Satiricus was astounded. He’d heard – mostly when listening to the priest in his Church – that “money was dirty”. He’s always had his doubts about that proposition – but now here was living proof.“Cappo! Imagine this garbageman getting 1 MILLION a year to haul garbage to this landfill!!” Satiricus exclaimed to his friend who hadn’t even taken his first swig of his beer at the Back Street Bar. “Why did my father insist I “bust” my head in school?”“Sato, me fr’en’,” intoned Cappo, “me always know garbage gat big money!”“How the arse YOU know that?” demanded Satiricus belligerently.“Well, remember Potoo?” Cappo replied after a short pause during which he took a loooong pull at his beer.“Of course I remember Potoo,” replied Satiricus. “The fella from front street who used to catch rats in the cane fields. He went to America when his mother sponsored him. What does he have to do with what we talking about?”“Budday!! Lis’en, na!” Cappo was smiling. “Potoo bin wuss dan me in school. He cyaan even read an’ write.” He paused to take another gulp of his beer.“And?” interjected Satiricus impatiently.“And suh when ‘he reach New Yark, garbageman bin a de only jaab he cou’d get.” Cappo paused for effect. “But in only five year time he wuk suh much money ‘e now gat five house in New Yaark! Garbage gat biiiiiig money, Sato!”“But that was in New York…they have the big bucks there,” pointed out Satiricus indignantly. “They spend millions of dollars for paintings that look like garbage to me! But this is Guyana!”“Progress, Sato…Progress!” Cappo smirked. “If abee can spen’ billian fuh salute wan big flag, jus’ like ‘Merica pan dem Independence Day, wha mek abee cyaan spen’ 1 millian pan garage?”“Maybe you have a point there, Cappo,” conceded Satiricus. “And at our flag raising, I thought the show was garbage, anyway!” “Leh abee drink to garbage!” said Cappo, as the two old friends clinked their beer bottles.
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Didier Drogba: The Ivorian wrote himself into the history books with some important strikes Drogba v Manchester United, FA Cup, 2007 Drogba v Barcelona in the Champions League, 2012 On July 19 in 2004, Ivory Coast and Marseille striker Didier Drogba agreed a move to Chelsea. The following day, he completed his £24million transfer to Stamford Bridge and the rest is history. Now 38 and playing for Montreal in the MLS, the forward enjoyed the best days of his career in west London, playing nine seasons across two different spells.He won four Premier League titles, three League Cups and four FA Cups with the club, but perhaps his best moment in a Blues shirt was his dramatic late equaliser in the 2012 Champions League final.It was a goal which eventually saw Chelsea finally crowned European champions and cemented his place in the club’s history books. Take a look back at four key moments of Drogba’s Chelsea career below!Drogba v Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, 2012 1 Drogba fires v Tottenham in the FA Cup
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22. Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) – 88 – Thiago has emerged as one of the most impressive midfielders throughout Europe. The former Barcelona man has seen his rating soar from 84 to 88. 23. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) – 88 – Bonucci completed his controversial transfer to AC Milan this summer and has been rewarded with a boosted rating from last years 87. His ball-playing ability is his standout improvement. 10 27. Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid) – 88 – The Uruguayans reputation as being one of the worlds finest defenders is also shared by FIFA 18s creators. Godin has seen his dribbling stats hiked up. 10 10 30. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – 88 – Click the right arrow above to find out who else ranks between 30 and 21 in FIFA 18… – Despite impressing last season, Zlatan has seen his rating drop from 90 to 88 for FIFA 18. Perhaps the games creators doubt his ability to recover from a serious knee injury. 10 10 24. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) – 88 – The evergreen forward shows no signs of slowing down despite being 33. In fact, the flying winger has seen his rating rise from 87 to 88. 25. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) – 88 – Silva has long been regarded as one of the best defenders in FIFA. But the Brazilian has seen his overall rating take a hit slumping from 89 in last seasons edition. 10 29. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – 88 – The Gabon international finished as the Bundesligas top goal scorer last season and has been rewarded with a boost in rating. His dribbling has improved apparently. 10 28. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) – 88 – Lloris enjoyed a tremendous campaign with Tottenham and particularly shone in the Champions League. The French captain has seen his reflex stats boosted for FIFA 18. 10 getty We might only be a few weeks into the new football season but FIFA 18’s release is already just around the corner.The popular game gives fans plenty to do in between real-life maches and allows us to take our favourite teams to the summit of football.With players emerging and declining farily rapidly in the modern era, FIFA’s updates to player ratings are always eagerly anticipated, so there has been plenty of buzz surrounding the release of their latets ‘Top 100’ player list.EA Sports have already released the players who are 100-81 on breakdown, and those rated between 80-61, 60-41 and 40-31. But who have made it between 30-21, and how do their ratings compare to last year’s game?Click the right arrow above to find out… 10 26. Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) – 88 – Hummels has become the lynchpin of Bayern Munichs defence alongside Jerome Boateng. Up from last seasons 87 rating, Hummels has seen his passing and dribbling stats boosted. 10 21. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – 88 – Juventus star forward has also been handsomely rewarded with a boost in rating. Following a stellar season in Serie A and the Champions League, Dybalas rating has risen to 88 from 85 in FIFA 17.
