Sigma Infotech Continues to Be a Major Industry Player in Website Design

Sigma Infotech Continues to Be a Major Industry Player in Website Design

Monday, 19 March 2012 06:10

There are many web design companies that can be found worthy to work with, but only a few of them turn out to be reliable and valuable. A good number of these companies are definitely useful in letting you reach a particular goal with regards to construction of a website. But the question is that how many of these companies have been successful in retaining their client. More the number of old clients you retain, more successful you are.

Sigma Infotech has come up as one among those few successful companies that, through their standard of quality, have earned the trust of a majority of the clients. Since last few years, Sigma Infotech has emerged as a leading business partner for companies that do not want to take any chances with the performance and appeal of their websites. Quality, performance and economy are the main pillars on which the success and popularity of Sigma Infotech lies.

Apart from the proficient web design services that the company offers, there are other services on the offering as well that keep Sigma Infotech in demand by so many business organisations. Some such services include SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), Social Media Marketing, PPC Advertising, Software Development etc.

The team at Sigma Infotech follows a simple logic- before taking any assignment, the nature of the client’s business and the purpose for getting a website created must be understood. Equipped with the latest business development and web designing tools, the work force is focused at contributing to the web design industry through best of their work. It’s the finest place to get custom-made web solutions that include simplicity, uniqueness and cutting-edge technologies.

It is the collection of many specialised services such as web design, web development, HTML websites, e-commerce websites and lot more, that has made Sigma Infotech a pioneer in the Australian web design market.

Article source: http://www.itwire.com/press-release/53481-sigma-infotech-continues-to-be-a-major-industry-player-in-website-design

Julien Quesne wins maiden title at Andalucia Open

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Muamba gets global get well support

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Torres ends drought in FA Cup win

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Tahs set for internal forum





Tatafu Polota-Nau

Disappointment … The Waratahs will lay everything on the table in an internal forum.
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Having endured the public humiliation of being jeered by 14,000 of their own fans, New South Wales Waratahs will now face the private embarrassment of being judged by each other.


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NSW’s senior players and coaching staff held a no-holds-barred meeting on Sunday.

And on Monday they will gather as a squad to dish out some hard truths before training as they reflect on their worst start to a season since 1998.


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The Waratahs‘ turbulent relationship with their supporters continues after the shock 21-20 loss to Western Force at the weekend.

They were also jeered from the field after a surprise defeat to the Cheetahs last year, which was followed by a heated “fan forum”.

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Players will now have their own internal forum. But while it has the potential to ruin friendships, they concede it is necessary after three losses in four games.

“Everyone deals with honesty in their own way,” winger Adam Ashley-Cooper said. “Even though it hurts short-term, there will be benefits long-term.

“We’re only going to challenge each other if we want the best out of each other.

“Honesty hurts, but we’re in an industry where you have to be honest, especially at this level.

“If we want to be the best and win this competition, we have to be honest with ourselves. There are 22 players who are accountable.”

Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau said: “Guys don’t really take it personally, because it’s for the benefit of the team, and we all bought into that. If they do, they’re going into their shell. But we’ve been in instances like this and guys have experience from it. I’m confident guys can really take this lesson and progress to better things.

“Before the year started we said we needed to stay together.

“I still have confidence that the guys are barely scratching the surface of releasing their potential.

“We’ll get there, it’s just a matter of when.

“We went through this last year with the Cheetahs.

“We didn’t execute there and the guys were disappointed, so we went back to the drawing board.”

Ashley-Cooper, like NSW’s supporters, hopes the back three receives some attacking ball this weekend against the Sharks.

“Set-piece let us down, and from a back-three perspective we just didn’t get enough ball to attack with,” Ashley-Cooper said.

Waratahs chief executive Jason Allen will remind the players to respect their fans in the aftermath of their humiliating loss.

Allen will be presented with a briefing by coaching staff into the sub-par performance at Allianz Stadium.

“I look forward to that,” Allen said. “We’re all disappointed but I am pretty confident the group will move forward.

“One thing we will be refocused on is that we really need to respect our fans and members.

“We have worked really hard as an organisation to reconnect with all of our fans.”

Following the loss, Polota-Nau said the team did not care about the jeering because the game plan had been to kick the ball and play in the opposition’s quarter.

Given the set-up of the competition, wins at home are crucial and NSW have lost their opening two in Sydney.

Rocky Elsom will remain sidelined this week with his hamstring injury, but NSW believe backrow enforcer Wycliff Palu will return after being troubled by cramp in the past fortnight.

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United thrash Wolves 5-0

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Liverpool through to FA Cup semi-finals

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Hearts manager Paulo Sergio says side are on course for top six

Hearts manager Paulo Sergio feels his side have all but secured a top six place in the Scottish Premier League after beating Hibernian.

The

Tynecastle side’s third Edinburgh derby win of the season

was achieved through goals by Craig Beattie and Suso Santana.

