrust in prolonged periods of uncertainty. Continuing trade talks or trade wars are a no win situation for producers and are not bullish. While stability can be boring, it is the desired event.Don’t give up on corn long term. Brazil’s corn production could easily be reduced further. Dry weather concerns in China’s northeast major growing area could reduce their production as well. World corn stocks to usage could be the tightest in 45 years. World corn ending stocks in 2016-17 were 227 million tons. USDA’s current projections for 2018-19 are 159 million tons while some suggest they could drop to 140 million tons.Mid-May weather issues in the US, Canada, Russia, and Australia are once again providing higher prices for wheat. The Black Sea region is the largest wheat exporter in the world. Current weather forecasts suggest their dryness is no longer just a few days event. Instead, it could last for weeks.last_img read more

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

dApp Development Will Help the Healthcare Industry

first_imgFDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Related Posts Harikrishna Kundariya, a marketer, developer, IoT, ChatBot & Blockchain savvy, designer, co-founder, Director of eSparkBiz @Mobile Application Development Company. His 8+ experience enables him to provide digital solutions to new start-ups based on IoT and ChatBot. eSparkbiz has reached greater heights with his immense contribution in calculating the Cost To Make An App. Harikrishna KundariyaCEO Tags:#dApps Development#dApps in Healthcare Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Why is Bitcoin Soaring? How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… From time to time, technology will come along that can be counted on to disrupt many industries. Blockchain is one such technology. Blockchain has started to make inroads into many business sectors. Blockchain will bring only thoughts of cryptocurrencies to many people. dApp development will help the healthcare industry.However, technology has invaded industries as varied as healthcare and transportation. The dApp is one product that uses blockchain technology. These are applications or programs that run without centralized control. A central entity controls all applications. Blockchain technology is what facilitates the creation of dApps, so why does healthcare need blockchain technology?What is blockchain technology?It is not a technology that is used only in cryptocurrency transactions. The Blockchain is an open-source technology. In this technology, transactions get recorded on a decentralized ledger. Transactions get spread across the chain. There are no centralized agencies which control the operations. This technology cuts out the need for a middle man. Alternatively, it uses consensus from all involved parties to validate a transaction.It is almost impossible for someone to make a transaction without the other entities knowing about it. It allows total transparency of all transactions. Though initially, people use this technology for transactions of cryptocurrencies, many industries are looking at ways to adopt this technology. There are many advantages of using this technology, especially where there is an exchange of data between many people.Advantages of blockchain technology.Before we see how Blockchain helps the healthcare industry, we should look at the benefits of using this technology. Any technology may get used if it adds value to the existing system. Let us see how blockchain technology is beneficial. The first and most significant advantage of Blockchain is that there is no central authority to validate transactions. Every transaction gets distributed to all the members of a chain.Hence there is no way any tampering can happen. The fact that every transaction gets accepted by consensus will prevent any fraud. Every transaction is recorded and validated by everyone. It means that there is total transparency in the system. It improves trust in the system. Every member of the group can see the details of every transaction. In earlier systems, the data was stored in a centralized location.In Blockchain, it gets spread among the various servers in the system. It makes it almost impossible for anyone to enter the system and steal the data. There is no central data store for hackers to target. As there is no central agency checking or approving each transaction, the cost of transactions become much less. It results in a considerable saving of money. The system itself takes care of the job. It also saves time.The Blockchain is a system that checks and approves the transactionsAs there is no single agency supporting the transactions, there is no way tampering can take place. All purchases need the consensus of all members.There is total transparency and trust because everyone can see all the transactions.There is more trust as everything is out in the open for everyone to seeThere is no centralized data storage for hackers to target.Money and time savings as there is no need to wait for someone to approve the transactions.What ails the healthcare industry?Before we see how Blockchain can play an essential role in the healthcare industry, we must look at the problems that the healthcare industry faces. There are many issues concerning sharing of medical information, treatment of patients, and distribution of medicines which can use the blockchain technology. One of the primary reasons for the theft of data from EMR (electronic medical records) of patients is that they are all stored in a centralized location.It makes it easy for any hacker to access the data and use it for illegal purposes. Another problem with the medical record of patients is the delay in getting the data. The patient may have undergone treatment in one facility. If another health organization wants these data, they have to wait to get it. It may take longer if these facilities are located in locations far apart.There is always difficulty in compiling the medical details from various sources. It may be possible to integrate the medical records from wearable devices of a patient with other data. But it certainly is not easy. Today more and more people are using wearable devices to record body activities.Theft of EMR is rampant as data gets stored in one locationHackers need only to open one storage device to get access to all data. These hackers sell these medical data for money.Sending data from one health organization to another can take a lot of time.Compiling of medical records from different sources is difficult.Integration of data from wearable devices with other medical records is a lengthy process.Using Blockchain in the healthcare industry.While Blockchain will help solve the above problems, it also finds a use for many purposes in the healthcare industry. Let us first see how Blockchain helps to solve the above issues. The first advantage of Blockchain is that it is fully decentralized. The system does not store any data in centralized storage devices. The data is available in a distributed manner across the whole network. There is no way hackers can target one source and get all the information.When the data gets distributed across the whole chain, it is easy to access the data. The patient can own the data and decide who has access to the data. It means that when the patient goes to a different healthy facility, even in a different country, he or she can show the data to the new doctor. There is no time delay or the need to