The Birmingham Mail have followed up speculation that QPR failed in a deadline-day move for Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick.It comes after the Sunday People reported that Rangers tried to bring the 29-year-old centre-back to Loftus Road, after the departure of Steve Caulker to Lokomotiv Moscow.However, it is said that the move broke down when Villa could not secure a replacement.Embed from Getty ImagesFormer Brighton man Elphick joined Villa from Bournemouth in the summer on a three-year deal, and was initially named club captain.However, he has only featured in eight out of Steve Bruce’s 18 matches in charge and was an unused substitute in Villa’s 1-0 win at QPR in December. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest FBNews, the online/digital newsletter of the American Farm Bureau Federation, began posting responses from the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees on a range of issues that concern farmers and ranchers the most. AFBF asked Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump the same questions. Both candidates explained their positions on biotechnology, trade, immigration reform, regulatory reform, food safety and more.“The fact that the candidates took the time in the middle of this very competitive election season to go into such detail in their responses says a lot about the importance of these issues and the farmers and ranchers who care about them,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF president. “Each of these issues touches our members at the farm and ranch level. Being able to provide information about the candidates’ platforms on issues that are important to agriculture is something we do every presidential election cycle.”The candidates’ responses have been posted on:The farm bill, biotechnology, food safety – http://fbnews.fb.org/Templates/Article.aspx?id=40444The Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act –http://fbnews.fb.org/Templates/Article.aspx?id=40438Regulatory Reform – http://fbnews.fb.org/Templates/Article.aspx?id=40434 Additional responses will be posted at http://fbnews.fb.org/ in the following order:Sept. 27 – ImmigrationSept. 28 – International Trade and TPPSept. 29 – EnergySept. 30 – Full List of IssuesWhile AFBF cannot endorse or support a political candidate, the organization is providing the candidates’ positions to inform Farm Bureau members and others. FBNews signup is free at http://bit.ly/fbnewssubscribe.
Tags:#automation#digital architecture Tips for Selling Smart Supply Chain Solutions Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Suresh Sambandam Suresh Sambandam is the CEO of KiSSFLOW, a disruptive, SaaS-based enterprise-level workflow and business process automation platform enterprises with more than 10,000 customers across 120 countries. Enterprise companies today have three primary options for the architecture of their digital workspace. First, they can choose installed software, which works well for operating systems and middleware. If installed software doesn’t fit the bill, companies can turn to private or public cloud-based software. And if neither of those choices gets the job done, businesses can turn to a new trend of using hybrid clouds, giving enterprise users the ability to keep some data internally without losing access to SaaS and hosted solutions.Technological architecture choices like these carry consequences for any business. According to new research from the International Data Corp., IT infrastructure sales skyrocketed to $15.4 billion in the second quarter of 2018. As funding for IT options increases, the ramifications of making the wrong decision become more severe: A poor choice can lead to lost time, money, and productivity if a shift is necessary.Fortunately, artificial intelligence and automation tools are making architecture decisions and maintenance easier. One Accenture study found that AI implementations boosted profitability on average by 38 percent in 16 different industries. Leveraging the advantages of automation with architecture is a tricky proposition, but companies that get it right stand to reap enormous rewards.Automation Architecture Design in 2019 and BeyondLarge companies can no longer afford to lean on siloed internal processes to get work done. More than half of the U.S. workforce will consist of freelancers within a decade, which means businesses need to learn to manage operations and processes across a workforce with increasingly diverse needs and skills.Automation is the natural solution to the chaos created by an evolving economy. One company in New Zealand took a chance on the four-day workweek, relying on smarter tools to cover any gaps caused by cutting that fifth workday. Rather than see productivity drop due to lost time, the company experienced a surprising increase in productivity to match the boost in employee satisfaction. When companies let computing systems and automated processes to carry more of the burden, everyone wins.As the role of automation at work expands, the ripple effect will change how companies operate and how leaders manage their teams or individual employees. Platforms such as Slack and Facebook for Workplace will continue to gain traction. Larger players such as Microsoft and Oracle will undoubtedly unveil their own solutions. Priorities will shift toward filters and insights, where AI tools will help individuals quickly and accurately find the internal data that matters to them. Intranets will disappear as better options take their place.Consumers are already in on the advanced architecture action, though many don’t know they are. Single sign-on systems, such as those Google and Facebook use, allow end users to log in to multiple services with a single account. Few enterprises are taking advantage of the single sign-on model for now, but systems such as this one will help the companies of the near future streamline their internal operations in new, more efficient ways.Integration Leads to EvolutionThe enterprise stack, once owned by the Lotuses and SAPs of the world, has been broken down into modules for SaaS players to offer in party. Companies can now pick and choose which elements they need without paying for the ones for which they have no use. Today, the tides appear to be shifting back