1 Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw the first time they met Burton in 2006, but don’t expect a repeat on Wednesday even though Jose Mourinho plans to rotate his first team. Here, Unibet take a look at Opta data to get a feel for what we can expect.Burton’s record against Manchester United reads D1 L1, although they are yet to score against the Red DevilsManchester United were forced into an FA Cup replay the first time they met Burton back in January 2006. Then a non-league side, Burton stunned the Premier League giants by claiming a 0-0 draw against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. The replay ended 5-0 at Old Trafford as United dominated the game, but Burton will head to Manchester on Wednesday with hope of pulling off another upset. Of course, replays don’t exist in the Carabao Cup so this tie would go to extra time. That would be a shock in itself and Burton, now 19th in the Championship, probably wouldn’t mind dipping out of the Carabao Cup to focus on survival.Man Utd to win is 1/10Manchester United have scored four goals in three of their seven games this seasonManchester United have reacted superbly to the 2-1 UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid by going unbeaten in the Premier League and Champions League. They’ve kept five clean sheets in six games since then, scoring 19 goals. On Sunday they put four past Everton and kept the Toffees out at the back. Jose Mourinho will likely rotate his squad for Burton’s visit, but United will remain deadly. Expect Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to get opportunities to stake a place for a regular starting berth, while Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford will probably be on the bench just in case they’re needed.Man Utd to score +4.5 goals is 9/4Three of Burton’s four wins this season have been by a 2-1 scorelineBurton have found life in the Championship this season tough. Only three clubs have scored fewer goals then them (six), while they have conceded 15 times already. Leaking an average of 1.8 goals per game isn’t great form when you’re coming up against a prolific Manchester United attack. A morale-boosting 2-1 win over Fulham this weekend will give the side a bit of confidence heading to Old Trafford and they toppled Championship high-fliers Cardiff in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Burton have scored first in three of their four wins this season and will need something against United if they are to scare the Premier League leaders.Burton to score first is 23/4Anthony Martial’s three goals this season have come off the bench and in the last 10 minutes of matchesAnthony Martial should get a start against Burton on Wednesday night after spending much of the first part of the season watching from the substitute’s bench. Martial has struggled to get game time ahead of Marcus Rashford, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has proved an effective assist maker. The early rounds of the Carabao Cup is the perfect time for Mourinho to rest his starters, with Romelu Lukaku and Rashford almost certain to be on the bench. Martial may therefore lead the line. The France international hasn’t scored in the first half of a match for United since a 2-0 win at Burnley back in April. He should get on the scoresheet this week.Anthony Martial to score first is 19/5Manchester United won the EFL Cup last season with an aggregate score throughout the competition of 15-6United battled their way to the final of the EFL Cup last season after a close encounter with Manchester City and a nerve two-legged semi-final against Hull. Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished as the tournament’s top scorer with four goals but started on the bench for their opening third-round match against Northampton. Mourinho made nine changes for that 3-1 win and you can expect almost as many on Wednesday. Premier League and Champions League are the priority this season and the cups will likely be used as a means of blooding fresh talent or keeping the squad’s reserves happy. Expect changes.Man Utd to win both halves at 8/15Listen to Manchester United v Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup third round, live on talkSPORT, on Wednesday September 20 2017 getty images Jose Mourinho led Man United to Carabao Cup glory in
Toyota is set to produce 120 000 Fortunersports utility vehicles and Hilux pick-ups in2008, as well as 100 000 Corolla sedans.(Image: Toyota South Africa)Janine ErasmusSince 2003 Toyota South Africa has transformed itself from a small local vehicle supplier into a major international car and component exporter. In March the company announced that five years spent upgrading its manufacturing plant in Prospecton, Durban, will allow it to produce 220 000 units this year, 147 000 of them to be shipped to Europe and Africa.These exports will account for 60% of South Africa’s total vehicle exports. Including components, the potential value of the exports is some R20-billion, nearly 1% of the country’s gross domestic product.At a ceremony launching new model Corolla sedan exports to Europe and Africa, South African Minister of Transport Jeff Radebe commended Toyota for its commitment to local empowerment, saying that almost half of its total investment had been spent with accredited black economic empowerment companies.Radebe said vehicle exports account for 7% of South Africa’s total exports, and attributed the ongoing success of this sector to the government’s Motor Industry Development Programme.