Mourinho unimpressed with Parrott’s cameo in Tottenham’s FA Cup exit

first_img Loading… Jose Mourinho says Troy Parrott has to ‘work a lot’ to improve and feels the Tottenham teenager’s ineffective outing against Norwich shows he was right to leave him out of the side for so long. There were loud cheers from supporters when the 18-year-old came off the bench at the start of extra-time in Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie, though he struggled to make an impact as the match went to a penalty shootout. The Portuguese coach feels the teenager’s quiet outing justified his doubts The Republic of Ireland youngster bravely stepped up to take Spurs’ fourth penalty, which was saved by Tim Krul, with Gedson Fernandes’ effort also stopped as Tottenham limped out of the competition. While Mourinho defended Parrott over his penalty miss, he was quick to point out that the young striker had not impressed in his cameo appearance and is still not ready for a bigger role in the side despite the clamour from fans to see more of him. Speaking to BBC Sport, Mourinho said of Parrott: ‘The penalty is nothing. He is a penalty taker in the under-23s, he scores every one in the unders. ‘He was so confident, he wanted to take one, he wanted to take the responsibility, it’s an experience in his career. ‘The problem is not his experience. The problem is the 30 minutes. ‘Now people can see that he has to work a lot so don’t think that Parrott is the second Harry Kane because he’s just a young kid that needs to work. ‘Let’s forget the penalty because we all miss the penalties, it was not Troy.’ Mourinho says his attackers are being run into the ground Read Also: Dier confronts fans in the stand as Tottenham crash out of FA Cup Parrott was only involved because Tottenham’s squad has been stretched to breaking point with injuries and Mourinho says the club cannot put out their strongest team against both Burnley at the weekend and RB Leipzig in midweek. He continued: ‘In this moment I have to think about what’s next and I have to speak to my club because I think some of these boys to have a chance to fight Tuesday for a Champions League position they just can’t play on Saturday. ‘Particularly in forward positions, behind we’ve got options but not going forward.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Canucks Playoff Preview – Round One Vs. Kings

first_imgLeigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily. After the events of last Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks found out they drew the plucky Los Angeles Kings in the first round of this year’s Stanley Cup tournament.  Vancouver won 8 of its last 9 games to finish first in the tight Western Conference. On the other hand, the Kings limped into the postseason, losing three of their last four in either overtime or a shootout, including two in a row to end the season against the San Jose Sharks.  Those losses relegated the Kings to eighth spot and their solidified their date with the Presidents’ Trophy winners.We know the Canucks have been a high-scoring, high-flying team in recent years, but took a bit of a right turn in 2012 and started to play much more sound defensive hockey, at the expense of some of their offense. The Kings, on the other hand, have played most of the year in a defensive shell, netminder Jonathan Quick recording an impressive 10 shutouts.  L.A. has had trouble scoring all year as well, and made a coaching change back in December when they fired Terry Murray and brought Calgary Flames destructor Daryl Sutter (and his horrible, 70’s-inspired suits) aboard.  The Kings continued on the same trajectory after Sutter was hired, however, after the trade-deadline acquisition of sniper Jeff Carter, the Kings have been scoring at higher rate.How do these teams stack up against each other? Let’s take a deeper look. SEASON RECORD AND SEASON SERIESThe Canucks secured the league-wide title with a record 51-22-9, while the Kings finished 16 points in arrears with a record of 40-27-15.  When looking into the quality of each team’s record, the Canucks record was 36-22 (.621 winning percentage) in regulation time, 7-2 (.778) in games decided in overtime, and 8-7 (.533) in the less relevant games decided in a shootout. On the other hand, the Kings were 31-27 (.534) in regulation, 3-6 in overtime (.333), and 6-9 (.400) in the shootout. If you ignore the games decided in the skills competition, the Canucks were 19 games above .500 at 43-24 (.642), while the Kings were much more pedestrian, finishing only one game above .500 at 34-33 (.507).  Give the Canucks the edge in this area.Part of the difference here will be the fact that the Kings play in much tougher division than do the Canucks – none of the other Northwest Division teams finished above the playoff bar, whereas the Pacific Division delivered not only the Kings, but also the Coyotes and Sharks. The Canucks beat up on their divisional foes finishing with a record of 18-5-1, whereas the Kings were a much more pedestrian 8-8-4 against their Pacific Division rivals. It was this difference that separated the two teams in the standings.  