The world is changing and Japan is no exception. The Internet of Things (IoT) – the interconnectedness of our professional and personal technology – is creating IT change at an unprecedented scale. This IT-centric world has the potential to significantly contribute to the work we accomplish and make the future a better place for everyone.In fact, IT megatrends like cloud computing are creating opportunities throughout Japanese industry, especially in light of the country’s commitment to the advancement of core technology and a deep-seated culture of hospitality. Many people do not realize that Japanese businesses are involved in the full spectrum of technology system creation. For example, Apple and Boeing adopt Japanese technologies in many parts of these products.At the same time, there is an intensive focus on the quality of hospitality services throughout the country. This is such a priority culturally-speaking that it was a key aspect of the bid to secure Tokyo as the host for the 2020 Olympic Games.There is a huge opportunity for the Japanese market to innovate and improve on the existing quality of services and systems by driving adoption of the new IT megatrends.I have been in the IT industry for over 30 years and I really feel that this is the most exciting time in my career so far. I have opportunities to meet with customers and EMC business partners on a regular basis. They see the need to redefine their business processes and use this disruptive technology to become even more customer-oriented.For example, Yamaha Motor has been working with us to develop a cloud strategy for their IT infrastructure. IT systems must be rolled out globally. The motorcycle market is mainly in emerging countries and in such cases, the local infrastructure requires more support. By embracing EMC cloud technology, Yamaha’s IT department effectively transformed itself into a provider of IT services, now empowered to accelerate responsiveness and improve the internal service level to the end user.Ultimately, many aspects of implementing innovation based on the megatrends are still being defined. Advances by any IT company, wherever it is based in the world, improve the opportunities for everyone. Personally, I believe Japan will be a key part of the equation.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Manchester United relied on brilliant goalkeeping by David de Gea and a late, opportunistic finish by Wayne Rooney to snatch a 1-0 win at great rival Liverpool yesterday, sparking talk of an unlikely run at the Premier League title. With Arsenal only drawing 0-0 at Stoke a few hours later to return to first place on goal difference above Leicester, United trimmed the gap to the leaders to seven points – with 16 matches still to play in one of the most erratic title races in years. Talk of United even challenging for the title would have been dismissed as fanciful at the end of 2015, when the team was on an eight-game winless run and manager Louis van Gaal’s future looked precarious. Things look very different now. “Our competitors (for the title) have lost points,” said Van Gaal, whose side climbed one place to fifth. “When the gap is like this, seven points, you can overcome that. We started 2016 very good, with a lot of wins and a draw and we didn’t lose. I think this will give a big boost to players, fans, everyone in the environment of Manchester United.” Finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League is the minimum requirement for United and Tottenham are only two points away in fourth place. With Rooney back in the scoring groove, things look much brighter for the 20-time champions. The England captain took his tally for 2016 to five goals in four games by smashing home a volley from close range in the 78th minute after Marouane Fellaini’s header rebounded off the bar. It was United’s first shot on target, with the team indebted to De Gea for keeping the score at 0-0. De Gea produced two excellent saves to deny Emre Can, one with his feet and the other a diving, one-handed stop to his right. Liverpool started without a recognised striker – playing Roberto Firmino alone up front – and while that helped the team dominate midfield, it left them short of firepower. In 19 shots, only four were on target. Ninth-place Liverpool dropped eight points behind Spurs in a damaging blow to their Champions League aspirations. “A lot of the things we did today were good,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “Our finishing wasn’t good.” Goalkeepers were on top at Britannia Stadium, too, with Stoke’s Jack Butland and Arsenal’s Petr Cech getting most of the plaudits after a tight, tense game. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud had early chances in each half, but Butland reacted well to stop an angled shot and then a powerful header. Though chasing possession for much of the second half, Stoke could have taken all three points if not for a superb double save by Petr Cech midway through the second half. Aaron Ramsey also cleared a shot from near the goal-line as Stoke mounted late pressure. Arsenal, missing injured playmaker Mesut Ozil, failed to capitalise on Leicester’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday and dropped four points this week after also drawing at Liverpool on Wednesday. However, a draw at Stoke was welcome to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose team hasn’t won at the Britannia since 2010. “We needed to be strong physically and had a great spirit,” Wenger said. “We fought very hard but couldn’t take our chances. It is a hard-fought 0-0. We have done better than years before at this ground and showed we can fight even when we miss certain players.”
