Sherwood speaks out: Axed Aston Villa boss has his say

first_img1 Tim Sherwood Tim Sherwood has expressed his disappointment at being axed by Aston Villa.Appointed as Paul Lambert’s successor in February, Sherwood led the club to Premier League safety last season and into the final of the FA Cup.But the 46-year-old’s reign was brought to end on Sunday after Villa slumped to a sixth successive Premier League defeat.“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to carry on in my role as manager of Aston Villa,” said Sherwood on Monday, in a statement released through the League Managers’ Association. “I knew when I took on the role that it would be a big challenge, but it proved to be one I greatly enjoyed and I know I have learned a lot from this experience. “Obviously, the initial priority was to stay in the Premier League, but beating Liverpool in the FA Cup semi at Wembley and then leading the team out for the Final was an achievement and experience that I will treasure for the rest of my career.“I’d like to thank my coaching staff and the staff throughout the club for their dedication, the Villa fans for their passionate support and the players, who gave everything during my time at the club.“I wish the club all the best for the rest of the season and indeed for the future.”Former Arsenal midfielder Remi Garde is the early favourite to succeed Sherwood in the Villa Park hotseat.Garde is available after leaving Lyon in 2014 to take a break for personal reasons.Ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes, currently in charge at Real Sociedad, has also been backed but said last week he wanted to stay in Spain.Dwight Yorke, meanwhile, has put his name forward for the job but the former Villa striker’s lack of managerial experience is likely to rule him out of contention.last_img read more

Go Geocaching and Don’t Forget Your Sheep

first_imgHere’s a little geocaching scenario for you. You’re about to embark on your next geocaching adventure. Your mind starts racing through the all-too-familiar checklist: GPS (check), pen (check), extra batteries (check)… wait, you’re forgetting something. What could it be? Extra batteries? Nope. You almost forgot to bring your stuffed-animal sheep. Whew, that was a close call.That’s the actual geocaching checklist for Ontario’s Cheryl Shaw and her husband Dave Devine. They call themselves “Team Sheep.”Cheryl and Dave (minus sheep)Cheryl and Dave started geocaching just over a year ago. Almost all of their 401 finds share something in common— a picture of their stuffed animal sheep with the cache. Cheryl says, “I now own more pictures of that sheep than I do of my family.”The whole practice of posing a stuffed animal by a cache began innocently enough.Cheryl says, “It all started with some travel coin I picked up. They wanted a picture with the coin and me. But somehow I didn’t feel like being photographed that day. So I looked around my house for something cutesy to photograph with the coin and found ‘sheep’ sitting on my sewing table. ‘Good enough,’ I thought, and out the door I went to go caching. Since then, I have photographed the sheep at every cache we have found.”Sheep proposesThe sheep, and his wardrobe, evolved. He now has several outfits, everything from a karate uniform, fatigues and a hockey jersey to seasonal outfits for Easter, Halloween and Christmas. He even has a tux.Cheryl says that the sheep recently got serious about a relationship: “Last week he even proposed to a fellow cacher ring and all!”The other cacher had just gotten engaged. Cheryl says the sheep has developed his own personality. The log that accompanies the proposal picture reads: “We told the geo sheep about how Lisa got engaged and he was a little heartbroken, ‘Tell her that if things don’t work out with that nano guy I’m available!’ he said.’Sure thing’ we said, ‘You were definitely her second choice.’”“It certainly adds to the fun to geocache with an avatar,” Cheryl says. “Cache owners have appreciated the sheep pictures. When people contact me they act like sheep is real, such as ‘say hi to sheep for me, or sheep looked very handsome today or sorry I missed meeting the sheep.’” She has even received fan mail for sheep.Even if you never see sheep on your geocaching rounds, Cheryl hopes the idea travels. “I would thoroughly recommend that other cachers use an avatar. It’s fun. It’s more than just signing a log and running away. We try very hard to pose the sheep and take several pictures, choosing the best one for the web page.”She says that there are other benefits to using an avatar as well.  “We tend to remember all our caches better, and best of all sheep always has some smart remark or stupid joke about the cache. (He can get away with saying things I can’t.)”With more than 400 cache logs in one year, there’s no telling where sheep may show up next. If you’re in the Ottawa, Ontario area, you can now visit Cheryl’s first “sheep-themed” cache, “The Sheeps’ Revenge” (GC25CMF).Would you ever consider using an avatar? What sort of avatar would you use?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