Consider this:  the Canucks record outside the Northwest and Pacific divisions was 22-12-4, and the Kings were 19-15-4.  From looking at the non-divisional records, it appears the two teams are relatively equal, but give the Canucks a slight edge due to their marginally better record.The Canucks won the season series 2-1-1, with one of the wins coming by way of a shootout.  Overall, the four games were played relatively evenly and the Kings looked the better team through large stretches of all of them. That said, the Canucks were good enough to win two games in regulation (each one a one-goal game) and lose another in shootout. The only game that they lost in regulation was 4-1 Kings, in a game where the Canucks didn’t put their best effort on the ice.  These games were a microcosm of each team’s season – the Kings played things close to the vest and couldn’t outscore their opponents while not allowing much, while on the other hand, the Canucks struggled to score, but did “just” enough to win, nothing more, and nothing less. Based on the team’s head to head record, you’d have to again give the edge to Vancouver. GOALTENDINGLos Angeles boasts one of the league’s best netminders in Quick, who is sure to receive a Vezina trophy nomination for his stellar body of work this year.  Quick is the biggest reason the Kings were able to scrape into the playoffs. Quick played in 69 games for the Kings, fourth in the NHL behind Pekka Rinne, Jonas Hiller, and Miikka Kiprusoff.  He finished second in the NHL with a 1.95 GAA, and was fifth in the NHL with a save percentage of .929.  His 10 shutouts led the NHL.  Clearly, Quick was L.A.’s most valuable player.The Canucks on the other hand boast not one, but two of the league’s best goaltenders.  Number one goalie Roberto Luongo played in 55 games, recording a GAA of 2.41 (15th in the league) and a save percentage of .919, good for 12th in the league. Backup Cory Schneider played 33 games, and had an excellent GAA of 1.96 with a save percentage of .937, third and second in the league respectively. This season wasn’t Luongo’s best statistically, but he has played a number of tremendous games for the Canucks this season.  Together, the two goalies combined for 8 shutouts this year.Quick is inexperienced, having only 12 career playoff games, compared to Luongo who has 59 career contests.  Of course, Luongo has run into problems in each of the Canucks’ last three playoff years, struggling at times against Chicago and in last year’s finals against Boston.  However, in Schneider, the Canucks have a legitimate go-to number 1(b), as he’s shown his ability to step in and play in big games, all season long. Quick’s had an incredible season, there’s no doubt, and although fatigue may be a factor given his workload this year, if he was pitted against only Luongo you’d have to give the Kings the edge. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Canucks have a fail safe in Schneider, and for that reason give the nod to the Canucks between the pipes. DEFENSEThe Kings finished with 170 goals against, good for second in the NHL.  The Canucks were fourth at 191 goals allowed.The Kings’ defensive corps boasts one of the league’s best young defensemen, Drew Doughty.  He is typically paired with Cup-winning veteran, Rob Scuderi. The Kings’ other two pairings are typically ex-Canuck Willie Mitchell alongside young Russian Slava Voynov, and Matt Green playing with Rafael Diaz.  With the exception of Doughty, none of these blueliners are spectacular, however, together they form a very solid and efficient six-man unit.  Scuderi and Greene provide the most physicality.The Canucks look to start the series with the pairings of Bieksa-Edler, Hamhuis-Tanev, and Salo-Rome.  The defense has been playing very well of late and while none of these guys boast the kind of offensive flair of a Doughty, four of the six are legitimate threats offensively.  In addition, this group does a tremendous job of moving the puck out of the zone with efficiency, getting the puck to the forwards.Generally, I get nervous come playoff time when the Canucks have to face a Norris-calibre defenseman.  Doughty was nominated for the award in his breakout 2009-2010 campaign, but has failed to live up to the hype since then, reporting late to camp last fall after a contract dispute. In addition, in the games against the Canucks this season, they have been able to get Doughty off his game mentally, causing him to take a number of unnecessary penalties.The Canucks also boast much better depth.  I’m not sure who the Kings have in reserve, but trading Jack Johnson away at the deadline hurt their depth badly.  