Tottenham Hotspur confirm Dele Alli is out until March with hamstring strain

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 As well as talisman Kane, Heung-min Son is away with South Korea at the AFC Asian Cup.Son played as South Korea beat Bahrain after extra-time on Tuesday to extend his stay at the tournament by at least another week.Lucas Moura is nearing a return from a knee injury and Pochettino might feel he has no choice but to throw him back into action at Stamford Bridge on Thursday as Spurs try to hold onto their 1-0 first-leg lead in the Carabao Cup semi-final. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Dele Alli is not expected to return until March due to a hamstring strain, Tottenham Hotspur gave confirmed.The England international limped off against Fulham on Sunday and was in visible agony as he left the pitch. Latest Premier League News REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Incredibly, Dele has suffered the same injury twice already this season and missed the Champions League clash with Barcelona at Wembley.Spurs said on Twitter: “Following scans and clinical assessment, we can confirm that @dele_official has suffered a hamstring strain, sustained during Sunday’s match.“Dele will now undergo a period of rehabilitation with our medical staff, with the expectation of returning to training in early March.”He joins his England team-mate Harry Kane in the treatment room and is set to miss the club’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg with Chelsea, and the potential final, the Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund and a host of important Premier League games. shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED tense Alli felt the injury straight away at Craven Cottage last_img read more

Farce for farce’s sake

first_imgThe cast of Boeing Boeing. (Image: Suzy Bernstein) MEDIA CONTACTS • Theatre on the Bay +27 21 438 3301 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • South African theatre• New Afrikaans film a hit• New Fugard play takes to stage• Opera for and from AfricaChris ThurmanYou have to be in the right mood when you go to the theatre to watch a farce. If you’re grumpy, or angry, or tired, or stressed – or terribly serious for whatever reason – then slapstick comedy, mistaken identities, bawdy puns and caricatured characters are likely to get on your nerves.The counter-argument, of course, is that it’s precisely when you’re feeling low that you need a medicinal dose of silliness: laughter for laughter’s sake has beneficial side-effects. If that’s the case, then it would make sense that farce on the South African stage is a popular phenomenon.After all, South Africans tend to consider themselves a fairly anxious nation – or, to put it differently, life in this country can be anxiety-invoking in ways more extreme than in other corners of the world.This is starting to sound like a terribly boring upper-middle-class gripe. And, when you think about it, isn’t the light escapism of farce a bourgeois indulgence? Laughing at the onstage antics of fictional characters who have their provenance thousands of miles away might make local audience members feel better, but it doesn’t address local problems. It doesn’t help the street child outside the theatre, doesn’t treat the mother with Aids, doesn’t prevent the father from breaking the law.Yet such Marxist moralising isn’t quite an appropriate response either. One of the lessons that South Africa’s artists learned under apartheid was that not every creative impulse can be conscripted to the cause of opposing social ills. This applies to theatre as much as other art forms. As Albie Sachs famously asked in the early days of South Africa’s transition to democracy: “What are we fighting for, if not the right to express our humanity in all its forms, including our sense of fun and our capacity for love and tenderness and our appreciation of beauty?”Again, however, that declaration won’t quite do, because there is no place for sentiment when it comes to matters farcical – love and tenderness and beauty get short shrift. In fact, the absurd world of farce often reflects an unjust cosmos, one in which people lie and cheat and more often than not get away with their deception. The situations in which characters find themselves may be far-fetched, but farce simply reinforces how ridiculously unfair life can be.Viewed like this, farce is not so silly after all: it is simply a distorting mirror that reflects our society in comic extremes. But comic is the key word, because farces always end happily – they offer us a brief respite, a few hours of comfort and consolation.What, you may be wondering, has prompted these reflections? Well, the short answer contains only two words (actually, one word twice over): Boeing Boeing.Boeing Boeing is a farce by French playwright Marc Camoletti, translated into English and first performed in London in the early 1960s. It dates to that era when international air travel was a glamorous affair, symbolised by perfectly coiffed air hostesses whose jet-setting life was much envied and admired.Bernard, the play’s protagonist, has managed to secure himself not one but three air hostesses as fiancées (an arrangement about which they are all ignorant) and he manages to keep up the façade of monogamy with the help of Bertha – his longsuffering, slightly embittered and decidedly melodramatic housekeeper – and a reliable travel timetable, ensuring that his fiancées are never near his Parisian flat at the same time.Things fall apart with the arrival of his bumbling schoolfriend, Robert, whose appearance coincides with the introduction of Boeing jets to the various airlines for which his fiancées work; because the new aeroplane is faster, they no longer follow the old schedule. The result is an entertaining clash of personalities and nationalities, as British Bernard and Robert (with the reluctant aid of French Bertha) try to ensure that the American Gloria, the Italian Gabriella and the German Gretchen don’t meet.Boeing Boeing has been revived many times on stage and screen, but its latest incarnation is specifically South African – the Anglo-European-American dynamic has been preserved, but is given new life by the interpretation of a talented group of local actors. After completing a season at the Montecasino theatre in Johannesburg, the play has now moved to Cape Town’s Theatre on the Bay, where it will no doubt delight Capetonian audiences.As with most farces, this production starts slowly: Robert Fridjhon’s debonair Bernard is complacent in his infidelity as he sends Gloria (Jo Galloway) off to the airport, even though he already faces complaints from Louise Saint-Claire’s Bertha in her over-the-top French accent. With the arrival onstage of Alan Committie in the role of Robert, however, the comedy begins in earnest.Committie is the glue that holds the play together. Robert remains onstage for most of the rest of the play, while the other characters enter and exit from the seven doors surrounding him. Those who have seen his one-man shows will recognise some classic (and no doubt unscripted) Committie-isms interpolated into the action.Nina Lucy Wylde, as Gretchen, and Bronywn Leigh Gottwald, as Gabriella, both reinforce and subvert the national stereotypes associated with their characters – to great effect. Gottwald’s Gabriella is a stern but feisty Alitalia hostess; Wylde’s Gretchen, while demonstrating the Germanic sincerity one might expect of a Lufthansa employee, is also prone to fits of passion and flighty declarations of love.* Boeing Boeing is at the Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town until 5 June.last_img read more

