Rangers will hold interviews for their manager and director of football posts this week.The Ibrox club are looking to restructure their coaching department following the departure of manager Mark Warburton, assistant David Weir and recruitment head Frank McParland. Rangers want to bring in a new manager with a director of football overseeing the playing side of the club.Managing director Stewart Robertson had said that the club would take their time to identify the right people for two key roles and that process will move forward as they speak to potential candidates this week. STV understands that two of the names in the frame for the director of football role are Southampton director of recruitment and scouting Ross Wilson and Tottenham head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, who is currently serving his notice.Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish has been linked with the manager’s job, with Alan Pardew, Derek McInnes and Markus Babbel also among the bookmakers’ favourites. Under-20s boss Graeme Murty has been acting as caretaker manager for the first team and saw his side fall to a 2-1 defeat to Dundee on Sunday, leaving them six points behind Aberdeen in the race for second place in the Premiership.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In this post we take a closer look at the paradigm shifts of the web, especially forthe near future. What approaches have dominated the web over the years and which ones failed; and why?Also, since Facebook is already widely accepted as the next big thing, the new questionis: what is the next “next big thing”? Is it already out there? To start withcheck out the graph below, summarizing the Web’s stages up till now and our vision for the future: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As you can see, the current trend is for social interactions to take oversearch as the pivot of the internet. But if you’re not convinced, here are a few examplesof why:Google and Microsoft’s billion dollar ad partnerships with MySpace and Facebookrespectively;Yahoo and Viacom’s bets on Facebook;Yahoo’s rivals.com acquisition and rumors of Fox offering to sell MySpace to Yahoo! in exchange for a 25% stake.The Eras of the WebAge #0 – eCommerceE-commerce is the most primitive way of making money online. It’s identical to the realworld, where you have some products (real or virtual) and you sell them to consumers andpocket the money. The only difference from the world we live in is that the “e” prefixeliminates some frictions and allows this process to get completed faster and easier eachyear. That’s why the first age of the Web was full of online sellers; companies gotfunded to sell and specialize in a variety of things. Some of them have become successfulbecause what they sold was aaleable (e.g. Amazon with books), but others failed becausetheir motivation was “everything can be sold over the internet” – which turned out to bewrong in some cases. Overall, e-commerce is still a very important component of theinternet’s revenue stream – albeit not as mighty as we once thought it could be.Age #1 – Single Sign-onWhile everyone was building and investing in e-commerce sites, two Stanford studentsfigured out a new way of making money online. Yahoo started out with a simple webdirectory, but their idea was to port traditional media business models to the onlinespace. They weren’t focused on selling goods, but they brought great services togetherand glued them with a single sign-on mechanism. Consequently, they created some sort ofvendor lock-in; because signing up has been the biggest friction that awaits web surfers.Remember the old tedious sign up processes – they even asked you how much money you makeper year! And note that there was no such thing as OpenID at that time.The motivation of Yahoo at that time was to keep the visitors as long as they could ontheir properties (actually not much has changed). After all, the longer users stay, themore ads they can view. This seemed like a perfect business model at first, because itallowed people to get great services for free. Everyone liked it and Yahoo became theposter child company of the late 90’s.Age #1.5 – GeocitiesWhile Yahoo was rising, a new service emerged and started to take the lead slowly –Geocities was one of many sites that provided free web hosting and web site creationservices. However GeoCities was different in some ways. It was more like the socialnetworking sites of today; the self expression level was high and the weird naming schemebased on city names gave it a human touch. That’s why we can call GeoCities the firstutterly successful social interaction platform. However, after it was acquired by Yahooit became yet another web hosting service provider – and it lost its soul and failed. Noone can blame Yahoo for that though, because that was the first of its kind and at thattime everyone was unaware of the social impact of such a big web acquisition.BoomThe Boom period (aka Dot Com) is not an age like the