“Fantastic victory,” Sergio told BBC Radio Scotland.

“It’s the first time that we’ve won the three derbies, nobody has done that before so it’s a good record for us.”


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Sergio described his side’s goals as “great moments of football and added: “It’s a victory with very good flavour because Hibs are making these victories harder and harder.

“We had to suffer, we had to defend very well in the second half. Everybody fought together and I’m very happy with that.

“I’ve very happy for the goal of Suso because people shouldn’t forget that Suso has been fighting all season with his knee problem. So, he deserved it because he’s a hard worker, a great guy.

“I’m very happy for our supporters. I believe with this three points we’ve almost achieved our target to finish in the top six of the league and it was very important for that principally.”

Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon was disappointed with the visitors’ first-half display.

“We didn’t compete, we didn’t start well and the game could’ve over at half-time in fairness,” he said.

“Second half was a lot better, we created a few chances and could’ve nicked a point I suppose but whether we deserved that or not, I’m not sure.

“I’m disappointed because we let ourselves down and the suppoters.

“I felt we had players that were willing to scrap and fight and we didn’t do that in the first half. It shouldn’t take us to go in at half-time and rectify that for people to come out and roll up their sleeves.

“It’s the results against other teams that are going to make our break our season at the moment.”

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Ian Thorpe moves against tide of defeat

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HTML5 roundup: access a virtualized desktop from your browser with VMware

VMware is developing an impressive new feature called WSX that will allow users to access virtualized desktops remotely through any modern Web browser. VMware developer Christian Hammond, who worked on the implementation, demonstrated a prototype this week in a blog post.

According to Hammond, WSX is built with standards-based Web technologies, including the HTML5 Canvas element and Web Sockets. The user installs and runs a lightweight Web server that acts as a relay between the Web-based client and the virtualized desktop instance. It is compatible with VMware Workstation and ESXi/vSphere.

WSX, which doesn’t require any browser plugins, is compatible out of the box with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on the desktop. It will also work with mobile Safari on iPads that are running iOS 5 or later. Hammond says that Android compatibility is still a work in progress.

The performance is said to be good enough to provide “near-native quality and framerates” when viewing a 720p YouTube video on the virtualized desktop through WSX in Chrome or Firefox. Users who want to test the feature today can see it in action by downloading the Linux version of the VMware Workstation Technology Preview.

Although it’s still somewhat experimental, WSX is a compelling demonstration of how far the Web has evolved as a platform. It also shows how the ubiquity of Web standards make it possible to deliver complex applications across a wide range of platforms and device form factors.

HTML5 bullets

The VMware demo was one of the most impressive HTML5 demos that we saw this week, but there are a few other newsworthy items that we want to share in this roundup.

  • jSFiddle is a handy tool for prototyping, saving, and sharing JavaScript snippets. It’s a bit like pastebin, but it allows you to define separate blocks of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and then see the rendered output in a pane.
  • One of the developers behind Google’s abandoned Wave collaboration tool has published a JavaScript framework for building real-time Web applications with Operational Transformation. The framework can be used to add live concurrent editing to a textbox in a Web page with only a few lines of code.
  • The HTML5 Rocks blog has a great tutorial that demonstrates how the Web Audio API can be used in browser-based games. It provides some good tips for implementing background music, sound effects, and 3D positional sound.
  • The official Chromium blog has published several videos that demonstrate modern Web features and how they can be used.
  • Firebug, a popular Firefox add-on for Web developers, has been moved to GitHub. This will make it easier for people to join the project and contribute improvements.

Crumbs from the cookie jar

If you missed our Web coverage on Ars this week, be sure to check out our hands-on review of Firefox 11, which introduced a new built-in stylesheet editor and 3D DOM viewer. You might also be interested in our report on Mozilla’s proposal to support H.264 video playback in mobile Firefox.

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Button sets tone for things to come

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Silicon Valley: Don’t worry, be happy. America’s future is here.

Video: Silicon Valley: The Enduring Power of American innovation

A look at innovation in Silicon Valley by Toronto Star’s Bill Schiller.

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CUPERTINO, CALIF.—In the creative chaos that is Jeffrey Stout’s kitchen, pots clang, flames shoot forth and a barrel-chested man with a Michael Jackson headset barks orders to an infinite loop of waiters who come and go.

Chef Stout — who is both — smiles broadly.

“I’d say we’re looking at 180 covers tonight — about $30,000,” he says. “There’s a good amount of wine going out and the parking lot is filled with some pretty nice vehicles.

“So life in the Valley is good.”

Indeed it is. T-bones in his Alexander’s Steakhouse ring in at $56; a single ounce of Golden Oscetra caviar is $250. The main dining room is packed. And it’s a Monday night.

To produce this kind of clatter in any restaurant in any other city in America, it would likely be a weekend.

But this isn’t just any city.

This is Cupertino, home to Apple, the pulsing heart of Silicon Valley’s innovation economy whose engines are revving.

