World Cup Betting Preview: Quarterfinals – Uruguay vs. Ghana

(Winner Group A)
(Runner Up Group D)

After two days without any action on the pitches of South Africa, World Cup betting kicks off once again on Friday. In one of the two quarterfinal matches on the day, Uruguay faces off with Ghana. The semifinals awaits for the winner of this fixture, with either Holland or Brazil waiting in the wings.

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Even though no one is really giving it a chance to win the World Cup, Uruguay has still been one of the most impressive sides in this tournament both offensively and defensively. Yes, the level of competition just hasn’t been there for the South American nation, and this won’t be any real exception, but allowing just one goal in four matches is always impressive regardless of who you are playing at this level. Both Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez continue to lead the way for Uruguay, as that duo has combined to score five goals in this tournament. Suarez netted a pair of strikes against South Korea, the second of which less than ten minutes before the death, sent the Uruguayans into the quarterfinals.

Ghana is the only non-group winner to make it out of the first knockout round in this tournament. It is also just the third African side to reach the quarterfinals and can be the first ever to make it to the semifinals with a win on Friday. The Black Stars were ridiculed for poor offensive play during the group stages, and for good reason. The team hadn’t scored a goal that didn’t come from the penalty spot during its first three matches. That all changed against the United States in the Round of 16 when Kevin Prince Boateng got the scoring started just five minutes into the match. However, it was Asamoah Gyan who had the final word after the Stars and Stripes leveled the match an hour into the festivities and sent it to extra time, as it was the Ghanaian star that split a pair of defenders in the US box and blasted a beautiful goal past GK Tim Howard to move Ghana on. One would like to think that Gyan will need to leave his mark on this match as well if the Black Stars are going to continue to carry the African hope for a World Cup winner into the semifinals.

This is probably the hardest fixture of the four to call over the course of this weekend. We know that Uruguay has played well, but the longer that Ghana lasts in this tournament, the more and more the entire continent is going to be pulling it on. The Black Stars aren’t going to win the World Cup, but this is a winnable fixture. South American dominance is going to come to a close here on Friday and Saturday, as the Uruguayans are going to be the second team bounced from their continent out of the World Cup.

Selection: Ghana to Advance +170 at Brobury Sports

Power Integrations Sets Up Local-Language Websites for Power Supply Designers

Wireless News July 30, 2009

Wireless News 07-30-2009 Power Integrations Sets Up Local-Language Websites for Power Supply Designers Type: News in our site power supply calculator

Power Integrations, a provider of high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, has launched four new Asian-language websites, giving engineers in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan access to a variety of design tools and technical information in their local languages.

To meet the needs of power supply designers in Asia, the websites deliver comprehensive local-language design resources, including Design Ideas, how-to videos, the new External Power Supply Efficiency Compliance Calculator, and Power Integrations’ power supply design software, PI Expert. The websites also host the Power Integrations “Green Room,” featuring the latest information about energy-efficient design, along with a comprehensive directory of worldwide energy-efficiency standards and specifications.

Doug Bailey, VP marketing at Power Integrations, said, “Outstanding technical support is one of the cornerstones of our approach to serving the needs of power supply designers. Power Integrations’ philosophy is to maintain a strong physical presence close to customers, and that extends to our online presence. Providing technical material in the four most widely spoken Asian languages will make it easier for designers to find what they need, when they need it – simplifying and expediting their design process.” go to website power supply calculator

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