Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York “I have a fantastic Buzz today,” I announced this morning.“Drinking before work?” asked Sal.Hardy har har.Yes, Sal. But that’s not why it’s so fantastic.Now, normally, I get very angry when people skip my write-ups on these here Buzz entries, as frankly, my unearthly ability to entertain is a gift that cannot be paralleled.But in this case, go ahead, as the gift I give to all pales in comparison to the one the great, iconic, Long Island treasure/deity Billy Joel himself bestowed unto young Michael Pollack.Pollack, a student at Vanderbilt University, was in the audience at a January event with Joel titled “An Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music.”In one shining moment, all three happened.Pollack asked a question, Joel gave an answer and then there was a little bit o’ music.As they say in the ‘hood, and in the chicken nursery, peep it.
A database is created so that professionally qualified South African teachers can register themselves when seeking employment in public schools.The database aims to cut down on turnaround times in filling vacant teaching posts across the country. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe Department of Basic Education has created a national recruitment database to ensure that qualified teachers are employed and deployed on time to schools.The database, which will keep details of professionally qualified teachers seeking employment in public schools, will also cut down on turnaround times in filling vacant teaching posts across the country.All professionally qualified South African teachers are invited to register to be added to the database. Application forms can be downloaded from the department’s website – www.education.gov.za – completed and posted or hand-delivered to the department along with copies of qualifications and academic records.Principals and school governing bodies on the lookout for new teachers can easily access the database to find people who meet the criteria of the posts they are trying to fill.All the information – including a concise version of each teacher’s curriculum vitae, verified qualifications, subjects covered and teaching experience – is electronically captured on a single spreadsheet and sorted by province, enabling quick search and filter options.Updated versions of the database will be uploaded each monthly basis to ensure that candidates who have found employment are removed and new candidates added.“The database is one of the measures employed by the department in response to delays experienced in deploying temporary teachers to vacant posts,” the department said in a statement on Wednesday.Source: South African Government News Agency.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Benitez warns Newcastle: We must buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says it’s critical they have a busy January market.The Magpies are about to narrow down their shortlist and have checked out players like Ritsu Doan of Groningen and Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron ahead of the winter trading period.Benitez said: “They (the current team) are doing well but you can still improve on little things.”Against Huddersfield was very clear, with a couple of little details we would have had more chances.”Credit to the players they are doing a fantastic job.”But still we have to improve and if we can have people coming in even better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsGood news was unveiled Monday at a Mi’kmaq education conference in Nova Scotia.Graduation rates for on reserve high school students are no on par with the province.In some areas elementary literacy rates have surpassed the rest of the province.Educators attribute this to pooling resources and keeping control of education in the communities.
The Los Angeles Clippers hit the jackpot by acquiring Chris Paul, and, in turn, Paul has hit the literal jackpot with the Clippers.With NBA free-agent season underway, Paul is expected to sign a five-year extension that will pay him $107 million to stay in LA.Many teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, were hoping to make a play to lure Paul away from the Clippers. But Paul isn’t even listening to suitors. He’s signing on the line that is dotted.The free agency period began one minute after midnight Sunday, and Paul was expected to receive his official offer at that moment, according to ESPN.Locking up Paul was never a question for the Clippers, who, in the past, have been notoriously cheap. But Paul’s dynamic play and leadership at the point guard position transformed Los Angeles’ second team into a serious playoff contender–and a team that was as exciting as any.With Paul secure, the team can now look ahead to acquiring more talent around him and power forward Blake Griffin.
Ohio State’s Big Ten season started favorably with a convincing 30-0 thrashing of Illinois on Saturday. The Buckeyes’ first conference test went smoothly despite unfavorable weather conditions.“I thought our guys did a good job of focusing on the task at hand, the Big Ten beginning,” coach Jim Tressel said at his weekly press conference. “We had a couple mistakes with the football, but for the most part I thought we did a good job of handling a game type that we hadn’t been in in quite some time.”The last time the Illini visited The Horseshoe they played the role of spoiler, as they defeated the then-ranked No. 1 Buckeyes 28-21. However, there would be no upset this season as the Bucks held their opponent scoreless for the second consecutive week, posting back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1996.“Obviously our defense sets the tone,” Tressel said. “Even if the opposing team starts a couple first downs and so forth, they don’t panic. They just keep playing, come up to the play.”The score might have been decisive over Illinois, but Tressel doesn’t believe his team played mistake-free football in its first conference win. Only three players on offense and five on defense were graded as having “winning performances” by the coaching staff.“We enjoyed the decisiveness of the score, and the fact that it was a shutout was something you take tremendous pride in as a defensive football team, but we’ve obviously got a lot of work to do,” Tressel said.Although the Buckeyes (3-1, 1-0) were considered visitors when they traveled to Cleveland to play Toledo, they now prepare for their first real road test against Indiana (3-1, 1-0) Saturday night.Senior safety Kurt Coleman outSenior captain Kurt Coleman has been suspended by the Big Ten for Saturday’s game against Indiana after a late “helmet-to-helmet” hit on Illinois backup quarterback Eddie Mcgee. The suspension was handed down Monday by Big Ten officials. A joint statement was released following the suspension by athletic director Gene Smith and coach Jim Tressel that showed displeasure with the ruling. Losing a three-year starter and captain is never easy, but the Buckeyes will try to move forward despite losing their defensive leader.