Serbia v Brazil: Preview, confirmed teams and radio commentary

first_img 3 Brazil will seal a place in the knockout rounds if they avoid defeat against Serbia in their final Group E game.Late strikes by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar rescued victory against Costa Rica last time out, and mean Serbia will probably have to beat the five-time champions if they are to progress themselves. This is the fourth game to be played at Spartak Stadium at this World Cup The Serbs took the lead against Switzerland in their last game but fell to goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, leaving their tournament future in the balance.A draw against Brazil could be enough to see them through, but they would have to rely on Costa Rica upsetting the odds and beating Switzerland in today’s other Group E game. Full match preview here.When is Serbia vs Brazil?The match will take place on Wednesday, June 27 and kicks off at 7pm UK time.Moscow’s 44,000-seater Spartak Stadium will host the clash. 3 Coutinho’s late strike against Costa Rica was a huge relief for Brazil as they finally broke the deadlock How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of all the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Who are the key players?The subject of constant links to Manchester United and Juventus this summer, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has yet to prove himself on the biggest stage this summer. A genuine goal threat and a huge physical presence in the middle of the park, the 23-year-old will look to justify his rumoured £100million price tag and lead Serbia to the second round for the first time as an independent nation.With goals in both Brazil’s first two games, Philippe Coutinho is stepping forward as the Selecao’s key man at this World Cup, providing the big moments when they need them most. His stunning strike against Switzerland was only enough to earn a draw, but against Costa Rica he popped up in the 91st minute to grab a crucial breakthrough.Confirmed teamsSerbia XI: Stoikovic, Rukavina, Kolarov, Veljkovic, Milenkovic, Tadic, Kostic, Sergej, Matic, Ljajic, MitrovicBrazil XI: Becker, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Fagner, Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho, Willian, Neymar, Jesus, NeymarHow is Group E shaping up ahead of the match? 3 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

IDC: PCs, Dumb Phones Still Doomed As Smartphones Rule

first_imgmarkhachman 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The PC is market is expected to shrink. Again.The smartphone market is expected to grow. Again.On Monday, IDC predicted that PC sales will fall 1.3% in 2013, and that smartphone sales will continue their explosive growth, topping 50% and displacing the legacy feature phone as the dominant mobile phone platform. Although IDC released the two reports separately, they’re best considered together, for context. What IDC predicts merely reflects the conventional wisdom: that the age of the PC is ending, and that the smartphone is the dominant platform. And, if the Apple iWatch is real, and Google Glass becomes a viable platform, then we have the past, present, and future of the computing market: the PC, the phone, and wearable computing. The Windows 8 PhenomenonThe 2012 performance of the PC market could be written off as a consequence of Windows 8: the pause in sales before the launch, followed by what might be called a “mild” reception by the market. PC sales fell 3.7% for the year, IDC found, with an 8.3% drop in fourth-quarter shipments. U.S. PC sales fell 6.5% for the fourth quarter and 7.6% for the year.“The PC market is still looking for updated models to gain traction and demonstrate sufficient appeal to drive growth in a very competitive market,” said Loren Loverde, an analyst for IDC, in a statement. “Growth in emerging regions has slowed considerably, and we continue to see constrained PC demand as buyers favor other devices for their mobility and convenience features. We still don’t see tablets (with limited local storage, file system, lesser focus on traditional productivity, etc.) as competitors to PCs – but they are winning consumer dollars with mobility and consumer appeal nevertheless.”Gartner hasn’t yet released its 2013 PC forecasts, but has already said that PC sales dropped 4.9% in the fourth quarter, as it seems consumers just didn’t really care about them any more.Smartphones: A Worldwide PhenomenonSmartphones, meanwhile, have worked their way through “mature” markets like the United States and into the high-volume, lucrative BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries, IDC reports. As the smartphone begins selling in high volume in those regions, look for even higher shipment numbers: IDC predicts that more than 1.5 billion smartphones will be shipped by the end of 2017, worldwide, or more than two-thirds of the phone market. In India, for example, less than half of the phones sold there in 2017 will be smartphones, IDC predicted – and yet it will be the world’ third-largest smartphone market.Gartner, meanwhile, said that sales of mobile phones actually fell 1.7%  during 2012 – not because of lack of demand, but due to consumers turning to smartphones instead of feature phones.Meanwhile, IDC reported earlier this month that tablet sales reached record levels, 52.5 million units, during the fourth quarter.PC sales may yet rebound – Microsoft seems to believe that, and it still maintains close ties to enterprises and consumers. But, increasingly, the PC seems be a legacy device of interest to a slowly declining number of users. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#Gartner#IDC#Microsoft#PC#PCs#smartphones Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Cisco Says Its “Internet of Everything” Is Worth $14.4 Trillion. Really?

