Guardiola admits selection headache

first_imgPep Guardiola opened up on his selection dilemma as they maintain their quadruple chase following their victory over Wolves.Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were left on the bench for Monday’s 3-0 defeat of Wolves at the Etihad Stadium, moving City within four points of leaders Liverpool.And Guardiola accepts he has to make difficult decisions over his team selection on a game-by-game basis.“I have an incredible squad, so if Kevin plays like he deserves to play, maybe [Ilkay] Gundogan doesn’t play – he made maybe six or seven assists in the last two games. He didn’t play today – and both deserve to play,” Guardiola told a news conference and cited via FourFourTwo.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But Bernardo [Silva] also deserves to play, what he has done so far, and Fernandinho what he has done against Liverpool. So that’s where he is and we’ve spoken about that. Today one of my favourite players, Phil [Foden], he was in the tribune.“But there is a lot of games and everybody is going to play. Maybe the next game, new players are going to come in. So they have to be ready, and not only that they have to play good in all the details. Because if they don’t, another one is going to play.“After that, I make a mistake, of course, I am unfair for many, many players and I know that. But today I decided for that and for the fresh players – like Aymeric [Laporte], John [Stones], Bernardo, Fernandinho – so it is what it is.”last_img read more

Fire breaks out at shoe store none hurt

first_imgKolkata: A fire broke out at a shoe store in the Hatibagan area on Thursday night triggering tension among locals.Around five fire tenders were pressed into action to douse the flames. The store caught fire at around 11 pm on Thursday. The locals spotted smoke billowing out the shoe shop situated on the ground floor of a building at Hatibagan More. The matter was immediately reported to the fire brigade. Senior police officers rushed to the spot and cordoned off the entire area and traffic movement was restricted. The fire fighters initially faced difficulties to reach the source of the fire due to the thick black smoke covering the area. They later managed to enter the store and detected the source of the fire. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe fire personnel restricted the fire from spreading to other adjacent buildings. They also ensured that other shops in the building do not get affected by the fire. The fire personnel brought the situation under control at around 12.30 am. According to the preliminary investigation, the fire officials and police suspect that an electrical short circuit might have caused the fire. The store was badly damaged in the incident. The fire officials are investigating if the building had fire fighting mechanism in place. The exact cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are yet to be ascertained. The local shop owners are being interrogated in this connection so far. A probe has been initiated in this regard. In another incident, a fire broke out at a heap of garbage on Armenian street at around 4 pm on Friday. One fire tender swung into action and brought the situation under control at around 4.30 pm. Locals panicked as the area is congested and there is always a chance of the fire spreading to the adjacent buildings. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

Trending jewellery styles you can hit this wedding season

first_imgWith the wedding season in full swing, more and more would be brides are breaking away from conventional norms and choosing to dress up their bridal selves as an extension of their own personality. However, selecting the jewellery for the big day can be a daunting task. Experts list the top jewellery styles that are hitting this wedding season: -Polki spinal choker necklace: The choker necklace is here to stay. The versatility of the choker with both indo- western as well as with traditional bridal Indian outfits makes it the most popular choice of jewellery. For the minimal lovers, a polki choker necklace with Spinel stones can also be worn as a statement on its own. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Dual finger ring: The Multi-finger ring is ruling the jewellery trends this year and it looks great when paired with any outfit. From cocktail gowns to lehengas this is a must have for the bride in her trousseau. -Bracelets: With changing trends, people choose to wear bracelets instead of bangles in one hand and a watch in another. This classic look goes well with suits, lehenga or any indo-western outfit. -Traditional multi-layer necklace: Gold temple jewellery has always been in trend for centuries. It’s just that we see unique and modified designs every year as per jewellery trends. Many bridals still opt to look traditional at their wedding. Multi-Layer gold necklace with red outfit is the ideal perception to think about the traditional bride. -Jhumka earrings: Jhumkas are that one must accessory that every girl wants to have in their jewellery collection. There are several types of jhumkas that have come into the market like jhumkas- hoops, half jhumkas, casual trinkle for more variety to get the best look.last_img read more

