La Liga: Real, Barca in tricky home fixtures on match-day 8

first_imgReal Betis vs EibarEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevilleFriday, 04-10-2019 @10pmReal Betis will be looking to bounce back to form after suffering a 5-1 drubbing at Villarreal last week. Although the defeat was a heavy one, Betis did have their chances in the game and the scoreline ultimately was probably a bit harsh.Visitors Eibar arrive on the back of two straight wins in La Liga after beating Sevilla and Celta Vigo at home. Can they produce a similar performance on their travels though?That’s definitely the big question mark when it comes to Eibar. From 19 away games last season, they won a mere 2. They’re winless away from home so far this campaign too and Real Betis will see this as a good opportunity to gain three points.The hosts have won 7 of their 8 points so far this season at the Benito Villamarín Stadium with their last game there being a 3-1 victory against Levante, so they will be happy to be back at home. They’ve also beaten Eibar 3 of the last 4 times they have faced them on their own patch.An incredible 14 of the last 15 Real Betis home league games have seen both teams score. 6 of their 7 league games this season have seen both teams score also.Eibar are hardly prolific away from home but the stats do offer hope of them at least getting a goal. They managed two in the away defeat to Atletico Madrid who are extremely tough to score against at home and they’ve scored at least one in 10 of their last 16 La Liga away games.Leganes vs LevanteEstadio Municipal de Bertaque, LeganesSaturday, 05-10-2019 @2pmLa Liga’s bottom-of-the-table strugglers Leganes will host the side with the worst away record in La Liga this Saturday. La Liga’s early kick-off sees Levante travel to Leganes. Leganes will see this weekend’s game as an opportunity to get some much-needed points on the board.Meanwhile, Levante will be hoping to put an end to their poor run of away form. Levante have had a decent start to the season. They are yet to lose a single home game, after playing 4. However, Levante have lost all 3 games they have played away from home thus far.Levante will have no better opportunity to get their first away points of the season than this weekend’s game. They will face a Leganes side who are yet to win a single game all season. Leganes have managed to pick up just 2 points so far this season.Neither of these sides have been prolific in front of goal this season. Leganes are La Liga’s lowest scorers. They have managed to score just 3 goals from their opening 7 games of the season.Levante have similarly struggled in front of goal. They have scored less than 1.5 goals in 4 of their 7 games this season. They will not have an easy time in front of Leganes’ goal this Saturday.Despite being at the bottom of the table, Leganes have not exactly been leaking goals. They have conceded more than once in a game in just 2 of their 7 games. They have not been involved in high-scoring affairs this season. They have had three 1-0 losses, and two 1-1 draws.On top of their current form, this fixture has historically not produced a lot of goals. This game has been played 4 times in the last 2 seasons. Leganes have scored just once in those 4 games. Meanwhile, Levante failed to score in 2 of those 4 games.Both teams have not scored in this game in any of their last 8 meetings. The last time both teams scored in this fixture was April 2002.Real Madrid vs GranadaEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadrisSaturday, 05-10-2019 @5pmThis Saturday, the Santiago Bernabeu will host a meeting between La Liga’s top two teams at the moment. Surprise second-placed Granada will travel to take on Real Madrid in what should be an exciting encounter.Newly-promoted Granada will be as surprised as everybody else to find themselves in second place at this point.However, they have impressed on the pitch this season, even picking up a 2-0 win over Barcelona. Their opening 7 games put them among Spain’s big 3 at present. They currently sit just ahead of Atletico and Barcelona on the table.This game will not be a walk in the park for either of these two sides. Granada have really impressed with their defensive solidity in their early games. They have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their opening 7 games. This gives them the best clean sheet record in La Liga at present.Real have also been impressive defensively this season. They have conceded the same amount of goals as Granada have this season. Real have