PORTLAND, USA:Omar McLeod’s coach, Douglas Case, was beaming with delight following the athlete’s gold- medal win in the men’s 60m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre yesterday.”I knew the competition was very good, but then I watched him at practice every day and I knew how good he could be, and I hate to say I expected him to win, but I really did. He looked like he could do it in practice, and from everything I saw, he was the guy to beat in reality,” Case told The Gleaner.It was sweet redemption for McLeod after his disappointing sixth-place finish at the outdoor World Championships in Beijing, China, last August.”It’s been a great indoor season. We really tried to have a minimal indoor season. We under- trained and under-raced because it’s a big Olympic year for him and I think he’s got a lot more to come from him this year,” Case added.
A MAN who subjected his then partner to a ‘vicious and very violent onslaught’ has been given a chance to avoid prison.Dean Crockford (32), a former resident of 13 The Hawthorns, Buncrana, was before Letterkenny Circuit Court for assault causing harm to Philomena McInaw at the address on October 6, 2017. Fiona Crawford BL, prosecuting, told the court that Gardai were called to a dispute in the early hours. Ms Crawford said that Gardaí found Ms McInaw with abrasions to her lip and jaw and swelling to her jaw, which were the result of an assault.The court heard that Crockford, who was in a relationship with Ms McInaw for almost five years, kicked the victim ‘out of the blue’ to the upper thigh after they had returned from a trip to Derry with their young daughter. Ms McInaw ordered Crockford to leave the house. Upon his return, Ms McInaw asked Crockford why he had kicked her. In a statement to Gardaí, Ms McInaw said Crockford suddenly punched her to the right eye and got hold of her.Crockford was described as ’steaming’ when he re-appeared. MsMcInaw tripped as she attempted to run out of the house before making her escape into a neighbouring garden.Medical reports noted that McInaw had been elbowed to the face and had suffered a possible loss of consciousness. She had swelling to her lower jaw, an abrasion to her lower lip, swelling and an abrasion on her lower chin. Crockford appeared to Buncrana Garda Station where he admitted the assault.Crockford failed to appear at a subsequent sitting of Buncrana District Court and a European arrest warrant was executed last month. He has been in custody since. Barrister for Crockford, Peter Nolan BL, said his client was anxious to have the matter put behind him. “He knows that it is a serious matter and knows that he shouldn’t have done it,” Mr Nolan, who submitted two references on behalf of his client, said.“He has shown remorse and has apologised. He has a job available and wants to put this behind him.” Crockford, who now works as a scaffolder in England, had stopped maintenance payments following this incident but said he was keen to resume that arrangement.Addressing the court, Crockford, apologised for the incident. “It should never have happened,” said Crockford, who said he wanted to ‘bond again’ with his daughter. Judge John Aylmer said the photographs illustrating Ms McInaw’s injuries ‘speak loudly as to the level of assault suffered’.Judge Aylmer said: “It persisted over a period of time. It was a vicious and very violent onslaught.”The Judge said the case must be marked by a custodial sentence and noted that his starting point for sentencing was a three-and-a-half-year prison term. Noting Crockford’s early plea and his full admissions, Judge Aylmer reduced that to two-and-a-half years.Judge Aylmer took into account Crockford’s guilty plea and that he was before the court without previous or subsequent convictions.Judge Aylmer said that ‘all of the boxes are ticked’ with regard to giving Crockford a second chance, however he expressed concern with the lack of a ‘demonstration of remorse’ from the accused.“That makes me pause and I will give an opportunity to put before the court a concrete demonstration of his remorse,” Judge Aylmer said. The Judge ordered that a sum of at least €7,500 be paid to the victim and he adjourned sentencing for 12 months. Judge Aylmer warned Crockford to have maintenance payments to his former partner up to date.Second chance for man guilty of ‘vicious and very violent onslaught’ on ex-partner was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaDean CrockfordFiona CrawfordJudge John AylmerLetterkenny Circuit CourtPeter NolanPhilomena McInaw
West Indies Players’ Association has thrown its weight behind Chris Gayle in his stand-off with the Cricket Board and questioned the omission of the dashing opener from the one-off T20 International and first two ODIs against India starting on Saturday.West Indies Cricket Board had said that Gayle will have to clear the air regarding an interview in which he had lashed out at the WICB for not bothering about his injury after the World Cup before being considered for selection.WIPA said that Gayle had acted in his private capacity since he had no retainer contract with the Board and was not part of any West Indies squad at the time of the interview.”In this instance, Gayle was acting in a truly private capacity. Additionally, while this information is conveyed via selectors’ notes, the proposed meeting is one of very broad composition encompassing not only the WICB Selectors but WICB management