Liverpool star ‘can beat any player in this league’ says defender Toure

first_imgLiverpool defender Kolo Toure has hailed Raheem Sterling following the Harlesden teenager’s recent performances. The 19-year-old has gone from strength to strength this season and has made nine consecutive starts for Brendan Rodgers’ side.Sterling has been touted as a strong contender for England’s World Cup squad, particularly as Arsenal’s Theo Walcott has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.“For me at the moment Raheem is one of the best players in our team,” Toure told the Liverpool Echo.“He can beat any player in this league with his pace and skill. He’s very strong and compact. He works so hard for the team and this boy certainly has a very bright future.“He’s playing more games now and when you play a number of games in a row you get a lot of confidence. For a young player like that to be playing at that level is amazing.”See also:Sterling assured over Liverpool role Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

7% of U.S. Consumers “Very Likely” to Buy an iPad

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology About half of all iPad owners read newspapers on their tablets and more than a third read magazines. For other e-readers, these numbers hover slightly above 10%. This low number doesn’t come as a surprise, as these devices were clearly designed as e-book readers and don’t offer a convenient way to read newspapers on the Web. Even on these devices, however, the number of people who use them to read newspaper and magazines has almost doubled in the last few months. frederic lardinois Tags:#Apple#mobile#Statistics#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to ChangeWave, iPad owners mostly use their devices to surf the Web (83%), check email (71%) and use apps from the app store (56%). About a third of iPad owners use their tablets to read e-books. According to some analysts, Apple is now selling more iPads than Macs. Judging from the latest survey data from ChangeWave Research, the demand for Apple’s tablets in the U.S. will only continue to grow. About 7% of all respondents to ChangeWave’s survey said that they were “very likely” to buy an iPad and another 13% said that they were “somewhat likely” to buy one. The large majority of iPad owners said that they were “very satisfied” with their purchase, though about 11% cited the lack of Flash-support as their biggest gripe against the iPad. Focus: E-Books, Newspaper and MagazinesAmong those respondents who already owned an e-reader, the Kindle is still the most popular device (62%). After just a few weeks on the market, however, the iPad already registered a 16% share in this survey, which puts it far ahead of the Sony Reader family and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.A lot has been written about how the advent of e-readers, the iPad and similar tablets will change the magazine and newspaper industry. While the exact extent of the iPad’s influence on these industries still isn’t clear, it’s worth noting that iPad owners are far more likely to use their tablets to read newspapers and magazines than those who own any other kind of e-reader. last_img read more

Building a Foam-Free House

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img UPDATED on May 22, 2015Many green builders want to build a foam-free house — that is, a house without any rigid foam insulation or spray foam insulation. The reasons behind this desire vary: some builders dislike foam because it is manufactured from petroleum; some because of off-gassing worries; some because of foam’s relatively high embodied energy; some because of the negative environmental effects of the blowing agents used to make foam; and some because they prefer to use natural building materials like straw bales.I believe that the use of some types of foam insulation is often defensible, and that there are valid counterarguments to many anti-foam positions. However, I’m not going to debate these issues in this article. Instead, I’m going to provide recommendations for those who want to build a foam-free house.To build a foam-free house, designers and builders can choose from a variety of foam-free approaches to accomplish the following tasks:Some of these tasks — for example, insulating an attic floor — are easy. Others — for example, insulating a slab on grade — are more challenging.As long as the rafters are deep enough, vented cathedral ceilings can be insulated with a wide variety of fluffy insulation materials, including cellulose, denim batts, mineral wool, or fiberglass.For more information on ways to detail vented cathedral ceilings, see How to Build an Insulated Cathedral Ceiling.Creating a foam-free unvented cathedral ceiling is challenging. The only approach that I can think of is to install a thick layer of semi-rigid mineral wool insulation above the roof sheathing, followed by another layer of roof sheathing. The mineral wool insulation would need to be thick enough to keep the lower layer of roof sheathing above the dew point during the winter.While it’s fairly common to install semi-rigid mineral wool insulation… last_img read more

