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Demba Ba joins China’s Shanghai Shenhua

first_imgThe figure would eclipse the previous CSL record of 15 million euros paid in January by champions Guangzhou Evergrande for Brazilian Ricardo Goulart.The Shanghai club did not confirm the figure, Xinhua added, referring to a “possible record transfer fee”.Shanghai Shenhua — who are sometimes called Shanghai Greenland Shenhua — did not reveal any financial details in a statement released on its website Saturday announcing Ba’s arrival at the club.Ba, who will undergo a medical on Sunday, made the switch to China from Turkish first division side Besiktas, where he scored 27 goals in 44 games last season, the statement added.The journeyman striker, who also played for West Ham United and Newcastle United in the Premier League, had been tipped for a return to England. West Bromwich Albion were understood to be the leading contenders for his signature.But he will instead line up alongside former Everton star and Socceroo Tim Cahill and Mali international Mohamed Sissoko, who arrived in China from La Liga side Levante after spells at Paris Saint-German and Liverpool.Ivory Coast veteran Drogba — who left Chelsea on a free transfer at the end of last season — and his former teammate at Stanford Bridge, Nicolas Anelka, both played for Shanghai.The CSL is now among the biggest spenders in world football leagues. It was second only to the Premier League during the recently closed winter transfer window, according to statistics from German website transfermarkt.It is also currently the highest-attended football league in Asia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BEIJING, June 28 – Former Chelsea forward Demba Ba has signed for Didier Drogba’s old club Shanghai Shenhua in a deal that was reported Sunday to be a “possible” record for the Chinese Super League.The Senegal international was reported to have signed a three-year deal worth 16 million euros ($17.9m), Xinhua news agency said on its website, after the Shanghai club confirmed the 30-year-old would be joining.last_img read more

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Championship round-up: Nottingham Forest top table after Bournemouth and Millwall drop points

first_imgNottingham Forest took Bournemouth’s place at the top of the Championship table following a late 2-1 win at Dean Court.The Cherries sat at the summit before the evening’s fixture following back-to-back wins in their opening two games and their bright start continued with a dominant first half, though it remained goalless at the break thanks to a number of great saves from Forest stopper Karl Darlow.Callum Wilson gave hosts a deserved lead shortly after the restart, but two goals in five minutes from Tricky Trees duo Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt, both headers, maintained Stuart Pearce’s unbeaten start as Forest boss.Cardiff are among the other three teams yet to taste defeat, with the relegated Premier League outfit securing a 1-0 victory over Wigan thanks to a goal from striker Nicky Maynard, who spent part of last season on loan with the Latics.Staying at the top, fourth place Charlton came out on top of a five-goal thriller with Derby County at the Valley.The Addicks, who avoided the drop last term by the narrowest of margins, saw less of the ball than their opponents but were more accurate where it counted in front of goal.Jamie Ward’s brace was not enough to claim a share of the points for the Rams as George Tucudean and Igor Vetokele’s strikes, together with a Yoni Buyens penalty, sealed a big win for Charlton.Norwich claimed their second home win of the campaign after late goals from Bradley Johnson and summer signing Lewis Grabban secured a 3-1 victory over Blackburn, while Millwall forward Magaye Gueye’s injury-time goal ruled out Chris Maguire’s brilliant free-kick to rescue a draw for the Lions at Sheffield Wednesday.There was another late winner for Middlesbrough as Enrique Garcia’s strike sealed a 2-1 win at Bolton, and former Liverpool defender Sammy Hyypia claimed his first three points as Brighton boss with a 2-0 victory at Leeds.Championship results in full:Birmingham 2 – 2 IpswichBlackpool 1 – 2 BrentfordBournemouth 1 – 2 Nottingham ForestCardiff 1 – 0 WiganCharlton 3 – 2 DerbyLeeds 0 – 2 BrightonNorwich 3 – 1 BlackburnRotherham 0 – 2 WatfordSheffield Wed 1 – 1 MillwallBolton 1 – 2 MiddlesbroughReading 1 – 2 Huddersfield 1 Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce last_img read more

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Chelsea ‘offer new deal to midfielder’ to ward off interest from Man United

first_img1 Fabregas has 18 months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge Chelsea will offer Cesc Fabregas a new contract to end Manchester United’s hopes of signing the Spain international next summer.Fabregas’s current deal has 18 months to run and will expire just after his 32nd birthday.United have been linked with a move for the midfield playmaker, a move which would reunited Fabregas with Jose Mourinho – who brought him back to the Premier League from Barcelona.The Blues’ policy is to offer over 30s a one-year contract extension, but could be willing to break that rule to convince him to stay, according to The Times.The report also states that Fabregas has been given assurances that he remains a key part of Antonio Conte’s squad following the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.Mesut Ozil is another option being considered by United, the Germany international could be allowed to leave the Emirates in January as he enters the final six months of his deal.last_img read more

