Tunisia hope ‘Mozart’ pulls the right strings

first_img0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, January 11 – Tunisia are hoping Youssef Msakni — the creative midfielder called Little Mozart — will pull the right strings at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as they chase a second title.Qatar club Lekhwiya have reportedly splashed 14 million euros ($18.5 million) to lure the 22-year-old from Tunis-based 2011 CAf Champions League winners Esperance. The Msakni repertoire includes pushing forward with stealth to score often crucial goals, creating chances for team-mates with inventive passes, or expertly executing a set piece.Msakni is a key figure in a team of dogged workers who have not progressed beyond the quarter-finals since a lone title nine years ago at home when they overcame Morocco in the first all-North Africa final.They made last-eight exits in three of four subsequent tournaments, going down to Nigeria in 2006, Cameroon in 2008 and Ghana last year while dropping out after the first round of the 2010 tournament despite not losing.Luck evaded the Carthage Eagles at the draw for the latest Cup of Nations in South Africa as they were grouped with Ivory Coast and Algeria — the top two ranked teams in Africa — plus Emmanuel Adebayor-inspired Togo.Tunisia face neighbours Algeria for the first time at the finals on January 22 at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in mining town Rustenburg and a win for either side would install them as favourites to progress with the Ivorians.Coach Sami Trabelsi, who arrived with a bang in 2011 by winning the African Nations Championship for home-based footballers in Sudan, has set his squad a minumum target of reaching the quarter-finals.“This is unquestionably the toughest of the four first round groups, but we are not complaining,” he told South African reporters after the draw in Indian Ocean city Durban.“My players are working really hard and I believe we can go far — maybe even to the decider again,” he said, referring to the 1996 final defeat by hosts South Africa in Johannesburg.Trabelsi needs no introduction to South Africa as he played in the final and has brought often elusive consistency to the national team as coach, although they had a scare en route to the 2013 tournament.After coming from behind twice to hold Sierra Leone in Freetown, Tunisia justified their role as favourites to win the tie, but needed the away-goal rule to scrape through against rivals who played most of the game a man short.Long-serving goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi captains the team and will be desperate to atone for an amateurish error that gifted Ghana the winner in a 2012 quarter-final.Trabelsi hopes defender Aymen Abdennour takes good club form into the 22-day tournament, that skilful Oussama Darragi links cohesively with Msakni and that erratic leading scorer Issam Jomaa hits top form.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Breaking and Entering Suspects Arrested in Waynesville

first_imgDecember 10, 2016 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Haywood County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm call in the Eagles Nest community.As detectives processed what turned out to be a breaking and entering crime scene, officers with the Waynesville Police Department, who assisted deputies on this incident, noticed a suspicious vehicle driving down Eagles Nest Road.When WPD officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled.WPD officers were able to locate the suspicious vehicle in a wooded area approximately 3 miles from the residence shortly thereafter. Inside the vehicle, officers found the stolen property from the Eagles Nest residence.Officers also later located one male suspect, Richard Lee Cagle, 26, of Waynesville, and charged him with felony Burglary- Forcible Entry, Larceny, Possession of Stolen Property and Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property.  Cagle was given a $10,000 bond. After Haywood County Sheriff’s Office detectives seized the truck, they found more stolen items inside. Only, these items were missing from a separate Breaking and Entering/ Larceny incident that occurred in the Shingle Cove area December 1, 2016.As a result, two days later Jesse Alan Lee, 25, of Waynesville, was arrested and charged with Felony Breaking and Entering, Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering and Felony Possessing / Concealing stolen property. Lee was given a $10,000 secured bond.last_img read more


Records Management: Periodic Assessments and Audits can Improve RM Programs

first_imgA report by Canon Business Process Services, “On the Record: Is Your Organization’s Record’s Management Program Providing High Value or High Risk?”, looked at how a records management program contributes to “effective governance, risk management, litigation preparedness, reputation protection and strategic decision making”.These are some of the findings of that report:Risk Assessment Only 15 percent of organizations have conducted a risk assessment to ensure that their businesses are using the appropriate retention schedules for each of the types of records that they deal with.Audit Program The report finds that only about one-fifth of Records Programs have an audit program in place that has a clearly defined process for determining whether or not sensitive data is being protected.  The report highlights this as one area where many organizations can improve.Needs Assessment The report found that 38 percent of organizations have never conducted a records needs assessment and 14 percent aren’t sure if they have.  This is a task that helps to ensure that the records program is operating in an optimal way.When asked to grade themselves on the effectiveness of their current Records Management programs, 45 percent of organizations said that their programs were either ‘effective’ or ‘very effective’.  9 percent said that their programs were not effective at all.last_img read more


