German midfielder Toni Kroos, offered an interview in which he opened up about Real Madrid’s biggest problems from the start of the season.Now that Real Madrid appears to have recovered from the terrible start of the season they had under manager Julen Lopetegui, midfielder Toni Kroos spoke freely about the reasons behind this level drop in Los Blancos during an interview with ‘Die Welt’.The main factor appears to be a physical conditioning that the players didn’t have by the start of the season, Julen Lopetegui brought his very own therapist and he left Antonio Pintus on the sidelines, the physical guru that kept all the Real Madrid players fit during the last three seasons.Every single year has been the same for Los Blancos, they start the season slow and sometimes even give up La Liga very early in the competition but they eventually recover well-enough to fight again for the Champions League trophy.But this season without Pintus or Zidane for that matter, things seemed to be going differently because Julen Lopetegui didn’t understand how the dynamic of these players worked.It didn’t take long for president Florentino Perez to realize that Julen wasn’t the man for the job and he decided to sack him in order to give Santiago Solari a chance as the interim manager.Kroos: “Por supuesto que tuvimos algunos problemas y regalamos demasiados puntos en la primera mitad de la temporada en la Liga. Sin embargo, siempre supe que teníamos un equipo de primera. Todavía tenemos la oportunidad de ganar títulos”.https://t.co/DnF2CcXlaT— Arancha Rodríguez (@AranchaMOBILE) January 29, 2019While the Argentine manager was also dragging all the negative energy from the last boss, he did understand that bringing Pintus to the front of the whole operation was essential and the players would need a couple of months to get back into rhythm.Now after a few months have passed, things don’t seem to have turned up so bad as they are still alive in Copa del Rey and they are not so far away from La Liga’s top contenders Barcelona (only 10 points).The players still hadn’t talked about the reason behind this massive change of dynamic, but Toni Kroos did offer an interview to German publication ‘Die Welt’ and explained what the whole process has been like under the new manager.All the players seem to be in a good dynamic now, they have no doubts that they will fight for trophies by the end of the season and they even still hold a beacon of hope to fight for La Liga when the time comes to play the important matches during the final months of the competition.Toni Kroos is a perfect example of how far along the squad has come with this new regime, he started the season in very poor form and now things are vastly different only by looking at his latest performances with the club.Toni Kroos vs. Espanyol:90 Minutes113 Touches (most)85/88 Passes6/8 Long Balls96.6% Pass Accuracy (highest)6 Crosses (most)4 Tackles (most)3 Shots3 Key Passes3 Times Fouled (most)1 Interception1 Clearance 1 Dribble1 Aerial Duel WonZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Glad he’s back pic.twitter.com/LUXXoKPA3p— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) January 29, 2019“The secret lies in not making too many mistakes. Every victory fills the whole squad with confidence in ourselves, you get good sensations…” said Kroos during the interview.“We never stopped working hard, even when things didn’t go our way and we made a lot of mistakes. We had some problems and we have given away too many La Liga points during the first half of the season, but that’s in the past now.”“It is very important having someone who can physically take us to a top level of performance, but this is not as easy as it sounds during the season because you can’t have the more traditional type of preparation due to the tight calendar.”“Antonio Pintus has been here all along, but he may have had a slightly bigger influence with Zidane than he did with Lopetegui, who brought his own physical therapist.”“The most important thing now is that some players are in much better shape than during the first half of the season.”“We still have two competitions to worry about and that’s our main focus, because we still have chances to win titles this season.”“After the Club World Cup, it wasn’t the ideal time to have closure with anything or making an evaluation because we were still right in the middle of the season.”“This whole year has been very much like a footballer’s life, with ups and downs, that’s what makes it so interesting,” he concluded.⚽🎯 ¡Diana!🇩🇪 @ToniKroos 🇫🇷 @Benzema📍 #RMCity pic.twitter.com/RG4muf0kAJ— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) January 22, 2019Which trophies do you think Real Madrid still has a chance of winning this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global I am not an expert on security issues, but I’ll lend my opinion to you.First of all, if you want to offer WiFi in your cafe, consider outsourcing the provision of the service to a 3rd party company such as http://www.whotspot.com, which specializes in this. If you want to offer WiFi access yourself and it is going to be for free, simply segment your network with a router and firewall. On one network you can use it for your own Internet access and on the other network open it to the public and provide visitors with your security key to access the WiFi network. I hope this helps.Ramon RayEditor & Technology EvangelistSmallbiztechnology.com February 9, 2008 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
