Cloud Computing Is the next Business Platform: What This Means for Your Organization

first_imgFor IT organizations, cloud computing can dramatically impact not only technical infrastructure but also skill sets, processes and operations—often in unanticipated ways. In fact, cloud computing is fundamentally changing how both IT and businesses “get things done”.  More than just a technology, cloud is now THE core business platform for all digital enterprises.Most successful organizations today are leveraging multiple cloud solutions from multiple cloud providers. It’s now a multi-cloud world. The implications of the rapid and inexorable shift to a multi-cloud reality are still emerging. This creates potential for confusion and uncertainty over the best way to leverage various cloud environments to transform IT, to drive competitive differentiation, enhance customer satisfaction and unlock business value.In this paper we explore how multi-cloud is accelerating digital transformation and outline Dell EMC’s perspective on the implications cloud brings for three significant areas.Security strategies need to be evolved into new shared responsibility models, and new application security-as-a-service technologies can be implemented to apply contextual intelligence at the application level to continually monitor for changes that indicate a threat.“Cloud-native” application architectures are essential for creating innovative new software. Integrated cloud-native platforms create time-to-value and operational benefits, and when chosen carefully, a cloud-native platform can provide flexibility for deploying applications in various public or private clouds.Infrastructure-as-a-Service [IaaS] is a powerful tool to streamline the operation and management of existing applications so that resources saved can be reallocated to innovation. With hybrid cloud IaaS, existing data center and application investments can be protected and extended by creating bridges to public cloud when and where appropriate.You can download a personal copy of this paper here.Cloud computing is now an essential ingredient for every organizations’ business strategy—not just their IT operations. Cloud computing is the next business platform on which all businesses will execute rapid customized delivery of new digitally enabled products and services—all organizations will need to harness cloud to be successful.Your journey to a multi-cloud reality needs to be based on sound strategy and meticulous execution of tactics for enhancing security, building cloud-native applications with an integrated cloud-native platform, and optimizing traditional business applications with IaaS. Organizations that put these elements at the heart of their multi-cloud strategy can best take advantage of the robust benefits cloud technologies provide and achieve their most important business goals as they execute on their digital transformation.Learn more with these resourcesHow Cloud is Transforming Business (and What Your Organization Should Do About It)Dell EMC Cloud SolutionsPivotal Cloud FoundryDell EMC PowerEdge ServersDell EMC Converged and Hyper-converged solutionslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Will Chase Eyeing Nashville Return & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Will Chase Eyeing Nashville ReturnTurns out that just because Will Chase is set to show how hard it is to be the Bard in Broadway’s Something Rotten!, he may still appear in the fifth season of Nashville, which will now air on CMT after ABC dropped it. Variety reports that Chase is in talks to go back for a few episodes to complete his storyline, although he wouldn’t be a series regular. The stage and screen star will begin performances at the St. James Theatre, taking over for Tony winner Christian Borle, on July 18.Alexandra Silber Pens Fiddler NovelFiddler on the Roof’s Alexandra Silber is set to publish a sequel to the classic work! The book came about after the actress spent two years as Hodel in the tuner in the U.K. “I had to know what happens to this 18-year-old girl who gets on a train and goes to Siberia in the name of love,” Silber revealed to the New York Times. So, she wrote a novel, After Anatevka, which will be published by Pegasus in the summer of 2017. Silber is currently appearing as the oldest daughter, Tzeitel, at the Broadway Theatre.Casting Set for Samuel D. Hunter’s The HarvestGideon Glick, Scott Jaeck, Leah Karpel, Madeleine Martin, Peter Mark Kendall, Christopher Sears and Zoë Winters have been enlisted for off-Broadway’s The Harvest. Samuel D. Hunter’s play is set in Idaho and follows a group of young missionaries preparing to go to the Middle East. Directed by Davis McCallum, the production will play a limited engagement October 8 through November 20 at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. Opening night is scheduled for October 24.Hamilton Cast Members to Support Rising StarsHamilton’s Anthony Ramos and Emmy Raver-Lampman, along with The Color Purple’s Kyle Scatliffe, are just some of the previous Rising Stars tapped for Town Hall’s Broadway Rising Stars Concert on July 11. The event, now in its tenth year, showcases the next generation of up-and-coming talent who are the most outstanding new graduates from schools including Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, CAP21 and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Break a leg to all! Will Chase(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

