first_imgALAMEDA — The next man up at quarterback for the Raiders is DeShone Kizer.The third-year player out of Notre Dame has jumped Mike Glennon on the depth chart and will suit up for his first regular-season game as a Raider on Sunday as the backup to Derek Carr against the Tennessee Titans at the Coliseum.“I was informed the other day I’d be given an opportunity to jump in and help the team,” Kizer said Thursday following practice.That doesn’t mean Kizer will play, given that Glennon has made …last_img read more

first_imgMinister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo updating South Africa on issues surrounding the #PeacefulMarches that took place today around the country.Minister Ayanda Dlomo and Brand South Africa commend the public for exercising their rights peacefully and responsibly.Here’s some more on what the Minister had to say:last_img

first_imgThe cloud computing pricing war is nothing new. In 2014, Microsoft, Google and Amazon entered a fight with the aim to gobble up the biggest slice of the market share by matching each other’s falling prices.What ensued was a price slashing spree in a few days’ span, in some cases dropping cloud computing product premiums by a whopping 85%. Some responded to the cuts as a relief, believing the companies have been unduly overcharging customers. Others took it as a sign of the market reaching its saturation. See also: Why you should think about the cloud like the electrical gridIn the sprawling cloud landscape, price cuts had been mostly confined to virtual machines. This allowed service providers to capitalize on steadily growing margins for the remainder of their product portfolio. Until now.What we are witnessing is a shift that is about to expand beyond compute and bleed into the wider domain of storage, including databases.Storage, the new battlefieldIn order to gain rather than lose market share, as competitiveness increased with new players entering the field, some made the move to lower their prices on virtual machines. According to 451 Research: Cloud Price Index, the rivalry spared services that extended beyond compute, keeping those prices steady. However, the pricing avalanche seems to be spreading.Over the last 12 months, object storage prices have dropped in every region, in some cases by as much as 14 percent. Meanwhile, the core of cloud computing infrastructure that seeks to extend the cloud’s reach across mobile and social platforms has dropped by 5% during the same time span. We seem to be entering a new era of demand and valuation duress that may affect a larger scope of cloud economics in the coming months.When did the cloud storage war start?IBM takes the prize as the quiet initiator of the new wave of pricing war. It began in the third quarter of last year with the company’s gambit to drop its storage prices. Soon, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google trod on its heels with similar markdowns.“The big cloud providers appear to be playing an aggressive game of tit for tat, cutting object storage prices to avoid standing out as expensive,” said Jean Atelsek, analyst, Digital Economics Unit at 451 Research. He added, “This is the first time there has been a big price war outside compute, and it reflects object storage’s move into the mainstream.”As more enterprises move more data into the cloud, it will flood the space preparing it for the next big shift. Through this, storage is likely to remain a center focus, as providers prepare to capture new customers entering the market.Why now?Price cuts moving beyond compute could be the result of market reaching maturity. Analysts believe that what is responsible for driving down demand is cloud storage having permeated the farthest corners of web and enterprise. In fact, Cloud Computing consultant, Judith Hurwitz, went as far as to say that cloud computing has gotten so pervasive in the way we operate, it may soon vanish from the IT vocabulary.An additional factor contributing to the pricing war may spring from the growth of cloud-native development of apps. Composed of interconnected cloud services, Native Cloud Applications (‘NCA’) connect services run on distinct servers in one platform. This allows developers to break down their app into features that they can outsource to various locations. Due to its horizontal spread, this scalable approach aids in load balancing. It is also cost-effective because it eliminates the need to overprovision in-house hardware. This setup, at least in theory, allows an NCA to be shipped the same day it was completed, making it very attractive to developers.Adding to the vision of the cloud having thoroughly permeated our work environment is the rise of enterprises looking to outsource their scrum systems and data management to expert storage vendors, rather than hosting them in-house. This adds to the bulk of big data migrating out of on-site infrastructure, fueling the pricing war.The final, more ethereal driver behind the price cut timing could stem from our faith in the ubiquitousness of this model. It’s a form of paradigm that bets on the cloud’s long-term effectiveness, and thus must accept the oscillations along the way.Margins are still high in the cloud worldRegardless of the market’s shakedown due to the cuts, cloud computing companies are still reporting healthy margins. Amazon’s quarterly AWS revenue of $3.7 billion topped forecasts with a 42.6 percent growth, and an operating income of $890 million. Quelling shareholder’s anxiety was a net profit margin of more than 24 percent, even higher than in the same quarter a year earlier.Microsoft’s Azure, Intelligent Cloud reported the biggest revenue growth in the third quarter, reaching $6.7 billion, and growing by 93%.Alphabet Inc.’s share of non-advertising business, which houses its cloud unit Pixel, smartphones, and the Google Play store, posted a 49.4% jump in revenue to $3.1 billion at the end of the year’s first quarter. While Alphabet did not disclose the details behind the revenue spread, analysts have stated that majority of it came from the cloud.A look from aboveDespite the downward trends incited by the price wars, cloud services as a whole are not necessarily getting cheaper. A plethora of hidden costs keeps the margins blooming. Its substantial source? Data movement. Along with architecture and data processing, it’s been responsible for drawing the biggest slice of profits. Shuffling data from place to place is common practice and it is not free. And since once in the cloud it is an uncommon practice to withdraw, enterprises will keep paying the price.What’s next in the cloud war?As the market wheels keep on turning, there is no stopping the pricing trends that are already in the works. Prices for virtual machines and object storage will continue to fall. According to the 451 Research Digital Economics Unit, what we may soon get to witness are relational databases entering the competitive ring of fire. At the same time, expect to see new services such as Amazon’s Lambda, which is priced in time to execute commands versus pricing per virtual machine model.Also of note, the complexity of hosting applications is getting more and more onerous – Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS), Ransomware, and generally increased abuse of devices connected to the Internet – specifically the Internet of things (IoT) devices. With that comes an opportunity for cloud providers to help continue customers solve not only today’sWith that comes an opportunity for cloud providers to help continue customers solve not only today’s challenges, but the challenges that are faced tomorrow. With the opportunities ahead, the cloud landscape looks bright for hosting providers that can help customers succeed in a more connected, volatile hosting environment.The author is the founder and CEO of Atlantic.Net, a Managed Cloud Hosting company focused on providing valuable hosting solutions for businesses and healthcare providers, backed by world-class support. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#Amazon#AWS#cloud#ddos#featured#Google#HIPAA#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft Azure#top Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Marty Puraniklast_img read more