The Canucks have at least three NHL-calibre defensemen in reserve (Keith Ballard, Andrew Alberts, Marc-Andre Gragnani), each of whom can slot into the sixth spot and give the team a much different look.For defense – give the edge to the Canucks, as their offensive abilities and depth should be enough to overcome Doughty’s top-end talent. FORWARDSThe Kings’ top-six is extremely good on paper, boasting Anze Koptiar, Justin Williams, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Dustin Brown.  The team has been scoring well of late, averaging three goals per game over their last 18 games, which roughly coincides with the acquisition of Carter at the trade deadline. Kopitar can be one of the league’s most dynamic players, however, in my mind he continues to fail to take that “next step” to elite superstar status.  Justin Williams has had a bit of a down year, but he was the Kings’ best forward in their 4-1 victory over the Canucks back in December. Mike Richards has had a garish campaign (I should know as I have him in my fantasy league), and after returning from a concussion in late December, he hasn’t appeared to be the same player he was before.  Carter is returning from a recent bone bruise injury and may not be as effective as he normally would be.The Kings’ bottom-six begins to thin out, and includes players such as Jarret Stoll, Dustin Penner, Brad Richardson (out after an emergency appendectomy), Kyle Clifford, Matt Lewis, ex-Blackhawk Colin Fraser, and a collection of 12th/13th forwards to round out the lineup.While the Kings’ top end talent can compare to Vancouver’s, their depth up front is suspect and coach Alain Vigneault should be able to exploit favourable matchups. Given his line’s great two-way performance, Sammy Pahlsson will likely see a lot of ice against Kopitar, and if his line can neutralize the Kings’ first unit (possibly chipping in with the odd goal), things should look good for the Canucks.  The addition of Pahlsson has been huge for this team, and has impacted it much more greatly than I expected when it was consummated at the deadline.  It’s the single biggest reason the Canucks have been able to clamp down effectively on their opposition. When the Pahlsson line takes these tough minutes, it will enable AV to get the Kesler line out against the Kings’ third or fourth lines and that should result in some goals for the team in blue and green.The big question mark for the Canucks remains over Daniel Sedin’s status.  If he is able to play it opens up a lot of possibilities for Vigneault as he can move Max Lapierre and Mason Raymond around the lineup as required. Although there was some drama around this situation today, expect the Canucks to have Sedin in the lineup as quickly as possible, currently looking like game 2 or 3 of the series assuming there are no setbacks.In another close competition, give the Canucks the edge here with two caveats:  the Kings have enough talent to put the puck in the net and if their forwards raise their game they can compete; and if Daniel Sedin doesn’t play in the series, the scale may tip to the Kings in this area. COACHING/INTANGIBLESAll Canucks fans have seen Sutter’s act before and we should all know what to expect.  Sutter will employ a physical, borderline dirty approach with his troops in order to try to get the Canucks off their game. The Kings have the horses to play this way, with Fraser, Clifford, Richardson (when healthy) and Greene all able to mix it up and agitate.  This approach is one that’s used consistently against Vancouver and it has had success in the past. For this reason, the Canucks’ power play will have to produce to discourage the Kings from taking too many liberties, and if it doesn’t, expect a dirty series with many scrums, yapping, and confrontations.The Canucks’ team toughness has been questioned throughout the year but I believe they’ve answered the bell when required.  They have some big, tough players at their disposal (Byron Bitz, Zack Kassian, Dale Weise, Alberts) and I believe at least one of these guys will be in the lineup at all times to keep the Kings honest. There are a number of other players on the team that won’t back down from anything as well, including Bieksa, Lapierre, and Ballard if he’s in the lineup.Vigneault is one of the league’s best coaches and his ability to tinker with his lineup to find combinations that are effective is constantly impressive.  He’s also handled the goaltending situation extremely well throughout the year and has set himself up to have both netminders at his disposal without the team missing a beat. Sutter is an old-school coach with limited understanding of the intricacies of the current-day game, but, his best success in the NHL was as coach of the Calgary Flames, leading them to an improbable Stanley Cup appearance, so he knows what it takes from that perspective.The Canucks are fresh off their Stanley Cup appearance last season and return virtually the same group, so one would think they hold a distinct advantage here.  