Roberto Martinez described his team’s 2-1 triumph at QPR as his most satisfying win since taking over as Everton manager.The Merseysiders, who went out of the Europa League against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine on Thursday, were victorious at Loftus Road courtesy of Aaron Lennon’s 77th-minute goal.“It was probably our most satisying win since I’ve been at Everton for many reasons,” Martinez said.“The amount of emotions we shared on Thursday, we got back really late and this season we have found it difficult to get a win after European games.“We are adapting to being a team that is competing in Europe and in domestic competitions.“We had to cope with the goalscoring threat Queens Park Rangers are going to throw at you. It wasn’t a day for a technical performance – we had to be a strong group of players.”Martinez added that Everton striker Arouna Kone will be assessed after suffering what looked like a nasty knee injury, while Romelu Lukaku is nursing a hamstring strain.See also:Everton condemn QPR to another home lossFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants, a team that spent more than two full months of the season in last place, have emerged as a dark horse playoff contender.Yes, the club that was 12 games under .500 and trailing nine different teams in the National League Wild Card standings on June 29 is suddenly the group that no one wants to play.In a matter of three weeks, the Giants have turned around their season and shifted the narratives regarding how the team will approach the July 31 trade …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Not much change in the forecast this morning. Ultimately, we probably are not quite as wet for the 10-day period combined, but even that is a very close statement. Today will be very warm, with plenty of sunshine and high humidity values. Temps will average a good 6-10 degrees above normal.We still have rain moving in for tomorrow, mostly in the afternoon, and then continuing through the overnight into Thursday morning. Rains start early to mid afternoon in west central and NW Ohio, spreading southeast from there. We are bumping rain totals a bit, putting most of the state in range of .25”-1”. We feel more strongly about thunderstorms and the potential for some heavier rain, so we will not be surprised to see some inch and a half totals, but they will be rather limited in scope. Right now, we think the best chances for thunderstorms happen tomorrow late afternoon in north central and NE Ohio. . The map shows rain totals from the system for tomorrowThe rest of the week still features a rather unsettled weather pattern, but even though we see a warm and humid set up, it may not trigger as much of a threat of pop up showers or thunderstorms. In fact, Thursday can be dry, once showers leave the far southern part of Ohio with the front Thursday morning. Friday should be mostly dry too, with only a few hit and miss pop up showers. Saturday can bring some action into the northern part of the, and then we see on an off precipitation potential from there through the balance of the weekend and next Monday. The entire 5-day period, from Thursday into early next week can bring up to .75” to about 60% of the state. The biggest holes in coverage will be central to southern Ohio.We are dry for next Tuesday and Wednesday, then have a weak front for next Thursday. Moisture again has potential, but the front is not all that impressive at this time.For the extended period, we will keep an unsettled pattern from next Friday night on through the rest of the 11-16 day window. We can’t rule out showers any of those days and we see increasing chances and frequency of moisture as we move through the period. All told, we see potential of an inch or more of rain combined through the entire 11-16 day window, and we may finish it out near the 11th with a strong cold front poised to move through.Once again, this forecast is not quite as wet as yesterday, but with the heat, humidity and overall unsettled feel, don’t close the door on moisture yet. While this system for tomorrow is by far the biggest one we see in the next two weeks, it will not take much to ramp up action out of these more minor disturbances. Temps remain above normal through September 10.
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#saas Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The IT industry may be embracing the model of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), but there’s just one problem: Up to 20% of attempted SaaS deployments are failing due to serious problems with data integration. And that’s just one of many problems facing the hot but problematic movement.This fact doesn’t make the headlines, as vendor after vendor instead hails the signing of marquee clients for their particular service. But after the media spotlight fades, new SaaS customers are often left with shiny new portals for an online service, and plenty of headaches trying to get their legacy data to work with the new service.That enterprises and other businesses are attracted to SaaS is nothing new: a 2010 Forrester report commissioned by Symantec reported even then that “58% of enterprises use two or more SaaS-based business applications today, and 72% plan to in 12 months. More strikingly, 19% of enterprises report having six or more SaaS-based business applications today, and 30% plan to have that many in 12 months.”There is little evidence that this situation has changed in the past 27 months, according to Mike Hoskins, CTO of Pervasive Software. Indeed, as SaaS technologies have improved, applications have become even more robust and easier to deploy.Integration Is Still An Issue“But integration is still an issue,” Hoskins said. Even in the 2010 report, 39% of SaaS customers reported concerns with data integration – a concern second only to security worries. Today, the outcome of many SaaS deployments paints an even bleaker picture.