Premier League team of the week: Tottenham and Liverpool stars included

first_img 11 11 11 Winger: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Continuing his brilliant form this season, the Ivorian thrilled for the Eagles and ended the match with a goal, and an assist. Central midfield: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) – Nigeria international Ndidi has stepped up since joining the Foxes in January and put in another good display in the middle of the park, showed what he can do going forward with a superb long range goal. 11 11 11 Centre-back: Eric Dier (Tottenham) – Started the game on the right of a back-three, but ended it in midfield and with a goal to his name as Spurs kept up pressure on Chelsea. One of his best performances of the season after a shaky spell had begun to undermine him. Left-back: Andy Robertson (Hull City) – Scottish star Robertson popped up with a vital leveller for the Tigers as they came from behind to defeat West Ham. He’s improved since Marco Silva came into the club. 11 11 Right-back: Danny Simpson (Leicester City) – Usually considered one of the weaker members of the Foxes squad, he proved his worth with two assists and some solid work in defence. 11 Central midfield: Lucas (Liverpool) – The Reds secured bragging rights in the Merseyside derby and the Brazil star, moving into midfield again to help replace the injured Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, did superbly to snuff out any threat from the likes of Ross Barkley, and Tom Davies. Another weekend has gone by in the Premier League and, as per usual, there was plenty to talk about.It looks like we could have a title race after all with Tottenham cutting Chelsea’s lead down to seven points as they beat Burnley, while the Blues suffered a shock loss to Crystal Palace.Elsewhere, Manchester City and Arsenal drew 2-2, Liverpool secured bragging rights on Merseyside with a 3-1 win over Everton.And Leicester City continued their resurgence with victory over Stoke City, but who were the weekend’s top performers?Click the right arrow above to find out who made our Premier League XI… Striker: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – The Belgian gave the Chelsea defence a tough time, with David Luiz and Gary Cahill struggling to get to grips with him. He made some key defensive contributions too, as well as getting a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) – Click the right arrow above to find out who else made our Premier League XI… – As the Eagles held on for a stunning win against Chelsea, the Welshman produced a number of excellent stops to ensure they took home all three points. Centre-back: Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) – Liverpool loanee Sakho put in a huge performance for the Eagles as they beat Chelsea 2-1. The Blues tried all they could to find a way past him as he made five interceptions and nine clearances. One cross he blocked was vital as their opponents looked for a leveller. Attacking midfield: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – Coutinho had his dancing shoes on against the Toffees, completing six dribbles, while also getting a goal and an assist. Winger: Demarai Gray (Leicester City) – The youngster is really beginning to spark into life for the Foxes, he contributed hugely to their win over Stoke and was a constant thorn in the Potters’ side. 11 11last_img read more

Brand South Africa encourages women in Mpumalanga to be active citizens

first_imgThe girls were encouraged to go out to their communities and play their part to uplift and encourage their peers to develop their communities. (Image: BSA)Brand South Africa’ women’s month celebrations ended off in Mpumalanga where women and girls were given the opportunity to speak about matters affecting them.On Saturday, 29 August, high school girls attended a workshop at the SABC offices where they covered matters related to dignity, health and empowerment.The girls were encouraged to go out in their communities and play their part to uplift and encourage their peers to develop their communities.The girls were given an opportunity to network and rub shoulders with influential women from Mpumalanga at a gala dinner later that evening in the Emnotweni Arena. The gala dinner was hosted in collaboration with Ligwalagwala FM.Guest speakers tackled issues of personal financial management, opportunities and investment portfolios available out there for women to explore and exploit.Other topics included women’s spirituality as well as a discussion about women’s health. To round up the evening, four Mpumalanga designers showcased their spring collections in a fashion show.last_img read more

Should Facebook, Google or Amazon Own All of Your Data?

