Rangers sign defender Jon Flanagan on two-year-deal

first_imgRangers have completed the signing of Jon Flanagan.The 25-year-old joins Rangers on a two-year-deal after leaving Liverpool at the end of the season.The right-back becomes Anfield team-mate Steven Gerrard’s seventh signing at Ibrox.Flanagan can play at both right-back and left-back making him a vital addition to the Light Blues’ backline which has already been strengthened by the additions of Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson. Speaking to RangersTV, Flanagan said: “I’m delighted to be here. When I got the call from my agent and then spoke to Stevie {Gerrard], it was a no-brainer for me.“The size of the club and what the fans are about – I’m just delighted to be here and hopefully I can show the fans what I’m all about.“I played with the manager at Liverpool, and he was a big part of me coming here.“I obviously know all about the club, but Stevie was a massive influence on me coming here as well. “I think I’m a no-nonsense footballer. “I think I keep it simple, I don’t mind a tackle, and when the going gets tough, I think I stick around and I am mentally strong.“I think I am different to the full-backs we have got here now, so it will be exciting and there is a lot of competition for places.“I can’t wait [to get started] and I am so excited. I just want to get going – I am buzzing and I want to show to all the fans what I am about and put Rangers back up there.”When asked if this was a new chapter for him in his career, he replied: “I think this is a fresh start and I think it a platform for me just to build-on. “The past is the past and this is now time for a fresh start, and that is at Rangers and I can’t wait to get going.”Rangers face FC Shkupi of Macedonia in the first round of Europa League qualifiers and Flanagan said playing in the competition was a big draw.He continued: “Europe is a big attraction as well, and it’s an extra bonus for the lads to work hard, to push on and get back into the European group stages.“I think it is very exciting for Rangers now. There is the new manager, who has freshened things up, and he’s brought a lot of players in. It’s brilliant to be a Rangers fan now and to be a Rangers player.“There are good times ahead, and hopefully we can push on now.”Flanagan has joined up with the Rangers squad in Marbella.last_img read more

Weekly Poll: Does Oracle’s Cloud Computing Strategy Make Sense?

first_imgBy the end of the day, Ellison had parodied Benioff, who had made fun of him for his whole pitch about Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle’s cloud in a box.At the heart of the disagreement is about the definition for what it means to take advantage of a network. Oracle takes the all in one approach. It flies against what we have seen in practice. But if we are talking about making sense, then for Oracle it may be just the right approach. It’s a traditional software strategy. The Exologic machine gets patch updates so the software can be updated. Benioff pounds the point home that a SaaS service is seamless. Patches? Cloud computing doesn’t need no stinking patches!Oracle’s approach is a stretch as far as we are concerned. The machine itself is a work of craftsmanship, showing more so the capabilities of the Sun teams that developed much of the technology. But there is the sense that Oracle is trying to do it all. And in the process, they are missing the boat.We spoke with an analyst a few months ago who talked about how the Web is too big anymore for anyone to control the stack. It’s not just about an on-premise stack. The network is porous. No one company can control it. But that’s just what it feels like Oracle is trying to do.And in the process, they seem like isolationists, more interested in power than serving the customers, who increasingly are looking at a stack that is increasingly a mashup of services and software more than anything else. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts alex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing We had one of those rare days. It almost felt like two politicians, going back and forth, playing to the crowd. But these were not fat cat politicians. They were Silicon Valley moguls, razzing each other about their own definition of cloud computing. On stage was Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff followed by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. No matter who you believe, it was an entertaining day.The dueling came to life as Larry Ellison launched a cloud computing strategy that had a lot of people scratching their heads.What do you think? Does Oracle’ cloud computing strategy make any sense?If nothing else, Oracle’s flair for doing things by itself did make Oracle Open World one of the more entertaining corporate conferences we have attended. The day started with Benioff, who played the San Francisco laid back guy, saying that he came in peace. That he was one of the cloud people. The first few minutes of this video will give you a sense of his tone. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Hatch, Wyden Caution Against IRS Budget Cuts

