Austin plans to stay at QPR in January

first_imgCharlie Austin has told Sky Sports News HQ he does not expect to leave QPR in January.Austin, whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season, was tipped to move during the summer and there has since been speculation that he could be sold when the transfer window reopens.But the striker, 26, said: “I can’t see myself leaving in January, because I’m concentrating on playing for QPR. I think I owe it them and my loyalty is with them, to help them and get promoted.“Football is a small career and you have to make the right decisions, the right moves, and if it’s right for myself, and my family and the people I bounce the ideas off, then I will take on anything.”See also: The six key reasons QPR were able to keep Austin (2 September)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Andre Iguodala leaves Game 2 of NBA Finals with injury

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.TORONTO — Andre Iguodala didn’t see Marc Gasol’s screen coming near the top of the arc as he guarded Kawhi Leonard.Iguodala slammed into Gasol, who set the screen legally, and fell hard to the ground. Iguodala stayed there holding his head and kicking the floor while Norman Powell sunk a 3-pointer seconds later to give the Raptors a 50-40 lead late in the first half.Stephen Curry received the ensuing inbounds pass …last_img read more

Land tenure to take centre stage at summit

first_img29 August 2014Land tenure reform will take centre stage at a three-day national Land Tenure Summit to be hosted by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in Johannesburg next week.Issues on the summit agenda include tenure insecurity in commercial farming areas, tenure challenges in communal areas, and how best to resolve South Africa’s land reform two decades after the dawn of democracy.“This land tenure summit will provide critical debate and create a social dialogue on various aspects of transforming land ownership patterns,” Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Thursday.“We want to get South Africa talking about the various policy proposals we have put before them. Let’s engage with these policy proposals and find lasting solutions. Let’s engage with everybody and come up with the best ways to resolve the issue of land tenure and land tenure administration.”The summit, which starts next Thursday, will be attended by representatives from non-governmental organisations, organised agriculture, academia, farm workers, traditional leaders, the government, political parties, and leading international researchers on agrarian reform.Delegates will present papers on a number of issues, including proposed legislation that will come before Parliament during this financial year.The decade between 1997 and 2007 was characterised by significant shifts in ownership and land use in South Africa, including increasing acquisition of residential and agricultural properties by foreign nationals in certain regions.“These trends have resulted in increased landlessness and precarious tenure for citizens, particularly residents of the former reserve areas and commercial farming areas,” Nkwinti said.“These proposals will be presented to the national Land Tenure Summit in an attempt to address the growing land tenure insecurity problems which impact negatively on about 20-million people living in commercial farming areas, communal areas and in formal and informal townships.”The proposed tenure reform policy seeks to reverse the wide range of tenure insecurities that were engendered throughout through land dispossession, human degradation and exploitation under apartheid.Nkwinti said the summit was well poised to accelerate the process of rural development and land reform in the country, to generate meaningful dialogue on issues of land tenure, and to ensure that stakeholders were moving South Africa forward together.Source: read more