New collaboration takes Africa to Switzerland

first_img5 February 2015The University of Cape Town has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, a leading European university focused on innovation and the natural sciences.The agreement will strengthen a collaboration that will facilitate a two-way exchange of high-level ideas on issues crucial to both continents, including urbanisation, infectious diseases, material science and data-intensive research.African voiceVice-Chancellor Dr Max Price signed the MOU with ETH Zurich in January, en route to the Global University Leaders Forum at Davos. He was the only African university head to be invited.Both platforms have enabled Price to ensure that there is an African voice in global debates around issues such as health and urbanisation, and that international leaders inform research (and teaching) on the continent.Future citiesThere are already useful collaborations in place between the two universities. For instance, in the study of urbanisation, ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Laboratory has a similar interdisciplinary approach to UCT’s African Centre for Cities.Both centres bring together environmental challenges, such as landscape resource consumption, with social development, such as inclusion and housing.Technical engineering is the core of the Future Cities expertise, which would add great value to the work of the ACC, says Professor Danie Visser, the deputy vice-chancellor responsible for research.A hub of major networks in Africa, the ACC is the continent’s leading university-based urban research centre and has become a sought-after research partner.ETH Zurich is where Albert Einstein received his diploma in 1901.Source: UCTlast_img read more

Women of excellence: Ferial Haffajee, champion of media freedom

first_imgTough and tenacious, Ferial Haffajee is one of the most respected and influential women in South African journalism today. Throughout her distinguished career she has fearlessly played her part to advance media freedom, transparency and government accountability.When, at the age of 36, Ferial Haffajee was appointed editor of the Mail & Guardian, she became the first woman to edit a national mainstream newspaper in South Africa.Staff writerThe daughter of garment workers, Ferial Haffajee grew up in Johannesburg and studied English and African literature. She trained at the cadet school of the Weekly Mail, the famous independent anti-apartheid newspaper, and began her career as a cub reporter when the paper became the Mail & Guardian. At 22, Haffajee was on a panel of journalists chosen to interview Nelson Mandela on his release in 1990. Haffajee also has experience as a radio producer and TV reporter at the SABC and was political editor at the Financial Mail.Haffajee worked for the Mail & Guardian throughout her career and in 2004, at 36, was appointed editor. She was the first woman to edit a national mainstream newspaper in South Africa. She steered the M&G to record circulation, while maintaining its reputation for courageous, quality journalism. In 2009, she took on the mammoth task of repositioning the national Sunday paper City Press. It now boasts 1.75-million readers, sets the weekly local news agenda and has a first-rate editorial team.Haffajee was voted one of New African’s 100 Most Influential Africans last year, she has won a Sanlam financial journalism award, was a Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year in 2004 and won the Women in The Media award in 2006.As a board member for the International Press Institute and World Editors’ Forum, Haffajee also takes South Africa’s strong tradition of a free and fearless press to the broader global community.last_img read more

