Bruce blames himself after ‘worst-ever’ display

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAston Villa boss Steve Bruce said he regretted starting with some of his young internationals after the goalless draw with Brentford.Midfielder Josh Onomah played for England Under-21s this week, while forwards Keinan Davis and Andre Green featured for the Under-20s.The promising trio started against the Bees but all had to come off during the second half with slight injuries, replaced by the more senior Scott Hogan, Robert Snodgrass and Gabby Agbonlahor.“Keinan yesterday was sore, complaining of a bit of a hip problem,” Bruce said. “Greeny and Josh have picked up muscle injuries.“So in hindsight, I blame myself a little bit. With my experience, I should have been better.“There was no real freshness, too many had been away on international duty and we were as flat as we could be.“That’s arguably the worst we’ve been since I’ve been here.”Talisman Jonathan Kodjia, who broke his ankle in defeat at Fulham in April, is close to a return, with an appearance for the Under-23s slated for Monday.And Bruce said the striker could even be included in the squad for the home game with Middlesbrough on Tuesday if he comes through the second-string match.He added: “We’d love Kodjia to be back but he’s had a fractured ankle, so it’s important for him to get through 45 minutes on Monday night.“If he does, it puts him in contention for Tuesday.”See also:Canos injured as Bees draw at Villa Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Round-up: Chelsea edge towards Rugani deal and Egan moves on

first_imgChelsea appear to be edging towards a deal to sign Daniele Rugani from Juventus.The Italy central defender, 23, previously played under Maurizio Sarri while on loan at Empoli.New Blues head coach Sarri is keen for the club to bring in Rugani and talks with Juventus are at an advanced stage.An agreement seems to be close – despite reports in Italy claiming that Juve have rejected a bid from Chelsea.Jorginho vows to bring something different© Scott Heavey/PA WireChelsea new boy Jorginho believes he can offer something never seen before in the Premier League.The midfielder, signed from Napoli, said: “Perhaps my style of play is not something that is seen in England, I really hope that it is a good fit for the game over here and I will certainly be doing everything I can to make sure it works out.“I like playing just outside of my own penalty box, the player who receives the ball and organises the game.”Jozefzoon set for Derby moveFlorian Jozefzoon has agreed personal terms with Derby and is set to join them on a four-year contract. The Dutch winger was undergoing a medical on Thursday evening ahead of a move to Pride Park.Brentford accepted £2.75m bids from both Derby and Leeds United – and the player has opted to sign for the Rams.West London Sport recently revealed that the Bees had rejected a bid for Jozefzoon from Derby and that Leeds were also interested.Derby subsequently had an improved offer accepted, prompting Leeds to also table a bid.Egan moves to Sheffield UnitedSheffield United have broken their transfer record by signing John Egan from Brentford for £4m.The centre-back, who has played twice for the Republic of Ireland, has signed a four-year contract at Bramall Lane.Furlong injury woeQPR’s Darnell Furlong faces three months on the sidelines with the knee injury he suffered against AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.Assistant manager John Eustace played down the significance of the injury immediately after Saturday’s pre-season friendly.But West London Sport subsequently revealed that the problem was causing concern and that Furlong was facing another spell on the sidelines.The defender, 22, missed almost three months of last season because of a knee problem.Rangers confirmed on Thursday morning that he has suffered a torn ligament and undergone surgery. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Cagey crafts from cage diving

