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Nottingham Forest make huge statement of intent with double deal

first_img stalemate “I know that it is important that a club in this division has paid such a big amount for a transfer.“My only responsibility is to live up to this expectation.“I came here not to play in the second division, but to play well and to help the club get into the top division – the level that I really want to play at and the level this club wants to play at.“The focus has to be game by game, on winning each game.” ROUND-UP Goncalves made his Champions League debut against Manchester United last season Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Forest confirmed the arrival of the Portugal Under-21 duo after they passed medicals on Thursday.They finished 17th in the Championship last season, but splashing this kind of money suggests Reds boss Evangelos Marinakis has lofty ambitions.Carvalho shook off suggestions of pressure coming with his hefty price tag.“For me, the fee only means more responsibility but I am not scared,” he said. Nottingham Forest’s signing of two Benfica players makes clear the Reds’ ambitions for next season.The signing of 21-year-old Joao Carvalho for £13.2m is a club record, and they have also secured teammate Diogo Goncalves on a season-long loan. Attacking midfielder Carvalho, who made eight appearances for the Portuguese Primeira Liga side last season including in the Champions League, has signed a five-year contract with Forest.And they have an option to buy 21-year-old winger Goncalves at the end of his loan spell. EFL result Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Portugal Under-21 star Carvalho is an attack-minded midfielder GREAT NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY goalless Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Championship news 2 2last_img read more

QPR v Blackburn line-ups: Johnson keeps place and Phillips starts

first_imgQPR: Green; Simpson, Hill, Dunne, Assou-Ekotto, Phillips, Barton, Carroll, Hoilett, Austin, Johnson.Subs: Murphy; Traore, Onuoha, Jenas, Kranjcar, Henry, O’Neil.Blackburn: Eastwood; Spurr, Hanley, Lowe, Rhodes, Marshall, Dann, Williamson, Taylor, Henley, Cairney.Subs: Kilgallon; King, Dunn, Campbell, Rochina, Judge, Kean.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers buzz: What we’re learning Friday at HQ

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garçon will remain out of the 49ers lineup when they visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, as this will be Goodwin’s second straight game he’s excused for an undisclosed, personal matter.“He’s going through some serious things that have happened,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday. “I’d like to let him tell them and not me, unless he tells me he wants me to.“Family concerns and things like that. Real stuff, and he’s having a real tough …last_img read more

