Half-time: Leeds United 0 Fulham 0

first_imgLeeds United had the better of few first-half chances after a low-key opening 45 minutes at Elland Road.Sam Byram had the game’s first opportunity, firing across the face of goal.Fulham’s defence largely kept the Leeds attack well marshalled, until the 29th minute when Alex Mowatt got up to head the ball against the bar.Kit Symons’ side used that warning sign as a cue to put some overdue pressure on Leeds, but they failed to work Marco Silvestri in the home goal, with Ross McCormack unable to muster a threat on his return to Elland Road.Late in the first half, Gabor Kiraly – in goal for Fulham for the suspended Marcus Bettinelli – pushed away a shot from Byram, while Seko Fofana engineered Fulham’s first effort on target but Silvestri dealt with it comfortably. Fulham (4-1-2-1-2):  Kiraly; Grimmer, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Stafylidis; Hyndman; Christensen, Fofana; Ruiz; Rodallega, McCormack.Subs: Rodák, Zverotić, Burn, Kavanagh, Williams, Roberts, Woodrow.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Nod for Limpopo’s De Hoop dam

first_img11 June 2004The government has approved the construction of the second phase of the Olifants River Water Project, which includes a large dam at De Hoop on the Steelpoort river in Limpopo province.The project, which will cost over R3-billion, will also involve construction of extensive bulk water distribution infrastructure, in the form of pipelines and pump stations, and the raising of the Flag Boshielo Dam wall on the Olifants River near Marble Hall by five metres.Construction on the De Hoop dam is due to start in late 2005, subject to the necessary environmental approvals. The dam is expected to start supplying water by 2009, with the full yield by 2011.The project, to be carried out by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, will supply water for social and economic development in large parts of the Olifants and Mogalakwena/Sand Catchments of the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.“People in these areas will benefit directly through employment opportunities in mining and associated developments, and also in the availability of water for domestic purposes”, said Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica.The project also includes pipelines and associated pump stations from the dam site at De Hoop to mining developments as well as to the existing Olifants/Sand Transfer Scheme, which supplies water to Polokwane. A branch pipeline to Jane Furse and the Nebo Plateau is also being planned.The project will create extensive employment opportunities during the construction period, which is expected to last about five years.Sonjica described the project as “an excellent example of cooperative governance”, saying her department and the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provincial governments, in consultation with local communities and private sector companies, had investigated numerous options for making more water available in the area before recommending the dam at De Hoop.The minister said the construction costs would in part be covered through contributions from economic water users, while the government would fund the planning, initial design and water for social needs.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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DNA kits to help combat rhino poachers

first_img28 June 2011South African National Parks (SanParks) last week received 1 000 DNA kits from the University of Pretoria to ensure effective prosecution of rhino poachers.According to SanParks, the kits from the faculty of Veterinary Services of the University of Pretoria will go a long way in ensuring management of the rhino population and effective prosecution of rhino horn poachers.Speaking at the handover ceremony in Pretoria, SANParks CEO David Mabunda said that, throughout the years, DNA evidence had ensured that criminals were locked up as the analysis of information collected proved to be the only working weapon that could be disputed to halt criminals in their tracks.“This will certainly go a long way in changing the trend of suspects found in possession of rhino horn only being charged with possession as the horns in their possession will be linked to a carcass lying somewhere in a national park or game reserve,” he said.According to Mabunda, the kits would also assist rhino managers with the individual rhino in their care: “The scourge of rhino poaching we are faced with needs sophisticated equipment. Technology is needed to resolve the problems in a national park,” he said, adding that the fight against rhino poaching was everyone’s business.“If we all stand together, we stand a good chance of winning.”Helping prosecutorsMabunda said the kits are expected to help prosecutors to be tougher on those caught in possession of rhino horns.According to Mabunda, there are 22 000 rhinos in the country. SANParks has lost 333 rhinos. To date, 122 suspects have been arrested for rhino poaching.Cindy Harper, head of the veterinary genetics laboratory at the faculty of veterinary science at the University of Pretoria, said the primary aim of the project was to support investigation of poaching incidents through forensic DNA testing.“The ability to obtain a full DNA profile from rhino horn allows us to match recovered horns to specific poaching incidents,” she said.The DNA Rhino Sample kits project is supported by a host of private sector companies including SAB Miller, BMW, 702 Talk Radio through its LeadSA Campaign, and the University of Pretoria’s faculty of veterinary science.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 8, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain and Flooding Impede Field WorkHeavy rains continued throughout the week, preventing nearly all field work and leading to ponding in some fields. There were 0.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 7, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There was little progress made on planting corn, soybean, and oats due to the inability of growers to enter soggy fields. Corn and oats saw some emergence, though the cold temperatures have delayed larger scale emergence. Fields with tiling and managed drainage fared somewhat well with the rainfall, but other fields have had significant ponding issues. Growers are concerned that there may be need for significant replanting of corn fields due to the cold and wet conditions.Corn planted was at 46%, a 4 point rise from the week before. Corn emerged made a 7 point jump across the week.Read the full report herelast_img read more

