Liverpool ready to discuss improved deal for Raheem Sterling – report

first_imgLiverpool are ready to open contract talks with Raheem Sterling, according to the Sun on Sunday.There has been speculation that Real Madrid are interested in the Harlesden teenager, who has made an impressive start to the season and has three years remaining on his current deal at Anfield.It is claimed that a new contract is likely to take Sterling’s wages beyond the £100,000-a-week mark.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign Seamus Coleman from Everton at the end of the season, again according to the Sun on Sunday.Mourinho is said to face competition from Manchester United, who have been linked with the 25-year-old right-back for some time.It is claimed that Chelsea see Coleman as the ideal for replacement for Branislav Ivanovic, would be willing to pay a fee of up to £20m, but that the player has told friends he would like to join United.Coleman signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park in June but there is speculation that he could look to move on if Everton do not reach the Champions League.There is also speculation that Mourinho could move to sign him because scout Mick Doherty, who was at Everton and involved in their signing of Coleman, is now employed by Chelsea and is seen as a key adviser to the manager.Ivanovic, who can play in the centre of defence, has been outstanding at right-back, where Mourinho currently also has the option of Cesar Azpilicueta.Chelsea have again been linked with a move for Everton’s England prospect Ross Barkley, this time by the Daily Star Sunday.It is claimed that Chelsea will look to sign him in the summer after Manchester City apparently backed off because the asking price is £50m.And Chelsea are considering playing at Twickenham for a season while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped, according to the Sunday Times.Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe has ‘opened the door’ to a loan move to QPR, the Sunday People say.Rangers discussed signing the former England striker from Toronto FC last month and expect to do so in January.But it is claimed that a loan move is on the cards after Defoe, who played under R’s boss Harry Redknapp at Tottenham and Portsmouth, apparently told his current club he wants to go.Meanwhile, Les Ferdinand has been tipped to take over as QPR’s academy boss following the resignation of Richard Allen. West London Sport revealed this week that Allen is leaving Rangers, who have been looking to give Loftus Road legend Ferdinand a role at the club for some time.The Mail on Sunday say Allen’s departure could pave the way for Ferdinand to return, as do the Daily Star Sunday, who say he is considering taking the role.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Chelsea v West Brom player ratings

first_imgSee also:Chelsea boss reveals Cech injury scareChelsea easily see off 10-man West BromMourinho hails ‘beautiful’ Chelsea displayMourinho: Everyone fit for Schalke gameChelsea boss not interested in ReusFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Steve Kerr explains why DeMarcus Cousins’ rehab is ‘tricky’

first_imgOAKLAND — If only the Warriors had to evaluate DeMarcus Cousins solely on the strength of his left quadricep muscle. Instead, the Warriors have listed DeMarcus Cousins as questionable when the Warriors play the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday for other reasons, too.“DeMarcus is making good progress. But the timing of this whole thing is tricky because he misses two months,” Warriors coach … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

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Inclusive internet essential to Africa’s growth – Cwele

first_imgThe internet should be open, neutral, resilient, interoperable and responsive to the growth needs of all. This was the message Dr Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa’s telecoms minister, brought to the fifth annual meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum this week.The main theme of the meeting, held in Durban from 16 to 18 October, is “Inclusive development and the digital transformation of Africa”.”While the internet was first developed in the US, it has become a global resource for the development of all our citizens,” Cwele said.”The African continent believes internet governance should be multilateral and democratic. It should involve all governments and relevant stakeholders – such as academics, NGOs and ICT companies – in their respective roles.“The minister cited the launch of the first African Regional Internet Exchange in Johannesburg three weeks ago by African Union (AU) Commissioner Dr Elham M Ebrahim as an example of internet innovation on the continent.The African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGIF) annual meeting has been held every year since 2012. This year’s gathering aims to discuss and finalise African positions on the internet and its governance ahead of the December 2016 Global Internet Governance Forum in Mexico.”We are extremely grateful for your continuing partnership,” Cwele told delegates. This, he said, would “ensure that we build an inclusive continent by rolling out large infrastructure projects that connect Africans to opportunities – and each other”.A robust internet was essential to achieving the AU’s Agenda 2063, Cwele said. This 50-year plan aims to build effective institutions, enhance accountability, strengthen solidarity and integration, ensure gender equality and youth empowerment, and achieve peace and security across the continent.”AU infrastructure projects, particularly those of power and internet connectivity, are crucial for this continent to leapfrog in development to be on a par with the developed world,” he said.Locally, South Africa Connect, the country’s national broadband policy, has been prioritised as part of the Nine Point Plan to reignite growth after the global economic downturn.More than this, the South African government recently finalised the National Integrated ICT White Paper to guide the development of information technology. This was achieved, Cwele said, “after long consultations since 2012, and in line with our vision 2030, the National Development Plan”.The white paper, he said, outlined a policy framework for maintaining an open internet, to maximise the net’s potential to transform how citizens interact with their government, how government delivers services, and how businesses transact.”We need to ensure that the continent is empowered to take advantage of the internet and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Cwele said.”I hope that after three days we will have an action plan that we can take to the Global Internet Governance Forum and show that Africa is ready to do business with the international internet community on an equal footing.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.last_img read more

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Use Redux and Bypass Bitly for Better Twitter Discovery

first_imgOften described as “crowd sourced television”, online community site Redux is quickly becoming the most addictive entertainment experience on the web. With this morning’s announcement of Twitter and Facebook integration, it looks like the community’s content is about to increase tenfold. Like many other sites, users can import their Twitter and Facebook streams into their profile feeds; however, unlike other social feature integrations, there’s a catch. Rather than simply spitting out a stream of text with bit.ly links, the service converts URLS into video thumbnails and site previews. This conversion is sure to improve Twitter and Facebook-based discovery. Before you naysay preview thumbnails, think about all of your friends who use phrases like “this is so awesome” and “LOL” before sharing a link. The problem with these vague descriptors is that they don’t tell you if you’ll enjoy what lies ahead. Those descriptors don’t even tell you if you’ve already seen this site or whether it’s appropriate to view at work. Redux takes the guesswork out of the stream and lets us know what we’re in for ahead of time. The company is currently completing a grid-based prototype design. While Redux currently offers a Digg-like list interface, previewing sites may become even easier. The new Redux design places emphasis on images to create an entertainment dashboard. (Similar to Boxee’s design but without the installation.) Redux’s ease-of-use coupled with entertaining channels like StandUp Comedy, Trollz and Japan, make it a great community to unwind with after work. And if the entertainment aspects don’t convince you, you may be interested in it for security reasons. Earlier this month ReadWriteWeb covered the return of the Koobface worm to Twitter and Facebook. Despite the companies’ best efforts to filter out malicious URLs, users were fooled into downloading malware. Redux might just be the safety precaution you need. Rather than forcing you to blindly click bit.ly links, Redux offers a safer and more efficient way to explore the stream. While the site is currently in private beta, the first 500 lucky ReadWriteWeb readers can register by clicking this link. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirolast_img read more

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5 Enterprise Startups to Watch in 2011 # 4: SnapLogic

first_imgRelated Posts klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now SnapLogic is a cloud integration platform. It offers an app store (called the SnapStore) of connectors (called snaps) for integrating services like Box, Netsuite, and Salesforce.com. Unlike Jive or Salesforce.com, which offer services in addition to an app store, SnapLogic is focused on being a platform for connecting other services. Customers can also build their own snaps through a visual programming interface. SnapLogic rigorously vets submissions to its app store, and applications are sandboxed. SnapLogic Server has support for both Active Directory and LDAP, enabling enterprises to integrate services with their existing access controls. Tags:#enterprise#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… SnapLogic was co-founded by CEO Gaurav Dhillon, best known as the founder of Informatica. Earlier this month, the company closed an additional $10 million in funding and Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz joined the board. Horowitz explained why Andreessen Horowitz decided to invest in SnapLogic on his blog:Ordinarily, we would automatically disqualify an entrepreneur with such a massive financial success from funding, so when he came into pitch us on his new company SnapLogic I was skeptical. At this point, you are probably thinking: “Ben, you are an idiot. Why are you against hiring successful people?” It is a long story, but in summary, one general rule of mine is don’t hire or fund rich people. The reason? Building a technology company is hard. It’s really frackin’ hard. Many of the tasks that you do when building one are no fun. When things go wrong as they always do, it’s no fun at all. Rich people tend to like to work on things that they enjoy, because if they don’t enjoy it, well, they are already rich. When the going gets tough, the rich get going . . . to their vacation homes and their yachts.As a result, much of the time that I spent evaluating Gaurav’s new company, SnapLogic, was dedicated to analyzing Gaurav’s personal motives. I wanted to know if there was some new force that could be stronger than the strong force of rich-people’s laziness. John Reed, the former CEO of Citigroup once said to me: “Ben, the only reason to start a company is because you have an irrational desire to do so, because it’s not worth the money.” I had to find out if Gaurav was irrational enough to fund. After much investigation, I found Gaurav to be completely irrational–in a good way. Although, Informatica is considered a great success, it isn’t a great success for Gaurav, because he deeply believes that both the idea and his ability to execute it exceed the outcome that he achieved. So much so that our diligence found him working round the clock, running a hyper-intense environment and looking very much like a 20 year old entrepreneur on a mission from God. When my partner Marc asked me whether we should be backing an entrepreneur who is already rich, I replied: “it depends on whether we should believe my beautiful theory or my lying eyes.” He said, “let’s go with your lying eyes.”We’ve covered Jive and Salesforce.com’s transformation into platform companies, emphasizing the Sovos Group‘s Sameer Patel’s analysis of the paradigm shift involved:Here’s what I sense: Those very CIOs that choose to buy all apps from one vendor (Oracle, SAP, etc.) do so for many reasons, but one of them is architectural convenience. They realized then that every application procured from said vendor is not going to be best in class. But when it comes to some applications, ‘living with good enough’ was a welcome tradeoff to integration headaches of a best of breed approach.What Salesforce.com seems to be doing now is setting the foundation for a standardized cloud based operating systems and development environment, yet offering the convenience of picking from a plethora of application choices for each conceivable system-of-record category via force.com to fits each customers business needs. That might just be the ticket some CIOs need to get unsatisfied business users off their back: Standardize the platform element to prevent a hodge podge architecture but shift the risk functional selection out of IT and back to business owners who can now make the decision on which application to select.SnapLogic’s approach doesn’t require that a company pay for specific services in order to gain access to a platform. SnapLogic is a bit more like an operating system for cloud services. On the other hand, it seems less well suited to the sort of casual app experimentation provided by platforms like Google Apps Marketplace and the forthcoming Jive Apps Market. That could change as more snaps are developed and submitted. IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