others, but is worth looking into.The reason of the boom was the lack of calibration between the pace of internetapplications and the internet infrastructure. VC firms invested heavily in web sites,with the dream of being the next Hotmail, eGroups, Viaweb – but the internetinfrastructure didn’t scale well to the increasing production. People were not spendingenough time on the internet and download speeds were slow – therefore the demand couldn’tsatisfy the production. Moreover, there wasn’t any adequate monetization method of thecontent spread over the web. As a result, revenues fell short and the market crashed verybadly.Age #2 – SearchWhile Yahoo was trying to get people to spend as much time as possible on theirproperties in order to maximize their advertising revenues, 2 other Stanford students –this time Larry Page and Sergey Brin – came up with the idea of excelling at search.Because they realized that search was the start point of the web. Even though people werelikely to spend time on Yahoo properties, they still needed long tail sites to getinformed and reach other stuff that Yahoo couldn’t offer. What Google did was to offer abetter search service with absolutely no clutter. Their sparse but highly efficientservice opened the doors to big deals and hugely profitable online advertising.Eventually they became the center of the web. Now, Google’s new purpose is to bringdesktop applications to the internet too.Age #2.5 – On-demand VideoIt’s a fact that humans are born lazy. Yes, we love spending time on the internet andinteract with many things; but still many of us prefer spending our free time on TV andwatching meaningless shows. What the new high speed internet infrastructure did was, insome sense, bring TV to the internet. And what YouTube and others did, was to bring it tous. Yes, Google was the center and we were still using it, but YouTube grew sharply tooduring this time. We started to spend more time watching videos than mining the internetfor more information. That didn’t only steal time from Google and the long tail sites,but also stole from the traditional TV networks – because we prefered on-demand TV overthe old linear one.What happened then is Google saw the potential at YouTube and bought it. This cost$1.65 B (an amount that Yahoo couldn’t or wouldn’t risk). But actually the number wassurprisingly low for a paradigm shifting company. Couldn’t YouTube become the new Googleby itself, couldn’t they make an IPO and become a billion dollar company? The answer isunexpectedly “no”. The reason was YouTube’s legal hassles. They knew that they wouldconfront legal problems sooner or later and that’s why they chose the quick exit and getunder the wings of a well established company. Google could protect them and spend therequired money to fight in courts. In fact, YouTube got sued almost immediately after theacquisition – Viacom wanted Google to pay $1 B for the illegal videos YouTube published.This was a big threat, that could’ve allowed other content producers to demand the sameas well.Age #3 – SocialActually social interactions have always played an important role in the internet.GeoCities, Friendster, ICQ, IRC were all signs of the fact that social interactions cancontrol the destiny of the web. But all of these products had problems and couldn’t makeit to the end. For example acquisitions finished GeoCities and ICQ. Friendster had badmanagement problems. MySpace kept growing, but it couldn’t take the necessary steps tobecome a real big thing. IRC became obsolete with ICQ. Only one company figured out theway of putting social interactions to the center of the web and it was Facebook.Facebook, for the first time, opened the gate and merged all social services into itself.Now you can integrate your IM (meebo), Twitter, and other services into Facebook easily.Thus Facebook became a true platform company and is increasingly many peoples startpage.Bigcos had already realized that social networking sites would eventually become ourstart pages and that all of our internet actions will get reshaped there. On the likes ofFacebook, our actions will be shaped by our friends and trusted communities. That’s whyGoogle signed a billion dollar deal with News Corp to become the default search providerof MySpace. Their thought was that hopefully this would give them some time before theyneeded to reorganize themselves and make an attack in the social world as well. Yahootried to buy Facebook, as it didn’t have this Platform feature yet, but failed. Theyended up by buying a niche site Rivals.com, to create their own Facebook and possibly try toexplore opportunities with News Corp’s MySpace.Age #4 – Joost ???It’s hard to guess the 4th phase of the web because we don’t even have the3rd one yet, fully. But what the past eras (see ages 1.5, 4 and 2.5) show isthat we will end up with the rebirth of online TV. Since we are all born lazy, video ondemand is the way to go. And what Joost is offering is higher quality content (thanks totheir collaboration with big content providers), higher quality watching experience(thanks to P2P technology) and a legal hassle-free alternative to YouTube, which hasalready shown tremendous success.ConclusionThis is an open ended article. You may not share the same ideas as me, especiallyabout my Age #4 estimation, because it’s completely subjective. For example some of youmay think that Second Life, meebo or NetVibes is the next next big thing. Please shareyour thoughts in the comments. I’m stopping here for the sake of keeping the articleshort(ish), but I am ready to discuss in the comments other possibilities. emre sokullu 1