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Navigating Big Data’s Fake News Problem

first_imgIn 2013, hackers managed to access the AP twitter account and posted a fake tweet implying that there was an explosion in White House and the then President Obama had been injured.Following the Tweet, the stock market went into panic mode with the Dow plunging over 150 points and the S&P 500 shedding $135.6 billion in a matter of seconds. The flash crash was associated with high-frequency trading algorithms interpreting the tweet as true and executing huge sell orders.Fake News and Big DataFast forward in 2018, and fake news is no longer limited to occasional incidents of hacking. Social media has seen explosive growth in the last few years and with it has come a massive influx of fake news, often used purposely as a tool for business and manipulation. Even worse, as media technology continues to get more sophisticated and available, fake news is becoming hard to detect.While fake news is a problem for those who seek information online, it is a bigger problem when viewed from a big data perspective. This is because in this age, big data is the core of decision making for governments and businesses alike and when elements of bad data can no longer be sieved from big data, poor decision making is inevitable because the decision is based on faulty facts.Even when not rampant, fake news has the power to make big data unreliable. Falsehoods and clickbait tend to spread faster than truth and a single piece of misinformation has the power spread like wildfire, hurting the integrity of big data.Possible SolutionsIf big data is to be trusted for decision making, a solution must be found to deal with the fake news menace conclusively. Following the exposure of the part social media played in alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, Facebook and Twitter have introduced a mechanism that enables people to flag news they suspect to be fake. When a good number of users tag a story as fake, it appears less in people’s news feeds and carries a warning that it may contain false information.While this is a good start, there are many issues with this system, such as people flagging content because they don’t like it, limiting them from seeing news which will contradict their worldview and hurting publications needlessly. This solution also doesn’t address the big data problem because people are likely to identify fake news based on other people feedback not necessarily based on accurate fact checking. The approach of identifying fake news on the basis of users’ feedback may not be very reliable given that people can manipulate the feedback to punish those that they do not like.Blockchain Innovation With blockchain technology, it is possible to trace news directly from the original source and therefore determine if it can be trusted. The distributed ledger technology makes it possible for all parties in a network to identify the chain of an article’s distribution of information from its origin. Apart from exposing the original source, blockchain protects the information from manipulation by ensuring that each party in the network can follow the entire dissemination process.Another way that blockchain is helping tackle fake news is by incentivizing good content and punishing bad content. Social media platforms such as Ask.fm are leveraging the token economy to reward content publishers based on how their content is received by users. Content that is popular with readers is rewarded with tokens and shown to many readers while unpopular content is hidden.The more a publisher gets positive feedback on the Ask.fm platform, the higher they rank in earnings and discoverability. This gives them an opportunity to attract brands that need exposure and are paid to mention them in their posts. Given that the publishers’ earnings are dependent on the overall rating, they have to ensure that they only publish high quality and truthful content.However, while the incentive model may help eliminate fake news to some extent, it cannot be relied on fully either. As mentioned earlier, a well crafted fake story is likely to gain popularity more than the truth given the human innate tendency to share rumors. Also, just like the Facebook approach, the incentive model can be gamed to meet a certain group interest. The incentive model also doesn’t offer a solution for the big data issue given that it does not provide a way for the algorithms to determine the legitimacy of a piece of information.With the rate at which the blockchain is advancing with, there is hope that better solutions to fake news and big data issues are yet to come. The few available options have already set the roadmap and it is just a matter of time before lasting solutions are found, In the meantime, exercising healthy doses of skepticism and caution is a good idea. Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#Blockchain#blockchain development Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Ruben is a blockchain security consultant currently living in New York City. He helps organizations fundamentally redesign experiences to create new sources of value also digitally reinventing company’s operations for greater efficiency. 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The Power of Association