Shoplifting Laws and Presumption of Intent

first_imgIntentional torts such as theft require a finding of intent. However, at times, a finding of intent can be difficult to prove. Generally, it requires a retailer to prove that the alleged shoplifter possessed the mental state necessary to commit theft at the time of the incident.1 Absent a reasonable determination of intent, the retailer can potentially be at risk to exposing itself to various liabilities, including false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, defamation and slander.It is due to this difficult determination that many retailers sometimes choose to err on the side of caution and refrain from detaining a suspected shoplifter. So how can a retailer make a reasonable determination that the suspected shoplifter possesses the intent to commit theft when it is nearly impossible to determine a person’s state of mind? Many states allow for a presumption of intent. This article focuses on those states with shoplifting laws that make it easier for retailers to determine whether the suspected shoplifter had the intention to commit theft by allowing intent to be presumed under certain circumstances.A presumption allows a specific fact to be deemed a reasonable assumption when the fact is based upon the existence of other known or proven facts.2 In states where a presumption is allowed, a retailer has the right to make the assumption that an alleged shoplifter possesses the required mental state to commit theft based upon the existence of other known facts that would give rise to that conclusion. For example, shoplifting laws in some states allow for intent to be presumed as soon as the person exhibits one of the common signs of shoplifting: he or she conceals unpurchased merchandise.3 Arizona and Arkansas allow for the appropriate mental state to be presumed if the person conceals unpurchased merchandise. Nevada permits a presumption of intent if the retailer observes the person concealing merchandise while on its premises and Oklahoma gives rise to that same presumption if the person is observed concealing unpurchased merchandise either on or off its premises.4- Sponsor – Other states allow for a presumption of intent when the suspected shoplifter has concealed merchandise either on his person or on another person. Delaware and New Mexico allow the retailer to presume intent when the person willfully conceals unpurchased merchandise on or within the belongings of his person or another person either on or outside the premises of the store.5Certain states such as Mississippi allow for a presumption of intent to apply to the person who actively conceals merchandise as well as the person who acts in concert with the principal offender.6 Other states require that the person not only conceal merchandise but also pass all points of purchase or exit the store. North Dakota gives rise to a presumption of intent when the person is observed concealing merchandise on or within the belongings of his person or another person and subsequently passing the last point of sale without making any attempt to pay for the concealed merchandise.7When a retailer is unsure as to whether the suspected shoplifter has the intent to commit theft, generally, a safe course of action is to consider all of the facts and circumstances surrounding that particular incident.8 While simply concealing merchandise may not always give rise to a presumption of intent, it will at least give a retailer reasonable grounds to detain the suspected shoplifter in a reasonable manner and for a reasonable length of time for the purpose of investigating whether or not a theft did in fact occur.See Black’s Law Dictionary 369 (3rd pocket ed. 2006)See Black’s Law Dictionary 558 (3rd pocket ed. 2006)ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. § 13-1805; ARK. CODE ANN. § 5-36-102NEV. REV. STAT. § 597.850; OKLA. STAT. tit. 22, § 1343DEL. CODE ANN. tit. 11, § 840; N.M STAT. ANN. § 30-16-22MISS. CODE ANN. § 97-23-93N.D. CENT. CODE § 51-21-02Guijosa v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 6 P.3d 583, 591-93, 101 Wash. App. 777 (2000) aff’d, 32 P.3d 250, 144 Wash. 2d 907 (2001)This article was originally published in 2011 and was updated March 21, 2017.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Enterprise Software 2015: Mobility, Cloud and Open Source