managed just 3 clean sheets from their opening 7 games. However, they have kept all 3 clean sheets in their last 3 La Liga games.Both of these teams have also been in good form in front of goal this season. With 13 goals, Granada currently have La Liga’s 3rd best attack. Real have scored just 1 less than Granada.Real have been kept scoreless just twice this season. Only Atletico Madrid and PSG have managed to keep a clean sheet vs Zinedine Zidane’s side. Granada have also been difficult to keep quiet this season. Only Sevilla have kept a clean sheet vs Granada.Despite Real’s good defensive record in La Liga of late, we feel that there will be goal-scoring opportunities there for Granada to take. Real conceded 2 at home in the Champions League vs Club Brugge in midweek. Real have also scored in 9 of their last 10 home games.Both of these teams have enough attacking quality to hurt the other team.Valencia vs Deportivo AlavwsEstadio Mestalla, ValenciaSaturday, 05-10-2019 @7:30pmValencia are set to host Deportivo Alaves at the Mestalla for this Saturday’s La Liga clash. These two teams are separated by just 1 point in La Liga’s table at present. We anticipate this fixture to provide a closely contested match.Alaves’ supporters haven’t exactly been treated to plenty of high-scoring fixtures this season. Alaves have been one of La Liga’s lowest-scoring sides. They have managed to score just 4 goals from their opening 7 games. This is just 1 more than the league’s lowest goal-scorers, last-placed Leganes.To compensate for their lack of attacking quality, Alaves have had to batten down the hatches at the other end. Alaves have conceded just 7 goals this season. They have kept 3 clean sheets from their opening 7 games.Either Alaves, or their opponents have been scoreless in 6 of Alaves’ 7 La Liga games. This statistic is indicative of Alaves’ style of play this season. They don’t create many clear-cut chances at all. However, they are very good at holding onto the lead when they get it.They are a solid defensive side, and Valencia will not have an easy evening.Alaves will not be going to the Mestalla to score a lot of goals. Alaves have averaged 7.3 shots per game in La Liga this season. This is the second-lowest amount of shots per game in La Liga.Alaves have also kept the lowest percentage of possession in La Liga in their opening 7 games. They have averaged 43.7% of possession this season.Alaves have picked up just one point away from home this season, from 3 away games. Meanwhile, Valencia are undefeated in all 4 of their home games this season, winning 1 and drawing 3.Valencia have won their last 6 games vs Alaves in all competitions. They are also undefeated in 16 of their last 17 home matches.Osasuna vs VillarrealEstadio El Sadar, IruneaSaturday, 05-10-2019 @10pmVillarreal will travel to take on Osasuna for this Saturday’s late La Liga kick-off. These two teams are separated by just 3 points at this stage in the season. We feel that this Saturday’s game between these two sides will be closely contested.This game promises to be an interesting tactical encounter. Following last weekend’s 5-1 win over Real Betis, Villarreal are by far the top-scorers in La Liga, with 18 goals. Conversely, Osasuna are currently one of the lower scoring teams in La Liga. Los Rojillos have only managed to score 5 goals from their opening 7 games.Osasuna, however, have thrived at the other end of the pitch this season. They currently have the joint 3rd best defensive record in La Liga, having conceded just 6 goals. Only Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid have conceded less goals than Osasuna at this point in the season.Osasuna have only conceded more than 1 goal in a game 2 times this season. They drew 2-2 with the Catalan giants, Barcelona, and they lost 2-0 at the Bernabeu. Osasuna managed to keep an impressive 3 clean sheets in their other 5 games. Osasuna have kept a clean sheet in 2 of their 3 home games.We feel that, despite their goal-scoring record, Villarreal will find it difficult to break down Osasuna this Saturday.Villarreal have managed to score more than 1 goal in just 1 of their 3 away games this season. This was when they traveled to face bottom-of-the-table Leganes, and beat them 3-0.Villarreal have scored almost 3 times as many goals at home as they have away from home this season. We feel that this game is unlikely to deliver a lot of goals.There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Osasuna’s 7 La Liga games this season. We feel that this game is also likely to deliver under 2.5 goals.Villarreal’s away form, in terms of results, hasn’t been outstanding this season. Both of Villarreal’s La Liga losses have come away from home. Osasuna, on the other hand, are undefeated at home this season. They have drawn all 3 of their home games thus far.Mallorca vs EspanyolIberostar Estadi, Palma de MallorcaSunday, 06-10-2019 @1pmDetails to follow shortlyCelta Vigo vs Athletic BilbaoAbanca-Balaidos, VigoSunday, 06-10-2019 @3pmWe don’t expect this game to be the most exciting one of this weekend. Neither of these two sides have been involved in goal-fests this season. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Celta Vigo’s last 6 league games. Similarly, there have been under 2.5 goals scored in Athletic’s last 8 La Liga games.Athletic Club have had the best defensive record in La Liga this season. They have conceded just 3 goals from their opening 7 games. They have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their opening 7 La Liga games. This means that Athletic Club haven’t conceded more than once in any game this season.This doesn’t bode well for a Celta Vigo side who have struggled in front of goal this season. They have only scored 4 goals this season. This leaves them with a goal tally just 1 goal higher than bottom-of-the-table Leganes. They have only scored 1 goal in their last 4 La Liga games.Athletic Club have been in inspired form this season. Last weekend was their first loss of the season. Meanwhile, Celta Vigo have failed to win more than just 1 game this season.We feel that Athletic Club will bounce back from last week’s loss to secure all 3 points vs Celta Vigo. Given Celta Vigo’s poor goal-scoring record, as well as Athletic Club’s defensive record, we feel that Athletic Club have a good chance of winning this match to-nil.Athletic are yet to win away from home this season. They have gotten 3 draws from their 3 away games. We feel that they will narrowly win this weekend’s game.Athletic Club have also been relatively poor in front of goal this season. They have scored just 7 goals from their 7 league games. They have scored just 2 away goals this season.Celta Vigo have been relatively good defensively, considering their league position. They are in 17th place, but they have the best defensive record in the bottom 6. They have conceded 9 goals from 7 games. Athletic Club won’t be scoring freely this Sunday.Athletic have scored more than 1 goal in just 2 of their 7 games this season.Real Valladolid vs Atletico MadridEstadio Municipal Jose Zorilla, Valladolid Sunday, 06-10-2019 @5pmThird-placed Atletico Madrid will travel to take on Real Valladolid in this Sunday’s La Liga action. The two teams above Atletico in the table, Real Madrid and Granada, play each other this Saturday. Atletico will know the result of their game by Sunday. With a draw in that game, Atletico will have the opportunity to go top of the table this Sunday.Valladolid will try to stand in Atletico’s way of achieving their 5th win of the La Liga season. However, stopping an in-form Atletico Madrid side will be no easy task for Valladolid.Atletico have lost just 1 of their 9 games in all competitions this season, vs Real Sociedad. They are undefeated in their last 5 games in all competitions. Meanwhile, Valladolid secured just their second win of the season last weekend, as they beat struggling Espanyol.In the absence of Antoine Griezmann, who joined Barcelona in the summer, Atletico have struggled in front of goal. Diego Simeone’s side have, as a result, had to rely on their renowned defensive solidity more than ever.Atletico’s defense has been in excellent form this season. They have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 games in all competitions. Atletico currently have the best clean sheet record in La Liga. They have only conceded a goal in 2 of their 7 La Liga games. Atletico also have the second-lowest amount of goals conceded in La Liga, with just 4.Breaking down Atletico will be difficult for a Valladolid side who haven’t been scoring freely this season. Valladolid have scored 7 goals from 7 La Liga games. They have been kept scoreless twice this season, by Villareal and by Levante.Atletico have fared well vs Valladolid in their recent encounters. Atletico have come out on top in their last 8 meetings. Atletico have also kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 6 fixtures vs Valladolid.We feel that Atletico are likely to win this Sunday’s game. We feel that an Atletico win to-nil has a good possibility of occurring this