Emery seeks Europa success to salvage Arsenal’s season

first_img0Shares0000All or nothing: The Europa League final will determine the success of Unai Emery’s first season in charge of Arsenal © AFP / JOSE JORDANLONDON, United Kingdom, May 26 – Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal will be judged a success or failure depending on the outcome of a single game — the Europa League final against Chelsea — but the Spaniard has a habit of saving his best for Europe’s second-tier competition.Emery won the Europa League three years in a row between 2014 and 2016 when at Sevilla and would become the most decorated coach in the competition’s history with another victory in Baku. However, it is not only a first European trophy for 25 years at stake for Arsenal, but also a much-needed return to the riches of the Champions League after a two-season absence that will make or break the impression of Emery’s debut campaign.Arsenal’s preparations for the final have been dogged by off-field issues over the awarding of the final to the Azerbaijani capital.Many fans have been priced out of making the near-5,000-mile (8,000-kilometre) round trip, while Emery’s team selection has also been affected, with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan deciding not to travel on safety grounds due to political tensions between his native Armenia and Azerbaijan.However, Emery shrugged off suggestions Arsenal could even consider boycotting the match, and is determined that those distractions do not impact on his side by the time kick-off comes on Wednesday.“We have the chance to win a title and play in the Champions League next season,” said Emery. “All of this is much more important than where we are going to play the final.“It’s not possible with Mkhi, yes. It’s not possible with the fans like we want, yes. But the final is very important.”Chelsea do not have the added pressure of Champions League qualification resting on the outcome of the final, having edged ahead of Emery’s faltering side in the final weeks of the Premier League season to finish third.– Arsenal slump –Before a meaningless final-day win at Burnley, Arsenal had taken just one point from four games against Crystal Palace, Wolves, Leicester and Brighton.Emery had the difficult job of succeeding Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman’s 22-year reign came to an end 12 months ago.In a time of transition, the Basque coach has done a steady if unspectacular job.However, doubts remain over his ability to lead Arsenal back to the heights they reached under Wenger, particularly if they miss out on Champions League revenue once more.Emery admitted in the January transfer window that the club could only afford to take players on loan.The same defensive issues that haunted Wenger’s final years in charge have been repeated. Arsenal outscored both Chelsea and local rivals Tottenham in the Premier League but missed out on the top four by virtue of conceding 51 goals.Emery has constantly changed personnel and formations to find the right balance and even left one or other of his two star forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench for much of the campaign.The firepower of Alexandre Lacazette (left) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (right) has carried Arsenal to the Europa League final © AFP / Andreas SOLAROHowever, Lacazette and Aubameyang have been united of late with spectacular success as once again an Emery team has come good in the Europa League.Even as they stuttered in the Premier League, Arsenal beat Napoli and Valencia home and away to book their long trip to Baku.“Above all in football, coaches, players and supporters want to play to feel a special moment. And this is one special moment. Our focus is very clear for this match,” said Emery.Since Arsenal were last in a European final in 2006, the Gunners have won just three trophies — all FA Cups — compared with Chelsea’s 13 in those years as the standards set early in Wenger’s reign sharply declined towards the end.Getting one over on their London rivals this week will not only make Emery’s first season a success, but allow Arsenal to look to the future with renewed optimism.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Maths, science teaching gets boost

first_imgThe video lectures will enable teachers to help pupils do better in the challenging subjects of maths and science.(Image: stock.xchng) Maya Makanjee of Vodacom says that the new programme will also ensure that teachers themselves are educated with quality material.(Image: Vodacom Digital Classroom) MEDIA CONTACTS • Panyaza Lesufi  Spokesperson, Department of Basic Education  +27 12 357 3757 RELATED ARTICLES • Maths and science the fun way • Denel helps maths, science pupils • More women engineers for SA • Pupils have a blast with Mathletes • A fun approach to science teaching Source: Vodacom Digital ClassroomWorking with the University of Stellenbosch‘s (SU) Institute for Maths and Science Teaching (IMSTUS), Vodacom is offering live video lectures to teachers at its ICT resource centres.A new video technology has been introduced as a learning platform through a joint venture of Vodacom and SU, to improve teacher training in mathematics and physical science.The lecture programme is part of a nationwide teacher development initiative that is aimed at improving the quality of instruction in these subjects, which are the most challenging for pupils. The mobile services provider, through its mobile education programme, will help 320 teachers improve their skills through quality education via the video lectures from SU at any of the Vodacom information and communication technology (ICT) resource centres.This will help improve the quality of education in previously disadvantaged schools.Maya Makanjee, Vodacom’s chief officer for corporate affairs, says: “The programme ensures that teachers throughout the country have access to the highest quality teaching resources. It will also ensure that teachers receive quality education content, and will create an opportunity for interaction between teachers and lecturers.”During the live broadcasts, teachers can interact directly with the presenters by submitting questions to http://ite.sun.ac.za (follow the instructions on the website), as well as by texting questions to 31498. The website has additional learning material as well as discussion forums where teachers can post and reply to questions.To date, Vodacom and the Department of Basic Education have created nine ICT resource centres, one in every province, each serving up to 200 schools. The centres serve as the district teacher-training hub and are fitted with computer classrooms with 50 terminals and an internet café.Helping teachers to up their gameIMSTUS is a non-profit organisation in the Department of Curriculum Studies which itself sits within the university’s Faculty of Education. IMSTUS works to challenge the notion that it is difficult to excel in maths and science by getting the message across that it is possible for all pupils to receive good teaching in these extremely important subjects.The organisation was founded in 1977 by the former Cape Department of Education, with the task of presenting modular courses to teachers to enhance their subject knowledge in mathematics, physical sciences and biology – and hundreds did complete the courses. In 1990 it was announced that teachers were expected to fund their own tuition and this led to a dramatic drop in enrolment numbers.Between 1990 and 2000, teachers could enhance their skills by opting to complete the Further Diploma in Education (FDE) in mathematical, biological and physical sciences, and computer studies. After 1994 provincial education departments gradually started funding teachers to enrol in selected streams of the FDE.Since 2001, teachers have enrolled in the two-year Advanced Certificate in Education in biological sciences (now called life sciences), physical sciences, computer studies and mathematical literacy. Between 2001 and 2009, 332 teachers obtained qualifications in these streams.IMSTUS has also developed accredited short courses for teachers, which address specific themes or challenges in specific subjects – the duration and costs depend on the equipment and materials needed. Teachers can earn a certificate of attendance or a certificate of competence – the latter option requires them to submit an assignment and be assessed.Subjects available include human physiology, organic and inorganic chemistry, and genetics, offered at FET level, and matter and materials, functions and algebra, and financial mathematics at senior school level, among other choices.last_img read more

DP7 Field Monitors Now Have Real Time Color Grading

first_imgSmallHD’s DP7 Field Monitors allow for real time color grading using 3D LUT’s.The latest firmware update for SmallHD’s DP7 line of field monitors allows for ‘real time’ color grading. This feature is really handy if you are trying to show your director, producer or client what a finished product will look like. No more on-set complaints about footage looking ‘muddy’.Using the feature is super easy. Simply load a 3D LUT onto your SD card from your favorite color correction/color grading software. After the LUT is loaded on the card place it in the DP7 monitor. The monitor will automatically recognize the card. Now all you have to do is scroll to the LUT tab in the menu and select any LUT on your card. Even though as DP’s we are accustomed to seeing ungraded footage when shooting, it is still super helpful to be able to see a more accurate representation of what the video will look like in post.This video by SmallHD shows us how to use the new LUT feature:Pricing & AvailabilityThe DP7 comes in three different varieties:DP7-PRO Field Monitor – $1,3997-inch 1280×800 HD DisplayHigh Resolution Scopes and WaveformSignal ConversionCustom 3D LUT SoftwareDP7-PRO OLED – $2,299Perfect Rec.709 Color Gamut via 3D LUTTrue black levels – infinite contrast ratio1280×800 high definition display resolutionHigh-res full-screen waveform & scopes8 proximity-sensing Smart Keys“X-Port” expandability portDP7-PRO High Bright – $2,999Daylight-viewable IPS LCD (1500 nits)1280×800 high definition display resolutionEasily replaceable integrated screen protectorHigh-res full-screen waveform & scopes8 proximity-sensing Smart Keys“X-Port” expandability portYou can buy all three DP7 models on the SmallHD website.What do you think of the new DP7 update? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Pippa Middleton Attends StarStudded Roll Out The Red Ball

first_imgLast week, celebrities graced the red carpet to attend the British Heart Foundation’s Roll out the Red fundraising ball at The Savoy, London, which raised over £160,000 for life saving research.The star-studded evening included a welcome speech from BHF Ambassador Pippa Middleton and was hosted by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.They were joined by celebrity supporters including actor Hugh Grant, singer Sinitta, Made in Chelsea star Ollie Proudlock, model Emma Louise Connolly and The Only Way is Essex Star Jessica Wright.Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon got everyone on their feet and guests also enjoyed performances from vocal group BLAKE and a classical performance from DUO. The night ended with a set by International DJ Judge Jules.Lord Jeffrey Archer conducted an exclusive live auction which raised a phenomenal £55,500 alone. The star prize for the evening was a limited edition experimental moving portrait of legendary musician David Bowie, the last of only 15 which sold for £12,000.There was also the chance to bid on lots in the online auction including a Valentine’s weekend away at Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle and a date with Made in Chelsea’s, Ollie Locke.Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the BHF, said: “It was an incredible evening raising vital funds for our fight against heart disease. Thank you to everyone for making Roll out the Red a night to remember.”last_img read more

Sheds for rent sparks controversy in Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Winnipeg, a controversy is brewing over whether living in a place that meets safety codes is more important than having a place to live in.One man started the debate after providing the homeless with some alternative housing.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out how a couple of sheds have helped raise the big issue on the need for affordable housing.last_img