Bear in mind that two of the Kings’ leaders, Richards and Carter, both went to the Cup final two seasons ago when they were with Philadelphia. Mostly because of Vigneault’s ability to adapt, give the edge again to the Canucks. SUMMARY AND PREDICTIONIn my opinion, the Canucks hold a slight edge in all the categories mentioned above.  That said, the difference between the two clubs is very small and Vancouver will not be able to roll over the Kings.  The Kings’ top-notch goaltending can win them a series on its own and given the fact they have been scoring more of late, they will present a formidable opponent.The key to the series may boil down to special teams.  I expect the Kings to employ the typical Canuck-killer strategy, which is after-whistle shenanigans, dirty hits, running the goaltender, and other marginal plays. I expect they will cross the line and the Canucks will be given their chances on the PP.  If it can convert, expect a similar series to last year’s Sharks series with the Canucks winning in 5.If the Canucks can’t convert on the PP, it will bolster the Kings’ approach and this is where it can get dicey for Vancouver.  They will have to control their emotions and stay out of the penalty box, and if they have to withdraw into lock-down mode, they will do so.Luckily, the Canucks have shown that they can employ this style of game effectively, perhaps the most relevant example being their 1-0 shutout of this Kings team 7 games before the end of the regular season on March 26.  If this route is taken, the series will stretch longer.At the end of the day, the Canucks are marginally better than the Kings all over the ice, and this will result in a number of close games, but games where they should be able to get over the top.Canucks in seven.last_img read more

Back to back: Huskies haul in second straight Niclai championship

first_imgThe Huskies proved Friday night who the Humboldt-Del Norte League belongs to.For the second straight year the Fortuna boys basketball team captured the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament championship, and for the second straight year the Huskies did so in dominating fashion, beating the Del Norte Warriors for the third time this season, this time by a 78-66 margin Friday night at Lumberjack Arena.“It’s just an amazing feeling,” Fortuna head coach Tony Miles said. “Like I’ve said many times, this …last_img read more

‘Zulu Tea’ creates a stir in the UK

first_img4 February 2003Deep in the KwaZulu-Natal heartland is an estate producing one of the most exclusive teas in the world. And Ntingwe tea is not only creating a stir among British connoisseurs – it’s also bringing employment to an underdeveloped area, and encouraging local “outgrowers” to grow tea on their own land.The Province’s development agency, the Ithala Development Finance Corporation Limited (Ithala), established the Ntingwe Tea Estate in 1987 in a remote part of KwaZulu-Natal, near Nkandla – an area with unemployment and illiteracy rates of up to 60%.According to Ithala, Ntingwe, the only employer of significance in an otherwise underdeveloped part of the province, produces leaf which is fetching top prices on the London Tea Market and is being sold as a speciality tea in the United Kingdom and the United States.Ntingwe tea is rated among the five best teas in the world, according to Arnold Adhihetty, a senior buyer and blender at Taylor’s of Harrogate, which markets Ntingwe tea in the United Kingdom, selling it as a pure tea under the estate’s name – in teabags marked “Zulu Tea”. Yorkshire Gold, a blend of Ntingwe tea and other varieties, is a second retail brand.Johannesburg tea and coffee agent WM Cahn told the Sunday Times last year that South Africa’s tea export market is worth about R84-million a year, and that demand for Ntingwe tea is exceeding supply.A company spokesman told that Sunday Times that the product was proving so popular with the British that 98% of WM Cahn’s Ntingwe stock had already been sold, “and the season is not yet over” – adding that WM Cahn had established ties with a number of buyers internationally and was looking to expand into the US, Europe and Pakistan.Ithala says it has so far invested over R40-million in this commercial venture, which is rich in development spin-offs, “including job creation, provision of potable water and electricity, the development of creches and schools, and the promotion of a small business sector within the communities surrounding the estate.About 300 ha of a suitable 585 ha has been planted so far, of which 200 ha of mature tea is already being harvested. As a foreign exchange earner, the estate is expected to generate around R450 million over the next 30 years. In the current financial year, 364 tons of black tea is expected to be produced, with these volumes progressively increasing to 1 750 tons by the year 2014.While this is almost exclusively exported for the speciality tea market, “local demand for a pure, high-quality tea is growing, and Ithala is looking to make a percentage of its production available in South Africa”, Ithala says on its website.Ntingwe employs more than 200 people on a permanent basis, with a further 430 being employed seasonally, with total employment envisaged to grow to about 1 200 when the estate is in full production.Ithala is also actively promoting an empowerment programme in areas surrounding the estate, establishing tea “outgrowers” on their own land, who will ultimately supply the estate’s on-site processing plant with leaf.