first_imgThe shark motif on the decorative braidthat started off the Cagey Gear business. Cordelia Dodo making a lightweight rainjacket in the small Cagey Gear factory.(Images: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternTourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of South Africa’s economy, and is ideally placed to create new jobs. But when people think of those jobs, they tend to think of waiters, hotel managers, field guides and housekeeping staff. What they often forget is the spin-off of tourist industries. Sometimes a well-developed tourism product can provide unexpected benefits.The little town of Gansbaai, in the Western Cape just a few hours’ drive east of Cape Town, offers an excellent example of this. Having long languished in the shadow of its much more glamorous neighbour, Hermanus, on the other side of Walker Bay, this little fishing village gained international recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s as the best shark cage diving destination in the world.The prosperity brought by the increased number of visitors can be clearly seen in the town. Guest houses, shops, restaurants and other small businesses have sprung up to service both tourists and residents.Most of the shark cage diving boats leave from the small-boat harbour at Kleinbaai, a few kilometres from Gansbaai. The unpretentious little harbour – in fact little more than a slipway – started seeing huge numbers of local and international tourists. And no-one was taking advantage of the captive market.But Kim MacLean and Terry McCarthy, who together run Shark Lady, a shark cage diving company, saw the gap. They teamed up with Colleen Emmenis and Annalie Theunisson, from Art-i-kapa. Theunisson and Emmenis, both artists, are accredited trainers in the Media, Advertising, Printing, Publishing and Packaging Sectoral Education and Training Authority. They trained a couple of people in craft making, and took over two little kiosks at the harbour. They were a mess, but they tidied them up, and then they started selling craft on a small scale.Fun and funky clothing“We had one little sewing machine,” says MacLean. “A domestic sewing machine.  So we started sewing braid onto clothing for the crew.”The braid was a pretty South African flag-inspired shark motif that MacLean had designed, and it looked great. “All my clients wanted to buy the crew’s clothes from them.”This gave her an idea. She had always wondered how she could employ more people in her business but there are only so many jobs on a boat. So she, McCarthy, Emmenis and Theunisson decided to start a clothing manufacturing venture to employ women in the area.Luckily, Shark Lady was about to start building new custom-designed premises in front of the harbour. There was an existing building there, and MacLean thought maybe it could be turned into something useful.“Let’s not bulldoze the building. I told Solly [Solly Madikane, Director of Socio-Economic Development, Overstrand Municipality]. We’ll take it apart carefully and, if you can organise the trucks to move it, we’ll re-erect in Masakane [the local township] to be a small clothing factory.”But Madikane had a surprise for her. He took her into the township and showed her an empty building with 16 industrial sewing machines in it. They were part of an employment-creation project that had never got off the ground. After a little paperwork Cagey Gear was born.“The name came into my head about two years ago. Then, when we knew we were going to get this building going, I decided I must start getting Cagey Gear going.”It’s early days yet, and the range so far includes sweatshirts, fleeces and light rain jackets that can be folded into a pocket so they double up as a small bag or even a travel pillow.Conservation messageWhile the main reason for opening the factory is to create employment, there are lots of spin-offs. First, it certainly doesn’t harm Shark Lady’s bottom line. But, more importantly, it’s an opportunity for MacLean get on her favourite hobby horse.“I want to do T-shirts with a conservation message on them. Not just bland things – really funky designs with a good message.”These will work in two ways. Hopefully, the people buying them will endorse the message and pass it on, but it’s also part of her plant to use the factory to start to conscientise the community about marine conservation. It will be tied in with an educational programme for children, and MacLean is hoping to get marine conservation specifically put into the curriculum of the new school that is currently being built at Blom Park – Gansbaai’s second township area.And it’s not just clothing. Shark Lady’s brand new shark diving centre, called The Great White Shark Embassy, and which will constitute the main outlet for Cagey Gear, is also a restaurant and emporium selling all manner of things sharky.“Kids are always coming in here wanting to buy shark’s teeth,” MacLean says. “So we thought of making little resin teeth. On the back of the card it will explain why you shouldn’t buy real shark’s teeth.” This would form part of the craft programme that is to be run together with, but separate from, the clothing factory.It’s early days yet, sales have been good.“Things are walking out the shop,” MacLean says. “We’re working hard to keep up.”But she’s confident that they will rise to the challenge. “It’s going well and I think it will grow into a big brand, so we’ll have to enlarge the factory. “Useful linksMarine Dynamics Shark Lady Shark Diving Unlimited White Shark Projects Apex Predators Natal Sharks Board Afri-Oceans Conservation Alliance Save our Seas Sharkspotters South African Shark Conservancy Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourismlast_img read more

