Football Friday at Buccleuch Primary

first_imgTeachers and staff at Bucchleuch Primary School, Johannesburg get behind South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana, and the Football Fridays initiative during a school entrepreneur’s day.True nation-entrepreneurship at Bucchleuch Primary! (Photo: SchoolNet South Africa)Who’s going to win the 2010 World Cup? Don’t be asking me stupid questions! (Photo: SchoolNet South Africa) View the full photoset on FlickrShare your own Football Friday thoughts, photos and videos Posted on on 23 October 2009.last_img

13 Reasons Why One Developer Dropped Google App Engine

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Carlos Ble is a developer out of Spain. His company decided to use Google App Engine (GAE) but dropped it after what he said were months of delays.Earlier this week, Ble outlined in a blog post the 13 reasons why his company decided to drop Google App Engine. The post had 89,000 views and 158 comments in one day. Some commenters were sympathetic, others chided Ble for blaming Google when the company should have done more research to see if the platform was right for what he and his team wanted to do.One comment came from Patrick Chanezon, Google Developer Relations Manager for Cloud & Tools. In respect to Chanezon and to clarify his concerns, Ble updated his post but still felt there were enough problems to stick with his criticisms. Here are five issues Ble lists that give a sense of the problems his team encountered. It requires Python 2.5, which is really old. Using Ubuntu that means that you need a virtualenv or chroot with a separate environment in order to work with the SDK properly: Ok, just a small frustration. You can’t use HTTPS with your own domain (naked domain as they called) so secure connections should go though This just sucks. No request can take more than 30 seconds to run, otherwise it is stopped: Oh my god, this has been a pain in the ass all the time. When we were uploading data to the database (called datastore a no-sql engine) the upload was broken after 30 seconds so we have to split the files and do all kind of difficult stuff to manage the situation. Running background tasks (cron) have to be very very well engineered too, because the same rule applies. There are many many tasks that need to take more than 30 seconds in website administration operations. Can you imagine? Every GET or POST from the server to other site, is aborted if it has not finished within 5 seconds. You can configure it to wait till 10 seconds max. This makes impossible to work with Twitter and Facebook many times so you need intermediate servers. Again, this duplicates the time you need to accomplish what seemed to be a simple task You can’t use python libraries that are build on C, just libraries written in python: Forget about those great libraries you wanted to use.Ble writes that in September, Google App Engine repeatedly failed. He says they faced 500 error codes that some days had the site down 60% of the time. Six times out of 10, users visiting the site couldn’t register or use the site. Ble admits that he should have been more careful but he had confidence in Google.“For us, GAE has been a failure like Wave or Buzz were but this time, we have paid it with our money. I’ve been too stubborn just because this great company was behind the platform but I’ve learned an important lesson: good companies make mistakes too. I didn’t do enough spikes before developing actual features. I should have performed more proofs of concept before investing so much money. I was blind.”Several commenters were not so sympathetic with Ble’s plight. They said he should have done more research or that he had a design problem. But then comes this comment from Eugene Ciurana, who literally wrote the book about Google App Engine:“Carlos, I wrote the first book about Google App Engine programming a couple of years ago. Ever since publication I had several opportunities to speak about App Engine for Python and Java at various conferences; I realized early on that my presentation “Google App Engine HOWTO” had become a “things to watch out in App Engine” and ultimately recommended folks to NOT use it for anything serious.I enjoyed your post and have tweeted because I think it’s an important cautionary tale. Most of the work I do has to do with scalability and high availability. While I’d like App Engine to become part of my arsenal, it’s now only a marginal part of it, relegated to providing stateless RESTful web services instead of full blown apps. The real app continues to sit in a regular data centre or we put it on Amazon/Rackspace/etc.About NoSQL systems: Datastore is hardly a good example of a good one. It’s good enough for App Engine, but you now know its caveats. Right tool, right job. I’d suggest that, should you identify document- or column-based data storage and retrieval needs, that you take a look at mongoDB and HBase. We’re using both in production with large enterprise clients without issues. Take care and cheers! Eugene Ciurana”In his comment, Chanezon said that many of the points that Ble makes are known by Google. He said the company is working to correct the problems. Chanezon stressed that it is critical that people read the Google App Engine documentation. He said limits have been lifted. The service is designed for highly scalable applications that need to scale rapidly to large volume of users and/or data. He refers to as an example.What do you think? Does Ble have legitimate concerns? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

D’Aversa: ‘Parma not happy with result’

first_img 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: Parma boss Roberto D’Aversa was “satisfied with the performance against Fiorentina, less so with the result.” The Gialloblu held the home side to a 1-1 draw, but D’Aversa believes they could’ve won had two offside calls not gone against Gervinho. “The performance satisfies me, less so the result. We had to do better, especially with the final pass. Gervinho was called offside two times when he wasn’t,” the coach said in a press conference. The protocol with VAR is to give the benefit of the doubt in tight decisions, but the assistant referee was a little too eager today. D’Aversa revealed that many of his players are not in the best physical condition due to playing three games over the last week amid an injury crisis. “Yann Karamoh stayed on the field despite a sprain, Juraj Kucka and Giuseppe Pezzella gritted their teeth, we are not in optimal condition. We hope to recover players very soon. “We had to suffer in the second half, Fiorentina have excellent technique and important players.” Parma are now 10th in the table, but have only won once in their last five games.last_img read more