“Already five farmers, each planting 0.125 ha with 1 000 tea plants, are participating, and the estate has received a further 55 applications which are currently being processed”, Ithala says. It is expected that outgrowers will eventually farm up to 0.4 ha each, with Ntingwe laying down parameters for them to ensure that the quality the estate has established is maintained.Although the area in which Ntingwe is developed has a high agricultural potential, this has never been realised in the past due to remoteness from input supplies and markets. The development of the tea estate has unlocked the potential of the region, and started a development process which will continue to gain in momentum as the expansion of the estate continues.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Ndebele car art in New York

first_imgEsther Mahlangu’s Ndebele BMW art car is one of an outstanding collection of cars adorned by other world-renowned artists. Here are some interesting things about BMW’s art cars.Esther Mahlangu’s BMW 252i, painted in 1991. Mahlangu first mapped out her designson a smaller version (of the car). (Image: BMW Blog)Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s Esther Mahlangu, the first African artist to participate in the BMW Art Car Programme, is again showing off her colourful creation to the world at an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The Global Africa Project runs until 15 May 2011.South Africa also celebrates afresh Mahlangu’s achievement in becoming the first woman and African artist to join the programme.Her Ndebele BMW art car is one of an outstanding collection of cars adorned by other world-renowned artists. In 1975 American artist and sculptor Alexander Calder, who also invented the mobile, painted the first art car, a BMW 3.0 CSL. Legendary pop artist Andy Warhol painted the fourth, a BMW M1, in 1979, two years after Warhol’s peer Roy Lichtenstein painted his BMW 320i.David Hockney, an English artist based in the United States, painted the 1995 BMW 850 CSI. Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. American contemporary artist Jeff Koons painted the 17th and most recent art car, an M3 GT2.Esther Mahlangu. (Image: Amanda Khoza, News24)Mahlangu says that painting the BMW has been one of the highlights of her career. When she was invited to decorate the car in 1991, the automotive canvas was new to her, and before she tackled an entire vehicle she familiarised herself with the style by first painting the door of another BMW. However, in one week, she turned a 5 Series saloon into an Ndebele work of art.“When I was first asked to do it, I could already see the design in my head. I just wanted to do it,” she says. Many people have seen South Africa’s brightly coloured Ndebele homes, but her idea was to connect the traditional decorative Ndebele art form with a modern vehicle.It should come as no surprise that Mahlangu’s art car is attracting so much attention. In an article that appeared in the Architectural Review, South African architect Peter Rich says that Ndebele art and architecture has “remarkable spatial, formal and decorative qualities”.According to the Kyle Kauffman Gallery in New York, one of the many venues which has hosted a Mahlangu exhibition, she is believed to be the most important Ndebele artist working today.She is also considered a pioneer in the area of Ndebele art as she was the first to transfer the traditional designs onto canvas. In the past, the multi-coloured geometric Ndebele painting was reserved for decorating the outer walls of domestic buildings.The BMW Art Car ProgrammeThe BMW art cars highlight the connections between auto technology and cultural trends of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.Hervé Poulain, a French auctioneer and motor racing fanatic, first came up with the idea of an art car when he was thinking of a way to combine motorsport with art. Poulain asked Alexander Calder to paint his 3.0 CSL, which became the first car to merge art and motorsport. The car generated so much interest that BMW decided to establish a formal art car collection.Since 1975, renowned artists have created excellent art on wheels, adding 17 vehicles to the collection. Many of the cars have been exhibited in famous museums such as the Louvre, the Guggenheim and the Shanghai Art Museum.Ndebele traditionsMahlangu, who lives in Weltevrede village in the KwaMahlanga district in Mpumalanga province, speaks with great enthusiasm about Ndebele art and her career. She says that the development of her artistic talent is largely thanks to the perseverance of her mother and grandmother.