“I am part of a growing movement in the tech industry advocating for more transparency, oversight and accountability for the systems we build.”– Jack Poulson, former Google Scientist Project Dragonfly is making its rounds on the internet yet again. Jack Poulson, a former Google scientist who quit Google in September 2018, over its plan to build a censored search engine in China, has written a letter to the U.S. senators revealing new details of this project. The letter lists several details of Google’s work on the Chinese search engine that had been reported but never officially confirmed by the company. He affirms that some company employees may have “actively subverted” an internal privacy review of the system. Poulson was strictly opposed to the idea of Google supporting China’s censorship on subjects by blacklisting keywords such as human rights, democracy, peaceful protest, and religion in its search engine. In protest to this project more than 1,000 employees had signed an open letter asking the company to be transparent. Many employees, including Poulson, took the drastic step of resigning from the company altogether. Now, in fear of Google’s role in violating human rights in China, Poulson has sent a letter to members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The letter stated that there has been “a pattern of unethical and unaccountable decision making from company leadership” at Google. He has requested Keith Enright, Google’s chief privacy officer, to respond to concerns raised by 14 leading human rights groups, who said in late August that Dragonfly could result in Google “directly contributing to, or [becoming] complicit in, human rights violations.” The letter highlights a major flaw in the process of developing the Chinese search platform. He says there was “a catastrophic failure of the internal privacy review process, which one of the reviewers characterized as [having been] actively subverted.” Citing anonymous sources familiar to the project, the Intercept affirms that the “catastrophic failure” Poulson mentioned, relates to an internal dispute between Google employees- those who work on privacy issues and engineers who developed the censored search system. The privacy reviewers were led to believe that the code used for developing the engine did not involve user data. After The Intercept exposed the project in early August, the privacy reviewers reviewed the code and felt that their colleagues working on Dragonfly had seriously and purposely misled them. The engine did involve user data and was designed to link users’ search queries to their personal phone number, track their internet movements, IP addresses, and information about the devices they use and the links they clicked on. Poulson told the senators that he could “directly verify“ that a prototype of Dragonfly would allow a Chinese partner company to “search for a given user’s search queries based on their phone number.” The code incorporates an extensive censorship blacklist developed in accordance with the Chinese government. It censors words like the English term “human rights”, the Mandarin terms for ‘student protest’ and ‘Nobel prize’, and very large numbers of phrases involving ‘Xi Jinping’ and other members of the CCP. The engine is explicitly coded to ensure only Chinese government-approved air quality data would be returned in response to Chinese users’ search. This incident takes us back to August 2018, when in an Open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the US Senator for Florida Marco Rubio led by a bipartisan group of senators, expressed his concerns over the project being “deeply troubling” and risks making “Google complicit in human rights abuses related to China’s rigorous censorship regime”. If Google does go ahead with this project, other non-democratic nations can follow suit to demand customization of the search engine as per their rules, even if they may violate human rights. Citizens will have to think twice before leaving any internet footprint that could be traced by the government. To gain deeper insights on this news, you can head over to The Intercept. Read Next 1k+ Google employees frustrated with continued betrayal, protest against Censored Search engine project for China Skepticism welcomes Germany’s DARPA-like cybersecurity agency – The federal agency tasked with creating cutting-edge defense technology Google’s ‘mistakenly deployed experiment’ covertly activated battery saving mode on multiple phones today