Fortune 500 head to Cape Town

first_imgPolitical and business loeaders will gatherat the Cape Town International ConventionCentre in June for the New GlobalOpportunity conference, hosted byTime Warner.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Daniel KileFortune, public relations director+1 212 522 3640Janine ErasmusTop global leaders and businesspeople, including those on the Time 100 and Fortune 500 lists, will head for Cape Town in June for the New Global Opportunity Conference, hosted by the powerful Time Warner group.From 28 to 28 June, while the sporting world takes in the spectacle of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, some of the most influential people on earth will gather at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the first-ever Time/Fortune/CNN Global Forum.The conference is a sign that the city is growing in stature as a holiday and conference destination.City of Cape Town business tourism manager Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo said it has made 48 bids for meetings and conferences during 2010. “Cape Town as a business destination is on par with the likes of Europe. We are a major industry contender.”The Fortune 500 and Time 100 luminaries will mingle with distinguished South Africans and visitors from government, business, the arts and sciences, and civil society.Confirmed delegates already include Time Inc editor-in-chief John Huey, finance expert Suze Orman, former Irish president Mary Robinson, renowned pianist Lang Lang, Koos Bekker, CEO of media house Naspers, Rio Tinto CE Tom Albanese and AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan.The special guest speaker has yet to be announced, but past speakers include Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer, former French president Jacques Chirac, President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China, former US president Bill Clinton, and media mogul Rupert Murdoch.The Time Warner entertainment and communications group will co-host the three-day event with South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry. Editors of Fortune, Time and CNN will lead the sessions together with relevant experts.Fortune magazine has hosted the Global Forum since its launch in 1995, but 2010 will see the other two partners come on board for the first time. The event will receive broad coverage in a variety of media genres.Exchanging new ideasThe purpose of the gathering is to exchange new ideas, identify opportunities, and stimulate debate on issues that affect the global economy, and especially that of the developing world.This year Africa will be the main item on the agenda, as established companies look to emerging markets as a source of new approaches and business models. According to Time’s international editor Michael Elliot, the “old ways” won’t suffice if growth is to be inclusive and sustainable.“And the role and potential of those who have been marginalised in the past – the poor, especially women and girls – will only grow,” he added.Topics will range from sport as a driver of economic growth and the role of social media in the developing world, to a discussion of China’s operations in Africa, business strategies for emerging markets, and control of major diseases.A fitting settingTime managing editor Richard Stengel sees Cape Town as a fitting setting for the high-powered meeting, as it is a model for the new Africa: “diverse, entrepreneurial, forward-looking,” wrote Stengel in the latest edition of the magazine.Stengel was in South Africa recently to attend the handover of documents relating to former president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and historical Rivonia Treason Trial documents to the National Archives.The Time editor is closely connected to South Africa, having collaborated extensively with Mandela over a period of nearly three years to write Long Walk to Freedom, which was published in 1995. Stengel is married to a South African and Mandela is the godfather of his eldest son.“We’re calling this conference the New Global Opportunity,” wrote Stengel. “This is the idea that global economic power is shifting to the developing world – to Africa and the Middle East, as well as to Asia.” He added that these young markets are not just frontiers of growth, but are the sources of new ideas and models that can be applied everywhere.Stengel also mentioned that the much-anticipated World Cup would receive special coverage from Time in an upcoming issue on global football.Movers and shakersThe annual Time 100 list names what the magazine considers to be the 100 most influential people of the year. Since the list’s inception in 1998 a number of South Africans have made it to the rankings. Former president Nelson Mandela is the only one to have appeared more than once – he was listed in 2004 and 2005, and appeared on the list of the 20th century’s most influential people.The Fortune 500 list, now in its 56th year, ranks the top 500 US public and private companies according to their gross revenue. No less than 17 South African companies are listed on the Fortune Global 2 000 list of the world’s top 2 000 public companies, based on sales, profit, assets and market value. Among them are the Standard Bank group (223), Sasol (305), the Bidvest group (1102), and Shoprite Holdings (1749).last_img read more

