Christian Pulisic provides fitness update and hails ‘incredible’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of FA Cup final

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 8:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Christian Pulisic has been in devastating form for Chelsea ahead of the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)Christian Pulisic says he’s feeling ‘100 per cent’ fit and confident ahead of the FA Cup final but has issued a word of caution to his Chelsea team-mates about ‘incredible’ Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who he knows well from their time at Borussia Dortmund. The 21-year-old initially struggled to make a significant impact after arriving from Dortmund last summer but has been one of the in-form attacking players in Premier League football since the season’s restart. Arsenal will no doubt have a specific plan to minimise Pulisic’s influence at Wembley but opposition defenders have largely come off second best in recent weeks, with the winger registering four goals and two assists in his last eight games. Aubameyang and Pulisic were team-mates for three years at Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Pulisic shared a dressing room with Aubameyang for three seasons at Dortmund and the American knows just how ‘dangerous’ Arsenal’s talisman can be in front of goal.‘He is incredible, the way he gets in good areas,’ he said.‘He’s always dangerous so we are definitely going to have to be cautious of that and they have some other good players, but he is definitely one guy that you have to look out for.‘We’ll always be good friends. I played together with him for a long time. Right now we are definitely focused and want to win. ‘It is going to be a good battle and not so much on the pitch but we will always be friends off the pitch.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalPulisic added: ‘The final comes down to us against them, who is more ready to play on the day. ‘Obviously it gives us confidence that we’ve been in good form, we’ve been playing well and we’re going to try and bring that into the game.‘In the end, it is one game and in a final, anything can happen.’Who will come out on top in the FA Cup final?Chelsea0%Arsenal0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Charlie Nicholas makes FA Cup final prediction and identifies ‘big problem’ for Arsenal against ChelseaMORE: Cesc Fabregas explains why his Chelsea team were winners and Arsenal were not FA Cup final: Arsenal preview press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 21:18FullscreenFA Cup final: Arsenal preview press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/fa-cup-final-arsenal-preview-press-conference-2220808/This 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.And worryingly for the Gunners, the United States international claims he’s feeling fitter than ever after making a full recovery from a minor thigh problem.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTPulisic was selected among the substitutes for Chelsea’s recent clashes with Manchester United and Liverpool but the youngster is expected to be one of the first names of Frank Lampard’s team sheet on Saturday evening.‘I never had a real issue. I’m 100% fit,’ Pulisic told ESPN FC.center_img Advertisement Christian Pulisic provides fitness update and hails ‘incredible’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of FA Cup final Commentlast_img read more

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Big Match Preview: Hearts v Kotoko – stats, team news & more

first_img–UPDATE: Kotoko attacked by robbers on Sunday morning. Click to read–Hearts have played league games on August 2 four times. And the Phobians have not lost any of the four. Meanwhile, Kotoko also played four games on the same date. But they have won two and lost two.That sets the tone for Sunday’s game.Usually, clashes between between both sides have often determined winners of a competition, but the script is different as both teams battle to escape the drop.The stakes are equally high as all the finals played between both teams as a negative result for either side could potentially spell their doom. HOW THEY GOT HEREBoth teams began the season full of promise with the hope of clinching the Premier League. Kotoko were coming in on the back of a league and cup triumph. The mastermind behind the double, Didi Dramani was still in the helm of affairs and had added quality signings such as Obed Owusu, Jackson Owusu and Kojo Poku to their ranks.Hearts of Oak on the other had re-signed experienced coach Herbert Addo who had just performed a miracle escape with minnows Inter-Allies. The Phobians had also bolstered their ranks with exciting youngsters such as Kwame Kizito, Richard Yamoah and Isaac Oduro. Herbert’s second reign as Hearts was expected to be equally glorious as his first as he won the league and went unbeaten with the team in his two seasons.Hearts were particularly impressive in pre-season playing some delectable football during the Top 4 competition.UNFORTUNATELY…The scripts did not go as planned as both teams suffered from inconsistency. Kotoko started the season with two victories out of seven with Didi Dramani paying for this with his job as he paved way for ex-Hearts coach David Duncan while Hearts of Oak registered only six wins under Herbert Addo in 21 games to see him replaced by goalkeeper’s trainer Eddie Ansah. read more

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OVERTIME

first_img:10—Here’s a shout-out to the greatest sports mind in Western P.A. second to “Smokin’ Jim” Frazier…my man “Anthony”, the sports talk show caller from “Highland Park”. This guy is always on point, amd he’s in the Locker Room now. :09—Speaking of “Smokin’ Jim” Frazier, and I was, he blew up the intros at the 36th Annual Willie Stargell MVP Awards. He had the crowd dancin’ in their seats …the only thing better was the introductions presented by the beautiful and talented Kimberly Gill of KDKA-TV. She was fantastic…just ask all the men at her table!:08—Respect and love goes out to the family and friends of Brother Dwayne Muhammad who tragically passed away Dec. 3 from a sudden heart attack at the age of 40. He was a visionary, way ahead of time, a motivator, an innovator, an activist and a great guy. He helped Champion Enterprises along the way as he did countless others. My Brother you will be missed. Most of all your million dollar smile that could light up a room will forever shine bright in our minds. Hip-Hop Forever!:07—Tiger Woods won a golf tournament, you know what that means…the ladies are back! Probably 20-25, tall blonde, superwomen, and I ain’t mad at him. After all we all need a little fun in our lives. Oops, my bad…I am sorry ladies at the Courier, I know you’re sensitive to that kind of thing!:06—Now look, in the grand scheme of things and on the world scale my football history means little or nothing, but me and every guy I know has had at least (10) concussions in our time and nothing has happen to us! Well enough of that, let me get back to my conversation with Elvis, Michael, Sammy Davis, Moses and J.F.K. (you know what’s really crazy is J.F.K. still thinks it was only one bullet) yeah I am ok! No…Really I am good!:05—TEE-BOW…TEE-BOW…TEE-BOW!!! Right now Merrill Hodge, Chris Carter and John Elway are somewhere holding each other up in total disbelief…and it serves them right. Hey they were athletes. They know better than to question the size of a man’s heart!:04—If you don’t know you better ask somebody but J.T of J.T.’s Ribs is about to take over The Restaurant at The Club Health & Fitness Center in Monroeville, yep…the same place we do the First Friday Par-Tay’s. Come on ya’ll it’s time to get your eat on!:03—Speaking of First Friday, and I was, (Man you all catch on quick…being City League grads and all. I am just saying) Jan 6, 2012 kicks off the new season of First Friday’s and it’s coming to you in style. The Champions First Fridays Old School Par-Tay proudly presents THE FLOW BAND and a reggae good time yea mon…we gon to Par-Tay all night long mon!!:02—And you wonder why it’s called The Nite of Champions? Here’s why; a Super Bowl thank you to all of our very special guests at the Willie Stargell MVP Awards. Quite possibly the best ever since the days of Ali and “Dr. J.” being with us. Hhheeerrreee we go! Judge Dwayne Woodruff and Robin Cole—2 Time Super Bowl Champions, J.R. Holden—European basketball superstar, Ashley Battle—WNBA star, Clinton Davis—formerly one of the fastest men in the world; Clarence Hopson—Pittsburgh basketball legend, Rayco “War” Saunders—World Boxing Foundation All Americas Light Heavyweight Champion; Chuck Sanders—Former Pittsburgh Steeler and Heisman Trophy Candidate, and… well, you know, B.B. Flenory —former Boston Celtic, Coach Karen Hall of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. All under one roof…c’mon man, are you kidding me…and you decided not to come… your bad!:01—I am telling you right now. If the Lakers get Dwight Howard its over. I can live without Lamar Odem, don’t get me wrong they’ll miss him but trust me…Howard, Gasol and Bynum. We won’t need Chris Paul or for that matter we almost don’t need Kobe! What…Huh…Say What…Man are you crazy? Forgive me God I know not what I say.~ Over Time ~:00—Now what you got to say about Big Ben…nothin’, that’s what. Just shut up. His 2nd half performance against the Cleveland Browns is the stuff legends are made of.~ Game Over ~ BILL NEALlast_img read more

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Artesians Look to Avenge Opener Loss in Trip to Snohomish Saturday

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansAfter a long layoff, the Oly Town Artesians finally return to action on Saturday when they travel to Snohomish to take on the Skyhawks in Western Indoor Soccer League action. The Artesians are looking to avenge a shocking result in the season opener on November 11 when the Skyhawks exploded for 15 goals at The Pavilion at Evergreen in a 15-6 Artesians loss. First kick at the Snohomish Soccer Dome is at 7:00 p.m.Gabriele Zaccagnini will have his chance for revenge against the Skyhawks December 16. Photo credit: Charis WilsonGabriele Zaccagnini and Nate Boatright lead the way for the Oly Town with two goals, both notching braces in the season opener. Tonbra Akpobodor and JT Meyer each added a goal in the loss. Brad Hanson and JJ Olson split time at goalkeeper in the opener with Olson expected to get the start on Saturday.Snohomish is 1-1-0 so far this season and currently sit in second place in the five team WISL. Andrew Escalante was named WISL Offensive Player of the Week for his hat tick against the Artesians in week one. One week later, the Skyhawks battled but eventually dropped a 7-3 decision to the Tacoma Stars Reserves. Alex Molchan and Paul Burgess each have four goals over their first two games.The Artesians have struggled against the Skyhawks since Snohomish joined the league for the 2015-2016 season, posting just a 1-4-0 record. They have never managed a victory on the high walls at the Snohomish Soccer Dome. Oly lost 4-2 on December 12, 2015 and then fell 7-5 in their last trip to the Dome on January 14, 2017.Next week, the Artesians travel to Bremerton to face the Olympic Force before returning home on Saturday, December 16 for a battle against the Tacoma Stars Reserves. First kick at The Pavilion on the 16 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by visiting www.olytownfc.com/tickets.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

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Mavs hire former AT&T exec after report of hostile workplace

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks Cynthia Marshall speaks during a newa conference, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have hired former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as interim CEO a week after allegations of sexual misconduct against ex-team president Terdema Ussery in a report that also painted a picture of a hostile workplace for women in the franchise.Owner Mark Cuban said Monday his mind was made up on hiring Marshall when he was told, “the most devastating day at AT&T was when (Marshall) left.”ADVERTISEMENT The Mavericks hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram to lead an independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgram is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former New Jersey attorney general.The NBA has said it will closely monitor the investigation.Two women say Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings.Asked how much he knew about the team’s investigation into similar allegations against Ussery two years before he bought the team in 1998, Cuban didn’t say much.“All of that will come out from the investigative report, so I’ll defer to that,” Cuban said.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 3 billboards outside Cleveland urge James to sign with 76ers Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The team plans to establish a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees, and Cuban has said he is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. The NBA announced plans for a similar hotline a few days after the SI report.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Marshall was senior vice president of human resources at AT&T when she took on the additional role of chief diversity officer in 2015. She had more than 30 years of telecommunications experience going back to 1981 with Pacific Bell.Sports Illustrated reported Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015, a job he left after less than six months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice involved in domestic assault cases while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed and former human resources director Buddy Pittman were fired in the wake of the report.“I’m honored to have been asked by Mark to join him in addressing some very serious issues,” said Marshall, who retired from AT&T last May. “I’m very saddened that issues of domestic violence and sexual harassment are so prominent in our society and allegations have surfaced once again in our organization .”last_img read more

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Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Saturday, September 24th.Charlie MCNAMEEThe death has taken place of Charlie McNamee of Tonfluff, Cloghan, aged 5 years old, at the home of his parents Angela and Patrick.Deeply regretted by his broken hearted parents, brother Boyd, grandparents Mary and Michael McGinty and Breda and Charlie McNamee, aunts and uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. His funeral Mass will be at 11 o’clock on Sunday in The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenfin, with burial afterwards in Cill Mhuire Cemetery. Family flowers only. House private to family and friends and on the morning of the funeral.Ownie KAVANAGHThe death has taken place of Ownie Kavanagh of Leabrannagh, Arranmore Island. Reposing at Mc Glynn’s Funeral Home on Friday, September 23rd, from 3pm until 4.30pm, with removal afterwards for the 5pm ferry to Aranmore to repose at his late residence.Funeral Mass on Sunday, September 25th, at 11am in St Crone’s Church, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. House private please from 12 midnight to 10am.Eilish JOHNSTONThe death has occurred of Eilish Johnston of Copany, Donegal Town peacefully at Sligo University Hospital. Reposing at her late residence today from 4pm to 10pm and tomorrow, Saturday, from 4pm to 10pm. Funeral Service in Laghey Parish Church on Sunday at 3pm followed by private cremation in the Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan. House strictly private on the morning of the funeral. Donations in lieu of flowers, if so desired, to SHOUT.Francie HARKINThe death has occurred of Francie Harkin at Letterkenny University Hospital and late of Harkin’s Bar, Brockagh, Cloghan.Sadly missed by his loving wife Mary, sons Eugene and Bernard, daughters, Marie and Geraldine, daughter in law, son in law, sister, grandchildren, relatives and friends.His remains will repose at his home from 12 noon tomorrow, Saturday. His Remains will leave his home at 11.15 on Monday for 12 noon Mass in The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenfin, with burial afterwards in Kilteevogoue Cemetery. Family flowers only please and donations, if desired, to Medical 3, Letterkenny University Hospital, c/o any family member.Bridget GRIERThe death has occurred of Bridget Grier, The Glen, Ramelton. Reposing at her home. Requiem Mass in St. Peter’s Church, Milford, on Sunday at 11.00am followed by interment in Tully Cemetery.Deeply regretted by her sorrowing brother Andy, sisters Molly, Lizzie, Peg and Sarah, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Paddy GREENEThe death has occurred of Paddy Greene, Magheralosk, Bunbeg. Reposing at his late residence. House private from 11pm to 10am. Rosary both nights at 9pm.Funeral Mass in St Mary’s Church, Derrybeg on Sunday afternoon at 1pm with burial afterwards in Magheragallon Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Donegal Hospice. Stephen STERRITTThe death has taken place of Stephen Sterritt of Ayrfield, Dublin / Letterkenny, Donegal, at his home in Clonrosse Drive, Ard na Greine with his family. Devoted husband of Catherine, loving father to Louise, Neil and Dermot and a doting Grandfather to Erin, Ben and Charlie. Will be sadly missed by his mother, Maisie, brothers Stanley, Leslie and Mark, sisters-in-law, extended family and friends.Reposing at home Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th. Visitors are invited between 3 – 6 pm. Removal to All Saints Church, Raheny on Monday 26th September for service at 11 am.Remains will be reposing at the Eternal Light Chapel of Rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, Donegal, on Monday 26th from 5 – 7 pm with removal to Conval Parish Church at 7 pm to repose overnight. Funeral Service Tuesday 27th September at 2 pm with interment to follow in Gortlee CemeteryFamily flowers only. Donations in lieu to ARC Cancer Support Services and St. Francis Hospice, Raheny. Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: September 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Independent councillor Nicholas Crossan elected as Cathaoirleach

first_imgSouth Inishowen councillor Nicholas Crossan has been named as Cathaoirleach of the newly-formed Donegal County Council. The Independent councillor has taken up the chain of office today at the first sitting of the 2019-2024 council in Lifford.It is understood that parties met this week to decide to elect the Buncrana man as chairman. His appointment was formally proposed by Cllr Ian McGarvey and seconded by Cllr Frank McBrearty. Cllr Crossan, who has 25 years of experience in politics, won the fourth seat in the Buncrana Electoral Area with 1,527 votes in the May local elections.A total of 37 councillors will take their seats at County House in Lifford with a number of new faces.Donegal County Councillors take their seats in the Lifford ChamberProceedings were delayed for an hour and a half due to meetings outside the chamber.Notable people missing are outgoing Cathaoirleach Seamus O Domhnaill and veteran Fianna Fail councillor Enda Bonner who were among those who failed to be re-elected. The chairs for the council’s six strategic policy groups will also be decided upon today as well as who will sit on the 39 various committees and boards.Independent councillor Nicholas Crossan elected as Cathaoirleach was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CathaoirleachCllr Nicholas CrossanDonegal County Councillast_img read more

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Presidential Press Corps launched

first_img7 April 2003Working relations between the country’s media houses, political reporters and government is expected to improve following the launch of the Presidential Press Corps in Pretoria on Friday.President Thabo Mbeki and the chairman of the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) Mathatha Tsedu formally inaugurated the corps.The move follows the Sun City talks in 2001 between government and Sanef, where it was agreed to improve information-sharing between the Presidency and journalists.Speaking to reporters at the ceremony, which was attended by several ministers, editors and leading reporters, Mbeki committed the government to make information available, adding that there should be a level of trust around sensitive issues such as off-the-record briefings and embargoes.Mbeki added that government was not against criticism from the media, but stressed that it was equally important for journalists to understand government policies and issues so as to analyse and report fairly and accurately.Government Communication and Information System chief executive Joel Netshitenzhe said the move would not exclude journalists who are not part of the press corps. “This is in addition to current arrangements, not a substitution,” he said.Netshitenzhe added that journalists would still interact with government through the usual ministerial and departmental briefings and press conferences.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Nokia/Microsoft Partnership Announcement Expected Tomorrow

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#NYT#web sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Nokia is expected to announce a new partnership with Microsoft at its annual Capital Markets Day tomorrow, according to several reports. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, an outsider who arrived from Microsoft last year to take charge of the Finnish company, believes that a partnership between Nokia and another yet-to-be named player is Nokia’s best bet going forward.As big as Nokia is, it can’t afford to go it alone, Elop told the blog AllThingsD in an interview last week. But who is Nokia’s new partner? BusinessWeek says that Elop held talks with both Microsoft and Google on the matter. But now, all signs are pointing to Microsoft as the key to Nokia’s radical strategy shift.Nokia, Our Platform is Burning…. Despite the inability of former Nokia execs to grasp the fact that the mobile industry has changed since the time when Nokia was king, it has. Tomi Ahonen, a former Nokia exec turned consultant, claimed that Elop’s memorable “Burning Platform” memo to company employees was a hoax written by an American analyst.But it was not a hoax at all, according to a number of high-profile news sites, including Engadget and BBC News, who each independently verified the memo’s legitimacy with multiple sources. Instead, it represents the new thinking that Elop brings to the global brand – a frank, “tell it like it is” viewpoint that former Nokia employees like Ahonen can’t quite understand.“We poured gasoline on our own burning platform,” wrote Elop in the memo to employees. “I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally. Nokia, our platform is burning.”The signs that Nokia was on a downward trend have been there for some time, but perhaps it took an outsider like Elop to take action – action like canceling Nokia’s first MeeGo smartphone, for example. This week, it was reported that the company has ditched its plans to launch its first phone using the MeeGo operating system, the OS that emerged from a combination of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin OS’. MeeGo was going to be Nokia’s new flagship OS, the one it would use to compete with the Androids and iPhones of the smartphone world.Nokia has lost market share over the past few years to competitors like Apple and Google, the latter of which is now poised to compete with Nokia not only on the high-end smartphone front but also on low-end feature phones that have typically been Nokia’s bread-and-butter.Nokia Said to be Choosing MicrosoftAnd now, the world and the markets await news of Nokia’s comeback plan.According to a number of reports, that plan involves Microsoft. One of BusinessWeek‘s sources said that Nokia would prefer to have a partnership with a software company like Microsoft, rather than being yet another company that licenses Android software.Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system has been favorably reviewed by technology journalists, bloggers and analysts, but has not picked up significant market share as of yet. A Nokia partnership where the Microsoft’s software ran on Nokia hardware – traditionally one of Nokia’s strengths – would change that.A telling tweet from Google’s VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, appears to confirm this is the case. In a message that would appear cryptic to casual observers, Gundotra posted: “#feb11 “Two turkeys do not make an Eagle.” The date is referring to Nokia’s Capital Markets Day and the “turkeys” are clearly Google’s competitors in mobile: Nokia and Microsoft. Obviously, if Nokia had chosen Google, Gundotra wouldn’t be insulting the company in such a way. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Perhaps what’s most incredible about the forthcoming announcement, is not just the radical overhaul and course correction it represents for Nokia, but the speed with which it came about. Elop only took Nokia’s helm last fall – he moves fast, it seems.Also expected tomorrow is confirmation of the reports that Nokia will shake up its management structure, too, with the dismissal of several top executives: Mary T. McDowell, the executive in charge of Nokia’s mobile phones unit; Niklas Savander, the manager of the markets unit; Tero Ojanpera, the manager responsible for services and mobile solutions; and Chief Development Officer Kai Oistamo.Friday is shaping up to be an interesting day for mobile observers. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Why you should think about the cloud like the electric grid

first_imgFollow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Jeff DeVerter A century ago, many large manufacturers in the U.S. were still powering their factories with in-house electricity generation. It may sound illogical now, but at the time it made sense.Just as these manufacturers needed to be near a railway or major waterway to get raw materials in and products out, they also needed their own power generation on-site. This was because it was either too expensive to get electricity from the power grid to their factory, it was unreliable (particularly at scale) or it was simply unavailable where they were.As the power grid became regionally available, electricity turned into more of a utility than a novelty, and companies began shutting down their on-site power plants because they could get commercial power at a competitive rate.More importantly, creating power was not central to what these businesses did. It made sense to stop dedicating resources to power generation and instead free those resources up to focus on what their core business was.Fast forward to the on-premises data centerThere is a similar trend occurring today with the on-premises data center and cloud technology.Just as it once made sense for manufacturers to produce electricity on-site, for years it’s made sense for companies to power their businesses themselves using on-prem servers in their own data centers. The considerations and dilemmas have been similar to those faced by manufacturers 100 years ago: cost, capability, and availability.And just as on-site electricity generation took up a large amount of in-house resources for these manufacturers, building, staffing and maintaining on-prem data centers is resource-heavy and takes up a considerable chunk of a businesses’ operations. It’s also not relevant to the majority of these companies’ core business functions.When businesses first began building their own data centers — in some cases more than 20 years ago — cloud providers were not yet in existence, particularly at scale. Much like the electric grid coming online, cloud providers have become increasingly available over the last 10-15 years, and leveraging them to manage and support business workloads is akin to powering down your on-site power plant and plugging into a utility company’s power source.The resources that were being diverted to your on-prem data center will now be available to work on your core business, and you’ll have a stable, specialized and supported IT environment.Not a one-for-one switch, but betterEven as their colleagues were making the switch to the power grid, there were certainly manufacturers in the past who questioned the business case for abandoning their own electricity generation and moving to a provider.With power production in-house, they could control costs and reliability, or so they thought. Why put that in a third party’s hands? For many, the tipping point only came with competitive pricing provided by utility companies and the advancement of stronger, more reliable electric grids which drove reliability up and transmission costs down.For today’s businesses, the concerns aren’t always that simple — cost and reliability are just the start. Security, for example, wasn’t a major inhibitor for someone moving to the electric grid. For many businesses considering a move to the cloud today, it’s  the top concern.But where history has shown us that a move to the electric grid was a no-brainer, moving your business to the cloud is actually more beneficial than keeping all that stuff in-house. 100 years ago, it was a one-for-one switch — manufacturers were more or less getting the same electricity they had been generating themselves when they switched over to the power grid.Today, when businesses partners with a cloud provider, they instantly have access to more compute power and more resources than they had with their previous on-prem environment and they have the benefit of letting somebody else manage their data center, patch servers or handle the capex operation of making sure there’s enough compute power when it’s needed.It’s not a one-for-one switch but an upgrade, especially when you consider the added capability of an increased workforce focused on core business goals as opposed to “energy creation” or in today’s case, “IT management.”It’s not always “lift and shift” eitherToday, it’s hard to argue against many compelling reasons to move to the cloud, just as there were many compelling reasons to outsource power generation many years ago. However, as many enterprises will tell you, it doesn’t always make sense to move everything to the cloud, and a business’ shift usually won’t happen all at once. This is where the parallels start to diverge — moving over to a cloud environment isn’t as easy as flipping off one switch and turning on another.Businesses, especially larger legacy businesses, will likely have a combination of clouds and dedicated gear, or a hybrid cloud, and some may even have clouds from multiple vendors or a multi-cloud. This is another reason why it’s important to partner with a managed service provider, preferably one with experience and expertise across multiple clouds, to help you customize an environment that fits your business needs.Jeff DeVerter, CTO, Microsoft Technologies at Rackspace Managed HostingDespite the benefits, skeptics remainRegardless of all of the benefits that a business can derive from moving some, most, or all of their applications and operations to a managed cloud environment, I still see business leaders holding back.Some of the biggest reasons I hear from CIOs and other decision makers are that they “know their servers better than anyone else,” and they have trouble trusting a third party to do what they do. Another big sticking point is cost, as some IT environments are seemingly not economical to operate on a utility basis.To borrow from the above analogy one final time, would you trust yourself to install all your needed electrical wiring? Probably not, and there are inherent benefits that come with offloading complicated and critical tasks to a certified service provider.With regards to security, recent data shows companies are actually safer in the cloud. Think of it this way — is your data center more secure on-prem when a hyperscale cloud provider like Rackspace typically spends more on security than your business makes in a year?And with regards to cost, have you really crunched the numbers around staffing and retaining the talent needed to maintain an on-prem data center? What about growing that data center with new technologies and engineers and architects who are able to use them?The managed cloud differenceMany of the concerns that come up during a business’ journey to the cloud can be mitigated by working with a managed cloud provider.Why go it alone when you can leverage the experience and expertise of a partner who’s been there before? For many businesses, it’s been as clear a choice as it was 100 years ago when manufacturers shut down their in-house electricity generation and moved to the electric grid.The author is CTO for Microsoft Technologies at Rackspace Managed Hosting.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#cloud#Data Centers#edge computing#Internet of Things#IoT#Rackspace Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

"Why you should think about the cloud like the electric grid"