Pochettino was unimpressed that Spurs took so long to rouse themselves against their fired-up Welsh opponents who deservedly led this match through a 38th-minute goal from Irish striker Padraig Amond.It almost led to Spurs losing their first match since December 16, until England striker Kane’s 30th goal of the season ensured a Wembley replay.“The team didn’t show they wanted to get into the next round, which was disappointing,” said Pochettino.Spurs have won plaudits for the attacking football they have played under their Argentinian manager in recent seasons but the hard fact is that it is 10 years since the north London club, eight-times FA Cup winners, last lifted a major piece of silverware — the League Cup.“It’s easy to say we want win trophies, but we missed a massive opportunity today to show we wanted it,” said Spurs manager Pochettino. “I hope we have learned today that we have to fight to win things.“I heard the FA Cup was magic and today you didn’t see any difference between a team in the Premier League and League Two.”– ‘Missed opportunity’ –The former Southampton boss added: “We need to realise if we want to do something special we can’t miss the opportunity. Why did we have to wait until the end of the game to fight?“If you fight from the beginning of the game you can show your quality.”A year ago, Pochettino was kept in the FA Cup by a 97th-minute goal from Son Heung-Min as Spurs overcame Wycombe Wanderers 4-3 at White Hart Lane.This time he had to introduce the South Korean from the bench, as well as bring on England midfielder Dele Alli, in order to turn the tide.“I am relieved to be going away with a draw, they were superb, full credit to them (Newport),” said Pochettino.“We started to play and grow in the second half, but we are happy we have a replay and to stay in the competition. We cannot use the pitch as an excuse, we need to look at us.”He added: “We were aware about how Newport play, they are very athletic with quality. We couldn’t match this level.“The key was to match them in motivation, style and fight and we lost every challenge in the first half.”– ‘Proud’ –Newport manager Mike Flynn paid tribute to his team, who are a full 72 places behind a Tottenham side that are fifth in the Premier League.“They are a fantastic group of players and they gave me their all,” said Flynn. “I’m gutted for them that Spurs scored so late, but they’ve made me the proudest manager in the country right now.“I could have been selfish and tried to be the hero and gone for it (a win) but I would never jeopardise the finances. We had to get focussed, it was the only mistake we made all day and we got punished for it.“It’s incredible, I’m proud of everything we’ve achieved. I don’t get carried away, but speaking to Mauricio Pochettino was an eye opener, he’s a class act.“If the replay is anything like the second half then I’m not relishing it. But I’ve got every confidence in my players because they’ve been magnificent from day one.“Days like this are huge for clubs like us and keep you ticking over. We turnover £2.2 million a year as a football club, but this (FA Cup) run will give us an excess of £700,000.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was unimpressed that his side took so long to rouse themselves against fourth-tier Newport County © AFP / Glyn KIRKNEWPORT, United Kingdom, Jan 28 – Mauricio Pochettino questioned his Tottenham Hotspur players’ appetite for the fight after were nearly knocked out of the FA Cup by fourth-tier Newport County.The Spurs manager was angered by his side’s attitude during their fourth-round tie at Rodney Parade on Saturday where they were indebted to an 82nd-minute goal from Harry Kane that salvaged a 1-1 draw.
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31 August 2004South Africa added two more silvers to its medal tally as the Athens Olympics concluded, to finish with six medals in all, an improvement of one over Sydney in 2004.In the last three days of competition Hestrie Cloete and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi ended second in the high jump and 800 metres respectively. Given the two athletes’ form going into the competition, the first result was a minor disappointment, the second a major triumph.Cloete outclassed on the nightCloete came up against Yelena Slesarenko who, coming into the competition, was tied with her for the highest clearance in the world in 2004 of 2.04 metres.Paralympic Team SA rocks! – It was a case of saving the best for last as Zanele Situ, who successfully defended the javelin title she won in Sydney four years ago, was awarded the Whang Youn Dai Overcome prize at the close of the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.The South African, though, entered the event with all the qualifications to make her the gold medal favourite. She was the IAAF’s female athlete of the year in 2003. She was also unbeaten in Golden League competitions in 2004.Both jumpers started out beautifully, clearing on their first six attempts, from 1.89 metres all the way through to 2.02 metres. Cloete then experienced her first failure at 2.04 metres. Slesarenko immediately put the pressure on with a comfortable clearance.Cloete lined up her next jump with determination etched on your face. She charged hard at the bar, but got her run-up wrong and had to duck under the bar, costing her a jump and leaving her with only one more attempt.The two-time world champion decided to move the bar up by two centimetres for her final jump to 2.06 metres, equal to her lifetime best. It was