RANKED 2 Where can I listen?West Brom vs Aston Villa will be live on talkSPORT2, kick-off 8pm.Confirmed teamsAlbion have included Gareth Barry and Dwight Gayle in the team to face their rivals as they come in for James Morrison and Hal Robson-Kanu.Meanwhile, the visitors have made just one change from their win over Middlesbrough last time out as Alan Hutton returns at right-back.West Brom: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Hegazi, Dawson, Gibbs, Phillips, Livermore, Barry, Barnes, Rodriguez, GayleSubs: Myhill, Mears, Brunt, Harper, Hoolahan, Sako, BurkeAston Villa: Nyland, Hutton, Tuanzebe, Chester, Taylor, Hourihane, McGinn, El Ghazi, Bolasie, Grealish, AbrahamSubs: Bunn, Revan, Whelan, O’Hare, El Mohamady, Kodjia, Hogan Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football News REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 Nonetheless, they remain unbeaten in their last four and are within reach of the automatic promotion places in third.Meanwhile, Villa have been unstoppable under their new manager, flying up the Championship table with six wins in Dean Smith’s opening eight games.They’re now within three points of the play-off places after recovering from a dreadful start to the season. ADVICE West From must bounce back from Brentford’s late goal Villa are currently flying Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury West Brom and Aston Villa resume their pursuit of promotion to the Premier League when they lock horns at the Hawthorns on Friday night.The home side lost ground on Championship leaders Norwich after conceding a stoppage-time equaliser to Brentford to register a 1-1 draw on Monday. BEST OF
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The company’s vast, distributed architecture lent itself to a standardized provisioning of computing resources. As the provisioning process became more standardized, and it became easier for Amazon to roll out new services, the company started selling on-demand access to its massive, distributed computing infrastructure.The rest is history. And more cloud computing providers have appeared, each with its own approach. GoGrid, for example, offers flexible server specifications and interconnection options. Salesforce.com provides an application infrastructure with database, security, workflow, and other capabilities already in place. Ning emphasizes simplicity, giving its users the ability to roll their own social networks without any programming knowledge.Without APIs, There Is No Cloud ComputingCloud computing is not simply another type of application service provider (ASP) offering. The ASP and hosting providers of years gone by offered a set of software services from within a walled garden. These services were tied to specific hardware and software configurations.In contrast, cloud computing draws its strength from its connections to the outside world, through APIs. These APIs fall into three general categories:Control APIs, which allow cloud infrastructure to be added, reconfigured, or removed in real time, either by human control or programmatically based on traffic, outages, or other factorsData APIs, which are the conduits through which data flow in and out of the cloud.Application Functionality APIs, which enable the functionality that end users interact with, such as shopping carts, wikis, and widgets.Control APIs: The Key to Cloud Computing FlexibilityNearly all cloud services allow (or even require) deployment and configuration through APIs. When you use Amazon’s EC2 service, you are using the EC2 API to dynamically configure virtual servers. When you use Google’s App Engine, you are using an API to run your web applications on Google’s infrastructure. These control APIs are integral to the capabilities of all cloud computing providers, performing functions similar to those of a conventional data center dashboard. In fact, some observers believe a significant reason for the failure of Sun’s network.com cloud (which has been taken down) is that it could not be controlled through APIs and therefore lacked the flexibility that developers expect from cloud services.At first, control APIs were limited to individual cloud providers, but that is starting to change. GoGrid has made its Mashery-powered control API available under a Creative Commons Share Alike license, so that other cloud providers can use and modify it to suit their needs.Data APIs: Essential Conduits for All Cloud-Based ApplicationsThis is an exciting development, but the real magic in cloud computing happens when data interchange APIs move between clouds. The web itself provides the underlying infrastructure, while applications, data, and services are delivered via interconnected clouds.We are now starting to see some of the benefits of cross-cloud applications. For example, Lasso2Go, an impressive contact information service, makes use of Amazon and Salesforce.com’s clouds, as well as the APIs for the iPhone and other devices. The Amazon data interchange APIs have been merged with other data interchange APIs, enabling a