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OpenTelemetry is having its moment in the sun. Although the open-source software has been around for years, more organizations are starting to take an interest with a premium being placed on observability.
Often confused with application performance monitoring (APM), the practice of observability simply means looking at how an application is behaving before determining what metrics should be used to baseline its health.
The process of determining the right metrics is becoming increasingly nuanced as more applications are built on modern cloud architectures. With OpenTelemetry, developers can inject flags into an application's code, which opens more data points that can be observed.
Tree Lindemann is the operations and delivery lead for AIOps at WWT. He sees OpenTelemetry as a great first step toward observability.
Although OpenTelemetry requires an upfront investment of staff learning a new open-source tool, once they become familiar with it, they can begin to experiment. This experimentation is key to implementing a successful observability strategy, according to Lindemann.
"OpenTelemetry gives you a measuring stick," he said. "You're not going to know what to measure at first. With AIOps, a lot of our clients ask us what other clients are measuring, but the reality is the measurements that are most important to an organization are going to be unique to them. As you figure that out, you're going to make some mistakes along the way and that's okay."
In addition to lowering the barrier of entry to observability, OpenTelemetry gives staff flexibility. As business becomes more agile, it's likely that observability targets for an application will change. OpenTelemetry makes it easy to adjust.
But OpenTelemetry shouldn't be thought of as a replacement for APM solutions. You still need robust analytics once you figure out what to measure. That's where AppDynamics Cloud comes in.
"Replicating what AppDynamics does with OpenTelemetry would take years," Lindemann said. "After experimenting, you'll want to use OpenTelemetry for metrics you are 100 percent certain you need. It's like your fundamentals."
IT staff will still want the automatic baselining of performance metrics and user-friendly application mapping of AppDynamics. They'll also want to tie specific metrics to health rules, policies, automatic monitoring, and notifications that work within existing IT service management workflows.
Joe Wisneski is an AIOps solutions architect for WWT. Wisneski sees a world in which the ingestion of OpenTelemetry data into the AppDynamics platform can begin to simplify APM tool sprawl.
"There are so many overlapping APM tools in our clients' environments," Wisneski said. "One business unit adopted one tool to monitor one application; another business unit did the same thing for another application. It's not that the tools themselves are bad but by having so many different ones, you're building technical debt over time."
By using OpenTelemetry to observe a sizable chunk of critical data, it's much easier for organizations to standardize on a solution like AppDynamics Cloud. Not only are you driving out unnecessary tools, but IT staff start building domain knowledge around observability in a way that will eliminate technical debt accrued over the years.
"I think we're beginning to see the landscape change," Wisneski said. "Once staff is familiar with OpenTelemetry, they have a better sense of what they can do on their own versus where an APM solution can really add value for the business."
Both Lindemann and Wisneski note that OpenTelemetry and the practice of observability is just getting started. They say most clients are still in the early adopter phase. While successful observability won't happen overnight, they believe the technology is at a point where organizations should feel confident moving forward.
"It's kind of the perfect time," Lindemann said. "You can build these new open-source skillsets and then integrate them into a proven vendor platform."
While the extent of OpenTelemetry's impact on organizations' overall enterprise monitoring strategies is still evolving, the new capabilities of AppDynamics Cloud are a clear signal that observability powered by OpenTelemetry will continue to gain momentum.
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 02:05:00 -0600entext/htmlhttps://www.wwt.com/article/new-appdynamics-integration-brings-opentelemetry-to-forefrontKillexams : Banijay Americas Teams With Best Buy for L.A.-Based Entertainment Career Development Program (Exclusive)
The partnership will provide participants at Best Buy Teen Tech Centers the opportunity to interview for production assistant jobs on Banijay Americas shows.
Banijay Americas and Best Buy are launching a new program to provide access to entertainment industry careers for high school students and recent graduates in Los Angeles.
The reality production and distribution giant — whose shows include Emmy-winning Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls as well as MasterChef, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Below Deck — will develop a curriculum about television production tailored to participants at L.A.’s Best Buy Teen Tech Centers, which provide a space for underserved youth to develop skills in film production, digital media, audio engineering, augmented and virtual reality, 3-D design and other technologies through hands-on experience and peer and adult mentorship. The curriculum will include seminars and job-shadowing opportunities with Hollywood producers, directors, editors and writers.
In addition, Teen Tech Center alumni will be able to join Banijay Americas’ feeder program for production assistants, with the opportunity to interview for these entry-level jobs on Banijay-produced shows.