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Aberdeen sign Greg Stewart on loan from Birmingham

first_imgThe 28-year-old has been registered in time to play against Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Cup this weekend.. Aberdeen have completed the signing of forward Greg Stewart on loan from Birmingham City.Stewart had spent the first half of the season at Kilmarnock and scored eight goals in 16 appearances as Steve Clarke’s side pushed at the top of the Premiership table.However, Birmingham City recalled the player during the winter break, though manager Garry Monk said the Scot was not in his plans.Stewart, who is now in the last six months of his contract, now returns to Aberdeen, where he played on loan last season under Derek McInnes as the Dons finished second in the Premiership.last_img read more

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Big Data in the Cloud: Vendors Enable Easier Access to Big Data Tools

first_imgCloud computing vendors are increasingly using Big Data to run their businesses and create offerings that enable customers to apply Big Data techniques.  A Technology Business Review Inc. (TBR) report found that cloud vendors are using Big Data capabilities to help them secure new customers and to expand their product offerings.  The report suggests that the addition of Big Data features has contributed to the growth of these companies.  The top 50 public cloud providers increased by 47 percent to $6.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013.On the one hand cloud vendors are able to collect information about how customers are using their cloud services.  These vendors are able to collect statistics about the number of users, usage patterns, data set access, and which features are most commonly used.  That kind of data can help these vendors tune their services to best address usage patterns and create products that meet user needs.Cloud vendors are also creating products based on Big Data tools.  For example, some IaaS service providers like Amazon, Microsoft and Rackspace offer one-click deployments of Hadoop and NoSQL databases, making it easy to get started with those tools.  And similarly, PaaS service providers like IBM and HP, are introducing Big Data analytics tools, like IBM’s Watson and Blumix tools and HP’s Vertica and Autonomy.last_img read more

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Nehalem and XenServer Raise the Bar for XenApp Performance

first_imgWe also wanted to see the impact of hyperthreading to VM density per host as well as the number of concurrent users per VM. Intel describes hyperthreading as “delivering thread-level parallelism on each processor resulting in more efficient use of processor resources, higher processing throughput and improved performance.” It would be interesting to see how many more concurrent XenApp users we could get with an upgrade to the E5570 and by virtualizing with XenServer 5.5 and then see how many more users we might get once hyperthreading was enabled. Would hyperthreading allow us to run twice as many VMs on a single host? To find out, we ran our first virtualized XenApp test with hyperthreading activated and then repeated the test again with it turned off. With hyperthreading, the first thing we noticed was that even though there were only 8 CPU cores on the E5570 host server, XenServer was able to see 16 vCPU cores as resources available to be assigned to VMs. As a result, we were able to successfully run a maximum of eight VMs, each with the necessary 2 vCPU cores, generating an average of 69.25 users per VM for a total of 554 users. When we ran the second test, this time with hyperthreading turned off, and noticed that the number of users per VM increased slightly to 88. However, the maximum number of VMs was now only four, due to the fact that we now only had 8 vCPU cores to work with. As a result, the total number of users for the host was now only 352. For the purpose of this test, we ran the physical XenApp server with a single 32-bit workload (Windows 2003 SP2 with MS Office). It was given 2 CPUs and 4GB RAM, typical for this XenApp server workload. Using EdgeSight for Load Test (ESLT) version 3.5 we established a baseline of 25 seconds for users to login, run a standard MSOffice task script, and then logout (including network connect time). We added users until the threshold to run this sequence reached a latency of 30%, at which point the server was deemed to be at capacity. Using this configuration and test program, the maximum number of users was 47. This was a relatively small, single physical XenApp server, so 47 concurrent users was considered respectable. This past April, as Intel was releasing their new Xeon E5500 series processors, we showed you some remarkable test results demonstrating a solid 53% performance improvement between E5400 and E5500 based servers when running a DBHammer SQL Server 2008 workload http://community.citrix.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=73564465. We now wanted to move onto a workload that represents the largest segment of the Citrix user community, XenApp. More specifically, XenApp 5.0 virtualized with the new XenServer 5.5. As we’ve seen in previous similar virtualization performance tests with XenApp on XenServer, when the XenApp guests are 32 bit (the majority of XenApp users still use use 32-bit applications), the opportunity for server consolidation can be significant. We wanted to see just how good the server consolidation opportunity is when an Intel Xeon E5500-based server is used as a XenServer host. In this case, we looked at how the server consolidation might look when going from 2.93 GHz Xeon X7350 physical XenApp servers to 2.93 GHz Xeon E5570 XenServer hosts. Since we were testing with a Xeon E5570 server with dual quad core CPUs and 32 GB of RAM, we wanted to see how many users we could get onto a single host using multiple XenApp VMs, each with the same resource configuration as we used in the physical server test. We built 2 vCPU, 3.5 GB RAM XenApp virtual servers on the E5570 and ran two tests using the same ESLT workload. The difference between the 4 GB of RAM used in the physical server test and 3.5 in the virtual server test is due to the need for memory overhead when running multiple VMs. In the XenServer setup screen, we selected the option of running XenApp which automatically configured the VMs with the appropriate amount of shadow memory for XenApp workloads. As we’ve seen here, the promise of Intel’s Nehalem technology is being realized in some very practical ways. As a result, the performance bar for XenApp, when virtualized with XenServer, is now higher than ever. Pretty hard to ignore. In the end, we discovered that while hyperthreading doubled the number of assignable vCPU resources, it didn’t directly translate to a 2:1 increase in the number of users per VM. That’s a reasonable trade-off, since hyperthreading effectively doubled the number of VMs that we could create with the same number of CPU cores. So, while were able to generate 6.5x the number of concurrent XenApp users onto a single Xeon E5570 host server without hyperthreading as compared to a single X7350 physical XenApp test server, the number of concurrent users increased to an incredible 10.8x with hyperthreading. That’s a remarkable server consolidation opportunity for any 32-bit XenApp administrator. And while XenApp will virtualize very nicely with XenServer on that same dual quad core X7350 server, remember that the number of users per VM when using this test schema will be 47. Since hyperthreading isn’t available on the X7350, the maximum number of VMs on the X7350 host would be 4 making the maximum number of concurrent users 188. Not bad, but nowhere near the 544 concurrent users we get on the E5570 with hyperthreading. That’s an increase of 356 users, almost three times the number of concurrent XenApp users. last_img read more