10 months ago​DONE DEAL: Leicester winger Diabate completes Sivasspor switch

first_img​DONE DEAL: Leicester winger Diabate completes Sivasspor switchby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City winger Fousseni Diabata has signed with Sivasspor on loan for the remainder of the season.The 23-year-old has appeared 19 times for the Foxes in all competitions.However, he has been limited to just four outings this season and wanted to move in order to secure more playing time.Diabate joined the Foxes from Ajaccio last January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe back in Washington courtroom fighting for injunction

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsWhether on the land or in a courtroom the fight continues for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.Once again they were stating their case for an injunction inside a Washington, D.C. courtroom Wednesday.It came as demonstrators, near the heated construction site, were being held back by a police barricade.See more stories here: #[email protected]last_img

Former soccer player Tyler Durbin raises eyebrows in first game with OSU

Walk-on senior kicker Tyler Durbin reflects on Saturday’s game against Bowling Green at a presser inside of Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorEvery Ohio State football player has a different story about their journey to playing in Ohio Stadium, but few are as distinct as that of walk-on kicker Tyler Durbin. Durbin appeared in his first game for the Buckeyes last Saturday against Bowling Green and impressed OSU coach Urban Meyer.Listed as a senior, Durbin is in his second year with the team. Last season, the Burke, Virginia, native did not appear in a game, giving way to then-OSU kicker Jack Willoughby and current Buckeye junior Sean Nuernberger. In both 2012 and 2013, he was playing on the James Madison University soccer team.“I committed there my junior year of high school, not really knowing what I wanted to study,” Durbin said.Unfortunately for Durbin, who made the decision to study civil engineering after arriving on the Dukes’ campus, the program he seeked was not offered at the college he had signed with in high school.“They only had general engineering, they didn’t have any of the disciplines,” Durbin said. “After two years there, I decided to transfer.”During that same time, he also decided to pick up the art of kicking a football. He began practicing with his father at his former high school, trying to perfect the correct angles and motions to land him a chance to play with a top team in the nation.Durbin’s father recorded him doing kickoffs and field goals. During that time, Durbin said he worked with a man named Paul Woodside, who works for a kicking and punting training company called “Before U Kick.”Woodside is a former walk-on at West Virginia University, where he earned All-American status twice, as well as being inducted as a member of the West Virginia University Hall of Fame. Durbin learned to accurately and powerfully kick a football during his time with Woodside, and sent his tapes out to four colleges after leaving James Madison.Of the four universities Durbin sent tapes to — Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Ohio State — only the Buckeyes replied to the former centerback and expressed interest in his abilities.Kristin, Durbin’s wife, has connections to OSU. Her parents are both alumni of OSU and fans of the Buckeyes. Durbin’s in-laws and his now wife were pulling for the Buckeyes to reach out and extend an offer.Former OSU Director of High School Relations Greg Gillum did reach out to Durbin, and the wheels were set in motion for the former all-region soccer player to don the Scarlet and Gray.“(Gillum) emailed me and said he liked what he saw on the tape, so we scheduled a meeting and I came to campus,” Durbin said. “I came to campus and he called me back, I wanna say a month or two after that, and said they had an open spot on the team. They needed a kicker.”The first day for Durbin at OSU was a memorable day for all Buckeyes fans.“My first day on campus was the day the team won the national championship,” Durbin said. “I started workouts with the team a week after that.”OSU coach Urban Meyer spoke about the performance of Durbin during a Monday press conference following the blowout win of Bowling Green. In all, Durbin was able to secure an open field tackle, chase the returner out-of-bounds twice and make 11 extra points.An ongoing joke with the Buckeyes is Meyer not remembering the name of Durbin, since the first time the OSU coach saw his new kicker, he had no idea who Durbin was. Continuing the long-running joke, Meyer kept up the act on Monday.“I don’t know where the hell (Durbin) came from,” Meyer said. “He is really good.”Meyer was disappointed on the kick coverage the Buckeyes showed against the Falcons, but was quick to note the plays of Durbin that stood out. After the returner for Bowling Green had beat the first wave of defenders, Durbin was able to chase the ball carrier to the sideline, preventing a long return.Although transitioning from a different sport may seem challenging, Durbin said his soccer background propelled him into the OSU starting lineup.“It’s not too different. There’s little differences in technique,” Durbin said. “But, as I mentioned before, Paul Woodside. I worked with him a lot, and it was a pretty easy transition for me from soccer to football for me. I’ve always had a big leg and it came pretty naturally to me.”The big leg Durbin claims to have has given him quite a lot to brag about on the team. According to the senior, he made a 70-yard field goal with a little wind support behind him in practice.With praise from his coaches and his teammates, Durbin is shaping up to handle the kicking duties for the Buckeyes for the foreseeable future. Along his long journey from Burke to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to Columbus, the former soccer defender is still trying to soak in the wild ride he has had in the last few years.“It’s crazy to me. None of this would have happened if God hadn’t put this opportunity in front of me,” Durbin said. “I’m really thankful for the opportunity I’ve gotten here. It’s been the best experience of my life.” read more

