Josh Kroenke addresses Arsenal squad after sacking Unai Emery and sanctioning Freddie Ljungberg appointment

first_imgEarlier on Saturday, Per Mertesacker, who had been working as the club’s academy director, was confirmed as one of Ljungberg’s assistants ahead of the trip to Carrow Road.Club legend Ljungberg gave his first interview since confirmation of his appointment and outlined his intention to play attacking, progressive football.He said: ‘I’ve been at Arsenal for a long, long time I like entertaining football, he told Arsenal’s official website. ‘Of course, at the same time you can’t conceded goals that’s the tricky balance to find.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 Arsenal‘For me happy footballers play the best football. That’s what I learned as a player.‘There is a time to work hard but at the same we must enjoy what we are doing.‘Often if the players we have they enjoy playing offensive football it will make them more happy.’Both David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi were injury doubts after they picked up knocks against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, but both took part in Saturday’s training session and are in contention to feature.Who should be Unai Emery’s permanent replacement at Arsenal?Freddie Ljungberg0%Mauricio Pochettino0%Mikel Arteta0%Carlo Ancelotti0%Nuno Espirito Santo0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Granit Xhaka accused of lying to Arsenal boss Unai Emery about injuryMORE: Granit Xhaka accused of lying to Arsenal boss Unai Emery about injury Advertisement Advertisement Comment Josh Kroenke addresses Arsenal squad after sacking Unai Emery and sanctioning Freddie Ljungberg appointment Josh Kroenke spoke with the Arsenal squad ahead of Sunday’s game against Norwich (Picture: Getty)Arsenal director Josh Kroenke addressed the Arsenal squad ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Norwich.The son of majority shareholder Stank Kroenke, visit the club’s London Colney training base less than 24 hours after dispensing with Unai Emery and sanctioning the decision to install Freddie Ljungberg as interim head coach.Asked what he told the players, Kroenke told the club’s website: ‘My message to Freddie and the players was let’s get back to basics and most importantly let’s get back to having some fun.‘I think footballers are at their best when I see smiles on their faces and going out there and winning matches. That’s a winning formula to me.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTEmery had presided over a dismal run of form which had seen Arsenal win just one of their last nine matches in all competitions and slip eight points adrift of the top four.So @Freddie, what will your approach be as interim head coach?🔜 #NORARS pic.twitter.com/46ZKLitHx3— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 30, 2019 Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 30 Nov 2019 5:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.2kShareslast_img read more

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Renovated Queenslander on country block in Wamuran

first_imgThe home at 45 Old North Rd, Wamuran is on the market.A QUEENSLANDER filled with character and sitting on acreage is on the market in Wamuran. The old house was originally built on a block in Wilston and was relocated to the 3.55ha property at 45 Old North Rd in the 1970s.A family who could see its potential bought it nearly 25 years ago and have called it home ever since. They completely renovated the house, had it re-roofed, added verandas and upgraded the kitchen and bathrooms. The home has beautiful character features.Downstairs, the fourth bedroom has a private terrace and there is a study and a third bathroom with toilet and shower. There is also a massive rumpus room that opens to the pool area, a refrigerated cellar and a laundry. Paige Dumble, the @Realty marketing agent, said this downstairs area could easily be converted for dual living. Timber floors feature throughout the property.Outside, a tennis court was built and a pool installed. Inside, the character remains in the high ceilings, polished timber floors, cedar window frames and ornamental timber work throughout. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The master bedroom has a walk-through robe and ensuite, and the main bathroom has a traditional design and a claw-foot tub. The country-style kitchen has timber benchtops, stainless-steel appliances and garden views. center_img There is a resort-style pool and a tennis court on the property.In recent years the house has been painted inside and out.There is a large dam on the property along with established gardens, fruit trees and about 70 varieties of birds. With all the children now flown the coop, the private couple who own the home have decided to sell.They said they will miss sitting on the veranda with a glass of wine in the afternoon but hoped another family would love the home as much as they did.last_img read more

