Pressure on Bayern ahead of ‘must-win’ Dortmund clash

first_imgThey slipped two points behind their rivals after being held to a draw in Freiburg last Saturday, and survived a scare against Heidenheim in a dramatic 5-4 cup win on Wednesday.Club president Uli Hoeness has also heaped the pressure on Kovac and his players, saying that there can be “no excuses” in the “must-win” game against Dortmund.On Thursday, Kovac insisted that his players were up for the fight.“Dortmund are having a great season, and it will be an interesting and evenly match game,” he said.“At the end of the day it will come down to who is better on the day. We want to win the game at all costs. The club, the fans, everyone wants to win the game.”After they conceded four goals on Wednesday, Kovac said that his players had to show the right attitude against Dortmund.“We need to start defending well again, as individuals and as a team. It’s a question of attitude,” he said.Bayern will potentially be without several key players for the season-defining clash.Alphonso Davies scored his first goal for Bayern Munich against MainzArjen Robben and Alphonso Davies are both still injured, while David Alaba and Manuel Neuer did not train with the team on Thursday.Kovac also admitted that striker Robert Lewandowski has also been fighting off illness in the last few days.– Dortmund keeping cool –Dortmund, meanwhile, have their own injury problems, and are hoping that Spanish striker Paco Alcacer, who scored twice in last week’s win over Wolfsburg, will be fit for Saturday.Alcacer picked up an arm injury against Wolfsburg, while left-back Achraf Hakimi also remains sidelined.They will be relieved to welcome back captain Marco Reus, however, who missed the Wolfsburg game to be at the birth of his first child.Dortmund midfielder and former Bayern star Mario Goetze warned his team mates that they would need to be at the top of their game if they were to beat Bayern.“It will be important to play at our top level for 90 or 95 minutes, because little things will decide the game,” said Goetze.“We need to be brave and clever going forward.”If Dortmund were to win, it would be their first league victory in Munich since 2014.Spanish forward Paco Alcacer (second from right) was Borussia Dortmund’s hero as they beat Wolfsburg to go back to the top of the BundesligaIt would also see them establish a five-point lead at the top of the table.Yet the Dortmund hierarchy warned that even a win would not decide the title race in their favour.“Of course the game is a little bit special, but there are seven games to go,” said coach Lucien Favre.“If we win, it isn’t over. If we draw, it isn’t over, and if Bayern win, everything is still open.”Sporting director Michael Zorc was equally equivocal.“We are looking forward to the game and know what the situation is,” he said.“But that doesn’t mean we need to do a triple somersault.”Friday Mainz v Freiburg (9:30pm)SaturdaySchalke v Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen v Leipzig,Stuttgart v Nuremberg, Hertha Berlin v Duesseldorf, Wolfsburg v Hanover (all 4:30pm); Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund (9:30pm)SundayAugsburg v Hoffenheim (4:30pm), Borussia Moenchengladbach v Bremen (7pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Glum-faced Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac says they have to now focus on the German league and cup double after their Champions League exitBERLIN, Germany, Apr 5 – Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has said that his bruised Bayern Munich team are determined to tilt the Bundesliga title race back in their favour with a win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.Kovac’s side have endured a tough week in the build-up to their title race showdown with Dortmund at the Allianz Arena this weekend.last_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Thunder in opener, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as the Warriors begin their quest for a third straight NBA title by hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena.The Warriors will receive their NBA championship rings as they begin their 47th and final season in Oakland, but some of the opening night drama was lost when Russell Westbrook (knee) was declared out. So much for the ninth meeting between Kevin Durant and his former Oklahoma running mate.On the other hand, the …last_img read more