Can Servers Save PC Manufacturers? Sadly, No

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Who is the most successful server manufacturer today? Viewed one way, the answer is “no one”. And that face is a dismal warning to traditional PC makers who are counting on servers to keep their businesses afloat as the PC market slowly disintegrates.Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM, Fujitsu and Cisco sold the most servers during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released by IDC. But it’s the “other” category that’s scaring the pants off the others. That’s a throng of second-tier and “white box” server vendors who collectively sold 879,711 servers during the quarter. Number one HP, by contrast, sold 663,598.Look no further than IBM’s reported plans to sell off its low-end serve business to Lenovo — likely Big Blue’s attempt to escape an increasingly commoditized market while it still can.True, IBM, HP, and Dell still each pull in more revenue than the the $1.86 billion amassed by the “others” horde. But that’s cold comfort, given that low-cost unbranded servers are quickly eating into their markets. The commoditization trend is getting a hard push from companies like Google, Facebook and Rackspace, who are busily designing and building their own servers to power their huge data centers.Server manufacturers are trying to shield themselves with software, services and support, three defenses against the Mongol horde of white boxes. Arguably, though, that hasn’t worked for Big Blue, at least at the low end of PC-based servers. And there’s no particular reason to think it will save HP or Dell over the long term, either.On the surface, none of this will really disadvantage consumers or developers. It really doesn’t matter to end users whose name is on the boxes that power Netflix, Evernote, Apple’s iCloud, or Amazon. And there will always be a need for some sort of server, from somebody. In fact, commodization is an indirect but very real plus for users, since it lowers costs for Web providers, making possible  an increasing lineup of innovative, and often free, Web services.But it’s definitely bad news for the server makers themselves. This Has Been A Long Time ComingTraditional PC manufacturers like IBM, HP and Dell have taken one hit to their businesses after another over the past decade or so. Desktop PCs started declining in price with the rise of the Internet, reducing the need to upgrade PCs. Then laptops ate further into that market as they began to rival desktop power while offering mobility.Finally, tablets and smartphones tapped the cloud for computing and location, and far more cheaply, limiting the need for people to buy expensive laptops.That left PC-based servers — and that market is now under siege as well. The days of the mainframes came and went, and most server infrastructure now runs on the Xeon processor, Intel’s PC processor optimized for the enterprise. Traditional mainframe processors — IBM’s Power, Oracle’s Sparc — retreated to the ivory towers of research computing. Meanwhile, companies like former Taiwan motherboard makers Supermicro or Asus realized that they can assemble a notebook or server just as well as a Dell or HP, and for less.As prices of traditional PCs fell, hardware makers turned to new tactics, loading up new machines with “crapware” ranging from trial versions of AOL to antivirus programs to games. Consumers hated it, but the revenue crapware provided, directly or indirectly, helped keep hardware makers afloat.Unfortunately, there’s no way to duplicate that strategy in the server space. IT managers don’t want servers cluttered up with Adobe Flash, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Roxio Creator, or any of the other bloatware that Dell places on its PCs. They do, however, want some help just making sense of it all.Geek Squad On SteroidsEnter “solutions,” the jargon that dominates enterprise discussions. Suddenly, the PC turned server makers weren’t selling a PC, monitor and printer; they were packaging together a server, associated storage, a network switch, security, migration, and engineering services and support to tie it all together. Put extremely simplistically, an enterprise solution is everything that the Geek Squad offers, just scaled up by orders of magnitude.In 2012, for instance, Dell bought Clerity in order to help Dell Services “reduce the cost of transitioning business-critical applications and data from legacy computing systems and onto more modern architectures, including the cloud.” In the PC space, that’s called dumping the contents of Mom and Dad’s old PC onto a USB key and loading it into Google Drive.Then again, Dell’s enterprise “solutions” business climbed 4 percent last quarter, and pulled in $19.4 billion for its last fiscal year — about a third of its revenue. Cha-ching.The central idea of the enterprise solution isn’t the packaging. It’s the customization, and the investment. Hewlett-Packard, for example, offers a fairly substantive list of industry-specific solutions for aerospace, automotive, and media, among others, with each pitching an additional value-added service. This was a tactic the same companies never really deployed in the PC market, perhaps because they never saw the need — or couldn’t justify the investment — in designing PCs optimized for, say, tax professionals. Adding Value to a Commodity BusinessStill, the “other” category is compelling evidence that a sizeable portion of the market seems to be unwilling to pay hardware makers for their services. Instead, they’re pooling their resources. Massing and deploying large arrays of commodity hardware is the underlying principle behind everything from Hadoop — an open-source project for managing huge stores of data across distributed commodity servers — to the Open Compute Project. In that sense, the commodity server business is thriving.And the PC makers themselves are helping it along, believing they can surf the trend by offering software and services on top of commodity hardware.Dell’s Data Center Solutions business, for instance, is a small but growing custom solutions business within Dell’s larger server sales business. In January, Tracy Davis, the general manager of Dell DCS, attended the Open Compute Summit, whose principles include stripping the “vanity” logos from servers and replacing them with as much cost-optimized hardware as possible. Why would Dell participate in a forum seemingly designed to kill it off?Davis told me that Dell is able to engage — and sell — everything from engineering services to Dell’s ability to buy components all over the world. That’s a competitive offering, not necessarily reflected in the bottom line, that still adds value to Dell’s business versus a no-name, commodity server maker.The Writing Is On The WallIn some sense, things came to a head this week after CRN and other outlets reported that IBM was in talks with Lenovo to sell its low-end X86 server business for between $5 billion and $6 billion — an eerie parallel to the way Big Blue sold off its ThinkPad notebook business to Lenovo years ago. IBM hasn’t confirmed or denied the talks.“Assuming IBM divests [its] low end (low margin) x86 biz to Lenovo, HP and Dell should be concerned because Lenovo can make [money] and disrupt [the] space,” Matt Eastwood, an IDC server analyst, wrote on Twitter. The idea, Eastwood and others suggested, was that IBM couldn’t squeeze money from a commodity business. Lenovo can.But what’s the commodity? Generic servers? Not necessarily. Solutions Can Be Commodities, TooIBM’s highest-profile service is Watson, the natural-language technology that beat several past “Jeopardy” champions and is being used in financial services and to help treat cancer patients. Watson and other related services run on servers based on its Power chips, not x86. Yes, IBM deploys a whole slew of services on its line of x86 servers — but they’re awfully similar to what everyone else does, too.Eventually, companies like ARM say, we’ll all be running servers on the sort of low-power processors that power our cell phones, with the Web’s basic functions — serving up static Web pages, for example — running on cheap, purpose-built machines. These aren’t just commodity servers; these are commodity solutions. Meanwhile, companies like Google and Facebook are quietly building their own custom servers to fit their own, specialized needs.Here’s what IBM may be thinking. Since its highest-value, unique service offerings run on Power, they justify further investment. And if IBM can offer uniquely high-value services on top of the cheaper x86 boxes, then it should hold onto those, too. But if the company can’t see customers turning to IBM for those solutions — either now or in the future — then IBM’s justified for ditching them while the getting is good.IBM led the way in pulling away from the PC in 2004, a controversial move at the time that now seems more than justified. If IBM takes the same approach with its x86 server business, it may be a similar harbinger of doom for other makers of x86 servers.Image courtesy of Hewlett-Packard Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#servers center_img Related Posts markhachman Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

