first_imgSouth Africa took the game to the Brazilians and forced them onto the defensive. The South Americans, though, scored against the run of play to take the lead. After they had clinched third place with a win over Japan, coach Solly Luvhengo told a press conference: “When you work so hard, you always deserve to get something from your hard work. You saw us celebrating on the pitch. But we were not celebrating third position, we were celebrating the results of hard work.” “If we get more time together, these actions will start synchronising themselves and we will get much, much better.” 6 June 2012 While Bafana Bafana struggled against lower-ranked Ethiopia, South Africa’s under-20 football team held their own against the world’s best in an eight-nation tournament which ended in Cape Town on the weekend. The home team had missed out on the final in a penalty shootout against eventual champions Brazil. “I felt we deserved to have been in the final,” Luvhengo said. Semi-finalsAmajita faced a daunting challenge in the semi-finals, taking on five-time under-20 World Cup champions Brazil. However, the hosts were far from intimidated and produced an excellent performance. Ghana, the winner of the World Cup in 2009, were South Africa’s next opponents. “Amajita” finished third after a string of impressive results against very strong opposition, including some of the game’s traditional powerhouses, who have won 11 under-20 World Cup titles between them. Finishing“I’m not happy with the finishing, we must work on that,” he added. “Maybe at some moments we switch off a little bit. That’s expected at youth level, but as a coach you need to keep your players on their toes and keep reminding them. In their third game, coach Solly Luvhengo’s charges took on Nigeria, a country that South Africa has traditionally struggled against at all levels of the game. Brazil went on to lift the title, defeating Argentina 2-0 in the final after extra time. “Sometimes you work hard and you don’t get anything. But I’ll take the bronze medal and build from that.” Top goal scorerStriker Thabani Mthembu scored five times in five matches to lift the Top Goal-Scorer award, while midfielder Snethemba Ngidi was one of three nominees for Player of the Tournament, which ultimately went to Brazil’s Misael Bueno. “It was disappointing not to, but I told the players ahead of the play-off against Japan – go and reward yourselves for your hard work [by picking up a medal]. The game went straight to penalties and after a tense shootout the hosts emerged victors by seven goals to six. Assessing the overall performance of his charges, Luvhengo said: “I’m very happy with the work ethic. I’m very happy with the team spirit. I’m very happy with the chances we are creating. Impressive winPlaying an exciting brand of football once again, Amajita recorded an impressive 2-0 victory over a team that had opened their account with a superb 3-2 win over traditional continental powerhouse Nigeria. Amajita dominated the first half and were rewarded with a two-goal lead. Thembu headed in his second goal of the tournament and Junior Sibande scored after a goalmouth scramble. Although there were no further goals, South Africa continued to impress in the second stanza. Penalty shootout loss Third place playoffBrazil and Argentina were left to contest an all-South American final after the Argentina edged Japan 1-0, leaving Amajita to tackle the Japanese in the playoff for third and fourth places. Mthembu levelled for South Africa only four minutes after the hosts had conceded, but 10 minutes later a defensive error gifted Brazil a second goal. Taking lessons from each match, they showed progress from game to game as they ironed out chinks in their defence and found a cutting edge on attack. With bronze medals up for grabs, Maselaelo Seango put South Africa ahead in the 23rd minute, but Japan scored a goal against the run of play 20 minutes from time to make the final score in the playoff match one-all. South Africa dictated play for most of the contest, but after missing a number of opportunities had to wait until five minutes from time to score the decisive goal. Jerry Mxabo struck the winner, volleying a cross into the back of the Nigerian net to ensure a South African victory and a place in the semi-finals. Argentina, the winner of five of those World Cups, offered a very difficult challenge to South Africa in the host’s first game. The South Americans recorded a 3-1 win, but their coach Marcelo Trobbiani admitted the score-line had flattered his charges. South Africa gave as good as they got in a back-and-forth clash, but Argentina finished better to take the victory. Thabani Mthembu, on as a substitute, netted the home team’s goal. The home team put Brazil under heavy pressure as they sought a winner, but the match went into extra time. South Africa had the better of the chances in extra time, but the game was left to be settled by penalties. Unfortunately for South Africa, they went down four-three from the spot. Amajita pushed hard for an equaliser and after some narrow misses were rewarded eight minutes from time when Mthembu headed in a cross from Junior Sibande. Amajita were certainly one of the most entertaining teams, if not the most entertaining team, in the tournament. Their passing and speed on attack were hallmarks of the side. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img“AI is the new UI. Artificial intelligence (AI) is coming of age, tackling problems both big and small by making interactions simple and smart. AI is becoming the new user interface (UI), underpinning the way we transact and interact with systems. Seventy-nine percent of survey respondents agree that AI will revolutionize the way they gain information from and interact with customers”, Accenture said in a press release.Byron Reese, publisher at GigaOm, said that “AI is not hype and today it is a big deal. AI is delivering the goods today, made possible by Moore’s law, better algorithms and techniques. The big difference today is the vast amount of data that we have. AI is only as good as the data that we can feed it, and today we can do so much more.”80 percent of large enterprise have already made a large investment in Artificial Intelligence, according to a report by Teradata.Atif Kureishy, Vice President at Teradata company, said that “to leverage the full potential of this technology and gain maximum ROI, businesses will need to revamp their core strategies so AI has an embedded role from the data center to the boardroom.”last_img read more

first_img!http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/300*225/plane1.jpg Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have added to their air fleet.They are nw the proud owners of a fighter jet. They purchased a Dornier Alpha Jet like the one pictured. They are storing it in a hangar at Moffett Field in Mountain View.Our news helicopter flew over the hangar and found a closed door, but the control tower confirmed the jet was inside. The New York Times says the plane is outfitted with scientific instruments to help out with NASA missions. The Google founders also own several other jets including a Boeing 757.All of the planes have landing rights at Moffett, which is within a few miles of the Google campus.Brin and Page are not the only Silicon Valley moguls to buy a military plane. Oracle’s Larry Ellison owns several aircraft, including fighter jets. If you click on the video link above you can see raw video of Ellison flying his MiG 29. sourcelast_img read more

first_imgPlaying without suspended star Neymar, Brazil defeated Venezuela 2-1 Sunday in its final group game to reach the Copa America quarterfinals.Thiago Silva scored with a volley in the 9th minute off a perfect delivery from a corner by Robinho – Neymar’s replacement. Roberto Firmino added the second in the 52nd, chipping in a cross from Willian.The loss in Group C eliminated Venezuela, which got an 84th-minute goal from Miku.The final match in qualifying set up the quarterfinal pairings with Chile vs. Uruguay on Wednesday, Bolivia vs. Peru on Thursday, Argentina vs. Colombia on Friday and Saturday’s match pitting Brazil against Paraguay.Barcelona’s Neymar was banned for four games after a 1-0 loss to Colombia on Wednesday. Angry with the defeat, Neymar kicked a ball at a Colombia player, and also appeared to head-butt another player.CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American football, said the referee’s report also showed he insulted the referee after the match and grabbed him by the arms.Asked about Neymar’s absence, Brazil coach Dunga replied: “Any team would miss Neymar, but when you don’t have him, you can’t feel sorry for yourself.”Brazil seemed to play better without Neymar, at least early in the first half. Robinho and Philipe Coutinho, who replaced midfielder Fred, gave Brazil more attacking.After scoring, Silva raced to the sideline and waved to Neymar, who was sitting in the stands – wrapped up under a blue winter cap – and jeered by Venezuela fans on a chilly night in the South American winter.advertisementDunga called the quarterfinal with Paraguay a “very tricky match” and likened it to “a final.” “We have to respect everyone, but we can fear nobody.”Brazil had a couple chances just after Silva’s goal with Robinho and Felipe Luis looking dangerous. But the attack stalled through most of the first half. Willan was stopped by Venezuela keeper Alain Baroja on a point-blank shot in the 39th.Venezuela had its best chance in the 44th when Gabriel Cichero looped a shot from the left which went just wide of the far post.Brazil started the second half quickly. Coutinho had a chance in the first minute with Firmino’s goal minutes later sealing the outcome.Venezuela made it close in the 84th. Brazil keeper Jefferson dived to meet Juan Arango’s free kick, tipping it off the post with Miku heading it home.”We have the feeling we could have given a bit more,” Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente said. “But worrying about it now doesn’t matter.”Five-time World Cup champion Brazil is hoping to recover its reputation in this tournament, still stinging from a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in last year’s World Cup semifinals at home. It has looked ordinary in three group matches in Chile, a shadow of Brazilian teams that were once feared.Brazil still remains a co-favorite with Argentina, with Chile, Colombia and defending champion Uruguay also viewed as contenders.last_img read more