IBM Makes OpenStack The Cloud Platform To Beat

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud antone gonsalves Tags:#Cisco#cloud computing#cloudstack#dell#Hewlett-Packard#IBM#OpenStack#Rackspace#VMware center_img With IBM tossing its might behind OpenStack, the open source software used to run cloud-computing installations is in a strong position to become the dominant platform in the industry.OpenStack RisingIBM announced Monday that it will make OpenStack the foundation of its cloud services and software. In backing the open source project, Big Blue joined other tech heavyweights behind the technology, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Cisco, Red Hat and Rackspace.“IBM is the big fish in the sea and for them to make the level of commitment that they did today is a big deal,” said James Staten, analyst for Forrester Research. “That’s the kind of heft OpenStack needs.”The announcement is likely to send OpenStack’s two main competitors VMware and CloudStack, another open source cloud computing platform, into a battle for second place.“OpenStack has won the race to become the standard, and it has done it rapidly,” Ann Winblad, a venture capitalist and a managing director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, told AllThingsD.IBM And Open SourceIBM has conducted a long love affair with open source software. In 2000, it backed Linux and a year later committed $1 billion to the development of the operating system. IBM’s support helped drive Linux into large organizations and made it a viable competitor against Microsoft as a server platform.“IBM could have the same impact on OpenStack as it did on the Linux world,” Staten said.IBM recognized years ago that open source code fit its business strategy a lot better than proprietary technology. The company draws most of its $100 billion in annual revenue from providing IT services. By basing a lot of its own technology on the code from various open source projects, as well as industry standards, IBM is able to work its hardware and software into what enterprise types call “heterogeneous computing environments” — the combinations of patched-together technology from a variety of vendorstypically found in large companies, the segment of the tech market IBM is strongest.“IBM has really great credibility in the open source community,” Gary Chen, analyst for International Data Corp., said. “They really do understand open source.”IBM’s First OpenStack ProductIBM followed its announcement with the introduction of its first OpenStack-based product, SmartCloud Orchestrator. SmartCloud is the brand name for IBM’s platform for running cloud installations in customers’ or IBM’s data centers or in a combination of both. Orchestrator is a service customers use to configure the computing, storage and networking resources for cloud applications.One unanswered question is how IBM will integrate its current SmartCloud code base with OpenStack. In an interview with NetworkWorld, Robert LeBlanc, a senior vice president of software for IBM, waxed mystical in describing how Big Blue will handle the transition.“We’re on a continual journey,” LeBlanc said. “But we think this is a major step in that journey.”Cloud StandardsIBM clearly wants to influence OpenStack’s technological direction and efforts to develop industry standards for cloud computing, which is still a relatively immature architecture. IBM has formed a 400-member Cloud Standards Customer Council to help push other tech vendors in a direction favorable to IBM. The company says it has more than 5,000 customers running private clouds on its platform.IBM is also a major player in standards bodies, such as the World Wide Web Consortium and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).While standards are key to making different technologies work together, they won’t help companies make the cultural changes necessary to adopt cloud computing and make it work. Delivering applications as a Web service dramatically changes the role of IT departments and affects how employees interact with software, too.Because of its success in professional services, IBM is in a strong position to help companies make those cultural changes, but it won’t be easy. “A lot of enterprises are not ready to hear it,” Staten said.Nevertheless, the momentum in the tech industry is behind cloud computing. The public cloud service market alone is expected to grow 18.5% this year to $131 billion worldwide.With that much money on the table, IBM plans to become a major player in the market and is betting that OpenStack can help it achieve that goal.Image courtesy of ShutterStock Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