Microsoft Trying Hard to Match AWS, Cuts Azure Pricing

first_imgTags:#cloud#news A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… joe brockmeier 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This should be fun. Just a few days after Amazon announced its 19th price cut, Microsoft is announcing its own price cuts for Azure Storage and Compute. If you’re looking at running a smaller instance with a 100MB database, you can now get one for less than $20 a month. If you’re doing heavy computing, though, Azure still seems a bit behind AWS.The cuts are 12% to Azure Storage (now $0.125 per GB), and the extra small compute instance for Azure has been dropped by 50% to $0.02 per hour. If you’re buying the six month plans, Microsoft has reduced storage prices by “up to 14%.”Comparing Azure to AWSMicrosoft breaks their prices down by month rather than by compute hour on their pricing calculator, so it’s not as simple as one might hope to compare pricing. But here’s how it breaks down, assuming 732 billable hours per month:Microsoft Extra Small (1GHz CPU, 768MB RAM, 20GB Storage): $0.02 per hour, $15.00 per monthMicrosoft Small (1.6GHz CPU, 1.75GB RAM, 225GB Storage): $0.123 per hour, $90.00 per monthMicrosoft Medium (2 x 1.6GHz CPU, 3.5GB RAM, 490GB Storage): $0.25 per hour, $180.00 per monthMicrosoft Large (4 x 1.6GHz CPU, 7GB RAM, 1,000GB Storage): $0.49 per hour, $360.00 per monthMicrosoft Extra Large (8 x 1.6GHz CPU, 14GB RAM, 2,040GB Storage): $0.98 per hour, $720 per monthHow does that stack up with AWS EC2 pricing? I took a look at the pricing for Windows instances on EC2, without any reserved pricing bonuses:AWS Micro (Up to 2 EC2 Compute Units in bursts, 613MB RAM, EBS Storage Only): $0.03 per hour, $21.96 per monthAWS Small (1 EC2 Compute Unit, 1.7GB RAM, 160GB Storage): $0.115 per hour, $84.19 per monthAWS Medium (2 EC2 Compute Units, 3.75GB RAM, 410GB Storage): $0.23 per hour, $168.36 per monthAWS Large (4 EC2 Compute Units, 7.5GB RAM, 850GB Storage): $0.46 per hour, $336.72 per monthAWS XL (8 EC2 Compute Units, 15GB RAM, 1,690GB Storage): $0.92 per hour, $673.44 per monthThe EC2 compute units are described as “the equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.0-1.2 GHz 2007 Opteron or 2007 Xeon processor,” so it doesn’t look like you’re getting quite the same horsepower out of an AWS compute unit, and AWS is more stingy with storage. AWS instances have a wee bit more RAM, though. Pricing-wise, AWS is coming in cheaper if you accept the instances as roughly equivalent.Where it gets trickier is if you opt for longer-term pricing with Azure. You can buy six month plans with Azure for “up to 20%” less on a monthly basis. Amazon has several tiers of reserved instances, and additional discounts for big spenders as we covered earlier this week.SQL Server PricingWhat gets trickier is adding in SQL server. If you want, specifically, Microsoft’s brand ‘o SQL, then you’re looking at Microsoft’s SQL Azure Database or running AWS EC2 Instances with SQL Server. Here you must choose large or XL instances, as AWS doesn’t offer micro, small or medium instances with SQL Server. You can run SQL Server Express Edition on any of the instance types, but for the full package you’re only going with the two higher-end instances.That inflates the pricing to $1.06 per hour for large instances, and $1.52 per hour for XL instances.Azure, on the other hand, charges by the size of the database and the number of databases. So comparing the two services gets pretty hairy if you factor in SQL Server.If you’re looking at a lot of compute instances, Amazon still seems to have the edge in pricing. One might also be tempted to look at AWS after the Azure meltdown at the end of February, though AWS has had its own issues.Microsoft does have plenty of money to throw at this, so this is unlikely to be the last price cut we see in 2012 from either vendor.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Foursquare’s New Flagship App Is Totally Over The Check-In