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Black Protesters pour Paint over BLM Mural yelling “Refund the Police”

first_imgA black women, Bevelyn Beatty, 29, was arrested for throwing paint on the Black Lives Matter mural outside of Trump Tower Saturday.Anti BLMBeatty, an anti-abortion activist from Staten Island, was arrested alongside Edmee Chavannes, 39, after they were seen smearing black paint over the bright yellow lettering of the Fifth Avenue mural, yelling ‘Re-fund the police’.Both of the women were charged with criminal mischief and released a short while later. But within hours, Beatty filmed herself conducting a ‘drive-by painting’ in Harlem at Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, and another on Fulton Street, Brooklyn. The 29-year-old, dressed in a ‘Jesus Matters’ t-shirt, is then seen picking up one of the cans and walking past the officer across Fifth Avenue to the mural, dumping the paint onto the BLM letters while several passers-by watch on in shock.‘Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter, right?’ she says in the video. ‘For the Black people. This is for the black people. They’re destroying business for black people. They’re looting for black people.‘No, we’re not standing with Black Lives Matter. We want our police. Refund our police.’BLMAn NYPD officer was injured after slipping on Beatty’s paint while attempted to detain her. The officer hit his arm and head on the asphalt hard and had to be helped back to his feet by two other cops.Beatty was arrested along with Chavannes but the pair were released within hours.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img May 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-CHARLOTTEElliott gets first Cup win of seasonCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott was able to celebrate a victory that capped a very busy stretch for NASCAR. Boston marathon canceledUNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak.The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.The Boston Marathon began in 1897 and has been the longest-running annual marathon in the world.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: Update on the latest sports — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating.— Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators. The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume. NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the outbreak.— The John Deere Classic is canceling what would have been its 50th straight anniversary as a PGA Tour event. Tournament director Clair Peterson says there were too many hurdles to overcome from the pandemic. The John Deere would have been the fifth PGA Tour event on the revised schedule. The tour had said the first month would be played without fans, leaving it possible for the Deere to have them.— Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.— At least 10 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August. The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released. The junior had put his name in the transfer portal after removing it from consideration from the NBA draft. McClung led the Hoyas with 15.7 points a game last season, while also averaging 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists.NBA-WILLIAMSON-SUITWilliamson attorneys looking to block suitMIAMI (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson are seeking to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils.In a Florida court filing last week, Williamson’s attorneys say those questions are “nothing more than a fishing expedition aimed at tarnishing Williamson’s reputation.” They added the accusations are designed to “maximize potential embarrassment and media coverage in an attempt to improperly gain settlement leverage.” Also approved was the competition committee’s recommendation to expand defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but has not had time to avoid or ward off contact of an opponent.Another approved recommendation stops teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running. That’s an issue that came up several times in 2019, including during the postseason.Using video replay for pass interference calls was dropped after a one-year experiment that led to more uncertainty than clarity.A proposal to have a booth judge serve as an eighth official on each crew was tabled.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLConnecticut transgender policy found to violate Title NineHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed last year by several female track athletes, who argued that two transgender runners who were identified as male at birth had an unfair physical advantage. The dispute also is the subject of a federal lawsuit.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state. All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.— Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.— Major League Soccer gave its teams the go-ahead to begin small voluntary group training sessions outdoors, the next step in the league’s effort to return to action. The group sessions must comply with local public health and government restrictions. Teams must submit club-specific plans to the league for the sessions. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. All other health and safety measures required when MLS teams began individual training must still be maintained. A league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through next Monday.— The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.— Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday. Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms. Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name themcenter_img In other NFL news:— The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple after losing free agent James Bradberry to the Giants. Apple has started 48 games during four NFL seasons but has never lived up to the billing of being the 10th overall selection in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State. He recorded 58 tackles and one forced fumble while starting 15 games for the Saints last season.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-DANIELSGeorgia gets USC transfer DanielsATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has picked up another high-profile transfer to compete for its starting quarterback job, landing former Southern California starter JT Daniels. Associated Press — Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20. Italy’s sports minister gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday. A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.— The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums. The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option. Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another.— Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 as the Parramatta Eels beat the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in the National Rugby League Thursday. No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules but the game was broadcast across Australia.— The European Tour is planning to resume its season close to home. The tour says it has targeted the British Masters in England on July 22 as the restart. That would be followed by five new tournaments in England and Wales that will be called the “U.K. Swing.” The new events will have a prize fund of 1 million euros. European Tour chief Keith Pelley says the plans depend on the U.K. lifting quarantine restrictions, but he’s confident that will happen.— The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the pandemic. Organizers of the first Dutch GP since 1985 chose not to host it without spectators. F1 wants to start the season in July with no spectators at races. NFL-NEWSHyde signs with Seahawks, Apple goes to PanthersUNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have added another option at running back by signing veteran Carlos Hyde to a one-year.Hyde is coming off the best season of his career after rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns with Houston. It was his first 1,000-yard NFL campaign.Hyde’s addition is a significant move after leading rusher Chris Carson suffered a significant hip injury late last season. Coach Pete Carroll has indicated Carson should be healthy for the season. NFL owners table onside kick alternative proposalUNDATED (AP) — NFL owners approved several rules on Thursday without accepting an alternative to the onside kick.Owners have tabled a proposal that would have offered a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to the onside kick. Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said there were more clubs receptive to the onside kick alternative than in the past and it will be further explored and likely brought up again.Owners approved testing expanded use of video replay in the preseason to aid in officiating, and they also increased the number of players who may be designated for return from the injured list during a season from two to three.The owners voted to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful extra points. Elliott reeled in Kevin Harvick with 27 laps remaining and closed out the win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott was charging hard on Harvick with about 35 laps remaining when he asked if he had enough fuel to make it to the finish. He stayed on the track and came away with his first Cup win of the season.Elliott shook off a pair of tough losses to finish about 2.2 seconds ahead of runner-up Denny Hamlin. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse and Kurt Busch.The rain-delayed event closed a frantic 12-day stretch that featured four Cup races, two each in North and South Carolina.Elliott’s victory was the first for a Chevrolet driver in NASCAR’s return to Cup racing since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport.NFL-RULE CHANGES Daniels started for the Trojans in 2018 but lost his job to Kedon Slovis last season after going down with a knee injury. Daniels will battle for playing time with graduate transfer Jamie Newman, who left Wake Forest to play his final college season with a program that has been a consistent national contender under coach Kirby Smart.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS TECH-McCLUNGMcClung transferring to Texas TechLUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former Georgetown guard Mac McClung will play at Texas Tech after Davide Moretti’s departure from the Red Raiders to play professionally at home in Italy.Coach Chris Beard said McClung had officially signed with the Red Raiders.last_img read more