America’s Cup And The Science of Sailing

first_imgTags:#America’s Cup#PopSugar Tech#Sailing#science Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.A brand-new boat, the AC72, is hitting the water for the 34th America’s Cup, an intense race between two sailing yachts that dates back to 1851. The new 131-foot-tall (that’s 13 stories!), 72-foot-long catamaran is designed to be the most powerful sailing machine in the world—and, consequently, is the most dangerous.We saw this massive specimen of the sea in all its glory at the America’s Cup Finals in San Francisco (which may run through Sept. 21), courtesy of Lexus, and were in awe of the boat’s size, speed, and beauty. Watching Team USA and Team New Zealand zip through the bay’s relentless changing winds and negotiate tight, sharp turns revealed the precise physics and athleticism required to operate these fast, water-faring vehicles. So we proceeded to investigate the science of sailing.The sport of sailing demands great skill and a deep understanding of wind, currents, and physics. The sailors of Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand put on a great show, with both boats neck and neck for the most of the race and ending with the Kiwis’ eventual victory. Each 11-person crew must tack (zigzagging the boat while sailing against the wind), steer, and maintain balance all the way to the finish while running back and forth between the boat’s two hulls.Foiling is the technique most synonymous with racing and involves suspending the catamaran’s hulls above the water while balancing on a pair of L-shaped boards. The art of foiling can increase the boat’s speed and reduce drag significantly—but it’s also incredibly risky. In May, Team Sweden crashed its AC72 during a practice run, causing the death of one crew member, and in October 2012, Team USA capsized its catamaran, but, fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. nicole nguyen Materials and ComponentsTitanium — This metal can be found through the AC72, since it has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios among metals. It’s also very resistant to corrosion, making it an ideal choice for the salt-water-faring sailing machines. Carbon fiber — Threads of carbon fiber, a strong and lightweight material, are woven together to create a cloth-like fabric. An epoxy resin is heated, and pressure is applied, forming the base laminate (the rigid structure) of the woven carbon fiber. Honeycomb — A honeycomb pattern material is applied to curved surfaces. It’s made of either aluminum or Nomex insulation paper and has a high strength-to-weight ratio. Carbon fiber composite — Two materials are combined to create a sandwich structure, a method used in aircraft and spacecraft construction as well. Crew — Each member of a team’s 11-person crew is equipped with padded body armor, a flotation device, and a crash helmet. For safety purposes, sailors also carry an emergency oxygen tank, a knife, personal location devices, and an electronic headcount unit. Electronic sensors — Placed throughout the boat, the sensors collect different data, including strain, pressure, and vertical and lateral loads on every major component. The sailors themselves wear sensors that monitor vitals such as heart rate. An AC72 can have over 300 sensors on board.Watch video from the Exploratorium’s exhibit at America’s Cup on the @popsugartech Instagram page! We explore how wind affects the sea’s currents, the ship after which America’s Cup is named, and how to control a boat’s sail.Images courtesy of GettyMore stories from PopSugar Tech:The Final Frontier: Voyager 1 Reaches Interstellar Space8 Trips Around the World With Google Maps Street ViewWhat to Do When Your Computer Freezes5 Steps to Get the Highest iPhone Resale ValueApple Product Launch Day: A GIF Guide to All of the Feels Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Sailing is far from child’s play and involves a great deal of teamwork between skilled tacticians. Take a closer look at the colossal AC72 and the materials that make this sailing machine glide across the water.Essential StatsWeight — 6.5 tons Hull length —72.2 feet Maximum beam — 45.9 feet Mast height — 131.2 feet Maximum draft — 14.4 feet Displacement — 5,900 kg Wing area — 2798.6 square feet Jib area — 861.1 square feet Gennaker area — 3,444.5 square feet Crew — 11 people Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Remote Access Solutions: Overcoming the Challenges