“South African vehicle exports are projected to rise strongly this year,” he said. “And it is a well known fact that our domestic new vehicle sales increased by a record 22% in 2004, followed by a new record of 27% in 2005, making South Africa one of the best performing automobile markets internationally.”Other dignitaries in attendance included King Zwelithini of the Zulu nation, Japanese ambassador Akihiko Furuya, eThekwini municipality mayor Obed Mlaba, and the vice chair of Toyota Japan, Katsuhiro Nakagawa.Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota South Africa, said the Prospecton plant now boasts of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. “This historic occasion aligns Toyota South Africa closely with a number of other Toyota global production facilities, each with an annual manufacturing capacity of 200 000 to 250 000 vehicles,” Van Zyl said at the ceremony.“Together with component exports the potential value of Toyota’s exports for the year is in the order of R20-billion, a number that is close to 1% of South Africa’s gross domestic product.”Turkey is the first country to receive Toyota Corolla vehicles from the Prospecton plant, while Toyota vehicles manufactured in South Africa will be exported to more than 40 global destinations during 2008.Toyota’s 220K programmeSince its entry into the local market in 1961 Toyota has been one of South Africa’s most popular motor brands. In 2002 the company, with parent company Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), embarked on a programme to elevate the local manufacturer into a valuable export base that could supply markets in Europe and elsewhere in Africa.At the start of the programme, known as 220K, Toyota SA’s manufacturing capacity was 100 000 vehicles. The upgrade took place in three stages. During the first phase Corollas were exported to Australia. The second phase saw Toyota SA named as a global manufacturing hub for the new Hilux pickup truck (known locally as a bakkie) in the markets of Europe and Africa.The third phase commenced with the announcement that the Corolla sedan was also destined for European and African showroom floors. Both models are produced in South Africa in right- and left-hand drive variants.In order to meet this requirement new facilities and technologies were introduced – a multi-billion rand investment. Said Van Zyl, “This investment was made not only to increase annual production volumes to a required 220 000 units but also to ensure that this volume is achieved in accordance with the strictest global quality standards defined by TMC.”Van Zyl praised TMC for its high level of support, saying that it has led to greater efficiency across the supplier network and allowed the Prospecton plant to adopt true “Just in Time” manufacturing principles, cutting down on lead times and stock levels of components.He said that virtually every area of the manufacturing operation has been modernised – the oldest significant manufacturing facility at Prospecton is a mere six years old. Among the newly installed plants are a water-based paint plant, a press shop expansion, a new facility for manufacturing resin components such as dashboard panels and bumpers, and a new stamping plant. In several cases this is technology that has been introduced outside Japan for the first time.“We now have the production facilities and systems in place to produce at the volumes and quality levels that justify our inclusion in the Toyota global production network. Our quality inspection processes are continually audited by TMC for compliance with international quality benchmarks,” said Van Zyl.Investing in peopleAbout 4 000 new job opportunities have been created by the initiative – Toyota employs around 10 000 people in South Africa. In addition, the company has made a substantial investment in training and has spent R300-million on the development of its workforce over the past five years. Of these, 174 people have visited Japan for training in the Toyota Way, a philosophy that is supported by two core values – respect for people, and continuous improvement.And there have been other benefits. Said Van Zyl, “The 220K project has provided an environment that has encouraged 12 new international suppliers to invest in South Africa. Eight are from Japan and four from Europe. Nine have invested in their own right and three are joint ventures with South African companies. The impact of the Toyota South Africa 220K project is far-reaching and substantial.”Useful linksToyota South AfricaDepartment of TransporteThekwini municipalityMotor Industry Development Programme
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Beyond the tremendous cost, most of these POS systems are horribly out of date. Many of them run on Microsoft’s .NET architecture and are prone to all of the same hiccups that any Windows PC will face over the course of its life. Restaurant owners likely do not care how technologically out-of-date their POS systems are, as long as they work. According to Phil Beauregard from Boston-based Objective Logistics, the entire culinary industry tends to be about five to seven years behind technology trends. “When they first came out, they were essentially glorified cash registers,” Beauregard said. “The [POS industry] has mimicked the entire PC industry.”Like the PC industry, the POS sector is about to see a major change in how businesses are interacting with technology. “Everything is getting untethered,” Beauregard said. The Evolution: Mobile + Cloud“When you are carrying around a tablet, you are carrying a gateway to the cloud,” said Nebula CEO and former NASA CTO Chris Kemp in an interview last year.The fundamental thing to know about mobile technology is that its primary computing power is done in the cloud. Yes, chip sets have gotten smaller, cameras are more compact and powerful, and batteries are more efficient than they used to be, but the biggest