The return of Alan, Bellew chat, Arsenal’s ‘selfish pig’ – Breakfast podcast

first_imgListen back to the best bits from another brilliant week on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast!After two weeks away, Alan is BACK – hear his interview with Tony Bellew, Ian Holloway revealing which Premier League superstar he believes is a ‘selfish pig’, and the best of Big Al’s show with Arsenal legend Ray Parlour.Get all that and much, much more in his week’s Breakfast Best Bits podcast – LISTEN ABOVE!last_img

Fleetwood v Leicester team news and live stream on talkSPORT

first_imgFleetwood Town will go in search of a famous victory when they host Leicester City on Saturday lunchtime.The FA Cup third round clash is live on talkSPORT – click here to stream live commentary and for match statsJamie Vardy misses out on an emotional return to his former club, with a groin problem keeping the striker on the sidelines.Vardy joined Leicester from Fleetwood for £1million in 2012 and has become an England international as well as winning a shock Premier League title in 2016. Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson are also missing with hamstring injuries, but Adrien Silva starts following his delayed debut on New Year’s Day. The midfielder is now registered after the Foxes missed the deadline by 14 seconds in August as they tried to push through a £22million deal from Sporting Lisbon.Fleetwood, meanwhile, are without new six-figure signing Paddy Madden.Madden joined the League One side from Scunthorpe earlier this week but is cup-tied having already featured for his former club in a previous round.Conor McAleny is on the bench following his recent return from an ankle injury but Bobby Grant does not feature as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.CONFIRMED TEAMS:Fleetwood Town: Neal, Coyle, Eastham, Bolger, Bell, Schwabl, Glendon, Dempsey, Burns, Cole, Hunter. Subs: Jones, Pond, Hiwula, McAleny, Cairns, Biggins, Sowerby.Leicester City: Jakupovic, Amartey, Benalouane, Dragovic, Chilwell, James, King, Barnes, Adrien Silva, Gray, Slimani. Subs: Iheanacho, Albrighton, Hamer, Maguire, Okazaki, Ndidi, Choudhury.talkSPORT has an array of live FA Cup commentaries this weekend. Find out more here. 1last_img read more

Parking project postponed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College officials once characterized new parking for the hilltop campus as one of the most “pressing issues” facing the community college.Now they view building new parking spaces as something that can wait until after 2012.In a 3-2 vote Wednesday, trustees decided not to place building a new parking structure among their list of first-phase projects to be constructed with money from Measure A, a $245 million bond measure passed by voters in 2004 for campus improvements.Instead, the board listed the structure among its “priority two” projects, meaning its construction will now wait until other, more-pressing improvements are completed, said Trustee Andre Quintero.“The question we voted on was whether it was to be in priority one,” Quintero said Monday. “I didn’t think it should be. It’s more important to get better lighting to improve security and safety, academic buildings, dealing with infrastructure, improving the walkway from the bottom, etc.”Quintero said trustees relied on numerous studies of the college’s parking demands, which have found that Rio Hondo has plenty of parking spaces.“The parking we have will meet our needs through 2012,” Quintero said. “There’s no urgency for it.“This [vote] does not preclude ever building a parking structure. It’s just not in priority one,” he added.However, a new parking facility was one of the goals cited by administrators and board members when they first proposed the bond measure, said Trustee Gary Mendez, who voted to keep the parking facility as a priority.“We campaigned on that issue,” Mendez said. “I was surprised that a majority of the board voted not to build it. They said it takes away classroom space. I wish they’d just come out and say it’s not going to be built.”Trustee Maria Elena Martinez echoed Quintero’s assurance that the facility would get built but that “educational improvements” were more important.“[The parking structure] is not lost, it will come back,” Martinez said. “There’s plenty of parking, but people want to park at top. We didn’t close the doors on it, but we need to shore up the parking we have now.”Steve Lohr, director of facilities for the college, said Monday the school plans to improve parking accessibility by fixing sidewalks, stairwells and ramps and offering carpool and transit incentives to students until the new parking structure is built.But Mendez fears that by pushing the parking facility farther down on the priority list for construction, the bond money will be spent on other things.“Everything in priority one already exceeds the bond measure in fact we’re short some money,” Mendez said. “Basically, if it doesn’t get into priority one, it’s not going to happen. “That’s the most honest way to convey this to the taxpayers,” he 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more