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Sailing the Seas of the Internet of Things

first_imgWhen Captain Ahab embarked upon his journey to find and conquer Moby Dick, he knew it was a dangerous endeavor. He knew that the elusive great white whale was only growing bigger and more terrifying by the day, and he knew that it would require unfailingly systemic thinking to defeat. Ultimately, it was his lack of strategy that led to Ahab’s demise; three treacherous days of battling the beast on whims of fury and fear culminate in the whale ramming the ship, sending Ahab to his death at the bottom of the ocean. What does Moby Dick have to do with the Internet of Things? We believe the IoT doesn’t have to be your white whale. The Washington Post hosted a live forum in March featuring powerful business leaders, politicians, and security experts gathered to discuss one thing: The IoT. In an article written for Forbes, contributor Howard Baldwin recapped the event, giving highlights and takeaways for IT leaders.“The webinar launched with one of the best explanations of the Internet of Things I’ve heard, from Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist, Progressive Policy Institute. He described the Internet of Things as the ‘extension of the Internet to the physical world. The Internet has transformed digital industries, while the Internet of Things will transform physical industries.’” We’ve already witnessed the impact of the IoT, but the reality is we can barely fathom its growth in the next decade. But that doesn’t mean we can’t plan logically and strategically.CIOs are now aware that their customers should be top priority. The user lies at the heart of IT. “As any user interface designer knows, the simpler the interface, the more complex the device is underneath. That means CIOs will have to think more about better design, simpler design, and reliability when it comes to the products their companies design or support.”Users today simply expect their technology to work, and if it doesn’t, they’ll find a similar solution elsewhere. This sentiment was expressed repeatedly at the forum, by multiple speakers. Wearables represent ease and comfort and thoughtless interaction between human and tech. When technology removes us from our natural functions and thought processes, it becomes inconvenient. So for IT leaders today, the Golden Rule is imperative.Despite the challenges, there’s an underlying value to this imminent connectivity. As Dave Icke, CEO of wearables manufacturer MC10, stated, “The exciting part about the Internet of Things is closing the information loop and providing insight and feedback. Consider a medical device collecting information with high sensitivity, and comparing the data with other patients, and thereby being able to deliver personalized medicine. You can do that with machines, planes, and automobiles as well. You have to make the connectivity bi-directional for a more automated system.”The areas that CIOs should be focusing on—social, mobile, analytics, cloud—will benefit tremendously from IoT data. Cater to those providing the data and your business will see immediate transformation.In the end, yes, Moby Dick and the IoT bear some commonalities. They’re big and getting bigger. They’re dangerous. They’re exciting. They’re consuming. But the Internet of Things has all the potential to make the enterprise—and the world—a much simpler place. And you’re far more rational than Ahab. With the right strategy in place, even the choppiest seas and the biggest whales can be conquered.For Baldwin’s full story, please read “Why CIOs Need To Think About The Internet Of Things.” And to learn more about Intel’s work on the IoT, find all your updates here.To connect with us on Twitter, please follow @IntelITCenter and use the hashtag #ITCenterlast_img read more