a brave decision, but it didn’t come off as Cloete again failed to clear.Ironically, when Slesarenko went over first time at 2.06 metres she did what Cloete had done when she won the World Championships in 2003 – first-time clearances all the way to 2.06 metres.Mulaudzi puts troubles behind himMbulaeni Mulaudzi’s silver in the 800 metres came as something of a surprise, despite the fact that for most of 2004 he was ranked number one in the world. He had struggled with illness and injury in the lead-up to the Athens Games, and as a result his form was not what it might have been.Nonetheless, he booked his place in the final with two decent runs in the heats and semi-finals. Hezekiel Sepeng, the silver medal winner in the fastest Olympic 800 metres final in history in Atlanta in 1996, also went through as the second of the fastest losers.In the final Mulaudzi put all his trials and tribulations behind him to move up one position from the third place he had achieved at the World Championships in Paris last year to capture silver.Russia’s Yuri Borzakovskiy snatched gold in 1:44.45, while Mulaudzi out-kicked world record holder Wilson Kipketer to finish second in 1:44.61 to the 1:44.65 of the great Dane. Sepeng finished sixth. Update 5 – So close for Van CollerUpdate 4 – SA’s first rowing Olympic medalUpdate 3 – Archer, beach volleyballers shineUpdate 2 – Schoeman bags another medalUpdate 1 – SA swimmers stun the world Relay disasterOther South African competitors were less successful. The men’s 4x400m relay failed to finish in the heats for the final after a botched baton change.Arnaud Malherbe, a member of the quartet, reckoned fellow team member Hendrick Mokganyetsi said the baton was knocked out of his hand by a Russian athlete at the first handover. Mokganyetsi ran back to pick the baton up, but then decided not to continue as the rest of the teams had already roared on by.Bright future for Sandler16-year old Stephanie Sandler failed to qualify for the all-round competition of the rhythmic gymnastics competition. However, her showing of twenty-second overall was more than decent, especially considering her young age. Sandler still has plenty of time to improve, develop, and learn, and better things can be expected of her in the future.Hockey: three greats retireSouth Africa’s women’s hockey team ended their tournament on a high, edging out Spain 4-3 in extra time to finish in ninth place. The final placing was a disappointment because the side failed to play to its potential in some games. That was emphasised when Germany won gold against the Netherlands; earlier in the competition South Africa had outclassed the Germans 3-0.The South African men’s team finished tenth after another tough loss, as had been the case throughout much of the tournament. Facing Great Britain, Craig Jackson and company went one goal down in the forty-third minute, but just two minutes later Greg Nicol leveled the scores at one-all.Neither team was able to break the impasse. With that, the match ultimately moved into penalty strokes and Great Britain emerged 4-3 winners from the spot.The match also brought to an end the careers of three of South Africa’s greatest hockey players ever. Gregg Clark retired as the country’s most capped player of all time, having reached the 250-Test mark in Athens.Captain, Craig Jackson, who reached 200 caps at the Olympics, also called it a day, while Greg Nicol, too, decided to call it quits after an extraordinary career. In 200 matches he scored almost 250 goals, a record good enough to qualify him as one of the all-time greats.Fighters: another dayDuncan Mahlangu failed to move beyond the preliminary round of the 68-kilogram category in the Taekwondo competition, going down to Gabriel Sagustume of Guatemala. He could have had another opportunity to move on had Sagastume won his next bout, but when he lost Mahlangu’s Olympic competition was over.Wrestler Shaun Williams was eliminated when he suffered defeats to the other two men in his 55-kilogram elimination pool. Bulgaria’s Velikov Radoslav easily beat the South African 13-2, but it was tight against China’s Zhengyu Li, who claimed a 5-4 victory. Interestingly, Li went on to defeat Radoslav.Finally, the marathonThe final event of the Olympics, as is traditional, was the marathon, run over a hilly course. Early on South Africa’s trio of Hendrick Ramaala, Ian Syster, and Gert Thys looked strong, running up at the front of the race and setting the pace.However, that strong running signaled only a false dawn as both Syster and Ramaala fell out, with Thys going on to finish in sixteenth place.SA’s Olympic medal winnersGoldMen’s 4x100m freestyle relay team (Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend, Ryk Neethling) in a world record 3:13.17SilverHestrie Cloete – women’s high jump, 2.02 metresMbulaeni Mulaudzi – men’s 800 metres, 1:44.61Roland Schoeman – men’s 100 metres freestyle, 48.23BronzeDonovan Cech / Ramon Di Clemente – men’s rowing pairs, 6:33.40Roland Schoeman – men’s 50m freestyle, 22.02 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