This is America as you remember it: young, ambitious, optimistic and getting rich while having fun.

Profits are up, wages are soaring — recently graduated engineers knock down more than $104,000 per year — and median incomes in the Valley, a region of 40 California cities anchored by San Jose, have passed $86,000 and are headed north.

“That’s among the highest of any region in America,” says Russell Hancock, whose Joint Venture: Silicon Valley group produces an annual State of the Valley report.

Last year the region generated 42,000 new jobs. Today, job postings are up 26 per cent over the same period in 2011 and there’s a hiring boom.

When the Dow Jones industrial average briefly crested above 13,000 on Feb. 28, much of America was in a tizzy. Not in the Valley. It was no big deal.

“So are you pumped up about the Dow closing above the 13,000 mark …?” smirked the San Jose Mercury’s Mike Cassidy in a front-page piece. “Yeah, me neither,” he wrote.

The reason, he argues, is that powerhouse innovator Apple isn’t part of the revered index that measures the U.S. market.

Neither is Internet giant Google.

“But you know what is?” Cassidy crowed. “Alcoa.”

That stinging observation underlines the differences in mindset between east and west in America, between the young, vibrant, hopeful, determined, risk-taking, mission-driven 20-somethings who drive this economy — and the Porsches that come with it — and the older, sclerotic, slow-moving, greying, retiring or about-to-retire, East Coast financial establishment.

Here, it is not “Halftime in America,” as Clint Eastwood told the nation as it watched the Super Bowl, a time for America to gird its loins, march onto the field and stage a comeback to win the game.

Instead there is a growing sense that if anyone should quarterback that march, it shouldn’t be the captains of old industry but the young champions of the information society.

And with good reason: the level of innovative power in the region defies imagination. With a concentration of 160,000 engineers, Valley companies file more than 10,000 patents annually. Creativity on that scale is difficult to grasp — more than 30 patents every day of the month.

“It’s in the water,” jokes Alberto Savoia, engineering director for Google Ads.

But it’s really all about a corporate culture that at Google, and throughout the Valley, seeks to create the circumstances in which creativity and risk-taking can flourish.

Top of the list is Google’s “20 per cent” maxim, which encourages employees to spend 20 per cent of their work week — essentially one day a week — on projects outside their area of responsibility, ideas they feel passionate about. Gmail, and Google News, both arose from “20 per cent” passions.

Second, employees are made to leave their fear of failure at the door.

“You’re not punished here for failing,” says Savoia. “If you fail with grace and you fail doing something really exciting, you’re actually rewarded.”

And third, there is the simple fact of critical mass: the work is happening in an environment supercharged with like-minded people bristling with ideas.

“You see someone next to you engaged in innovation and you really can’t help yourself. It’s what people talk about during lunch — the next great idea, what they want to go out and build next.”

Google encourages that by providing high-quality food on-site every day, free to employees along with laundry facilities, dry-cleaning, haircuts and so on.

It’s a creative cocoon in which Savoia, 51, has thrived.

His path to the Googleplex, the campus of buildings that comprise Google’s operations in Mountain View, Calif. is novel. He came from Rome the year he turned 17 and got a summer job at Stanford University that allowed him to “play with computers.”

“It dawned on me that I was a Silicon Valley person trapped in an Italian body,” he says. “In those days physicists drove Volkswagens. Computer scientist guys drove Porsches. So I thought, ‘I’d really like to have a Porsche.’ ”

He went to work at Sun Microsystems, then at Google, then on his own, and recently returned to Google.

Savoia is a Valley mentor who speaks from experience, having led three startups: new ideas or companies usually funded by venture capitalists. Two of them succeeded, one greatly. But the third failed — spectacularly.

“We ended up losing $25 million of venture capitalists’ money,” he explains. “But did the VCs chase me with knives and want their money back? No. What they said was: ‘Alberto, we paid for a very expensive education. If you have another idea, make sure you come back to us.’”

Success isn’t an abstract idea in the Valley. It’s everywhere.

“It’s right in front of your face, that 20-year-old driving the Ferrari because he started a dot.com. You know that it’s possible … You don’t think you’re crazy.”

That kind of opportunity has made the Valley a magnet for immigrants. It draws the talented and ambitious from around the world, but especially Chinese, Indians, Japanese, Koreans, and now — with economic turbulence sweeping Europe — more Europeans.

More than half of residents of Silicon Valley speak a language other than English at home, much like ethnically rich Toronto.

“Immigration is our ‘secret sauce,’ ” says Hancock of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley. “Two-thirds of our engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs are Indian or Chinese. And 40 per cent of our population wasn’t born in the U.S.”

They arrive believing this is a land of infinite possibility, where anyone who is bright and works hard has a shot at making money, and maybe even changing the world.