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The Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa – Festive Fun This Christmas

first_imgFestive fun is on the way at The Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa, Letterkenny, as bookings are now being taken for the last remaining two popular Christmas party events.This warm and welcoming, award-winning four star Donegal hotel is renowned for its award-winning food, charm and beautiful cosy snugs, allowing guests to sit back, relax and get into the Christmas spirit.Seasonal celebrations kick off in style this December, beginning with Christmas Afternoon Tea available daily from 2-5pm, only €22.95 per couple throughout December followed by the Young at Heart Christmas Party on Wednesday 7th December, the afternoon bash includes a scrumptious lunch at 1pm followed by bingo, music and entertainment, all for only €18.50pp. On Friday 9th December, the Woodlands Suite opens its doors to the last remaining Christmas Party Night, a festive night to remember. A candlelit drinks reception kicks off the Christmas party night, before guests indulge in a four-course festive gourmet dinner and dance the night away with the amazing Pat Gallagher Band and a late night disco, all for only €29.95pp.Partygoers can add overnight B&B to their package on the Friday date for €35pps. There is only one night remaining for this event, so make sure to book tickets soon in order to secure your spot at the award winning Silver Tassie.Santa Sunday Carvery lunch is back by popular demand on Sunday December 04th & December 11th, kids can visit Santa for free and enjoy our kids play area during our award winning carvery lunch. Sunday lunch is served from 12- 3.30pm every Sunday (adults;€22.50 pp, Kids under 12 years Only €12 each and children under 4 years eat for free.There will be no shortage of Christmas cheer at The Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa this year, for reservations or further details please call a member of the team today +353 74 91 25619 or visit www.silvertassiehotel.ie.  The Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa – Festive Fun This Christmas was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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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Ready to cast your vote?

