ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECH, BELLERIN, KOSCIELNY, MERTESACKER, MONREAL, COQUELIN, CAZORLA, RAMSEY, OZIL, WALCOTT, GIROUDWEST HAM (4-2-3-1)SAKHO, JARVIS, PAYET, ZARATE, NOBLE, KOUYATE, CRESSWELL, REID, TOMKINS, BURKE, ADRIANArsenal approach the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League season with confidence, after a hugely impressive pre-season that earned them three trophies. The Gunners, who retained the FA Cup last May, won the Asia Cup in Singapore, the Emirates Cup at home and then the Community Shield, when manager Arsene Wenger beat Chelsea rival Jose Mourinho for the first time in 14 encounters with his rival.The Gunners are at home on the opening day for the fourth year in a row. But they do not boast an impressive recent opening-day record; last season’s 2-1 win at home to Crystal Palace was their first victory in the first game of the season since 2009, when they won 6-1 at Everton.West Ham, meanwhile, have already been busy under new boss Slaven Bilic, who replaced Sam Allardyce during the summer. On Thursday, the Hammers were in Europa League action, their sixth game of the competition.Bilic, who spent three years at West Ham as a player, is a popular choice amongst Hammers fans but he is without the injured Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia while Carl Jenkinson, signed on a second season’s loan from Arsenal, is ineligible to face his parent club.Arsenal will continue with Petr Cech, signed from Champions Chelsea at the age of 33. The keeper will wear the number 33 and has already impressed as the Gunners’ custodian.The Gunners hold the upper hand over their London rivals; they have won their last nine games in the league against West Ham and are unbeaten in their last 14 (winning 14 and drawing two). Indeed, West Ham last beat Arsenal in April 2007 at the Emirates Stadium.
13 October 2004Soweto celebrated 100 years of existence on 12 October 2004.It was on 12 October 1904 that Klipspruit – some 25 kilometres south of Johannesburg’s city centre – was formally set up as a labour reserve to keep black workers, who worked mostly in the burgeoning mining industry, away from white Johannesburg.Since the inception of its first township, Soweto has experienced phenomenal growth, mostly in ways that apartheid planners never anticipated, but it remains chiefly a working class neighbourhood.Soweto, heartbeat of the nationInfused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and alive with the energy of the city of gold, Soweto is a must-see for tourists in search of more than sun, sea and the big five.Over the past 100 years, Soweto has seen generations of migrants to the city lose their tribal innocence as they were swallowed up by its cosmopolitan appeal, for better or for worse. It has grown to become an international trademark of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid.Despite its rich history, its reputation as a hotbed of the struggle against apartheid, and its status as the most cosmopolitan township in the country, Soweto has remained economically underdeveloped – but that looks set to change.Although it is home to just under 40% of Johannesburg’s population, Soweto’s contribution to the city’s gross domestic product stands at a negligible four percent, says Li Pernegger, programme manager of area regeneration in the city’s economic development unit.Stimulating Soweto’s economyIn an effort to unlock the economic potential of the township, the City of Johannesburg has formulated and adopted the Greater Soweto Development Initiative (SDI), a plan to stimulate economic growth.The initiative is aimed at providing a foundation for integrated development in Greater Soweto, says Pernegger, adding that in the long term Greater Soweto will no longer be a purely residential area, but will be an “integrated urban area in which people live, work, invest and recreate”.Coordinated by Johannesburg’s economic development unit, the SDI will focus on economic sector support and business node development, the provision of appropriate infrastructure and services, planning, land use management and land release, social development, safety and security, and improving the natural environmentThe City also recently set up the Greater Soweto Development Committee (GSDC) with a brief to take Soweto out of its economic stagnation.The GSDC was set up as a Section 79 committee to make recommendations to council on developmental priorities. The committee is made up of 25 councillors from Region 6 and Region 10, which jointly comprise Soweto. The committee will be charged with “coordinating interested and affected parties and enlisting their support for the initiative”.A study commissioned by the economic development unit in 2003, analysing economic activity levels in Soweto, found that residents do not use their buying power for the benefit of the area. Pernegger says: “We realised that Sowetans actually have an enormous buying power, but 80% of that money is spent outside Soweto and little of the demand for goods is matched by retail supply within Soweto.”Pernegger puts the