Google Is Also Entering The Arm Race With Its Own Smartwatch [Pictures]

first_imgWe might look back on 2013 as the year when wearable computing came in vogue. Apple is reportedly working on a smartwatch. Samsung too. The rumor mill now tells us that Google is working on the concept of a smartwatch and has been for some time.According to a report from the Financial Times, Google filed for a patent in 2011 for a concept known as a “smart-watch.” The patent was approved last October, and Google has its Android team working on integration, according to the report. (See also: Arm Race: Samsung To Build A Smartwatch, Too)Google apparently gave the future of mobile technology a thorough look several years ago, and seems to have decided that wearable computing might well be the next hot area. The search giant has made waves with its Google Glasses and revealed a talking smart shoe during South By Southwest Interactive earlier this month. A smartwatch would fit perfectly into Google’s coalescing vision of wearable computing.(See also: Apple’s iWatch Ambition Is Real — And Here’s How It Might Work)From the abstract to Google’s patent, here is its concept for what a smartwatch might entail.A smart-watch can include a wristband, a base, and a flip up portion. The base can be coupled to the wristband and include a housing, a processor, a wireless transceiver, and a tactile user interface. The wireless transceiver can be configured to connect to a wireless network. The tactile user interface can be configured to provide interaction between a user and the smart-watch. The flip up portion can be displaceable between an open position exposing the base and a closed position concealing the base. Further, the flip up portion can include: a top display exposed when the flip up portion is in the closed position, and an inside display opposite the top display. The inside display can be concealed when the flip up portion is in the closed position and be exposed when the flip up portion is in the open position.The patent description gives us a better idea on what a smartwatch might entail. It would have its own wireless connectivity (not using a smartphone’s connection, like the Pebble smartwatch does). It would have a touchscreen. It would have its own processor, likely to run the Android operating system. The language and the “flip up portion” is a little confusing. From the pictures in the patent filing, it looks like the watch could have a flip top that could be used as an augmented reality layer, not unlike how Google employs augmented reality in Google Glass. The race for the smartwatch is truly on. We have three great companies in Apple, Google and Samsung looking to push the bounds of mobile innovation and cross it with wearable computing. In the end, it looks like we as consumers become the winners. Here are several of Google’s smartwatch diagrams from its patent:Perspective view of the smart watch, with a flip-up portion in the closed positionPerspective view of the smart watch with a flip-up portion in the open positionPerspective view of the smart watch in a “first application” (apparently real-time price and health-benefit comparison of coffee drinks)Perspective view of the smart watch in a “second application” (apparently real-time urban navigation) dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#Google#smart watch last_img read more

Verizon Terremark Wants To Change The Architecture Of The Cloud

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#IaaS#object storage#public cloud#Verizon Terremark brian proffitt Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Another major cloud service is angling today to join the pantheon of public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Rackspace and Windows Azure. Verizon Terremark, a unit formed by Verizon’s $1.4 billion purchase of the Miami-based cloud vendor Terremark in 2011, is launching two new public infrastructure services today: Verizon Cloud Compute and Verizon Cloud Storage.But what will this new public cloud offering give the world that it already doesn’t have? Verizon Terremark’s infrastructure-as-a-service Cloud Compute and object storage Cloud Storage offerings are most analogous to Amazon Web Service’s EC2 and S3 services, respectively. But VT claims it offers some key technological and business advantages. Let’s have a look.The Technology ArgumentFor starters, VT claims its networking architecture will allow for multi-tier networking, with multiple network interfaces available to any virtual machine. Applications running on the VT cloud service can have any number of tiers available, from the client-server two-tier architecture, to the more stable three-tier presentation-business-data architecture that is common for many web apps and beyond. Using multi-tier networking can introduce a lot of stability and fault-tolerance into an application; the more parts of an application’s process that are handled by different machines on the network, the less chance there is for the application to fail. And, if you want to swap out a software component of the application, it can be done without rewriting the whole app. But, there’s a catch. Any time an application process or data has to jump from one machine to another, it slows the process down. The more tiers introduced, the slower the process gets, as information has to potentially hop multiple times from one server to the next.To adjust for this problematic latency, Verizon Terremark CTO John Considine told me that the topography of the network will also be laid out as an “ultra-flat network,” which means that inside each of the new public cloud’s seven regions, virtual-machine-to-virtual-machine communication will be done in one network hop, even if there are hundreds of thousands of virtual machines within a region’s virtual network.This is a sharp departure from what Considine called the typical leaf-and-spine topography seen in many places today. That topography, he claims, leaves many network links oversubscribed and can introduce latency into the system—especially with multi-tier network architecture. “We’ve removed the restrictions on where in a region we put a customer’s servers,” he said. “We can do this by rewriting network packets on the network layer as the packets move through the network.”Besides the improvement in multi-tier processes, Considine argues, Verizon Cloud customers shouldn’t have to suffer the so-called “bad neighbor” effect that can adversely affect one or more virtual machines if a nearby virtual machine is hogging too many network resources. Considine says that should help increase reliability of the VMs on the network.This kind of network flexibility is pretty much what you would expect a network provider would feature: after managing a network of its own for so long, one would expect VT to have some decent tricks up its sleeve. Such network flexibility should translate into faster multi-tier applications, if developers want to build them.The Business ArgumentFrom a business perspective, Verizon claims its Cloud Compute customers will have far more control over the resources they use on the cloud.For example, in AWS’s EC2 service, the m1.small server instance offers 1.7GB of RAM. So, Considine said, a customer with a 2GB app can either try to squeeze the app into the smaller 1.7GB space, or upgrade to Amazon’s next instance, the 3.75GB m1.medium, and pay more.By contrast, Verizon prices its services are priced by the gigabyte and the gigahertz. Servers, then, can be better sized to a customer’s actual need, Considine said.Verizon has also simplified pricing by eliminating, for instance, charges per input/output of memory transferred.Simplified pricing would be a cool part of this new cloud service; given that some customers actually attend seminars to learn just how to read a bill from AWS, simplicity would be a welcome breath of fresh air.The Bottom LineU.S. customers will get the most access right now, with four available cloud regions. The EMEA will have two available cloud regions, and another cloud region in Brazil. The APEC region will see availability of Verizon Terremark cloud services in 2014, Considine said.If these cloud services deliver what they promise, Verizon Terremark could shake up the public cloud market. The company is targeting enterprise customers (naturally), but it is also driving towards medium-sized and government clients as well—the latter being a direct square-off with AWS’s recent claim staking of the government sector this summer.Lots of companies have tried to knock AWS off the top of the public-cloud heap, but Verizon Terremark might have a better chance than most. Unlike AWS and all of the other cloud competitors, VT controls a network, which may give it an advantage until the other services can catch up.Image courtesy of Wikimapiacenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Odisha to give aid to four govt. hospitals, increase bed capacity