Delhi Police on Monday unveiled its massive security plan for Commonwealth Games 2010, which includes deployment of heli-borne snipers and a four-layered protective cordon around the venues and Games Village.Announcing the security strategy, city Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal told reporters, “we are not only looking into the security aspects of the Games, each and every aspect of the city’s security will also be addressed.”We are working closely with several agencies connected with the Games. We assure you a safe and secure Commonwealth Games,” he said.According to the plan, the Games venues, Games Village, practice venues, parking lots and the Indira Gandhi International Airport will have a four-layered security cordon.Explaining aspects of the plan, Special Commissioner (Administration) Neeraj Kumar said the security at prominent Games-related venues will have “outer, middle, inner and exclusive” security zones.At the outer cordon, he said, the traffic will be stopped and access will be controlled. At the middle cordon, security personnel will channelise the spectators to their designated seats while in the inner cordon, the barcode reading of tickets will take place and the spectators’ photos captured.”There will be surveillance from the skies with the help of the Air Force. There will also be the deployment of heli-borne assault teams to thwart any attempts by terrorists,” Kumar said.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say SNAPPED: Rashford talks up Solskjaer’s glory days after Man Utd trainingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United mad Marcus Rashford admits he’s living a dream playing for new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Rashford snapped a moment involving teammates Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial along with Solskjaer during training in Dubai yesterday.Rashford then posted to Twitter with a reference to Solskjaer’s iconic winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.”Seconds left.. Becks whipped in a perfect corner. Teddy flicked it on. The rest is history” @ManUtdpic.twitter.com/JFGqwUHZLP— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) January 7, 2019
Pochettino has no problems with Tottenham fans criticismby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says “the fans are right to criticise” after their poor start to the season.Spurs have eight points from six Premier League matches and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester United on Tuesday.Tottenham reached the Champions League final and finished fourth in the league last season.”If we don’t get the results that people expect, we need to accept the criticism,” said Pochettino”For nearly five years it was all praise for Tottenham. Now, if we deserve to be criticised, we need to accept that.”Sometimes critics can make you realise you need to wake up,” said Argentine Pochettino.”Damage has happened that we need to fix. We are, at the moment, fixing problems to try to be better and get the results we expect.”We’re not so far away. Our performances are not as bad as the feeling creates. I’m sure that we are going to start to win games, but we need to find the solution.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
zoom Italy-based classification society Rina Services has awarded certifications regarding the management system and the quality of the information security to compatriot shipbuilder Fincantieri.The certifications include the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and ISO 9001:2015 and Fincantieri is said to be among the first shipbuilding companies to receive them.In particular, the ISO27001 certification process verified the adequacy of the company processes in the information and communications technology (ICT) field compliant with the requirements of the international reference standard for the management of information security.The positive outcome of the verification also represents an important step towards meeting the new European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which becomes enforcable from May 2018, as explained by Fincantieri.“The result achieved by Fincantieri confirms the increasingly widespread need to support production processes, technologies and the expertise of companies with tools that protect corporate information,” Michele Francioni, CEO of RINA Services, commented.