combined annual buying power of residents at over R10.5-billion, “with R4.3-billion of that available for consumer spending”.The City of Johannesburg, according to Pernegger, is working on measures “to ensure that more of the residents’ buying power is retained within Soweto by facilitating the establishment of appropriate, and sustainable, retail development at the correct locations within Soweto. We want to get retail development going so that we have more money circulating inside Soweto, and more jobs being created”.Pernegger is confident Soweto offers viable investment opportunities. “The private sector believes there are investment opportunities there, especially retail developers, and now the challenge is for other commercial developers to appreciate the huge potential for the provision of warehousing, factory and office space too.”The development of Soweto, says Pernegger, will require that the neighbourhoods that make up Soweto be branded individually. “The SDI will become an enabling tool to start creating identities for the different parts of Soweto,” she says.The initiative will also help identify priority areas. “We need to know more precisely where is it attractive and viable for developers to invest in the future.”Pernegger says the economic development unit is finalising a retail demand analysis and drawing up strategies for retail development. “The consultants have developed an analysis and model of retail demand and supply (current and projected to 2014), as per different catchments, and we have developed a fairly sophisticated understanding of the potential consumer base per area.”She adds: “Development strategies are being recommended and City priorities are being identified. The economic impact of the implementation of the proposed development strategies is also being considered.”Council has already agreed to apply to the Industrial Development Corporation for grant funding to back the design of economic sector support programmes “as well as capacity for the coordination of the SDI”, according to Pernegger.Such funding will help “get development going in the township. It will help us package bankable projects by managing some of the risks inherent in property development in the area”, says Pernegger, who is optimistic about the Industrial Development Corporation’s response.Source: City of Johannesburg
Tags:#Amazon Alexa#Internet of Things#IoT#murder#police#voice control Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… The Amazon Echo and Google Home sold in record numbers this holiday season. These devices, which boast a similar set of features including smart home control, are designed to listen in on your conversations. These devices are like robotic people in the room, anxiously awaiting your command so they can leap into action delivering hit tracks on Spotify or turning your thermostat down.Police have issued a warrant for information gathered by an Amazon Echo owned by James Bates, an Arkansas man charged with a first-degree murder that took place in 2015. It is believed that the murder took place in Bates’ home, and that the Amazon Echo in the home may have captured vital information.See also: Amazon Alexa now has more skills; listens betterIt’s because these devices hear so much that police are interested in them. These devices could act as a virtual witness to the crimes themselves. If they happen to record something pertinent to the investigation. Fortunately for us, accessing information takes a bit more doing than dragging the Echo downtown and putting it under a hot light.In fact, very little audio is actually stored — at least according to Amazon and Google. This audio is the conversation that takes place after you say the command phrase. For the Amazon Echo, that phrase is typically “Hey Alexa.”Everything you say, now in the cloud?These conversations, which are typically short phrases such as questions about the weather or the height of the Empire State Building, are kept in the cloud and made accessible to the user to play back. This is the same on Amazon’s service as it is on Google’s. The user can choose to delete specific recordings at their leisure. This data is used to create more accurate results and to improve on voice recognition.In the case of Bates’ Amazon Echo, police have stated that they retrieved some information from the Echo itself. This is surprising, considering the Echo doesn’t have a real hard drive that would store any significant amount of data.In fact, the Echo itself requires an Internet connection to send your voice command to the cloud to be processed. Amazon has declined to hand over recordings to authorities twice, but have handed over Bates’ basic account information and purchase history.Whether or not these devices will one day be sitting in the witness chair in a courtroom remains to be seen. In any case, it’s probably a good idea not to ask your smart speaker for any tips for committing a crime. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Ryan Matthew Pierson Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
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