“49% of our potential customers report difficulties with post-deployment integration,” said Lance Speck, General Manager, Integration Products at Pervasive. And these are not trivial problems, either, Speck emphasized. They are enough to derail the entire deployment operation for around 20% of SaaS migrations.It’s not just the potential for failure. The costs of data integration can be huge, and this potential expense is not typically mentioned by SaaS sales teams knocking on enterprise IT’s door. For every dollar spent on a customer resource management deployment,” Hoskins cautioned, “a customer can spend up to $5 on integration.”These figures punch a big whole in the theory that SaaS is the end of the rainbow for enterprise IT. And data integration is not the only problem facing SaaS deployments.Not Just Data IntegrationSecurity remains the prime concern for SaaS deployments. Actually, it was a huge concern, and now it probably ranks high on the “Something Wicked This Way Comes” scale, as service after service this year have announced hacks that have compromised their security.(See also Evernote Is Latest Hacking Victim and World War III Is Already Here – And We’re Losing for more on SaaS security.) Data portability is another pitfall of SaaS deployment. If you spend all that time and money getting your data to work with a particular service, the last thing you want to hear is that this service is about to shutter its doors. We’ve seen quite a few consumer services roll up their welcome mats, enough to warrant concern for enterprise customers.(See also Sudden Site Shutdowns And The Perils Of Living Our Lives Online.)It’s not just the threat of a SaaS vendor dying, either. Price changes, poor service or a better mousetrap are all valid reasons for wanting to pick up your data and move. With integration so expensive, that makes choosing the right SaaS vendor all the more important.Warning SignsSpeck warns IT customers to be on the lookout for tell-tale signs that may indicate that a SaaS vendor may be trying very hard to get that initial signature on the contract – and not worrying about the all-important follow through.“Whenever the SaaS vendors says, ‘we’ll worry about integration in Phase II’,” it’s a big red flag, Speck said. Another call from the cluephone? “‘Don’t worry about integration, we have an API,’” Speck added.APIs (application programming interfaces), which enable a customer’s applications to talk to the service’s code, are indeed an critical component of data integration, but the mere existence of an API is only a part of what’s needed. Other relevant questions to consider: How open is that API? How well documented? And how easy is the API is to use?Not every SaaS vendor should be greeted with suspicion, of course, but enterprise IT departments should consider the entire process, from deployment to integration, as well as security and data portability, when selecting a SaaS vendor.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. brian proffitt
Barcelona scored twice in the last three minutes to edge past lowly Rayo Vallecano 3-2 and open up a four-point lead at the top of LaLiga.A third straight league win moves Ernesto Valverde’s side clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, but their advantage will be reduced back to one point if Alaves beat Eibar on Sunday.Luis Suarez put the visitors ahead in the 11th minute, but Vallecano looked like they would record just their second win of the season as Jose Pozo and Alvaro Garcia netted either side of the interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Catalan giants produced a stirring last-gasp comeback, though, with Ousmane Dembele drawing them level in the 87th minute and then Suarez delivering the decisive blow three minutes later.It’s all over in Vallecas!Comeback and three points!Rayo Vallecano 2-3 FC BarcelonaPozo and Álvaro / @LuisSuarez9 (x2) and @DembouzStill top! pic.twitter.com/SU5lybmSur— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 3, 2018Any hopes Vallecano had of containing their illustrious opponents – 5-1 El Clasico victors last weekend – were obliterated after just 11 minutes.Jordi Alba latched onto Ivan Rakitic’s stunning cross-field pass and pulled the ball back for Suarez to slot in his eighth league goal of the campaign from six yards.The hosts should have drawn level just after the half-hour mark, Pozo firing wide from 10 yards after a blistering counter-attack had torn Barca’s backline apart.The former Almeria man made amends 10 minutes before the interval, however, whipping a wonderful strike in off Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s left-hand post from 25 yards.Barca came agonisingly close to restoring their advantage moments before the break when Suarez’s curled effort crashed off the outside of the upright.That near-miss was brought into sharp focus after 57 minutes when substitute Garcia powered home from close range after Raul de Tomas’ header had fallen kindly to him off the post.Vallecano were unable to hold on for a famous win, however. Dembele pulled Barca level with a crisp half-volley from Gerard Pique’s headed knockdown before Suarez stole in at the back post to prod past goalkeeper Alberto Garcia for a dramatic late winner. What it means? Barca show fighting spiritIt was not pretty, but Barcelona showed enough grit in those final stages to maintain the momentum of their stunning win over Real Madrid. It is five wins on the spin in all competitions now for Valverde’s side and with Lionel Messi set to return imminently, it looks ominous for their LaLiga rivals. Vallecano, meanwhile, remain rooted in 19th after just one win all season.Suarez the difference againFresh from his hat-trick against Madrid, Suarez was once again the talisman for his side. The Uruguayan now has nine league goals this season and is showing no signs of slowing down in front of goal.Rafinha proves ineffectiveThe Brazilian had a game to forget. Moments after flashing well wide from a good position early in the second half, he was replaced by Dembele, whose fine finish late on set up a remarkable finale.What’s next?Barca travel to Inter in the Champions League on Tuesday where they will hope to welcome back Messi from his broken arm, while Vallecano’s next match is at home to Villarreal next Sunday in LaLiga. read more