Teva and Intel using wearables to monitor Huntington’s disease

first_imgDavid Curry 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje…center_img Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Intel announced on Thursday a wearable partnership focused on Huntington’s disease patients.Huntington’s disease, which affects approximately 30,000 Americans, is an inherited condition that damages nerve cells in the brain. This causes a breakdown in motor skills, cognition, and behavior. Early signs include behavior change and fidgety movement.See Also: Intel to acquire computer vision startup MovidiusTeva and Intel want to analyze the disease in its mid-stage, when patients start to show more visible signs of Huntington’s. Patients will be asked to wear a smartwatch and connect it to a smartphone, which will send data back to Intel’s cloud platform.The cloud platform can analyze the data in real-time and give a grading of the patient’s motor skills. Unfortunately, it can’t provide much more to the patient, as there’s no cure for the disease.Can recommend drug therapies for patientsTeva may recommend drugs or therapy to the patient, if they start to become easily irritable or show more signs of erratic behavior, but this will only relax the patient for a few days or weeks, if that.Researchers are looking into various methods to try and remove Huntington’s disease, like switching off the faulty gene. Stem cell therapy might also be able to reverse the disease, although some worry about the after effects of such a reversal.That’s is still a few years, or decades, away from being widely available. In the meantime, Intel and Teva will try to use cloud computing and machine learning to monitor the disease and provide timely support. Tags:#health#Huntington’s disease#Intel#Internet of Things#IoT#Israel#smartwatch#Teva#wearable Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health…last_img read more

T20 WC:Sehwag’s fitness under question as India looks to ace Super Eights

first_imgHeavy overnight showers, which had forced Ireland out of the World Twenty20 on Monday night, seemed never to have happened when India returned to the practice field after a day-long break on Tuesday. As the sun beat down on Colombo, the Indians, wearing their fluorescent green t-shirts, took to the bone-dry Colombo Colts Cricket Club ground to prepare for their opening Super Eights clash against Australia here on Friday. About two hours into the session, Ravichandran Ashwin was escorted into the umpires’ room located to the left of the sight-screen, and was followed by Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag. It turned out to be a ‘routine, random’ dope test, according to India’s media manager RN Baba, and didn’t seem to cause much of a flutter, though Yuvraj Singh was overheard remarking: “How many times will we have to undergo a dope test?” The ICC has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency’s code and made every player available for dope tests at its major tournaments, and Baba said the tests were conducted at ‘every training session’. Ashwin also ‘opened’ the batting in the nets after the team underwent agility and strengthening exercises under the watchful eye of the support staff for about an hour. The offspinner, who was rested for the England game on Sunday, is almost certain to be back in the line-up for the Australia game given his form with the ball, and his hitting on Tuesday wasn’t half bad either.It was Sehwag whose fitness still seemed a concern, for he hasn’t had a hit since taking one on the thumb in the nets on Friday. He was ‘rested’ for the dead rubber according to skipper MS Dhoni, but didn’t bat on Tuesday either. The team’s official stand, though, is that he is fit.Harbhajan also didn’t bowl, in fact, and could be seen dicussing strengthening his hamstring with fielding coach Trevor Penney. He did find time to do a spot of dancing towards the end of the session, as the team waited for its bus to come over from the designated parking spot to the gate. Zaheer Khan did still look to be struggling with his fitness, walking gingerly and spending over half an hour receiving a rubdown after the initial exercises. However, his net bowling was certainly sharper than last week, and he did have a batsman or two in a tangle with some sharp bouncers. Suresh Raina had a very long stint at the nets, and had a lot of people diving for cover with his big hits, though one of the net bowlers did get him bowled with a perfect left-arm spinner’s arm-ball. Raina was so impressed with the young lad, Chanaka, that he gifted him a brand new pair of gloves. Raina was also involved in the most hilarious moment of the day. Served up a short-pitched delivery by a fast bowler at the nets, the left-hander top-edged one that sneaked through a gap in the top netting and lodged itself there. Soon after, there was a carbon copy of the incident and this time, Raina could be seen jumping and trying to dislodge the ball with his bat. The bowler then climbed up the side netting and brought down both the balls, while Raina looked on in admiration at the boy’s agility.advertisementlast_img read more