first_imgThe economy is looking up mean that business budgets will likely see healthy growth in the new year.  Forrester is predicting 4 to 6 percent growth for 2015 global IT budgets, reaching $620 billion.  Much of the growth in spending will go towards technology like analytics, mobile, as-a-service, and enterprise applications like ERP and CRM.  The US will lead IT spending, followed by India and the UK.What trends can we expect to see in Enterprise IT in 2015?Mobile  – DataArt Shares predicts that mobile-only or mobile-first policies will begin to win out in many businesses in 2015.  The report notes that “this shift means that companies will need to boost their investments in improving user experience (UX) and simplification, which can make or break user interfacing on mobile devices. In a landscape where it’s easy for consumersto switch to more user-friendly mobile brands, companies will no longer be able to simply port their Web sites to mobile anymore, meaning UX investments will be key for companies looking to remain relevant.”Hybrid Cloud – The hybrid cloud model offers businesses flexibility in managing where data resides, on-premise or remote.  Marc Malizia, CTO of RKON Technologies, said that “the cloud has been a hot topic for a number of years, with companies moving applications to the cloud for speed to execution, lower costs, higher level of service and/or preservation of capital.  As we move into 2015, we are going to see a continued increase in organizations shifting to some form of the cloud. Most will adopt a hybrid model, mixing cloud provider services with their in-house cloud computing platform.”Subscription Pricing – Engin Kirda, cofounder and chief architect, Lastline, said that “competitive pressures and new efficiencies will cause enterprise software pricing to continue to shift further toward subscription models.”Open Source – Ali Ghodsi, co-founder of Databricks, predicts that Open Source will continue to get support from businesses in 2015.  “The Hadoop-related ecosystem is projected to be $25 billion by 2020.  And Spark is now distributed by 10-plus vendors, including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and Teradata, with support for all major BI tools, including Tableau, Qlik and MicroStrategy.”last_img read more

Application inventory, what do you capture?

first_imgUser Description Up to this point I have covered Application inventory as a cost savings initiative followed by a discussion of Application inventory starts with a definition.In our specific implementation, we started with a base set of attributes. Some of those were very obvious while others were necessary for managing some of our base enterprise capabilities.  Items that were only captured in a 1:1 (one-to-one) relationship to any single specific application were: Description Owning Group Status (or state of the implementation) Component/Module Alias (alternate naming; the key to our success) Data Classifications (for information security and control) Manufacturer (if purchased) This was sufficient information for us to move along and begin consolidating data.  As we engaged more and more teams and discovered localized stores of this data, our metamodel expanded to include a few more elements.  Some of these also included associated increase in our own inventory tool capability.  As this capability was implemented we were able to start turning off applications through consolidation (one of our key goals).Additional Items (one-to-one) Interface (consumption and providing) Type (of application) Product Line (for ease of grouping and management) Version Capability Importance (a tiered level detailing the impact to our company) Customer Located External (to Intel) End of Life Tracking (legal and recovery data)center_img Cross-Site Consumption Cost (develop, host, support, license) User Count Additional Items (one-to-many) Customer Country/Region Disaster Recovery Details Contact Hosting Platform Name We also had some 1:M (one-to-many) related attributes which we cataloged in order to further build out the metadata for each instance. Network Ports/Protocol Support Link (to external data) Technology Product Testing (results, for future enterprise releases) Many of them are specific to how we do business inside our company, however, you might find value in some of our learning’s.As I mentioned we discovered pockets of data and some little (and big) applications utilizing some of this data.  It has become increasingly easy to implement an additional module that relates and consumes the data from the larger metamodel.  From an architecture stand-point, we need to be careful not to develop this into a “jack-of-all-trades” application that does everything for everyone.Up to this point we still only capture data (and functionality) that is related to the Application through direct relationship.  As an example, we associate the application to what network port/protocol it uses, but not necessarily the network that is can pass across.  We will capture the hosting platform name but not the specifics of that host.  Instead we rely on interrelated systems to draw the larger picture of the whole enterprise.Are we done?Not even close.  As noted in our Intel Information Technology 2007 Performance Report (page 12), this application and the associated capabilities we are developing is having a big impact.  During 2007 we were instrumental in the end-of-life of over 450 applications.  The metadata we capture and maintain have helped to identity instances of duplicity as well as opportunities where support and consumption have dropped to the point we can turn off the application.In my next entry I will talk about how we were able to use two people resources and build an application in four weeks to solve this problem. Also how that solution has been running non-stop, for fifteen months with no downtime or impact to customers while increasing capability and usability  while doing releases on average of every two weeks.  Future posts will talk about some future enhancements to get us through the next year and the further reduction in application inventory we are charged with.Have you had similar issues at your company? Do you currently have this challenge before you? I’m curious to hear some of those challenges and potential solutions.last_img read more