“When I was a young child, they already started teaching me to paint murals. I am so thankful that they did it. Art is in my blood and I just love it. Now I just have a memory bank full of designs and colours in my head,” she says.She says that besides loving art, she believes her calling is to educate people about her culture and art. “It is sad that many of our traditions are lost. We must continue to teach our children about their culture,” she says.To ensure that the Ndebele traditions are handed down from one generation to the next, Mahlangu runs classes to instruct young children in the art of traditional Ndebele design and painting. “Children have to know where they come from.”Mahlangu works in strict keeping with Ndebele tradition. She draws freehand without sketches and only paints with chicken feathers and bundled twigs as brushes, which is the “real Ndebele way.”She is positive about the future and preservation of Ndebele art. “I am encouraged that there seems to be a greater interest in Ndebele art these days. Traditionally, it always used to be a woman’s job to do the painting, but now that more women are working, men are also doing it,” she says.International and local recognitionMahlangu’s work is widely recognised and exhibited internationally. She first came into contact with the world of international art in 1989 when the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris invited her to participate in Les Magiciens de la Terre, a contemporary art exhibition.According to African Success, a database of prominent African personalities, her work has found a place in private, corporate and public galleries worldwide. Even in her own home village Mahlangu receives many visitors who want to find out more about her approach to wall decoration.She has also exhibited in Australia, America, Japan and in many European countries. Many of her well-known murals have been on display at the New Identities Exhibition in Germany’s Bocum Museum, at the Virgin Atlantic’s music store in Times Square, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC and at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg.Mahlangu has also received numerous awards such as the Mpumalanga Arts and Culture Award, an award from the French Ministry of Culture and the Radio Ndebele Award in 1988 and 2001.She remains well known for her iconic BMW art car, but says that she is also proud to have painted another car. The Kyle Kauffman Gallery notes that she is one of only two female artists to be included in the prestigious Jean Pigozzi Collection of Contemporary African Art. For this event she painted a new Fiat 500 for their Why Africa? exhibition in Turin.http://www.vgallery.co.za/estherpress/default.htmWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Build an Insanely Great Web Service

first_imgbernard lunn Tags:#Gritty Entrepreneurs#NYT#start#StartUp 101 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market This is one post/chapter in a serialized book called Startup 101. For the introduction and table of contents, please click here.First, the good news: building a website today is ten times cheaper and faster than it was 10 years ago. Now, the bad news: building a website today is ten times cheaper and faster than it was 10 years ago.You are entering an incredibly crowded marketplace. You have to get and keep people’s attention extremely fast, because hundreds of other services are just a click away. The bar is set very high, and knowing exactly how high does help. If you reach too low, you will only catch air and crash to the ground.Six Milestones from 30 Seconds to 3 YearsHere is what an insanely great Web product looks like to the average user right now and through the next 3 years:30 seconds: “I get it.”3 minutes: “I’ve used it and still get it, and it has not annoyed me yet.”3 days: “I find this really useful or fun.”3 weeks: “I am raving about this to other people.”3 months: “I couldn’t imagine not having this, and I’m boring my friends telling them about it.”3 years: “How weird to see this on Oprah.”The 30-Second MilestoneYou can moan all you like about what attention deficit disorder has done for user engagement, but it won’t help you one bit. Get over it. People don’t automatically care about your product and won’t invest any time to find out if they should care. This rule is as old as consumer markets. This is what those guys on Madison Avenue with their jingles and insipid ad slogans have always known. Political sound bites live in this same reality.Does this feel fake and insubstantial to you, the engineer, schooled in solving big, hard, complex problems?So, study this like you would any other big, hard, complex problem. Making a product or service look totally simple and obvious is a big, hard, complex problem.In 30 seconds, a user who comes to your website should be able to say:“I get what they are offering.”