29 September 2008South African cellular operator Vodacom has launched three new Vodacom Speaking Phones to make cellular communication accessible to people who are blind or partially sighted.“Vodacom is proud to be the first operator in South Africa to increase accessibility to cellular communication products and services in line with our specific needs initiative launched in 2004,” Vodacom Group chief communications officer Dot Field said in a statement earlier this month.Text-to-speech software is loaded onto the Vodacom Speaking Phones that converts the information displayed on the cellphone screen to speech, including text messages and contacts.The software also enables the user to check other information, including battery life and signal strength. Speaking phones are available on Vodacom Contract-, Top Up- and Prepaid packages and are available at participating Vodacom approved outlets.“Vodacom Speaking Phone users will not pay extra for the text-to-speech software as Vodacom has subsidised this cost,” said Field.Specific needsAccording to the statement, the focus of the specific needs initiative was accessibility: access to the company, access to information and access to Vodacom’s products and services for all.Karen Smit, a senior specialist for specific needs and employment equity at Vodacom Group and a disabled Vodacom employee herself, highlighted the need for such products and services within the cellular industry:“We are proud to be the pioneers of this service in South Africa, and on the continent as a whole,” she said. “At Vodacom, accessibility is always top of mind and as a disabled person I understand how important independence, accessibility and mobility is.”Vodacom will also continue to offer the “voice bill” service which allows visually impaired or blind customers access to their itemised billing electronically through reader software on their computers.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
sarah perez Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Trends#twitter#web You can get paid to tweet. Average, non-celebrity users are making some decent pocket change using Twitter ad services like Twittad, Magpie, Sponsored Tweets, and Ad.ly. And while reports of $10,000 tweets abound, average users are pulling in much smaller amounts, usually three figures at most. But aren’t these programs rewarding scam artists who boost their follower count through artificial means or sneak in ads that look like regular tweets? Surprisingly, for the most part, the answer is no. This is part 2 of a two part series on paid tweets. See part 1 here. Paid Tweets: Not a Gold Rush for Most UsersJanet Thaeler only has around 7400 followers on Twitter which puts her far from celebrity status. Occasionally she’ll tweet a relevant ad to her engaged followers, averaging around two per month. They’ve never brought her big bucks, though. The most she’s ever been paid is $20 per tweet. Tim Kissane is in a similar boat. With only around 6000 followers, he’s not tweeting to a massive crowd. The least he’s been paid is $2 per tweet; the most is $38.50. Tim says that none of the services he’s tried, which include Sponsored Tweets, Magpie and Twittad have earned him any “significant revenue” and dubs his payouts “chump change.” Tim says that’s he’s disappointed with the services. “Unless I drop my price significantly, I will receive no offers,” he laments. “For instance, Twittad estimates my ad value as ~$471/month.” However, “the few offers I get average $8-$12/week. And even those are scarce.”But perhaps Tim, like many others, was expecting paid tweets to serve as a steady source of secondary income when it is, in reality, no more than the Twitter equivalent of an online display ad similar to those you would see on someone’s blog. In fact, that’s the very model that Ad.ly hopes to reproduce with their system. Instead of promoting the whole “conversational marketing” mumbo-jumbo which purports that people will buy from companies their friends recommend, Ad.ly says their system is the Twitterized version of the already successful display ad model. As with bloggers hosting ads on their site, Ad.ly thinks that Twitter users should be able to monetize their content too. However, unlike display ads, Twitter CTRs (clickthrough rates) are much, much higher. Five times the industry average, says Ad.ly CEO Sean Rad.Other Twitter advertising companies report similar high levels of engagement. Magpie even claims their average clickthrough is the unheard of 2%. Twittad says their click to conversions (aka “call to action”) is well above 8-10%.Rewarding Engagement, Not Just Numbers A consistent factor among the majority of the companies is the use of systems and algorithms that take into account not just raw follower counts, but the engagement levels of those followers. Ad.ly’s algorithms, for example, look at the quality of someone’s followers to determine what prices to pay. Too many spammers and bots following you and the payout goes down. And if you’re a spammer – in other words, tweeting out too many ads yourself – the price goes down even further. So far, in fact, that you probably won’t even find using their system worthwhile. Magpie and Sponsored Tweets, too, say follower counts are not how they determine success. Twittad’s formula also looks beyond follower counts to see how active a certain Twitterer is before determining their payout amount. In other words, you can’t simply turn on auto-follow via a third party service and boost your follower count to high levels and then expect to start earning money. Only real, engaged users communicating to a real, engaged following are rewarded via these programs. Disclosure: Are Ads Sneaking into Your Stream?Another surprise is how strict many of the companies are about following the rules of disclosure – that is, making sure tweets are labeled as ads in some way, shape or form. Each company involved has their own method for this, however, some are more obvious than others. Magpie requires