Callum Hudson-Odoi told to stay and learn from ‘best teacher’ Zola at Chelsea

first_img“He can be a little bit more patient, but eventually the boy needs to see that he will be regularly playing, and that is the most important thing.“And another worry for him will probably be that the last player who really had a regular place in the Chelsea team from the academy was John Terry, and before him it was probably Jody Morris, and that was a long while ago.”Listen back to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above Zola wants the English youngster to stay Callum Hudson-Odoi has been urged to stay at Chelsea by club legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, amid links with a move to Bayern Munich.The 18-year-old forward has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from the Blues and has requested to move to Germany, having become frustrated over his lack of first-team opportunities.The Blues academy graduate made his senior breakthrough towards the end of last season, but has only made 11 appearances this term – with just two of them coming in the Premier League.Hudson-Odoi showed Chelsea a glimpse of what they could be missing with a fine goal in Sunday’s 3-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday, which was greeted by chants of ‘we want you to stay’ from home fans. Assistant boss Gianfranco Zola has told the 18-year-old to stay and bide his time at the club, with 30-year-old wingers Willian and Pedro both approaching the twilight of their careers.And Hasselbaink has now joined the rabble urging Hudson-Odoi to remain at Stamford Bridge, saying he will find no better coach in the world than fellow Chelsea icon Zola.“I hope he stays, I really hope he stays,” the former striker told Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I can understand that he’s afraid of not getting regular football because the pathway at Chelsea in the past has not been great for young players.“So I understand if he’s a little bit concerned about that.“But he’s 18-year-old and he’s with one of the best coaches in the world. I know Gianfranco very well, I knew him as a player and there couldn’t be a better coach than Gianfranco. 2 2 Hudson-Odoi showed tremendous touch and skill for his goal in the FA Cup last_img read more

Solving the Mobile Video Optimization and Monetization Conundrum

first_imgCloud virtualization of high density, general purpose computing hardware across multiple applications. Get a sneak preview of the demoOpens in a new window and register to meet us at MWCOpens in a new window. See you in Barcelona!Sven Freudenfeld is responsible for Business Development for the Communications Product Business Unit at Kontron focusing on the telecom and cloud vertical markets. Sven possess more than 15 years experience in voice, data, and wireless communications, having worked extensively with Nortel Networks in Systems Engineering, Sanmina-SCI in Test Engineering, and Deutsche Telekom in Network engineering. He previously held the position as President of the Communication Platform Trade Association and is currently an active member of PICMG’s xTCA marketing work group. Sven holds an electrical engineering degree from Germany. A high performance Big Data platform that cuts processing time by more than half, enabling rapid analysis of video traffic data for new insights driving optimization and monetization. Leveraging high density computing for cost-effective optimization, high performance analytics, and next-generation NFV evolutionBy Sven Freudenfeld, Director, Business Development, Telecom-Cloud, KontronEverybody’s talking about the exponential growth of video and its impact on network capacity and subscriber quality of experience. The thing is, nobody’s really solved the problem in a cost-effective and comprehensive way – until now.  We won’t bore you with market statistics and forecasts, since you probably live them. Instead, let’s chat about the real problems you face.The trend is foretelling: service providers and cable operators are competing for the same customer base who want the convenience of being platform and location independent. This in turn forces operators to make difficult decisions on how to balance content delivery with the available compute and bandwidth resources. Multi-screen reduces subscriber churn, but does not come for free.Previously, mobile service providers had to manage low-bitrate, low-resolution content across their networks, including multimedia messaging services (MMS) and multimedia broadcast multicast services (MBMS). With the advent of OTT video they now have to deliver HD content across bandwidth constrained pipes. Conversely for cable operators, the management and delivery of high-bitrate HD content (and now Ultra HD) is part of their DNA. However, the delivery of high quality video across unmanaged, bandwidth-constrained networks presents a challenge most cable operators are unfamiliar with.Problem #1: Current mobile video optimization solutions are inadequate. The business case for optimization is suspect because transcoding is an expensive operation. Purpose build solution cost and scalability are major concerns, and vendors are challenged to deliver. What technology fits best to repurpose elements to provide more flexibility in the deployment of video optimization.Problem #2: The real goal of operators is not just to manage the OTT traffic more effectively, but to find ways to monetize it. However, most operators suffer from the inability to truly make monetization decisions because they lack an understanding of the traffic, the quality with which it’s delivered, and the subscriber behaviors driving it.Problem #3: On top of the video issues, operators are faced with evolving next generation networks, with NFV and SDN front and center, but with limited real-world examples to help them plan effectively.At Mobile World Congress, Intel, Kontron and Vantrix will demonstrate a solution that solves all three of these problems enabling successive, major benefits to mobile operators. The demo at the Kontron booth in Hall 5 Stand 5H19 will highlight solutions available today that demonstrate the following:A high density transcoding solution for video optimization that reduces the raw CPU footprint required by 4x over current computing platforms, significantly improving the business case.last_img read more