‘We cannot continue to tolerate abuse’

first_img25 November 2010Violence against women and children was an attack on South Africa’s Bill of Rights and Constitution that could no longer be tolerated, Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe said at the launch of the 16 Days of Activism campaign in Khayelitsha, Cape Town on Thursday.“I want to tell you today that eradicating violence against women is among our core business as government,” he said, adding that perpetrators should not be given any room to manoeuvre.A recent survey by the government found that women who wanted to report abuse often had to wait three to four hours in police stations repeating the same story to several police officers; that medical examinations were held days later; that doctors rarely treated survivors for HIV or offered medical assistance; and that women faced more risk of being raped when they walked back from hospital.Radebe said that, further to this, when the case involved a partner or ex-boyfriend, many police officers discouraged women from laying charges.Sexual Offences Courts, Thuthuzela Care CentresIn a bid to counter such incidents, the department has set up 54 Sexual Offences Courts with dedicated waiting areas away from the accused, while children are able to give testimony via closed-circuit television.The minister also opened the 27th Thuthuzela Care Centre in Pietermaritzburg earlier this week. These centres link women who have been sexually abused to health workers, social workers and prosecutors.The centres have been one of the government’s most successful programmes, said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, adding another one would be opening soon in KwaZulu-Natal.She said women had been intensifying their efforts to make gender equality a societal issue.A victim’s testimonyMotshekga’s address was followed by testimony from a Cape Town woman who had been a victim of domestic abuse. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her children, spoke out about the 19 years of abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband.“I’ve been abused in all ways possible – sexually, physically and financially,” said the woman, who left her husband two months ago when he began abusing her children.She recounted one incident where her husband dragged her by her hair to the kitchen, where he choked her until she blacked out. He then raped her before cleaning her off with a t-shirt.She was now picking up the pieces of her life and was writing a book about her abuse.Illegal to do nothingAlso speaking at the launch, Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said it was the responsibility of all in the community to report incidences of abuse of women and children to police or social workers.“The Children’s Act in particular makes it illegal for someone not to do anything if they are aware of the abuse,” said Xingwana.Western Cape Minister of Social Development Patricia de Lille said her department would be running a campaign in the province during the 16 Days of Activism, targeting men who were not paying maintenance for their children.De Lille, who estimated the value of maintenance defaults to be over R9.5-million, said her department, together with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, would publish the names of the defaulters daily.Twelve roadblocks would also be set up in the Western Cape for next 16 days to track down defaulters.In addition, De Lille said community development workers were out in the community to help trace about 300 mothers who were not claiming disbursements totalling about R3-million.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Govt clarifies issues around SA slogan

first_imgFriday morning media reports suggested that the proposed slogan to market South Africa as a tourism and investment destination lacked originality, and that the task of coming up with the slogan was part of a R140-million tender put out by Brand South Africa.According to the reports, the slogan was already being used by the US state of Maryland, a Scottish county, and a US advertising agency campaign.Newly appointed government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Friday that the integrity of South Africa’s marketing campaign remained of the utmost importance.“Government is aware there has been limited use of the ‘More than you imagine’ slogan in some promotions and presentations, but to date no country or nation has used or registered this as a global country brand positioning line in a global campaign,” the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said in a statement on Friday.The GCIS added that the cost of developing the slogan had been been R470 000, not R140-million as implied in the media.“The R140-million refers to the entire brand programmes, both domestic and international, of Brand South Africa over a two-year period 2011/2012,” the GCIS said. “None of this R140-million has been used for the development of the country position statement.”Towards the end of 2010, Brand South Africa presented the Cabinet with a campaign slogan – “More than you imagine” – following a rigorous consultation and research process.The government said Brand South Africa was already in the process of assessing the impact of the use of the slogan by other parties, and would be reporting on this in due course.A decision had already been taken to hold off any use of the slogan until the matter had been resolved.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Oracle OpenWorld: UnBreakable Linux / 5015.2 not on the horizon

