Barrett super as All Blacks thrash Wallabies

first_img0Shares0000New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett converted five of the six All Blacks tries to finish with a match haul of 30 points© AFP MICHAEL BRADLEYAUCKLAND, New Zealand,  Aug 25 – New Zealand’s impressive ability to produce long-range tries from turnover ball and a “special” Beauden Barrett foursome floored Australia at Auckland’s Eden Park on Saturday.The match statistics said the two sides were even but the 40-12 scoreline proved otherwise as the All Blacks wrapped up the Bledisloe Cup for the 16th straight year and stayed on track to defend their Rugby Championship crown. Barrett was the chief architect as he either launched the counter-attacks or produced an uncanny ability to be on hand to finish them off.His four tries and five conversions gave him a match haul of 30 points, an individual New Zealand record against Australia.“We got killed on the turnovers. That pretty much sums up the tale,” said Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.His side held the All Blacks to 7-7 until just before half-time, when the floodgates opened and in five minutes of play either side of the break the All Blacks produced tries to Barrett and Joe Moody.The score stretched to 21-7 and Australia were out of the contest.Overall, the All Blacks outscored the Wallabies six tries to two with four to Barrett and one each to Moody and Liam Squire, while Will Genia and Reece Hodge touched down for Australia.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen called Barrett “a special player”.“He’s been world player of the year for the last two years… you can’t buy experience and you can’t buy moments in the middle and Beauden’s had those and we saw tonight what happens when they all click together.”But the All Blacks razzle-dazzle performance, which left the Wallabies chasing shadows, was not something that can be taught, according to backs coach Ian Foster.“They’re making up some of that stuff by themselves,” he said.“It’s just a great hunger with the team. The mindset to go out and attack means any scraps we got we were able to switch pretty quickly into an attacking mode. Then it’s a matter of not getting too structured with it.”– Poor decision-making –The overwhelming victory means the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup, which they have held since 2003© AFP Saeed KHANWallabies captain Michael Hooper conceded his side had no answer.“It happened very fast. Our ability to get on the same page is the issue,” he said.“They’re doing it better than us. When we turned over the ball, and we turned over plenty of their ball tonight, we weren’t able to capitalise.”Cheika was more blunt and blamed poor decision-making by his side as they chose to drive through the middle with turnover ball rather than go wide and stretch the All Blacks defence.The Wallabies have now lost 22 matches in a row since 2001 in New Zealand and have not won at Eden Park since 1986.© AFPThe overwhelming victory means the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup, which they have held since 2003© AFP Saeed KHANHansen had warned in the lead-up to the Test that the biggest problem facing his world-champion side was the mindset to back up from last week’s blowout 38-13 win in Sydney.But that did not appear an issue in a high-octane performance where they ran at every opportunity.Their two first-half tries were both counter-attack moves from around their own 22-metre mark.Ben Smith won the aerial battle from an Aaron Smith box kick to launch a run that led to Barrett’s first try.Smith was again in the action just before half-time, working with Codie Taylor down the right flank before Barrett finished the move with his second try.The black mark for the All Blacks was their scrum, which did not function as well as they would have wanted with tighthead prop Owen Franks celebrating his milestone 100th Test.But the All Blacks again had the better of the lineouts which satisfied Hansen.“We scored six tries, three of those were off the lineout, so that was an area we wanted to get better at and we got the rewards,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of June 9, 2017

first_imgWere you looking to get a pet banshee from Pandora? Looks like you may have to wait a while. Is this something you are interested in?If you’re went to a Disney park last year, it may have felt quieter than usual. (I don’t know about you, but it sure didn’t seem quieter to me! According to the stats, it was though!)Speaking of attendance, here are some interesting and well thought out theories on why Universal is closing the gap. What do you think about all this?Oh my gosh! Look at how far along the Slinky Dog Dash Coaster is at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This land is going to be opening a lot sooner than I think I was initially thinking!Money takes a look at 10 Secrets to Saving Money at Disney and Universal. Do you use any of these tips or have another great one you want to share?This week, Disney closed a FastPass+ loophole. Does this impact you?Holy cow! Travel + Leisure broke down and made a list ranking every single Walt Disney World attraction. What came in as number one? Guess you’ll have to read to find out. Do you agree with their assessment?I think I’m going to have to change my Apple Watch face….At the Disney Parks, you can now get light up cotton candy! What?! How awesome is this?!Want to know what other food item people are loosing their minds over? It’s Groot Bread. (Not gonna lie, if this was available at Walt Disney World while I was there for Memorial Day Weekend, I would have bought it!)Did you see the new preview for the upcoming Disney Channel show “Raven’s Home“? Who else will be watching this one? (It premieres on July 21 after Descendants 2!)Meet the cast of characters for the upcoming Pixar film, Coco. (PS: the poster is really cool.)Want to get your first glimpse at Mary Poppins Returns? EW has it!Wow! This is cool! Take a look at how Dan Stevens actually performed as The Beast in Beauty and the Beast. I didn’t realize all the work they put into this, so this really is astonishing to see!Who says you can’t learn anything at Universal? Thanks to this video series, you can learn about some of the science behind their attractions. The More You Know….Looking to attend Halloween Horror Nights? Tickets are now on sale!Are you looking forward to seeing Despicable Me 3? Well, now you can see one of the new characters from the film in the Superstar Parade.Take a unique look at the upcoming and innovative Adventura Hotel! Are you looking forward to experiencing this new hotel?We have new info about Fast & Furious: Supercharged now, including the fact that this attraction will feature the new Virtual Line queuing system.In Case We Missed It What did we miss? Attach your ideas to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!Wow….I know that summer hasn’t even officially happened, but does any one else feel like it’s already whizzing by? I feel like before I know it, I’ll be back to buying Halloween candy and well, pumpkin everything. Better make sure I enjoy things while I can!This week, we get to learn some money saving tips, see which treats are totally Instagram favorites, and learn more about Universal’s next attractions. Oh, plus a lot of other really great tidbits too! There’s so much great news this week! What did you miss?In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumorslast_img read more