first_imgIlan ParetskyCMO Ericom Software Tags:#data and security#remote access#remote work Once an unusual employment arrangement, remote work has become commonplace in companies across industries and of all sizes, with 70% of the global workforce working remotely at least once a week, according to a 2018 International Workplace Group (IWG) study.In response, an increasing number of organizations–particularly those wishing to attract Millennial talent–are allowing employees the flexibility to work outside the office.It’s not hard to see why this work arrangement has become so popular. Remote work offers many benefits for both employee and employer. It allows companies to cut costs on office space, computers, electricity, and more. As for employees, not only do 91% of remote workers report being more productive, but they’re happier too. In fact, 45% of remote workers report that they love their jobs — compared to just 24% of office-bound workers.While there are many upsides to remote work, it also presents unique challenges.Securing remote worker assets is a necessity but also an ongoing battle. Remote employee data and applications are accessed and utilized outside the umbrella of a corporate network. As a result, remote employees are exposed to many security risks — and likewise expose their employers’ data and systems to those risks.Remote access solutions streamline how organizations provide data and application access to remote workers. But deploying these systems and maintaining them can prove difficult. In this article, we explore some common problems and how to address them.Challenge #1: Installation, deployment, and management.Remote access systems may comprise several layers: physical servers or hardware appliances, administrative software, and end-user software clients. And they must all play nicely together. A significant investment of time and effort may be needed to deploy and manage the system, monitor and manage users and user access, and provide training so that internal staff can configure and maintain the solution. Moreover, these systems span many office locations and may also involve a hybrid setup including both on-premises and cloud-based machines running disparate operating systems.And the work isn’t done once a remote access system is deployed. The systems must be maintained and administered. Someone in IT — perhaps the whole helpdesk staff — must handle troubleshooting and connectivity issues, patches and updates, and other ongoing maintenance tasks. Tickets must be managed. And all these overhead items add up quickly.Handling routine user and resource management tasks for remote access can be challenging. This is true especially if the remote access solution does not provide a single, central management point.The administration and management of these systems may require configuration changes across multiple servers, services, and software agents. Or, they may demand a mixture of client-side and server-side configuration. Both of these scenarios can lead to unexpected access outages, downtime during maintenance windows, and time-consuming troubleshooting efforts when things go wrong.For remote access solutions that depend on virtual machines, management is often accomplished through a separate application entirely. If your VM administration interface does not integrate well with your remote management system, this can lead to everything from gaps in access reporting data to forgotten, unmanaged VMs. These scenarios hinder virtual desktop management efforts for IT personnel and expose business data to risks.Solution: Choose clientless remote access solutions that feature a flexible, unified management interface. If there’s no client-side software, then your staff need not expend resources to install or maintain it.This allows your team to quickly provision access for remote users and branch offices anywhere. It also helps your business rapidly migrate workers to virtual desktops, manage their access, and perform administrative and management tasks – all without the need for local IT staff.Opt for clientless solutions that provide remote access without requiring software to be installed on the endpoint device. Clientless remote access solutions have lower management costs, less downtime, and fewer security risks.Choose a remote access solution that offers central management. The ability to facilitate access to physical or virtual desktops and hosted applications from a centralized location is more cost-effective and reduces the draw on IT resources. Administrators should be able to manage requests and access, as well as perform routine tasks for many users through one common portal.Challenge #2: Scalability.Ensuring remote access to networks and data is critical for remote employees’ ability to get work done. As noted, the remote workforce is growing rapidly — with between 80% and 90% of the U.S. workforce reporting they would like to work remotely, at least on a part-time basis. The ability to easily and rapidly scale a remote access system, therefore, is increasingly a primary concern for businesses both large and small.Scaling up may involve standing up new servers or expanding network infrastructure and installing access management software. IT staff must be trained to handle and coordinate the deployment. New hardware appliances may need to be added to the network or OS update prerequisites and client software rolled out. The list goes on.A reliable management system must not choke when scaled up to enterprise-level deployments. It must be able to handle sudden increases in remote access deployments (e.g., company acquisitions). An enterprise-ready remote access management system should be capable of scaling up to as many distinct client devices as a business is likely to need.Solution:  Choose a remote access management system that will not only meet your current business needs but which is also capable of scaling up smoothly to handle increasing demand for remote access. The ability to rapidly onboard users across multiple geographic regions helps accommodate natural growth — without the growing pains.Challenge #3: Functionality and ease of use.Solutions for remote access problems tend to come in one of two varieties: flyswatters or bazookas. That is, they either lack the features necessary to support enterprise deployments reliably, or they’re “kitchen sink solutions” that overwhelm with their complexity.Client-based remote access management systems may suffer from permissions issues or incompatibility with existing applications or work processes. This could result in lost productive time due to workarounds, retraining, or struggles to access the functionality they need. For example, according to an IDC survey on remote access security, more than half of IT professionals reported that adding new external user groups to their organization required over 10 network and application components. At best, the negative user experience is an annoying distraction that can sidetrack normal work duties. At worst, your users may find themselves driven to circumvent the use of the remote access solution. The last thing you want is for your remote access system to be an obstacle to end users getting work done.Solution: Choose a solution you can customize and tailor to your organization’s specific needs. If you can choose only the features necessary for your users, you avoid overwhelming them with unnecessary and confusing options and procedures.The remote access solution you deploy should be optimized for easy on-demand desktop access from any device, anywhere your users are. To keep your users working, make sure that accessing their data and applications is a seamless experience.Challenge #4: Security.Your remote access system must ensure that access to the data users need is fully secure. If, however, your system presents a direct connection to the internet, you’ve increased your risk. Direct exposure to the internet will dramatically increase your network’s attack surface. Among the 50% of remote workers who access company resources using personal devices, only half have antivirus or other security software on the device.On another front, password-only authentication is no longer considered sufficient when security is a necessity. The 10th Verizon Data Breach Report linked 81% of data breaches to weak passwords. Thus, a remote access system secured only by a password is a prime target for attack and highly vulnerable to exploitation from password leaks.Bear in mind that for remote access systems with on-device software clients, regular updates are essential to protect clients from vulnerabilities and exploits. Outdated, unpatched remote access clients are a valuable target for malicious hackers, and if breached, expose the organization’s data and networks to cyber attacks.Solution: Accessing remote resources via a secure gateway can reduce the inherent security risks. Also, two-factor authentication (2FA), the “gold standard” for securing remote desktop connections, can keep accessed data secure by ensuring user authenticity before providing access to remote networks and sensitive data.In a Server-Based Computing (SBC) model, primary IT resources are installed and managed centrally on servers. This central hosting allows for secure, on-demand access to these resources. Besides being cost-effective and boosting productivity, by allowing administrative management from a central console, server-based solutions make it much easier to handle regular updates, which are critical to protecting organizational data from vulnerabilities.ConclusionThe workplace is always changing, but one trend is clear: Remote work will continue to grow in popularity. Expect the requirements and standards for robust remote access systems to grow accordingly. The right remote access solution for your enterprise should:Offer on-demand access with no need for client-side software.Provide both privacy and security, with multiple flexible authentication options.Be cost-effective and generally contain operating costs through centralized management.Be customizable and adaptable to provide only the features your users need.Be easy to deploy, use, and manage.Be scalable to accommodate rapid growth. Ilan Paretsky is Chief Marketing Officer at Ericom Software and is responsible for the global marketing activities of the company. Prior to joining Ericom in 2005, Mr. Paretsky held various leadership positions in marketing, business development, project management, and software development in the global software and telecom industries. Follow the Puck AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How Data Analytics Can Save Liveslast_img read more