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England will miss Kevin Pietersen in Test series vs India: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgEngland have won three successive series against India in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The 2012 victory had come on Indian shores but that triumph was set up by Pietersen, who smashed 338 runs including a breathtaking 186 in Mumbai.However, England will be without the services of Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell in the batting line-up and spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar in the bowling attack this time. (Also read: England doesn’t have the firepower to beat India in India: Sourav Ganguly)England lost their first ever Test against Bangladesh before embarking on the Indian tour. The visitors look more vulnerable than ever and it remains to be seen how they cope against an Indian team which has been unbeaten at home for over three years.Ganguly said Pietersen’s absence will be felt by England.”England will miss Kevin Pietersen. The knock that he played in Mumbai in 2012, turned the series for them,” Ganguly told India Today.”When I say about Pietersen, what I mean is a player of that quality…just does not mean Pietersen but that quality at No.4. Pietersen will not play forever, everyone has to go at some stage but it is the class andquality in that middle order which is lacking. You need people to scoreruns at a good pace to set up Test matches. There is talent in thisEngland batting line-up, may not be the flair but I firmly believe thatEngland will depend on Cook, Joe Root and Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler,who will be the man to watch for England,” he said. advertisementHowever, Ganguly backed England’s decision to play the aggressive Jos Buttler in a line-up that looked to bat deep. (Also read: England series could be Virat Kohli’s stiffest challenge yet)”England are doing the right thing by playing Buttler. He knows the conditions here and he gets on with the game.”There is talent in the England team. They may not have enough flair. In this batting line-up, Buttler is the man to watch out for,” Ganguly said.ENGLAND NOT THE SAME TEAM “I think England have played really well against India in the past but cricketers look at every series at a time and deep down both the teams, especially India will know that this is not the same England team of the past. They were a superb side when they came in 2012, specially in these conditions when they had two spinners and two top quality spinners. At the back of their mind, they know it is a different side but in sport anything can happen.”ON RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN”Ashwin will be terrific but if the pitches are good and I believe the pitches will be good to start off probably for the first three days, then there wouldn’t be much difference between Ashwin and the Mehedi Hasan from Bangladesh. he turned it square, it was like a Day 5 pitch in Bangladesh on the start of the Test match which is not going to be the case and actually how much the ball spins which makes the problem and not who is bowling.”INDIA WILL MISS KL RAHUL”India’s batting line-up looks good. Obviously Karun Nair is pushing his way up. Guatam Gambhir is coming back. So, there is pressure on him. He knows that he has to get runs in the first two Test matches. Otherwise somebody else will take his place. I think India will miss KL Rahul a lot in this series. Rohit Sharma is a very good player but I think lot of times we get confused with his one-day form for Tests. I think as a Test batsman, there are far better players in the side than Rohit Sharma and even if he misses out, India will not miss him as much and they miss him in one-day cricket. But in these conditions, India have players who would stand up because they are used to these conditions, they play a lot of cricket in these conditions, they see those spinning balls day in and day out, they see those flat pitches.”last_img read more

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The number one quality of a great presentation

first_imgTo follow up on yesterday’s post – the number one quality of a great presenter – I wanted to share the number one quality of a great presentation.(Both of these pieces of advice are from The Art of the Pitch from the legendary ad guy Peter Coughter, now at VCU Brandcenter. The book includes excellent stories that remind us how just how critical it is to master persuasion and presentation skills.)What makes a fantastic presentation? One point. Before you say a thing, you have decided upon a single goal. Everything you say leads to that conclusion. Everything else gets edited out. This is far harder than it sounds. In fact, if you had to quickly scribble on a notecard the one, clear overarching point of your last pitch, could you do it in seconds? If not, you probably didn’t have the overarching story pinpointed. Stick to that sole truth and sell it with great passion. It’s how we connect – and how we get remembered.last_img read more

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