8 Ways To Leverage The “I Like To Watch” Ubertrend

first_imgmichael tchong What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Were you surprised that the Boston Marathon bombers were caught on video? You shouldn’t have been. How about a meteor falling in Russia? Or a pizza delivery guy urinating on a customer’s door after receiving too small a tip? Then there’s that plane crashing on a Russian highway.All these phenomena are part of an ubertrend I call Voyeurgasm – and it’s changing our lives and maybe even your future.CBS dedicates part of its website, called Caught on Tape, to videos like these. It’s a nod to the global popularity of YouTube, which announced this March that it reached 1 billion monthly users who watch some 6 billion hours of video each month.The History Of VoyeurgasmVoyeurgasm, the “I like to watch” ubertrend, made its debut with the Rodney King beating in 1991, arguably one of the first surreptitiously videotaped events to make headlines. What came next was a host of candid moments caught by camcorders, surveillance cameras or mobile phones – a wave that virtually guarantees that one day just about everything will be digitally captured. How to Get Started in China and Have Success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … This ubertrend spurred a host of subtends, including reality shows, like MTV’s The Real World, which debuted in 1992; Celebrity Worship Syndrome, coined in 2003 and propelled by “pixel paparazzis;” HDTV in 1998; helicopter police chases, including the infamous 1994 O.J. Simpson car chase; YouTube in 2005; and now Google Glass.(See also Google Glass: What Do You Want To Know About Google’s Internet Eyewear.)The current concerns about Google Glass and the privacy issues its surreptitious use entails are just a preview of things to come. Here’s how Voyeurgasm will reshape your future, including business ideas and career opportunities:1-3. Streaming MediaWith YouTube now receiving some 72 hours of video every minute, it’s evident that growth of mobile videos opens many opportunities for entrepreneurs to create dedicated sites to harness the millions of hours of videos that will be uploaded each minute by 2020. Here are a few ideas that merit your attention:1. Makeup Videos: A quick Google search suggests that this segment is wide open with Makeup Geek being the top player. Not only could beauty sites encourage the improved application of makeup, but they would also propel new makeup trends, like High Definition Makeup.2. Nature/Underwater Videos: Nature and underwater video searches lead to YouTube channels – but YouTube is a general-interest destination and is not likely to be the first choice of dedicated birdwatchers or snorkelers. This presents an opportunity to sell outdoors or underwater gear to intrepid visitors.3. Shopping Videos: We like to buy stuff, so we watch a lot of “unboxing” videos on YouTube. That means there is plenty of opportunity to create innovative shopping videos that provide visitors with quick, yet informative insights about buying particular products. Once again a search for “shopping videos” leads to positively benign results.4. Video RecruitmentIn the next four years, about 20 million college graduates will be looking for full-time employment. Since few possess relevant experience, a quick 90-second video might give a prospective employer a better insight into their talents. Monster accepts videos for recruiters, but few recruitment sites let you add video profiles. One new player, GetHired.com does play up this feature.5. Looking At CookingAs the Cox News Service reported back in Jan. 2007, “It’s one of the ironies of modern life that cooking shows and books are so hugely popular when much of the time we eat on the move or settle down in front of the TV with a microwaved frozen dinner. The preparing, cooking, tasting and eating of food have become voyeuristic pleasures separated from physical reality.” The trend is dubbed “gastroporn.” While this segment may be well-covered by television networks, what about facility and supply management? Think kitchen demonstration studios or food prep staffers who specialize in optimizing food for video consumption.6. YouTube Studio RentalsSo now you’re ready to shoot your gastroporn or job-seeking vid – but how do you make it great? Some folks have beautiful decks or nice living rooms but few have access to camera-friendly backdrops, let alone the lighting setups needed to shoot professional-looking videos. It’s odd that entrepreneurs haven’t thought of opening up a national chain of “YouTube Studios” – facilities you could rent by the hour to shoot your talkshow or other viral inspiration.7. Video AccessoriesYou have decided to become a pixel paparazzi- on a budget. So can you handhold your iPhone or Android handset to shoot your videos? Sure, but some kind of steady grip would be better. With the notable exception of UK-based Modahaus, which offers the iPhone Steady Stand ($20), few companies have staked out this product category. One Kickstarter project, the Paparazzo Light, failed – perhaps due to a lack of audience reach or functionality.8. Surveillance GearA market research report from ReportsNReports estimates that the market for smart surveillance gear and video analytics will explode from $14 billion in 2012 to $39 billion by 2020. A poll conducted after the Boston bombing found broad public support for surveillance gear, with 78% of Americans saying they thought surveillance cameras were a good idea. Frankly, I’m amazed that those Russian dashboard cams are not more popular here in America.Are you ready to leverage the increased transparency offered by Voyeurgasm? You know what they say, “There are people who make things happen, there are those who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened.” This ubertrend offers the opportunity to do the first two at the same time so you don’t have to do the last one. See also:10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass5 Socially Unacceptable Things You’re Going To Do WIth Google GlassGoogle Glass: Our Lives Are Not Reality TVGoogle Glass: Is There Any Way To Jam It? Tags:#Google Glass#online video#social video#video#YouTube How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts last_img read more