‘We are headed for a very dark period.’ Brazil’s researchers fear election of far-right presidential candidate

first_imgJair Bolsonaro leads in the polls for Brazil’s presidential election. Beset by economic woes and dissatisfied with the left-wing politicians in power for most of the past 15 years, Brazil appears poised to make a hard turn and elect a far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, as its next president. His rapid ascent has unnerved local researchers, who worry about the future of Brazilian science, the protection of the country’s biodiversity, and its role in the global struggle against climate change.“I think we are headed for a very dark period in the history of Brazil,” says Paulo Artaxo, a climate change researcher at the University of São Paulo (USP) in São Paulo, Brazil. “There is no point sugarcoating it. Bolsonaro is the worst thing that could happen for the environment.”Bolsonaro has vowed to withdraw Brazil from the 2015 Paris agreement, which requires nations to reduce greenhouse emissions to combat climate change, and he plans to eliminate the Ministry of the Environment and fold its duties into the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply. The “Myth”—as his supporters call him—has also said, while campaigning in the Amazon, that Brazil has “too many protected areas” that “stand in the way of development.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The 63-year-old congressman and former army captain fell just short of winning a majority in the primary election earlier this month, and he heads into a 28 October runoff with a large lead in the polls over left-wing scholar Fernando Haddad. The plight of Brazil’s research establishment, which has endured sharp budget cuts in recent years, has had little mention in the campaigning so far. When recently asked about his possible choice for science minister, Bolsonaro named Brazilian astronaut and former air force pilot Marcos Pontes, a member of his party, as his top preference.A draft campaign document focusing on science—first revealed last week by the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo—offers additional insight into his plans. It pledges to more than double the level of R&D investment in the next 4 years, but would focus most of the extra money and attention on applied sciences such as space and robotics, rather than on basic research at universities.Under the slogan “Brazil above everything, God above all,” Bolsonaro’s campaign exalts national pride, military discipline, and a zero-tolerance, iron-fist stance against crime. Famous for inflammatory remarks about women and minorities, Bolsonaro openly cherishes the 21-year military dictatorship that started with a coup in 1964. Jair Bolsonaro, front-runner for Brazil’s presidency, is a scary prospect for some.  ‘We are headed for a very dark period.’ Brazil’s researchers fear election of far-right presidential candidate Victor Moriyama/Stringer/Getty Images center_img Historically, Bolsonaro has had little to do with science, and he recently sparred with the academic community, authoring legislation to favor an unproven cancer therapy. A general he picked to craft his science and education plans defended the teaching of creationism this week, telling O Estado de S. Paulo that students need to know that “Darwin existed,” but not necessarily to “agree with him.”Climate change is one scientific issue Bolsonaro has touched on. He hasn’t specifically questioned that humans are driving global warming, but his son, a popular Brazilian congressman, has done so in a video that celebrates the climate policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. And Bolsonaro has indicated that the Paris agreement’s mandate threatens Brazil’s national sovereignty, especially in the Amazon region, where deforestation for farming and cattle ranching has driven most of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.Through law enforcement and mechanisms such as incentives for sustainable practices, Brazilian authorities have substantially reduced Amazon deforestation in the past 13 years, and the nation’s commitment to the Paris climate change accord requires it to continue that trend. Bolsonaro’s campaign instead promises to promote agriculture and mining in the region. One of the generals helping develop the candidate’s policies told O Estado de S. Paulo last week that he missed the days when road builders could cut down trees in the Amazon without being bothered by environmental authorities.Unfettered development of the Amazon would be a “grave mistake,” says Eduardo Assad, a climate change and agricultural scientist at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation in Campinas. He adds that studies show Brazil’s agricultural production could be doubled by exploiting abandoned or degraded pastures and farmland—“without any additional deforestation.”Haddad, a 55-year-old professor of political science at USP, offers more moderate views, focusing on social justice and sustainable development. But corruption scandals that culminated in the impeachment of Brazil’s then-President Dilma Rousseff in August 2016 and the recent imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is closely associated with Haddad, have darkened his prospects. In a poll out on 15 October, he trailed Bolsonaro 41% to 59%.Haddad’s campaign has pledged to “rebuild the national science, technology, and innovation system” and provide ample public funding to help double the intensity of the country’s R&D expenditure to 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) by the year 2030. In his campaign’s draft science document, Bolsonaro pledges even more R&D investment, 2.5% of GDP by the end of his term, in 2022.Many researchers doubt that either candidate can fulfill such pledges. “I’ve heard this promise many times before,” says Fernando Peregrino, a science policy expert and president of Confies in Brasília, a national network of foundations that support scientific research and higher education. Brazil lacks the economic policies and fiscal stability to provide generous support for R&D, he believes.Bolsonaro plans to rely heavily on the private sector to boost R&D spending, through economic incentives and partnerships. “Our greatest deficit is in innovation,” says economist Marcos Cintra, president of the Brazilian Research and Innovation Agency in Rio de Janeiro, who is helping craft Bolsonaro’s R&D proposals.As for public spending, the campaign document calls for a “greater balance” between “curiosity-oriented research and research directed towards missions and goals.” Brazil’s Ministry of Education now receives 60% of federal R&D funds, compared with the Ministry of Defense’s 1.5%, and Cintra argues defense should get more. “One of the political difficulties is that public research in Brazil still has a strong academic bias, without focus or specific priorities,” Bolsonaro’s campaign document says.Luiz Davidovich, president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in Rio de Janeiro, agrees that it’s important to define national priorities and strategic goals, but says academic and intellectual freedom must also be preserved.Whoever wins the election, scientists here are unlikely to see any relief soon. Federal funding for the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communication has fallen by more than half since 2013, and the budget proposal for 2019—drafted by the current administration—predicts another 10% cut below this year’s.“Even for the most optimistic of us, it’s looking bad,” Artaxo says. Andre Coelho/Bloomberg/Getty Images By Herton EscobarOct. 16, 2018 , 5:10 PMlast_img read more