Perhaps no better example
of such daring exists than a venture that started just down the road in a modest bungalow at 2066 Crist Dr., where a kid named Steve Jobs and his friend Steve Wozniak created the first Apple computer in the mid-1970s.

“They all start with a crazy idea,” says Savoia. “And they don’t really need funding at the beginning.”

But when they do, the infrastructure is here. Innovators take their ideas and chutzpah to 3000 Sand Hill Rd., where more than 20 venture capital firms weigh the ideas of those crazy enough to follow Jobs’ instructions to “stay hungry, stay foolish.”

Those who win backing then drive Interstate 280 north to Woodside and do the deal at Buck’s, a restaurant decorated with flying horses on the ceiling, a bust of Ho Chi Minh at the cash, and cowboy hats for lampshades.

Next, many lease small offices in San Francisco’s South of Market area, a.k.a. SOMA, where those who thought up Twitter once landed space at 164 South Park.

It’s all part of the golden dream, a West Coast adrenalin rush. And as large numbers have shown, it can be done.

Excitement, achievement
and millionaires aside, a key underlying question remains: Can the power of all this American innovation produce the kind of rising tide that will lift all boats in the American harbour?

“I think it absolutely is, can and will,” says Derek Slater, a 28-year-old Harvard graduate and policy manager for Google, whose job is to defend and advance the free and open Internet.

He’s an evangelist — and a persuasive one — who sees a bright future.

“And I believe that harnessing the full potential of technology and the Internet — and putting it at the centre of our innovation and technology policies — is the way we get there,” he says.

U.S. President Barack Obama, in his 2011 State of the Union address, issued a clarion call to innovators to push America forward.

He reminded the nation that a half-century ago, the Soviet Union launched a satellite called Sputnik that caught the U.S. off guard.

“But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a new wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.

“This,” said the president, “is our generation’s Sputnik moment.”

People in the Valley, and at Google, are taking him at his word.

Google has been busy innovating, building and getting rich by doing so for 13 years, growing from zero to 32,000 employees worldwide.

Eric Schmidt, who handed his CEO reins over to co-founder Larry Page last year, is today worth $7 billion.

But this is about more than the money, says Slater.

“This is about what politicians used to call ‘moon shot’ goals, what they now call ‘Grand Challenges.’ ”

What Slater wants, and what many in the Googleplex want, is to use the Internet to bring economic benefit to the world, “to make the pie bigger.”

Slater calls the Internet’s potential for transformative change “awesome.”

There are 4.5 billion people who still don’t have access to the Internet, he notes — among them 75 million in America and 316 million in Europe.

“So what happens when 4.5 billion people come online? It’s not just 4.5 billion more voices,” he says, warming to his theme. “The power of the network is the square of the size of the network — that’s Metcalfe’s Law, in geek terms — to connect, communicate and create together.

“So what we really need to be thinking about now,” he says, “is how do we bring the power of the Internet to more people?”

As that power spreads, Google will benefit too, of course — bolstering the American company’s position as an Internet leader.

Slater is part of the generation that “grew up on the Internet.” He has been online since he was 7, eventually seeking math advice for his high-school assignments from PhD students. And why not?

In Slater’s view, the Internet is all about “community,” all about being “human.”

“The Silicon Valley I know is built on some fairly fundamental human qualities.” he says. “Going to your neighbour and saying, ‘Hey, you want to work with me on something? Do you know how to do this? Can you help me fix my car? Can you lend me a cup of sugar?’ That’s actually how fundraising gets done around the Valley.

“It’s going to people and saying, ‘I’m trying to do this thing. I’m mission-driven. I have a goal. It’s a big goal. Will you help me?’ ”

And it works, he says.

The crowd-sourcing fundraising site Kickstarter.com, where people can go online with a bright idea and seek free financial help from strangers, has been a clear success, underlining a growing sense of a global community.

Last month Kickstarter claimed it would raise more money in 2012, about $150 million, than the $146 million offered by National Endowment for the Arts in Washington.

“That’s the power of bottom-up fundraising,” says Slater.

But real challenges
lie ahead. Key among them is making sure that the benefits of the Internet are distributed more evenly, Slater stresses.

He wants to see the power of the Internet harnessed to bring better education to students around the world. He wants to see more collaboration between the information society and the industrial society.

He wants to see more jobs.

So does Russell Hancock. Times of technological advance can be disruptive, he says, and this period is no different.

“Something has changed here — something fundamental — because the technology that we’ve invented here in Silicon Valley has rendered a whole class of jobs obsolete.”

At least 2.8 million jobs have gone to China during the past decade, according to a study by the U.S.-based Economic Policy Institute.

Others have been filled by robots.

“While corporations are thriving … doing more with less … our success hasn’t translated into head count. And this is a problem,” Hancock says.

Thinkers like Paul Saffo, a forecaster and consulting professor at Stanford, have been watching with concern.

“For the last two decades of the information revolution, while technology eliminated jobs, on balance it was creating more than it was eliminating. The challenge was merely moving people to where the jobs were and training them.”