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Chemigation

first_imgPesticide application through center pivot irrigation systems, called “chemigation,” could allow Georgia cotton growers to treat multiple fields while lowering application costs and minimizing exposure to chemicals. University of Georgia entomologist Michael Toews is studying the efficacy of this method.Through chemigation, insecticide is combined with water, sent through the pivot and applied to the field, just as water is applied to the field through the irrigation system.“I’m interested in anything I can do to help growers, including reducing application costs,” Toews said. “I can give back by promoting ideas that provide good results and save money.” Toews, a UGA Cooperative Extension scientist, researched this method in the field last year at UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Georgia, and will continue his studies this year. Cotton growers currently control stinkbugs, a key pest of cotton, through use of a ground rig or aerial application. At times, farmers struggle to make critical, timely applications. Problems like malfunctioning equipment or heavy rainfall can keep a sprayer out of the field, or a grower may have multiple fields that need to be treated at the same time. To treat those fields in a timely manner is cumbersome, said Toews, who believes chemigation could be the solution.Timely treatment for stinkbugs is critical, as the bugs feed directly on developing bolls, thereby reducing lint yield and fiber quality. The resulting cotton is downgraded in quality and not worth as much at market.“Stinkbugs require insecticide application every year in Georgia. It’s an area where we’ve struggled to make timely applications in the past. It was a logical starting place for this research,” Toews said. In laboratory tests, Toews compared the effectiveness of insecticide dilutions to control stinkbugs through use of a ground rig and through chemigation. “The lab results suggest that we could get good knock-down and mortality of these insects using these different application methods,” he said.So far, Toews’ biggest challenge has been keeping the active ingredient on the plant, where it can reach the intended target. In chemigation, the majority of the liquid ends up on the ground. While the application produces excellent coverage, most of it ends up on the ground, and the relative dose that comes into contact with the stinkbug is small, according to Toews. Despite these challenges and the need for another year of data, Toews is confident that his team at UGA will have solid recommendations for Georgia cotton growers by the end of the year. “If the research produces promising results, chemigation could be a popular insecticide delivery method with growers. Conversely, learning that this method is less than optimal will provide growers with the tools they need to make informed decisions when managing stinkbugs in cotton,” he said.Toews is preparing to focus on other pest species in the near future. The Georgia Cotton Commission is funding the study.last_img read more

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How do companies win generational shifts?