“This might help or amuse me.”“I know what I have to do next.”There is a science to achieving this; it has been documented. You need to look at great examples and understand how they did it. Then you need to test and change, test and change, test and change, test and change, and then test and then change, until you go crazy!The 3-Minute MilestoneAfter using your website for 3 minutes, the user should be able to say:“I still understand what they are offering, and it does help or amuse me.”“This has not annoyed me yet.”“This could be even more fun or useful than I thought.”“I know what to do next to find out if this could be even more fun or useful.”The 3-Day MilestoneNow is the time to worry about stuff like performance and reliability. If you get to the 3-week milestone and bomb, your fanatical users will cut you some slack. But at this stage? Zero slack.Have you been planning for this milestone since the design stage? Are you running on a cloud service with auto-scaling and recovery? No. Whoops! You had better hope your product is not insanely great, but rather just reasonably good and will grow steadily. Hint: build on a cloud service (like Amazon AWS) from the start.The Three Remaining Milestones3-week milestoneYou’ll know you have hit this when VCs return your calls and VCs you have never heard of call you out of the blue. Close fast to leverage your hotness. Don’t get all arrogant and believe you can do it alone. With this kind of traction, you can raise capital cheaply (and thus have less dilution), so do it.3-month milestoneIf you reach this stage, you can skip ahead to the chapter on “How to Scale Without Losing Your Shirt.”3-year milestoneIf you reach this stage, skip ahead to the chapter on “Planning Your Exit.”Concept vs. ExecutionWe have reached the point that almost any website can be built quickly and cheaply. Money to scale awaits only for sites that actually gain traction. Management teams take care of the basics when you have traction and money. So, in the age-old debate about which is more important, concept or execution, concept is currently winning. You have to have something that meets a real need or is addictively fun.The area where concept and execution intersect is usability. A concept that does not grab users within 30 seconds and move them through those other milestones is totally useless. Basecamp is all about usability. Twitter is about usability. Gmail is about usability. The concept in each case is simple.New Concept vs. Doesn’t Suck vs. Fast Follower vs. NicheYour website falls into one of four categories:New conceptIf you fall into this category, your product or service type does not have a name yet. It has no market space, category, or even articulated need yet. In a decade, the number of these concepts that actually gain traction is tiny. The number of them that get through the early-adopter phase to the mainstream (i.e. reach the 3-year milestone) is even smaller. In other words, good luck!Doesn’t SuckThis one is easier. This is a service you can describe as “[something] that doesn’t suck.” Google first offered “search that doesn’t suck,” and then followed it up with Gmail, which is “email that doesn’t suck.” In other words, don’t be afraid to go after mature markets in which the current services are not that good. Spend a couple of days browsing online and you will see plenty of such opportunities.Fast FollowerThis applies to a new concept that makes your jaw drop and you think “OMG, this is so cool.” And then you realize that doing something similar would actually be pretty simple. The first one to market with a new concept is not always the winner. It just looks that way because the originator gets lost in the dustbin of history when the better venture out-executes it. You need access to capital to do this right, because you have to move fast, which means hiring an A-Team. And A-Teams like to be paid a lot.NicheThere are thousands of these. Your niche might be geographic or a user type. Most niches are limited in scale and so do not require much capital. These are ripe for bootstrapping. But don’t think niches are easy. Users will still be very demanding. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Illegal Immigration: There’s an App for That