No comebacks for Jayjay

first_imgQuite expectedly, he was the quickest, the scrappiest and the toughest throughout the affair. But the signs were there that comebacks were out of the question.“My knees are now hurting,” Helterbrand said with a chuckle.“I was in awe trying to absorb everything. I didn’t really plan on playing that hard, but I didn’t want to let [the team] down,” he added. “I came out there and I wanted to get that win for them.”“It’s really an honor to be able to play on the court with all the legends. Just the stories I’ve heard in practice, getting a chance to be coached by the legend himself? And be able to play for a good cause? That was fun,” Helterbrand said.“I missed it. I’ll be honest—I missed the energy of the fans and the guys. My first shot was an air ball, and I was like ‘Oh my gosh, what am I doing here?’”ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants After a triple-double performance in a sentimental version of the PBA’s “Manila Clasico,” Jayjay Helterbrand laughed at the idea that he is good enough for another season in the pros.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Foes bite dust as Saso rules PH Ladies MOST READ LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I don’t think so,” the retired 42-year-old guard said.Helterbrand, who played for 17 years with the league’s most popular ballclub, finished with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in Barangay Ginebra’s 97-89 victory over Purefoods in the Battle of Rivals classic last Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut there’s an even more important number: 42. That’s how old the former MVP is, making him the youngest—and thereby the fittest—among the legends that suited up for the pair of fund-raising matches at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I was blown away by the energy and I didn’t want to let the team down,” Helterbrand said after the game. “I think I may have actually pushed myself a bit over to the top.” Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