Bobbi Mathews Carlton joins SCC board as student rep

first_imgDuring a special called meeting on Sept. 14, Bobbi Mathews Carlton of Bryson City was sworn in as the student representative to Southwestern Community College’s board of trustees.Carlton is currently enrolled in SCC’s Health Information Technology program and is on schedule to graduate in May. She’s a single mother to two children (ages 4 and 7) and is working part-time while attending SCC full-time.Her goals upon graduation are to gain her national certification as a Registered Health Information Technician and land a medical coding job that allows her the flexibility of working from home and creating her own schedule.“I’ve had tremendous support from family and friends to get through some difficult times in life, and I would ultimately like to be able to give back and help support others the way I’ve been helped and supported,” Carlton said. “I love SCC and the family feeling that it promotes. I think students feel welcome and at home, and that’s important especially for students fresh out of High School.”Carlton also serves on SCC’s student life committee and is vice president and treasurer of the HIT Club.“I’m pleased to have someone with Bobbi’s background and life experiences serving in this role,” said Dr. Don Tomas, president of SCC. “I can already tell that she will be a strong voice and advocate for our students.”last_img read more

SA helps steer open government drive

first_imgIncreasing the availability of information about governmental activities.Supporting civic participation.Implementing the highest standards of professional integrity throughout their administrations.Increasing access to new technologies for openness and accountability. The forum will be chaired in its inaugural year by the United States and Brazil. The 38 new OGP countries will develop their own country action plans in consultation with civil society, to be announced at the next OGP meeting in Brazil in March 2012. US President Barack Obama, speaking at the launch, said that open societies, economies and governments together made the “strongest foundation for human progress”. He added that the Partnership came at a good time, with people across the Middle East and North Africa pushing for their governments to represent and serve them, and with emerging democracies worldwide showing how “innovations in open government” could increase prosperity and justice.Constitution, press freedom Zuma, in his address to the gathering, said South Africa’s Constitution “specifically provides for the establishment of independent institutions to safeguard and enforce openness, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, and ethical governance in the public and private spheres.” The country’s “Chapter 9 institutions” – the Public Protector, Human Rights Commission, Auditor-General, Independent Electoral Commission, Gender Commission and Commission on Traditional, Linguistic and Religious Communities – were “an important armoury in promoting and protecting the rights of our citizens,” Zuma said. The country also prided itself “on having freedom of expression and media freedom that are enshrined in the Constitution.Informed citizens, efficient public service “We also regard the development of an efficient, effective and development-oriented public service and an informed and empowered citizenry as key tools in the promotion of open government,” Zuma said. “We promote citizen engagement and participation through direct contact with citizens by undertaking visits to hear their suggestions and concerns and to monitor service delivery.” South Africa also had a number of institutions specifically mandated with “preventing and investigating acts of corruption, as this is one of our key national priorities”. Zuma said the government was consulting with civil society in drafting an open government country action plan, and would also continue to in the African Union’s African Peer Review Mechanism, which encourages governments to improve governance, including openness and service delivery to their populations. SAinfo reporter 21 September 2011 The principles of openness, transparency and accountability are built into and guaranteed protection by South Africa’s Constitution, President Jacob Zuma said at the launch of the Open Government Partnership – of which SA is one of eight founding governments – in New York this week. Zuma joined 45 other world leaders on Tuesday in formally launching the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a new international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments, in partnership with civil society, to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. At the launch, the eight OGP steering committee governments – the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa and the UK – delivered their OGP action plans, signed a declaration of principles, and welcomed 38 new countries into the effort.Open Government Declaration Zuma joined the leaders of the other seven national founders in declaring their respective governments’ commitment to:last_img read more