first_imgfrom:  SpokesmanReview.comAfter ringing the closing NASDAQ bell on Wednesday at Oracle OpenWorld, Larry Ellison announced that Oracle would begin providing support for Red Hat Linux at half the cost of Red Hat’s Linux support package.  After that announcement, Red Hat stock dropped 16% and costumed Penguins started roaming the OpenWorld show floor.  Oracle Penguin Baby-on-Board-like car window signs were also scattered through the booths.  Oracle’s move to add Linux to their stack had been predicted for some time, but many expected that Ubuntu would be acquired.  The morning session at the OpenWorld show started out more lackluster.  John Wookey gave an update on Oracle’s application business.  Nothing really new.  Oracle reiterated their plan to continue support for the many newly acquired applications that are now part of the Oracle family. A parallel roadmap for all the products was given with no dates.  The Fusion project is on-going and SOA/BPEL provides a mechanism for all of Oracle applications to interact. Some have questioned whether Fusion is off-track and has turned out to be a much bigger task than expected — eWeek questioned why no Executive-level interviews were allowed during the conference, speculating that Oracle didn’t want to risk putting any attention on possible delays of the Fusion project.The highlight of the Oracle Applications presentation was a customer success story presented by Giovanni Contino from Ducati Motor Holding, an Italian motorcycle company.  He joked that a major deciding reason for why Ducati selected Oracle’s eBusiness suite was because both Ducati and Oracle use the same shade of red in their logos.The follow-up keynote by Sun’s CEO Jonathan Schwartz was much more interesting.  Schwartz pledged to announce Open Source Java within the next 60 to 90 days.  Open Source Java is expected to be released under the OSI license (Open Source Initiative). Schwartz also touted the 6-million-license mark for downloads of Sun’s Open Source Solaris.  He emphasized Sun’s drive towards delivering more power-efficient eco-friendly hardware solutions (“Good for your business/Good for the Planet”).Schwartz also had video footage of Sun’s mobile data center Project BlackBox which crams the computing gear of a data center into an 8 foot by 8 foot by 20 foot standard shipping container box.  The containers can withstand a shock of nine times the force of gravity.  For $3000 the box can be shipped almost anywhere in the US to provide computing power whereever and whenever it is needed.  Plug in the electricity, water for cooling, and internet connection, and you are set to go.   Vendor exhibits sprawled throughout San Francisco’s Convention Moscone West and South Convention buildings.  Oracle seemed to be well represented with many booths across all their technologies and applications, and given the proximity to Oracle headquarters, the Oracle booths were filled with Oracle developers and product managers eager to explain products at any level.I tracked down the Content DB group to check the status from them.  Surprisingly they didn’t seem to be positioned as prominently as they were at OpenWorld 2005.  One product that was missing from their representation was RM.  There was no Records Management DB booth. I was disappointed to learn that Oracle had removed their name from the waiting list to be certified for 5015.2 compliance.  I was told that on review of the Oracle RM implementation that there were some problems that were discovered and they blamed the 5015.2 spec as being a little vague in its specification/definition.  They said that most of the requests they are getting now for RM standards are related to European MoReq rather than 5015.2, so Oracle is now focusing on MoReq.  There were no dates for when Oracle might again sign up for 5015.2 compliance.  It looks like Microsoft has the lead on them for 5015.2 certification now.last_img read more