SXSW 2017 Sure Youve Got a Brand Strategy but Whats Your Chat

first_img 6 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » It seemed so appropriate to visit Austin, alive last week with SXSW chatter, to explore the cutting edge of voice technology.Related: Microsoft Unveils Sarcastic Millennial Chat Bot Powered By Artificial IntelligenceAmong the plethora of panels, shows and workshops, I was out to understand the business opportunities and challenges that come with using chat interfaces.”Conversational,” “voice” and “chat” interfaces are catch-all terms used to refer to the next stage of human-technology interaction. Although tapping and swiping became the “new normal” means of interaction with mobile apps and devices, businesses are now shifting their services to a messaging format as a means of engaging users in a more natural way.To identify businesses already making waves with this approach, check out the range of brand “skills” which have been added to Amazon’s Alexa since that product’s launch. There is now even a lawyer chatbot on Facebook Chat, providing advice on parking tickets and asylum claims.The big opportunity for businesses to win with this technology lies with how well it succeeds in making their customer interactions more personable and intuitive. Thus, seamless and enjoyable interactions are likely to keep customers coming back to the brands that do this technology well.But, as with most new tech, the “how” is more complex than the “why.”Currently, you can create conversational interfaces in two ways. The first way is to piggyback on to existing tech (by adding your services to Alexa’s ever-growing skillset). The second is to add voice interfaces to your own platform (as with Santander’s voice banking feature). For either option, success depends on more than a simple plug-and-play approach.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessTwenty years ago, any business leader worth his or her salt had nailed down a brand strategy. But today, that kind of focus has shifted; today, it must be devoted to chat strategy: meaning, how to use conversational interfaces to add value to your business.So what is the right approach? And what issues should businesses tackle to make it a reality? Here are my three key considerations:Security and privacy: Know where you stand.Voice recognition and facial recognition are emerging as powerful, easy-to- use solutions for personal or sensitive services. HSBC, Barclays and First Direct are offering voice recognition to some of their customers already. MasterCard rolled out its facial recognition tech last year.But there are risks, as the current debate over the use of biometric data has shown. This was reflected at SXSW, with a debate between Christopher Piehota, ‎director of the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, and privacy activist Cory Doctorow. Their session highlighted fundamental issues around the collection, storage and use of personal data. When bespoke services need more data from their users, how safe is that data? Who has access? And why?We have yet to see government legislation on biometric data storage. But in a privacy-sensitive climate, the rule of thumb is to be sparing in the data you collect, and thorough with its encryption.To walk in their shoes, tap new talent. Successful communication in any arena depends on empathy. Reading your audience members’ needs and motivations, then tailoring your interactions with them, is instinctive for us as humans. But that process represents the next benchmark for conversational interfaces.Making automated responses more human, more nuanced and more useful for users will shape the next wave of chatbots and voice assistants. But there is still a way to go before we get to “true” conversation. Author and futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted in his SXSW talk that that advance won’t happen until 2029.Sophie Kleber, executive director of product and innovation at Huge, recommended that designers and writers work on conversational interfaces and focus on psychology. They need to become more familiar with what goes on for people “behind” the surface dialogue, she said.But judging whether a dash of humor there would be welcomed or met with a stony silence can be a tricky call even for humans — can it be programmed? Part of Kleber’s solution to this dilemma, she said, entails understanding when a service has “permission” to connect with users.The solution requires our human resources capabilities to merge with those of machines. In practice, that means tapping the talents of comedians, theater directors and poets alongside those of designers and programmers.Technologist John Maeda (head of computational design and inclusion at Automatic) underlined this need when he presented the third annual Design In Tech report at SXSW. He called on designers to “love their copywriters and content strategists,” in order to take full advantage of language as an interface.Delight in diversity.Using creative talent to humanize automated interfaces is important. But if those new faces all look, think or behave alike, the result might still fall short. This was the crux of Maeda’s other key point: We need to reflect our audience in our workforce.That makes complete business sense. After all, your investment into voice interfaces will pay off only if it benefits your users. The problem is that as the user-base for conversational interfaces grows, it’s less likely to match a typical design team.Related: At Last, Customer Service Agents That Customers Can’t Drive Crazy.So, draw on diverse backgrounds to ensure that you’re not simply adopting new technology for its own sake, but as a tool to meet the needs of your customers. That was some of the wisdom I got at this year’s SXSW. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 20, 2017last_img read more