driver of mobile technology is the ability to offload the actual data and computing power to the cloud. This is something that innovators and enterprises have known for some time. The average small business owner? Not so much. “Cloud computing” is like an abstract theory to most people. They know the term, they kind of know what it does, but the full meaning of the cloud is lost on them. For the most part, they do not care. Consumers just want things to work. Local businesses just want them to work, but also be cost efficient. This is where tablets are poised to disrupt the entire POS industry. They are cheap, collect data on customers’ purchases and make that data easily accessible across any type of computing system. They can be used to make payments, take surveys, provide coupons and notify consumers of offers. The best part for local businesses: Tablets are a lot cheaper than traditional POS systems. “For all new restaurant businesses, they’ll seriously evaluate some form of tablet as their POS. New locations of existing restaurants will probably stick with whatever tech they’ve got, but all brand-new businesses are going to be taking a hard look at the cheap/portable nature of an iPad or Android tablet solution,” said Seth Priebatsch, CEO of Boston-based SCVNGR, which provides a mobile payment tool called LevelUp. The leader in the charge to turn the iPad into the new era of POS terminal is San Francisco-based Square. The company that released the original dongle for smartphones to swipe credit cards has also created an iPad app called the Square Register. It has the ability to turn an iPad into a POS system that works as well or better than anything from the traditional POS vendors. As a standalone product, the Square Register is a great option for local boutiques or coffee houses, where all that is needed is the ability to make transactions and provide receipts.According to Square spokesperson Aaron Zamost, 75% of small businesses will buy a tablet this year. Only 6% of retailers said they haved used a mobile POS device, but half of survey respondents panned to adopt such devices over the next 18 months. Restaurants are another matter. When a server takes an order, that information needs to go to several different places within the establishment. Chefs need the ticket to know when and what to make (cooks call these “duckets”). Bartenders need the tickets to coordinate with the server on what drinks need to be made. In a restaurant, communication is vital and often that is handled through the POS system. The Square Register does not yet fulfill all the needs of such an establishment. But other companies are working to turn the iPad into a fully functional POS system for restaurant use. San Francisco-based Revel features a full suite of products designed to turn iPads into an effective POS system – including employee logins, order taking, payment processing and “cook view” for the duckets. It has customer relationship management (CRM) features and real-time reporting and inventory control. These are all capabilities a traditional POS could offer, but Revel does it for a third of the price, about $1,500 per iPad and a $100/month cloud service fee. Other services, like E La Carte, provide custom-built tablets without an upfront installation fee. dan rowinski Image: Revel iPad POSUntethered, Unplugged & DisruptedIn the chain of innovation, we are not talking about anything extraordinarily drastic. iPads have been around for three years now and the concept of cloud computing has been around much longer. The confluence of mobile and cloud technology has invaded enterprise organizations over the last couple of years and it is now starting to trickle down to the Main Street level. Smart startups have looked at the middle class of American businesses and seen that it is ripe for the plucking. Square recognized it first, but any company focused on marketing, payments, offers and infrastructure will soon see that there are billions of dollars at stake. Are you a local business owner? What do you use for a POS system? A classic register, a touch-based terminal or some type of mobile device? Let us know in the comments. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#apps#iPad#Microsoft#mobile#Trends The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement It was dinner at a fancy restaurant in Boston. After the last sip of Scotch was polished off, the waiter came over with the check… and an iPad. It was to take a survey about the quality of service, but it just as easily could have been used to pay the bill. Tablets, especially Apple’s iPad, are increasingly finding homes in restaurants and local businesses. They are changing how businesses conduct transactions and receive customer feedback. In a data-driven world, Main Street retailers are on the verge of a significant evolution.Disrupting the Point of SaleYou have seen it before. You make an order at your local coffee shop or restaurant, or buy an item from a local merchant. The server or cashier punches a couple buttons on a static touchscreen, runs your debit card and hands you a receipt. Using these Point-of-Sale (POS) systems is now so common that consumers pretty much take them for granted.The people who own the businesses do not take them for granted. They often have a lot of money invested in them. The top POS vendors, such as Aloha, Micros and POSitouch, charge thousands of dollars to restaurants and retailers to set up and maintain these systems. For a restaurant that seats 100 people, the owners likely paid anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000 to set up three or four terminals. The more amenities that the local business wants, the more POS vendors will gouge its pocketbooks.
