The Premier League’s top clubs are set to join this season’s Carabao Cup in the third round.Manchester City beat Chelsea at Wembley back in February to win the cup last term and are now set to join the competition. Ian Holloway reveals unusual reason he sold Hameur Bouazza at Blackpool Carabao Cup third round draw numbersSeven ties to be played Wednesday, August 28 – Grimsby Town vs Macclesfield Town to be rescheduled after waterlogged pitch1 Arsenal2 Chelsea3 Liverpool4 Manchester City5 Manchester United6 Tottenham Hotspur7 Wolverhampton Wanderers8 Reading9 Crawley Town10 West Ham United11 Oxford United12 Watford13 Swansea City / Cambridge United14 Luton Town15 Brighton & Hove Albion16 Colchester United17 Southampton18 AFC Bournemouth / Forest Green Rovers19 Milton Keynes Dons20 Queens Park Rangers / Portsmouth21 Aston Villa22 Lincoln City / Everton23 Stoke City24 Sheffield United25 Rotherham United / Sheffield Wednesday26 Newcastle United / Leicester City27 Burton Albion28 Burnley / Sunderland29 Nottingham Forest30 Grimsby Town / Macclesfield Town31 Preston North End32 Rochdale on target The likes of Norwich, Crystal Palace, Leeds and Fulham exited the cup in the second round.Now Crawley, Colchester and Oxford will be dreaming of landing a glamour tie in the next round. deals Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more getty OFF 2 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Carabao Cup draw: Date and start timeThe draw for round one of this season’s tournament was held at a Morrisons supermarket early this summer but tonight’s draw will be more traditional.It will take place on Wednesday, August 28 and will be held pitch-side at Sincil Bank after Lincoln City’s clash with Everton.It should begin at around 9.45pm but will be later should the match go to penalties.Carabao Cup draw: TV channel and live streamThe second round clash between the Imps and the Toffees is live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event tonight.The draw will follow immediately afterwards on these channels at the conclusion of the match.Sky customers can follow it via their app and website or fans can get a NOW TV pass to watch the draw live. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ stalemate rookie error Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:19Loaded: 12.43%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:19 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen latest targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti statement getty What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas The Carabao Cup third round draw will take place tonight 2 LATEST Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Man City won the Carabao Cup last season
Western Carolina University once again is ranked as a top university in the South in two categories in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” guidebook.The recently-released guidebook lists WCU as 13th among “top public regional universities” in the South, the university’s same ranking as the past two years. The publication also places WCU at No. 38 among the “best regional universities” in the South.The “best regional universities” category in which WCU appears includes 149 public and private higher education institutions that offer a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and that tend to attract most of their students from surrounding states. The universities are ranked against their peer group in one of four regions – North, South, Midwest and West.The annual rankings are based on a variety of indicators, including assessment by administrators at peer institutions, graduation rates, retention of students, faculty resources, average class size, student/faculty ratio, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.“The U.S. News & World Report recognition helps validate Western Carolina University’s reputation for high academic quality and a community atmosphere that brings out the best in students,” said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher. “Our faculty and staff have built an environment in which students thrive and where dreams and an individual’s potential are realized.”Other U.S. News & World Report rankings for WCU include a No. 24 for “best colleges for veterans” among regional southern universities, No. 118 for engineering programs across the nation that do not offer a doctorate, and No. 331 for best undergraduate business programs in the U.S.The listings come as WCU ― again ― set enrollment records for overall student body and freshman class. The 2017 fall semester tally represents the fifth year out of the past six that WCU has seen enrollment increases, a track record that bucks a national trend of enrollment declines at colleges and universities across the U.S. since 2010. This academic year’s total enrollment of 11,034 comes just four years after the university topped 10,000 for the first time back in 2013. Ten WCU degree programs have added 100 or more students in the past decade.“The guidebook rankings are a further reflection that WCU is enjoying a period of remarkable momentum,” Belcher said. “Enrollment is soaring, and WCU has become a destination university. Not only are we getting more students, but they are coming to campus better prepared academically to meet the rigors of higher education.”Amenities such as new and renovated dining facilities and residential and retail space, as well as the beginning of construction for a new natural sciences building, indicate a commitment to maintaining a level of quality that will keep WCU high in the collegiate rankings, said Phil Cauley, assistant vice chancellor for undergraduate enrollment. Beginning next fall, WCU undergraduate students from North Carolina will see their out-of-pocket tuition expenses reduced to $500 per semester through the NC Promise program. Cauley added that it is important to note that costs related to housing, meals and fees will not be affected by NC Promise, so the total cost of attendance for in-state students living on campus will be just over $7,300 a semester, a drop from the current $8,800.Rankings and guidebooks can serve as a tool in the college search process, but so can campus visits. Open House events are planned for four upcoming Saturdays ― Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Feb. 24 and March 24 ― with weekday campus tours available year-round by appointment for students and their families. Preregistration for Open House and more information are available by going to openhouse.wcu.edu or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 828-227-7317 or toll-free 877-928-4968.
