Chelsea are unchanged from last week’s win over Porto for the match against high-flying Leicester at King Power Stadium.It means Cesc Fabregas is again among the Blues substitutes, as his Gary Cahill. Cesar Azpilicueta makes his 100th Premier League appearance.Leicester’s matchday squad includes two former Chelsea players; Robert Huth starts, while keeper Mark Schwarzer is on the bench. The Foxes also name an unchanged line-up.Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Ulloa, Vardy.Subs: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Dyer, King, Inler, Okazaki.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Mikel, Fabregas, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
19 March 2014South African wheelchair tennis superstar Lucas Sithole is hard at work preparing for next month’s Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) Autumn tournament series to be hosted in Gauteng. The quad ace made history last year when he won the US Open.For the first time since his memorable memorable title win in New York, he will be playing at the highest level on home soil and is excited and optimistic about his chances.Sithole will be a major draw-card at the tournaments, and he is hoping South Africans will turn out in their numbers to support him and the other South Africans taking part.‘Good to play at home’“I am looking forward to the two tournaments,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “It is always good to play at home in our conditions and in front of our fans.“I believe my game has improved since last year’s tournament, and I hope to do better this year, and lift the title.”TournamentsThe first of the two tournaments is the Acsa Gauteng Open, to be played at the Gauteng East Tennis Centre at Benoni Lake from 23 to 27 April. It is a grade one event, and one of only 13 such tournaments in the world.Top international players are expected to participate in it, in preparation for the even more prestigious Acsa SA Open, which takes place at Ellis Park in Johannesburg from 20 to 23 April. The tournament has Super Series status and is one of only six such tournaments. The others are played in Australia, France, Japan, Britain and the United States.Loss of limbsWhen he was only 12 years of age, Sithole lost both legs and his right arm when he fell under a train. That setback would have overwhelmed most people, but he said going to school with other disabled children helped him to come to terms with what had happened to him.In 2005, he was invited to a wheelchair tennis camp, when the sport was launched in South Africa. Sithole took to the sport like a duck to water, and the following year he represented South Africa for the first time.World number twoAlthough he was badly beaten in his first outing, he has gone from strength to strength since then. He is currently ranked second in the world and has two Super Series titles and a Grand Slam title to his name.Earlier this year, he reached the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne, losing to arch rival and world number one, David Wagner.History makerSithole, who is known to his rivals as “Twister”, has made history in many ways, including becoming the first disabled sportsperson to be nominated as Sports Star of the Year at the SA Sports Awards last year.He wants to carry on making history, and he has his eyes set on a medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. However, his immediate aim is to claim the South African Open title.SAinfo reporter
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Right now the feed doesn’t display the usernames of the people who favorited your tweets, you’ll have to click through a notification to visit the Favstar site to see that. The site’s creator wants to give people a reason to come back, and that makes sense, but I sure would like to see those usernames in the feed.I’ve put my Favstar feed into my favorite RSS to IM alert system, just because I think that’s where it will work best for me. I might put it someplace else later, but I sure am glad to have it; it’s nice to know who likes your Tweets. Why is this useful? Well, I had no idea that widely respected PR pro Constantin Basturea was thinking about me until Favstar showed me that he favorited one of my recent tweets. We haven’t exchanged words in months – but his thinking of me makes me think about him. I know now that I could reach out to him about the subject of that tweet or some other matter and I’d already have a place somewhere toward the front of his mind. If it’s funny Tweets you’re looking for, make sure to visit the amazing automated funniest Tweet finder Favrd, too. Favstar, though, has something for everyone who’s ever been favorited at all. Now with RSS it can become a regular part of your social media monitoring, instead of just a fun one-off thing you check once and forget about. Related Posts Tags:#How To#web Tweets on Twitter, you can favorite them – but do people take the time to? It turns out they do and someone’s probably been favoriting Tweets from you, too. Favstar is a new service that tracks the most favorited tweets tweeted and finds some pretty funny stuff that way. The service will also tell you who’s been favoriting your tweets though – and tonight it added RSS notification to its features.That means you can now subscribe to an RSS feed showing you who likes your Tweets, even if they didn’t reply, retweet or respond otherwise. That’s interesting information to know.It’s very simple to do. Just visit Favstar.fm, search for your Twitter username, then select the “recent” tab. Once on that page, your browser will detect a feed for your otherwise silent friends. Or you could just cut to the chase and subscribe to a URL like this with your username in it: http://favstar.fm/users/marshallk/rss Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick
Twitter As Twitter‘s director of platform, Ryan Sarver, repeatedy pointed out during his presentation at this year’s LeWeb that Twitter and its ecosystem of third-party developers have a highly symbiotic relationship. Twitter’s APIs are still rate-limited and Twitter won’t make the full firehose of feeds available to all of its developers until early 2010. There can be no doubt, however, that Twitter has managed to create one of the most vibrant developer communities around its platform.Over the course of the year, Twitter introduced a number of new APIs, including a geolocation API that makes it easy to attach geodata to a tweet, and the controversial retweet API. With Twitter Connect, Twitter also released a competitor to Facebook Connect, although this tool hasn’t found widespread adoption yet.Facebook Just like Twitter, Facebook‘s success has increasingly become dependent on the third-party ecosystem that has grown up around the Facebook platform. According to Ethan Beard, who manages development of the Facebook Platform, over 500,00 applications have been developed on top of the Facebook platform and over 250 million users use at least one of these. The Facebook platform is not just about letting users play games like Farmville and or novelty apps like SuperPoke. Facebook Connect, for example, is becoming increasingly popular as a sign-in mechanism on third-party sites. Over 80,000 sites now utilize Facebook Connect, 60 million Facebook users use it and two-thirds of all the sites in the Comscore 100 index currently use it. WordPress.org Without any doubt, the world of blogging would look very different today if it wasn’t for Automattic’s open-source version of WordPress. The core open-source WordPress project is driven by a passionate group of developers, but a majority of development happens in the community that builds plugins for WordPress. Earlier this year, WordPress released version 2.8 of its self-hosted product – a major overhaul of its core product. It includes a new interface and new options for plugin developers, including the ability to install and search for plugins from within the admin interface. Among some of the most popular WordPress plugins are an image gallery, an SEO tool and an analytics package. iPhone We admit that our choice of the iPhone as a top web platform could be somewhat controversial. After all, Apple’s less than efficient approval system and the closed nature of the platform have even led some developers to abandon development for the iPhone altogether.There can be little doubt, however, that Apple has created one of the most successful mobile developer programs. The App Store now features over 100,000 applications and an increasing number of web services now offer versions of their products that are specifically geared towards the iPhone’s Safari browser.This year, Apple extended the SDK with a number of new and improved features when it released version 3.0 of the iPhone OS. These updates include better support for 3D gaming, augmented reality apps, easier access to maps, in-app purchases and support for push notifications. Android Android came of age in 2009. It was still a relatively unknown mobile operating system in the consumers’ conscience in 2008, but this year not only saw a large increase in developer activity, but also a strong interest in Android phones like the Motorola Droid.Thanks to the open-source nature of the project, Android made it easy for developers of augmented reality applications to test their ideas long before Apple offered the necessary APIs on its platform. While the Motorola Droid features Android 2.0 already, most other manufacturers don’t offer this update for their customers yet.Data.gov 2009 saw a number of interesting developments in the Government 2.0 movement. One of the most high-profile backers of this movement was – surprisingly – the U.S. government. With Data.gov and similar government projects that feature APIs, developers can now find a wealth of information that was previously hard to access. By providing API access to this data, the U.S. government has opened itself up to more scrutiny, as citizens can now analyze this data with unprecedented ease.New York Times APIs No other news organization offers as many APIs as the New York Times – although the Guardian’s Open Platform was also a strong candidate for this list. Over the course of this year, the New York Times opened up an API for accessing an archive of all the paper’s stories since 1981 and APIs to access information about the U.S. Congress and the New York State legislature.There can be little doubt that the newspaper industry needs to find new ways to monetize its product. For some papers, this has meant making it harder for consumers and developers to mash up their content. The New York Times, however, has decided that increased openness is a better strategy. [disclosure: RWW syndicates content to NYT]Google App Engine With App Engine, Google gives developers an easy way to develop and deploy cloud applications through a comprehensive set of services and APIs. This year, Google introduced Java as an additional language in the App Engine’s repertoire. App Engine now also supports XMPP, which has allowed a number of developers to create services that push real-time updated to IM clients or third-party applications.In addition, Google also announced a pricing structure for App Engine in February.In November, Google had to face some negative publicity around App Engine when it became known that some hackers were using the service to host a bot net. Overall, however, the service has not suffered from any major security issues so far.Azure Azure is Microsoft’s big push towards cloud computing. While it is still too early to judge the success of this platform, we think it would be wrong to underestimate Microsoft’s commitment to this space and the size of its developer ecosystem. While Amazon and RackSpace’s cloud services are clearly more popular than Microsoft’s new service, there can be little doubt that the arrival of Microsoft in this market will help to push the incumbents towards more innovation.Adobe AIR While Adobe AIR is nowhere near perfect, very few other platforms have the same cross-platform reach as AIR. It allows developers to create one application and distribute it for all the major operating systems. Thanks to its auto-updating features, AIR also makes it easy for developers to keep their install base up to date.This year, Adobe launched AIR 2, which now allows developers to access mass storage devices, drag-and-drop support for remote files and rudimentary support for P2P networking. In addition, AIR 2 also enables developers to use the multi-touch capabilities of modern screens.Those are our picks! In the comments let us know your thoughts or what we may have missed. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 2009 has been a big year for mobile and real-time technologies, which is reflected in our selection of the top 10 Web platforms of the year. It’s the final instalment of our series of top products of 2009.As we noted in last year’s round-up, a web platform can be as simple as an API (like Twitter’s) that allow external developers to tap into a company’s data. It can also be software and services, like Amazon’s Web Services. Or it can be a fully fledged development platform, such as iPhone SDK and Adobe AIR. Whatever the case, platforms on the Web allow people to build on top of another company’s product, so we think it’s an appropriate way to close our Top Web Products series.ReadWriteWeb’s Best Products of 2009:Top 10 Mobile Web ProductsTop 10 Consumer Web AppsTop 10 Semantic Web ProductsTop 10 International Web ProductsTop 10 RSS & Syndication TechnologiesTop 10 Enterprise ProductsTop 10 Internet of Things ProductsTop 10 Real-Time TechnologiesTop 10 Startup ProductsTop 10 Web Platforms A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Tags:#2009 in Review#NYT#web#Year in Review 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
From the current academic session, all visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will be provided free Braille textbooks.Earlier, the Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority was providing free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students studying in Class I to VIII in government-managed schools. From this year, this measure has been extended to Class IX and X students as well.Odisha’s only Braille press in Berhampur is busy printing the textbooks so that the students can get them by July. The Braille press manager, Prakash Narayan Rath, said earlier they were printing limited number of textbooks for Class IX and X students.“Each school was getting three sets of Braille textbooks and the students had to share them,” he said.Former principal of Red Cross School for the Blind, Ambapua, Nabin Narayan Satapathy said as the Braille textbooks were few, they used to make some more copies of the books in their school to ease the problems of Class IX and X students. He welcomed the move of the State government to provide free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students of Class IX and X saying it will surely improve the performance of the students.This year, around 420 visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will get free Braille textbooks. Each student will get a set of 14 books. “Around 75% of printing of these textbooks is complete and the work would be finished in a week or two,” said Mr. Rath.Increased printingThe Braille press is currently printing textbooks for around 2,800 visually impaired students of Class I to X. The total number of Braille textbooks for school students is over 40,000. Last year, the Braille press had printed 22,228 textbooks. Two new appointments have been made at the press to expedite the printing of the books.The Braille press in Berhampur was established in 1986 as a Red Cross Society initiative. It gets grant-in-aid for maintenance from the Women and Child Development Department of the Odisha government. In 2013, two new computerised Braille printing units, imported from Belgium at a cost of ₹1.7 crore, were added to this press, making it a major modern computerised Braille press of the country.