first_imgGenerational Shifts bring new data and challenges to the leadership of traditional companies. They also bring questions such as:How do we remain relevant?How do we balance our relevance?How do we continuously grow market share while understanding these shifts/consistencies in characteristics?As Generation Z enters the workforce with new spending power, traditional companies will further have to ask – Are they late stage millennials? Are they completely different? or What are some similarities across generations which we can use to serve this market? Thoroughly researched answers to these questions [re Gen Z] are widely available. If one was to guess a brand which has popularity across all generations from Silent to Generation Z, Coca Cola might be a good guess; however, according to a Morning Consult report published on Business Insider, when looking at Boomers, Gen X, Millennials [Gen Y] and Gen Z, Amazon is a favourite. Capturing these generations are key based on size, spending power and company survival.Before sharing answers and key variables to the initial three questions above, the following should be understood:Generations are contextualized according to culture. This simply means that while traits may be consistent across a generation globally, always remember the premium of culture when seeking to define and target a consumer.The Millennial Generation [born between 1981-1996, PEW Research Center] is not a one cap fits all and can be segmented in the following buckets Gray Millennials, Mature Millennials, Middle Millennials, Young MillennialsGeneration Z [born between 1997-2012, Pew Research Center] is not Millennial 2.0. As they become consumers, define them for who they are.Throughout my work within corporate strategy, when it comes to capturing these markets, traditional companies often face a struggle of history vs the future and most times a balanced perspective is required. Traditional companies which are trying to remain relevant also face the curse of success within an environment of change…..’We have always done it this way…..We’ve been here before and survived/thrived. A company successfully navigating a new market is one pinnacle of leadership which means these shifts provide red carpet opportunities for current leaders. There are documented stories on popular global brands such as Old Spice repositioning themselves across generations. The key question remains: How can a traditional company adapt to generational shifts?Is age an important variable?: If one were to look at companies that unsuccessfully sought to attract Millennial and Generation Z, one may think that the leadership age gap was the reason; It’s NOT! On the flip side, if one were to identify Millennial and Generation Z most favourite companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Nike, you would also realize that the Leadership and Executive Management are the same age as companies which failed. Based on in-depth research conducted, high level information shows that the average age of Senior Management at these mentioned companies are: 51, 51 and 54 respectively with the Board of Directors average age slightly higher. Therefore, the next question should be: What are the differences between successful and unsuccessful companies/brands in terms of generational shifts? The main answer to that question is mindset which is considered one of the most powerful variables of leadership. The majority of other actions stem from mindset. One scholar Keita Demming – whose work I frequently read – states that an organization is a combination of people. This therefore means that the actions of an organization often reflect the mindset of the drivers; its leadership. Facilitating the generational shift within your organisation requires a growth/open mindset by the leadership which will help in the balancing of legacy, experience and the necessary variables needed for the future. A growth mindset will include unlearning, shift thinking, experimentation and the consistent ability to match human/consumer centred design. As organizational leaders, one must be open to the imagination that generations carry different traits which impacts the HOW and WHAT of your strategy even if the WHY remains the same. Given that the age variable has been ruled out, it also means that adapting to the generational shift in the context of Millennials and Gen Z is not simply replacing the not so young with the young. Think of it like this: Not all Millennials/Gen Z are technology/digital experts and neither all Traditionalists nor Baby Boomers can be considered dinosaurs.Accept trends … understand the data drivers: According to research, Millennials are driving the shift in viewing habits as entertainment consumption becomes further personalized. Based on a survey conducted by McKinsey on the 18 – 34 demographic, 40% cited Netflix as their most used TV Viewing option followed by YouTube. One may wonder why is Netflix so popular? Read the following statement:“Detractors like to label the Millennial generation as the most entitled age group in recent memory (I counter with this). If true, Netflix has leveraged that by personalizing its content on a 1-1 level, rather than the 1-to many of traditional television, making it feel far more tailored to individual users. Netflix has endless data on viewing habits for each user: what you watched, how long you watched it, what type of content you like to watch, when you press pause, what type of content you jump from, etc. Using that data to serve and promote to an audience enables the streamer to keep them engaged; subscriber growth is key, but retention is even more important. The increasingly personalized nature of TV-viewing can be used as a growth tool that hooks audiences for longer. You could just hear the old guard of TV yelling, “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids.” [Brandon Katz – How Netflix Became the No 1 Destination for Television – The Observer]Interesting, right?! In the context of local culture, often you would hear an older person saying to a kid: “Why you don’t go outside and play…” “When I was your age…” We know how that statement ends and it’s always in response to a child glued to a cell phone or tablet. While the statement may have its “good intention”, several variables are overlooked. One is that the