Sunday.Valladolid kept their first clean sheet of the season last weekend vs Espanyol. This will give them confidence coming up against an Atletico side that have struggled in the final thrid. Atletico have scored more than one goal in just 4 of their 9 games in all competitions this season. Real Sociedad vs GetafeReale Arena, San Sebastian Sunday, 06-10-2019 @7:30pmReal Sociedad will welcome Getafe to the Anoeta Stadium this Sunday for a La Liga fixture. Sociedad have enjoyed an impressive start to the season. They are currently sitting in 5th place, level on points with Barcelona and just 2 away from leaders Real Madrid.While Sociedad are currently in 5th place, Getafe finished last season in 5th place. They have not enjoyed as successful a start to the season as they would’ve hoped for following last season’s success. They have picked up just 7 points from their opening 7 games. This leaves them 2 points above the relegation zone.Getafe have worryingly managed to win just 1 of their opening 7 La Liga games. Sociedad on the other hand, have won 4 of their 7 La Liga games this season.Sociedad have performed well versus La Liga’s struggling sides this season. Their only two losses this season have come versus Sevilla and Athletic Club. They have won all 3 games they have played versus teams who are currently in the bottom half of the table.As well as that, Sociedad’s home form has also been excellent this season. They have won both of their home games so far this season. Meanwhile, Getafe are winless away from home, after playing 3 away games.Sociedad’s impressive home form stretches back into last season. They have won their last 4 home games. Getafe have also been poor away from home since last season. They have lost all 8 of their last away fixtures.As well as being undefeated, Sociedad are yet to concede a single goal at home this season. They have kept 3 clean sheets overall from their 7 La Liga games.Sociedad scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches. In contrast, Getafe have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 3 La Liga games. Barcelona vs SevillaEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaSunday, 06-10-2019 @10pmBarcelona endured a relatively poor start to the La Liga season by their high standards. Fortunately for them, their poor start to the season hasn’t been punished too badly by their title rivals.Barcelona are currently just two points away from league leaders, Real Madrid.This weekend, Barcelona will have the opportunity to make their way up the table. 1st placed Real Madrid take on 2nd placed Granada on Saturday. With at least one team guaranteed to drop points, Barcelona will be determined to take all 3 points this Sunday.Sevilla will attempt to stand in Barcelona’s way of moving up the table this weekend. These two teams are level on 13 points at present. This Sunday evening game is likely to deliver an exciting end to this weekend’s La Liga action.Sevilla had a low-scoring start to the season. They appeared to be suffering in the absence of Yassin Ben-Yedder and Pablo Sarabia, who left the club last summer. They managed to score just 5 goals from their opening 5 La Liga games.However, Sevilla’s goal-scoring fortunes have taken a turn in the past couple of weeks. Sevilla have scored 5 goals in their last 2 La Liga games. They have doubled their goal tally for their opening 7 games, in their last 2. This is encouraging for them ahead of their trip to the Camp Nou.Barcelona haven’t been very solid defensively this season. They kept their first La Liga clean sheet of the season last weekend vs Getafe.However, they have still conceded a total of 10 goals from their opening 7 games. This is the most of any of La Liga’s top 7 teams at present. They have conceded at least 3 more goals than the next worst defense in La Liga’s top 7.There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Barcelona’s last 4 home games in all competitions. This fixture has also delivered over 2.5 goals 10 of the last 11 times it has been played. We feel that this game is likely to deliver goals at both ends.Sevilla have never enjoyed their trips to the Camp Nou. Barcelona are impressively 15 games unbeaten at home vs Sevilla. The last time Sevilla won at the Camp Nou was January 2010.Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals vs Sevilla 11 of the last 12 times they’ve played Sevilla in all competitions.Comments Tags: barcelonareal madridSpanish La Ligatoplast_img read more

Play Your Part episode 17: profiles