“Well, you can never look at losing a player as something that stops you in your tracks because guys sprain ankles, they twist knees, they pull hamstrings, they hurt elbows,” Tressel said. “You better have been getting ready the next guy at any position. So do you like losing guys? No. I think we’ve been pretty fortunate.”Tressel said Coleman took the decision like a man and will move forward. Anderson Russell and Jermale Hines will play at the safety spots this week. Sophomore Ohrian Johnson has also seen time at safety and should see more action in Coleman’s absence.Buckeyes’ stout defense vs. Indiana’s high-powered offenseThe Buckeyes’ defense had another strong performance against Illinois, forcing three turnovers and holding the Illini to 170 yards of total offense. After its second shutout, OSU turns its attention to Indiana and a Hoosiers offense that put up 467 yards against Michigan last week. After two solid defensive outings, the Buckeyes are preparing to be tested again.“Obviously they watch TV. They watch the highlights,” Tressel said of his team’s awareness of Indiana’s offense. “They see the facts and figures, and they saw that Indiana had every opportunity to win thier Big Ten opener and put up a lot of yards and made a lot of plays, so our guys went to work on that.”After struggling with Navy the first game of the season, the defense has been the strong point of the team thus far, and their success can be attributed to several factors.“I think it starts with good personnel. There’s no doubt about it,” Tressel said. “We have some veterans who have been there and grown and so forth. We have a little bit of depth, such that we can play 15 or 16 or 17 guys a week, but they prepare awfully hard.”Shotgun offense and running game spell successOSU’s offense looked a little different in the rain on Saturday, as most of its plays were run out of the shotgun. The Buckeyes used more spread formations and a formidable running game to control the clock for the win, despite having no passing yards in the first half. Running back tandem of Daniel “Boom” Herron and Brandon Saine, along with quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s rushing ability, accounted for 236 yards on the ground in what might be the Buckeyes’ new style of offense.“I think if you’re a defense, you’re a little more concerned about the quarterback as a runner when he’s in the shotgun, as opposed to having to go backward to run forward,” Tressel said. “The downside to the shotgun quite obviously is that when I’m under center I can have my eyes on those safeties all the time, and I know how they’re spinning their coverage, and I can get my post-snap reads.” OSU’s success on the ground will also open up its passing game, which has not been up to Tressel’s standards yet.“We haven’t completed as many passes, period, as I’d like to complete,” he said.
Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic has told reporters that his wife predicted he would be decisive in their last 16 match against Denmark.Rakitic scored the winning penalty against Denmark after the match ended 1-1 following normal time and an extra 30 minute period. During a tense shootout, Croatia keeper Danijel Subasic saved 3 penalties to Kasper Schmeichel’s 2 in Denmark’s goal, before the Barcelona star stepped up to win the game.“This was one of the most emotional games in my career,” Rakitic said post-match, as the BBC reports.“As I was preparing for this last penalty, I was thinking only about my wife and my daughters.”“She told me I would be the one who would decide it in the end.”A dramatic tie in Nizhny Novgorod saw both teams cancel each other out for large periods, despite Croatia being strong favourites pre-match. Denmark gave everything and in Schmeichel they had a goalkeeper playing at the top of his game, even stopping a Luka Modric penalty in the second half of extra time.Modric made amends in the shootout, calmly dispatching his penalty to keep Croatia in the driver’s seat and his teammate Rakitic was quick to praise the Real Madrid star.Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…“If Robert Prosinecki says that Luka Modric is the best player in the history of Croatia, then it is so,” he said.“There is no-one in Croatia who is better understood in football than he is.”“But Luka Modric is not only great in the field, he is a great person as well. It’s a pleasure to play against him in Spain, and it’s even better when we’re in the same team. He is our leader.”Modric will once again captain his national side this coming Saturday as they take on the tournament hosts Russia in the quarterfinals.
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber had some advice for The Vancouver Whitecaps that sold the teenaged Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich in a deal last July that could reach US $22 million.At the State of the League address obtained from Vancouversun a day before Saturday’s MLS Cup clash between Atlanta FC and the Portland Timbers, Garber said“Greg Kerfoot and his colleagues need to use the money to bring in someone who is as exciting as Alphonso.”“It’s not quite a warning shot, but more along the lines of opening your jacket to show off your holster. The meaning is clear: It’s time for the team to get its house in order.”Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“We have been buying for so long, and then as we’ve gone through the analysis, it’s hard to justify that investment and the investment that we have to make in player development,” Garber said.“We’ve got to have something that turns this model around, or else it’s going to be unsustainable.”The Whitecaps, for their part, have vowed to spend big-ticket money to bring in difference-making players this season, and the hiring of coach Marc Dos Santos has resonated positively with a fan base hungry for success like their Cascadia Cup foes.”
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone remains coy on the possibility of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata joining the club.Morata a €65m signing from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 but has struggled to produce the goods for the London side since his move.Rumours in the Spanish press are rife Morata will join Atleti on an 18-month loan deal for a €7.5m fee, while the club will also hold a €40m option to sign the Spain international permanently.Morata played for Atleti during his youth career and while Sevilla and Barcelona have both been linked to his signature this month, a move back to the Spanish capital now appears the most likely outcome.“It has not happened yet so it is not a reality,” Simeone told reporters on Friday, as cited by Football Espana.“I will only talk about players who are at this club and if Morata does join us, then I will tell you what I think.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The club is considering the option of sending out Nikola Kalinic and Gelson Martins with Monaco and Arsenal the most likely destination.Los Rojiblancos are at the limit of their capped wage at €293m per annum and would be looking to balance the account.Diego Simeone provides an update on the Alvaro Morata transfer ⌚ pic.twitter.com/PbMgoLgxdM— Goal (@goal) January 25, 2019