Science Says Our Constant Connectivity Is Hurting Productivity Heres How to Fix

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Telling someone to “just put down the phone” these days is a lot like telling someone to get more exercise or eat more vegetables. We all know that distraction and multitasking are eating away at our days, and we say that we miss the simpler times when we had the chance to focus on people and ideas more singularly and thoroughly. And yet in the same breath, we defend the need to have the phone in hand and look at incoming messages — after all, there are important work matters to be handled, family members with questions and innumerate forms of entertainment to fill in the otherwise boring spaces in our lives. This is efficient! It’s important! It’s even satisfying to feel like we can keep all of these plates spinning simultaneously.Related: Your Crazy Erratic Sleep Routine Is Making You Less ProductiveEntrepreneurs in particular are prone to these behaviors and to defending the need to be attentive to multiple things at all times. After all, a new business is like a new baby — it doesn’t stop needing you just because you want a break, or someone or something else clamors for your attention. However, the strongly held belief that we have that we can (and do) handle all the interruptions and multitasking that we attempt all day long is nothing shy of false. What follows are three of the ways that our current patterns of activity are failing us, and what to do about them.1. Multitasking is an illusion.Our brains actually cannot process two different streams of thought at once. Instead, we rapidly pull the lever back and forth between two (or more) things, missing some of each and hoping to string together enough of what’s left to make something coherent and functional at the end. Complicating the issue is the fact that our brains need a few moments to finish reviewing and processing any one conversation even after it ends before being ready to attend to something new, or even return to something already in progress.Tip: If you must interrupt one thing to attend to another, give yourself the extra few seconds in between to let your brain catch up and be ready to go again.Related: Is Caffeine Boosting or Sabotaging Your Productivity?2. You’re not as good as you think you are at multitasking.Fascinating work has shown that those who spend the most time interweaving two or more tasks in the same time period are actually the least effective, cognitively, at maintaining high-level comprehension of either task (despite tremendous confidence in their abilities to do just that). Instead, they’ve just forgotten what it feels like to be able to focus on one thing, so they assume that they’re being successful when they aren’t.We all know already that multitasking can be addictive, but how this plays out is quite interesting. The brain, now used to the constant “high” of receiving new stimulation, constantly seeks it out even when the individual is attempting to bring “laser focus” to a single task, and gets distracted instead by noticing every little sound, movement or stray thought available.Tip: The notification alert of an incoming message can be as distracting as stopping and reading the message itself. Indeed, even seeing your phone changes the way your brain works. To truly give yourself a chance to learn to re-focus on one thing when needed, it will require noises and notifications to be turned off, and devices themselves to be behind a closed door or drawer. Start by rewarding yourself for a small number of minutes without needing to check in or respond, and work up to larger blocks of time.Related: 5 Bad Habits You Must Change to Be More Productive3. Americans are “accomplishment junkies.”Nearly every minute of our waking lives, whether at work or at leisure, are filled with to-do lists and activities that are goal-oriented. We even foist this upon our children, whose school days are filled with tests and whose extracurricular activities all now come complete with levels to pass, competitions to enter and trophies to win. The standard American answer to the question “How are you?” has become “Busy!” as if running at maximum speed at all times is a badge of honor.This is not the case everywhere. In other regions of the world, people accept maintaining relationships as an end in and of itself, and can thus set aside tasks and goals in favor of just spending time with others. Needless to say, our stress rates far surpass those with this type of mindset. While of course you can’t change your entire culture just by recognizing its foibles, it is useful to realize that the goal of using time efficiently can be a trap, and that there are indeed other ways to be.Tip: Understand that efficiency is a double-edged sword, and too much of it puts you on the road to burn-out. Even for entrepreneurs in the throes of new business growth, it is critical to triage the requests for your attention and remember that some of the “busy-ness” that we engage in is more because it feels good to us than because it is strictly necessary, at an overall cost to our cognitive power. So, yeah, in the end, the advice circles right back around to “Put down the phone!” June 20, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 5 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more