Couple’s C-Store Was Front for Retail ORC Ring

first_imgA Milford Township couple in Pennsylvania has been charged in an alleged retail theft scheme in which authorities claim they exploited Quakertown area drug addicts in order to sell stolen health and beauty items in their QMart store.In a news release, the Bucks County District Attorney’s office said Michael Gill, 42, and Denise Marie Gill, 38, were arraigned Wednesday on counts of corrupt organizations, organized retail theft, receiving stolen property and related offenses stemming from a months-long probe of their retail operation. Detectives from… Saucon Source Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Sign o’ the Times: IBM, SAP Now Support Microsoft’s Standardization Move

first_img“OData is an application-level protocol for interacting with data via RESTful Web services,” reads a white paper on an OData extension for XML published by OASIS (PDF available here).  “An OData Service’s contract is defined by simple, well-defined conventions and semantics applied to the data model exposed by the service, providing a high level of semantic interoperability between loosely coupled clients and services.”Phrasing data in XML, ATOM or JSON format does allow it to be visible to many different database engines. They can see data in these formats, so that’s not the problem. Essentially, how does a Web client (any browser on any device) request data from any server (any database engine or framework), and then initiate a dialog with that server so it can update or change one or more records? Remember, HTTP is a stateless protocol: Clients make GET requests and the occasional POST statement, and servers acknowledge and, when they can, comply.So OData enables communication using any of these three formats for data expression, setting up the mechanism for clients to authenticate themselves and enter into a secure dialog. It already works. And as IBM discovered two years ago, OData was pretty much the only way of creating a single Web client for WebSphere data that worked with .NET, AJAX and PHP clients.While an XML document contains the body of data, expressed explicitly within the markup, OData expresses the schema – the arrangement and relations between data in a database. It also allows for vendor-specific properties that enable features that one vendors database might utilize while another’s does not, though these properties are typically flagged within the metadata using obvious vendor-specific tags; for example, sap:filterable.Writing on behalf of the OData organization today, Microsoft’s senior program manager for OData Alex James said today, “With interoperability front and center in OData we saw more and more technology stacks that started to work with it. Now there are a number of companies that use OData in their products to ensure the data they manage is easily accessible beyond the boundaries of their applications. Many of these companies regularly collaborate on the ongoing design effort for OData. While so far we’ve run the OData design process as transparently as we could (sharing designs, taking feedback through the blog and distribution list, etc.), we are at a point where the level of adoption and the scale at which organizations are betting on OData require a more formal commitment to shared ownership of the design of this protocol.”It’s tempting to draw the conclusion that Microsoft and IBM are “joining forces,” in coalition against a common enemy. The facts are more economic than melodramatic: Waging platform wars, especially over something that should be as ubiquitous as data exchange, costs way too much money. While the Open Office XML/OpenDocument fracas generated plenty of headlines and even sparked a few campaign rallies, it was a drain on both sides’ resources at a time when the platforms supporting both standards – client-side applications – were starting to become obsolete anyway. The fact of the matter is, OData works, and creating a competing format just to rally the troops and produce headlines is a waste of time and money.  It’s best that companies pick their battles more wisely. What’s more, IBM, Microsoft, and SAP alike have come to the realization – perhaps a mutual one – that the best platforms are never islands unto themselves.IBM sign by Simon Greig. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#hack#Microsoft#Open Source How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? It’s perhaps the one way that database interaction can work reliably using any format, any server and any client on the Web today. It happens to be a protocol created by Microsoft. But in a symbol of how Microsoft is now perceived today as just another major player instead of a dominant force, the leading platform makers are joining Microsoft in a formal move to standardize OData, the Open Data Protocol. The reason Microsoft and IBM are no longer fighting over this? The real competition is no longer just amongst these old-line technology companies, but largely between them and a new breed of competitors often based around new mobile devices and consumer platforms.Nearly six years ago one of the most bitter standards battles in all of computing was fought between OASIS, caretaker of the OpenDocument format, and Microsoft. The issue was whether, by making the document formats for Microsoft Office available as open standards, the company was unfairly leveraging Office’s broad base of installation to unseat its only real competitor, the storage format behind OpenOffice.That year, 2006, marked the turning point in Microsoft’s public stance towards openness and interoperability. This despite bitter opposition led by IBM, which was working to resurrect the Symphony brand it had acquired through Lotus. IBM argued that Microsoft was undermining the standards process to suit its purposes. Just how much the computing environment has changed since then was made evident today as IBM (whose heart grew three sizes this day) joined with SAP and Citrix in backing a move by Microsoft to declare the OData HTTP-based database interaction prototol – also known as Open Data Protocol – an OASIS standard.  scott fultonlast_img read more

SC refuses to allow Jallikattu, protests intensify in TN

first_imgNew Delhi/Chennai, Jan 13 (PTI) Last-gasp attempts to hold the traditional bull-taming sport of Jallikattu during pongal festivities today ended in failure, with the Supreme Court refusing to vacate its order staying lifting of a ban on the sport by the Centre, provoking intensified protests in Tamil Nadu.As the Supreme Court refused to vacate its order staying the Centres notification lifting the ban on the popular but controversial sport, animal rights group PETA India shot off a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, urging him not to pass any such ordinance so bulls can be protected.PETAs move came a day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to promulgate an ordinance allowing holding of Jallikattu, a 3000-year-old sport, which has become a hot political issue in an election year. “We are not inclined to vacate the stay,” a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and N V Ramana said after hearing the urgently moved pleas of some Tamil Nadu residents and a group called Compassion Unlimited Plus Action.The bench said it was “unimpressed” with the arguments that Jallikattu should be allowed under the supervision of the court by appointing court commissioners who could submit reports on the event and the claim that it was a socio-religious harvest festival and not entertainment.It said the apex courts two-judge bench in its judgement in 2014 had discussed various facets of the age-old sport and expressed its opinion that bulls cannot be subjected to cruelty.advertisement”The aforesaid submission leaves us unimpressed, for the simon-pure (genuine) reason (that) the two-Judge Bench of this Court, as it appears, had discussed many facets with regard to Jallikattu and expressed its opinion. The arrangements made on the basis of the notification would not warrant alteration of our order and, therefore, we are not inclined to vacate the order of stay,” the bench said.The apex court remained unimpressed with the contention that Jallikattu was not a fight between bulls and humans but a game where the participants are required to embrace the running bulls by hanging on to their hump as long as possible and that the men are unarmed. With the Supreme Court declining to vacate its stay on the Centres notification, protests intensified across Tamil Nadu.Protests were held in several cities and towns, including Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Pudukottai and Salem.In Chennai, activists of the May 17 Movement and Tamilar Munnetra Padai staged demonstrations seeking measures by the Centre to facilitate Jallikattu.In Tiruchirappalli district, a man attempted to set himself ablaze but police overpowered and removed him from the spot. More PTI SJK RKS VGN BN TDS NAB SC ARC SK SKlast_img read more

Australian Open: All eyes on Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer on day 11 at Melbourne Park

first_imgReigning champion Novak Djokovic and number three seed Roger Federer will square off in a modern tennis classic when they take to centre court in the first men’s semi-final at the Australian Open on Thursday.At stake is a shot at history. Both are bidding to equal Australian Roy Emerson’s record of six titles, set in the pre-Open era, and their head-to-head count is tied at 22 wins apiece.Federer, who has not won a grand slam title since 2012 and lost five of his eight matches against Djokovic last year, is in arguably the better form, dropping just one set in five matches en route to his mouth-watering clash with the Serb.Undisputed world number one Djokovic has dropped a set more than the Swiss but has never lost in the semi-finals of the tournament.Djokovic came back strongly after making 100 unforced errors against Frenchman Gilles Simon in the fourth round to down number seven seed Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the quarter-finals.The 44 matches between Djokovic and Federer is the second highest tally in the Open era, beaten only by the 47 between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, and the Serb credits his two biggest rivals for his dominance of recent years.”These two guys made me the player I am today. I think these rivalries have allowed me to grow …and understand what it takes to be on the level that they are on,” he said.”Roger always makes you play your best. My best is what is going to be necessary to win against him.”advertisementWomen’s champion Serena Williams, bidding for her 22nd grand slam title, will have to overcome number four seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the first singles semi-final at the Rod Laver Arena.The number one seed has buried fears about her form and fitness beneath a run of dominating performances. She has not lost a set so far and barely broke a sweat while vanquishing number five seed Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals.last_img read more