Half-time: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 – Blues well on top against 10-man Gunners

first_imgDiego Costa’s 22nd-minute goal put Chelsea ahead in the derby at the Emirates Stadium shortly after Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker was sent off for a foul on the Blues striker.The Gunners were reduced to 10 men following a Chelsea counter-attack led by Willian, who cleverly aimed a pass in behind Mertesacker for Costa, who would have been through on goal had the defender not brought him down.Mertesacker was duly shown the red card by referee Mark Clattenburg, and the home fans reacted angrily to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s reaction to the sending-off, which was to send defender Gabriel on in place of forward Olivier Giroud.Seconds later, Costa drifted away from Gabriel to nudge home Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross – his sixth goal in as many games.Arsenal keeper Petr Cech, playing against his former club, had earlier denied Willian at point-blank range and pushed away a shot from Oscar.Having found themselves a goal and a man down, Arsenal struggled to create chances.Cech prevented them falling further behind three minutes before the interval when he kept out an effort from Costa at the near post, and Ivanovic’s header from the resulting corner was cleared off the line.Then, in the final seconds of the half, Mathieu Flamini missed a great chance to equalise when he hurriedly hooked the ball over after being found unmarked inside the box by Aaron Ramsey.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Hazard, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Gauteng matric results best in South Africa

first_imgAlexander Johannes, Gauteng’s topachiever, with former principal Tony Reeler. Some of South Africa’s top achievers. MEC Barbara Creecy (middle) said theirturnaround programme worked. Parents jubilant for their children’s results.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Charles PhahlaneHead of CommunicationGauteng Department of Education+27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496RELATED ARTICLES• SA matrics excel despite hardships• SA matric results up by 7%• Top marks for IEB matrics• Poor schools score textbooksBongani NkosiGauteng has for the first time achieved the best matric marks in the country, beating the long-time results champion, the Western Cape.Schools in the inland province achieved a 78.6% pass rate for 2010, a 6.8% increase from 2009.But the Western Cape didn’t do too badly either: it accomplished a 76.8% pass rate, up from 75.7% in 2009. It had the highest pass rate after Gauteng.Gauteng’s results victory has earned the province much praise.“For the first time ever, Gauteng is the top-performing province in the country. We do indeed have a great deal to celebrate,” said Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy.“This [78.6% pass rate] means that we are only 1.4% short of our 2014 target of an 80% pass rate.”Creecy announced the province’s results on 6 January 2011 at Wits University, where she was joined by the top matriculants and their parents. The youngsters were honoured with certificates of recognition and bursaries.The students, who will soon enrol at universities, scored several distinctions each and are eligible to register for bachelor degrees of their choice. They have all been awarded bursaries worth R40 000 (US$6000) by the provincial government.Some 43% of matriculants in Gauteng obtained a university entrance pass.Alexander Gerhard Johannes from Pretoria Boys High School is Gauteng’s top achiever – he notched up nine distinctions for his final exams.Pupils at state schools across the country have been applauded for their efforts – especially in light of last year’s teachers’ strike and the Fifa World Cup. All schools were closed for the month-long tournament, and this took away valuable learning time.“Despite all the difficulties, these young people really came to the party,” said Creecy.Gauteng owes much of its success to the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), which was implemented at the beginning of 2010. The programme targeted 276 underperforming schools in the province and gave them more attention and resources.“We identified those schools that were underperforming and gave them more time and invested in them,” said Creecy.Mosupatsela Secondary School, one the beneficiaries of the programme, turned out one of the province’s top performers, Neo Modimokwane.Modimokwane obtained four distinctions in accounting, economics, mathematics and business studies.Her school was one of the top five achievers in the programme with an 85% pass rate. Inqayizivele Secondary School was the overall champion with 94.8% of matriculants passing.The others are Lethukuthula Secondary with 88%, Zitikeni Secondary with 81% and Lesiba Secondary School, which achieved a pass rate of 75%.More than 200 of the schools in the programme improved their results. “This programme involved extra classes on Saturdays starting from the second term in April, during the World Cup and during the September holidays,” said Creecy.“The classes were expanded into a catch-up and exam preparation programme after the strike.”Although not part of the SSIP, Beverly Hills, another Gauteng school, grew its 2009 pass average of 55.1% to 86.9%.About 300 schools will be involved in the programme in 2011. Now that the provincial government is confident about the performance of 60 schools that were part of the initial SSIP, they will no longer be part of the scheme.Pretoria schools shineAs in previous years, schools from Pretoria performed well in 2010. Students there scored the top marks in Gauteng.Pretoria Boys High School is one of a number of schools in the province that achieved a 100% pass rate. Principal Tony Reeler is proud of his school, attributing its success to a good work ethic.“There’s no magic ingredient. It’s only hard work, there’s no substitute for hard work,” Reeler said.The school has improved on its previous pass rate of 99.7% and has set a benchmark, which it aims to reach every year from now on.“If a child gets to matric, I don’t see a reason why that child should not pass,” said Reeler.The overall pass rate in South Africa was 67.8%, the national Department of Basic Education announced. Results have improved significantly across all nine provinces.last_img read more

