KO title, return of players boost Portmore

first_img It was welcome relief for Portmore, which had lost three consecutive matches in the Red Stripe Premier League. Hewitt said injuries were partially to blame for those setbacks. “There have been some injuries, so we had about four players who have not played in over six games … . [Injuries] have been contributing to our performances over the last few matches. But we are Portmore United, and whoever we put on the pitch must be ready to play, but we are just glad that we got our [injured] players back and we are just getting ready for the next round [of games],” he said. In Sunday’s parish knockout decider, Portmore controlled the match but found it difficult to score, even though they created a number of openings. Hewitt insists they must improve if they are aiming to win more trophies this season. “I thought the Bodles team was really organised; they must have had some quality to reach the final. They knew us and it was evident that they did their homework. They did not allow us to play our free-flowing football, but we eventually broke through and got two goals. “But I thought we could have done much better in front of goal and separate ourselves with a bigger margin. We created numerous chances, but we were unable to convert most of those. We got two goals and we are thankful, but still we have a lot of work to do in front of goal, and if we can convert half of the chances we create in the Premier League and domestic competition, we will be a force to reckon with,” he said. Bodles’ coach Lenworth Gordon said they were outclassed, but gave up ‘soft’ goals. “We went up against a good,-quality Portmore team, but gave away two soft goals and that was very hard to come back from because they didn’t give us any room to play, and they have quicker players,” he commented. Portmore United’s head coach Jeffrey Hewitt said they are elated to have won their first title of the season after beating Bodles FC 2-0 to win the St Catherine Happy Sutherland Knockout football competition. Hewitt dedicated the victory to the club’s long-serving chairman, Herman Ming, and his family and noted that now that their injured players have recovered, their form should improve in the Red Stripe Premier League. “It’s the first title for the season and we are very happy to have got it, and I want to say thanks to all who have been supporting us, especially the Ming family, and this victory is dedicated to them,” said Hewitt, whose team won Sunday’s title match at Spanish Town Prison Oval courtesy of Tremaine Stewart’s double in the 34th and 69th minutes of a largely one-sided contest. WELCOME WINlast_img read more

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World’s second biggest wearables maker debuts new smartwatch

first_imgTags:#Fitbit#fitness trackers#Huami#Internet of Things#IoT#wearables#Xiaomi Chinese wearables maker Huami recently launched its latest product —  the Amazfit smartwatch. Anhui Huami Information Technology Co. Ltd. launched its new connected wearable device in late August.Huami, which is headquartered in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei, is better known as the maker of the Xiaomi fitness tracking wrist band which has sold more than 20 million units.“The Xiaomi band reminds us of the success and glory we have achieved, while the smartwatch represents our ambitions for the future,” said Huang Wang, Huami chief executive officer.Huami was established in early 2014 and financed by Shunwei Capital Partners and Xiaomi Corp, one of China’s leading electronics and smartphone makers. By August Huami had rolled out the Xiaomi wrist band on the market.Since then, Morningside Ventures, Banyan Capital and Sequoia Capital invested another $35 million in Huami. And as the company’s valuation hits $800 million, is now preparing for a third round of funding, according to Huang.Huami takes global second placeThe company was ranked as second in the global wearables market, after U.S. rival Fitbit. As well, Forbes named Huami one of China’s 50 fastest growing technology firms in late 2015.The company’s total sales revenue in 2015 was $151.5 million with 2016 projections expected to grow to $225 million.According to a report on second-quarter wearable sales, Fitbit retained the top spot in the wearables market. It sold 5.7 million fitness trackers in Q2, a 28% year-on-year (YOY) growth. Xiaomi also retained its second place, but only had 2.5% growth YOY.“Basic wearables, which include most fitness trackers, have benefited from a combination of factors: a clear value proposition for end-users, an abundant selection of devices from multiple vendors, and affordable price points,” said IDC’s Ramon Llamas. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck Donal Powercenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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