and West Indies team management.”This begs the question as to the type and scope of the meeting being proposed,” WIPA said in a release.WIPA said it would be “examining and evaluating” the WICB’s present and future actions concerning Gayle, particularly in light of his impressive form in the IPL where he returned the highest run scorer with 608 from 12 games, with two centuries despite joining late.Uncertainty remained over Gayle’s participation in the last three ODIs against India as he is yet to respond to WICB’s call to meet with its top brass and sort out the differences in order to be eligible for selection.advertisementAlthough Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are in the 13-man squad for the ODIs, there is no place for Gayle or Jerome Taylor, the other West Indians returning from the IPL.Gayle had claimed in the interview that he had to foot his own bill to seek treatment in London after being injured in the recent World Cup. He also said the WICB did not communicate him before naming a team for the recent home series against Pakistan.-With PTI inputs
Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was not named the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, despite being interviewed for the position more than once. Colts owner Jim Irsay instead chose former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to lead his franchise after Indianapolis finished with a league-worst 2-14 record in 2011. “I really believe Chuck is bringing a toughness, the leadership we need at this point for the franchise,” Irsay said when introducing the new coach Thursday. Tressel interviewed for the Colts’ coaching job twice according to multiple reports. On Monday, former Colts’ coach and current NFL analyst at NBC Tony Dungy said he thought Tressel might land the job. “I think Jim Irsay has his man in mind. It may be Jim Tressel, that’s what I’m hearing,” Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show. Tressel served as a consultant for the Colts during the 2011 season and helped the team make in-game replay decisions. The Colts suspended Tressel until the seventh game of the season because of NCAA violations committed at OSU while Tressel was coach. As a result of the violations, the NCAA issued OSU a one-year bowl ban and a reduction of nine scholarships over three years. Tressel was served with a five-year show-cause penalty for his role in the violations. The penalty means that any NCAA institution that hires Tressel within the next five years could face sanctions.
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate addressed questions about the FBI’s ongoing fraud and bribery investigation in college basketball during Ohio State’s media day Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Ohio State is not implicated in the investigation. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorOhio State men’s basketball players said Wednesday they were aware of the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball corruption, but made clear they hadn’t experienced anything similar to the allegations. Sophomore center Micah Potter said he had not experienced any illegal recruiting and added that former head coach Thad Matta had done things the right way while on the recruiting trail.“It’s definitely unfortunate. I’m glad they found out about it ’cause obviously it’s wrong,” Potter said. “I saw it on social media and then it’s all over ESPN. It’s unfortunate, but I’m glad it got caught.”The college basketball world was rocked Tuesday with the FBI’s announcement of a wide-ranging fraud and bribery scandal involving 10 people, including Power 5 schools, financial advisors and a top Adidas executive. The FBI has subpoenaed employees of Nike’s AAU circuit, EYBL, and documents, according to sports attorney Darren Heitner.Assistant coaches from Auburn, Arizona, Oklahoma State and USC have been charged with fraud, corruption and bribery, among other charges from the ongoing investigation. Ohio State has not been mentioned in the investigation.According to FBI documents, assistant coaches accepted cash bribes to funnel players financial advisors and agents in one scheme, and James Gatto, director of global marketing for Adidas basketball, gave six-figure payments to three individuals to steer those recruits to programs affiliated with the company.Louisville placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on unpaid administrative leave Wednesday after the FBI released evidence that an assistant coach allegedly planned to pay $100,000 to the father of an All-American recruit.Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate would not comment on the investigations because he said he did not have enough details to properly speak on the situation.“There’s always going to be rumors, but for me, personally, I never experienced or seen it with my own eyes, so there’s not really much I can say about it,” Tate said. “But obviously, if the FBI are investigating, things have happened.”The investigation is ongoing and more schools than the aforementioned four could be in hot water as the FBI continues its investigation. Sophomore Andre Wesson also said he experienced no foul play in the recruiting process. He emphasized that he had no concern with the investigations because it did not affect the team.“It’s crazy … I’m not really worried about that,” Wesson said. “I’m just worried about here and Ohio State and what we can do.”