But that period is ending.

“We may be entering a period of cyber-structural unemployment,” he says. “I think the so-called ‘jobless recovery’ is the new normal.”

Facebook might generate $3.7 billion in revenues, he notes, but it still has just 3,500 employees.

Saffo says this period of profound transformation is “not necessarily a bleak period — just one of maddening uncertainty.”

Economist James Stock called the 20-year period that began in the mid-1980s the Great Moderation, during which economic factors occurred within a relatively narrow, predictable range.

Now, says Saffo, we are headed into the Great Turbulence.

“If the last period was one of sunny weather with an occasional storm, this period is one of stormy weather, with occasional breaks of sunshine.”

Is he optimistic? He says he is.

“I believe in the human spirit and in human ingenuity, and I believe that at the end of the day, it will solve these challenges.

“Some people respond to gales by slamming their doors, shutting their windows and climbing into bed. But,” says Saffo, thinking of the generation of youth at the helm of today’s information revolution, “there are others who grab their hang gliders and go out and lean into the wind to see where they can go.

“Silicon Valley is very much like that. This is a place very accustomed to and loving change, and fleeing into the future in order to seek new innovations.”

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Injury-hit Reds turn to rookie flyhalf

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ROOKIE flyhalf Dallan Murphy shapes as the unlikely saviour after injury jolts to Mike Harris and Ben Lucas decimated the playmaking and goalkicking core of the Reds in Durban yesterday.


The Reds jumped from the blocks with their best rugby of the season to lead 17-0, but ended the wet and windy night with halfback Will Genia at flyhalf for the final 34 minutes of a 27-22 loss to the Sharks.

The urgent need now is to find a band-aid backline for Sunday’s clash against the Bulls in Pretoria because Harris (hamstring) limped off midway through the first half and an excellent night from Lucas ended when he hyperextended his knee just after halftime.

Harris is definitely out and Lucas is at long odds to be fit, although scans on the knee today may give some speck of hope.

The relief for Reds coach Ewen McKenzie is that Murphy, 23, and flyhalf alternative Jono Lance are both in the Reds’ touring party.

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With the likelihood that Harris and Lucas are out, Murphy, a regular in recent Queensland A campaigns, would start at No.10 against the Bulls and Lance would play inside centre. Both are also proven goalkickers which became the desperate shortcoming of Durban where Genia was forced into the emergency role and fired off two wobbly misses.

The injury chaos was far more of a dampener on the action than the cloudburst over Kings Park because the match was an enthralling six-try spectacle.

“We felt like we played really well but we lost momentum with the yellow card (from Digby Ioane’s reckless tackle) and the injuries that cut down both our goalkickers and No.10s,” McKenzie lamented.

“We got a lot of positive things from the match with our attacking mojo coming back but we have to reinvent it again with a new backline.”

Genia was superb with his sniping game in full flow, flyhalf Lucas gave the Reds real tempo by snapping out sharp passes in the face of the defence and winger Ioane sparkled with several dangerous runs.

A 70m team try from South Africa’s Cheetahs after the final hooter shattered the Melbourne Rebels in a 33-26 heartstopper in Melbourne yesterday.

Article source: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/rugby-gold/injury-hit-reds-turn-to-rookie-flyhalf-dallan-murphy/story-fnbzofr2-1226303301991

Coach Darren Lehmann angry as bad light halts Bulls’ charge in Sheffield …

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Fabrice Muamba remains in critical condition in intensive care

Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba is critically ill and will remain in intensive care until at least Monday morning.

The midfielder, 23, is at the London Chest Hospital’s heart attack centre after suffering a cardiac arrest during Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Tottenham.

A joint statement from the club and hospital on Sunday at 1100 GMT said: “Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care.

“As is normal, he remains anaesthetised and will be for at least 24 hours.”


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Muamba ‘critically ill’ – Bolton boss Coyle

The statement added: “Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground [White Hart Lane] and en route to the London Chest Hospital, where his heart eventually started working. His condition continues to be closely monitored by the cardiac specialists.”

Speaking outside the hospital on Sunday afternoon, Bolton manager Owen Coyle said: “From our end, and on behalf of the family, we certainly want to say thanks to everybody.

“Everybody is praying for Fabrice which is very important and that has been a real source of strength to the family.

“We know it’s such a difficult time for everybody involved, our thoughts are with Fabrice’s family.”

Coyle had earlier stated: “It’s very serious. There’s no getting away from that. God willing, he makes it through.”

Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside added: “The support that we had yesterday from Tottenham and our own fans was fantastic – the staff, the fans, the players and the officials at the game – it was unbelievable.”

Bolton’s Premier League game at Aston Villa on Tuesday night

has been postponed.

Medics spent six minutes trying to resuscitate the former England Under-21 international on the pitch after he fell to the ground with no other players around him.

The score was 1-1 when the quarter-final was abandoned after 41 minutes.

In a statement released on Sunday Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “Our thoughts are with Fabrice’s family and Bolton Wanderers, and we are all willing him to pull through. Events such as this put everything into perspective.

“We are immensely proud and grateful to the medical teams at both clubs, their response was immediate and professional. Our thanks also to both sets of fans for their support and behaviour.

“Too often we read the negatives about football and yet last night, at a time of intense emergency and uncertainty, we saw the true humanity and empathy of the footballing family.”

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said: “All our thoughts are with Fabrice, his family, Owen Coyle and the club. It was the right decision to abandon the game – everybody was in a state of shock and it wouldn’t have been right to carry on.

“Football is the last thing on anyone’s mind when an awful situation such as this happens. All we are thinking about now is Fabrice and his family.”

Members of Muamba’s family and his fiancee attended the hospital on Saturday night.

PLAYERS’ MESSAGES ON TWITTER

“Praying for you Fab. Hope he’s OK. Thoughts with him and his family. For all those asking, I know as much as you do. Waiting anxiously for updates from teammates. Fab is a fighter!”

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden 

“Pray for Fab. God willing he will pull through.”

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe 

“All our hearts with Fabrice Muamba, one of my closest friends at Bolton. I’m shocked, wishing him a fast recovery.”

Wigan’s former Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi 

“Hope Fabrice Muamba is OK. Praying for him and his family. Still in shock.”

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney 

“Doesn’t matter who you support. Doesn’t matter if you aren’t a football fan. Doesn’t matter if you aren’t religious. Pray for Fabrice Muamba.”

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker 

“I’m so sad about what happened to Fabrice Muamba today. Played with him for a couple of years. What a great guy. Always a smile on his face. Please Fabrice bring that smile back. My thoughts are with you and your lovely family!”

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie 

Medical staff gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Muamba, who was born in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) but moved to England aged 11, and tried to revive him with a defibrillator.

In total, six medics were treating the player, who joined Wanderers from Birmingham in 2008 and has made 148 appearances for the club.

Both sets of supporters chanted Muamba’s name as he was taken off the pitch on a stretcher. ESPN, who were broadcasting the match, reported that he was not breathing as he was taken into the tunnel.

Referee Howard Webb called the visibly shaken players off the field after consulting with Coyle and Redknapp.

After Muamba had been taken to hospital, the match was abandoned.

The former Arsenal midfielder was accompanied in the ambulance by Coyle and club captain Kevin Davies.

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker had an exchange of text messages with Davies on Saturday evening.

“Encouragingly, he [Davies] said Fabrice is showing real fight which is the best possible news,” Walker said.

“Kevin says he is not giving up and he’s digging in and showing a bit of battle.

“The fact they got him breathing again makes you marvel at the work these paramedics, doctors and nurses do.”


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BBC 5 Live’s Ian Dennis, who was commentating on the game, describes what he saw

BBC Radio 5 live’s chief football reporter Ian Dennis, who was covering the game at White Hart Lane, witnessed medics rushing to aid Muamba.

“When the medical staff arrived his face was on the turf,” he said.

“You could see them using a defibrillator and he was [electronically] charged on at least two occasions. Everyone could see Fabrice Muamba was fighting for his life.

“If he does pull through it will be down to the quick actions of the medics.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17419654

Fabrice Muamba remains in critical condition in intensive care

Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba is critically ill and will remain in intensive care until at least Monday morning.

The midfielder, 23, was taken to London Chest Hospital’s heart attack centre after suffering a cardiac arrest during Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Tottenham.

A joint statement from the club and hospital on Sunday at 1100 GMT said: “Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care.

“As is normal, he remains anaesthetised and will be for at least 24 hours.”


Owen Coyle

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Muamba ‘critically ill’ – Bolton boss Coyle

The statement added: “Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and on route to The London Chest Hospital, where his heart eventually started working. His condition continues to be closely monitored by the cardiac specialists.”

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said: “Fabrice’s family have asked me to pass on their thanks for the many, many kind messages of support from not only Bolton fans but also fans from clubs across the country and abroad.

“All our thoughts and prayers are for Fabrice and his family at this time. The family would also like to thank the media for respecting their privacy at this time.”

Coyle had earlier stated: “It’s very serious. There’s no getting away from that. God willing, he makes it through.”

Bolton’s Premier League game at Aston Villa on Tuesday night has been postponed.

Medics spent six minutes trying to resuscitate the former England under-21 international on the White Hart Lane pitch after he fell to the ground with no other players around him.

The score was 1-1 when the quarter-final was abandoned after 41 minutes.

In a statement released on Sunday Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “Our thoughts are with Fabrice’s family and Bolton Wanderers, and we are all willing him to pull through. Events such as this put everything into perspective.

“We are immensely proud and grateful to the medical teams at both clubs, their response was immediate and professional. Our thanks also to both sets of fans for their support and behaviour.