Gordon plans to remain calm despite losing starting berth

first_imgScotland international goalkeeper Craig Gordon has revealed he won’t throw any tantrums should he fail to regain his place as the country’s first choice goalkeeping optionThe Celtic shot-stopper was in goal for Scotland’s opening game in the UEFA Nations League, which they lost scandalously to Belgium, but he soon found himself on the bench after head coach Alex McLeish opted for Allan McGregor in goal for the second group game.The Rangers Football Club goalkeeper who replaced Gordon kept a clean sheet as Scotland defeated Albania 2-0. However, despite being dropped, Gordon insists he will not be tempted to consider his international future.“I’d love to go to a tournament and I like to think we have a good chance of getting to the Euros,” said the 35-year-old, according to Evening Times.“So I definitely not going to say I don’t want to be involved – I want to be the first choice but I’d be happy to go along as back-up if need be.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“I won’t be chucking the toys out of the pram because I want to do the best I can for my country. If the decision is taken out of my hands then fair enough but at some point we are going to have to bring young goalies through. It’s a balancing act between being selfish and giving others an opportunity a couple of years down the line.”“I want to play as many times for Scotland as I can. But if there comes a time when it’s more beneficial for the country to bring in some younger ‘keepers to give them a taste of it then it may become the case [that I quit].”“If they came to me or Allan at some point in the future and say that’s what they want to do then that will be the time for us to step aside but right now I want to win as many caps as possible. So I’ll continue to play until I’m no longer asked to.”Gordon insists he will now turn his attentions to Celtic, as they look to defend their Scottish Premiership crown whilst also making a good appearance in this season’s UEFA Europa League.last_img read more

Report Man City begin search for Agueros successor

first_imgManchester City have reportedly begun the search for a long-term successor to record goalscorer Sergio AgueroThe Premier League champions are aware that they only have another two years left of Aguero before he returns to his native Argentina to see out the twilight phase of his career at boyhood club Independiente.Therefore MEN claim that manager Pep Guardiola hopes to bring in a suitable replacement by next season.Apparently, the Catalan has already got a few options lined up.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The plan is for this new recruit to spend 12 months acting as Aguero’s understudy and learn from the Argentine striker.Currently, Guardiola fields both Aguero and Gabriel Jesus as his two main forwards in the City line-up.The report also suggests that City are willing to permit Aguero’s long-held desire to rejoin Independiente on a free transfer as a good-will gesture.Aguero has scored 204 goals and provided 59 assists in 297 games across all competitions for City since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011.last_img read more

Berbatov – Spurs must win trophy to keep Pochettino

first_imgFormer Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov says the club has to lift a trophy in the nearest future in order to keep Mauricio Pochettino.Since signing for Spurs in 2014, Pochettino has transformed the North London club to serious title challengers.Spurs came to close to clinching the league in 2016, but Leicester City defied all odds to lift the title in a historic season for the club.Reports this weeks have linked Pochettino to Real Madrid and Manchester United, but Berbatov believes the only way to keep the Argentine would be to win a trophy.“They have everything the manager would want,” Berbatov told Sky Sports.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“A great squad, great training pitch, great stadium. Maybe they are missing only silverware.“It goes for the manager as it does for the players – they want to win something and have something to show afterward.“Spurs need to win something in order for him to stay – it is the only thing missing. I hope he stays, everyone I speak to has only good things to say about him.“For Spurs to reach the heights they want to reach they need to keep Pochettino.”last_img read more

Hammers Samir Nasri on impact of training with West Ham

first_imgWest Ham’s Samir Nasri insists training with the club’s first team throughout the month of December helped him cope with the speed of Saturday’s game against Birmingham City.The Frenchman made his Hammers’ debut in the FA Cup against the Midlands club and impressed after almost a year out of football.“I’ve trained with us for a few weeks and that has helped, obviously,” Nasri said, as quoted by the Telegraph. “The manager has said once you know how to play football you never forget it, the only thing we were a little concerned with was the match fitness and the rhythm.”What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….“That’s what we tried to achieve today and my partners helped me a lot with everything. Every time I was on the ball I had one or two solutions and it’s always easier like that.”“It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break.”Meanwhile, Nasri also spoke about facing his former club Arsenal, who play West Ham on Saturday when the Premier League resumes.“I’m sure the atmosphere will be even crazier,” he said of the Arsenal match.last_img read more