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Monday verdict: Draw with Spurs could have long-term implications for Chelsea


first_imgAfter an encouraging couple of weeks under Roberto Di Matteo’s leadership, the past few days have seen Chelsea brought back down to earth – and could end up having a significant impact on the club’s longer-term fortunes.Four straight wins, including that memorable victory over Napoli, had brought some smiles back to Stamford Bridge – on and off the pitch.But we fans knew deep down that matches against Manchester City and Tottenham would be more of a test than cup ties against lower-division opposition and the home game against Stoke. And so it has proved.The defeat in Manchester and, perhaps more crucially, the failure to beat Tottenham, have probably ended our chances of finishing in the top four.A win over Spurs would have left us just two points behind them and poised to pounce on any more points dropped by an out-of-form side.But a five-point gap with only eight games left to play is probably too much to overturn, especially when our own form is not great.So it looks like fifth place could be the limit of Chelsea’s league expectations this year, which would mean a worst finish for a decade.The Europa League next year could actually make a bit of a change – a few different away trips – but we all know it’s not where Chelsea want to be.If the four wins had begun to spark a small clamour for Di Matteo to get the job permanently, the City and Spurs games have perhaps brought that to an end.He’s a Chelsea man through and through and I hope he keeps a job at the club.But will a lack of Champions League football put off potential suitors? I’d love to see Jose Mourinho back, but would he want to manage a club that isn’t in the Champions League? I’m not sure hewould.And if we can’t get him or somebody comparable, we could look back and feel that a 0-0 draw with Spurs – so uneventful it was featured last on Match of the Day – actually shaped the future of Chelsea for years to come.James Clarke is the author of Moody Blues: Following the second-best team in EuropeFollow James on Twitterlast_img read more


Chelsea left-back completes Birmingham City loan move


first_imgChelsea’s Ben Gordon has joined Birmingham City on loan until January.The move was agreed some time ago but was delayed after Gordon picked up an injury.He has previously had spells on loan at Kilmarnock and Peterborough United.See also:Chelsea youngster set to complete Birmingham loan moveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img


Fishing the North Coast: Coastal anglers – and salmon – waiting on rain


first_imgThe arduous wait for rainfall continues to drag on. For coastal salmon anglers waiting to drift the Smith, Chetco or Eel, it seems like a lifetime ago when the rivers last hadenough flow for salmon to maneuver upriver. Hardly a drop has hit the ground since late October, when enough rain fell in the Smith Basin to put the Smith on the rise. Though the parched ground soaked up most of the moisture, the Smith did rise above 700 cfs on the Jed Smith gauge for a brief period of time. Since then, …last_img


Holmes County Home Clean- Up


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Saturday, Sept. 7, 15 members from the West Holmes FFA chapter visited the Holmes County Home for community service to help prepare for the upcoming Auction. Members who participated include: Chloe Shumaker, Cora Crilow, Blaine Winkler, Taryn Grassbaugh, Bree Houin, Jayme Pennell, Jared Miller, Lexi Ogi, Emma Stitzlein, Tyler Eichelberger, Kadan McDougale, Maria Steiner, Dakohta Ringwalt, Addison Yates, Garrett Houin. Members weeded the gardens, trimmed bushes, picked up sticks, and cleaned sidewalks. The members worked from 9am – 12pm and were thanked with pizza and drinks when they were done.last_img


VMWare, Microsoft and the Battle for the Business Market


first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts VMware’s acquisition of Zimbra from Yahoo points to a new form of partnership in the tech word. It’s one that could define the big winners in the battle for a major piece of the enterprise market.The acquisition shows how VMware is seeking to do more than provide virtualization technology. By packaging Zimbra’s popular, open-source collaboration software, VMware can provide a more enhanced service, one that combines virtualization technology with email and calendar applications.It rings similar to Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard’s alliance announced today that will package Microsoft technology on HP servers.These new alliances point to the undeniable trend that the enterprise is moving full-throttle into cloud computing and virtualization.It could not be more exemplified than in the news from Gartner, which predicts that by 2012, 20% of businesses will not own any IT assets at all, relying entirely on cloud computing services. The shift will cause a major change in how an IT group is managed, what hardware is purchased and the type of staff a company will require to manage its cloud environment.With virtualization, the enterprise can be more efficient in how it doles out IT resources. For example, an IT manager can define with much greater precision what software is used in the enterprise. Server loads can be reduced as one server can be partitioned into multiple virtual ones.By itself, VMWare provides a robust service, and Zimbra has an established market position in the Linux and Mac OS communities. With the acquisition, VMWare can provide customers an alternative to Microsoft Exchange. For Microsoft’s part, the partnership with HP means that Microsoft Office can be packaged with Windows Azure, the cloud service offering from Microsoft. That can provide a reason for enterprise customers to stay with Microsoft and its ever-popular productivity software.VMWare and Microsoft are becoming major competitors. With such a huge market at stake, we expect that more services will be packaged into cloud computing and virtualization environments. alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more


‘If Muslims of India succeed, the country will succeed’


first_img“If 200 million Muslims of India succeed, India will succeed. So rather than getting filled with bigotry and hatred, we should try to bring people together and provide them an equal economic opportunity,” said Frank Islam, noted Indo-American entrepreneur and philanthropist.Speaking to The Hindu ahead of participating in the 202nd Sir Syed Day event at AMU as the chief guest on Thursday, the celebrated alumnus of the university said: “One nation under God is acceptable but not one nation under one religion and one language. That is not part of the secular ethos of the country. When you attack one set of people because of who they are, you attack the composite culture of India.” He said India was a “global beacon” for democracy and “we have to keep that momentum alive”.The head of FI Investment Group said he was not an expert on Islam but Islamic faith always had people who were entrepreneurs. “I am here to provide a connection between AMU and entrepreneurship. The students should go out and get jobs, create jobs and make a cha-nge in people’s lives. That’s what Sir Syed’s vision was.”He appealed to the Muslim youth to keep their chin high, aim high and work hard. “If you are good at something, people recognise your talent and give you opportunities. Don’t be afraid of hostility or get disheartened by prejudices; it probably happens in every country… There are Muslims who can’t afford good education. It is where people like me have a role to play,” said Mr. Islam who has funded the construction of an auditorium in the mass communication department and an entrepreneurship centre in the department of business administration in AMU.Modern educationOn the need for imparting modern education, Mr Islam said madrasas have to rework their curriculum to train youngsters for the 21st-century workforce. “I have always said reciting Koran is a very good thing, and one should do that, but it is not going to get you a job.”Aked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the U.S., Mr. Islam said he was able to capture the pulse of the Indian-American population. He added that there were protesters wherever Mr. Modi went but their number was much less than those who turned up to cheer for him.last_img read more