first_imgEverything you need to know to make your vote count in SA’s third democratic elections on 14 April.Independent Electoral CommissionOur elections are run by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a permanent body established by law to promote and safeguard our democracy.More on the IECVoter registration call centre:0800 11 8000 (toll-free, 6am-9pm)For anything you need to know about registering and voting.The IEC runs an excellent website where you can get the latest election or by-election news, past election results, information on political parties, election legislation and more:Frequently asked questionsAm I registered / Where am I registerd to vote? – enter your ID number and click to find out.Contact the IECPolitical partiesThirty-two political parties have registered to contest the election: 11 at both national level and in all nine provinces, 7 at both national level and in selected provinces, and 14 parties in selected provincial elections only.List of parties, with websites and contactsAm I registered to vote?If you’re on the Voter’s Roll, you’re registered to vote. You should check the Roll to see if you’re registered and to make sure your details have been correctly entered – in particular, that you’re registered to vote in the area in which you live (your home area, the area to which you return after temporary periods of absence).To check the Voter’s Roll online, follow this link. You can also inspect the Voter’s Roll at the office of the municipal electoral officer in the voting district where you live – check the IEC contactsWhere do I vote?You can only vote in the district for which you registered – your name will only appear only on that part of the Voters’ Roll devoted to this district. To check where to vote online, follow this link.What is the voting procedure?Voters queue outside their voting station entrance, and their names are checked against the Voters’ Roll as they enter the station. To prevent cheating, a voter’s thumb is examined under an ultra-violet scanner for traces of the indelible ink that is applied to everyone who has voted.Voters are then issued with two ballot papers, one to elect members of the National Assembly, the other to elect members of the relevant provincial legislature. Each ballot paper has a list of all registered political parties contesting the elections. Alongside each party name is the photograph of its leader, the party’s logo and a block in which voters can make their mark.Each voter enters a private cubicle to cast their vote. A voter is allowed to make only one mark on each ballot paper for a party of their choice. Only a tick or a cross is acceptable in the appropriate box next to the chosen party. A mark anywhere else will spoil the ballot paper and so nullify the vote.Voters do NOT have to vote for the same party for the National Assembly and their province’s legislature, though they can do so if they wish. After making their choice, voters deposit their ballot papers in a sealed ballot box and leave the station.Special votesSection 33 of the Electoral Act provides for special votes for persons who cannot get to the voting stations on voting day as a result of:Physical infirmity, disability and pregnancy;Absence on government service abroad;Being an election official on election day;Being a member of the security services performing election duty;South Africans temporarily aboard.Physically infirm, disabled and pregnant voters may apply for a special vote either with the Municipal Electoral Officer (before 8 April) or at the Office of the Presiding Officer (on 12 April) in the voting district in which they are registered.These people will be visited by IEC officials at the place they indicated on their application form on 12 and 13 April.Election officials and security force members will apply and cast their vote at the Office of the Presiding Officer of their voting district on 12 and 13 April.Persons who are absent on government service abroad, as well as South Africans who are temporarily absent from the country, (and who notified the Chief Electoral Officer by 26 February) will apply and vote at foreign missions on 7 April.How does the IEC ensure that elections run smoothly?The IEC is responsible for all the logistics of running elections, include setting up voting stations in the most remote rural areas, installing telecommunications facilities such as telephones and fax machines, and setting up a computer network to link all voting stations.More importantly, however, are the preparations that the commission puts into the holding of elections. Thousands of officials – presiding officers, counting officers, volunteers and monitors – are trained for specific tasks and posted at voting stations on election days to carry out these tasks.How is the fairness of elections determined?The Electoral Act of 1998 makes specific provision for accrediting neutral observers for South African elections.The 1999 elections, for instance, were observed by about 11 000 neutral observers, 369 of whom were from abroad. The international observers included organisations such as the Organisation of African Unity, the European Parliamentarians for Africa and the Southern Africa Development Community.The United Nations Electoral Assistance Division helped the IEC with co-ordinating the international observers, while the South African Council of Churches co-ordinated the local observers.Only organisations can apply to the IEC to observe elections. Observer missions compile a report and announce their findings about the conduct of the elections and whether the poll was free and fair.In addition, political parties contesting the elections are entitled to have monitors at voting stations to ensure compliance with voting procedures. Party monitors and observers also keep a watchful eye on the counting process after the close of the vote.last_img read more