community bond formed from playing outside long ago, is now online. Earlier when I referred to unlearning, this is a perfect example. As a company, a dangerous place to be is trying to bucket a generation based on your perspective. You have to accept the trends for what they are and use the data to your benefit. Another example of this was seen in an episode of The Simpsons [Season 30- Episode 17 titled: E MY Sports] whereby Bart was consistently playing online games. Homer held an anti gaming view without knowing that this is currently a sport with immense opportunity for a son who is a digital native. For an organization to successfully adapt to a generational shift, the mind of its leaders must be in tune with that of its target. If the trend is instant gratification, you cannot win by offering delayed gratification otherwise you’ll be left behind.End the “Us vs Them”… enable coexistence: I’ve always shared that successfully adapting to generational shifts will require coexistence. Think of a traditional financial institution which serves a family over 5 generations. In 2019, the institution’s leadership will be clear that there needs to be a shift in product delivery in terms of capturing Millennials and Gen Z; however, at the same time it will be quite unfortunate if one were to say serving these generations require the elimination of the Baby Boomers and Silent Generation. In the context of a bank, while the older generations may not be borrowing as much, their representation still needs to be an element of the conversation. Let’s take this example into the context of the workplace where many times there is a gap in viewpoints, attitudes and perspective across generations. Before I dissect, let’s accept: the world is forward moving. That means that the roles generations play shift. Expecting a 15year old to appreciate a Super Nintendo is equal to a 60 year old appreciating a PS4. As companies try to adapt, look for new ideas etc., its leadership must be willing to understand the value of mentorship and legacy thinking required to get the needed ideas from those within. At the same time, the Millennials and Gen Z must not underestimate the value of previous generations. Again, have a look at extremely successful millennial driven companies with millennial founders and look at their advisory team. There is a huge and valuable premium on coexistence which further highlights the role of mindset.Think of this – As a leader, your organization may have declining sales and required to enter a new market demographic. You may have team members within your organization that represents the needed market. You need their ideas, you also need them to lead the charge. Your duty is not to be convinced, your duty is also not to compare how you would have done it but to facilitate apples with apples. Create inclusion! Many times companies underutilize the ability of their staff due to leadership bias.  This is where your understanding of your legacy and mentorship comes in. You have to think of yourself as LeBron James – How do I enable other generations of basketballers to succeed? Trust is also key. It’s the last second of the game, you definitely can’t make the needed three pointer for the win….pass the ball….use your teammates. One researcher rightly puts it – Leadership is a constant reinvention process. If we were to use the context of modern digital transformation, the skills required are completely different to that which would have enabled success in previous eras. Using the same example, on the flip side of millennials and Generation Z within the organization will have to give some level of reason for their usage/value. Though having the movements of the world in their favor, both younger generations cannot expect an older human mind to immediately relinquish that which they have known over years of existence, especially when successful. This would therefore require a level of perspective. Many millennials unfortunately subscribe to their generational bias while expecting others to understand. Yes, you may have the world on your side; however, everyone’s role is important. I refer to this as the ‘binary perspective’[also evident with other generations] which means MY WAY or THE HIGHWAY. For a company’s leadership to accept the millennial/Gen Z methodologies, yes facilitation is required; however, millennials and Gen Z must also understand the context of their environment. Leaders of today may not understand your behavior; but you have to give them valuable reason. According to Generational Expert and Leadership Consultant, Brad Szollose –“- For millennials and Gen Z to coexist with boomers and previous generations, they need to understand the differences in how they were educated which means that convincing may require the showing of benefits, respect for hierarchy and the understanding that their position of authority  took time. In addition, millennials must understand that when a previous generation acts slowly, it could be based on their trait of diligence. Again, for millennials to truly impact their workplace, it would require a degree of unlearning.”The US vs THEM argument solves nothing. End it now! The binary opinion is further trumped when considering the impact of technology. To one generation it was native while the other adaptive. A good example of this is ownership of a smartphone in the United States of America. Research from PEW Research Center shows that across Millennials, Gen X, Boomers and Silent, the penetration numbers are 93%, 92%, 68% and 40% respectively. They coexist to allow proper communication. Remember the world moves forward!In summary, I will reiterate the importance of mindset which drives the two supporting points of accepting the trends and allowing coexistence. As stated earlier, there is a household Caribbean brand whose successful generational shift should be discussed within the corridors of every discussion of this nature.  In the next article, their successful transition will be shared in addition to other examples. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kwesi Charles Kwesi Charles is the founder of CredUView Consulting & Cooperative Capital Limited. A Finance Professional and Video Gamer at heart, CredUView works with Credit Unions, Banks and Other financial institutions … Detailslast_img read more