Chelsea manager Lampard: Hudson-Odoi, James not ready for returnby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James need more time in the U23s.The teenage duo are expected to be utilised in Lampard’s first-team squad after returning to action with the U23 side last week.But Lampard wants to see them gain more fitness before returning to be considered for selection.”They are fit but not match fit,” said Lampard ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia. “Callum is getting extra work in and with Reece, he played in the Under-23s and they may need another game in the Under-23s in them before they are ready for action. N’Golo similarly. “Although not to play in Under-23s, he will have more training to do just because the injury has been bothering him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
SAN FRANCISCO – MoviePass, a startup that lets customers watch a movie a day at theatres for just $10 a month, is limiting new customers to just four movies a month.The move comes as the sustainability of MoviePass’ business model comes into question. Because MoviePass is paying most theatres the full price of the ticket, the service loses money with just one or two movies in a month. The average ticket price in the U.S. is about $9, though $15 and up is common in big cities.MoviePass regularly changes its promotions and rates, and it’s not clear whether the one-movie-a-day deal will return. It appears customers who have already paid under the old plans aren’t affected, but it’s not known whether they would be able to renew under the more generous terms. MoviePass would say only that it is “continually testing various promotions.”The service’s movie-a-day deal was popular among moviegoers, many of whom were seeing more movies at theatres than they normally would have. Without MoviePass, going to the movies was worth it only a few times a year for many people. Ticket prices keep rising, and moviegoers have plenty of cheaper alternatives, including Netflix.But the service also has struck a nerve with the movie industry. Adam Aron, CEO of the giant theatre chain AMC, has called MoviePass’ price “unsustainable.” AMC initially threatened legal action, but seems to have backed off.MoviePass wants to work out ticket discounts and revenue-sharing deals with theatres on the premise that it’s driving more people to theatres. The company is also eyeing a share of concession sales, saying moviegoers are more willing to buy popcorn and soda when scoring a “free” movie. But theatres have balked at offering MoviePass anything.MoviePass’ parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, has warned in a financial report that MoviePass’ future is in “substantial doubt” because it “has incurred losses since its inception and has a present need for additional funding.”MoviePass now has more than two million subscribers, up from 20,000 when MoviePass slashed prices to $10 a month in August.
DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler’s new CEO says major job cuts or an alliance with other automakers are not in the plans for Italian-American automaker.Mike Manley says the company downsized its workforce significantly a decade ago, and smaller cuts have been made since. So unlike crosstown rivals Ford and General Motors, he doesn’t expect any “big bang event.”Manley took over for the late Sergio Marchionne last year. Three years ago, Marchionne was shopping for a partner and said the industry needed to consolidate to better share huge capital investment costs.But Manley says FCA is now in a different position and can go it alone. He says at the Detroit auto show that the company has the resources and the balance sheet to stand on its own.The Associated Press
With an increase in demand for these hampers, the donation will be of great help for the Salvation Army.If you would like to donate to the Christmas Hamper Campaign, donations can be dropped off at the Community & Family Services office, 10116 100 Ave.Distribution Day of the hampers is Wednesday, December 19th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Doig River First Nations presented a donation in the amount of $2500.00 to the Salvation Army for their Christmas Hamper Campaign.Chief Trevor Makadahay presented Cameron Eggie, Executive Director – Northern Centre of Hope with the Donation at the recent ‘World Cafe’ event held December 5th at the Northern Grand Hotel.The donation was given to go towards the Christmas Hamper Campaign, a service that the Salvation Army provides for anyone in the community to apply for. Unlike the Food Bank, an income matrix is used to assess and prioritize the need. The Salvation Army assesses household income vs expenses to determine the value of the hamper.
Wide receiver Duron Carter, son of Ohio State legend Cris Carter, has left OSU and enrolled at a community college in Kansas, coach Jim Tressel confirmed Monday in a statement released by the OSU athletic department.Carter caught 13 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown in his freshman season, but was ruled academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl. He also sat out all of spring practices because of academic issues.BuckeyeSports.com first reported Carter’s withdrawal from OSU. According to the report, Carter enrolled at Coffeyville Community College. Division I athletes can transfer to a non-Division I school without losing a year of eligibility. An athlete transferring to another Division I school must sit out a year.Carter would still have three years of eligibility remaining should he transfer to another Division I school or back to OSU after a year at Coffeyville.Carter posted a message on his Twitter account Monday morning, saying: “yes, the rumors are true.”He posted Monday afternoon that he would ideally return to OSU after getting his academics back on track, saying: “yes i would love to go back to OSU! im a buckeye all the way!”Tressel also announced that defensive lineman Keith Wells will not be a part of the team in 2010. Wells saw limited action as a freshman in 2008, then redshirted last season.