CBS Sports’ Doug Gottlieb Criticizes Ezekiel Elliott For Post-Game Rant

first_imgDoug Gottlieb criticizes Ezekiel Elliott.doug gottlieb criticizes ezekiel elliottFollowing Ohio State’s last-second loss to Michigan State Saturday night, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott went on a bit of a rant, criticizing his team’s coaching staff for its play-calling during the contest. Elliott also announced that he’ll be declaring for the NFL Draft after the season.Well, it doesn’t look like everyone is impressed with Zeke’s decision to air his frustrations via the media. CBS Sports college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb says that Elliott should be embarrassed. He added that you should never “call out” your teammates or coaching staff after a big loss.pretty embarrassing what Ezekiel Elliott pulled, Im sure some on twitter will support him…but that is why they are on twitter— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015Kids feel mirror society- feel entitled- you don’t ever call out your teammates or coaches after a big loss. EVER.— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015“He was honest” – you can be right, and be out of a job. Close friend of mine told me that…words to live by #EzekielElliot— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015Is Gottlieb right? Or does Zeke have the right to speak his mind following a loss? Expect a national debate in the coming days.last_img read more

Scheer vows internal freetrade deal as part of vision for stronger federation

first_imgOTTAWA — If the Conservatives win the Oct. 21 federal election, Andrew Scheer says he’ll convene a first-ministers’ meeting within 100 days devoted to knocking down barriers to trade among Canada’s provinces.The Conservative leader says he’ll also appoint an interprovincial-trade minister whose sole mandate will be negotiating a free-trade deal with the provinces.Scheer says he’s talking about a formal, comprehensive agreement, negotiated by professionals, not just a memorandum of understanding.Eliminating interprovincial trade barriers is part of Scheer’s vision for what he calls a “stronger and freer federation.”He says a Scheer government would decentralize decision-making to the government closest to the people affected and respect provincial jurisdiction, but it would also take leadership in areas of sole federal jurisdiction, including internal trade and pipelines.That’s in contrast to what he calls Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “my-way-or-the-highway federalism,” which Scheer says has stoked regional alienation, pitted provinces against each other and produced the coldest relations between federal and provincial governments in generations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sam Thompson Ohio State mens basketball overpowers offensively anemic Penn State

Ohio State’s men’s basketball team got its second scorer when it needed him the most. For much of this season, members of the No. 14-ranked Buckeyes have expressed the need for an additional offensive threat behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Against unranked Penn State, though, such an conundrum failed to manifest itself as sophomore forward Sam Thompson dropped 16 points on the Nittany Lions en route to a 65-51 win Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Already a Buckeye fan favorite because of his theatrical dunks, Thompson’s 16 points helped push OSU (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) past a Penn State squad that finds itself still winless (0-8) in Big Ten play more than halfway through the regular season. Thompson, who was 6-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 behind the arc, proved to be a catalyst for OSU in a game that saw its other starters shoot a combined 9-for-27. Notably, Thomas struggled with his touch against Penn State (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten), shooting 4-for-13 and 1-for-3 from 3-point range. The 11 points he mustered were the lowest output for Thomas in any game this season. And, perhaps against a more formidable opponent, such a deficit would’ve proved costly – especially on the road. In losses against Duke, Illinois and Michigan State away from the comfortable confines of the Schottenstein Center, OSU stuggled to find someone – anyone – outside of the Big Ten’s leading scorer. Need an example? Most recently, against the No. 13 Spartans, Thomas scored 28 of the Buckeyes’ 56 total points. In the team’s worst loss to date, a 74-55 defeat to the Illini, Thomas notched 24 points and junior guard Aaron Craft’s 11 points made him the only other Buckeye that day to score in double digits. In its game against Penn State, however, Thomas had help – and not just from Thompson. Junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. totaled 11 points and knocked down 7 of 8 free throws to help keep the game out of reach from a gritty, yet offensively anemic, Nittany Lions crew. While OSU’s bench helped the Buckeyes manage a 43 percent outing from the floor, Penn State shot 36 percent in total and 24 percent from behind the arc (4-for-17). Most devastating for the Nittany Lions, though, was a 10-minute scoring drought in the first half that allowed OSU to mount a double-digit cushion that would withstand a late Penn State rally that cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 10 with 2:41 to play. It wasn’t enough to overcome an otherwise shaky performance, as the Nittany Lions were outrebounded, 39-25, despite only turning the ball over four times compared to OSU’s eight miscues. OSU also made 83 percent of its 23 free throw attempts while Penn State struggled its way to a 59 percent connection rate. The loss is the Nittany Lions’ 18th straight to OSU. Conversely, OSU OSU is scheduled to next play Wisconsin Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more