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Zadar declared the most successful nautical tourism destination

first_imgAt the Days of Croatian Tourism, which are held for the first time in five Slavonian counties, Zadar was declared the most successful nautical tourism destination. Nautical tourism is of great importance in extending the season and diversifying the tourist offer, and Zadar as the most successful destination of nautical tourism with excellent infrastructure and the beauty of the Zadar archipelago continues to proactively develop and expand its nautical offer. As part of the award of the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (Tourist flower – quality for Croatia), D-Marin Marina Dalmatia from Sukošan won the first prize in the category “Large Marina”, while the best “Small Marina” was declared Olive Island Marina in Sutomišćica on the island of Ugljan. Photo: PR ” It is an exceptional honor and privilege to be the winner of this award for the most successful nautical tourism destination in Croatia. This great recognition of the profession is just an additional incentive that we are on the right path and to continue to develop Zadar in the direction of a recognizable destination of nautical tourism. The award for the most successful destination of the year is very important, since Zadar and the Zadar waters are among the pioneers of nautical tourism. The nautical season takes place from March until October, even in November, which certainly contributes significantly to the development of year-round tourism. There is a large number of nautical guests who come to Zadar, as we have six marinas that are modern in design and meet all world and European standards. Also, the Zadar archipelago offers a lot of opportunities when it comes to nautical tourism. Zadar waters are very attractive, pleasant, the islands are much closer than in some other destinations, which gives our guests a great opportunity for peaceful sailing, where there are not many waves and winds, but offers optimal sailing conditions, which boaters recognize.”Said Mario Paleka, director of the Zadar Tourist Board, and added that our advantages for the daily development of nautical tourism and the proximity of the city of Zadar as a TOP destination, excellent transport links and proximity to the airport. Zadar and Zadar County are the absolute winners in the category of nautical tourism. The city of Zadar was named the most successful nautical tourism destination, while the marinas D-Marin Marina Dalmacija and Olive Island Marina were named the best in the categories “Large and Small Marina” Awards for the best Velika and Mala marina go to Zadar County  Mario Paleka, director of the Zadar Tourist Board In addition to recognition for the most successful nautical tourism destination, Zadar and Zadar County can be proud of two other significant awards in nautical tourism.  The award for the most successful nautical tourism destination brought by our Zadar is certainly the best invitation to the citizens of Zadar, as well as to all visitors to the upcoming traditional Zadar sailing regatta “Zadarska Koka 2019.” which will be held on Saturday, October 26, in the Zadar Channel. Also, last night the award for Hostel of the Year was won by Boutique Hostel Forum, also from Zadar. Last night in Vinkovci, as part of the Days of Croatian Tourism held in Slavonia from October 02 to 05, the first part of the awards of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in the categories for destinations of the year, attractions of the year, awards quality for Croatia) and people in tourism.  Large marina: D-Marin Marina Dalmatia Small marina: Olive Island Marina “Zadar is currently recording 10% more guests compared to last year, which is another great incentive and success for us, given that in the city of Zadar for many years did not open high-end hotels, for which we cry . We hope that each award, including the award for the most successful nautical tourism destination, will be an additional incentive for investors to expand the offer of high-class hotel accommodation in the city of Zadar. ” Palek concluded. last_img read more

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3 Eating Habits to Minimize Your Ecological Footprint.