“Banijay Americas is thrilled to partner with Best Buy and its community impact hub to offer young people across Los Angeles greater access to the entertainment industry through experiential learning opportunities and hands-on training, exposure to our network of artists and industry professionals, and eventually, a point of entry for their first television jobs,” Banijay Americas executive vice president of enterprise inclusion and social responsibility Karla Pita Loor said in a statement. “Our work with Best Buy reflects our commitment to creating both content and an industry that reflects the rich diversity of our audience and our city.”
The team-up makes Banijay Americas the first studio partner in the Best Buy Foundation’s Los Angeles Community Impact Hub, its network of 12 L.A.-area Teen Tech Centers built on a $10 million commitment from the company and in partnership with the Greater LA Education Fund and the Annenberg Foundation. There are more than 50 Teen Tech Centers nationwide, with the goal to open 100 by 2025.
“Through the community impact hub, we are lifting up the next generation of youth in Los Angeles with the tools and resources to reach for the stars,” Best Buy vice president of social impact Andrea Wood said in a statement. “This partnership will help shape the future of the industry by creating a direct talent pipeline that gives young people the opportunity to discover and pursue careers in the creative economy.”
Wed, 07 Dec 2022 09:15:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/banijay-americas-best-buy-partner-1235276698/Killexams : New Sask. Crown corporation to oversee online learning
The Government of Saskatchewan will have a new Crown corporation to oversee online education.
The Saskatchewan Distance Learning Corporation (DLC) will be a central hub for online learning in the province.
The province will be acquiring Sun West School Divisions Distance Learning Centre.
“The DLC is a well established operation with skilled staff, robust technology, and a wealth of courses to provide a ready made foundation of the centralized model,” Education Minister Dustin Duncan said in a press release.
“This acquisition ensures that all students will have access to high quality online education regardless of where they are living in the province.”
However, not everyone is on board.
Kate Methot has two daughters who attend Flex Education, a private institution based in Saskatoon.
Methot said her family feels like the government is taking away another choice.
“It feels like they're trying to remove our freedom to choose what is best for our families and for our children,” Methot explained. “It feels like another attack by the governments on us as families and as parents and as individuals.”
With the new corporation, Flex Education may soon be unavailable to students.
All Saskatchewan students will have access to the DLC.
Independent schools may still be allowed to offer programs, however institutions like Flex Education said there has been no communication.
“We have been waiting for assurance and we have not received that yet,” Ann Cook, principal of Flex Education said. “The other reason we are disappointed is we have 17 years of proven success in online education and we have been ignored by the government.”
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) has expressed concerns over the new Crown corporation.
“It seems government is proceeding blindly, the announcement and aggressive timelines of this project suggests a lack of awareness of the current state of public education in Saskatchewan,” President of the STF Samantha Becotte said in a press release.
“I hear the word 'triage' regularly from teachers, it’s clear to me kids aren’t getting the help they need. There are very real and urgent issues that need to be addressed now.”
STF said recent cuts to education, combined with years of underfunding have created a situation where students are not receiving enough one-on-one education.
“Another layer of complexity to a system that is already underfunded, we need a good investment into public education and we need to make sure that all of our students needs are addressed,” Becotte said.
DLC’s platform currently offers more than 180 courses for kindergarten to Grade 12. Students will also have access to driver’s training, graduation ceremonies and extracurricular activities.
Darren Gasper from the Sun West School Division oversees the work to determine the operating structure.
He said communication with school boards have been consistent.
“Really good discussions with each of the school divisions that are involved in this and we've spent some really quality meeting time with each of them learning about their programs, learning about the great work and services that they provide to students in their local area,” Gasper said.
Cook believes the Crown will take away a critical choice for parents, one that could have an impact on children.
“It is going to essentially leave students behind, and families and parents will not have choice anymore in online learning and how it is delivered to them,” Cook said.
The head office will be located in Kenaston, Sask. with additional locations throughout the province.
The Ministry of Education said they would continue to consult with stakeholders, teachers, and the STF.
Student registration is set to open in the coming months.
Thu, 08 Dec 2022 03:54:00 -0600entext/htmlhttps://regina.ctvnews.ca/new-sask-crown-corporation-to-oversee-online-learning-1.6186198Killexams : Otago Students’ Natural Sun Protection Sees Them Crowned YES Company Of The Year 2022
Students from Otago Girls’ High School have been awarded The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Company of the Year for their business Sole. The company was awarded $3000, as well as a $5000 scholarship for each company member to the Massey University Business School. Their school was awarded $2,000.
On Tuesday night, hundreds of guests attended the Young Enterprise Scheme National Awards 2022 at Te Papa in Wellington. 4,687 secondary school students participated in The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme in 2022, setting up over 1,000 companies between them. The awards night celebrated 28 of these companies, and Sole Haircare was crowned National YES Company of the Year.