first_imgDerby boss Lampard gives up on Chelsea defender Ampaduby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby County have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on loan, confirmed Rams boss Frank Lampard.The 18-year-old can play at centre-back and centre-midfield and Lampard believes it is this versatility that makes him a prized asset at Stamford Bridge.”We have asked, but I don’t think he’s leaving Chelsea,” he told reporters. “He can play in a few positions, that’s why he would be so valuable to anybody and why he’s staying at Chelsea.”People thought we did a lot of business in the summer, but our actual net spend was very negligible.”I had to bring in personnel to try to change the style and that’s not a one-window solution, that’s probably two or three-window. This window will be quiet for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard delivers new Kante updateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante could be back for their Champions League tie with Lille.Kante missed victory over Brighton yesterday with a hamstring strain.Lampard said, “I spoke to N’Golo about it and I didn’t want to take the risk. “He’s so important for us but it’s been difficult for him to get going because of the break-up of his pre-season, with his injury carried over from last season. It wasn’t right to risk it today but he could have a chance for Lille.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd striker Van Persie: Pogba played out of positionby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Robin van Persie thinks Paul Pogba should be playing further in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The World Cup winner has lined up primarily as a defensive midfielder under the Norwegian this season.Speaking after Monday’s draw with Arsenal, van Persie said: “For him, the coach, for us, for everyone, it’s just important to choose a position.”I would play him not as a defensive midfielder, and not as a number 10 but in between – [the] number eight position. “So, he still has his freedom, he’s not judged then on 20-plus goals a season, if he scores 10-plus goals, makes assists, everyone will look differently at him then, but it needs to be clear for everyone.” last_img read more