first_imgYou can get involved with the guests on episode 17 of the Play Your Part TV series. They include entrepreneurs Lynette Ntuli and Sabelo Mahlalela.Businessman Sabelo Mahlalela is the author of Mpumalanga: Our Beautiful Province and A Child of The Promise. Mahlalela is one of the guests featured on Play Your Part on 6 January. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterIn episode 17 of Play Your Part, we hear how the SGM Foundation inspires young people through seminars and motivational programmes. Chairman of the non-profit company Sabelo Mahlalela is a featured guest on the show.This episode airs on Saturday, 6 January 2018 on SABC at 18:00.Here’s how you can get involved with Mahlalela and the other guests:Sabelo MahlalelaMahlalela is the chairman of black-owned investment company Ziya Group, as well as the chairman of the SGM Foundation. The team at the non-profit organisation support education and community-based poverty alleviation programmes. They also work with environmental and biodiversity projects.Contact detailsTwitter: @SabeloMahlalelaWebsite: www.ziyagroup.co.zaEmail: enquiries@ziyagroup.co.zaTshepo SeetaTshepo SeetaSeeta is the founder of Spaza Sum, a black-owned management company that helps township spaza shops and rural businesses. Last year, Absa Bank extended a R3.5-million facility to eSpaza Sum Holdings to help the company uplift and modernise 22 spaza shops in Mamelodi and Pretoria West.Contact detailsTwitter: @seeta_tshepoWebsite: espazasum.co.zaLynette NtuliLynette NtuliThe founder and CEO of asset management and infrastructure solutions firm Innate Investment Solutions, Ntuli also heads the youth-oriented digital media and programme platform IgniteSA.com. It curates content in education, skills and entrepreneurial development in South Africa. She was also Glamour magazine’s Woman of The Year 2014 in the business category.Contact detailsTwitter: @MsNtuli, @InnateZA and @IgniteRSAWebsite: innatesolutions.co.zaEmail: info@innatesolutions.co.zaPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Lithuania at full strength for SA Davis Cup tie

first_img25 March 2014 Lithuania have announced their best possible squad to face South Africa in a crucial Europe/Africa Zone Group 2, round two, Davis Cup tie at the Irene Country Club in Centurion outside Pretoria from 4 to 6 April. Lithuania’s non-playing captain Rimvydas Mugevicius on Monday named Lithuania’s four best possible players to travel to South Africa, namely Ricardas Berankis (singles 144; doubles 436); Laurynas Grigelis (singles 244; doubles 542); Lukas Mugevicius (singles 973; doubles 969); and Mantas Bugailiskis (singles 1542).First round results The same Lithuanian team defeated Norway 5-0 in Norway in round one in February. South Africa defeated Monaco 3-2 at the Irene Country Club in their first round tie.‘Lots of respect’ “We have lots of respect for the Lithuanian team,” South African captain John-Laffnie de Jager said in a statement. “Berankis is a very good player with lots of experience, and with Grigelis they have a solid singles line up. They are both very good Davis Cup players and we look forward to hosting them in South Africa next month.”First meeting South Africa and Lithuania will meet for the first time in the history of the competition with the victor progressing to a promotion play-off and the chance to advance to Europe Africa Zone Group I. South Africa will be trying to bounce straight back after having been relegated last year, while Lithuania have never been higher than Group 2 in the 20 years they have competed in Davis Cup. The South African squad, which was announced last week, comprises Rik De Voest (singles 190; doubles 385); Dean O’Brien (singles 517; doubles 455); Ruan Roelofse (singles 749; doubles 271); Jean Andersen (singles 861; doubles 1292); and Raven Klaasen (doubles 30 )Tickets Tickets for the tie are on sale at R40 each, with all tickets for unreserved seating. Secure parking at the Irene Country Club will cost R20. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Annette Terry at the Tennis South Africa (TSA) offices between 08:30 and 13:00 daily on (011) 442 0500 or by emailing requests to juniors@tennissa.co.za. Deposits for ticket purchases need to be made into the TSA banking account. Tickets can be collected at the TSA offices at The Wanderers Cricket Stadium, while special arrangements for ticket collections at the Gauteng North Tennis Association offices in Groenkloof, Pretoria, can also be made. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Really Good For Workers?