first_imgNetworking giant Cisco predicted Wednesday that as we move into a “fundamentally mobile and video” world, the “Internet of Everything” — which combines the so-called Internet of Things with the Internet used by people and their mobile devices — will create $14.4 trillion in value and boost overall corporate profits by 21%. All by 2022.Those are some pretty big numbers, shared by Cisco executives at a press event in San Jose on Wednesday. But while the vision makes sense, quantifying the changes to be wrought by growth of the Internet of Everything seems, well, fairly abitrary. To say the least. What Goes Into $14.4 Trillion?Rob Lloyd, Cisco President, Sales and Development, broke down the $14.4 trillion figure this way:$2.5 trillion in better asset utilization$2.5 trillion in employee productivity$2.7 in supply chain logistics$3.7 trillion in better customer experience.$3 trillion in enabling new innovations. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Perhaps we can start by seeing which industries benefit first and most dramatically. According to Lloyd, the top candidates include manufacturing, the public sector, energy and utlities, healthcare, finance/insurance, transportation and wholesale/distribution.The Internet of Everything combines several trends, including the growth of connected devices, the increasing use of video, cloud computing, Big Data and the increasing importance of mobile apps compared to traditional computing applications. Lloyd did lay out numbers to support the importance of the trends. But though these are also all giant numbers, connecting them to the $14.4 trillion figure still requires a leap of faith.In terms of connected devices, he said, we’ve gone from 200 million in 2000 to 10 billion devices today, to a predicted 50 billion by 2020. On the mobile side, Lloyd said, 20 billion mobile apps were downloaded last year alone. By 2017, he added, two-thirds of mobile traffic will be video.New Levels Of Complexity To Support New UsesThat complexity will make today’s issues “look very, very minor,” and pose historic challenges to manage, Lloyd said. That statement, at least, is easy to grasp. “We’ve been warming up for this for the last five years.” The company already has a number of projects in the works demonstrating key elements of the trend, including installing smart meters and pole-top routers for BC Hydro in Canada, and a single auto plant with 50,000 IP devices. Cisco’s Sean Curtis demo’d live data from San Carlos, Calif., showing a heat map for mobile connections using “dwell time” metrics to track how efficiently pedestrian traffic was moving through the suburb’s commuter train station. Curtis said similar information mashups have been applied to San Carlos’ farmers market, offering insights into how many shoppers showed up, how long they stayed and which stalls they visited — information that would be of great use to both retailers and city planners.The next step, Curtis said, is to link that kind of data with store data as well as parking and traffic information to help shoppers optimize their experience. The idea is that eventually shoppers could see the best route to the least crowded store with the best prices on the items they were looking for.As apps like that come online, the Internet of Everything should indeed spur growth. Maybe even trillions of dollars worth of growth. Exactly how much and when, though, seems a Big Data question of the highest order. Rising Expectations, Bigger Security Issues The rise of the Internet of Everything is already changing corporate expectations, Lloyd said, not to mention who pays for technology advances. “The Internet of Everything will be driven by business funding, not just IT funding,” Lloyd said.What about security for all this connected information? Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s chief technology and strategy officer, said “the data will be collected whether we want it to be or not. How will it be used? That is the security question.”Photos by Fredric Paul Tags:#Cisco#innovation#Interent of Things#networking Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair fredric paul Those may seem easier to grasp, but when you’re talking in trillions over decade-long time frames, it’s very hard to put much credence in calculations like these.  Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Feuding Greek Players Say World Cup Goals Will Come Vs. Japan

first_imgNATAL, Brazil – Despite their country’s dismal scoring record at World Cup finals, Greece players insist the goals will come in Brazil — starting on June 19 against Japan.Now playing in its third World Cup, Greece has only scored two goals to date — both in the 2010 tournament in South Africa. That record clearly needs to improve if the team is to advance beyond the group stage for the first time.The game at Natal’s Arena das Dunas is a must-win for both teams after they lost their opening matches in Group C. Greece was beaten 3-0 by Colombia after its supposedly rock-solid defense caved in, while Japan was edged 2-1 by Ivory Coast.Given the stakes, Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos had no doubts on June 18, promising “tomorrow, we will have goals.”His teammates were similarly convinced that Greece would overcome its problems in finding the back of the net.“It’s not a psychological hurdle, certainly not,” said defender Vasileios Torosidis, who will take any kind of goal to secure victory. “Tomorrow, I hope to win with an own goal or a goal, the important thing is to win,” he said. “We are not stressed. The World Cup is a celebration.”He’s one of only two Greece players who have celebrated a World Cup goal, notching the winner in Greece’s 2-1 victory over Nigeria in 2010. Dimitris Salpingidis also scored in that game.Greece also scored just two goals in four warm-up matches for the World Cup in Brazil as coach Fernando Santos searched for answers up front.However, there were several good chances to score against Colombia. Georgios Samaras hit the crossbar. Panagiotis Kone sent a shot just wide in the first half and later was denied by an outstanding reaction save by Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.“Scoring has been difficult indeed,” midfielder Lazaros Christodoulopoulos acknowledged. “Every year is different, every match is different. We have to score tomorrow to keep ourselves alive.”Greek players insist a dispute during practice was minor and won’t affect team harmony heading into the match against Japan.The Guardian newspaper in London reported the dustup between Ioannis Maniatis and Georgios Tzavelas in training on June 18. Their teammates and coach Fernando Santos confirmed a confrontation between the two players but would not divulge details.The Guardian reported Maniatis threatened to fly home but calmed down and agreed to stay in Brazil. Papastathopoulos called the matter “trivial” and a good controversy for the media.The Greek football federation also issued a statement downplaying the incident, saying the team is committed to trying to advance out of the group stage.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ohio State Football Cancels Media Session, Rumors Swirling Of Possible Major Injury