first_img Share 66 Views   no discussions Share Food & DiningLifestyle 3 Eating Habits to Minimize Your Ecological Footprint. by: – June 2, 2011 The ecological footprint of the food we throw away is usually much larger than the footprint of all our personal travel. Here are a few ways to do your part.1. Eat more vegetarian food. If you plan to eat meat today … think about having vegetables instead. Food production is the biggest contributor to your personal ecological footprint, and nearly all of that comes down to the land disturbance, water consumption and greenhouse gas pollution involved in the farming of animal products.2. Cut back on dairy. One of the reasons why dairy products loom large in your personal ecological footprint is that dairy cattle need to feed on grass that requires lots of water. Try having hummus with crudités instead of a cheese platter, or opt for water with lemon and mint over an iced coffee.3. Be aware of packaging when you buy goods. If packaging is excessive, or if it’s made of materials that aren’t easily recycled, then it can cause even greater environmental problems than the product it contains. Look for products that have minimal packaging, or packaging that is either made from recycled materials or that can be recycled after use.by Reader’s Digest Magazinecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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Arthetta Carolyn Koerber

first_imgArthetta Carolyn Koerber, born on November 20, 1936, died Thursday morning, June 9, 2016, at age 79.  Carolyn was the daughter of John Edward Baldwin and Eloise Lavinia Baldwin of Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from Ahrens Trade School in 1954 and was employed as a Legal Secretary.  She was the loving wife of Clement J. Koerber Sr. for 59 years and is survived by four children Clement J. Koerber Jr. (Jerry & Tomoko) of Denver, Colorado; Eileen S. (John) Gutzwiller of Batesville; Diane (William) Miller of Maryville, Tennessee and Denice (Mike) Hinderberger of Reno, Nevada; brother Donald (Susie) Baldwin of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren Joshua Gutzwiller; Jennifer Wirrig; Nathan Koerber; Luke, Anna and Leah Miller; Jada and Jared Hinderberger; and great grandchildren Wyatt and Caroline Gutzwiller and Waylon Wirrig.  Church, family, friends and pets occupied her time.  As a member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Cincinnati for 41 years, she enjoyed worship, fellowship and choir.  When two of her local grandchildren were preschoolers, she provided daycare and then volunteered in the lunch room and library of the primary school when they started school.  Though it was not intended to be an animal rescue, her country home was at one time the residence of as many as 30 stray animals.  Visitation will be held at the Weigel Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 14th, from 4 – 7 p.m. and Wednesday, June 15th, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 11981 Pippin Road in Cincinnati.  Funeral services follow at 6 p.m. with Rev. Alex Groth officiating.  A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, June 16th, at St. Paul’s Cemetery Crossroads.  The family requests memorials to the Life Issues Institute or the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church Building Fund.last_img read more

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Marvin E. Hildebrand

first_imgMarvin E. Hildebrand, of Sunman, was born on October 15, 1935 at home in Penntown, the son of William Henry and Mena Barbara Boerstler Hildebrand.  He married Monica Brown on October 14, 1972 in St. Leon and she survives.  Marvin farmed all his life the land he was born and raised on.  He enjoyed gardening in his spare time and was an avid I.U. basketball fan.  On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at the age of 81, Marvin passed away at his home surrounded by family.Those surviving who will cherish Marvin’s memory include his loving wife of over 44 years, Monica Hildebrand; children, Jennifer Hildebrand of Bloomington, and Matthew (Jaclyn) Hildebrand of Noblesville; grandson, Zane Hildebrand; siblings, Virginia (Gene) Steelman of Harrison, OH, Marvin (Sue) Hacker of Sunman, Donald (Simone) Hildebrand of Batesville, Herschel (Myrtle) Hildebrand of Sunman, and Patricia (John) Venis of Sunman.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Laverne (Louis) Werner.Visitation is Friday, January 13, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Johns United Church of Christ, Penntown, and again on Saturday from 10 till time of service at 11 a.m. Pastor Lynne Busch will officiate the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Saturday.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.Memorial donations may be directed to St. John’s UCC Penntown Cemetery Fund or to St. Jacob’s Blue Creek Cemetery Fund.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Marvin Hildebrand.last_img read more