Sole have produced a unique all-natural colour matching dry shampoo in two tones (light and dark) which enhances sun protection to the scalp. Judges were impressed with their well-rehearsed pitch and their success in marketing their product through social media, in particular, their incredible reach on TikTok.
Second place was Upcycled Plastics who have built and developed their own large-scale production line that can recycle used plastic into a wide array of products. The company has recycled 160kg of plastic to date, which is over 3,500 milk bottles. The company was awarded $2000, as well as an additional $2000 for their school.
Sky’s Surf School from Kerikeri High School came third. Founded in early 2021 by sole trader Eva-Sky Gundry, Sky's Surf School was created to deliver innovative female specific surf lessons to wahine in Northland with the aim of utilizing the ocean to create a community of females who grow to feel confident and empowered both in - and out of the water.
Among the judges for the competition were Phil Muir – YES Board Chair, Rachel Taulelei - Co-Founder of Oho, Saum P. Vahdat – Managing Partner at Bridgewest Ventures, Scott Dalziel – Chief Operating Officer at HSBC, Leighton Roberts – Co-Founder of Sharesies, Suze Strowger – Kaitohu ā Motu-Te Tuarongo at Ministry of Education, and Jackie Lloyd – Trustee at The Lion Foundation, who were blown away the calibre of pitches from the competing teams.
This event was the culmination of the companies’ business year. Over the past year these students have created and run their own businesses right from conception through to production, marketing and sales. The programme gives students an authentic learning experience that prepares them for life after schooling by teaching entrepreneurship and connecting them with the business community.
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Full results of the evening:
The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme Company of the Year 2022 – SOLE – Otago Girls’ High School
The Sir John Todd Memorial Award for 2nd Place – Upcycled Plastics – Rolleston College
Todd Foundation Award for 3rd Place – Sky’s Surf School – Kerikeri High School
Te Arahanga Primary Industries Award – Reed – Taradale High School
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Award for Innovation – TotalCard – Cashmere High School
National Excellence Award for CEO of the Year - To’e Lokeni & Mannfred Sofara – Bishop Viard College
Gallagher Award for Smart Technology – MaiBand – Aquinas College
bp Award for Social Enterprise – Pūkare Cards – Taradale High School
National Excellence Award for Rangatahi Entrepreneur – Coffee Direct – Rotorua Boys’ High School
HSBC Award for Environmental Sustainability – Upcycled Plastics – Rolleston College
National Excellence Award for Pasifika Business – SAINT. – Waitakere College
Ministry of Youth Development Award for Resilience – Ātaahua – Rangiora High School
NZ Aid Programme Award for Solving a Development Problem – Tokia Te Ora – Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Horouta Wānanga
National Excellence Award for Sales and Marketing – Fa’amalosi, Say it Right! – Bishop Viard College
Go with Tourism Award for Tourism – Flying Left – Taupo-nui-a-Tia College
Sir James Fletcher Award for Most Inspiring Teacher – Gina Lefaoseu – Bishop Viard College
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Award for Best Annual Review – Coffee Direct – Rotorua Boys High School
The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme is a business experience programme where high school students run a real business. Young Enterprise is focused on creating a more prosperous New Zealand through enterprise and works with schools across the country to help students learn about business and entrepreneurship.
Tue, 06 Dec 2022 08:24:00 -0600text/htmlhttps://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU2212/S00093/otago-students-natural-sun-protection-sees-them-crowned-yes-company-of-the-year-2022.htmKillexams : Liberating Learning
As the Sun had its last loveliest smile, winter, the loneliest season of the year has already begun. With almost every facet of life hit by its harshness, education occupies the top slot. Likely to be announced soon, do vacations end the vagaries of the weather, writesTasavur Mushtaq
Comparatively calm for the remaining period of the year, issues concerning education erupt elusively with the end of September equinox. A month later, it reaches its zenith in late November. With mercury plummeting more and more, voices get shriller. Proposals are propagated to pressure the winter vacations of educational institutions. Given the attention, it seems to be the only issue, once a year that schools and students face in Kashmir. However, the government has its way to wield power. Inviting both, bouquets and brickbats, the delay in the decision leaves stakeholders watching the weatherman, watchfully.
If the latest and the last conversation of the Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), Tasaduq Hussain Mir with the media is recollected, he said the decision to shut schools has been left to the weather conditions. “Winter vacations in Kashmir valley are subject to the weather conditions,” Mir said, adding that “the school Education Department will take a call on winter vacations only when the weather conditions deteriorate or there will be minus temperatures here.”