toward the integrated module format, and businesses are benefiting from the regression.Old modules have been refined to be more than the sum of their parts, creating a truly superior enterprise stack. New modules such as Salesforce and Freshworks lead to greater opportunities for companies to integrate and automate their operations.As these changes continue to progress, businesses should be conscious of how they build their larger data architectures to handle the load brought on by advanced tech. Data without proper integration is just noise, but if they are free from silos, automation tools can transform enterprisewide data into powerful insights. Smarter platforms prioritize tasks for team members and intelligently monitor work. The more interconnected the system, the greater its potential.This automated architectural future is not far away. Intelligent, transformative tools have already begun to shape the way physical and manufacturing industries do business. As tools become more refined — and as companies and employees alike learn to trust and embrace them — those same forward leaps in progress and productivity will make their way to other disciplines. Automation’s acceleration is growing steadily, and the businesses that organize their architecture to make the most of the change will see the greatest benefits. Will Development Eventually Make Itself Obsolete? End-of-Life Software: Keep it, Update it, or Fi…
The ruling Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday removed Satish Kumar as vice-president of its Bihar unit for “anti-party activities”. Mr. Satish Kumar had criticised some senior leaders for convincing JD(U) president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to withdraw from contesting the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. “Satish Kumar has been removed from the post of JD(U) State vice-president,” party chief spokesman and MLC Sanjay Singh said. He said Sanjay Mandal was removed as State organisational secretary for the similar reason.Mr. Satish Kumar, a former MLA from Nalanda, was close to Mr. Nitish Kumar. He was credited with organising the ‘Chetna’ rally, the biggest ever by the Kurmi community, in Bihar in 1994. After the rally, Mr. Nitish Kumar was projected as a Kurmi leader, and he parted ways with Lalu Prasad. Mr. Satish Kumar was put in charge of the party in UP after the JD(U) decided to contest the Assembly polls.. Mr. Nitish Kumar addressed over six public meetings in UP. All of a sudden, the party withdrew from the contest.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he can’t leave aside his public relations exercise even for five minutes.The Congress chief was addressing a public rally in Dhule district of north Maharashtra.“Our prime minister tells the media that India is united after the Pulwama terror attacks, but immediately targets Congress,” Mr. Gandhi said.“India’s prime minister can’t leave aside his public relations [exercise] even for five minutes. That is the difference between him and us,” Mr. Gandhi said.The Congress leader accused Mr. Modi of misusing solemn occasions to target the Congress.“He [Modi] does the same [engage in PR exercise] at the war memorial opening,” Mr. Gandhi said, referring to Mr. Modi opening an all-out attack on the Congress during the opening ceremony of the National War Memorial in Delhi recently.Mr. Gandhi also ridicules Anil Ambani on the Rafale aircraft deal, saying the industrialist can’t even make a paper plane.Slamming Mr. Modi over the Rafale deal, Mr. Gandhi said under the Chowkidar’s watch, Rs 30,000 crore went into Anil Ambani’s pockets.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scored with an unbeaten 65 in a strong batting show as India strengthened its position in the third cricket Test against the West Indies by taking a healthy 104-run lead on day three here on Friday. Score | PhotosAs many as four visiting batsmen scored fifties as India, resuming at eight for no loss, ended the day at 308 for six while replying to hosts’ 204 all out.Dhoni shared 103-run sixth wicket stand with Suresh Raina (50) and made sure that the good work of opener Abhinav Mukund (62), VVS Laxman (56) Virat Kohli (30) does not go waste.West Indies, deprived of services of Ravi Rampaul and handicapped by a hobbling Darren Sammy, never quite wilted under a scorching sun and on a flat pitch on a day when 94 overs were bowled at Windsor Park.Nearly 90 overs were lost on the first two days of the match due to poor light and rain but no such problem emerged on Friday.India lost two early wickets of Murali Vijay (1) and Rahul Dravid (5) but thereafter steadily mounted their total without ever dominating a depleted attack.Dhoni, played his first innings of substance of tour, and when on 52 completed 3000 runs in Test cricket in the 86th innings of his 57th Test.The Indian captain has so far batted for 157 minutes and struck three fours from 109 balls. He walked in when India were frittering away the advantage, losing three wickets in the afternoon to nothing balls.Mukund, Kohli and Laxman were all guilty of poor judgment as the visitors lost three wickets in the middle session.advertisementMukund had serenely moved to his top Test score of 62 when he shaped to play a rising leg-spin from Bishoo towards mid-wicket but only edged it on to his pads and the lobbed chance was gratefully accepted by Adrian Barath at forward short leg.Kohli seemed intent on making up for his lost chances of the series and had reached 30 without much ado but poked at a harmless delivery from Sammy down the leg-side and was brilliantly caught low by wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh.Laxman’s dismissal was a freak one when he allowed a leg-spin delivery from Shivnarine Chanderpaul to go to Baugh but his backfoot lost contact with the ground for just a fraction of second, which was enough for the keeper to whip off the bails.Laxman was flabbergasted but there was little doubt that it was his own carelessness which had did him in. He shared a 84-run stand for the third wicket with Mukund and added 52 for the next wicket with Kohli.Mukund batted for 176 minutes and hit five fours from 149 balls while Laxman handled 129 balls in 207 minutes, caressing three boundaries.Dhoni, in the company of Raina, then put his head down and began rebuilding the innings with singles and twos.There was never any temptation to throw their bats at a wilting attack, or at least cart the leg-spin of Chanderpaul around the park, as the two showed intent to build a sizeable lead over West Indies.Their stand occupied the most of final session and raised 100 runs in 113 minutes from 182 balls.Raina showed uncharacteristic restraint and reached his half-century from 131 minutes of batting, hitting three fours from 103 balls.There was no further joy for West Indies but for the emergence of Rampaul from the dressing room as Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh (12) helped India reach their first 300-plus score of the series.Earlier in the day, India lost Vijay (1) and Dravid (5) within the first five overs to be 18 for two before normalcy was restored.Vijay was nearly bowled off a low full toss in Edwards’ first over, squeezing the ball between the slip cordon for a four, but his tendency to push at the ball once again proved his undoing.In Edwards’ next over, a delivery took the edge of his bat on way to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh?s gloves.The Tamil Nadu opener is in the middle of a wretched run of scores, the sequence of his five innings in the series reading 8,0,11,3 and 1.Dravid then fell to Sammy, making the normally passive West Indian captain roar in triumph as he has not done at any stage in this series.Dravid played for an away movement at the delivery which kept coming straight and went between bat and pad to rattle the stumps.- With inputs from PTI
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe marks ten years in managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe marks ten years in management facing Manchester United this weekend.With 10 more points at the halfway stage than the previous campaign, boss Howe insisted he would never stand still in search of perfection.He said: “For me as a person, I have just thrown myself into the job on every level. The job has consumed me.“I am just a walking football person. I am thinking football constantly. Every minute is evolved around the job and making sure I’m continuing to take the team and the club forward and it never stops.“The thing I have noticed in recent years, when you get to the Premier League, is how quickly the game changes.“You can never be complacent or content with your work. You have to consistently try to push new boundaries.”
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Brighton send Arce, Kerr away on-loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton winger Billy Arce has returned from his loan at Segunda Division club Extremadura UD.The 20-year-old signed for the Seagulls in August 2018 from Ecuadorian side CSD Independiente Del Valle, and moved straight to Spain on a loan deal.Arce made three substitute appearances in the Segunda Division, but played 90 minutes in the Copa Del Rey, as Extremadura were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Alcorcon.Meanwhile, Brighton under-23 defender Josh Kerr has joined Derry City on a six-month loan deal.The 20-year-old has linked up with the SSE Airtricity League side for the remainder of the season.Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said, “This is a good loan move for Josh, and one that will allow him to play first-team football on a regular basis.“We will keep a close eye on his progress, and wish him well for the rest of the season.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton rival Man Utd for Lyon striker Moussa Dembeleby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United face fresh Premier League competition for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.United are tracking the OL star, but are now being joined by Everton in their interest.Dembele, 23, moved to Lyon in 2018 from Celtic for €22m. His contract with the French club is valid until 2023. This season, the striker has played 11 matches in all competition and scored 6 goals.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted the interest of United and Juventus in August.
zoom The 18,000 TEU containership CMA CGM Vasco De Gama ran aground in August 2016 as it was too far north of the intended track when it started turning into the Thorn Channel near the Port of Southampton.The 399-meter-long ship grounded on the western side of the channel in the early morning hours of August 22 with two Southampton pilots aboard.The ship’s position at the time of the turining into the Thorn Channel reduced the sea room available for the manoeuvre and, given the environmental conditions, CMA CGM Vasco de Gama was unable to sustain the rate of turn required to remain in the dredged channel, a report released by the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) showed.The execution of the vessel’s turn around Bramble Bank and into the Thorn Channel by the lead pilot was not in accordance with the port’s guidance for large inbound vessels.CMA CGM Vasco de Gama’s bridge team, assistant pilot and the Vessel Trafic Services, could not usefully monitor the lead pilot’s actions, or the vessel’s progress through the Precautionary Area, because “a detailed pilotage plan had not been produced; the lead pilot’s intended manoeuvre around Bramble Bank was not explained; the bridge team roles and responsibilities were unclear; and the electronic navigation aids on board were not fully utilised.”The investigation identifed that the vessel’s bridge team and the port pilots had the experience, knowledge and resources available to efectively plan and execute the pilotage. However, the standards of navigation displayed during the pilotage fell short of the standards expected by CMA Ships and Associated British Ports.“It was apparent that complacency and a degree of over confidence on the part of the master and port pilots contributed to this accident,” MAIB said.Actions have been taken by CMA Ships and Associated British Ports to address some of the issues identifed in this report and to improve navigational safety.MAIB added that recommendations aimed at reducing the likelihood of future groundings and improving levels of navigation, bridge resource management, and use of electronic navigation aids have been made to CMA Ships and Associated British Ports.