Share This!My guess is that a number of visitors to The Seas With Nemo & Friends Pavilion in Epcot bypass its primary reason for existence. They board the clamshells, sing along with the characters from “Finding Nemo” and catch a viewing of Turtle Talk With Crush. Maybe they let the kids romp around in Bruce’s Sub House. Then, they zip through the gift shop and back outside into Future World.Exterior of The Seas with Nemo & FriendsBut those who rush through the pavilion are missing, to borrow a phrase from the song, “the big, blue world.”When The Living Seas Pavilion first opened at Epcot in 1986, it boasted the world’s largest aquarium. At 5.7 million gallons and a diameter of more than 200 feet, it’s wider than Spaceship Earth. More than 6,000 creatures, representing 200 species swim their way around the pavilion tanks.Before the re-imagination of the pavilion in 2006 to include the “Finding Nemo” characters, the aquarium was the focus of the pavilion’s story. Visitors to The Living Seas Pavilion would view a movie, then board a “Hydrolator.” That experience would simulate a journey down to the depths, where guest would board Sea Cabs. This Omnimover ride, while less themed than the current version, kept the focus on views of the coral reef in Sea Base Alpha. Today’s Nemo ride only features the aquarium in the final scenes of the attraction. When you’re riding through the “EAC,” you’re actually within the main aquarium but you can’t see it.So this post is an attempt to bring you back to the original story of The Living Seas to find a new appreciation for the pavilion and the creatures that reside there. Our son is just nuts about marine life, so we tend to spend quite a bit of time wandering through the pavilion. On a hot summer day, it’s a cool, relaxing escape that’s typically not too crowded.The Big Blue ViewThe Living Seas was surpassed as the world’s largest saltwater tank by the Georgia Aquarium in 2005. On a side note, if you’re ever in Atlanta, it’s worth visiting the Georgia Aquarium just to see the amazing whale sharks. But even in its current incarnation, The Seas With Nemo & Friends is still a world-class aquarium.The massive main tank contains a variety of tropical fish and a random hidden Mickey.The graceful spotted eagle ray is mesmerizing to watch as it glides along.To get the best views of the main tank, you’ll want to head up the stairs or escalator to the second floor. Here, you’ll get panoramic views of the variety of species, including sharks, dolphins, rays and sea turtles. You’ll also find a 500-pound grouper and schools of colorful fish.Back downstairs, another area has a series of smaller tanks showcasing some of the actual fish from “Finding Nemo,” including the clownfish and blue tang. Other tanks display everything from seahorses to horseshoe crabs. In the waiting area for Turtle Talk With Crush is Mr. Ray’s Lagoon, where you can view smaller rays up close.Seahorses are among the smaller creatures showcased in fish tanks on the first floor.Research and RehabilitationAnother big appeal of the pavilion is the ability to interact with cast members, many of them scientists who can inform you about the exhibits, conservation and protecting our oceans. Twice a day, usually around 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., feedings take place where you can watch the divers in action.Cast members provide a variety of learning opportunities for young visitors.My son’s favorite exhibit in the pavilion is the manatees. They’re huge, fascinating and they’re not found many other aquariums in other parts of the country. You can view the manatees on the first floor, where you get a good view of them swimming around their tank. Upstairs, you can view the surface of the tank where feedings take place (the manatees love lettuce). Cast members there will also make presentations and answer questions.Spend some time here and you’ll learn about how the manatees were rescued and how they’re being rehabilitated. You’ll notice a portion of one of the manatee’s tail missing, a victim of a boat strike. Unfortunately, collisions with watercraft are responsible for many deaths around Florida involving the endangered manatee.The salad bar is open for business in the manatee tank.Tours and ExperiencesFor an additional cost, three different Epcot Sea Adventures are available to book. The Aqua Tour offers a unique snorkeling experience for a close-up view of all the creatures in the main aquarium. Experienced divers can participate in DiveQuest, a scuba experience in the main tank that will put you, along with all the fishes, on display for visitors. Dolphins in Depth will give you a chance to interact with dolphins in waist-deep water. That means you don’t even need to be a swimmer to take part.And while these experiences will run between $145 and $199, it’s important to keep in mind what the pavilion offers at no additional cost. The bottom line is that the exhibits inside The Seas With Nemo & Friends are experiences that might cost a family $100 or more at an aquarium in another city. So it’s worth an hour or two of your time to fully enjoy everything that this underrated pavilion has to offer.Robert Blaszkiewicz is on Twitter @RobertBlaszk and Facebook.
South African President Kgalema Motlanthe visited Mali on the weekend to witness the official opening of a new state-of-the-art facility built with South African help to house and preserve the Timbuktu Manuscripts – priceless ancient documents which are thought to hold the key to some of the secrets of Africa’s history and cultural heritage. 26 January 2009 According to Timbuktu philosopher and historian Ismael Diadie Haidara, Timbuktu was inhabited for hundreds of years by Muslims, Christians and Jews, who lived together in peace up until the end of the 19th century. It was also a centre of learning, where thousands of students were taught and large private libraries kept. Naidoo told journalists that the non-profit Timbuktu Manuscripts Trust, chaired by former Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, had independently raised R45-million to go towards the project. But Timbuktu’s fortunes sank in 1591 when Songhai was defeated by a Moroccan army. When Portuguese explorers discovered new trade routes along the West African coast, Mali was sidelined. Under France’s rule the country continued to slide into poverty and isolation. The new facility, built at a cost of between R50-million and R60-million, boasts an archive capable of housing all 30 000 manuscripts in the Institute’s collection, with temperature and humidity controls necessary to provide the correct conditions for preserving the manuscripts. South African involvement South African academics, led by Shamil Jeppie of the University of Cape Town, are also involved in studying and deciphering the documents as they build a digital archive to complement the manuscript collection. The project, a flagship cultural initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), set out to conserve the manuscripts by building a state-of-the-art archive to house them at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Islamic Studies in Timbuktu. The building also comprises a conservative laboratory, an auditorium, an outdoor amphitheatre, a public library and administrative offices. Growing involvement from several countries, including South Africa, in helping to preserve the legacy of Timbuktu, have kindled new interest in the city. Centre of trade and scholarship Between 2003 and 2005, South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture trained five Malians in document restoration and preservation, and sent South African conservators to Timbuktu to work with the group. Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure joined Motlanthe at the opening of the new facility, which forms part of the South Africa-Mali project initiated by former president Thabo Mbeki in 2002, following a visit to Timbuktu in 2001. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria earlier this month, the department’s SA-Mali project manager, Riasen Naidoo, said it had “not been an easy road” getting the new building completed on schedule. Shining a light on the future Written in a variety of styles of Arabic calligraphy by scholars and copyists who were part of an African Islamic intellectual tradition centred in Timbuktu, the manuscripts have shattered the historical view of Africa as a purely “oral continent”, pointing to the fact that Africa has a rich legacy of written history. And it is still home to many philosophers and scholars of Islam, with Sankore University catering to some 15 000 students. Their subject matter ranges from philosophy and religion to medicine, astronomy and mathematics, as well as history and literary forms. It also includes manuscripts covering legal judgements and commercial transactions that give a sense of the daily life of the people of Timbuktu. Some of the manuscripts are beautifully decorated with gold illumination and kept in finely tooled leather covers. Timbuktu is remote, to say the least – it is about 1 000 kilometres from the capital, Bamako, the last 200km of which is desert. Conditions are also fearsome: temperatures can reach up to 52 degrees Celsius in summer. “Timbuktu: script and scholarship”, an exhibition of around 40 of the Timbuktu Manuscripts, also toured South Africa last year, marking the first time these priceless, delicate manuscripts had left the windy sands of Mali. Timbuktu was founded in around 1100 by ethnic Tuareg nomads near the northern-most bend of the Niger River. Their caravans took salt from Saharan mines to trade for gold and slaves, transported along the river from the south, and by 1330 Timbuktu was part of the Malian empire. Two centuries later the city was at the height of its grandeur under the Songhai empire. Timbuktu was described by Spanish Moor Leo Africanus as a centre for “doctors, judges, priests and other learned men [who] are bountifully maintained at the king’s expense”. Dr Eltie Links, chairperson of the board of South Africa’s Iziko Museums, which helped to organise the exhibition, said that, thanks to the SA-Mail project, the world’s readers and thinkers were now endowed with a largely unexplored intellectual legacy. The largest collection of manuscripts, numbering about 30 000, is housed in the Institute, named after the famous 15th century Timbuktu scholar Ahmed Baba. The rest of the texts are housed in the private libraries of families in and around the city. While Timbuktu remains a poor, dusty city, visitors still flock there today to experience the aura of mystique and legend that surrounds it. The Timbuktu Manuscripts – or Mali Manuscripts – some of which date back to the 13th century, are Arabic and African texts that hark back to city’s glorious past, when Muslim merchants traded gold from West Africa to Europe and the Middle East in return for salt and other goods. While most are in Arabic, some are in indigenous languages such as Songhai and Hausa, written using Arabic script. Ancient African texts Long-since a symbol in Western popular imagination for remote and exotic destinations, Timbuktu 500 years ago was not only a wealthy trading port, but also a centre for academics and scholars of religion, literature and science. The city may be steeped in history, but Haidara believes it could also shine a light on the future. SAinfo reporter
18 March 2013 Procter & Gamble (P&G) is to invest more than R1.6-billion in a new manufacturing plant in South Africa as the global consumer goods group moves to make the country its manufacturing hub for southern and eastern Africa. “South Africa is the most advanced economy in Africa and represents an attractive investment destination with good infrastructure,” Dimitri Panayotopoulos, P&G’s vice-chairman in charge of global business units, told a media conference held jointly with Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in Johannesburg on Friday. Panayotopoulos said the new manufacturing plant would operate according to the highest sustainability standards and would become one of the largest P&G facilities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, producing a range of products for export to southern and eastern Africa.African manufacturing hub “We aim to make South Africa P&G’s manufacturing hub for the markets of southern and eastern Africa,” he said, adding that the new investment would create over 500 additional jobs at P&G. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 on a greenfield site which P&G will acquire in the near future, with production expected to commence in 2016 or early 2017. In 2009, P&G built a R500-million manufacturing plant for Pampers nappies in Johannesburg, creating hundreds of jobs and attracting a further R6.6-million in investments from suppliers.‘Vote of confidence in South Africa’ Davies, also speaking at Friday’s press conference, said the company’s latest investment bore testimony to the role that business was playing in South Africa’s economic development, was a vote of confidence in the future of the country. “Since P&G entered the South African market, it has contributed to creating environmentally and socially responsible economic growth and, in particular, more South African jobs,” Davies said. “Such investment clearly demonstrates the confidence in South Africa as an investment destination and South Africa as the gateway into the African continent.” Davies said that Africa’s economic integration was imminent, with the continent moving to address the challenges posed by fragmented markets, insufficient trade diversification and low levels of intra-African trade. He said that creating larger regional markets would increase specialisation and competition, while boosting manufacturing by offering improved economies of scale in industrial production. SAinfo reporter
alicia eler Many are concerned that Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram means the end of a once indie photo-sharing community. But some say it ain’t so, including Philippe Gonzalez, the founder of Instagramers.com. In Part 2 of our interview (click here to read Part 1), we talk to Gonzalez about the impact of the Facebook acquisition on the Instagramers.com community as well as the future of Instagram art shows. ReadWriteWeb: What was your initial reaction to Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram?Philippe Gonzalez: I was surprised about it and had to tweet right away, even though I was, at the time, lying on a beach in Thailand with no Internet connection. I had to find an Internet connection and inform people about it as soon as possible. Then I came back to my hotel and found myself wondering about what might happen with the whole Instagram world, my friends, their habits, and my own project, Instagramers. Really, I was more aware of all these people I met and I could lose contact with because they might reject Facebook and migrate to other photo-sharing apps. But then I thought that would be a pretty heavy reaction to something that wouldn’t have effects, at least for a while. I wrote a post to share some of my thoughts on the matter. I said that the acquisition would not complicate Instagram, and even so it probably wouldn’t change for a while. I wrote that it’s better to wait and see instead of immediately deleting pics and organizing a full-on “social war.” That approach doesn’t really make sense to me.The Fate of Instagramers In a Post-Facebook EraReadWriteWeb: Can Instagramers.com even exist in the post-Facebook acquisition era?Philippe Gonzalez: Of course. The future of Instagramers.com is like the Internet industry, meaning it’s a total mystery. That’s why I like my job in the Internet and the app world. You never know what will happen. Where will you find an opportunity? And where will your next competitor pop up? Since I started with this project, I say to people that I don’t know where this project will drive me, but I’m really having a great moment, I’m living a great experience, and at the end of the day, the most important is the experiences you live and share with other people in your life.ReadWriteWeb: How did Instagramers react to the acquisition?Philippe Gonzalez: About 99% of users felt scared. Most of them felt this way because of they were ignorant of Facebook’s future plans and thought a full integration would kill the authentic world of Instagram. At the time, I tried to convince people that this acquisition was good for the future of the app, especially because money was necessary to help it survive. These young guys who owned Instagram couldn’t provide users much fun without actual investors. Still, most people think something bad will happen sooner or later. The acquisition was pretty bad timing. The announcement was made at the same time that tons of new users were opening accounts on their Android devices. Plus, the quality of the pics (and “popular page”) was declining. Lots of people wrote and asked me what would happen with the copyrights. Others asked me how to delete their accounts. A large amount of them asked what would be the future of the Instagramers local fans group network. Some friends of mine even suggested that I open an account in other apps like StreamZoo or EyeEm. I actually did do that, but still I am confident that Instagram will be the most important photo sharing network and that, after some waves, things will calm down.Where Instagram Photography or Art is Headed in the Post-Facebook Acquisition EraReadWriteWeb: Will Instagram art exhibitions start to die off now that Instagram is a part of Facebook?Philippe Gonzalez: No. I don’t think the acquisition of Instagram by Facebook is the main problem in creating a distance between art and Instagram. The main problem could simply be the “popular page” algorithm. Many people wrote me to say that they were very demotivated because they didn’t hit the popular page anymore, and that the quality of the pictures was low – mostly cakes, cats and sexy “teen” girls. That could provoke users who were actually interested in Instagram as a platform to exhibit their art works to move to another platform with less users but a better understanding of the artists’ motivations and needs.ReadWriteWeb: Will there still be a way to use Instagram images on Facebook in an indie way? Or is this the complete mainstreamification of Instagram?Philippe Gonzalez: I think Instagram will really remain independent. What could happen very fast is that Facebook could integrate Instagram pics to support their Facebook Places feature. This could add some interesting geolocation pics. As an Instagram user, you can share your pictures already through Facebook. And then there are the API-based browser sites like Statigram or Webstagram. Most of the time, when you upload photo galleries to Facebook, you share a special event without looking to the artistic side. On Instagram, you share the emotional moments in the same gallery and you always dedicate some time to filtering, editing the picture and looking for the best results.ReadWriteWeb: What’s next for the mobile photo-sharing world after Instagram becomes a part of Facebook?Philippe Gonzalez: I think that whatever happens with Instagram, the “photo-sharing trend” will remain mobile. Smartphones will increase their lenses, processing and storage capacities, but also their social-network sharing availability. The rest is quite difficult to anticipate. There are loads of competitors that are copying Instagram’s concept right now and will probably catch some million peoples’ attention, but I think Instagram will be the reference point. I still believe Instagram has a strategic purpose and won’t be integrated into Facebook – at least, not for a while. Tags:#mobile#Photo Sharing Services#web Lead Instagram image via MyLinn. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
In their efforts to adapt to the demands of the digital economy, the Internet of Things, and other disruptive changes, data centers are facing big technical challenges in terms of flexibility and scale. This is all because of traditional rigid architectures.Today’s hardware infrastructure for data centers typically comes as preconfigured 1U or 2U servers with individual processors, memory, I/O, and network interface controller (NIC). To upgrade or add to this infrastructure, a complete system needs to be built and integrated into the rack, and connected via management and virtual pooling. This system will essentially operate as a single unit of compute, meaning its internal resources of CPU, memory, and dedicated storage are accessed solely by that server, locking down resources that are not always fully utilized.To complicate the challenges, the conventional server architecture is in general a vertical deployment model, with many different hardware/software models present for management. So how can you overcome rigid, expensive, time-consuming data center build-outs that can’t keep pace with the digital demands of today? The answers are already here—in the form of disaggregation of the data center rack.With this new approach to the rack, a logical architecture disaggregates and pools compute, storage, and network resources and provides a means to create a shared and automated rack architecture that enables higher performance, lower cost, and rapid deployment of services. At this point, agility at hyperscale is no longer a distant dream. Add in analytics-based telemetry exposed on the disaggregated management controller and you have the foundation for a new logical architecture—a rack-level system.This new logical architecture is available today in the form of Intel® Rack Scale Architecture. This architecture exposes a standard management framework via REST APIs to discover and retrieve the set of raw components—like drawers, blades, disks, and pooled resources like processors, memory, and NVMe disks—in a rack and collectively in a pod. These resources can be provisioned by a separate management network to compose a compute node or storage node.In addition, a telemetry model is supported that exposes capacity, capability, and bottlenecks at each component level, thus allowing the right hosts to be composed for orchestrating a workload. Separation of the data and virtual management plane from the hardware provisioning and management plane and telemetry with analytics enables resources such as storage, memory, and compute to be added as needed, creating flexibility and scalability that can be fully utilized.Of course, the success of this new logical architecture depends on the creation of open standards for the configuration and management of the rack components—such as compute, storage, network, and rack management controllers. These standards allow IT organizations to connect various hardware components together to form software-defined systems that more effectively utilize all the hardware in a disaggregated rack.Intel pioneered the rack scale concept, working closely with key partners, OEMS, and standards bodies, such as DMTF Redfish. The players in these collective efforts recognized the importance of working with standards bodies to enable interoperable hardware, firmware, and software.The resulting Intel Rack Scale Architecture is the result of an open effort that allows Intel partners and solution providers to innovate and create diverse solutions to give customers many different choices. At the same time, the open approach establishes a platform for innovation at various levels in the data center market. It allows for the architecture to evolve over time based on hardware innovation and changing customer use cases.At a personal level, the evolution of Intel Rack Scale Architecture is particularly gratifying, given that I have been part of the team that worked on this effort from its earliest days. We set out with a focus on reducing TCO and meeting other business-driven objectives, and now we are well on our way to achieving the vision, thanks in a large part to a tremendous amount industry support. Already, many major OEMs are releasing products based on Intel Rack Scale Architecture and are delivering innovative new designs to their customers and end users.Looking ahead, here is some of what we see on the horizon:The ongoing disaggregation of compute, I/O, memory, and storage, which will give data center operators the ability to upgrade the different components independently of each other, everywhere in the data centerThe evolution to disaggregated NVMe-as-storage solutions, pooled FPGA, and disaggregated networks delivered as solutions architected in rack scaleThe development of an agile orchestration of hardware layer in open source solutions like OpenStackThe use of high-speed interconnections between components with less copper and more prevalent optical/wireless technologies, along with more security and telemetry at every level to drive more efficient use of resourcesIf you happen to be at the OpenStack Summit in Austin this week, you can catch multiple presentations on Intel Rack Scale Architecture along with demos at the Intel booth.And if you’re ready for a technical deep dive at this point, you can explore the details of Intel Rack Scale firmware and software components on GitHub: https://github.com/01org/IntelRackScaleArchitecture/
Sachin Tendulkar does not want to predict whether his seemingly unconquerable record of 100 international centuries would ever be broken but the iconic cricketer hopes that as and when it happens, the feat is accomplished by a fellow Indian.In a wide-ranging interaction with the media, the 38-year-old Tendulkar also said that he does not intend to retire anytime soon no matter what the critics have to say.”I don’t know. I guess all the records are meant to be broken but I hope it’s an Indian. I don’t think you can predict that (whether it will be surpassed) but I hope it’s an Indian whenever it happens,” Tendulkar, who reached the milestone during the recent Asia Cup, told reporters here.”I feel that when I retire is something that I would decide because when I started was not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me in the team.”I get my strength from my coaches and family. When I feel I don’t have that, on that day, I will think of retirement. I feel those who say you should retire at the top are selfish because when you are at the top, you should serve the country instead of retiring,” he said.India went on to lose the match, that too against Bangladesh, in which Tendulkar got to the feat and he said the disappointment meant that the celebrations were muted.”I don’t think that we are celebrating that one match. Where I am right now took 23 years and not one match. I feel the result was very important. It was very disappointing. The day I got the hundred there was no celebration,” he recalled.advertisementFor a player who has virtually every batting record that is there to be taken, Tendulkar said the biggest compliment for him was when the legendary Sir Don Bradman included him in his all-time Test XI.”I think the best compliment was from Sir Don Bradman when he announced his all-time Test XI and I was part of that squad. That would be the best compliment,” he said.Talking about his journey so far, Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in both Tests and one-dayers, said his late father Ramesh Tendulkar was his idol growing up.”My hero is my father because he is the one with whom everything started in my life. I follow my father. In cricket, even whose who haven’t scored a hundred were advising me but as long as it was in good intention, it was fine,” he said.When asked about India’s early exit from the Asia Cup, Tendulkar said credit should also go to the rivals who played better than them.”All three teams won two matches, it eventually boiled down to who beat whom. I want to clarify that Bangladesh are a good team and played well in all the four matches. The rival teams also come to win. Sometimes you play well but the other team plays better,” he explained.The diminutive right-hander said he does not have to prove anything now and would continue as long as he enjoys the game.”I don’t think I need to prove anything right now. I started playing this game because I loved it, I enjoy it. The passion for cricket was there. The dream was to play for India and win the World Cup, I don’t think anything can be bigger than that,” he said.”I can’t think of milestones. I have been able to play for India and win the World Cup. I don’t know what is in store for me but my focus would be to just enjoy the game. I don’t want to focus on what I have to achieve because I have already achieved what I wanted,” he added.Tendulkar also detailed the one year barren spell during which he got into 70s and 80s but somehow missed out on hundreds.”At the time of the World Cup when I got to 99 hundreds, no one was discussing about my 100th hundred because the focus was on the World Cup. But after the World Cup, the media built on it and started asking. I was only focused on playing cricket like always. I just wanted to score runs,” he recalled.”But as time went by, people who were listening to the media, those people, excluding my friends and family, would wish me about the 100th hundred. But I felt cricket should be the focus and that is what I kept telling myself,” Tendulkar said.advertisement”I can say that from a cricketing point of view, it was a tough phase because the good wishes were not stopping. Now, at least they won’t pray for my 100th ton and my ears will get some rest,” he joked.”I can’t complain about all these good wishes.”Talking about his own form in this one year, Tendulkar said, “I can say that there were patches when I didn’t bat well, there were patches when I felt that I batted my best. I felt that sometimes you need luck to be on your side.””Sometimes that luck factor was missing because as far as preparations were concerned, my commitment and passion was in place. I scored 100 out of 100 on that. But you don’t always achieve the results that you dream of,” he said.”Something that is more important is not to lose hope. I did not lose hope, I continued trying my best. Here I only waited for a year but for the World Cup I waited for 22 years and it happened.”Tendulkar said being a celebrity, his struggles hogged the limelight even though every individual goes through tough times.”There are going to be rough phases in life. I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t experienced rough phases but they are personal. But because we are public figures, our rough phases are on camera. But I didn’t lose faith in my ability and that is what has allowed me to be where I am.”Asked to assess himself, Tendulkar said he would leave that job to his fans and critics.”I can’t judge myself but definitely there was a dream to be regarded as one of the top players to have played the game. To be in that league that was my dream. I wanted to be right at the top or to be there in that group and I feel I am there but if you ask me to judge myself, I can’t do that. That’s for others to say,” he said.Asked to compare the pressure he felt at the time of his debut hundred and the 100th hundred, Tendulkar said it is incomparable.”I think in 94′ when I did a press conference, even half of the journalists present right now were not there. There were few expectations. Today the expectations are a lot more. Even if I score 70-80, it is a disappointment like in Delhi last year against the West Indies.”It’s about how you look at things. My first century and this one can’t be compared because expectations are different,” he said.Like him, the Indian team has also gone through a tough phase since winning the World Cup in April last year.Tendulkar said the key to recovery lies in not losing hope.”Wherever we go, we want to win. When you lose the number one ranking, it means someone is playing better cricket than you, you need to perform better and win. That is what we go out for. At no stage should we lose hope. It is a rough patch but we can overcome that obstacle, we require hard work and we will do that,” he said.advertisement”I think our team has had a few injuries. During the England tour, we suffered because of injuries. I don’t want to give excuses because whoever plays, he is expected to do well. I can’t pinpoint reasons but we can get better.”I don’t know how to put it across. I don’t think you can find solutions in 3-4 sentences. It is a process. When we became number one, it was a process and we will have to repeat that,” he added.Talking about the state of the game in general, Tendulkar said Test cricket should remain the pinnacle.”There has to be more importance to Test cricket. This format is very challenging for which you need planning. You need to play at a different pace at different times. If you ask any player, most would tell you that Tests have to be number one and I have no different opinion,” he said.
India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has been voted the ‘Best Test player’ of the 21st century in an online poll conducted by Cricket Australia’s website.The former India skipper got the highest number of votes to emerge on top of the list of the 100 best Test players since 2000, in a poll conducted by cricket.com.au.Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara received the second highest votes, followed by Adam Gilchrist of Australia in the third position. Currently the ‘Icon’ of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, Tendulkar earned 23 per cent of votes, with more than 16,000 fans participating in the survey.Sangakkara got 14 per cent votes after CA released the top-100 Test players’ list since 2000 on its website. Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013 after playing his 200th Test, is the lone Indian player to be figuring in the top-10 list, while there are four Australian, three South African and two Sri Lankan cricketers.”After 10 days of counting down and no end of deliberations, cricket.com.au released its final countdown of the 100 best Test players since 2000 a couple of days ago.”Readers debated the top 10, just as you did players 11 through 100, but we also provided an opportunity for you to decide your No.1 Test player of the century,” CA’s website stated.”Tendulkar, the Little Master who remains an iconic figure in the sport, was a runaway winner, jumping four places from where cricket.com.au had him placed, while batting giants Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis were separated on countback, with the Australian just edging out his Proteas counterpart,” it further said.advertisementThe 42-year-old Tendulkar, who is the only batsman to have hit 100 international centuries, holds the record for highest run scorer in both Tests and One-Day Internationals.Poll result: 1. Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 23 per cent, 2. Kumar Sangakkara (SL) 14 per cent, 3. Adam Gilchrist (Aus) 13 per cent, 4. Ricky Ponting (Aus) 11 per cent, 5. Jacques Kallis (SA) 11 per cent, 6. AB de Villiers (SA) 10 per cent, 7. Shane Warne (Aus) 9 per cent, 8. Glenn McGrath (Aus) 5 per cent, 9. Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 3 per cent, 10. Dale Steyn (SA) 1 per cent.
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