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Rodgers so proud of his Reds

first_img To secure the trophy, Liverpool, seemingly destined for it a few weeks ago before dropping crucial points, need to beat Newcastle at Anfield and for West Ham to win at City, whose goal difference is vastly superior to their own. Although he appeared to have done so following his side’s 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace on Monday, Rodgers insists he has not given up on the title yet. But at the same time, he has emphasised that the Merseysiders can hold their heads high whatever the outcome this weekend – and i s confident they will be stronger next term. “I want to congratulate my players on this season – I think we have had a remarkable season,” Rodgers, under whom Liverpool finished seventh last season, said at his pre-match press conference on Friday. “The players have put Liverpool on the world map again. “The performance level has been exceptional over the course of the season. “Come Sunday we will fight right to the very end. “If we end up not winning the title, I think to finish second to the richest team in the history of sport really shows the progress we have made. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has congratulated his players for putting the club back “on the world map” in a season he feels they can be proud of – regardless of whether or not they become Barclays Premier League champions. The Reds began the campaign with ambitions of breaking into the top four but have exceeded all expectation by mounting a serious bid to be crowned champions. They look set to fall just short ahead of Sunday’s top-flight finale, which they head into two points behind leaders Manchester City in second place. Press Association “I think this is really only the beginning. I’ve had two years here and we have been progressing. This year we have made a step. “I see and hear that other teams will improve, but I think we will improve dramatically as well next season.” Rodgers is well aware the general expectation is that City will beat West Ham, but he was keen to point out that the London outfit have shown this term that they are capable of springing surprises on their travels. “It is certainly not over,” he said. “First and foremost, we must concentrate on our job, which is to win our game. “As for them (City), West Ham have some really talented players. If you can go to Tottenham and win 3-0 (which West Ham did in October), you can certainly go to Manchester City and win. “They’ve got the likes of (former Liverpool striker) Andy Carroll, and they have a good defensive record. “The expectancy is, without disrespecting anyone, that Man City will win. But it certainly won’t be easy for them, I’m sure. “West Ham will want to finish on a high, and they know they have the players that can cause problems.” Meanwhile, Rodgers has confirmed the ”framework” of a new contract between him and Liverpool is in place. The Northern Irishman is set to put pen to paper on a new deal once the Reds have completed the season. Asked to clarify the situation regarding his contract, Rodgers said: ”I’ve obviously been in discussions with the club and there is the framework of a deal that is in place. But I have always said it will be at the end of the season. “I want nothing to detract from what has been a great season for ourselves. Hopefully we will resolve it over the course of the off-season.” Rodgers was also asked about reports that have emerged this week linking Liverpool with Southampton and England midfielder Adam Lallana. The Reds manager suggested it was ”purely speculation”, but also gave an indication of his admiration for the 25-year-old. Rodgers said about the Lallana talk: ”I saw something on that on Thursday. I’m sure you can respect that I would never, ever mention about a player at another club. ”It is purely speculation. Adam is a terrific young talent, but for us, there is always speculation about top young players.” last_img read more

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South Korea football season postponed

first_imgSeoul: In the face of the growing coronavirus threat in the country, South Koreas K-league on Monday decided to postpone the start of the new football season. “The K-league has decided to temporarily postpone the start of the 2020 K-league season until the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak eases,” it said in a statement.“This is a measure to protect the health and safety of the citizens and our players with the highest priority against the outbreak of the COVID-19 which has entered a serious phase,” the K-league said after an emergency board meeting.South Korea reported its seventh coronavirus death and 161 new confirmed cases on Monday bringing the total number to 763, with health authorities vowing to contain the spread of the virus in the southwestern city of Daegu where more than half of the total cases were reported.Daegu, where 2.5 million people are asked to stay indoors, saw its confirmed cases jump by 131 to 457 on Monday morning, despite efforts to stem the spread of the virus, Yonhap News Agency quoted the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) as saying. IANSAlso Read: Wayne Rooney on target in 500th appearance in English league footballAlso Watch: CJM Court Kamrup Metro sent Former JNU student Sharjeel Imam to 4 day police custodylast_img read more

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