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee (SFC) held its second hearing on February 14, which examined President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request for the IRS. Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter testified.Additional cuts to IRS funding, as proposed in Trump’s FY 2019 budget, would be a mistake, SFC Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, said during opening statements. He cautioned against any budget cuts that would hinder the implementation of the new tax code.“The administration, in its budget, has proposed additional cuts to funding for the IRS. I think that is a mistake,” Hatch said. “[D]irectly after passage of a major overhaul of the tax system, is not a great time to further reduce the taxpayer services budget of the agency that will do most of the work in implementing the updated tax code,” he added.Likewise, SFC ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., criticized Trump’s FY 2019 budget request for failing to adequately fund the implementation of tax law changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97). “Now they’re giving short shrift to the IRS, which is the agency that actually has to implement those changes and provide service to American families and businesses based on the new rules,” Wyden said. “Denying the IRS the resources it needs to be an effective agency impedes its ability to serve the American people, and the Trump administration knows it,” he added.IRS OperationsKautter noted that Trump’s budget request included $4.16 billion for operations support programs, which include IT services. “Within that total, $2.29 billion is allocated for information services, which is $217.8 million, or 10.5 percent, above the FY 2018 Annualized Continuing Resolution level,” Kautter told lawmakers.According to Kautter, the enhancement of the IRS’s IT systems is central to operations, as over fifty percent of its hardware is outdated. “At the end of FY 2017, more than 59 percent of IRS hardware was past its useful life compared to 64 percent at the end of FY 2016, and 32 percent of software was two or more releases behind the most current commercially-available version,” he reported. Within Trump’s FY 2019 budget request, however, funding is available to provide a much needed refresher of IRS hardware and software, according to Kautter.As for the modernization of IRS business systems, however, Trump’s FY 2019 budget request suggests $178 million below the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution level, Kautter noted.Tax Reform ImplementationThe IRS has established a Tax Reform Implementation Office to ensure proper implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97), Kautter testified. Additional funding for FY 2018 will be needed, however. Kautter told lawmakers that an addition $397 million is needed to implement tax reform. “This funding is needed immediately to ensure that the IRS can start critical implementation activities on time,” he said. According to Kautter, the additional funding would resource updating IT systems, taxpayer services, as well as creating and revising tax forms.Moving ForwardThe 2018 filing season began as scheduled on January 29 and is “going well so far,” according to Kautter. Additionally, IRS guidance on pass-through entities under the new tax code will be issued as soon as possible, Kautter said, stating that such guidance is a significant priority.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffSFC Press Release: Hatch Opening Statement at Finance Hearing on Administration’s IRS Budget RequestSFC Press Release: Wyden Statement at Finance Committee Hearing on IRS Fiscal Year 2019 BudgetLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Larry Bird To Step Down As Pacers President

Larry Bird is expected to step down as president of the Indiana Pacers, the Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday.Team owner Herb Simon is scheduled to meet with Bird on Tuesday to plan Bird’s exit from the team, the Star reported. Last month, Bird told The Associated Press, he’d stay put as the Pacers team president for a few more years — if that’s what team owner Herb Simon wants.“I’d do it today if Herbie was here,” Bird said last month, drawing laughter. “We’ve got kids working out, we’ve got six free agents, we’ve got a lot going on right now. Obviously, I want to sit down with Herb as quickly as possible. I don’t like this (questions) at all. I’d like a three-year deal, but we have a handshake agreement. It’s hard coming in here and not having the answers.”

Eight people displaced after apartment fire in El Cajon

first_img January 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Eight people displaced after apartment fire in El Cajon Posted: January 25, 2018 EL CAJON (KUSI) — A fire of unknown origin damaged an East County apartment building Thursday, leaving eight people in need of emergency shelter and causing an estimated $300,000 worth of monetary losses.The blaze in the 200 block of Jamacha Road in El Cajon erupted about 8:30 a.m., said Sonny Saghera, spokesman for Heartland Fire & Rescue.Everyone inside the structure was able to safely evacuate prior to the arrival of firefighters, Saghera said. It took the crews about eight minutes to subdue the flames.Though the personnel were able to confine the flames to a second-floor unit, the residence below it sustained water damage, Saghera said.The American Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents — four adults and four children — arrange for interim housing.The cause of the fire was under investigation. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more