wait for someone to share the data.Blockchain helps to merge the data from wearables to be integrated with other medical records available. Users will generate IoT data which they can consolidate with other healthcare organization data. Blockchain can help to secure IoT data with the utmost ease. Apart from the above, the main advantage is the formation of dApp, which are very helpful in the healthcare industry. Let us see how dApp can play a significant role in the industry. Before that, we need to look at what is a dApp.What are dApps?dApp stands for Decentralized Application. It is a web application meant for sharing of information between the users. Unlike other apps, there is no central ownership or managing body. All the users of the app maintain the app. Any new addition or change is made through mutual consent. A copy of the app gets stored in the computers of all the users. It doesn’t matter how many people are there in the network.Bitcoin is probably the first dApp which runs on the Blockchain. It is a dApp for financial transactions. There is no central financial institution controlling the transactions. Each person adds an entry to the ledger.Healthcare and dApps.Apart from helping in financial transactions, dApps have been useful in many other industries. But healthcare is an industry which can get a lot of help from this technology. Let us see how the healthcare industry can use dApps.Sharing of data.It is probably the best use for dApps in the healthcare industry. When a patient is undergoing treatment, the details get entered in the app. dApps can connect the pieces of information in a shared network. It means that the treatment detail will be available at any time if the patient is visiting another hospital for treatment.Another benefit is that such exchanges can help in patients getting better treatment. Sometimes patients of similar symptoms can be treated with different medication. If the data is updated, doctors can know which treatment was more beneficial and start using that medication.Secure data storage.It is another important use of dApps in the healthcare industry. The dApp can store the data and spread it across all members of the group. It means that there is no central storage server which hackers can target.Hospitals store a considerable amount of data on secure servers. However, these are all vulnerable to attacks by hackers who will steal the personal data of patients. Having the data spread across an app will frustrate the hackers as there will be no target for them.Public Health.If there is a dApp which gets shared between various health practitioners and organizations, they can share information about an epidemic. It will help in treating the epidemic faster. Everyone in the network can add their knowledge about different treatment methods. It is right in the case of research too. If the research details get shared in a dApp, this can help different researchers involved in similar studies. They will know the results of various trails which have been conducted by their colleagues.An important fact here is that all the users in the dApp verify every entry. There is no way to make a wrong entry can. Nobody can claim ownership wrongly as every entry has to be authenticated by mutual consent. The study is safe, and everyone who has contributed will get his or her credit.Patient Health data.Instead of storing the health details of patients in a centralized electronic health record, they can store in a dApp which is owned and controlled by them. They can decide who can view the app. Patients cannot access EHR now. In a dApp, the patients can integrate their medical details from wearable devices. They can also use other tools and include that data in the medical records. It will help the doctors to give a complete picture of the patients’ health.Agreements and contracts.It is a very time-consuming process getting the family members to sign the deal when someone has to undergo surgery. There are forms to be completed and signature affixed. These have to be sent to a centralized authority for approval. In the case of a dApp, the patients’ relatives and the hospital can manage this without any central authority. It is possible because the others in the group authenticate every entry. It saves a lot of time.A secure on-demand model.The on-demand service app has made its presence felt in the healthcare industry. There are apps which help in the supply of medicines. There are also apps which help you get a doctor when you want. But there was no secure app for this purpose. dApps are the solution. They can help in a very secure network of doctors and medical suppliers. If there is a problem, it is straightforward to find out where it has happened and correct it.As all the users of the app have to authenticate, any data entered is immediately known to all the people concerned.Doctors treating patients who got treatment elsewhere can have instant access to patient’s records.Doctors can arrive at the best cure for a condition as treatment methods for similar symptoms are shared.Patient data is very secure as there is no central storage server for hackers to target.Epidemics can be treated quickly as information about treatment is readily available on the dApp.Researches researching similar diseases can share information and have access to details about various trials and results.Researchers are safe when sharing information as every entry needs authentication. Nobody can make the wrong claims.Patients can integrate all medical records in a dApp which they have access and can control. It is better than EHR.You can integrate medical results from wearable devices and other sources in one dApp.The signing of agreements and contracts are fast and secure.On-demand services become safer as mistakes can be immediately located and corrected.Obstacles and Difficulties in Using Blockchain Technology.Different regions have different medical guidelines. In a blockchain network, nobody knows whether everyone is following the directions correctly. It is because there is no central authority controlling the information. Another difficulty that occurs when storing medical data is storage capacity. Each user generates a considerable amount of data. It is much more than what can get stored in a blockchain because of the size restrictions of the block.The time taken for data to be loaded on to the Blockchain is another matter. The process is prolonged. It is because of the number of consents that are required before it can get recorded. There is a need to find a better system than the proof-of-work method. Data cannot be changed once it gets entered in the Blockchain. It adds to the security of the data because no one can change it. But this also makes it impossible to scale the data.ConclusionThe technology is still in its nascent state. There are many difficulties in using blockchain technology in the healthcare industries. There are unclear areas concerning data privacy. There is doubt about who should get access and who shouldn’t. The cost of technology is another obstacle to using it very widely. The main problem, however, would be to convince the various parties to adopt the technology and prove that it is useful and safer than present systems.The fact that it keeps patients’ data safe and gives them control should be enough reason to push forward this technology.last_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 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