Şahin also spoke to journalists: “We have been waiting for an apology since the first day.”Turan, who has represented the country 100 times at the international level, left Camp Nou in January 2018, following a total of 0 appearances for the Blaugranas in the previous season. he still has a year left on his contract with the Catalans, who still retain the rights to sell him to any club.Advertisement Image Courtesy: MarcaAdvertisementArda Turan, the FC Barcelona midfielder who is currently on a loan spree away at Süper Lig side İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. has been give a suspension away from football after being charged with illegal possession of firearms and getting into a fight with Turkish singer Berkay Şahin, and also firing a gun in a hospital!Image Courtesy: MarcaBack in 2018, the 32 year old got into a tussle with the music artist in a nightclub, and ended with the singer having a broken nose.Soon after the player arrived at the hospital where Berkay was admitted, and shot a gun in the premise, causing panic among the citizens.The club has charged the Turkish international with a monetary penalty of 2.5 million Turkish lira, which roughly equates to about 350 thousand pounds.Turan has publicly apologised for the incident over social media.“I learned lessons from these events. My greatest aim is to make my family, my dear wife, my club and friends proud.” he wrote on his Instagram today.
With a new captain in place, Rising Pune Supergiants would look to make amends for a poor last season but have a tough opening battle at hand against two-time former champions Mumbai Indians here tomorrow.Pune decided to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Steve Smith in the leadership role.Under Dhoni, who has only played as skipper in the previous nine Indian Premier League editions, Pune could win just five matches in their debut season last year.While Dhoni would be desperate to prove a point with his blazing blade — a fitting reply for being stripped off captaincy, Smith will look to forget Australia’s 1-2 loss against India in a draining Test series recently.Dhoni might have led the now defunct team Chennai Super Kings exceedingly well in the past but proving his worth as a player with the new franchise is a challenge that the former India captain will be more than keen to conquer.However, all eyes would be on Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore, and his performance with both the bat and ball will be equated with his hefty pay package.Smith and Faf du Plessis both got injured the last time but they would like to make amends in this edition of the cash-rich tournament.The Supergiants will be banking on Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 480 runs at 43.63 with six fifties in the last edition, to come good with the bat again.In the absence of star India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda will spearhead the team’s bowling.advertisementThe rather weak Pune bowling attack would have its task cut out against a strong Mumbai batting line-up.Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma’s form at the top will be important, while Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler’s big hits, and veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh’s guile would decide how the team would fare tomorrow.Mumbai are one team that has not been ravaged by injuries. This will allow them to pick from a talented pool of overseas and Indian cricketers, including Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Lasith Malinga, who is expected to join the team tomorrow, Mitchell McClenaghan, Parthiv Patel and Jasprit Bumrah among others.Having finished fifth in the previous season, Mumbai would not leave any stone unturned to make the top-four in this edition under new coach Mahela Jayawardene, who has taken over from highly successful Ricky Ponting.Teams (from):Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.Rising Pune Supergiant: Steven Smith (Capt), MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Faf du Plessis, Usman Khawaja, Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Ashok Dinda, Lockie Ferguson, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa.