Darren Randolph made a string of superb saves as the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland drew 0-0 in Dublin.Northern Ireland have been plagued by poor finishing in their UEFA Nations League campaign and that profligacy came to the fore again in Thursday’s friendly, with Randolph at his best.Having made a brilliant stop to deny Gavin Whyte early on, the Middlesbrough goalkeeper pulled off two top-class saves in the second half to keep Liam Boyce and Jordan Jones at bay. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! While Northern Ireland’s troubles in front of goal have resulted in their relegation from Nations League Group B following Austria’s draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Randolph’s form will at least give the hosts confidence heading into Monday’s potentially crucial clash against Denmark.The Official Man of the Match goes to Ireland keeper Darren Randolph! What a performance from the Wicklow man! #COYBIG #IRLNIR pic.twitter.com/m1u3DZPXqF— FAIreland (@FAIreland) November 15, 2018Randolph came to the hosts’ rescue 14 minutes in, rushing out to deny Whyte after Shane Duffy’s error had enabled Boyce to break clear.Duffy should have atoned for that mistake at the other end soon after, only to mistime his header after meeting Robbie Brady’s pinpoint free-kick.Brady’s set-piece deliveries continued to present the home team’s greatest threat, with Darragh Lenihan sending another header at Bailey Peacock-Farrell before Glenn Whelan was taken off to a standing ovation on his 85th and potentially final cap.Boyce looked set to break the deadlock midway through the second half, but Randolph got down to make an instinctive stop.Randolph was not done there, though, as he lunged out to make a wonderful save with his leg to prevent Jones claiming the bragging rights for Northern Ireland. What does it mean? Goals in short supplyHaving managed just one goal from their three Nations League matches so far, Northern Ireland again failed to take their chances in Dublin.But while Michael O’Neill can take solace in the fact that his side are creating opportunities, Brady’s excellent set-pieces on his first international start in over a year seemed the Republic of Ireland’s only real attacking asset.Randolph the home side’s heroIt may just have been a friendly, but given the history between these two rivals, national pride was at stake. While the performance from the Republic of Ireland will perhaps raise questions over their management team, Randolph at least provided a much-needed boost for boss Martin O’Neill.O’Neill’s tinkering makes little differenceMartin O’Neill switched to a 3-5-2 system for this encounter, but apart from allowing Northern Ireland to pressurise his defenders as they attempted to play the ball out from the back, the change achieved little. The hosts rarely mounted a sustained spell of pressure during the stalemate.Key Opta facts:- Republic of Ireland have lost once in their last nine international matches against Northern Ireland (W4 D4) – a 1-0 loss at home in May 1999.- However, they have won only one of their last 10 matches in all competitions (D4 L5) and are winless in their last five (D3 L2) since a 2-1 victory against the USA back in June.- Northern Ireland have won just two of their last 12 games in all competitions (D3 L7) scoring only seven goals and conceding 14 during this period.- Northern Ireland have failed to score in any of their last seven away games (D2 L5), a run dating back to October 2017 – they last went longer without a goal away from home between May 1981 and October 1983 (run of nine).What’s next?The Republic of Ireland’s Nations League fate could already be settled by the time they face Denmark, who play Wales on Friday. Northern Ireland, meanwhile, round out their campaign against Austria on Sunday. read more
Brought to you by PCWorld Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 13, 2011 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 7 min read There’s no telling what the future will bring, but one thing is sure: In the world of technology, nothing stays the same for very long. The year 2010 wasn’t terribly turbulent for tech, but 2011 is shaping up to be more of a thrill than you might expect. From Android’s scorched-earth march across the industry to malware threats that we have yet to wrap our arms around, it seems as if everything is about to change. With that in mind, here are nine resolutions for the small business operator to think about for 2011.1. Ignore Android at Your PerilOnce upon a time, Android was a quaint alternative to the iPhone, a phone OS that only a hacker could love, and even then it was more like a sisterly love than a romantic attachment. Those days have quickly gone away. Now Android is a legitimate contender, and, in some markets, it’s outselling the iPhone. In fact, many a prediction has been made that Android will overtake the iPhone’s market share in 2011, which means that if you’re still developing apps only for the iPhone, it’s time to branch out. You also need to prepare for Android moving heavily onto larger platforms, as the more tablet-friendly Android 3.0 arrives in 2011.2. Start Prepping for Windows 8That’s right, you still haven’t learned all the secrets of Windows 7, but Windows 8 is fast approaching. Microsoft hasn’t announced an official release date, but most rumors and pundits figure it’ll ship in 2012. That means the Windows 8 beta will almost undoubtedly arrive sometime next year, and you’ll have to start tinkering