FAA Pondering Gate-To-Gate Policy For Gadgets On Airplanes

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#smartphones#tablets dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Soon, you may not have to stow that gadget when you’re on an airplane waiting to take off. A forthcoming report from a Federal Aviation Administration working group will likely recommend lifting the ban on the use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing.According to The Wall Street Journal, the report will recommend the allowance of “gate to gate” gadget use, meaning you won’t have to pack away that book you are reading on your iPad or Kindle after you have taken your seat on an airplane. This will be a massive departure from almost the last 50 years of FAA policy that banned the use of electronic devices on flights fearing that emissions from the devices would play havoc with airplanes navigation instruments.The report will specifically address the use of devices in low-altitude situations (below 10,000 feet) and recommend that they be used in “airplane mode.” Cellular phone calls will still likely be prohibited during take off and landing.Gadgets are much different now than when the policy was created in 1966. The emissions from devices’ internal components are drastically less then they used to be – even from five to ten years ago – and wireless transmissions are now confined to defined, narrow spectrums.The report will likely recommend three types of gadget regulations in place of the current ban during takeoff and landing based on the type and age of the aircraft and how well it has met certain regulations. Older aircraft with limited protections will continue with a similar pre-flight announcement that flyers are used to hearing, telling them when it is OK to switch on their devices. On the other end of the spectrum, planes that have met all safety regulations will announce that, “This aircraft tolerates emissions from electrical devices for all phases of flight.” Other planes will allow gate-to-gate use of gadgets unless specifically told not to do so by the flight crew.The report will urge the FAA to set standards that new planes be able to handle most, if not all, gadget use by 2015.Top image courtesy Shutterstock.last_img read more

Child rights panel to frame mental health policy for Goa

first_imgPANAJI: Armed with a mandate from the Central Commission for Protection of Child Rights(CCPCR), the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) has embarked on a serious exercise to draft a mental health policy for children in the State.The groundwork began earlier this week at the initiative of the GSCPCR, which got key stakeholders to discuss various aspects of the proposed policy. Sources close to GSCPCR chairperson Sushma Kirtani said the policy is expected to be completed in two years.According to representatives of the Commission, child abuse as well as mental problems related to child abuse, tobacco consumption, substance consumption, suicidal tendencies, and schizophrenia have been on the rise in Goa as reported from time to time by various child rights groups.The policy would seek to put a mechanism in place to identify the problems faced by children in educational institutions, special schools, and children identified as out of school (in 2016-17, the State had identified 463 out-of-school children, most of whom were children of migrant workers coming from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and Bihar, according to an exercise done under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan).The policy will cover all children facing mental disorders, including those with substance abuse, disability-related mental disorders, disorders related to physical or sexual violence, and children in prisons rehabilitated in State children’s homes.The strategy would be to formulate guidelines forimplementation as well.The stakeholders discussed under-reporting of cases due to the stigma attached, especially in case of the girl child, as a factor that needs course correction through education and awareness. The role of media as a stakeholder in education and awareness generation, and in prevention of suicides, would be part of what could be the first such policy in a State.last_img read more

Not good for democracy: Sena; Opposition supports Raj Thackeray

first_imgSupport poured in for Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday from opposition parties as well as ruling alliance partner Shiv Sena as he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) all of Thursday.MNS workers registered their protest against the government action through the hashtag #ISupportRajThackeray on social media. Late on Wednesday, unknown persons threw pamphlets in Lalbaug and Parel asking why the ED had never questioned BJP leaders. Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said Mr. Thackeray had raised issues against the Central government’s functioning during the Lok Sabha campaign. “Instead of answering, the government sent an ED notice. Anyone who questions the government is either served a notice or termed anti-national. This isn’t good for democracy, this is dictatorship,” said Mr. Thorat.On Wednesday, Mr. Thackeray’s estranged cousin and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had said he does not expect anything concrete to emerge from the ED probe. On Thursday, Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said that despite their political differences, both the Thackerays are brothers. “Uddhavji has made himself clear on this issue. Blood is always thicker than politics,” said Mr. Raut.The Nationalist Congress Party too criticised the action taken against Mr. Thackeray. “If the ED finds the Kohinoor case worthy enough to be investigated, then let them do that. But the timing of the ED summons to Raj Thackeray clearly raises questions,” said NCP’s Mumbai president Nawab Malik.Leader of the Opposition in Council, Dhananjay Munde, said every individual who has dared to ask this government questions has been victimised and is being thrown into the net of enquiries and investigation agencies.last_img read more