“Too often we read the negatives about football and yet last night, at a time of intense emergency and uncertainty, we saw the true humanity and empathy of the footballing family.”

Manager Harry Redknapp said: “All our thoughts are with Fabrice, his family, Owen Coyle and the club. It was the right decision to abandon the game – everybody was in a state of shock and it wouldn’t have been right to carry on.

“Football is the last thing on anyone’s mind when an awful situation such as this happens. All we are thinking about now is Fabrice and his family.”

Members of Muamba’s family and his fiancee attended the hospital on Saturday night.

PLAYERS’ MESSAGES ON TWITTER

“Praying for you Fab. Hope he’s OK. Thoughts with him and his family. For all those asking, I know as much as you do. Waiting anxiously for updates from teammates. Fab is a fighter!”

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden 

“Pray for Fab. God willing he will pull through.”

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe 

“All our hearts with Fabrice Muamba, one of my closest friends at Bolton. I’m shocked, wishing him a fast recovery.”

Wigan’s former Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi 

“Hope Fabrice Muamba is OK. Praying for him and his family. Still in shock.”

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney 

“Doesn’t matter who you support. Doesn’t matter if you aren’t a football fan. Doesn’t matter if you aren’t religious. Pray for Fabrice Muamba.”

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker 

“I’m so sad about what happened to Fabrice Muamba today. Played with him for a couple of years. What a great guy. Always a smile on his face. Please Fabrice bring that smile back. My thoughts are with you and your lovely family!”

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie 

Medical staff gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Muamba, who was born in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) but moved to England aged 11, and tried to revive him with a defibrillator.

In total, six medics were treating the player, who joined Wanderers from Birmingham in 2008 and has made 148 appearances for the club.

Both sets of supporters chanted Muamba’s name as he was taken off the pitch on a stretcher. ESPN, who were broadcasting the match, reported that he was not breathing as he was taken into the tunnel.

Referee Howard Webb called the visibly shaken players off the field after consulting with Coyle and Redknapp.

After Muamba had been taken to hospital, the match was abandoned.

The former Arsenal midfielder was accompanied in the ambulance by Coyle and club captain Kevin Davies.

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker had an exchange of text messages with Davies on Saturday evening.

“Encouragingly, he [Davies] said Fabrice is showing real fight which is the best possible news,” Walker said.

“Kevin says he is not giving up and he’s digging in and showing a bit of battle.

“The fact they got him breathing again makes you marvel at the work these paramedics, doctors and nurses do.”

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou, who played with Muamba at the Gunners,

posted on Twitter 

that he had visited his friend in hospital.


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BBC 5 Live’s Ian Dennis, who was commentating on the game, describes what he saw.

“Just left the hospital. Love you so much man! Keep fighting. Everybody please pray for him he’s an amazing man and friend.”

BBC Radio 5 live’s chief football reporter Ian Dennis, who was covering the game at White Hart Lane, witnessed medics rushing to aid Muamba.

“When the medical staff arrived his face was on the turf,” he said.

“You could see them using a defibrillator and he was [electronically] charged on at least two occasions. Everyone could see Fabrice Muamba was fighting for his life.

“If he does pull through it will be down to the quick actions of the medics.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17419654

‘Best appointment’ a treasure to Labor

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Dave Taylor signs with Gold Coast Titans

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Flyers regaining their confidence at home

Entering Sunday afternoon’s highly anticipated matchup against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers have won four straight at home for the first time this season. They have allowed a total of five goals in those four wins, and Ilya Bryzgalov has shutouts in the last two home victories.

The Flyers are starting to play with more “jam” – coach Peter Laviolette’s word – on home ice, and the timing couldn’t be better. They need to reclaim the home-ice mystique, which used to be a trademark of this franchise, and carry it into the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.

With their modest home streak, the Flyers have 18 wins in 33 home games (18-10-5). Hey, it doesn’t come close to the home records accumulated by the conference leaders, the New York Rangers (24-8-2 home record entering Saturday) and Ken Hitchcock’s surprising St. Louis Blues (29-4-4), but lately they have taken steps in the right direction.

Before their home resurgence, the Flyers had more losses than wins at the Wells Fargo Center. They have finished with a losing home record just three times since 1970-71.

“I think guys were a little embarrassed,” defenseman Braydon Coburn said. “Playing in front of our home fans, they’re very passionate and they’re loud and it’s a good time when you’re winning. We were embarrassed losing in front of them.”

Bryzgalov has (reluctantly) received most of the plaudits for the Flyers’ recent success, but the team has focused on tightening the defense lately and it has limited opponents’ quality scoring chances.

“The guys just feel real comfortable at home right now,” center Claude Giroux said.

Ah, but the Penguins can take away that feeling. In their last visit to the Wells Fargo Center, they were minus Sidney Crosby but they still chased Bryzgalov by scoring three goals on 13 shots en route to a 6-4 win a month ago.