Green Jobs Coming Up

first_imgVice President Biden led a task force recently on creating green jobs.Among the opportunities: weatherization.Among the challenges: connecting people to jobs.Some questions: the role of organized labor, business, and of public/private partnerships.A friend of mine told me a story that illustrated some issues we’ve had over the last decade with a more sustainable economy that promotes environmental protection and energy efficiency. His refrigerator was on the blink. Before calling for help, Dave tried to pinpoint the problem himself. He removed the cover at the bottom of the unit, where he saw some metal coils in the dark nook. Dave assumed that they were condensing coils. He didn’t notice any frozen condensation on the outside of the coils, so he called the repairman. Dave conveyed his attempt at diagnosis to the repairman, at which time the repairman started laughing uncontrollably. Frustrated, Dave replied, “What are you laughing about?” Mr. Refrigerator Repairman expounded, “You were looking in the ass end of the thing when you needed to look at the brain. The freezer coils are up at the freezer.” David grimaced as he learned about the finer points of appliance anatomy from his new friend.A broken refrigerator is a lot like a broken economy: You need to look in the right endSo what’s the point? I’m very excited about the potential that exists for creating green jobs, and the initiative is long overdue. As a green builder, I have witnessed firsthand the economic slowdown, and it is great to see some potential relief for our sector. As a nation, we are now looking in the right place for the freezer coils. Evidence of the potential for green jobs is happening as I write this very blog. The White House Task Force on Middle Class Families held its first meeting last week in Philadelphia. Chaired by Vice President Joe Biden, the Task Force is charged with delivering relief to the pinched middle class and the millions of unemployed. The administration sees the most sensical and forward-thinking solution is through green jobs. Vice President Biden wrote in an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer,“According to the Council of Economic Advisers, green jobs pay 10 to 20 percent more than other jobs. They also are more likely to be union jobs. Building a new power grid, manufacturing solar panels, weatherizing homes and office buildings, and renovating schools are just a few of the ways to create high-quality green jobs that strengthen the foundation of this country.”As further evidence of the administration’s commitment to green job creation, the Senate approved with authoritative, bipartisan support US Rep. Hilda Solis as Secretary of the Department of Labor. Rep. Solis designed and introduced the Green Jobs Act of 2007 and has long championed green-collar jobs. It seems that the administration genuinely values green jobs enough to put an expert in the field at the helm. This should translate into good things for builders and related businesses that are incorporating green building practices.The Middle Class Task Force has its work cut outSecretaries of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Agriculture will join the Directors of the National Economic Council, the Office of Management and Budget, the Domestic Policy Council, and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers make up this task force. They’ve set these goals:Expanding education and lifelong training opportunitiesImproving work and family balanceRestoring labor standards, including workplace safetyHelping to protect middle-class and working-family incomesProtecting retirement securityOn the agenda:How can we change Washington to make green jobs a political reality? (John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress)How can we ensure access to green jobs to everyone? (Van Jones, founding President, Green for All)How do we connect people who need jobs to companies that need people? (Fred Krupp, president, Environmental Defense Fund)How can the federal government help bring green jobs to the middle class? (Carol Browner, assistant to President Obama on energy and climate change)What’s the role of the labor movement in creating green jobs and training workers for them? (Leo Gerard, International president, Steelworkers of America)How do you create green jobs in a city? (Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia)How can public-private partnerships help train people for green jobs? (Cecilia Estolano, CEO, Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Authority)What’s the role for business? (Mark Edlen, president, Gerding-Edlen)I’ll keep you posted on the outcomes of the meetings as information becomes available and what it could mean for all facets of the home-building industry, from builders to raters to trades. There will be a lot of opportunity for weatherization projects, renewable energy, and green redevelopment and retrofitting, and I’ll do my best to keep people in the building industry abreast of what they can do to find opportunity, retrain, and get jobs. This could be a bright spot on the horizon.last_img read more

Two elephants die in Assam

first_imgA day after a tusker made it back to the wild after strolling on the streets of Guwahati, two elephants died under different circumstances near human habitations in Assam on Thursday.While one died of electrocution near Harmoti village in Nagaon district, the other succumbed to injuries after falling into a mud pit in Rani area on the outskirts of Guwahati. The pit was believed to have been dug to keep animals off crops. “One person has been arrested for planting a live wire in his paddy field. It seems like a deliberate attempt to electrocute the animal,” a forest official of Kaziranga National Park said. The village is close to the rhino habitat. The official said the elephant had strayed into the village, probably in search of food, and was electrocuted on Wednesday night. Human-animal conflicts have so far claimed the lives of four elephants and 10 people this year.last_img read more