Conte poised to replace Spalletti as Inter Milan coach

first_img0Shares0000Antonio Conte won three straight Serie A titles with Juventus and a Premier League title with Chelsea © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMILAN, Italy, May 27 – Former Italy coach Antonio Conte is poised to replace Luciano Spalletti as coach of Inter Milan, according to reports in Italy on Monday.Spalletti sealed Inter’s Champions League berth for a second consecutive year with a 2-1 win over Empoli on the final day of the Serie A season Sunday. Inter snatched fourth place, equal on points with Atalanta, but behind the side from Bergamo on head-to-head difference, to edge city rivals AC Milan by just one point in the race for elite European football.But multiple reports state that the 60-year-old former Roma and Zenit St Petersburg coach will be axed in favour of ex-Juventus, Chelsea and ‘Azzurri’ boss Conte.Gazzetta dello Sport said “total agreement” had been reached with 49-year-old Conte, with Corriere dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia reporting a three-year deal would be sealed before the end of the week.Spalletti conceded his future was uncertain, despite returning the club to the Champions League after a seven-year absence this season, where they were knocked out at the group stage.“This result (against Empoli) changes little. The club will talk now and I will listen, just as you will,” Spalletti said after Sunday’s game.“I would like to continue to coach Inter. The newspapers have had the same headlines for three months, so we’ll see what happens.”Conte has also been linked with a return to champions Juventus, after his successor in Turin Massimiliano Allegri was removed, and AS Roma where Claudio Ranieri has been the interim coach since the sacking of Eusebio Di Francesco in March.Conte won the first three of Juventus’ eight straight Serie A titles and the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Blues eye Cahill, striker eyes QPR

first_imgChelsea are reportedly preparing to steal England defender Gary Cahill from under the noses of rivals Tottenham.Arsenal are also interested in signing the Bolton centre-back, who almost joined Spurs in August.But the Daily Mail say Chelsea now lead the race for Cahill – and are set to offer highly-rated young midfielder Josh McEachran as bait.The paper suggests Chelsea will offer Bolton £7m for Cahill plus McEachran on loan in a bid to get their man.Meanwhile, Ghana striker Derek Asamoah plans to train with QPR in order to keep fit ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.Helguson has been in great form.The 30-year-old told Accra-based Asempa FM he will link-up with Rangers after a three-week rest following the end of the season in South Korea, where he plays for Pohang Steelers.And with QPR discussing improved contracts for a number of players, the Mail picks up on a possible new deal for Heidar Helguson.The Icelander has netted six goals for Rangers this season and been compared to Bolton stalwart Kevin Davies by manager Neil Warnock.The fall-out from Fulham’s controversial victory over Liverpool is still in the news, with Luis Suarez expected to discover today whether he will face another FA charge.The Liverpool forward has already been charged for allegedly aiming a racist slur at Manchester United’s Patrice Evra at Anfield in October.And he could also be in hot water for his obscene gesture towards Fulham fans as he left the pitch at Craven Cottage on Monday.Meanwhile, it looks like Brentford will have to dig deep if they are to have any chance of signing striker Rory Donnelly from Cliftonville.Bees boss Uwe Rosler recently flew to Northern Ireland to watch him in action, but the Welsh media are reporting that Swansea have made a £100,000 bid for the 19-year-old.This page is updated throughout the day.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

Amazon Continues Its March Into Enterprise Clouds And Wallets

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Matt Asay Amazon CEO Jeff BezosDespite being five times the size of its next 14-largest cloud competitors, Amazon isn’t content. It wants the enterprise, too, and all signs point to a major push to dominate enterprise cloud computing, just as it does public cloud computing.Game over?Amazon’s Hiring BingeEarlier this year I reported that much of AWS’ business was concentrated on small to medium-sized enterprises, and often even this was test and development workloads. To win the cloud war, Amazon had to get serious about the enterprise. And it has.As Business Insider reported in March, AWS has been on a serious hiring binge, pulling in over 200 enterprise salespeople since 2011, and retaining over 95% of these. While most have been account executives, AWS has also pulled a few big-name coups, like hiring VMware sales vice president Mike Clayville. I personally have seen several friends from Microsoft, Red Hat and other companies join the AWS team. Each of them has been what I’d term an “A” player. Back in 2011, Amazon hardly employed anyone to sell its still nascent cloud services, and those that were involved might not have been the strongest employees. Today, there are hundreds of Amazon folks affiliated with AWS sales on LinkedIn, and if my personal sampling is any indication, these are quality hires.Part of what Amazon has had to do to appeal to the enterprise is, of course, to provide appropriate technology and service levels. But getting people in front of CIOs with big budgets is equally important, and that’s clearly happening:This hiring boom is critical because we’re in the early days of an enterprise cloud Gold Rush.Enterprise IT: More And Faster Adoption Of CloudAccording to new data from Gartner, a mere 38% of enterprises are running cloud services today. But a whopping 80% expect to adopt cloud services within the next 12 months, including 55% of those that currently don’t have any cloud services running. A mere 6% expect to decrease their investments in cloud services over the next few years. And they are almost certainly wrong.As Gartner notes, there are three primary drivers of cloud adoption in the enterprise:The road to increased cloud usage will be through tactical business solutions addressing specific problems, not through broad, strategic infrastructure replacements.The business impact of cloud services increases as they continue to move up the cloud services value chain, from infrastructure services to business process services.The introduction of cloud solutions will lead to a more diverse solution portfolio with widely varying implementation and migration timelines.Each of these factors will be heavily influenced by a strong enterprise sales force. While some businesses have managed to thrive without an enterprise sales force (e.g., Atlassian), these are the exception, not the rule. No enterprise spends millions of dollars with a credit card over the web. And it is invaluable to have a relationship with a prospective customer when she’s evaluating tactical projects. Though open source and cloud have both enabled enterprises to evaluate technology without dealing with a sales representative, it’s still the case that big purchases nearly always involve a trusted sales advisor. By hiring an army of such advisors, Amazon has positioned itself to influence the next generation of IT decisions.The Future Of The EnterpriseNot that Amazon is going to turn into a crufty, old-school enterprise software vendor tomorrow. It’s still Jeff Bezos’ baby, running on incredibly lean margins. The AWS enterprise sales team is a means to an end, and that end is more mission-critical enterprise workloads running on AWS. To get there, Amazon needs to help CIOs understand what developers already know: the cloud is the first-choice platform for the next-generation applications. Tags:#Amazon#AWS#cloud#Gartner Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …last_img read more

Server error thwarts filling of online loan waiver forms

first_imgPoor internet connectivity and server problems at government e-service centres have made it difficult for farmers to register for the loan waiver scheme. The government had earlier claimed that over 38.90 lakh farmers had filled farm loan waiver forms. Around 89 lakh farmers are eligible for the loan waiver scheme and September 15 is the deadline to submit the forms.Ajit Nawale, convener of the farmers’ steering committee, said, “Farmers are being forced to stand in queue for hours to just fill the form. In many e-service centres, the online registration facility is in tatters. Thumb impressions are not matching with the Aadhaar card data. Server malfunction has also made the process time-consuming.”Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh said the errors at e-centers would be tackled and farmers would start receiving money in their accounts from October 1. Kalidas Aapet of Shetkari Sanghatana said, “The government has all the details of farmers who require the loan. This whole exercise of filling forms is unnecessary. It is possible to transfer the amount directly. Only 500 of the 1,400 e-service centres in Beed district are functional.” Mr. Aapet also questioned the need for a ‘caste’ column in the forms.Farmers’ leaders said the procedure could only be completed if the farmer’s wife provided her thumb impression. Mr. Nawale said, “Widows whose husbands have committed suicide are helpless since they have no loan in their name. There is no clarity on this issue.”Uttam Yamgar, a farmer from Mhasurne village in Khatav tehsil, said he has been visiting the e-service centre for eight days but the server has failed recognise his thumb impression.last_img read more

4th ODI: SA beat India by 48 runs (D/L method)

first_imgSouth Africa beat India by 48 runs (D/L method) in the rain-reduced fourth ODI at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday.Virat Kohli on way to his unbeaten 87. APIndia were batting 137/6 in the 31st over with Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh at the crease when rain halted play.The game resumed only to end within minutes as rain again stopped play – this time for ever as India score read 142 for 6 in 32.5 overs. Virat Kohli (87) and Harbhajan Singh (3) remained unbeaten.Earlier, the duo got busy chipping away from the 266-run target even as the South Africa pacers were busy tightening the noose around India.First South Africa pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who has been in good from throughout the series struck early to claim both openers Rohit Sharma and Pathiv Patel. India were 32/2 post Pathiv’s dismissal.New man Yuvraj Singh had only stayed in the middle for twenty minutes before offie Johan Botha scalped him.He followed the unwritten rule – if you don’t understand which way the ball is turning just sweep it. But the sweep proved costly, the timing was entirely wrong and the ball took the aerial route only to come down at skipper Graeme Smith’s throat. He fell for 12 and India to 49/3.South Africa’s Jean-Paul Duminy en route to his unbeaten 71 against India. APThen Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli formed a 64-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Raina fell to left-arm spinner Robin Peterson on 20. India were 112/4 at the stage.Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2) dropped by for a visit before Peterson thought he looked better on the benches. And India slumped to 123/5.advertisementIn came Yusuf Pathan, famous for his heavy heaves, and up went India’s hopes only to crash land with a big thud.A fatal edge off paceman Morne Morkel and Pathan was walking back on 2 with India score reading a poor 128/6.Finally Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh decided to do the unthinkable before rain and Messrs Duckworth and Lewis dampened their spirits.Earlier, the hosts treated their Indian visitors to some fine stitching exercise with Jean-Paul Duminy and Johan Botha showcasing their craftsmanship with the bat.India bowlers were left awestruck as the duo put 70 runs on board for the sixth wicket. The end result was a fine 265/7 in 50 overs.India didn’t fall far behind. They too displayed their wares. In fact the South Africa total could have stretched on had India not used the scissors at the right time.Four quick wickets and South Africa were reeling on 118/5. The figure in the runs column could have been even lesser had opener Hashim Amla not posted 64 before being run out.Yuvraj Singh, who finished with three wickets in the bag, started the snipping job with Morne van Wyk’s dismissal on 15. Wyk departed edging an away moving ball to Virat Kohli in the slips.At the stage the hosts were batting on 106 – not a bad figure considering that they had lost just one wicket (Graeme Smith) before.South Africa opener Hashim Amla en route to his 64. APAmidst all this cutting and snipping, Amla decided to display his running skills. But he was too greedy and paid heavily for it, falling short on the second run and South Africa fell to 111/3. Still his 64 proved to the central piece in South Africa’s design.AB de Villiers showed how good he is at marching. He marched back on 3 with Yuvraj claiming his wicket and the Protea score was 115/4.Young Faf du Plessis knew he was good at running and he has proved it before with a half-ton in the last ODI. But today he ran out of steam and got out run out on 1. By now the hosts had slumped to 118/5.But Duminy with his unbeaten on 71 and Botha, who scored 44 before being sent back by Yuvraj, turned out to be their team lifeguards. Duminy earned a Man-of-the-Match award for his efforts.With this win, South Africa have levelled the series 2-2 against India. The two now meet on Sunday for the final ODI in Centurion.last_img read more

Syed Mushtaq Ali T20: Bengal outclass Chhattisgarh, Karnataka win 6th match on the trot

first_imgBengal put up an all-round show to prevail over Chhattisgarh by 26 runs and register their second successive win, that kept alive their Super League hopes in Group D of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament on Thursday.Abhimanyu Easwaran top-scored with a 41-ball 59 (3x4s, 2x6s) while skipper Manoj Tiwary struck a quickfire 42 from 27 balls, studded with three sixes to help Bengal post a stiff 188 for four after being put into bat at the DRIEMS Ground in Tangi.Fresh from his century against Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday, Wriddhiman Saha failed to make it big, getting out for 26 but after his departure Tiwary along with his deputy Abhimanyu put on 86 runs in quick time to take Bengal ahead.Later, it was some power hitting by Vivek Singh (30 not out from 18 balls; 3×4, 1×6) and Ritwik Roy Chowdhury (13 not out from nine balls) that propped up Bengal’s total with the duo notching up 39 runs in last three overs.In reply, Sayan Ghosh (4/32) bowled brilliantly at the death while Ishan Porel (3/25) grabbed the top three, which included the wicket of Chhattisgarh captain Harpreet Singh (54 from 36 balls; 3x4s, 4x6s) to restrict their opponents to 162 for nine.Ashok Dinda grabbed 2 for 34 as the Bengal pace trio shared nine wickets between them to seal their fourth win.With two matches to go, Bengal (16) remained on the second spot ahead of Haryana (16) on net-run rate.Karnataka, on the other hand, remained firmly at the top of the table with 24 points after their sixth win on the trot when they hammered hosts Odisha by 51 runs at the Barabati Stadium here.advertisementOpener Rohan Kadam cracked his third half-century of the tournament in a 59-ball 89 (10x4s, 2x6s) to take Karnataka to a challenging 155 for nine after being sent in.Wickets kept on falling around him but Kadam held his fort and batted till the final over to lead his side to a winning total.In reply, Odisha batsmen put up a sloppy display and failed to get going to be bundled out for 104 in 18.1 overs with leg-spinner KC Cariappa (4/15) and medium pacer V Koushik (3/8) inflicting bulk of the damage.Brief Scores:At Barabati Stadium: Assam 80/9 in 15 overs (Sumit Kumar 4/20) lost to Haryana 81/3 in 8.4 overs (Yashu Sharma 26) by seven wickets.Karnataka 155/9 in 20 overs (Rohan Kadam 89; Biplab Samantray 2/10, Pappu Roy 2/21) beat Odisha 104 in 18.1 overs (Suryakant Pradhan 32; KC Cariappa 4/15, V Koushik 3/8, Jagadeesha Suchith 2/27) by 51 runs.At DRIEMS Ground: Bengal 188/4 in 20 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 59, Manoj Tiwary 42, Vivek Singh 30 not out; Shivendra Singh 2/28) beat Chhattisgarh 162/9 in 20 overs (Harpreet Singh 54, Amandeep Khare 30; Sayan Ghosh 4/32) by 26 runs.Mizoram 122/8 in 20 overs (Taruwar Kohli 52; Akhilesh Sahani 4/35) lost to Arunachal Pradesh 125/2; in 11.4 overs (Samarth Seth 66 not out) by eight wickets.Also Watch:last_img read more

