0Shares0000On target: Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring the second goal © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Aug 20 – Real Madrid got their La Liga campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory at home to Getafe on Sunday in their first league outing since the summer departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane.The European champions ensured the three points at the Santiago Bernabeu with a 20th-minute goal from Dani Carvajal and a Gareth Bale strike on 51 minutes. Keylor Navas held on to his place as Real Madrid’s starting goalkeeper despite the arrival of Thibaut Courtois.Costa Rica international Navas has been first choice since 2015 but had been expected to make way for Courtois, a recent 35-million-euro recruit from Chelsea who was voted best goalkeeper at this summer’s World Cup.Julen Lopetegui, who replaced Zidane as coach, also selected Nacho at the heart of the defence rather than French World Cup winner Raphael Varane.Real, playing their first La Liga game since the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus, went into Sunday’s game on the back of a 4-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Supercup in midweek.But they were rarely in trouble on Sunday.Bale was unlucky when a diving header came back off the crossbar in the first half before the Welshman was key in the build-up to the first goal with Carvajal heading in his cross.Another defensive error helped Real grab their second goal when Marco Asensio stole the ball and sent over a cross for Bale to score with his left foot.Asensio was close to getting his name on the scoresheet but was denied by the woodwork.Meanwhile, Portuguese striker Andre Silva marked his La Liga debut with a hat-trick as Sevilla romped to a 4-1 win at Rayo Vallecano, surpassing his total of goals scored for AC Milan in the whole of last season’s Serie A.Silva had managed just two goals for the Serie A giants and was loaned out to Sevilla this summer.Franco “Mudo” Vazquez opened the scoring with a backheel in the 15th minute before Silva bagged his first just after the half hour mark.The 22-year-old added his second in first-half stoppage time after a corner and completed his hat-trick 10 minutes from time.However, he endured a nervous wait before he could celebrate, requiring the VAR to overturn an offside decision which had ruled out Silva’s effort.It was the first time in La Liga history that the VAR had made such an intervention.The system was called upon again in the last minute when Adrian Embarba converted a penalty for Rayo after the referee had initially whistled for a free-kick outside the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
6 August 2007A group of cattle farmers from Ermelo in Mpumalanga province have loaned 50 Sanganer cattle worth R200 000 to 16 emerging farmers to help them get the skills they need to establish their own enterprises.The farmers, identified and given training by the Mpumalanga branch of the National African Farmers’ Union, will take care of the cattle for a certain period and be allowed to keep any calves born in that time.This project would ensure “that he who has many empowers those who do not have,” provincial agriculture minister Dina Pule said at the handover of the cattle in Ermelo last week.The Sanganer project is a joint initiative of the provincial government, the Mpumalanga Agricultural Farmers’ Union, the Sanganer Cattle Breeders’ Association, and commercial farmers represented by Schalk von Rheede from Oudtshoorn.Research conducted by the Mpumalanga department of agriculture recommended that emerging farmers be encouraged to raise Hiefer (Sanganer) cattle.Sanganer are a hardy breed, resistant to ticks, can tolerate hot and humid conditions, and graze under natural conditions without requiring additional feed.The department set aside 100 hectares of veld for the emerging farmers to use as grazing land, the farmers’ union provided fencing and the breeders’ association provided the initial stock of 48 cows and two bulls.The union gave the newcomers initial training in livestock production, veld management, and animal health and breeding, while the department will visit the farmers every week to provide follow-up and support.Source: BuaNews
Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… markhachman 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#cloud computing#Google#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#Software Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Two rays of light have pierced a so far gloomy winter for Microsoft: the company signed big software deals with both Chicago and the Pentagon, two wins neither Google nor the Federal Trade Commission can dampen.Chicago Buys Office 365, The Department of Defense Gets That And MoreOn Thursday, the Windy City announced that it had signed a four-year deal with Microsoft for Office 365, shifting the company’s three email systems, documents and spreadsheets over to Microsoft’s cloud-based platform. Days earlier, the Department of Defense announced an even more sweeping deal, consolidating on Windows 8, Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 in a three-year deal worth $617 million.For Microsoft, which had to sit by and endure what was essentially a slap on the wrist to rival Google by the FTC, the two announcements represented a reprieve of sorts. It’s still unclear how Microsoft’s holiday sales fared, but the conventional wisdom appears to be that the Windows 8 launch was disappointing, and that the complementary Windows Phone 8 launch, while appealing, still hasn’t caught fire with consumers, who still clearly prefer iOS and Android devices.The Business Division Remains Microsoft’s Profit EngineYear in and year out, however, Microsoft’s Business Division remains the keystone upon which Microsoft supports its other businesses. For Microsoft’s first fiscal quarter ending in October, the division was both the most profitable ($3.6 billion) and generated the most revenue ($5.5 billion). For all the talk about the Windows operating system, that was only Microsoft’s third-most profitable division, and also generated the third-most revenue out of Microsoft’s five business units.It’s little wonder, then, that Google has taken aim at Microsoft, with its Google Apps for Business, which only recently ceased offering its free services, essentially daring customers to switch to Microsoft. Check the Google Enterprise blog on any given day and you’ll find a list of recent design wins: K-pop sensation PSY’s label, YG Entertainment; Banshee Wines; First Team Real Estate and so on. Pricing Pressure From Google?Microsoft is still getting wins, too, though Google’s pricing pressure has undoubtedly had an effect. The DOD’s deal, led by the Army Contracting Command in collaboration with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Army and the Air Force, “demonstrates the best pricing DOD has received to date for Microsoft desktop and server software licenses”, officials said, and representing a $70 million per-year savings. That means that, for whatever reason, some of Microsoft’s traditional revenue stream has dried up.The question, of course, is why the DOD received preferential pricing: military reluctance to use Windows 8? Pricing pressure from Google Apps? And since the package has been customized to meet the specialized needs of the Defense Department, does the DOD’s package use the Windows 8 interface and Start screen? It’s rather hard to believe that military personnel would be swiping in from the sides of the Windows 8 screens, sharing battle plans and other sensitive documents via the Windows 8 charms.Meanwhile, the City of Chicago did not publicly disclose how much money it spent on the contract with Microsoft, and the contract is not (yet) on the city’s website. The City of Chicago claimed that it saved $400,000 per year for its 30,000 government users. “This strategy is an innovative solution for the City, making our operations more effective and secure and saving taxpayer money,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a statement. “We are leveraging new technologies to streamline and modernize the way we do business in order to provide the residents of Chicago with the best service at the best price.”Cloud… And No CloudThe contracts also reveal some hidden gotchas for customers, too. The City of Chicago said that all of its email and desktop application users would migrate to the cloud “by the end of 2013,” meaning that the city will require a full year to make its transition. And at the end of the contract, what then? Will Chicago switch back to a locally hosted email system? Of course not – the cost would be prohibitive. From now until eternity, Chicago will be stuck in the cloud, with really only Google and Microsoft to choose from as hosted email.But while Chicago has bought itself a cloud solution, the DOD has not. Microsoft may be charging less for Office 365 in an attempt to convince users to switch, but the DOD appears willing to pay more for both security and flexibility.