In the air

first_imgSpring to attentionNothing says spring more than flowers. For those who don’t have access to fresh flowers or the time to create interesting arrangements, floral-themed furniture, furnishings and accessories are the answer. Since this is the time to lighten things up, replace the heavy drapes on the windows with airy sheers and woollen carpets with light dhurries and rugs. Bring in green plants and flowering pots. Upholster or slip-cover the sofas with pale tones and florals. For most impact, bring in a colourful piece of furniture as an accent piece. Our pick is the art deco-inspired chair designed by Ken Scott for Altamoda Italia. Scott’s Baboll chair on a pedestal exudes drama with pretty peonies and roses in radiant hues. Equally compelling is the Philippines-based designer Kenneth Cobonpue’s Bloom easy chair. Available in Delhi at Idus, this flower-shaped chair is made of microfibres stitched over a resin top that’s fixed atop a steel base. Available in the pleasing shades of moss green, lime green, yellow and muted red, it breathes life into winter-weary rooms.Jungle retreatHere’s a new-age spin on the stuffed animals that one found on the walls of old lodges and hunting homes. Animal heads are the inspiration for a series of limited-edition wall clocks designed by Israeli boutique Animi Causa. Wildlife lovers can take their pick from deer, giraffe, bear and walrus. Made of wood, these Jungle Clocks look best on textured walls. Order from www.animicausa.comTelly talesGame for some retro chic? In its new avatar, the idiot box has stepped back a few decades to flaunt a cool tangerine-and-white exterior and knob-style controls. Spicing up your interior scene, the ultra slim 14-inch LG Tubu comes packed with features. The knob controls help you adjust the volume and surf channels with a simple twist while the extendable rabbit-ear antenna and detachable chrome legs give it a fun look. Priced affordably at Rs 6,990, this is one accessory that promises never to date.Boot campIt’s a brolly stand that knows how to grab attention. Shaped like a trio of cowboy boots, this functional item doubles up as a glamorous accent piece. The faux-Verdigris finished stand, with antique brass accent and ornate thread detailing, comes from the stable of US-based brand Maitland-Smith. Domestic buyers can pick it up from the tony International Furniture Brands stores. The price of this cool lifestyle product is pegged at a steep Rs 54,240, but you will not find a more swish accessory for your parasols or your home.Colour codedInterior designers have long sworn by the ‘bright is right’ maxim. Take a cue from that and introduce colour into your washrooms. Get yourself a pedestal basin created by designer-architect Alessandro Mendini for Italian bathroom major Ceramica Flaminia and add zing to your loo. The squareshaped, free-standing Monowash basin (made from a single ceramic block) has a modern motif etched in bold colours like red, yellow, pink and lilac. Tapering slightly at the base, the basin comes outfitted with a chrome-finished faucet.Let there be lightStop taking shots in the dark and get home the Funghi, a wacky table lamp from Eurolite Studio, a brand known for cutting-edge lighting fixtures and installations. Designed by Thibaut Desombre, the lamp resembles a mushroom and is made of mouth-blown glass (that’s formed by breathing fiercely down a blow pipe into a molten glass blob and then re-shaped until it’s totally flat). Sporting an opal-red colour, this delectable piece is priced at Rs 7,500.Sit prettyAt the higher end of the style spectrum stands the Pipeline Sofa by American furniture designer Harry Allen. Made of four pipe-shaped components, the futuristic piece is upholstered with polyurethane over Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) and a solid wood frame. Polished aluminium legs form its base and it can be configured creatively in numerous ways for group-seating.advertisementlast_img read more

14 days agoMan Utd medics fear heavy Pogba injury blow

first_imgMan Utd medics fear heavy Pogba injury blowby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to miss next Sunday’s crunch clash against Liverpool.Indeed, United medics fear he could be sidelined until at least the end of October, says the Daily Mail.The France midfielder is in Dubai to complete a warm weather rehabilitation programme at the state-of-the-art Transform Altitude Performance Center in hope of accelerating his recovery from a foot injury.Pogba, though, is almost sure of missing the visit of league leaders Liverpool in a game that could have a significant bearing on United boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s future.He will report back to the club’s Carrington HQ next week where United medics will have a clearer idea of the Pogba may be able to return. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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