Aberdeen sign Dominic Ball on loan from Rotherham United

first_imgBall has also played for Cambridge United and Peterborough United on loan.The deal was the final Scottish deal of the summer window with Derek McInnes’ squad now complete until the winter transfer period starts in January. Aberdeen have completed the signing of Dominic Ball on loan from Rotherham United.The centre-back, who can also play at full-back or in midfield, will join Derek McInnes’ side until the end of the season.The former Tottenham Hotspur player joined Rotherham on a three-year deal last summer. He spent a season on loan at Rangers in the Scottish Championship under Mark Warburton. last_img read more

Andy Murray tipped to resume career after hip surgery

first_imgBryan said: “When I went and looked at the MRI, it didn’t look good. Going in to get a metal hip implant, there’s no one that’s come back from that in tennis. So there were no guarantees. I’m happy it’s feeling good.“Seeing the way Andy Murray is feeling kind of hit a nerve with me. I would love to see him do a similar surgery, feel the relief that it gives. I think our hips are pretty similar.”Bryan and Murray have been in frequent contact, with the American saying: “He’s been watching me like a hawk, asking me how I’m feeling after matches, after practices. He’s just trying to gauge how long it would take him, if this procedure is an option.“I’m just trying to be supportive. I never once told him this is the way to go because I do see that singles is a different monster. Those guys are really sliding around, killing themselves for four hours. Who knows if this joint would hold up. Andy Murray can have hip surgery and resume his career at the highest level, according to a top doubles player who had the same operation.Bob Bryan underwent hip resurfacing in August and returned to grand slam tennis on Wednesday with a first-round victory alongside brother Mike at the Australian Open.The 40-year-old was forced off the tour after aggravating his hip in Madrid last May and, when attempts at rehabilitation failed, he underwent surgery in New York.Murray said he was “likely” to have the surgery this month, which could either prolong or end his career. “I’m just telling him, ‘I feel great, quality of life is great, practices are going well’. Maybe I’m not 100 per cent yet, but I’m only five months (since surgery). The doctors said this is more of a seven or eight months until you feel perfect.“Until I feel that, I can’t give you the guarantee, but I think he’s to the point where this is probably his last option.“I would love to see him do it just for quality of life. You can sleep, walk, be with your kids, play. It’s frustrating when you can’t put on your shoes. “I personally don’t underestimate Andy Murray. You look at the great workers in history: (Ivan) Lendl, (Jim) Courier, (Andy) Roddick. This guy is maybe even a step up from those guys. I think he could do it.”Murray flew home on Wednesday, two days after his emotional five-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut.Bryan said: “I was choked up when he announced his retirement. I stayed up until three in the morning watching all the tributes on social media. It really hit a nerve with me. He’s a special guy. No one has a heart like him.”If Murray does opt to have surgery – the other option is to prepare for a farewell appearance at Wimbledon – then it seems likely he would follow Bryan’s example and use Dr Edwin Su in New York.“He’s the only guy that’s gotten professional athletes back to their profession,” said Bryan. “He’s done a baseball guy, an NBA guy, and a hockey guy. No tennis player yet, until me, has come back.“Andy has spoken to him. I don’t know who Andy is going to choose if he goes this route, but I would recommend him.”Bryan is particularly happy to help out Murray because of the support the Scot gave him and Mike when they staged a charity event in December 2017.“He’s such a good guy,” said the 16-time grand slam men’s doubles champion. “We were in trouble with our charity event, we had no big names.“He showed up and spent the whole afternoon playing tennis with these people. We raised a ton of money, over a million bucks. I’ll never forget that. He was there for us. With a bad hip. He was limping. But he was running around and helping out.“If I could lend a little bit of advice or support, I’m happy to do it. He’s extremely educated on this. No one’s done more research about hips, doctors. He knew my doctor inside and out, all the cases.“He’s going to do what’s best for him. He doesn’t want to be limping any more. I know he doesn’t want to be doing that. I think this is the option.”last_img read more

Enterprise Software: Rise of Big Data Increases Interest in NoSQL Databases

first_imgNoSQL databases are structured stores that differ from traditional databases in that they are not based on fixed table schemas and are prized for their high scalability.  The scalability comes at a price — many query features of relational databases, particularly join operations, are not available in NoSQL databases, and this can make working with NoSQL data more challenging.  On the other hand, using large datasets with traditional databases presents it’s own challenge of performance and resources.As more organizations collect large datasets — Big Data — NoSQL databases are gaining popularity.  An Evans Data survey found that 56 percent of enterprise developers have used NoSQL on at least one project and 63 percent of developers expect to be using NoSQL on projects that they will be involved in over the next two years.  Interest runs highest among enterprise developers.  When the population of all developers is considered, 43 percent of developers expect to be taking on a NoSQL project over the next two years.Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp said that “the advent of Big Data is driving adoption of NoSQL, and this is especially true in the corporate enterprise.  While it may have got its start on the web with innovations like Big Table and MapReduce, it’s the enterprise that can most benefit from NoSQL and developers realize this across all geographical regions.”Interest in NoSQL is global.  In EMEA, 39% of developers report plans to use it and in the APAC region  more than a quarter of the general developer population uses NoSQL today and 68% have future plans.last_img read more

Nodeal Brexit imminent if UK doesnt get serious warns EU

first_imgStrasbourg: The European Union’s two top officials handling troublesome Brexit negotiations warned Wednesday that the risk of a no-deal exit looms large unless Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government offers concrete proposals. “The risk of a no deal remains very real. That will maybe be the choice of the United Kingdom but never the choice of the European Union,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe warning came two days after Juncker and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met in Luxembourg for talks, just six weeks before Britain is set to exit the bloc. That trip ended in humiliation for Johnson after he avoided what was meant to be a joint press conference with his Luxembourg counterpart, put-off by a small anti-Brexit protest nearby. Juncker emphasised the UK still has not offered any viable solutions to rewrite a withdrawal agreement struck by Johnson’s predecessor but rejected three times by the British parliament. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsJuncker said “I am not sure” that a new deal would be reached. “We have very little time left. But I am sure we must try,” said the EU leader, whose mandate ends on October 31 — the deadline for Britain to leave the EU. The strident message parallelled stepped-up moves by Brussels and London to hand out blame for a chaotic no-deal Brexit. The EU’s pointman in the negotiations, Michel Barnier, told MEPs in Strasbourg that “it is certainly not a question of pretending to negotiate”. He added that “it is our responsibility to pursue this process with determination, with sincerity.” His words were taken as a dig at Johnson, who is seen by many in Brussels and London as running down the clock to have Britain exit the EU “with or without” a new deal. If so, Johnson risks falling foul of a law hastily passed by the UK parliament requiring him to ask for another Brexit delay — a third — by October 19 if no new deal is worked out with the EU. Britain’s parliament is currently suspended at Johnson’s initiative in a move being challenged in the country’s Supreme Court. EU leaders are to hold a summit on October 17-18, seen as the last chance to strike a deal. The thorniest issue in the talks between Britain and the EU is that of the “backstop” — an effort to guarantee that no border will spring up between EU member Ireland and the UK’s province of Northern Ireland while ensuring that the EU’s single market will be protected. Under the withdrawal deal reached last year, the UK was to stay in the EU’s customs union temporarily, in case talks towards a trade deal failed. But Johnson rejects the guarantee and is reportedly exploring ways that Northern Ireland alone could abide by EU agriculture and food standards without a full-fledged backstop.last_img read more