first_imgAnnouncing that the newly launched ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative has proved successful, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced a series of measures to support four government hospitals in south Odisha. The scheme was launched on October 2. “On Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, ‘Mo Sarkar’ was launched. We focused on police and health. I have made 120 calls and the response has been overwhelming,” said Mr. Patnaik in a statement. Team visitFollowing the launch, the Chief Minister had sent senior officers across the State with a directive to visit at least 15 districts. “The feedback has been very inspiring and the response by both police and health functionaries has been very encouraging,” he said.As a follow-up to the first day of ‘Mo Sarkar’ team visit, based on patients’ feedback and discussions with doctors, Mr. Patnaik announced that the Rogi Kalyan Samitis of the four hospitals – Malkangiri district hospital, Koraput medical college, Koraput district hospital and Nabarangpur district hospital – will be given ₹15 lakh from the CM’s Relief Fund for patient welfare. A sum of ₹10 lakh will be provided for promotion of blood donation activities. As regards the Malkangiri hospital, Mr. Patnaik announced increase of bed capacity to 200, provision of accommodation for doctors and transit home, rest shed for attendants and daily bus service from Motu to Malkangiri.For the medical college at Koraput, Mr. Patnaik ordered detailed planning for composite hospital with 500 beds and enhancement of beds to 700 within two years. Besides, the college will have staff quarters and transit home, five ambulances and three Mahaprayan vehicles and rest shed for attendants as an interim measure. The bed strength of the Koraput district hospital will be increased to 250 and that of Nabarangpur district hospital to 200.last_img read more

Cong-BJP pact for normalcy after turmoil in Parliament

first_imgThe Congress and the BJP on Monday appeared to have struck yet another mutually beneficial deal to resolve the Parliament logjam over the CAG report on the Commonwealth Games.After forcing adjournment of both Houses of Parliament for the day without transacting any business, demanding the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and seeking action against Sports Minister Ajay Maken for “misleading” Parliament, the BJP mellowed down in the evening after back channel talks with Congress managers.According to the deal, the government has agreed to a discussion (without voting) in both Houses on Maken’s statement in Parliament on the NDA government’s role in the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi as CWG organising committee chief, on Tuesday. BJP MP Kirti Azad is expected to initiate the discussion in the Lok Sabha to which Maken will respond.Government sources said senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who had moved a privilege motion against Maken, would not press for any action against him.NDA leaders, including L. K. Advani, discussed the issue in the morning. Later, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said: “We seek the ouster of Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit.” BJP MPs stormed the well, demanding Maken be sacked as soon as the Houses assembled.They also raised slogans against the sports minister, plunging the Houses into turmoil and adjournment.But the situation changed dramatically by evening after finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal held talks with senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Swaraj.advertisementlast_img read more

Indigenous youth find hidden talent in robotic program

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsArmed with a new set of skills six Indigenous youth are ready to share their knowledge. All thanks to robots.First Peoples Development Inc. teamed up with Cogmation Robotics to create a program to educate kids from remote communities.Students first learn how to be build and program a robot. They then share what they’ve learned with First Nations in Manitoba.“What we’ve done is we’ve taken a half dozen Aboriginal youth who had no previous computer programming experience and mentored them intensely for a five-week period,” said Chris Schulz, program manager of Cogmation Robotics. “Now they’re actually able to teach others about how this works and be an inspiration and a role model to other people in different communities.”The program began three years ago as a way to show remote communities different employment opportunities.“The hidden talents (are) there that they didn’t know they had. So we just like to hope that we bring something to help them. Having these instructors they open our eyes to what is there,” said Ethel Anderson, president of First Peoples Development Inc.Using Lego models, participants learn the ins and outs of software development with an emphasis on coding.“My favourite thing now is I’m excited to go into the communities and teaching other kids and other people,” said Lisa Harper, graduate of Aboriginal Robotics Program.Instructors will visits 16 communities throughout northern Manitoba starting this week wrapping up in [email protected]last_img read more