first_imgBring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in the workplace are increasingly regarded as an inevitability as employees demand to to be able to use the hardware they want instead instead of settling for some lame, inefficient corporate standard.In this scenario, BYOD is seen as a boon for workers that companies are gradually, grudgingly coming to accept. The conventional wisdom holds that employees love BYOD while their employeers worry about security issues and support costs, among other objections – they go along to make their employees happy and hopefully garner some productivity enhancements. It turns out that the real story is a lot more complicated, and that BYOD often brings new costs and responsibilites to workers – who may or may not have been eager for it in the first place. What exactly are workers getting into with BYOD, how much is it going to cost them and how do they feel about the tradeoffs?(See also Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Saves Companies Money – But Could Cost Users Big.)Reach For Your WalletFirst, there’s the out-of-pocket expenses surrounding BYOD. For now, many companies subsidize devices and data plans, or even directly buy the hardware employees want with Corporate Owned, PersonallyEnabled (COPE) policies – taking advantage of the buying power of a larger organization.(See also Forget Bring Your Own Device – Try Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled.)But that may not last. Increasingly, organizations not opting for COPE-oriented policies are letting their employees foot more of the bill for devices and attendant online costs. It is not clear what employees are actually paying right now, but a recent survey from Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group Consulting unit tells us what employees are willing to pay: Global workers said they would spend an average of $965 for their own devices – and another $734 annually for the data plans to go with them.That’s quite a chunk of change, and no doubt a sum that corporations would love to shift from corporate coffers worker’s wallets.And that’s just smartphones… as trends move towards employees being allowed and in some cases required to purchase their own laptop or desktop machines, even more of a financial burden could be put on workers. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Is BYOD Worth It For Workers?It is not entirely clear how big the demand for BYOD is in the workplace. Some surveys suggest that the slowed economy is driving BYOD, with workers willing to make any sacrifice to keep their jobs. Earlier this year, a poll of ReadWrite readers indicated that many potential BYOD users decline to participate. Meanwhile, Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of employers may require workers to bring in their own devices.(See also Worried Workers: BYOD Or You’re SOL [Infographic].)Despite the potential friction points and uncertainty, some people are still willing to put up with the hassle for the sake of working with their own devices. “In the end, the flexibility is worth the increased encroachment of work on personal time,” Freeman said.Max Rava, communications director at FwdHealth, liked his previous employers’ use of BYOD policies, so he and his co-founders at FwdHealth made it a point to create a BYOD policy of their own.“In my past two places of employment I have worked under a BYOD policy. I have found that this is a sound policy because it makes remote commuting much easier in the event of illness, personal emergencies and corporate crisis,” Rava said. “While recovering from a very serious health issue, I was able to work from home effectively for the past three months due to the BYOD policy.”Such anecdotes are commonplace in BYOD discussion, and will continue to fuel the movement to own and operate your own device for work. But before diving in, workers should be very aware of what they’re getting into in terms of time, money and control of data.In-story images courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#BYOD 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair What About Software And Other Expenses?The costs don’t stop at hardware. At least some software expenses might also be dropped on staffers, but because software is such a malware vector, many organizations will want to keep tight controls on applications used to handle company data. But personal apps will likely be the employees’ responsibility, and they’re much more likely to want to enhance devices they own instead of company units they’re merely using.If employees are expected to foot the costs for devices, though, it’s a good bet they’ll need to pick up the tab for insurance premiums for those devices.“There’s no need to insure a computer if we don’t own it. With devices that we provide, especially portable devices, insurance can be an issue,” related Chris Dawkins, founder of Trace Media Marketing. “The one time that I provided a mobile phone to an employee, it was left on a train during the first month of use and needed to be replaced. Another replacement was needed when the employee dropped and broke the new phone.”What’s Mine Is Mine, What’s Yours Is Mine, TooBeyond BYOD’s potential financial costs for employees, less-understood and legally gray obligations could also crop up around working with corporate data on an employee’s hardware.Legal rights of employees who use their corporate-owned smartphones and computers for personal use are already subject to a lot of restrictions, including prohibitions on using work machines for any personal stuff. That obviously won’t apply in BYOD situations, but corporate policies could still extend to devices employee own.For instance, in many jurisdictions, email messages are not subject to personal privacy laws. So employers may be free to monitor and read employees’ email messages. That policy was created for employer-owned computers, but when corporate data and software are involved, who’s to say employers won’t demand the right to examine employee email on any device used for work?Would such oversight also extend to other data on the employee’s computer or smartphone? Files and Internet usage could very well fall under such controls, using the same legal justifications organizations claim for monitoring devices they actually own: viruses and other malware can be picked up surfing almost anywhere, and organizations need to make sure heir employees aren’t violating confidentiality rules.Protecting company data is a high priority for any IT department worth their salt. It is not uncommon, for example, to implement software that not only allows for remote monitoring but also for remote data wiping.