seamlessly integrated cross-cloud application.In a completely different market, soundpushr demonstrates the power of APIs. Using APIs from Amazon, Flickr, the Hype Machine, Last.fm, and YouTube, soundpushr gives music enthusiasts the ability to search for and instantly find music, videos, and photos of artists they like. The search tool does not use bots to crawl the web. Instead, it connects directly to data sources in the Amazon and YouTube clouds, as well as ones at Flickr, the Hype Machine, and Last.fm.Application Functionality APIs: The Final LayerApplication platform APIs provide functionality beyond data access. For example, they give Ning the ability to provision configurable social networking sites from an array of centralized services. But application platform APIs can do more. The social shopping site Kaboodle leverages the Shopping.com API to provide product information, and then adds its own social networking features. The possibilities for application functionality integration are already being explored, and as more APIs become available, we can expect even more exciting combinations.A Thrilling FutureOver the last six months, we have seen an amazing transition in Web 2.0. Organizations ranging from retail giants like Best Buy to content providers like the New York Times to service providers like Netflix to powerful institutions like the World Bank are opening their content and services to developers and partners.We are witnessing a revolution. Content and services that were previously trapped in systems that required great effort to get pushed out to the web are now part of a much larger set of connected cloud eco-systems. Information, functionality, and services can now be delivered at the point and time that users want it. And APIs are the foundation that makes this all possible.If you enjoyed this post then check out Mashery.com, the leading provider of API management services. rww sponsor 1 Tags:#cloud computing#Sponsors#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Finance#news#web Beginning this week, New Yorkers won’t have to pull out cash or credit to pay for their bus, subway, train or taxi fares. Instead, they’ll be able to pay using their iPhones as part of a pilot program for Visa’s payWave program, which allows users to make contactless payments.The system makes it as easy as waving your payWave-enabled phone in front of a sensor, which then securely completes the transaction.The solution is different than many of the mobile payment solutions we’ve discussed, in that it doesn’t use Near Field Communication to communicate with the vendor. Instead, the system works on “a majority of smart phones that have a slot for a memory card”. As we wrote when we first discovered the payWave program “users can insert the card into their phone’s memory slot to transform their phones into mobile payment devices.”With this pilot program, those with payWave-enabled phones will be able to pay for New York City subway, PATH rail system and NJ Transit fares using their phones, along with fares for more than 10,000 New York City cabs. Update: We failed to mention how Visa plans on allowing iPhone users to make these payments, as did Visa in its press release. According to our last article on the topic, iPhones will be fit with a special case that allows them to make payWave payments by including the memory card in the case. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Parc 227 S. 18th Street With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square. Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant(G. Widman for GPTMC) Silk City 435 Spring Garden Street Part diner, part bar and part dance club, Silk City is a favorite spot for a lot of our Creative Ambassadors in Northern Liberties. Warmdaddy’s 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard There’s nothing like getting some good ol’ southern soul food at one of Philly’s best spots for live R&B and soul music. And, you can enjoy the Southern cookin’ at their outside seating. (They also have rooftop dining!) Insider tip: Make sure you try their Rum Punch. There’s nothing like summer in Philly–especially when you’re sitting outside, people watching, sipping on cocktails and having some delicious bites. Philly is packed with outdoor dining spots—actually, the city has over 200 alfresco dining restaurants! So, I wanted to break down the list with a few top picks. Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant 4120 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127 Sit along the river and sip a signature cocktail at the Brew Pub (locals’ nickname for the restaurant) which offers everything from full entrées to sushi! The Brew Pub also offers live music, and with such a large venue it easily turns into a pretty happening night spot for dancing after dark. Jamaican Jerk Hut 1436 South Street You will fall in love with the authentic Caribbean food and atmosphere here. Insider tip: Jamaican Jerk Hut is B.Y.O.B. Try the Hut’s homemade juice drinks as mixers for a rum cocktails. Mercato 1216 Spruce Street Located in what used to be a neighborhood corner market, Mercato expands on its namesake theme by emphasizing fresh, local ingredients in its contemporary Italian menu. Fork 306 Market Street The restaurant’s hip, stylish and sophisticated interior complements the contemporary menu and makes it a great spot for a business lunch, dinner with friends or a romantic dessert with cocktails. Lolita 106 S. 13th Street Lolita serves contemporary Mexican fare. And, it’s also a B.Y.O.T. ( Bring Your Own Tequilla) hot spot in Midtown Village. The Continental Midtown 1801 Chestnut Street A re-creation of the highly-successful original Continental in Old City, this restaurant features cutting-edge chic martini bar off of Rittenhouse Square and a rooftop deck that sizzles in the summer. Positano Coast 212 Walnut Street Surrounded by a serene backdrop reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast, Positano Coast in Old City offers small-plate servings of modern Italian cuisine. The Piazza at Schmidt’s 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue A European-style open space surrounded by shops, restaurants and galleries; this is not your typical outdoor space. With tons of cool eateries, almost-daily outdoor events and other eclectic happenings in and around the Piazza, this is a must-do for the summer–or anytime! Insider tip: Make sure you stop by P.Y.T. for burgers and adult shakes. Bar Ferdinand 1030 N. 2nd Street Bar Ferdinand is a Spanish tapas bar located in the ultra-trendy Northern Liberties. You can sit outside along Liberties Walk while enjoying tasty sangrias. Moshulu 401 S. Columbus Boulevard Enjoy the Philadelphia skyline with your meal. During the warmer weather months, you can enjoy a drink or a meal on the historic ship’s multi-level decks and take in the Philadelphia skyline and the shimmering lights on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Zavino Pizzeria and Wine Bar 112 S. 13th Street Zavino is a delicious new pizzeria and wine bar located at the epicenter of the city’s trendy Midtown Village neighborhood. The restaurant features a seasonal menu, classic cocktails, an approachable selection of wine and beer and the some of the best late-night menu offerings in the area. Varga Bar 10th & Spruce Streets Varga is Washington Square West’s newest late-night hangout. A neighborhood pub in the truest sense, they serve all-American comfort foods, American cheeses and more than 20 hard-to-find, American-made craft beers. The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar 138 Market Street The ever-popular Old City institution has creative cocktails and imaginative décor where a diner-made-martini bar creates an atmosphere all its own, making it one of the hottest night spots in Old City.
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Udinese are taking 24 hours to consider coach Igor Tudor’s position after back-to-back embarrassing defeats to Atalanta and Roma, with Gennaro Gattuso the favourite. The 7-1 loss to Atalanta on Sunday evening was shocking, but partially excused by the fact they were down to 10 men for an hour. However, on Wednesday night they incredibly lost 4-0 at home against a Roma side that had Federico Fazio very harshly sent off just 32 minutes in. According to Sky Sport Italia, Tuttomercatoweb, La Gazzetta dello Sport and others, Udinese directors are taking a few hours to think about the various alternatives. Gattuso is believed to be the favourite, especially as he was in the stands for the 7-1 defeat to Atalanta, alongside his long-term assistant manager. The former Milan coach has already turned down offers from Genoa and Sampdoria this month, so there is no guarantee he’d accept Udinese. Other candidates include Pasquale Marino and Stefano Colantuono.
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza crashed out in the first round of the women singles event in the Wimbledon after slumping to a straight set defeat against Angelique Kerber of Germany here on Monday.The 113th ranked Sania, who is making her comeback to the courts after a three-month injury lay-off, lost 4-6 1-6 to the 55th ranked Kerber in little more than an hour.Sania, who recently married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, still has a chance to make amends for the opening round loss in the singles as she will compete in the doubles event of the grass court Grand Slam, partnering Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.The Indo-Dane duo wil be up against Anne Keothavong and Melanie South of Great Britain in the opening round.
Sachin Tendulkar is set to have another feather on his cap with the Indian Air Force (IAF) deciding to confer him an honorary group captain’s post. Sources said the IAF had considered giving Sachin an honorary wing commander’s post but top officials decided that the rank wasn’t befitting Sachin’s stature. A group captain’s rank in the air force is equivalent to that of a colonel in the Army. Sources said Sachin may also be invited by the IAF to fly a fighter jet this year to earn ‘wings’.
