Sam Allardyce responds to Watford links with ex-England boss second favourite for job

first_img 3 Getty Images – Getty 3 Allardyce’s last job saw him turn around Everton’s fortunes, but the club let him go in May 2018 Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he would be open to speaking with Watford if approached about replacing Quique Sanchez Flores as manager.The Hornets are on the hunt for their ninth appointment since 2013 after sacking Sanchez Flores just three months into his second stint in charge at the club. Getty Images – Getty Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton leaves them still rock-bottom of the Premier League, six points adrift of safety, and the club have said they will confirm their new boss ‘imminently’ as they aim to save their season and top flight status.Former Brighton boss Chris Hughton is the current favourite for the job, but Allardyce is second in the running with many bookmakers.Watford are in for a tough second half of the season as they battle for Premier League safety, but Big Sam has told talkSPORT he would be up for the fight if he feels the fit is right at Vicarage Road.Asked if he’d trade his Christmas slippers for being back in the dugout if the right offer came along, Big Sam said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I would talk, yes. AFP or licensors Chris Hughton is another of the favourites to take over at Watford 3 Quique Sanchez Flores was unable to turn fortunes around at Vicarage Road “I’d have to talk to any club that was interested, to find out what they were looking for and what they want.“If I was comfortable with that then I’ll have a go again, get back amongst it and get the adrenaline going again.”Asked if he would consider the job, despite Watford’s trigger happy board, the coach – who has been out of a job since leaving Everton in May 2018 – added:“Well that doesn’t really matter much for me now, I’m Mr Short-term anyway.“If somebody wants me to come and do a job until the end of the season, it’s not for me to say ‘stick a three-year contract down because I want the security. “If I want to go to a club, it’s whether I think I can help them get out of trouble and whether I can actually do it again because, as everybody knows, I’ve done it a few times.“I don’t want to go to a club and find that we’re relegated at the end of the season, I don’t want that, I’d want them to stay in the Premier League and then if I’m not the man to take them forward they’ve got the opportunity to find somebody who can.“But who knows, the wife still wants me to stay at home and we’ve got Dubai booked at Christmas, so if it doesn’t come off you’ll know where I’ll be!”last_img read more

Unbeaten Edgar holds off Stratford boys basketball

first_imgBreit leads Tigers with 21 pointsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterEDGAR — Edgar pulled ahead by seven at halftime, and it proved to be enough as the Wildcats topped Stratford 57-50 in a nonconference boys basketball game Tuesday night at Edgar High School.Edgar remains undefeated this season, improving to 7-0. Stratford drops to 4-3.Edgar led 25-18 at halftime, and both teams scored 32 points in the second half as the Tigers were unable to catch up.Vaughn Breit scored 21 points, and Brenden Fecker added 15 for Stratford. The two of them combined to make 15 of 27 shots from the field and 6 of 11 from 3-point range, and the rest of the Tigers were just 4 of 16 from the field.Stratford plays at Marathon in a Marawood Conference South Division game Friday at 7:15 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Wildcats 57, Tigers 50Stratford 18 32 – 50Edgar 25 32 – 57STRATFORD (50): Brenden Fecker 6-11 3-5 15, Cole Hoffmann 0-6 2-2 2, Okley Wrensch 0-0 2-2 2, Lucas Heidmann 0-0 0-0 0, Paul Huther 0-2 0-0 0, Trent Heckel 3-5 0-0 8, Andrew Bargender 0-0 0-0 0, Vaughn Breit 9-16 0-0 21, Lance Heidmann 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Danen 1-3 0-1 2. FG: 19-43. FT: 4-5. 3-pointers: 8-16 (Breit 3-5, Fecker 3-6, Heckel 2-3, Hoffmann 0-2). Rebounds: 24 (Danen 8). Turnovers: 10. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 4-3.EDGAR (57): Statistics not provided. Record: 7-0.last_img read more