The B Word

first_imgBy Michael GutterBudget. There, I said it; I am sure everyone is cringing now. This is a tough topic for families to discuss. Couples struggle at times to have formal conversations about money management. And we seldom want to discuss these issues with our children. Are we afraid of being judged? Are we concerned we will feel bad about our choices? Are we worried that we will stress out the children? Talking about money can be difficult, however, try to talk about money regularly and avoid being defensive.Get StartedEmail [email protected] to receive a copy of the Money Management CalendarOftentimes a question about money spent or the price of something desired is merely a request for information, although it may seem like an interrogation..One way to get started tracking expenses in a house is to take the initiative in your family. Be patient, start simply.  For example, you can use a sheet from the Money Management Calendar and place it on the fridge with a list of some of your expected expenses. Inevitably your spouse or partner will ask what it is all about.The calendar can be an easy visual tool to help you begin to get organized with your finances. It easy to use; you can find out more about calendar based budgeting here.Don’t AttackIf you want to be really proactive in prompting communication, you can estimate all of your households expenses but then put “?” by the items which are really your spouse or partner’s expenses. Ask if the amounts are correct and ask them to check. If this is a first time, it’s probably not helpful to look over their shoulder while they do this. Having discussions about finances with your loved one is a skill that develops with Do’s and Don’ts. It is important to try to avoid some hot button topics when talking about personal finance.  To learn more tips about  successful ways to tackle talking about finances, see our 9 Important Skills for Talking About Money webinar.Involve the KidsDepending on the age of your children, you may want to involve them in some decisions.. Younger kids should learn more about money concepts such as saving, borrowing, wants, and needs.  Older kids can learn some basic responsibilities for their own expenses before they finish high school and are managing their money for real! For more insights into Talking With Military Kids About Money webinar.For a copy of the IFAS Money Management Calendar, email [email protected] This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 7, 2013.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

first_imgAre you full of performative contradictions? Are you doing what you say one cannot—or should not—do?You say that your salespeople should block off time for their most important tasks, like nurturing their dream clients, prospecting, and following up. You want the members of your team to do the things that make a difference and produce results. Are you blocking time for coaching your sales team, the most important activity and the one that generates the highest return on effort?You tell your sales team to get out from behind their email and get in front of clients, to go where the action is and make a difference. You tell them not to waste time with the browser and their twelve open tabs. However, you dole out this direction from behind your CRM’s dashboard. Staring at the score never helped anyone win a game. How often do you see a coach with his back to the field of play?You want your salespeople to study so they’ll have the business acumen to create value for their prospects and clients, as well as distinguish themselves in a crowded field of “me too” competitors. You want them to read, to educate themselves, to do their homework. Are you better and more widely read than your sales team? Do you have the business acumen to be a peer when you are sitting in front of their clients? Or might you fail the test you ask your team to pass?Your people will follow your lead. They’re more likely to do what you do than what you say, especially when your words and your actions are in conflict. If you want your people to follow you, you have to lead them. That means you have to embody the values you want them to hold, and demonstrate the actions you want them to take.Your people will do as you do, not as you say.last_img read more

TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA TID PANEL HIT ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

first_imgOn the Final day of last week’s X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, volunteers who had contributed to the tournament were publicly acknowledged by Touch Football Australia centrefield at the BCU Coffs Harbour International Stadium.Touch Football Australia National Media Coordinator Karley Banks provides this special insight into one the vital cogs in our Technical Volunteer army, with an inside look at the work performed by the Director of Elite Programs Cathy Gray, and respected National Selectors Les Wellbourne, and Karen Larose within the High Performance Youth Program.Please click on the below attachment to read the full story.Related Filesselectors_story_-_18s_2007-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd table offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar

first_imgMan Utd table offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have launched a bid for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, it has been revealed.United are in the market for a new centre-back and have been linked with a number of defenders, including Roma’s Kostas Manolas.The Greek is available for £30million, and Manchester United are apparently keen, but according to TuttoMercatoWeb they have now turned their attention elsewhere.Skriniar, 23, is highly-rated, and it is believed Inter Milan would be prepared to part company with the defender should they receive a good price for him.United feel €60m is enough to get the deal done. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more