TORONTO – The man heading up Ontario’s effort to lure Amazon to the province said Thursday that while the province would consider sensible incentives, the bid will not offer billions in subsidies to the tech giant.Providing large taxpayer subsidies to the firm wouldn’t be fair to other companies that have set up shop in Ontario with little or no government assistance, said Ed Clark, who was appointed last week by Premier Kathleen Wynne to head up the Greater Toronto Region’s bid to become the home of Amazon’s new corporate headquarters.The region’s bid to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will highlight other strengths such as the province’s skilled workforce, Clark said, adding that the province would be willing to make other contributions like helping the company secure land.“There are clearly places in the United States that will, I use the word, bribe, people to come,” he said. “(They) say you just tell us what cheque you want us to write, we will write that cheque. We’re not in that business.”If that’s what Amazon is looking for, Ontario will not win, said Clark, who retired as an executive with TD Bank in 2014.“But we have proven people are coming to Toronto right now, and to Ontario, because we’ve just got fantastic people.”The online retail giant announced earlier this month that it is hunting for a second North American office, saying it would spend $5 billion to build the new headquarters to house as many as 50,000 employees.The company said it wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.Clark said the two biggest roadblocks a Toronto region bid will face are the pressure to spend large amounts on tax incentives and potential blowback to the firm created by U.S. President Donald Trump’s push to keep American companies from moving operations to other countries.“It will be seen as a major political statement if Amazon says the next 50,000 jobs we create are going to be in Canada,” he said. “Whether they will stand that political heat, we don’t know.”“(Bezos) may well be prepared to take that heat and there are companies that say the most important thing is that they get the people and a tax break here or there isn’t going to sway it,” Clark said.Cities have until Oct. 19 to apply through a special website, and Amazon said it will make a final decision next year.Amazon’s current campus in Seattle takes up more than 750,000 square metres, has 33 buildings and 24 restaurants and is home to more than 40,000 employees. At the second headquarters, Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees over the next 15 years who would have an average pay of more than US$100,000 a year.Toronto Mayor John Tory downplayed concerns the city’s rising housing costs and congestion issues might hurt the bid. If the region is successful, by the time the facility is built, the city and region will have increased its housing supply and transit capacity, he said.“If you go down (Amazon’s) list and tick the boxes, I would say that this region is as well prepared and represented to bid and to be very competitive as any other in the world. But it doesn’t mean that it’s not going to be a tough competition.”
MONTREAL – Flair Airlines Ltd. is tinkering in Canada with the ultra low-cost airline model used in the U.S. and Europe by eliminating carry-on luggage charges in response to consumer demand.Effective immediately, the B.C.-based carrier will remove its $30 carry-on baggage fee.Spokeswoman Julie Rempel said the one-month trial will likely be extended indefinitely because of strong passenger demand.“That was one of the main complaints that we had from passengers because it was an unfamiliar fee to a lot of them so we just made the decision to remove it,” she said in an interview.Rempel said Flair is “redefining” the ultra low cost carrier model in Canada. The airline started last summer by taking over the operations of New Leaf.“We’re just looking at it from a customer’s perspective and redefining how we look at ULCCs. There’s no rules in the playbook at this moment and we’re making our own and this is just one move towards that.”Discount airlines keep fares low by charging a series of ancillary fees including baggage, seat selection, use of credit cards and food purchases. Some of the world’s largest airlines of this type earn as much as 46 per cent of their revenues from extra fees.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) said it still plans to charge carry-on fees on its low-cost Swoop subsidiary that is scheduled to launch service next summer.Even with fees, Swoop is aiming to cut fares to around 30- to 40-per cent lower than average full-service carriers, said spokeswoman Lauren Stewart.