first_imgThe application is currently in an alpha state of development. Dominguez hopes that, through working with Mexican communities, churches, and other organizations, the app will be ready to use soon.So, what do our readers think? Is this Dominguez a political dissident or a legitimate academic researcher – or both? And is a mobile app enabling illegal Mexican immigration to the U.S. a live-saving tool for those who seek better opportunities, or is it simply another law-breaking tool developed by tech hackers for life hackers, a workaround to cheat the system? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… From a group calling themselves Electronic Civil Disobedience comes the Transborder Immigrant Tool, a simple mobile application intended to aid and abet border-crossers from Mexico to the United States by mapping the safest routes to take.This GPS app is built to work on the cheapest cell phones available. It brings to mind every petty-but-illegal transgression the casual user could commit and stretches the boundaries of the permissibility of tech’s uses for plausibly illegal means. The next time you use P2P or bit torrent clients to download media or use an iPhone app to detect police radars, think about this mobile application and how it reflects on American law and the Internet. UPDATE: According to the Transborder Immigration Tool website, the application uses Spatial Data Systems and GPS “for simulation, surveillance, resource allocation, management of cooperative networks and pre-movement pattern modeling (such as the Virtual Hiker Algorithm) an algorithm that maps out a potential or suggested trail for real a hiker/or hikers to follow.” In addition to allowing would-be illegal immigrants quick and simple access to map information, the application’s creators hope it will “add an intelligent agent algorithm that would parse out the best routes and trails on that day and hour for immigrants to cross this vertiginous landscape as safely as possible.”On startup, the app finds GPS satellites. Once the user begins moving, the app acts as a compass that shows the direction the user is heading and also shows the direction a user must travel to reach a “safety site.”The app seems to originate from a hacktivist group out of UCSD – hardly a historical hotbed of technological innovation, but close enough to the US-Mexican border to have a significant impact on the politics of technology in that area. The group also advocates DDoS-like digital sit-ins to bog down the resources of websites it deems offensive.In an interview with Vice Magazine, the app’s creator, Ricardo Dominguez, said, “We looked at the Motorola i455 cell phone, which is under $30, available even cheaper on eBay, and includes a free GPS applet. We were able to crack it and create a simple compass-like navigation system. We were also able to add other information, like where to find water left by the Border Angels, where to find Quaker help centers that will wrap your feet, how far you are from the highway – things to make the application really benefit individuals who are crossing the border.”Hundreds of would-be immigrants are killed each year while trying to enter the United States.Check out this Border Patrol YouTube video on the newly installed double-layered fencing between the U.S. and Mexico, a fence that stretches between 700 and 800 miles along the Rio Grande. Tags:#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Study focuses on modification of lipid nanoparticles for successful brain cell targeting

Source:https://benthamscience.com/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 17 2018Nanomedicine refers to field of science that uses nanotechnology for clinical operations. The use of nanoparticles (NPs) has specially been successful due to their structure. For example, NPs have the ability to cross biological barriers which boosts their effectiveness towards complicated drug delivery problems. This permeability allows NPs to reach biological targets such as brain cells, which would have been impossible by conventional drugs. Due to their effectiveness in this area, NPs have now been prioritized from simply being experimental tests compounds to be used as a workable solution for neurodegenerative disease (ND). NDs, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are usually correlated with neuronal death, or in other words, the continuous structural and functional neuronal loss.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsIn common ND treatment strategies, one of the hardest obstruction to overcome is low penetration of the drug through the central nervous system (CNS). One of the reasons for this problem is the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) and Blood Cerebrospinal Fluid Barrier (BCSFB) which protect the brain from invading and unwanted substances. The barriers carry out their function with the help of multispecific transport proteins and detoxifying enzymes. Using nanoparticles opens up many possibilities to counter such obstacles in the NDs treatment as they are proven to effectively deliver drugs to the CNS. The research focuses on the modification of lipid nanoparticles for brain targeting to increase drug efficiency and ability to deliver different kinds of drugs.In conclusion, it has been difficult to establish which lipid nanoparticle, based on previous tests, was best for ND treatment since the administration route or animal models for each test were different. For the time being, researchers suggest that additional studies and tests are needed to propel research on CNS based drug delivery towards successful brain cell targeting. read more