When Tiger Woods teed off Thursday afternoon to begin this year’s Masters bid, it was the start of just his third appearance of the 2015 season and his first competitive round since a back injury forced him to withdraw on the first day of the Farmers Insurance Open in early February. As Woods shot a 1-over-par 73 in the first round, all eyes were on his form — even though he’s done little of note over the past two seasons to warrant the attention.Famously, Woods has won 14 major golf championships over his stellar career, a tally that ranks second only to Jack Nicklaus’s 18 major titles. A win at the Masters would give Woods 15, but he hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open. In the intervening years, his game and personal life have been thoroughly ravaged, with injuries taking a particular toll recently. What once seemed to be destiny — Woods’s overtaking of Nicklaus as the winningest major champion ever — now looks like a fool’s notion.With Woods in action again at Augusta, where he’s won four green jackets, we tried to track how far his major championship-winning pace (and therefore his chances of catching Nicklaus) have fallen in recent years. The biggest strike against Woods? The fact that he is 39 years old — well past the prime of major winners since the PGA Championship switched to stroke play in 1958:If you toss out all major winners currently younger than 461The age at which Nicklaus won his final major. to prevent the sample from being skewed toward younger, still-active champions such as 25-year-old Rory McIlroy (whose future major totals are as yet unknown), the average major-winner in golf is about 32.5 years old. And only 12.5 percent of all major titles since 19582Excluding those of Julius Boros and Peter Thomson, who were left out of the aging-curve sample because they won major titles both before and after 1958. were won by players aged 39 or older. By any measure, the time for winning majors is quickly running out for Woods.Of course, Woods’s track record is better than just about any other major-winner ever. Through age 32, when Woods last won a major, he led Nicklaus 14-11 in the trophy count. (Even now, after a drought of more than six seasons, Woods is only one major short of Nicklaus’s pace at the same age.) To estimate how many major wins remain in a player’s career, we ran a Lowess regression for players at each age who had won at least one major to that point in their career.3Specifically, we derived a multiplier for each age to estimate total lifetime majors based on the player’s career-to-date major count. As an example, the multiplier for an age-26 golfer is 3.0, meaning you should expect his career total of major wins to be 3.0 times what it was after his age-26 season. For Tiger Woods, who won eight major titles through age 26, this leads to a career major estimate of 24. And by that method, Woods’s mean expectation was to pass Nicklaus for most of his career after his banner 2000 season — even after being afflicted by injury (he missed the second half of the 2008 season with a torn ACL) and scandal (he was limited to 12 tournaments and zero wins in 2010 after his many infidelities came to light):Since a major-less 2011, though, Woods’s projected career major tally dropped below the number necessary to pass Nicklaus. Our system now sets Woods’s expected remaining majors at a mere 1.2 — and that might be too high. The regression uses Woods’s entire track record to date, perhaps not realizing how much his form has slipped in recent seasons. It’s also worth noting that Nicklaus was an incredible outlier. He won more majors after the age of 37 (four) than all but 14 golfers have ever won in their entire careers. So at a certain point, it was probably unrealistic to have expected Woods to follow the same pace, even before witnessing how much his game — and health — have slipped in recent years.Woods front-loaded so many major titles that he’d only need a comparatively modest per-tournament win rate over the remainder of his career to pass Nicklaus. But even given that head start, Woods’s abrupt decline goes to show that there are no sure things in sports.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov patrols the penalty box during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied 0-0. Ivanov received a red card against the Raiders, and cannot play against Dayton.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-2-2) is looking to bounce back Friday when the Dayton Flyers (5-0) come to Columbus.The Buckeyes’ last two matches ended in scoreless shutouts, and the team will be looking to capture a win without starting junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov. Ivanov cannot play against the Flyers after being shown a red card in Tuesday’s match with Wright State.Stepping in for Ivanov is fellow junior goalkeeper Andrian McAdams.McAdams, who finished Tuesday’s match in relief of Ivanov, will be making his first start since the Buckeyes exhibition match against Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne Aug. 20. McAdams said he will be ready for the challenge.“(I’ll prepare) the same way I’ve been preparing,” McAdams said. “I’ve been around for a while. When the moment comes, you’re not expecting it, but you always have to be ready.”The young Buckeye team is looking to find the back of the net against the Flyers after two straight matches without a goal. This is the first time since 2000 OSU has played to consecutive scoreless draws.Freshman midfielder Christian Soldat, who recorded two shots on goal against the Raiders, said he thinks the team is close to finding a way to get the ball between the posts.“(Tuesday’s game) was good despite the tie,” Soldat said. “The effort is going to continue to roll, and we’ll start racking up wins.”In its first five games, Dayton outscored its opponents 14-3. The Flyers have not allowed a goal in their last three contests, but neither has OSU.“(Tuesday night) was our third-straight shutout, so that’s a good thing for this group of players,” Buckeye coach John Bluem said. “If you are able to defend well, you are in every game.”Bluem said despite Ivanov being out for the match, the team’s spirits will not be down and the squad will continue to attack.“We’ll pick up the spirits of our guys, after the red card, for Friday’s game,” he said. “I think we do have good attacking players we’re just not quite in sync yet.”Friday night’s match will be held in Jesse Owen’s Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. and will be OSU’s third-straight match versus an in-state opponent. OSU then travels north to take on No. 15 Akron Sept. 24 in its final game before Big Ten Conference play.