If senior officials of DSEK are believed, the aim to extend class work is always aimed to “fill the learning gaps”. Elaborating on “weather conditions”, an official said, it means “heavy snowfall”, which will make the movement difficult.
Interestingly, a few days later, the department submitted the winter vacation proposal for schools in a phased manner from December 1, 2022, to the government. The last closure of classes as per the proposal had been scheduled for December 10, 2022, a few days ahead of what was proposed last year.
A process is followed for every file in the system, which usually takes its own time. However, in this case, within the next 24 hours, the government decided to have vacations in a phased manner from December 6, and the last phase would commence on December 19, 2022.
An age-old practice, this routine resumes annually. Over the years, closing schools have emerged as more important an exercise than actually running them. If the last statement of DSEK is taken at face value, there is no reason to doubt the good intention. But there is a general perception, records may substantiate that for almost every influential individual in the system of the erstwhile state, there is a teacher at home. It was more visible when Darbar used to move, fully and formally.
Early or delayed vacations are a subsidiary issue. A part of an academic calendar. In any case, a matter of a few days. But the kind of attention it gets from people, professionals and politicians shows our misplaced priorities. As uncertainties loom large, vacations, otherwise an administrative issue has emerged as more of a power tussle, leaving our children in chaos.
With almost 11 months of the year over, there is always an attempt to fill the “learning gaps”, in the last leg. On the contrary, “infrastructural gaps” continue to mock the official machinery for decades now.
Going by the ground reality, a cursory look, there is a complete mismatch between the educational institutions, managed by two different entities in Kashmir. Diagonal to each other, interestingly the decisions are taken by those where lies the ownership of weaknesses. Every year, like the harshness of the weather, there is little change in the state and status of schools.
In any case, Srinagar is not the yardstick, even if it has a better picture to put forward. Think about a student studying in a rural region. The first tragedy he faces is when trees shed their leaves in the fall. He loses his last resort, which had been his shade in the scorching heat. Out in the open to study, he struggles with the winter vagaries. Not only before vacations but even long after when schools resume their operations in spring.
Caught between safety and the school, like the weather, the life of a student becomes unpredictable. The dip in temperature is not proportional to the predictions of the weatherman. Promises do not postpone the predicament.
Face to face with other worries of life, a primary class student in Mati Handoo village of Kokernag is oblivious to the benefits someone is talking about in Srinagar. Neither, this makes sense to a kid in Machil. He is careless about your calculations. It is just a burden on him. He will understand the “gaps” only when he will have the learning in the first place. And that too for the remaining part of the year as well. In this crisis, teachers don’t make a separate row, they are part of this picture, pathetically.
On the other side of the story, in vogue till the mid-seventies, the March session has been implemented in Kashmir. With this order, the annual examinations for this year have been shifted to March 2023. The wisdom of this decision is to sync the academic calendar of Jammu and Kashmir with the National Academic Calendar. Indeed, a thought-out decision. But given the geographical disadvantages and tedious topography of the valley being taken into the consideration, the initiative is likely to have impediments, at least initially.
Already segregated into two segments, the Kashmir plains will have an examination in mid-March, while the snowbound areas have been scheduled for mid-April. Ideally required to have a single date sheet for the entire process, there are apprehensions that the winter would last longer and consume the examination schedule. The summer zone of Jammu has no such issue to deal with. An official who spent his entire life in the education sector says, “Would Jammu wait for climatic conditions of Kashmir and allow postponement of examination.”
Besides, the conduct of the examination, the allied activities would have to be carried out in the main academic session. This was not the case until 2021. As reports reveal, more than 500 teachers are deputed to evaluate answer papers of students, and the entire process would be carried out in winter, a lean period, but now the officials said: “that has to be done in the summer months.” The next session would commence, if done smoothly not before June and would culminate in late November, giving around six months of formal functioning to the schools.
Always planning to use these months of hibernation productively, barring a “failed” initiative of “winter schooling” once, there has been no forward movement, ever.
In most of Europe, where winter is harsher, schools don’t shut in winter and interestingly take off in summer. It is not only an official dictum but a well-planned decision, supported by a meticulous system. They believe that in winter students can’t go out at ease for recreational activities and thus provide better conditions in schools. Resultantly the less productive time of the year is used in classrooms, and when summers shine, students are out for their vacations. This way, overall development is ensured with comfort and safety.
Though the comparison made is incomparable. But, it could at least provide some sort of semblance of how systems function and functionaries act.
There is a need to comprehend that an official order on the table won’t affect the temperature of the place. Similarly, claims don’t make a case.