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Mathematics made easy for a better tomorrow

first_imgPhotographer: Doctor Ncgobo, Isolezwe NewspaperPlay Your Part ambassador, Dr Msizi Mkhize is passionate about the teaching Mathematics and Accounting to young people so that they can secure sound futures for themselves.Dr Mkhize holds Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Commerce degrees. He currently lectures accounting at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Accounting, Economics and Finance. Dr Mkhize is the author of accounting study guide “Grade 12 Accounting: Mathematical calculations made simple” and has developed a Maths Show that encourages learners to talk Maths, Love Maths and see it as an interesting subject.During his spare time, he hosts Maths shows as various schools and churches in KwaZulu-Natal throughout the year and constantly amazes learners and teachers by showing them how they use Maths in their daily lives and how Bible verses can be linked to Maths. He also writes opinion pieces in newspapers about reasons to love Maths, adds a twist to his Accounting lectures by creating an educational games for his Accounting students, and runs annual Maths and accounting exam preparation workshops for Grade 11 and 12 pupils.Mkhize believes that encouraging creativity in Basic Education has the potential of not only improving education, but also empowering learners and teachers with a special type of thinking and generations of ideas and algorithms. His creative and innovative methods of demystifying Mathematics are excellent and well received by learners and teachers.“As South Africans, we need to inspire a special type of thinking and generate ideas to make our learners not only love Maths but also be inspired by its endless possibilities. I am committed to doing this but I cannot achieve it alone because realising this vision requires finances, skills and innovation so I am appealing to anyone who wants to be part of encouraging creativity in Basic Education to contribute to this cause and let’s do it together,” said Mkhize.Dr Msizi Mkhize can be reached on e-mail at [email protected]last_img read more

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Big Data May Be A Pretty Small Problem

first_imgTags:#Big Data#Small Data Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts brian proffittcenter_img The idea that a business needs data analysis to better make business decisions is not in dispute… but there is currently a strong debate on how big a data set a business actually needs and how much they need to spend to get that data.The lure of big data is a powerful one… your web site is flooded with tracking and logging data, after all, and if you only had the tools to store and analyze that data, you could learn the secrets of making your business successful, discover the Colonel’s secret recipe and figure out the Question that goes with the Answer 42.Well, maybe not that much detail, but with the level of hype around big data, one sometimes wonders.One standard approach to analyzing this data is the installation and configuration of Hadoop servers that are grouped together in clusters of machines – either physical or virtual. Hadoop clusters use distributed storage that makes it relatively simple to store a lot of data fast with less pain than relational database configuration. They also use Java-based MapReduce software to reach into that data and scoop out what you really want – golden nuggets of pure information.There are limits to MapReduce, naturally: it doesn’t perform analysis in real time, but rather in occasionally time-consuming batches, and setting up MapReduce software to do exactly what you need has been compared to getting a root canal. This is why there is an entire ecosystem around Hadoop dedicated to working around those shortcomings, introducing real-time analysis, structured database tool, and software that can convert existing database queries written in Structured Query Language (SQL) to something MapReduce can handle.But even though Hadoop is relatively inexpensive and easy to scale out onto many machines that run the Linux operating system, is this approach the equivalent of using a wrecking ball to knock down a dollhouse?Too Much Data?Some would argue that is indeed the case. A January 2013 paper from Microsoft Research, for instance, disputes the notion that most data analysis that a business would even need a Hadoop cluster, but instead could use a more powerful single server that is scaled-up.According to the authors of “Nobody Ever Got Fired For Buying a Cluster,” the data set sizes of many given businesses are not typically large enough to warrant scaled-out clusters of multiple computers.You would expect that to be the case for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), but it’s also true for enterprises. Even the mega-companies for which big data tools were practically invented don’t need those tool a large majority of the time.For example, the authors found, an analysis of 174,000 jobs submitted to a production analytics cluster in Microsoft had a median job input data set size of less than 14 GB, and 80% of jobs had an input size of less than 1 TB.The paper cites another study from K. Elmeleegy that “analyzes the Hadoop jobs run on the production clusters at Yahoo. Unfortunately, the median input data set size is not given but, from the information in the paper we can estimate that the median job input size is less than 12.5 GB.”And Yahoo, by the way, is where much of the core functionality of Hadoop was developed, built on the distributed filesystem research conducted earlier at Google. If they aren’t using Hadoop for mega jobs all of the time, how appropriate is Hadoop for a “normal” enterprise’s data sets?Facebook, the Borg-like consumer of all user data, surely needs the big data tools, right?“Ananthanarayanan et al. show that Facebook jobs follow a power-law distribution with small jobs dominating; from their graphs it appears that at least 90% of the jobs have input sizes under 100 GB,” the paper states. “Chen et al. present a detailed study of Hadoop workloads for Facebook as well as 5 Cloudera customers. Their graphs also show that a very small minority of jobs achieves terabyte scale or larger and the paper claims explicitly that ‘most jobs have input, shuffle, and output sizes in the MB to GB range.’”Most Data Is SmallThe conclusions of the paper, which analyzes various configurations of Hadoop jobs in clustered computers, both physical and in the cloud, against a single scaled-up Hadoop cluster, found that for a majority of data analysis work, the scaled-up server not only handled the workload well, it actually outperformed the clustered machines in many respects.Now, like any scientific paper, particularly one from a commercial vendor, some skepticism must be applied. Here, the conclusions would seem to benefit Microsoft’s sales model for pushing data analysis tools into the enterprise and even SMBs. Scaled-out Hadoop clusters on Linux, after all, are pretty cheap compared to comparable Windows Server clusters, but even the least expensive Hadoop cluster can’t hold a candle to the low price of a single scaled-up server.Which may be the point of the paper, so take it as you will.Still, there seems to be compelling evidence from sources other than Microsoft that there is a vast majority of data analysis jobs that do not need much more than a strong server or even a personal computer to crunch the numbers and get those golden nuggets of information.This is not to say that every data problem can be solved with an Excel spreadsheet and a laptop. The flexibility of non-relational (NoSQL) databases are still a very attractive solution to storing and analyzing data sets. And Hadoop is still a relatively inexpensive way to store a lot of data until such time you need to massage it and discover the secrets of the universe or at least your third-quarter sales.(See also Hadoop Adoption Accelerates, But Not For Data Analytics.)Before beginning an exploration into the world of big data, businesses should be careful on separating hype from reality and making sure they don’t overkill their data needs with a solution that will be more costly to set up and operate in the long run.Look at NoSQL databases as a way to hold and analyze data for lower costs than relational SQL databases. Or look at federated data services that can provide key information aggregated within your particular sector. And even look at the data you have and start playing around with it in a spreadsheet sometime and see what you come up with.Hadoop is one way to work with data, but it is by far not the only way.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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Asian Games: India go down to Kuwait