first_imgNoah Brown making a great catch at Ohio State practice.Noah Brown Ohio StateUpdate No. 2: Urban Meyer has confirmed that sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown broke his leg at practice and will have surgery. Urban Meyer just confirmed for me Noah Brown has broken leg, will undergo surgery, full recovery expected. story at— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 27, 2015Update: Multiple reports state that Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown suffered a major leg injury at practice tonight. Our understanding is that Noah Brown was injured at #Buckeye practice tonight. EMT’s responded to a call at OSU at 6:37.— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) August 26, 2015Earlier: Various Ohio State football players and coaches were scheduled to meet with the media this evening after practice. Interviews have been cancelled. According to multiple reporters at the Buckeyes’ facility, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the mood is extremely somber. A player was reportedly carted off the field and rumors of a major injury to a Buckeye are swirling. Bad vibes here at OSU. Interviews cancelled. Looked to be a player carted off.— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) August 26, 2015It was a strange mood as soon as we walked onto the practice field. Players were all very quiet, just sitting on the bench. No jokes.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy_) August 26, 2015Ohio State abruptly cancelled interviews and people in this building look like they got the wind knocked out of them.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver Corey Smith Jr. posted the following tweet. Count yo blessings at all times NB I got bro— Corey Smith Jr (@dreamchaser_cj5) August 26, 2015That seems to be a reference to wide receiver Noah Brown, who was having a tremendous training camp.Per Corey Smith’s tweet, it sounds like WR Noah Brown, who was having an amazing camp, may have been injured.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver coach Zach Smith has also tweeted.This is not our plan… This is God’s plan. Have to have #Faith in His plan and stay true to Him – It will all work out in the end.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) August 26, 2015Brown, a sophomore, played in 13 games as a true freshman in 2014. He appeared to be on the verge of a breakout season this fall.  More to follow.last_img read more

Seniors seek more housing as demand grows

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – Save our Northern Seniors says Fort St. John needs more beds to provide for the growing senior community.Currently, there are 40 people waiting for beds for serious and extended care facilities and the demand continues to grow and there is no space available to accommodate them.SONS continues to push for another facility that can provide more space and care for seniors.At the Peace River Regional District Meeting where SONS made a presentation regarding the urgency of this matter.  Director, Jim Collins said they have achieved their goal once with a successful campaign to have more housing built and “are ready to do it again and hopefully for the last time,”Mayor Lori Ackerman acknowledges the need and shared, “this is not off the table.” All facilities that are focused on the care and well being of seniors are currently at capacity with substantial waitlists. This means if a situation arises that one of these people require further care then they currently have access to, that person ends up in the Hospital.Fort St. John, has 167 at home patients that heavily rely on their appointed windows of help from home support nurses and caregivers. There is demand as more retiring people are choosing to stay in the area and the demand will only further increase.last_img read more

Sporadic clashes mark final phase of polling

first_imgKolkata: On the final day of the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, which recorded 72.91 percent turnout till 5 pm in the nine parliamentary constituencies of the state on Sunday, there were stray incidents of violence in some parts of the state coupled with voting machine glitches.Till 5 pm, Mathurapur (SC) recorded the highest turnout at 78.52 percent, followed by Basirhat at 77.77 percent and Diamond Harbour at 77.40 percent. Joynagar (SC) recorded 75.81 percent turnout, Barasat 74.41 percent, Dum Dum 73.05 percent, Jadavpur 70.97 percent, Kolkata South 67.09 percent and Kolkata North recorded 61.18 percent of polling. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Polling was absolutely peaceful. There was no report of any violence from anywhere in the nine constituencies. The incidents reported were very minor and necessary action was immediately taken,” an Election Commission official said. “There were, however, reports of EVM glitches in several polling stations. We had to send reserve EVMs to the booths, where the voting process was temporarily hampered due to technical glitches,” he added. On Sunday morning, several Electronic Voting Machines in South Kolkata and Dum Dum constituencies developed snag and had to be replaced. Trinamool Congress leaders alleged that as polling was held up for anything between half-an-hour to three hours, the new EVMs could not undergo mock tests. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTMC chief Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Central Forces and the BJP carried out “tortures” during Sunday’s election. “Since this morning, BJP workers and the Central Forces personnel carried out unprecedented torture on the voters. I have not seen such a thing ever,” Banerjee told reporters after casting her vote. Braving the heat, voters stood patiently in queues for hours to exercise their franchise. Three Presiding Officers have been replaced for their failure to conduct the polls properly. Of these, one Presiding Officer was replaced in Baruipur while two others in Falta under Diamond Harbour constituency. Altogether, 346 arrests have taken place out of which 324 persons have been arrested under the Preventive clauses while 22 have been arrested under specific cases. Two vehicles have been damaged of which one belonged to a candidate while the other was that of a convoy.last_img read more