“On employee termination or company separation, a remote wipe is executed on personal iPhone and Android devices. This wipes address books, photos, music and the memory card,” explained George Buelna, director of IT for TransPerfect. Logistically, this make sense, but having your own device wiped is yet one more price to pay for BYOD.So, too, is convenience. To lock down data, TransPerfect and other employers often require pass codes on personal hardware, Buelna added.This isn’t a big deal (and it’s a good idea for everyone), acknowledged one user, but it still had to be done. “I did not have a pass code on the device before setting up email. The email system has a policy that forces you to have a passcode for it to work,” said Michael Freeman, senior manager of search at ShoreTel. “It was an adjustment, but I am okay with it now.” Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… brian proffittlast_img read more

Trust of millions broken: Sharad Yadav

first_img‘I don’t agree with the decision in Bihar,’ says Sharad Yadav  ‘First time in history’Some RJD leaders and party workers were seen receiving Mr. Yadav and shouting slogans in his favour at the Patna airport. However, a lone senior JD(U) leader Ramai Ram, said to be close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, also accompanied Mr. Sharad Yadav from the airport.Mr. Sharad Yadav continued his three-day journey of “direct interaction with the people of the State” and received a warm welcome at Hajipur, Sonepur and Muzaffarpur. “In the history of Independent India, it has happened for the first time that two parties contesting against each other on separate manifestos joined hands midway and formed the government,” Mr. Yadav said while addressing people at Hajipur.At Sonepur, he said, “People of the sarkari (official) Janata Dal have become the Chief Minister and ministers in Patna but, there is the real Janata Dal among the masses.” When asked whether his tour would not amount to ‘anti-party activity’, Mr. Yadav declined to comment.Meanwhile, JD(U) State chief spokesperson Sanjay Singh reminded him, “JD(U) means Nitish Kumar and Nitish Kumar means JD(U).” On his three-day Bihar tour, State JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh said, “It is his [Sharad Yadav’s] personal initiative and the JD(U) has nothing to do with it.” Earlier, along with Sharad Yadav, two other JD(U) Rajya Sabha MPs — Ali Anwar Ansari and Virender Kumar — had also opposed Nitish Kumar’s decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).If sources in the JD(U) are to be believed, party chief Nitish Kumar may suspend Mr. Sharad Yadav from the JD(U), which would mean that the latter would lose all his privileges that a leader of party in the Rajya Sabha.Grapevine abuzzThe political grapevine in the State is abuzz that Sharad Yadav is in touch with some other disgruntled JD(U) leaders, MLAs and MPs to form a new alliance with the RJD and the Congress to take on Mr. Nitish Kumar.“The JD(U)’s 14 State presidents are with Sharad Yadav…let Nitish Kumar be with his Bihar unit and rule the State with the BJP,” said Arun Kumar Shrivastva, who was recently was removed from the post of general secretary of the JD(U) after the lone party MLA in Gujarat, Chhotubhai Vasava, declared that he had voted for the Congress candidate Ahmad Patel in the Rajya Sabha election. Also Readcenter_img Kicking-off his three day “direct interaction with people” programme in Bihar, disgruntled Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) leader and the party’s Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav on Thursday said, “I continue to stand by the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (‘grand alliance’) of the RJD, Congress and JD(U)…ending the alliance is betrayal of the mandate of 11 crore people of the State…the mandate was given for five years.”Accompanied by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders on his tour, the senior JD(U) leader said, “I was personally hurt and pained by [the decision] as I too had campaigned hard for the ‘grand alliance’.”last_img read more

6,000 steps a day keeps knee problems at bay

first_imgWalking 6,000 or more steps per day may protect people with or at risk of knee osteoarthritis (OA) from developing mobility issues such as difficulty in getting up from a chair and climbing stairs, a study shows.”Walking reduces risk of functional limitation associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA),” said Daniel White from Sargent College at Boston University in Massachusetts, US.For the study, researchers measured daily steps taken by 1,788 people with or at risk for knee OA”We tried to find out how much daily walking is needed to minimise risk of developing problems with mobility in people with knee OA,” White added.For the study, researchers measured daily steps taken by 1,788 people with or at risk for knee OA.Walking was measured with a monitor over seven days and functional limitation evaluated two years later.Knee pain can be caused by a sudden injury, an overuse injury, or by an underlying condition, such as arthritisWalking an additional 1,000 steps each was associated with between a 16 percent to 18 percent reduction in incident functional limitation two years later.Walking less than 6,000 steps daily was the best threshold for identifying those who developed functional limitation.”We encourage those with or at risk of knee OA to walk at least 3,000 or more steps each day, and ultimately progress to 6,000 steps daily to minimise the risk of developing difficulty with mobility,” White suggested.The study was published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.last_img read more