first_imgTags:#ambient location#Check-In#Foursquare#Google Explore#Swarm Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Foursquare’s massive multi-month unbundling is finally completed. The new Foursquare app is available to download today, the check-in fully removed and placed in Swarm, Foursquare’s location-based social app.The new flagship Foursquare application wants to help you figure out the best places to go with a Yelp-like location search engine. The new app will also use your previous Foursquare check in history, your Swarm data, and ambient location tracking to send you push notifications to suggest things to do, like what to order at a specific restaurant. Foursquare’s push to split up its services have left many disgruntled users wondering why the check-in had to go. The apps’ reviews on the App Store are sitting between 1.5 and two stars each, and users are taking to social media to complain about the break up. See also: The New Rule Of Social: Let’s Not Be FriendsBut for Foursquare, it was an obvious choice to remove the feature users had become accustomed to. “The reason we split was that we realized local search is a much larger opportunity than check-ins alone,” Dennis Crowley, cofounder and CEO of Foursquare said in an interview with ReadWrite. “Check-ins are polarizing. It was preventing Foursquare from getting as big as it could get.”For years, the word “Foursquare” has been synonymous with sharing your location, a social feature that makes people understandably uncomfortable. In order for the company to shed its creepy image, it needed to pull off a massive effort to get people to not only use Foursquare differently, but think about it differently, too. See Also: The Era Of The Check-In Is Over, And Foursquare Is Moving OnOf course, the new Foursquare will still be monitoring your location, just not sharing it with your friends, unless you decide to do so in Swarm. In order for Foursquare to learn your favorite locations and send you suggestions, it needs to track where you go without you checking in first. Privacy advocates still might not be keen on giving Foursquare that much insight into their activities, though this setting can be turned off.But for people comfortable with Foursquare knowing where they go, these suggestions could help them rediscover their city, or help kick off a spontaneous adventure when traveling abroad. “We’ve always wanted the Foursquare brand to stand for introducing you to cool things in the world,” Crowley said. According to Crowley, 90% of Foursquare’s check in users have started using Swarm. Those people complaining in the App Store and on Twitter? A vocal minority, he says. New Foursquare logo“There’s a certain group of people, early Foursquare adopters … who are going to be like, ‘I don’t understand why it won’t be one app,’” Crowley said. “Those folks will continue to use both [Foursquare and Swarm.]”On the Internet, no one likes change. Any time Facebook releases an app update, or Twitter experiments with direct messages, users are frustrated. The same is happening with Foursquare. But the number of applications users are expected to download is becoming overwhelming—do companies really expect us to use all of them?See Also: Foursquare CEO: How We’ll Tell You Where To Eat And What To OrderFoursquare doesn’t expect everyone to use both apps. In fact, Foursquare ditching the location will likely attract more users who were uncomfortable with the check-in in the first place. In the future, location recommendation engines like Foursquare could become the standard way people discover places to go—but it might not be the app everyone uses. Google recently added an Explore feature in Google Maps with striking similarities to the new Foursquare; it makes finding places around you based on your preferences simple, by searching in Maps. With the new Foursquare, while search is simple, it’s the automatic push notifications that are key to decision-making. The app will send you push notifications as alerts based on what it thinks you’ll like. For Crowley, this is an opportunity that extends beyond the mobile device. “I’m bullish on what were doing with these push notifications; one of the keys to social discovery in the future,” he said. “[They will] push up on your phone, in your Glass, in your phone, or your car.”Foursquare’s future goals may include becoming the best social discovery app, even better than Yelp and Google. But right now, it needs to focus on getting people to see beyond the check-in that’s disappeared, otherwise Foursquare won’t have anyone to tell where to go. Lead image courtesy of Silicon Prairie News via Flickr. Other photos courtesy of Foursquare. selena larsoncenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more