No Free Tethering: AT&T Blocks BlackBerry Bridge From PlayBook

first_imgThe BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was released today and devoted fans of Research In Motion rushed to test out the features on the long-awaited device. Many were disappointed though as PlayBook users with BlackBerry smartphones on AT&T were prohibited from downloading one of the key features of the device, the BlackBerry Bridge.BlackBerry Bridge is the PlayBook application that allows users to connect information on BlackBerry smartphones to the tablet and enables the use applications on the tablet through the phone such as email, contacts and calendar, all of which are not yet native to the tablet. The application can also, theoretically, be used for tethering the PlayBook to a cellular network through the smartphone’s data plan since the first version of the tablet are Wi-Fi only.See also:RIM Confirms PlayBook Will Run Android AppsJust in Time for PlayBook’s Launch, New SDKs from RIMMixed Reviews for BlackBerry PlayBook, But Will It Be A Good Enterprise Device? This is where AT&T probably had an issue with RIM. The carrier is not fond of letting consumers use its bandwidth on its network for free and that is precisely what the BlackBerry Bridge allows users to do. AT&T charges customers that want to use their smartphone data plans to tether to laptops and tablets $20 per month (as does Verizon).In the past several months AT&T has been cracking down on users that have been working around the tethering fee, sending letters and text messages that say AT&T will automatically begin charging them the $20 fee if they do not stop using their smartphones as modems. Without Bridge, the PlayBook loses a lot of its value. If there is one killer enterprise application for the BlackBerry tablet, it is the ability to ability to seamlessly transfer information from a BlackBerry phone. By blocking the application, AT&T has not just stopped users accessing its 3G network through the tablet but also from accessing functionality that RIM has said differentiates its tablet from other tablet devices on the market.CrackBerry, the popular site dedicated to all things RIM, was the first to report the AT&T block. It has also posted a workaround for frustrated BlackBerry AT&T customers that, for now, seems to be working. RIM has announced that it will release versions of the PlayBook in all the various “4G” (WiMax, HSPA+, LTE) flavors coming later this year but no launch date has been set. One official carrier partner – Sprint – has said it will partner with a WiMax version of the tablet, due sometime this summer. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Congress Poised to Give Renewables a Big Boost

first_imgUPDATE: Both the House and Senate passed this legislation on December 18. President Obama was expected to sign it into law. For more, read this. Congress tackles a spending bill this week that promises to keep federal tax credits for solar and wind projects intact as part of a deal ending a ban on U.S. crude oil exports.The $1.15 trillion spending bill announced earlier in the week would extend the Production Tax Credit for wind projects through 2020, a post at Greentech Media said, while the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar projects would stay at the current 30% through 2019 before falling over the next several years to 10% in 2022.The ITC had been scheduled to drop to 10% for commercial projects and disappear altogether for residential installations at the end of 2016. The tax credit for wind projects was dropped at the end of 2014, but developers who had started construction were able to make use of it this year.Cory Honeyman, a senior solar analyst at GTM Research, said that the tax credit extension is “without question a game-changer for U.S. solar’s growth trajectory.”Lawmakers were expected to vote on the measure Thursday night or Friday morning, and while Democrats have said they support the plan, there is still opposition to permitting oil exports for the first time in 40 years. Democrats view that as an oil industry subsidy as well as an environmental threat.The impact of continued tax credits would be huge.GTM Research predicted that the tax credit extension would result in 25 gigawatts of new photovoltaic (PV) capacity over the next five years, 54% more than would have been added without the credit.“The ITC extension currently written into the omnibus spending bill will result in a 20-gigawatt annual solar market in the U.S. by 2020,” said Shayle Kann, senior VP of GTM Research. “At that rate, more solar will be installed each year than was added to the grid cumulatively through 2014.”Honeyman added that continuing the ITC would likely result in utility-scale solar contracts for less than 4 cents a kilowatt hour “on a regular basis over the next two years,” GTM Research said. No phase-out until 2022Under the current proposal, the ITC would remain at 30% through 2019 before dropping to 26% in 2020, and to 22% in 2021. In 2022 and after, the tax credit would be pegged at 10% of the cost of a project for non-residential and third-party owned residential systems. Homeowners who installed systems on their own houses would get no tax credits after 2022.GTM Research said that a “commerce-construction” provision allows projects coming online by the end of 2023 to qualify for the larger tax credits.The ITC, along with falling prices for PV modules, has been a major driver of solar installations, and the move to keep it alive will provide a big boost for installers. The Wall Street Journal reported shares of SolarCity, the country’s largest installer, were up 34% on Wednesday on news of the deal.The Solar Energy Industries Association says that the continuation of the tax credit could add as many as 140,000 jobs to the industry’s existing workforce of 200,000.Wind projects will be able to claim a credit of 2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour through the end of 2016, before the production tax credit begins to fall. It would be phased out completely in 2020. The biggest markets for wind are in Texas and California. Patten Energy Group, which develops wind projects in the Texas panhandle and elsewhere, saw its shares close 11% higher on Wednesday. Its CEO said that the tax credit extension “will save jobs,” The Wall Street Journal reported.Extending the tax credits for wind will cost taxpayers $14.5 billion, the newspaper said, while continued solar credits will cost taxpayers $9.3 billion.last_img read more