Parliament ‘to continue Mandela legacy’

first_img8 July 2013 Parliament has vowed to stay true to the legacy of former president Nelson Mandela, particularly his heritage of uniting South Africans. The pledge was made by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Nomaindia Mfeketo, at a tribute service to Madiba at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on Friday. Mandela remains in a critical but stable condition in the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where he was admitted on 8 June for a recurring lung infection. In her address on Friday, Mfeketo recalled that in his farewell speech as outgoing president, Madiba had spoken about the multi-party character of Parliament. On that occasion, he had paid tribute to all parties which, despite political differences, had shown their overriding commitment to the new political order, as well as ensuring that members were not a rubber stamp for government. “These are but some of the principles and practices anchoring the legacy of Madiba as the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa in our Parliament,” Mfeketo said. “As your Parliament and as public representatives, we will attend all multi-faith prayer services and all the other initiatives in honour of Madiba wherever they occur. We will be broad and inclusive to ensure that the legacy of Madiba, as a unifier extraordinaire, is sustained in the best manner possible.” She said Madiba had, in his first address to a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament, wedded himself to the vision of creating a people-centred society. “In committing ourselves as public representatives, this is the time to focus our energies on what President Madiba pronounced when he declared that Parliament must lead the fight against the evils of poverty, disease and ignorance. We want to recommit ourselves to bettering the lives of all South Africans.” Mfeketo said the nation had been on tenterhooks since the former statesman was hospitalised, adding that the thought of Madiba being unwell was unsettling. “The thought of Madiba in hospital, indisposed due to illness is harrowing. This is not what we wish for our beloved hero. You [Madiba] are one of a kind. Your place in our heart is yours and yours alone. We needed you at the worst of times in our history, we need you now, and we need you for eternity,” Mfeketo said. Friday’s tribute was organized by Parliament’s presiding officers, who, despite the institution being in recess, met and agreed to partner with the rest of society to “celebrate the legacy of our pre-eminent icon”. In the audience, sitting side by side and united in their wish to pay tribute to Madiba, were Lindiwe Mazibuko, leader of the opposition in Parliament, politicians who had served in Mandela’s Cabinet, judges, civil society organisations and ordinary men and women. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

CIOs: Think Like CEOs

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jake smith Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img CIOs today are in the cross hairs of every major decision companies make. In order to be your CEO’s most valuable asset, today’s CIO’s need to think like their CEO’s. Cloud computing has transformed our landscape and allowed CIO’s to envision an environment of decreasing cost pressures, increasing compute, storage and network capacity with elastic flexibility. Yet, how does Opex reduction translate into revenue growth? According to IDC, trading dollars spent for IT maintenance for innovation could drive more than $1 trillion in increased business revenues between now and the end of 2014. Once you decide that the business of IT is the business, then Cloud computing can enable CIOs to concentrate on delivering higher levels of business value in the form of new IT services, while providing the agility and scalability needed to deliver IT innovations quickly and efficiently.Jake Smith is a member of Intel’s Data Center Group focused on Virtualization and Cloud Computing technologies. He is a Chairman of the Technical Advisory Board for ZeroNines Technology, Inc. and formerly worked for Sequent Computer Systems and IBM.Seize OpportunityThrough delivery of business agility, a well-defined cloud computing plan allows companies to quickly seize business opportunities and gain first-mover advantage in new markets. It is difficult to move quickly when legacy IT tasks are over 80 percent of a CIO’s agenda. In addition, cloud computing offers the potential for bottom-line benefits while reducing cost through efficient utilization of IT resources. Automating cloud infrastructure, and taking advantage of cloud standards as they mature; is essential to realize efficiencies and increase agility.Start With a Private CloudSecurity is a critical consideration to cloud computing. This can be the case with public cloud services due to regulatory and compliance issues around multi-tenancy and movement of corporate data. Consequently, many companies begin by implementing an enterprise cloud from inside out, focusing initially on building a private cloud to host critical business applications. Private clouds can evolve from your company’s existing virtualized infrastructure, capitalizing on previous IT investments. By maintaining data and computing resources within the enterprise, your IT staff can oversee security and compliance, including the use of existing controls to protect data from compromise. And they can take advantage of new platform-based security technologies, as they become available, to increase protection and resilience to attacks. Additionally, IT can control the location and management of sensitive data, making it easier to comply with privacy and regulatory requirements.Embracing Public CloudsOver time, CIO’s (like the CEO’s of IT) need to be building towards a hybrid utilization model for public clouds. The key here is secure federation. Cloud federation is critical to maximizing IT elasticity and efficiency, enabling easy movement of workloads and services between different IT infrastructures within the enterprise – and ultimately moving workloads between private and public clouds. For smaller projects, CIO’s smaller customers and suppliers, public clouds may be a cost-effective way for to meet their IT needs. This depends on their size, security needs and overall IT requirements. As public clouds mature, and standards emerge, public clouds will become more suitable for a broader range of enterprise applications. But the time is now to start acting like the “CEO of IT,” and start moving your business to more agile and flexible model. CEO’s and CIO’s alike are measured on growth metrics… embrace agility, embrace transformation and lead with Innovation.The New CIO Agenda 2011Graceland boardroom photo by Mike Miley Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

WordPress Throws a Lifeline to Abandoned Splinder.com Bloggers

first_imgTags:#hack#news Why You Love Online Quizzes What do you do when your blogging service is slated to go dark? If you’re a user of the popular Italian blogging service Splinder.com, you pack up and move over to WordPress.com. At least, that’s what Automattic is hoping while it throws a lifeline to the bloggers that are being thrown out into the cold. Splinder.com announced the shutdown in November of last year. Today Daryl L. L. Houston announced an importer for Splinder.com on WordPress.com that’s available to users ahead of the closure, slated for January 31st. Splinder.com is probably not well-known in North America, but it’s very popular according to Alexa.com. It has (as of right now) a global rank of 3,798 and is in the top 250 sites for Italy. It’s no WordPress.com (ranks 18th globally) but it still has quite a few users. How many? It hosts about half a million blogs, according to Archive.org and 55 million pages.Houston provides a good overview of how to export data from Splinder.com and import into WordPress.com, as well as a pointer to the WordPress.com tutorial.Self-Hosting?As a side note, this is why I’ve always been a self-hosted user of WordPress. Even if the unthinkable happened and WordPress development just stopped, the site would be under my control. Splinder.com folks are learning the hard way that when the service is out of your control, you might be left in the lurch. To be sure, I don’t expect this to happen to WordPress.com anytime soon. However, if you’d rather have full control over your site, you can always move your Splinder.com posts over to a self-hosted WordPress blog. It’s an extra step, but worth it. Import your Splinder.com blog to WordPress.com, then import that blog into a self-hosted version of WordPress with the WordPress importer. Exporting from a WordPress.com blog.Start with the steps on the WordPress.com post. Then head to the WordPress.com Dashboard for your new blog and export all content. Then upload the file into a self-hosted WordPress.com blog and you’re ready to blog away happily. You can set the WordPress.com blog to private (under Settings -> Privacy Settings) so that you won’t have duplicate content floating about on the Web. The really important thing, if you have a Splinder.com blog, is to export that data straight away. The WordPress.com folks are looking for feedback about bugs in the importer, so it’d be best if users try importing right away and report any problems sooner rather than later.Importing into a self-hosted WordPress blog.Smart MoveThis is a smart (and nice) move on the part of Automattic. It probably didn’t take a ton of development time to create an importer for the service. By creating the importer, they have an opportunity to sign up a fair number of users who will be grateful for the lifeline. It seems Automattic is making a habit of rescuing users when other sites shut their doors. That’s not a bad thing. Users need a place to go when sites with failed business plans, or no business plans, shut the doors. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid joe brockmeier 1center_img Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

Lincoln University President talks class attendance

first_imgYou can’t get your college degree if you don’t go to class.Lincoln University President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk admits it’s hard to keep students in school all the way through to graduation.“Our problem is not recruiting students, our problem is entertaining students.  We have put mechanisms in place now where we can actually see if a student is in class.”Lincoln’s accounting firm recently wrapped up an assessment of the college’s finances. Woolfolk says finances are “stable.”She adds that the firm pointed out several areas that could be updated or reorganized.last_img

Multiphysics invisibility cloak manipulates both electric current and heat

first_img ‘Cloaking’ device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across continuous range of angles (a) The bifunctional cloak consists of an empty cavity (black) that scatters current and heat flow, along with an outer solid medium (orange) that concentrates current and heat flow. (b) Electric and thermal conductivities as a function of the inner:outer radius ratio of the cloaking shell. (c) A photograph of the cloak. Credit: Ma, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society Simulations of heat flux cloaking, one function of the multiphysics cloak. In (c), the heat-transfer measurement set-up involves hot and cold water tanks and an infrared camera to capture the temperature field through thermal radiation emission. Credit: Ma, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society Explore further Now in a new study, scientists have provided the first experimental demonstration of an invisibility cloak that can simultaneously manipulate two physical excitations: electric current and heat flux. The cloak is made of silicon and other materials, which opens up a range of new applications such as on-chip devices that involve both current and heat, as well as high-performance solar cells.The researchers, led by Professor Yungui Ma and Professor Sailing He at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, have published a paper on the experimental demonstration of the multiphysics cloak in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”We think the greatest significance of our work is that it first unambiguously proves the practical feasibility to obtain a multi-functional cloaking performance using available materials and fabrication techniques, and that it may inspire much deeper and broader explorations along this exciting direction for different physical systems or in the pursuit of more complicated functionalities,” Ma told Phys.org.The general concept of an invisibility cloak is fairly simple: it is a material that bends light (or other excitation) around an object so that none of the light is scattered by the object, rendering it invisible. In practice, this concept is difficult to achieve because it requires very complicated materials, “metamaterials,” which are made of many tiny, precisely engineered elements that respond to the physical excitation in a very specific way. As the scientists explain in their paper, designing a metamaterial for even a single physical excitation—EM waves or heat flux, for instance—gets complicated very quickly: Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Yungui Ma, et al. “Experimentaql Demonstration of a Multiphysics Cloak: Manipulating Heat Flux and Electric Current Simultaneously.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.205501 © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Multiphysics invisibility cloak manipulates both electric current and heat (2014, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-multiphysics-invisibility-cloak-electric-current.html “An EM cloak has to take into account both electric and magnetic polarizations, either of which has a maximum number of nine required dynamic elements, while a transient thermal cloak must deal with anisotropic thermal conductivities, thermal capacitance, and density simultaneously. Most of the previous work in this field struggled to satisfy the requirements of one set of physical equations that only controlled and realized one physical phenomenon.” Invisibility cloaks can make objects invisible not just to light in the visible part of the spectrum, but to many other physical excitations. These include acoustic waves, matter waves, heat flux, and infrared or ultraviolet electromagnetic (EM) waves. But so far, any single invisibility cloak can manipulate only one of these types of excitations. To design a bifunctional electric-thermal invisibility cloak, the scientists first had to show that it is possible to couple different equations into one, and then develop materials to experimentally realize this configuration. The resulting cloak design consists of a bilayer shell system. The inner layer, called the air cavity, is a strong scatterer that expels electric current or heat flow. The outer layer acts in opposition to the inner layer by attracting and concentrating the current and heat flow. The researchers made this layer out of silicon, a typical semiconductor material. In this case, they used a background made out of silicon with perforated holes filled with polydimethylsiloxane, which has a negligible conductivity compared to silicon. The researchers showed that an optimal combination of these structured materials can cancel out the disturbance caused by an object inside the air cavity, resulting in a cloaking effect.By integrating two functionalities in a single cloak, the results could have several applications. For example, the cloak could provide the ability to control the electric current and heat of electronic devices. It could also lead to the development of an electric-thermal “Janus” device that can concentrate electric current along one axis while cloaking thermal flux along the orthogonal axis.”Our current device, purely built on a silicon wafer employing a standard semiconductor fabrication technology, can manipulate both current and heat flows in a desired manner,” Ma explained. “Unwanted electric and thermal background disturbances are the two key noise sources that influence the performance (including lifetime) of microelectronic elements integrated in our daily-used electronic devices such as cell phone handsets or laptop computers. The current research may give a potential means to control these disturbances from the original design so that our devices can have a stronger performance on aspects of electric and heat management, which will become more and more important when their sizes keep shrinking and functionalities are getting more powerful.”The current design is aimed to protect an object both electrically and thermally. The design methodology can be modified to realize multiple functions, i.e., independently controlling electric and heat flows. One direct potential application is that it may help us have a device that can behave as an electric cloak (or shelter) and meanwhile as a thermal concentrator (harvester). In the end it may provide an efficient way to collect and utilize heat (thermal energy) unavoidably generated in all kinds of electronic devices.”Further, Ma explained, the ability to simultaneously control electric current and heat could be useful in thermophotovoltaic technology, the direct conversion of heat to electricity.”The independent controlling of electric and heat properties may also find very important applications in thermophotovoltaic technology (which has the largest solar-to-electricity transfer efficiency), which desperately requires a material with high electric conductivity but extremely low thermal conductivity,” he said. “A similar multiphysics device may be potentially built to meet this stringent requirement using current design methodology.”In the future, the researchers plan to continue working on bifunctional devices and their practical applications.”Other dual cloaks, such as electrical-magnetic hiding for low frequencies, is one of our current focuses,” Ma said. “In addition, we are working on dual functionalities (not for cloaking) by a single device, as mentioned above. Our goal is to find an efficient way to solve the fundamental problems on the undesired electrical-thermal entanglement, e.g., turning the dissipated heat into useful source energy.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more