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Four Behaviors That Make You Transactional

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now You don’t want to be a commodity. You don’t want to price like a commodity. And you surely don’t want to be disposable or interchangeable like a commodity. If you want to be something more strategic, then you cannot behave transactionally.Choosing the wrong medium: Email is the medium of the transactional. It’s not the right tool for the value creator. The right tool for the value creator is a conversation. Face-to-face is the preferred medium, then video conference, then the telephone. Email is reserved for simple information exchange. Email isn’t the right tool for selling or resolving concerns. It isn’t the right medium for pricing either. It isn’t the right medium for relationships of value. Strategic level value creators choose the right medium to communicate. They don’t choose transactional mediums for important conversations.Avoiding the big conversation: Avoiding the biggest, foulest, hairiest challenges makes you transactional. If you aren’t helping your clients with their biggest problems, their biggest challenges, their biggest threats, and their greatest opportunities, you are behaving in a way that ensures they perceive you as transactional. If you want to be consultative, a trusted advisor, or a level four value creator, you have to instigate the big conversations. This is where you create the highest level of value. If there is an elephant in the room, you give it a name. Be a catalyst and address the real issues.Not pricing based on the value you create: If you price based on anything other than the value that you create, you are behaving transactionally. This is especially true if you try to follow your competitors on price. If you beat or match their price, you are confirming that you are transactional. Your price must be divorced from anything other than the value that you create. I’m not suggesting that this is easy. And I am not suggesting that most of the rest of the world doesn’t believe and behave differently. But pricing as if you are transactional force you to create value like you’re transactional. Pricing like you are a strategic advantage allows you to behave as such.Not taking initiative: There aren’t too many things that will make you transactional faster than complacency. If you aren’t pushing for the next improvement, if you sink into the warm comfortable feeling of entitlement, if you rest on your laurels, some value creator will come along with the next big idea and knock you right out of your status quo. Being strategic means that you bring the next idea. You kill the status quo in the womb, before it has a chance to be born and take hold of the organization.QuestionsWhat are the behaviors that make you transactional?What makes you something more than that, something strategic, like a trusted advisor or a consultative salesperson?What behaviors do you need to change now to prevent yourself from slipping into the false comfort of complacency and the status quo?Is your price based on the value that you create? Or is it based on something else, like your competitor’s pricing?last_img read more

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Three Words for 2018

first_imgPolaris: Polaris is the name of the star we know as the North Star. What makes this star unique is that it does not move in the sky. The north sky moves around Polaris. When you face the North Star, no matter what, you are heading due North. If you turn your back to it, you are moving South.In all things, remember where you are going. Stay true to your course.Via Negativa: This is an idea from Christian theology which has been used to describe what God is not, the positive qualities being beyond human comprehension. I am using it here in the way I learned it from Taleb, as a method of avoiding downside risks—or avoiding things altogether. This is quite the opposite of taking positive action; instead, it is removing the negative.Eliminate the non-essential. The first choice is to remove, not to add. Do nothing that has no upside and avoid that which has a great propensity to being only downside.Leverage: This is the exertion of force using a lever to multiply one’s power. There are natural constraints that prevent greater results, namely time, energy, and resources. The application of leverage is an overcoming of those constraints using the same force—but with the help of a lever.Leverage is the key to scale and reach. Identify and use the levers available to break through the natural constraints. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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