first_imgIndia put up a brave fight before going down 0-2 against Kuwait to get off their Asian Games football campaign on a disappointing note in Guangzhou, China, on Sunday.Sukhwinder Singh’s boys were on equal terms against their stronger rivals for most part of the match. They paid the price of conceding an early goal and letting in another via a defensive lapse in injury time.Striker Khaled Al Azemi scored both the goals – in the sixth and 91st minute – for Kuwait at the Huadu Stadium.India will now have to beat either defending champions Qatar on Tuesday or Singapore on Thursday to have any chance of remaining in contention for a berth in the knock-out round.The top two teams from each of four groups and the four best third- placed teams will qualify for the Round of 16.India were on the backfoot as early as in the sixth minute with Al Azemi finding the target even as the Indians were trying to settle down. Al Azemi found the target from an opportunistic shot after a Kuwaiti free- kick from outside the box deflected from an Indian defender.India dominated the secondhalf but wasted at least three chances to equalise. They conceded the second goal in the first of the three- minute injury time with the back pass from an Indian defender to goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimany, who started instead of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, landing on Kuwaiti striker Al Azemi.Despite the loss, Sukhwinder was happy with the performance of his boys and said his side still has the chance to make it to the knock- out round.”It was an evenly contested match. Kuwait converted two from the three chances they got. We had at least three chances to equalise in the second half. So overall, I am happy with the performance of the boys,” he said . Except for Kattimani manning the goal, Sukhwinder began with the team that lost 1-3 to Vietnam in Cuttack last month in the only friendly match in the run- up to the Asian Games.The Asian Games will officially open on November 12 but the football competition kicked off on Sunday and will conclude on November 25.ResultsGroup D Kuwait beat India 2-0 Qatar draw Singapore 0- 0 Group E Uzbekistan beat Bangladesh 3-0 UAE draw Hong Kong 1-1 Group F Oman beat Maldives 3-0 Thailand beat Pakistan 6-0advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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