their users to choose between #ad, #advert, #sponsor, etc. until a definitive recommendation from either the FTC or WOMMA (Word of Mouth Marketing Assoc.) is established. Sponsored Tweets uses a disclosure engine that makes their users choose from a set of options, too, which includes #ad and many others. Ad.ly users have “(ad)” placed in their tweets for them and, even better, their ad messages can’t be rewritten by their users – the system automatically sends out the tweets, disclosure and all. Twittad, on the other hand, doesn’t require disclosure but uses a “sponsor URL” of http://spon.in. Click through on any Twittad link and a banner at the top of the page appears reading “providing disclosed sponsorship in updates.” However, there are still ways around some of these disclosure systems. For example, prolific Twitterer John Chow notes that with Sponsored Tweets, you can reword the ad however you want. Since they allow you to use “brought to you by” as one of the disclosure mechanisms, you could write: “Hey guys! I found this great $1.99 web hosting deal bought to you by bluehost. Go check it out. URL” and get away with it. This tricky workaround to the disclosure requirements, not too mention the various methods employed by the companies to meet disclosure requirements, are one main area that needs improvement. Consistent guidelines for paid tweeting should be established and adhered to by all companies involved. Without standards, it’s a lot easier to mistake an ad for a regular tweet if you’re not paying careful attention. Companies are Paying, but Issues RemainDespite the grumblings in the Twitter community about how paid tweets will start mucking up the stream, advertisers haven’t been afraid to get on board and give pay-per-tweet ads a shot. The Twitter ad companies have all worked with major brands including Sears Holdings (Twittad), Hershey’s (Magpie), Sony Playstation (Magpie), LG (Sponsored Tweets), Volvo (Sponsored Tweets), Talbots (Sponsored Tweets), Sony Electronics (Ad.ly), Ralph Lauren (Ad.ly), Bing (Ad.ly) and Bookrenter.com (Ad.ly), just to name a few.Still, not everyone is happy with their results. Deborah Blake with IntroSpectrum has just started using Sponsored Tweets and Magpie. With Google AdWords, she’s seeing right around $.50 CPC (cost-per-click) but through Magpie she’s seeing about $3 CPC. Sponsored Tweets is about the same, she says. Also, Magpie reports 0.65% CTR for the campaign, but the company’s own analytics indicate a much lower rate. She can’t be sure if their internal analytics are missing some clicks or if Magpie is over-estimating, though. However, the CTR is much lower than Magpie’s claimed average of 2%. However, even Blake is willing to give the Twitter ad agencies the benefit of the doubt. “I want to emphasize…this is a pretty small sample size so far, and besides that our AdWords campaigns have been optimized over the course of many months…,” she notes. “We can’t draw any firm conclusions yet, but my expectations are that quality traffic through Twitter advertising will be significantly higher cost than traditional online channels.”In the end, it’s probably still too soon for advertisers to truly get a grip on whether the quality traffic from Twitter ads is worth the price. While it’s one thing to track clickthroughs and conversions, it’s much harder to track the positive or negative feelings generated by ads that may impact sales further down the road. For now, though, it seems some advertisers are willing experiment, some Twitter users are willing to tweet for pay and surprisingly, some Twitter users are willing to follow those that do. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Of course, I think all of us were surprised. But maybe, it shows that our hard work is paying off,” Lastimosa said in Filipino. “We’ve been adjusting in the past two conferences, but with the veterans coming in, we’re slowly getting our groove.”The changes have been evident, especially on Sunday when NLEX fought back from a 10-point deficit with eight minutes to play and pulled off a 95-91 squeaker over Phoenix to stay unbeaten.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLastimosa is one of the big reasons for the Road Warriors’ come-from-behind victory, triggering the late push as he poured in 11 of his 14 points in the payoff period.The 26-year-old slasher said the team is imbibing Guiao’s no-quit attitude. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Creamline rallies past Perlas to sweep PVL elims “Our attitude comes from coach Yeng, that we won’t give up. Fortunately, we had a good showing in the fourth quarter and we’re able to get the win,” he said.And that may really be the biggest takeaway from this scintillating stretch for NLEX that after two conferences, the team is finally forming in the same mold as the old Guiao teams in the past.But Lastimosa would rather not get too far ahead of himself as the Road Warriors seek to achieve more than just match their total wins in the past two conferences.“We’re not yet satisfied. We still have to prove ourselves to the stronger teams. There’s still a lot of games and we can still get eliminated early. So it’s important that we sustain this,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Yeng Guiao may have his reservations when it comes to NLEX’s 4-0 start, but Carlo Lastimosa is convinced that the Road Warriors are no fluke.But he wouldn’t deny that even he is surprised with how cohesive NLEX has been so far in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments