Jones could return against Chelsea but five are ruled out

first_imgManchester United defender Phil Jones could be in contention to face Chelsea on Sunday, though five players are ruled out.The England centre-back, 23, suffered an ankle injury in the win over Swansea on 2 January and has missed his side’s last six matches.Jones is now back in full training with the first team ahead of United’s visit to Stamford Bridge.However, Bastian Schweinsteiger is still out with a knee injury and joins long-term absentees Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia on the sidelines.Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 19, is set to continue at left-back but Marouane Fellaini could be doubtful after coming off late on in United’s win over Stoke on Tuesday.For Chelsea, Pedro faces a late fitness test but Loic Remy is out and Alexandre Pato has been put on an intensive fitness regime.See also:Remy tipped to return and Pato is put on fitness regimePedro faces fitness test ahead of Man Utd clashChelsea v Man Utd: match preview, team news, facts and figuresChelsea v Man Utd: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Event: Release Candidate 1

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 9:24 AM: Now we’re moving on to “Interoperability.”Announcing geo-location support.“In today’s Web, sites need to ask you for your location. Now, you can ask the browser and the browser can, with your consent, give your location.”Geo-location – uses the same services as WP7 to provide location.9:30 AM:We’re now getting into the usual demos of how fast IE9 hardware acceleration is. The difference, they say, is between full and partial hardware acceleration.IE9 is “four times as fast” as Chrome 10.9:40 AM: Moving to the last area: User Experience.Three things – navigation, tabs, and pin sites.Consumers like the “site-centric experience” – tightened up UI, squared off tabs, made more room for content.Showed two sites, side by side, on Chrome and IE9, and showed that IE9 offered a “full toolbar’s width” more screen space for content. (It’s clear here today that Microsoft considers Chrome its big browser competitor and not Firefox. As a matter of fact, the word Firefox hasn’t been mentioned once.) One other thing? My Chrome looks cleaner than the one they just showed – I have to wonder what version that was.“Another area where we had a lot of feedback was around tabs.”For 97% of sessions, users had 5 tabs or fewer. “At the same time, we care a lot about that last 3%.”Can move tab bar under one box to give full width of window for tabs. 9:46 AM: Pinnable sites:Now allows for various elements on a website to be grabbed and pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar.Users 40% more likely to return to site with “pin site” feature. (“Pinnable” sites are websites that can be a permanent icon on the bottom taskbar of Windows 7. They can also feature “jump lists”, which add quick actions to the right-click menu of these pinned items.)9:53 AM:Unlike the HP WebOS, this one is running just an hour long. That’s it folks. As always, we’re interested in hearing what you think of the latest with IE9. Tags:#Browsers#Microsoft#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img We’re told that the event will begin any minute, so stay tuned.9:07 AM: We’re getting going.We’re going to hear from partners dealing with HTML5 and those with privacy/do no track issues.We’re going to start off with a video from developers and designers talking about IE9.9:09 AM:What do they have to say? (All good things, of course)-The browser gets out of the way-The RC will have geolocation–These developers really like pinning websites and treating them like apps.-The “desktop is moving onto the web and the web onto the desktop” – this has been Microsofts party line with IE9 all along.9:11 AM: Ryan Gavin takes the stage.“We’ve had 7 updates to IE9 before today”. The word today, it seems, will be “developer.” Gavin is talking about release scheduling and how it has been well-received in the developer community.“This is probably the highest quality beta in IE history.” Says they’ve received more than 17,000 pieces of feedback on IE9, more than the entire life cycle of IE8.9:14 AM:Now we’re talking about hardware acceleration. “You can’t have a discussion about browsers today without discussing hardware acceleration.”(The motto, of course, has been “Beauty of the Web.”)And here’s the other topic of the day: Trust.“IE9 aspires to be the world’s most trusted browser.”IE9 can block 99% of malware, says Gavin. And yes, the release of IE9 RC1 is today.9:16 AM:Privacy & Tracking Protection:Tracking lists have been published: privacy choise, easy list, Truste and Abine.9:21 AM: Now we’re seeing dev tools for tracking features. As you browse, you can watch IE9 create a browsing profile and exmaine how your browser is being tracked. 9:23 AM: “What you see there is that with one click, you’re protected. It’s as simple as finding a list and clicking a button.”IE9 also allows creation of “personalized tracking protection lists.”Some offer do not track lists, others like Truste offer whitelists, which list what to allow, not what to block.“This is the first in the industry to enable this level of control.” Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In September, Microsoft held a gala event to announce the beta release of Internet Explorer 9. There were bands, auditorium-size stage shows and hours on end of Internet Explorer goodness. Today, the company is holding a much more subdued event to announce the release of Internet Explorer 9’s first release candidate and unveil many of the expected features. In addition to the general announcement, we’re expecting to see more in the way of IE9’s hardware accelerated HTML5 graphics support, updates for developers and the much-discussed “Do Not Track” feature. We’re live at the event so stay tuned and we’ll bring you the news as it comes.last_img read more

NPR’s Andy Carvin Shows How to Retweet Globally (Map)

first_imgThere’s no better way to see Tweets about the Middle East than by following NPR Senior Strategist Andy Carvin. He’s curating, verifying when possible and reporting on Tweets from and about the contentious region day and night. How diverse are the Tweets Carvin is curating? We used the handy web app Needlebase to scrape, analyze and map the Twitter community Carvin is bringing into the streams of his own community of followers and found some interesting data points. He’s retweeted 186 distinct Twitter accounts over the last four days alone. 56% of the accounts Carvin has shared content from have listed recognizable locations on their Twitter profiles. 44% have undisclosed or unclear locations, no doubt in some cases for reasons of personal safety. A healthy 40% of those who have listed locations are located in the Middle East!Only 15% of the people Retweeted are from the United States.Eight are from Libya, though several of those are satirical accounts.Many more levels and types of analysis are possible and of course locations aren’t verified. But for now it’s nice to know that the people watching Andy Carvin’s Tweet stream (I sure am) are getting a diverse stream of messages with a solid percentage of those sources coming from the region in question. Thanks for all you do, Andy!Below: As Carvin adds value on Twitter, his own community grows. Tags:#international#twitter#web marshall kirkpatrick A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Popular Mechanics Lists “Future-Proof” Jobs – Many of Them Green

first_imgA decage ago, “Top 10 Jobs” lists didn’t typically highlight green and alternative-energy professions. But they do now.Many specialty publications – and the business sections of most daily newspapers – create “hot jobs” lists every year or so as a way to put the broader employment market into perspective and, while they’re at it, maybe even dispense useful advice.The May issue of Popular Mechanics features a list headlined “10 Future-Proof Jobs You Can Get Right Now.” The list in fact might not be of immediate practical value to anyone except those who happen to have the academic training required for the professions identified. But it does affirm the notion that expertise in energy-efficiency fields will continue to gain traction in the near future, if not indefinitely.Five of the 10 jobs on the list focus on energy efficiency or alternative energy technology. The job in the No. 2 spot, for example, is “Zero-Energy Home Architect.” Noting that developments in solar technology and energy-efficient design are being applied to a wide range of residential projects and a growing client base, the accompanying job description cited Michelle Kaufmann, whose Oakland, California, firm has become known for designing all-climate, sustainably built modular homes (including the mkSolaire, the mkLotus, the factory-built Glidehouse, and the recently introduced three-story “farmhouse,” mkHearth).No. 3 on the future-proof jobs list is “Combined Heat and Power Mechanic” – an expert in installing and servicing cogeneration units that use turbine technology to produce both electric and thermal energy. CHPs are touted for use in a variety of commercial settings: They can provide much of the heat, for example, that would otherwise be generated by less efficient boilers.Job No. 4 is “Energy Engineer.” Pretty wide scope of possibilities here: Energy engineers “may recommend new air-conditioning equipment or solar-powered streetlights,” says the magazine, or they may design entire renewable-energy systems, such as those that harness methane from a landfill to generate electricity.No. 7: “Wind Explorer.” Wind explorers are trained in wind turbine construction and, quite often, environmental engineering. Travel required. The job often entails scouting locations in developing countries where grid lines and power plants are scarce or nonexistent.No. 9: “Battery Engineer.” This discipline often combines electrical engineering, chemistry, materials science, and mechanical engineering, the magazine points out, adding that demand in this field is growing.last_img read more

Hope floats for women in politics

first_imgThe women’s wings of the three major political parties in Odisha have become more active since the State Assembly passed a resolution unanimously for providing 33% reservation for women in the Legislative Assemblies and Parliament on November 20 last year. Ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State, the number of meetings and demonstrations by the women’s wings of the ruling Biju Janata Dal and Opposition Congress and BJP has also started multiplying after Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 4. Mr. Patnaik had urged Mr. Modi to initiate necessary steps for passing the Women’s Reservation Bill for reservation of one-third seats in Parliament and State Legislatures for women. “I assure full support of my government in providing women their rightful place in the decision-making process,” Mr. Patnaik wrote to Mr. Modi.The Chief Minister, who has been focussing on women’s empowerment, has not stopped there. Senior party leaders have been meeting top leaders of different parties across the country seeking their support for passage of the Bill in Parliament.Positive signs In fact, the three major parties have also strengthened their women’s wings in the recent months. While the BJD and the Congress have appointed new presidents in their women’s wings, the BJP has inducted some prominent women to add strength to its women’s wing. Such has become the political atmosphere that women leaders of these parties from far-off districts have started frequenting Bhubaneswar hoping to get party tickets. They are of the view that more women will be given tickets to contest the coming elections even if the Bill is not passed in Parliament. “This is a positive sign that more and more women are coming forward to actively participate in politics. Odisha has produced many women leaders, including former Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy, in the past and the current trend should be encouraged by different parties,” said political analyst Rabi Das. Buoyant by the developments with regard to women’s political participation, transgender rights activists too have become active in their work with the hope that they may also be given tickets by different parties. “Time has come for all parties to give tickets to transgender people to ensure their participation in the decision-making process,” said Meera Parida, chairman of the All Odisha Transgender Welfare Trust.last_img read more