World will miss Chris Gayle’s aura when he finally retires, say West Indies teammates

first_imgWest Indies cricketers paid glowing tributes to retiring Chris Gayle after he drew curtains on his World Cup career, saying world cricket will badly miss the big-hitting opener’s aura when he hangs up his bat later this year.Gayle played the last match of his fifth and final World Cup against Afghanistan here on Thursday. The West Indies legend has decided to end his international career after playing the home series against India next month.Wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope said it will be a sad day for world cricket when Gayle finally calls time on his illustrious international career.”Probably the whole world will miss him when he goes. It’s going to be a sad day for cricket,” Hope told reporters after West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs in their last outing at the World Cup in England and Wales.Asked what he would miss most about Gayle, Hope, who was adjudged player-of-the-match for his 92-ball 77, quipped: “Probably sunglasses. There are too many things you can pick from Chris.”Gayle has amassed 1186 runs at a strike-rate of 90.53 and an average of 35.93 in 34 innings across five World Cups. He also took 16 wickets with his part-time off-spin.Paying glorious tribute to Gayle, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite said he didn’t understand the importance of the legendary opener when he initially came into the team.”I don’t think I really understood the magnitude of what Chris Gayle had done for West Indies cricket when I came into the team,” he said.”It’s one of my regrets over the course of my short West Indies career but being with him a lot more and sharing a dressing room with him in franchise cricket as well, you get to see the aura he has on and off the field.”advertisement”I now really understand what Chris Gayle means, not only for West Indies cricket but for world cricket as well. Whenever he decides to call it quits, world cricket will definitely miss him so from me to Chris, congrats on a fantastic career and congrats on pushing the game of cricket in the way you have.”Also Read | West Indies can follow England’s footsteps to build team for World Cup 2023: Carlos BrathwaiteAlso Read | Ikram Ali Khil breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s 27-year-old World Cup recordAlso Seelast_img read more

HHLA Handles More Boxes in 2016

first_imgzoom German terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has recorded a 1.5 percent increase in its annual container volume, which rose to 6.7 million TEU last year from 6.6 million TEU seen in 2015.While the Hamburg container terminals saw a 1.1 percent rise in container throughput of 6.4 million TEU due to increases in volume in the second half of 2016, box volume at Container Terminal Odessa grew by 10.6 percent to 0.3 million TEU, the terminal operator said.HHLA’s revenue for 2016 amounted to EUR 1.2 billion (USD 1.28 billion), compared to EUR 1.1 billion recorded in the previous year, an increase of about 3 percent.The company’s operating result (EBIT) saw a moderate growth of around 5 percent, totaling EUR 163 million in the 2016 fiscal year compared to EUR 157 million in 2015.Additionally, HHLA’s intermodal companies saw a 6.8 percent increase in their volume, which stood at 1.4 million TEU.HHLA operates a total of four container terminals, including Altenwerder, Burchardkai, Tollerort and Odessa.last_img read more