first_imgdavid strom But aside from the books, Amazon is already a big factor in other parts of my digital life. They offer DRM-free music, so I generally purchase my tunes from them rather than give Apple any more of my money. They have a great deal of transparency on what data on me that they have, but I have to look in separate areas in my account to see these collections. Yes, I can extract some of this data, but again, it isn’t easy. You can run reports against your orders and download a CSV, but that CSV doesn’t tell you what you actually ordered. You can save any purchased music content in the cloud and download to another machine, but again that isn’t smooth. Of the Big Three, unless you are a rabid book reviewer, Amazon doesn’t have much to do with your digital identity. That will change as they include their own browser on the newer Kindles that will track your searches and cache your Web content. And no one yet knows whether this information will be available to you outside of their ecosystem either.FacebookFinally, we come to Facebook’s ever-shifting landscape of privacy and content. I agree with Joe that you need to start hedging your social media bets and spreading your content around to other places. But I also see the perspective of some of our social media natives on our staff who get almost as much content from others in their social graph than they give, and I congratulate them on this achievement. But Facebook owns my social media identity on their system, and as many commentators have stated, you can’t really get it back. Yes, there are some ways to extract my social graph, and I can use services such as OX.IO and to synchronize and analyze who is my Facebook friend, and the enhancements this week allow me, if my time and patience allows, to stratify my vast network of friends into the folks that truly matter and those that are just hangers-on. Each of the three has its strengths and drawbacks. And sadly, we are stuck with this mish-mash of tools and services to manage our data for the time being. Maybe moderation isn’t such a bad idea after all. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Extracting this data is somewhat of a mixed bag. Not all Google services have well documented APIs or extraction tools: Gmail’s contacts, for example, will get you a CSV file with all your names, but none of the social graph, as it were, of what lists and other categories you have placed these names in. Or G+ just recently got its own API, but that doesn’t mean that you have much control over how you can resurface that content elsewhere. And when it comes to trusting Google with my digital identity, I do trust them, but somewhat warily. I use Google to host the email services on several of my domains, but I do that because they are free and they are good at it. But if someone else where to come along that had something better, I might consider switching. AmazonAmazon is very much a mixed bag and a work in progress from being an e-merchant to being a major Internet data owner. That is both their opportunity and their challenge. They already know what books I read and can recommend something that I might like, and have a great reading ecosystem that is crushing local bookstores, something that as a supporter of our local bookstores pains me to no end. With the announcements of Facebook’s “frictionless sharing” and Amazon’s Fire color Kindle, my colleagues Joe Brockmeier and Richard MacManus have both weighed in on their thoughts about where the modern Web is going. I think both opinion pieces hold some worthy points, but I have my own fears and thoughts. It comes down to whom do you trust more to own your data: Facebook, Google or Amazon. And while there are other choices (notably Microsoft and Apple, plus numerous smaller entities), my conclusion is that none of Big Three has the ideal set of circumstances here.In the ideal world, I want Amazon’s recommendation engine and cloud Google’s transparency and identity tools, and Facebook’s content well all mashed up, to give me the best of all possible worlds. Sadly, we are stuck with the wrong kind of mashup: Facebook’s privacy controls coupled with Google’s poor API documentation and Amazon’s scatter-shot notions of content controls. The problem is that unlike choosing where you live, it isn’t a binary choice of owning your own digital home or renting from someone else: your Web data and identity is spread across a vast, complex and ever-changing landscape. You might own one or more domains that use one or more Web services, such as blogs and content aggregators. You might rent a blog on or host your own blog using their software on your own server. You certainly rent your data from Facebook and other free social networking services. You don’t own it. And there are other dimensions, such as the digital tracks that you leave around the Internet with your searches, your purchases, your uploaded content and your conversations. All this means that there are three dimensions to this notion of data ownership and trust: How transparent is a vendor in what they collect on your actions and activities?How easy is it to extract this data to be used elsewhere, should you grow unhappy with anyone’s particular terms of service or policies?Who owns which part of your digital identity and what are the privacy implications of that ownership?Let’s look at the Big Three and see how they measure up in each of these dimensions. Google’s DashboardGoogle has done the best job of being the most transparent, with its Dashboard. In one place, you can see just about every interaction with their stuff: your searches, your Gmail emails, your collection of Picasa photos, your books purchased with their service, what blogs you have with and more. It is both sobering and somewhat disquieting to see how much of your electronic life is contained within the Googleplex. But at least you can go to one place and see the landscape readily. Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts last_img read more

Gov’t Provides $55 Million for Portland Farmers; Moves to Protect Lands

first_imgStory Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon, Karl Samuda, said that $30 million was allocated by Cabinet to assist the farmers to purchase seeds, fertilisers and other materials. Addressing a farmers’ meeting at the Orange Bay Church of God of Prophecy in the parish on February 1, following a tour of the flood-ravaged farms, the Minister indicated that measures will be taken to protect farm lands in Caenwood and Lennox that run adjacent to the Swift River. Farmers in Portland who were severely impacted by recent heavy rains are to benefit from support to begin replanting and to protect their lands against flooding. Farmers in Portland who were severely impacted by recent heavy rains are to benefit from support to begin replanting and to protect their lands against flooding.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon, Karl Samuda, said that $30 million was allocated by Cabinet to assist the farmers to purchase seeds, fertilisers and other materials.He informed that $25 million will be provided to assist in the rehabilitation of farm roads, such as those in Lennox and Claverty Cottage, among other sections.Addressing a farmers’ meeting at the Orange Bay Church of God of Prophecy in the parish on February 1, following a tour of the flood-ravaged farms, the Minister indicated that measures will be taken to protect farm lands in Caenwood and Lennox that run adjacent to the Swift River.He said that gabion baskets will be installed in order to “prevent the water from coming over the bank of the river and flooding the area”.These cylindrical steel wire baskets, filled with stones or concrete blocks, are used to protect slopes and provide erosion protection for river banks.Minister Samuda said the issue of farm drainage will also be addressed.“The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has to now look at the acquisition of small tractors, small excavators that can be loaned to the farmers under the control of a single operator per tractor to go through those banana fields and clear drains and prepare new drains,” he said.RADA Chairman, Michael Stern, said his agency is fast-tracking the assistance, in collaboration with other stakeholders, to the 298 farmers that were affected.“RADA is committed to working with you to make an impact on the economic development,” he said.For his part, Member of Parliament for West Portland, Hon. Daryl Vaz, assured that “we’re going to try and help all who have suffered damage to get back on their feet”.He hailed Newport-Fersan Jamaica Limited for its contribution of fertiliser to the farmers, and appealed for further private-sector support.He mentioned that China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited has been called on to desilt some areas of the Swift River.Meanwhile, Mr. Vaz, who is Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, said that the Government will be examining every parish to “see what leases the Commissioner of Lands has for large parcels of land for farming”.“Where we see that they are not being utilised to the maximum, we will allow the lessee to keep what he can manage and redistribute by way of lease one- to five-acre lots, for the small farmers of Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Vaz emphasised that there needs to a “taking back” of the lands that are being left idle.The touring party visited farms at Caenwood and Lowlayton, where they observed waterlogged farms with downed banana and plantain trees, and was able to meet with the affected farmers to work out solutions.last_img read more