“The choice to pay for extras such as carry-on allows the price-sensitive traveller to make choices on what they value to keep the fare as low as possible,” she said in an email.Swoop has yet to announce initial destinations or fees.Canada Jetlines CEO and director Stan Gadek said it charges for carry-on fees but charges an ultra-low base fare.So-called ancillary fees are generating increasing revenues for airlines around the world.They are expected to generate US$82.2 billion this year, a 22 per cent increase in one year, compared to US$22.6 billion in 2010, according to IdeaWorksCompany, a U.S. research company that tracks airline revenue.Air Canada (TSX:AC) ranked 10th in the world in collecting ancillary fees, bringing in US$1.179 billion in 2016. That equalled 10.4 per cent of its total revenues. Part of those fees come from its travel subsidiary Rouge and 45 per cent come from its frequent flyer program, said IdeaWorks.European ultra low-cost carriers Ryanair and Easyjet were 6th and 7th on the list at nearly US$2 billion and US$1.355 billion, respectively.IdeaWorks said WestJet collected US$302.2 million in fees last year.Air Canada passengers paid US$26.29 per person in ancillary fees, the 15th most of any carrier.That was well behind leader Spirit Airlines at US$49.89 but ahead of Ryanair and Easyjet. WestJet received US$13.77 per passenger.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s day two of the annual High on Ice Winter Festival. There are a number of events happening on Saturday in Fort St. John to celebrate including the Mayors Carving Challenge, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Dog Sled Races, Free Swimming, Soup Stock, Live Music and more.See the full event schedule below.Make sure to bundle up before heading out to the High on Ice Winter Festival. The forecast calls for a high of minus 17 on Saturday, but the wind will make things feel more like minus 28. Make sure to follow the City of Fort St. John Recreation Page on Facebook for details on any event changes due to weather. For full event details visit the City’s website. SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation The weather should improve by Monday when the temperature should be minus 12.Below is the event schedule for the rest of the Family Day long weekend. High on Ice – Schedule – Saturday All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 8 am-3 pmBackcountry Ice Fishing Derby – register on siteCharlie Lake Rotary Boat Launch 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmFREE Bouncing Beans sessionKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 amStory WalkCentennial Park 12-2:30 pm& 3:30-6 pmPETRONAS Energy Free SkatePomeroy Sport Centre 1 -3 pmYAC: Snow Bowl-O-rama *Free for youth ages 12-18Fort Lanes Bowling Alley 2 pmHuskies Jr. B Hockey Game vs. Grand Prairie – Tickets RequiredNorth Peace Arena 4-7:30 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate – from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 4:30-7:30 pmBalloon Twisting with Wiggy’s CreationsCentennial Park Tent 4:30-7:30 pmCarnival Games & Free PopcornCentennial Park Tent 6 pmFire & Ice Closing CeremonyCentennial Park 7 pmLaugh your Ice Off – Tickets RequiredLido Theatre SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCurling Bonspiel – must pre-registerFort St. John Curling Rink All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 9 am-4 pmMayors Carving ChallengeCentennial Park 10 am-4 pmCommunity Ice Carving Competition – must pre-registerCentennial Park 10 am-2 pmDog Sled RidesThe Horse Ranch – in Baldonnel 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-6 pmDodgeball Tournament – must pre-registerKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 am-3 pmLive MusicCentennial Park Tents 11 am-3 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmNEAT Presents: Soup Stock – remember your mug and spoon!Centennial Park Tents 12 -2 pmEngage Sport North: Mukluk Rush – Obstacle CourseCentennial Park 12 -4 pmCaltech Surveys presents: Face PaintingCentennial Park Tents 1 -3 pmBergen Financial presents: Mukluk Free SwimNorth Peace Leisure Pool 2 pmMukluk Rendezvous X Country Skiing LoppetBeatton Provincial Park 5 -7 pmEngage Sport North: Try Sledge Hockey & BroomballNorth Peace Arena 5 -9 pmPizza & Pint – with Beards Brewing (19+)Beard CompetitionCentennial Park Tents 5:30pmSunrise Rotary: Evening Under the Stars Gala – Tickets RequiredPomeroy Hotel «‹12›» All DayIce SlidesCentennial Park 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 1-3 pmProm Fashion ShowTotem Mall High on Ice – Schedule – Monday High on Ice – Schedule – Sunday