It served as a wake-up call of sorts. The Flyers haven’t lost at home since that game, and the defeat helped cause them to change their priorities.

“It’s been a huge commitment to defense,” Matt Carle said. “We haven’t had much trouble scoring goals throughout the season, but there was a bad stretch where we were giving up a lot. We needed to try to be better defensively as a team, as a five-man unit. You can see that now, with a lot more forwards chipping in and blocking shots. And the defensemen are trying to block more shots as well, and obviously Bryz is making the big saves when he needs to. He’s making those big saves look easy, which is huge for him and huge for us.”

At the end of February, the Flyers had yielded four or more goals in seven of their last 11 games. That’s not the type of hockey conducive to having the city’s first Stanley Cup parade since 1975.

In their first eight games this month heading into Saturday’s shootout loss to the Bruins in Boston, the Flyers had seven wins, and they had allowed a total of seven goals in those victories. That’s parade hockey.

“Hopefully, we can build off this come playoff time,” said Carle, the Flyers’ steady, unheralded defenseman. “It’s a good time of the year to be playing like that.”

The Flyers are fifth in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the streaking fourth-place Penguins. If the regular season ends that way, the teams will meet in the opening playoff round.

Refreshingly candid, Carle said it’s not where the Flyers finish but how that is vital.

“I don’t know if that’s the most important thing right now,” said Carle when asked if the Flyers could make a run at overtaking the Rangers and Pens. “You want to be playing playoff hockey down the stretch, and wherever we are in the standings, that’s where we’ll be.

“You see it time and time again, where it doesn’t really matter where teams are in the standings, as long as you’re in there [the playoffs] and anything can happen. It’s not just in hockey, it’s in all sports. You saw the Giants this year winning the Super Bowl. Just playing the right way at the right time.”

A year ago, the Flyers faded down the stretch and fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in the East.

“We kind of lost it at the end of the year, so it was kind of a downer for us,” Carle said. “This year, I think we’re just trying to build and keep that playoff intensity.”

Sunday, against their pals from Western Pennsylvania and in a setting where they have regained their mojo, would be a good time to continue the building.

 


Inside the Flyers: Taking Care of Bryz-ness

Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers’ revived goalie, was unbeaten in seven March games entering Saturday’s matinee in Boston. His March numbers heading into that game:

 

Rec.   GAA   Save%   Shots/Saves   SO

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Six Nations: Gatland targets southern hemisphere scalps

Wales coach Warren Gatland has targeted major southern hemisphere scalps as his side celebrate their Grand Slam.

Gatland saw his team

win a second clean sweep

during his reign in a

compelling clash against France

in Cardiff.

Wales have not beaten World Champions New Zealand since 1953, have beaten South Africa only once and lost six of the last seven games against Australia.

“Our big aim is to be consistent in beating the southern hemisphere sides,” said New Zealander Gatland.

“And we have a young enough side that over the next few years hopefully we can do that.


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Welsh crowned Grand Slam champions

“We have been down in games during this tournament and we have learnt how to win ugly and in the past that may not have happened.

“We have accepted the tag of favourites, which has not always sat well on our shoulders.

“For a young side they have coped incredibly well and I think it can be good for us as a team over the next two or three years.”

Wales’ first chance of toppling one of the southern hemisphere’s big sides comes when they take on Australia in a three-Test tour in June.

Gatland said he hoped Wales continued to display the virtues of “honesty, and hard work” that underpinned their World Cup semi-final finish and the Six Nations success that has followed.

“These guys have been a real credit to themselves, Wales and Welsh rugby in how they have prepared themselves,” he said.

“They are excellent professionals and they make our job as coaches easy as they do more than what we expect and what is required.

“And when you have players doing that and looking after themselves and doing all the extras it goes a long way to making us coaches look good.”


Alex Cuthbert

Cuthbert edges Wales towards Grand Slam

Their victory came 48 hours after the

death of Welsh 1970s icon Mervyn Davies,

who had led the nation to one of its 11 Grand Slams in 1976.

Skipper Sam Warburton, who went off at half-time because of a shoulder injury said Davies’ death “put a downer” on the team a day before facing France.

“I was actually given his book by somebody about a week ago so I was about to read that,” he said.

“I was well aware of how great he was as a player and to be on a list of Grand Slam-winning captains alongside players like him makes me feel very privileged.”

France produced their best display of the tournament in Cardiff, having drawn with Ireland and lost to England in Paris.

But coach Philippe Saint Andre conceded Wales were deserved winners of Europe’s premier competition.

He said: “Congratulations to Wales – they deserve it. It was a very tough game, but we know to win the Grand Slam is not easy and they did it.

“They have a young generation of players and a good staff and I think they deserve it.

“They are the winners and in sport you only remember the winner, not the ones who finish second.

“We are sad and disappointed as it was not a bad performance but we finished fourth in the Six Nations.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/17418917