first_img“We have all the capacity, expertise, and resources that an alternative future requires.” ~ Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging, 2009This powerful phrase is one that has given me the most hope in my work, and has buoyed my spirits when change seems impossible. When I take a moment to reflect on this truth, a world of possibilities opens up in my mind. Suddenly, I’m not trying to solve a problem anymore, I am working with others to re-imagine, iterate, ask “what if…?” What a gift it is to know that each group, each community of practice or geography, has everything they need to create change and to thrive.Where do the capacity, expertise, and resources come from? In The Four-Legged Stool, co-founder of the Asset Based Community Development Institute John McKnight suggests that the real power resides in associations. Groups of citizens coming together to “make power,” as opposed to “delegating power” to elected officials. (McKnight, 2013; Block, 2009)A few ways associations come together to “make” power.The Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) movement is rooted in identifying the assets of individuals, associations, and institutions, and matching individuals with people or associations that have an interest or need in that asset. ABCD pays particular attention to the importance of assets in social relationships within formal and informal associations (networks) (What is Asset Based Community Development, Collaborative for Neighborhood Transformation).Why focus on social relationships when trying to re-imagine an alternate future? Don’t we just need to identify needs, brainstorm ideas, agree on a course of action, and create a plan? Linear problem solving approaches (like logic models) works well for some issues, but they do not work as well for complex issues. In fact, it is linear approaches that prevent anything from truly changing (Block, 2009). Block posits that community is a conversation. And conversation “is the action step that makes creating an alternative future possible.” The power of this action step is in the shift that occurs when people come together in a pluralistic and interdependent way, as Block describes:“It moves us from having faith in professionals and those in positions of authority to having faith in our neighbors. It takes us into a context of hospitality, wherein we welcome strangers rather than believing we need to protect ourselves from them. It changes our mindset from valuing what is efficient to valuing the importance of belonging. It helps us to leave behind our penchant for seeing our disconnectedness as an inevitable consequence of modern life and moves us toward accountability and citizenship.”Associational connections provide space for the making of meaning and expression of values. The conversation that is created by the association members both strengthens social capital and is created by the continued building of social capital . What have you done or could you do to “make power” by connecting people with each other? Please share your thoughts in the comments.last_img read more

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‘Wenger owes Sterling an apology’

first_imgArsène Wenger Wenger owes Sterling an apology over dive claims – Shearer Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 17:11 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) sterlingmonreal - cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Raheem Sterling Arsenal Manchester City v Arsenal Manchester City Premier League The Arsenal boss said the Manchester City attacker is a known diver, but former England star Shearer said he is wrong to question his integrity Arsene Wenger owes Raheem Sterling an apology after labelling the Manchester City forward a diver following Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, according to Alan Shearer.Wenger felt aggrieved by the awarding of a second-half penalty on Sunday when Nacho Monreal was penalised for bringing down Sterling.City 13/10 to beat Leicester to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Referee Michael Oliver had no hesitation in awarding the spot kick and Sergio Aguero made no mistake from 12 yards.That gave City a 2-0 lead, and Gabriel Jesus’ seventh of the season wrapped up the points – although Wenger was left even more frustrated by the Brazilian’s strike due to an apparent offside in the build-up.However, the Frenchman took most of his anger out on Sterling, telling BBC Sport: “We know that Sterling dives well, and he does that [win the penalty] very well.”pic.twitter.com/QS85xiLqxr— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) November 5, 2017His outburst angered Shearer, though, the Newcastle United legend calling on Wenger to apologise to the England international.”I think it’s totally wrong,” Shearer told Match of the Day. “It’s one thing to deflect from his own team’s inadequacies and deficiencies, it’s another one to question someone’s integrity and be wrong.”I think he owes Sterling an apology there. There’s no way that’s a dive and that’s a penalty.”last_img read more

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10 months agoKlopp tells Liverpool fans to forget world-record purchases

first_imgKlopp tells Liverpool fans to forget world-record purchasesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not be able to compete “constantly” in the transfer market.The Reds spent over £200m in 2018 to bring in Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri. Both van Dijk and Alisson were bought with world-record fees for their respective positions.According to Klopp, those purchases were only made possible by equally big sales, such as Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. And the German has urged fans not accept as them future norm.”We cannot do that constantly [spending big on players] and we will not do that constantly,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “The good thing was that, like most things in life, the timing was important. We had the money and the players were on the market. We didn’t know exactly when Alisson was on the market and when it was clear that he was, we had to, even if we had to collect money somewhere.”With the Neymar transfer, the whole world changed. Could I have expected someone would have made the move from Barcelona to PSG for that money? No. But then, we had a bit of that money because of Phil [Coutinho] so what do we do? We don’t build houses, we invest in this club and invest in players. The money was there so let’s use it in the smartest way and that’s what we did.”Since I’ve been here, we’ve always sold players and bought players because that’s how it is. I don’t know what our net spend is at the end, but we bought fantastic players in. Like Gini Wijnaldum, what a player he is. We bought him from Newcastle, playing left-wing or whatever so that’s really nice. So really good signings and two for really big money.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months ago​Liverpool’s Robertson says Fabinho ‘different class’ at centre-back

first_img​Liverpool’s Robertson says Fabinho ‘different class’ at centre-backby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson has admitted his admiration for his teammate Fabinho.The Brazilian was drafted in for centre-back duty given the injury crisis the Reds are experiencing in that position.He turned in a top display alongside Virgil Van Dijk, helping his side to a 1-0 win away to Brighton. And Robertson was very impressed with what he saw.”For somebody playing out of position, he covered so well, he cleared away and had so many good blocks,” Robertson reflected to the club’s official website.”So credit to him because it can’t have been easy for him playing out of position. I’m sure Fabinho would have preferred to play as the No.6 but that’s the attitude we have in the squad, we are all willing to play in different positions if we have to.”I’m sure the manager just told him early doors and he embraced it and I thought he was brilliant. I thought he was different class.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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