The first season of college football’s playoff era will come to a close Monday night, as the Oregon Ducks face the Ohio State Buckeyes for the national championship.The Ducks come into the contest favored by most sources, including the consensus of sportsbooks in Las Vegas and ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). But there’s disagreement on the degree of Oregon’s edge. The FPI, which includes results from every game of the 2014 season (plus a preseason rating as a prior), thinks Oregon would beat Ohio State by about five points at AT&T Stadium or another neutral field. Vegas, however, spent most of the past week favoring the Ducks by more — as many as 6.5 to seven points, according to the bookmakers listed at VegasInsider.com.This was looking like a sure sign of the markets’ skepticism over the ability of Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones. Jones began the 2014 season third on Ohio State’s QB depth chart, behind Heisman candidate Braxton Miller and touted redshirt freshman backup J.T. Barrett. Then Miller was injured and lost for the season in an August practice, upon which Barrett took the reins and led the Buckeyes to a 11-1 record (on the strength of one of the nation’s best passing performances) before going down with a season-ending injury in late November.Now Jones is at the helm.Jones, a sophomore, was only regarded as the 41st-best QB prospect in his freshman class, according to Phil Steele’s recruiting aggregations, and had thrown just 19 career passes before starting in the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin. But Jones and the Buckeyes were spectacular in that game, winning 59-0, and then upset favored Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinals. (Jones’s numbers were less impressive against Alabama than against Wisconsin — but then again, Alabama also has a slightly tougher pass defense.)It effectively created an interesting Bayesian problem: How do we balance a sample of two great games against the prior assumption that Jones is a lightly regarded third-stringer? The initial discrepancy between Vegas’s Oregon-Ohio State point spread and that generated by season-long power ratings seemed to indicate how much of a downgrade Jones was relative to Barrett: roughly 1.5 to two points by the market consensus. As a point of comparison, this is a smaller margin than the typical gap between a starter and a backup QB in the NFL.Complicating matters now, though, was the news early Saturday that Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington, the team’s second-leading receiver, failed a drug test and was declared ineligible for the title game. That shrunk Vegas’s consensus edge for Oregon down to about 5.5 points by Saturday morning — nearly the same as the FPI predicts using both teams’ full-season numbers. (The game’s line has since returned to a consensus of 6.5 points favoring Oregon, as of Monday morning.)Even so, it will be worth keeping an eye on which effect is bigger, and whether the market’s implicitly Bayesian assessment of Jones turns out to be on the money or not. It’s no stretch to say the accuracy of that appraisal could determine Ohio State’s fate Monday night. read more

first_imgThere are over 44 million donkeys worldwide and many are suffering unimaginable abuse and neglect in the hands of their owners.Unfortunately, a worryingly increasing number of such incidents has reportedly been linked to one of Greece’s most beautiful islands, Santorini.Islanders have been using donkeys and mules as taxis for decades if not longer, as the caldera perched town of Thira is not easily approachable from the port.Even though there is a double direction asphalted road for buses and cars, it is often congested with traffic whereas the picturesque ride on the cobblestone alternative is more popular amongst visitors.With the unprecedented increase in tourist arrivals on the island over the past two years, so have increased cases of animal neglect and abuse. Voted the world’s number one popular island destination for 2017, Santorini’s success surpasses the municipal authorities’ ability to manage the tourist intake during peak periods.Even though the port of Santorini put a limit on the visitors allowed on the island each day, that number is still too high to manage, especially when it comes to transportation.Photo: Caters News.For this year the Cycladic destination culled the number of cruise ships that can land and disembark passengers limiting visitors to 8,000 per day, down from over 12,000 in 2017 and 70,000 people in 2016.Those day trips to the island have been the residents’ main source of income, with most cruise ships coming from the U.S., the U.K. and Russia.Constant flow of people sees donkey ride demand sky-rocketChristina Kaloudi, the founder of the Santorini Animal Welfare Association, said: “Donkeys are pretty much in work [all] year round. They are made to work in terrible conditions without adequate water, shelter or rest, and then I find them tied outside my shelter, barely alive.”According to Kaloudi, during the summertime and especially in peak season, donkeys might make four or five journeys going up more than 500 steps from where the boats land, bringing tourists onto the island, to the main town of Fira.“Over the years, as the weight of tourists has risen, the number of donkeys getting hurt has risen too,” Kaloudi said.Photo: Caters NewsMeanwhile, a spokesperson for the charity Help the Santorini Donkeys complained to several media outlets that “obese and overweight tourists combined with the lack of shade and water, heat and cobbled steps is what’s causing such a problem.“There should be a weight restriction. With donkeys it should be no more than eight stone, but how would that be imposed? It’s recommended animals carry no more than 20 percent of their body weight.”As a result, some opportunists who jumped into the donkey and mule breeding industry as a means to increase their profit have now resort to using cross-bred mules,” as the donkeys just aren’t strong enough”.Mules have the capacity to bear a larger weight, however, campaigners insist that the weight they are being asked to carry up steep hills under the scorching sun is “torture”.Last week a shocking video showing men that profit from donkey rides attack a peaceful protest by animal welfare activists went viral.In the video posted last Friday, the men verbally harass and seriously injure three women.Konstantina Lyrou, a witness that recorded the incident said that one of the activists was a 15-year-old girl. The men are documented throwing the women’s belongings off the cliff, punching one and dragging another until her shoulder is dislocated. International animal welfare organisation The Donkey Sanctuary has also visited the picturesque island documenting several cases of mistreated donkeys and mules due to lack of food and water, lack of rest, abuse, and injuries due to the weight and the ill-fitting saddles.The organisation sent out a team of members to investigate the animals’ well-being and prepare a report while they also plan to demand that the Greek government takes action to ensure better conditions for the poor critters.“Everything increases, including the volume of trash and water consumption,” Santorini Mayor Nikos Zorzos confirmed. “Over-exploitation will lead to environmental impoverishment, and the waste of natural resources will sap the island’s attraction.“No more hotels, no more cars,” added Zorzos, who has appealed to the government to take measures to curb development on the island.Watch a video documenting the conditions below: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramcenter_img Αυτό είναι το Κρατος και η Παιδεία τους..Αισχος και ντροπή…#santorinidonkeys #humanabuse #animalabuse #donkeysPosted by Konstantina Lyrou on Friday, July 27, 2018last_img read more