Rail expansion ‘to boost SA economy’

first_img5 February 2014 The upgrading and expanding of South Africa’s rail network will relieve the burden on the roads, significantly increase the country’s export capacity and stimulate further investment and job creation, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. Speaking at a briefing in Pretoria on Monday, Gigaba said a total of 6 405 kilometres of rail would be replaced on South Africa’s general freight, coal and ore lines, increasing the country’s freight capacity by 149.7-million tonnes. “Existing logistics corridors will be expanded and new ones will be established, and 1 317 new locomotives and 25 000 new wagons will be procured [over the next five years],” he said. “We will be able to increase our exports of coal by over 50%. Our ability to move general freight on rail will have more than doubled in capacity, and Transnet’s container handling capacity will increase by 75%.”Catalysts for further investment, employment Gigaba said that state-owned companies were acting as catalysts for additional investment in the economy. Infrastructure development was a critical stimulant, Gigaba said, with Eskom planning to invest over R500-billion in the economy over the next five years, and Transnet set to invest over R300-billion over a seven-year period. State-owned companies falling under the Department of Public Enterprises invested R53-billion in the economy three years ago, Gigaba said; this year they would be investing over R113-billion – an increase of over 100%. “Our infrastructure state-owned companies are already key providers of employment, and with the additional infrastructure capacity that will be built, [they] will become even more important sources of employment.” By 2017, he said, Transnet alone would support the direct and indirect employment of approximately 30 000 people. The company had also secured R175-million from the Department of Higher Education and Training to recruit and train 1 000 learners to study maritime engineering. “State-owned companies are playing a leading role in skills development and will be investing over R2.8-billion in the current financial year,” he added. “Over the last year, more than 16 000 learners were trained in scarce and critical learning programmes within state-owned companies of the DPE.” Also addressing Monday’s briefing, outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dame said the power utility was “serious about helping black business to bloom”, and that Eskom had “finalised the structure of a fund for developing mines to assist emerging black miners”. Gigaba added: “By 2015, we will ensure that over 50% of coal for Eskom comes from black miners.” Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

5 Document Collaboration Tools for the iPad

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Continuing our series on iPad apps for work, today we’ll look at document collaboration tools for the iPad.First of all, the iPad isn’t great for this. As Instapaper creator Marco Arment, wrote recently: “The iPad isn’t really a great ‘office productivity’ device, in the traditional PC sense. It can be used that way in some cases, but it’s rarely the best tool for the job.” That said, there are a few apps that enable you to view, edit and share documents using the iPad.With one exception, we decided to keep this list limited to apps that have editing and sharing capabilities, so certain popular apps like Dropbox, GoodReader and WatchDox weren’t included.Box klint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… We’ve covered MangoSpring‘s MangoSuite a few times in the past. This is the one that doesn’t support document editing. You can download, upload and view documents. But you’ll need to use another editor, like Pages or QuickOffice, to edit your documents. So why did we include it?Because you can leave comments, have real time chats and get notifications about document changes from within the application. These are excellent features for collaboration, so we think it’s worth noting.QuickOffice Related Posts QuickOffice is a popular mobile office suite. It works with Google Docs, Dropbox, Huddle and other file sharing platforms and can share files on Slideshare, Scribd and Docstoc.Which One is Best? iWork is Apple’s own iPad-optimized document suite: Pages, Numbers and Keynote.iWork is obviously very Apple-centric, but it can save in Microsoft Office formats, and you can share files to the public Web via iWork.com for maximum compatibility.MangoSuite Box recent released a new version of its file sharing and document collaboration app for iPad. Box gives you 5GB of storage space for free, as well as tools for editing documents and commenting on them.Google Docs Tags:#enterprise#mobile IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Google added editing features for its mobile version last year and it works well on the iPad. You can check out our hands-on test of it here.The downside is that you won’t have offline access to your documents, but it does use HTML5’s offline storage feature to avoid losing work in case you lose a signal.iWork 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Turbo-Charging the Software Defined Infrastructure

first_imgToday, I’d like to take a peek at what’s around the corner, so to speak, and put the spotlight on a new and exciting area of development. We’ve spent some time in this blog series exploring Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) and its role in the journey to the hybrid cloud. We’ve looked at what’s possible now and how organisations early to the game have started to use technologies like orchestration layers and telemetry to increase agility whilst driving time, cost and labour out of their data centres. But where’s it all going next?One innovation that we’re just on the cusp of is server disaggregation and composable resources (catchy, huh?). As with much of the innovation I’ve spoken about during this blog series, this is about ensuring the datacentre infrastructure is architected to best serve the needs of the software applications that run upon it. Consider the Facebooks*, Googles* and Twitters* of the world – hyper-scale cloud service providers (CSPs), running hyper-scale workloads. In the traditional Enterprise, software architecture is often based on virtualisation – allocating one virtual machine (VM) to one application instance as demand requires. But, what happens when this software/hardware model simply isn’t practical?This is the ‘hyper-scale’ challenge faced by many CSPs. When operating at hyper-scale, response times are achieved by distributing workloads over many thousands of server nodes concurrently, hence a software architecture designed to run on a ‘compute grid’ is used to meet scale and flexibility demands. An example of this is the Map Reduce algorithm, used to process terabytes of data across thousands of nodes.However, along with this comes the requirement to add capacity at breath-taking pace whilst simultaneously achieving previously unheard of levels of density to maximise on space usage. Building new datacentres, or ‘pouring concrete’, is not cheap and can adversely affect service economics for a CSP.Mix-and-Match Cloud ComponentsSo, what’s the ‘The Big Idea’ with server disaggregation and composable resources?Consider this: What if you could split all the servers in a rack into their component parts, then mix and match them on-demand in whatever configuration you need in order for your application to run at its best?Let me illustrate this concept with a couple of examples. Firstly, consider a cloud service provider with users uploading in excess of 50 million photographs a day. Can you imagine the scale on which infrastructure has to be provisioned to keep up? In addition, hardly any of these pictures will be accessed after initial viewing! In this instance, the CSP could dynamically aggregate, say, lower power Intel® Atom™ processors with cheap, high capacity hard drives to create economically appropriate cold storage for infrequently accessed media.Alternatively, a CSP may be offering a cloud-based analytics service. In this case, the workload could require aggregation of high performance CPUs coupled with high bandwidth I/O and solid state storage – all dynamically assembled, from disaggregated components, on-demand.The Infinite Jigsaw PuzzleThis approach, the dynamic assembly of composable resources, is what Intel terms Rack Scale Architecture (RSA).RSA defines a set of composable infrastructure resources contained in separate, customisable ‘drawers’. There are separate drawers for different resources – compute, memory, storage – like a giant electronic pick-and-mix counter. A top-of-rack switch then uses silicon photonics to dynamically connect the components together to create a physical server on demand. Groups of racks – known as pods – can be managed and allocated on the fly using our old friend the orchestration layer. When application requirements change, the components can be disbanded and recombined into infrastructure configuration as needed – like having a set of jigsaw puzzle pieces that can be put together in infinite ways to create a different picture each time.Aside from the fun of all the creative possibilities, there are a lot of benefits to this type of approach:Using silicon photonics, which transmits information by laser rather than by physical cable, means expensive cabling can be reduced by as much as three times1.Server density can be increased by 1.5x and power provisioning reduced by up to six times1.Network uplink can be increased by 2.5x and network downlink by as much as 25 times1.All this means you can make optimal use of your resources and achieve granular control with high-level management. If you want to have a drawer of Intel Atom processors and another of Intel Xeon processors to give you compute flexibility, you can. Want the option of using disk or SSD storage? No problem. And want to be able to manage it all at the pod level with time left over to focus on the more innovative stuff with your data centre team? You got it.Some of these disaggregated rack projects are already underway. You may, for instance have heard of Project Scorpio initiatives in China, and Facebook’s Open Compute Project.All this is a great example of how the software-defined infrastructure can help drive time, cost and labour out of the data centre whilst increasing business agility, and will continue to do so as the technology evolves. Next time, we’ll be looking into how the network fits into SDI, but for now do let me know what you think of the composable resource approach. What would it mean for your data centre, and your business?1 Improvement  based on standard  rack  with 40 DP servers, 48  port ToR switch, 1GE downlink/server and 4 x10GE uplinks,  Cables: 40 downlink and 4 uplink vs . rack with 42 DP servers, SiPh patch panel, 25Gb/s downlink, 100Gb/s uplink, , Cables: 14 optical downlink, and 1 optical uplink. Actual improvement will vary depending on configuration and actual  implementation.Tests document performance of components on a particular test, in specific systems. Differences in hardware, software, or configuration will affect actual performance. Consult other sources of information to evaluate performance as you consider your purchase.  For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit http://www.intel.com/performanceOpens in a new window.last_img read more