with it so you’re not caught off guard when it ships.And if you haven’t yet done so, it’s time to start thinking seriously about getting off of Windows XP. Though minimal support has been extended until 2014, it’s getting awfully rickety as a platform, and some newer hardware is no longer supporting the OS.3. Accept Tablets as Mainstream DevicesWill the tablet PC replace the notebook computer as we know it? Not in 2011, but the damage is being done to the laptop world faster than you may think. Netbook sales have been the hardest hit, and the damage isn’t finished. Your employees are probably already clamoring for iPads and the like, and why not? It makes sense for a warehouse worker to tap updates on a screen rather than having to scribble numbers on paper and transcribe them later on a PC — or, even worse, trying to balance a laptop on his or her forearm and input the numbers one-handed. And in consumer electronics, no one istalking any longer about last year’s buzz category, 3D television. Instead, they’re all trying to figure out how to get into the tablet world.4. Make Mobile Security a Big DealThe app rush is far from over, and the growth of both smartphone and tablet PC platforms is about to create a bonanza for malware creators looking to cash in via the back door. Mobile exploits already exist, but so far they’ve largely been theoretical, limited in scope, or crudely crafted. That’s about to change — as the Chinese learned last month — and whether you are deploying phones and tablets to your employees or developing an app of your own, it’s time to get serious about securing those platforms. Yes, even if you’re an all-Apple shop.5. Leave No Stone Unturned When It Comes to SecurityWe’re putting security on this list twice, because that’s how big a deal it’s becoming. Facebook? Twitter? Great for reaching customers. Terrible for security.Attacks targeting workstations continue to grow in sophistication, to the point where “sandboxing” — relegating questionable applications to a walled-off portion of the OS — will become commonplace. And if the crooks can’t find their way into your company, they’ll simply go after the customers directly: Credit and debit card fraud is becoming rampant, some say because outsourced, offshore businesses with lax (or no) security measures now process the bulk of card payments. You can’t wait for an attack to hit you anymore. Now you have to be proactive about fighting it.On the other hand, security firm Solutionary’s Chief Security Strategist Jon Heimerl notes that some things won’t change: “We will see errors in operating systems, configuration errors or lapses, errors in applications, and errors in judgment by people who fall for social engineering attacks. Most of what we will see in 2011 will be nothing new.”6. Develop a Flash/HTML5 StrategyAre you going to develop your Website in Flash or the newcomer HTML5? Sadly, you’re probably stuck with both, at least for now. Click Here offers some advice on when you might want to consider one or the other: Flash if you’re heavily into Webcams or need DRM, HTML5 if mobile and Apple devices are a concern. But even this digital ad agency thinks that clients will need to pursue development on both technologies for the foreseeable future.7. Get Ready for VideoIt’s everywhere. From Youtube to Netflix to Skype conversations, video streams are clogging up the pipes everywhere from the backbone to your internal Wi-Fi network. You’ll need to prepare to upgrade capacity appropriately, or try (in futility) to lock down your network and keep video out. Given the increasing importance of video as a sales and customer service tool, though, the latter is probably a fool’s errand.8. Put Your Social Media in OrderIt’s Facebook’s world now. We just live in it. Today, there’s nothing that isn’t affected by social networks, and shopping is increasingly driven by Facebook, Twitter buzz, and even Youtube videos.Of course, Groupon and its ilk play a huge role here, too. Old Spice’s “I’m on a horse” commercial reportedly doubled sales after it became a Youtube hit and social news meme, and the trend — called “social selling” — is on the rise.Joshua Bixby of Web acceleration firm Strangeloop predicts that next year, 15 percent of all sales will come via social media and mobile apps. Even so, the Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute found in a new study that, for small businesses, their Websites were more important as sales-generation tools than any social media strategy.9. Figure Out the CloudCloud computing is being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the next decade. It’s not just about putting a spreadsheet on Google Docs or signing up for Salesforce.com anymore. The cloud now encompasses just about everything: Hiring contractors to develop apps remotely, real-time collaboration, and storing anything you have in a digital, distributed format.Security remains a serious and unavoidable concern: 58 percent of banks in one survey said they had no faith in the security safeguards of cloud-based technology. The outlook may be hazy for cloud technology, but it’s nonetheless certain to grow and become an increasing part of your business.Whether that growth will be through something like Microsoft’s new Office365 service (now in beta) or something more profound remains an open question, although one possibility is the evolution of hybrid cloud models that combine the scalability and low-cost benefits of cloud computing with the uptime and security benefits of dedicated hosting.