first_imgArsenal forward Danny Welbeck will reportedly join teammate Aaron Ramsey in leaving the club as a free agent in the summerThe England international’s existing contract with Arsenal will expire at the end of the season, much like Ramsey’s own predicament.Welbeck has been on a good run of form lately and expressed his hope that manager Unai Emery will hand him more opportunities to play.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But now the Daily Mirror claims that talks between Welbeck’s representatives and Arsenal are nowhere near close to completion and now he seems set to leave the Emirates Stadium next summer.The 27-year-old will be free to sign with a foreign club in January and previously attracted the interest of Turkish giants Galatasaray in August.Welbeck has scored four goals in seven appearances for Arsenal this season, but is yet to start a single game in the Premier League.last_img read more

first_imgValencia boss Marcelino believes Rodrigo Moreno and Michy Batshuayi will end their goal droughts despite his side’s 1-0 narrow win at Getafe.Dani Parejo’s VAR penalty saved the blushes of Rodrigo who had not scored since the opening day of the season, while Batshuayi was absent from the squad, leaving the Chelsea loanee on just two goals for the campaign.“Winning always matters,” Marcelino told Football Espana after Valencia won back-to-back games for the first time in 2018-19.“I saw a very good Valencia in the first half, but we had to be comfortably ahead at half-time.“When you’re forgiving, you usually pay and Getafe threatened to make us do that early in the second half.“However, the VAR helped us. It went against us last week and ultimately we won because of it. It imparted justice.Ernesto Valverde, Lionel Messi, BarcelonaValverde downplays fears over Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi’s comments on his Barcelona future have been taken out of context, and gave an update on the forward’s injury.“Rodrigo’s drought is football. It’s a situation that, no matter how much you think about it, has no explanation.“The important thing is that he’s a very good player. We need Rodrigo at his best. He had a great game against Young Boys the other night.“What he missed here were three clear goals, but he’ll eventually score with his back.“His work in the last third is good, he’s just lacking that edge to his finishing. He’ll be back scoring after the international break.“I’m not unhappy with Batshuayi. I’m always positive, I try to help and transmit things to the players, but I also demand things at the same time.“It’s tough. I always try to be fair and in this situation, I have to make decisions. The hardest thing for a Coach is to pick a matchday squad of 18 players and 11 to start after that because it’s discriminating.”last_img read more