Proactive during the days when the closure is to be decided, the department has a responsibility of actually running government educational institutions respectfully for an entire year. Besides, managing privately run educational institutions well within the guidelines.
In a place where winter is a permanent feature, a well-planned holiday calendar is required which does not need to be discussed, every day and every year. It is a perpetual phenomenon and needs a permanent solution. Kashmir is not the only place to have winters.
As witnessed, the private players have their way, always. With the huge inflow of students and well-managed infrastructure in place, their presence in the market is related to the return on investment. Off late, many major businessmen have added education to their already vast kitty of business enterprises. No harm in having better schools managed by private players, but has the government decided to run its schools for only regulatory norms?
Having been entrusted with running more than 10,000 government schools, including 5710 primaries, 3894 middle, 805 secondary, and 378 senior secondary schools, there is a need to include their aspirations and agendas as well before taking decisions. In comparison, private educational institutions are roughly around 2000, taking the percentage to 20 per cent only. It looks more like a government department working for the private sector.
No report would substantiate the claim that whenever a strategic decision was taken, the weightage of the outcome was tilted towards the government schools. Never a voice has been raised to talk about their difficulties. When the snow will melt and winters would be over, privileged ones would go to schools, cameras would roll to click resumption and everything would be claimed hunky-dory. Somewhere, forlorn and faraway, away from the glaze of cameras students of state-owned schools would have their crisis to face. Their winter never ends.
Winter in Kashmir is not a sentiment, it is the longest season of the year, which even extends to the margins of March. Wet or dry, there are specific datelines which affect the temperature. Even on a dry day, there can be sub-zero conditions. Or a wet day would offer a positive temperature on a Celsius scale. It is a climatic condition which needs no approval to be wet or dry.
As they say, ‘if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail’. Likewise, a student is not a file, which requires remaining movement across the tables. Progressive measures need to be taken, positively, for whole-year operations.
The men who manage things at the topmost level too were students of their times. Not all of them would be from plains as well. They too have faced terrains and travesties.
Think beyond the contours of cities and towns. The real beneficiary belongs somewhere else. A respectful culture in a class would help children to reciprocate in the same way. The basics need no favours. Providing teachers only is not the job done. Education entails emancipation.
Thought is needed for children who had to endure difficulties around the year. A moment for teachers who have to tread terrains. Beyond the boredom of bureaucracy, there are bountiful beautiful souls, waiting to have better facilities to fight the onslaught of nature, not only now, but forever.
Thu, 01 Dec 2022 15:12:00 -0600en-GBtext/htmlhttps://kashmirlife.net/liberating-learning-vol-14-issue-35-304858/Killexams : Ski ReportNo result found, try new keyword!Arizona Snowbowl — Wed 5:53a machine groomed 24 - 24 base 8 of 48 trails 17% open, 4 of 8 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 9a-4p. Sunrise Park — Wed 9:58a packed powder machine groomed 22 - 26 ...Sat, 03 Dec 2022 05:58:00 -0600text/htmlhttps://www.sunherald.com/sports/article269539232.htmlKillexams : Students suffer as contractors abandon Kano school projects after receiving over N70m
In 2019, to Boost the condition of public schools in Kano State, the Federal Government disbursed millions of naira to construct and upgrade public schools and Tsangaya schools. However, an investigation by LUKMAN ABDULMALIK reveals that contractors had abandoned the projects, leaving students in despair.
On a Tuesday morning in October 2022, after the Maulud national holiday, all students were expected to resume school, but it was not the case at Yanzaki Primary School in Ungogo/Minjibir Federal Constituency. Some of the pupils of the school were sighted hawking, while others were busy helping their parents on farmlands.
Many of the pupils, aged between five and 10 years were also seen walking with their parents to their various businesses. Umar Abdullahi, a 57-year-old farmer and father to Aliyu, a pupil of Yanzaki Primary School, revealed that the lack of classroom and conducive learning environment in the school was why he pulled his son out to join him at the farm.
“Every month, I pay N100 as PTA fee but my child doesn’t get the required education, as they learn under dilapidated roofings. The free and compulsory education that promises to provide conducive learning to our children has no positive impact on them. So, for my child to waste his time learning nothing in school, I would rather take him to the farm to help me,” Abdullahi said.
Abdullahi’s son, Aliyu, is seven years old and told this reporter that he hopes to become a lawyer someday.
“For about two years now, I have not been attending classes, because our school has no standard classrooms and structures. I now follow my father to the farm to water the crops,” he said.
Aliyu, who says he wishes to return to school to pursue his dreams, said his father, however, insists that the government must show concern in providing a conducive learning environment, for that to happen.
In an effort to support their children’s education, residents of Yanzaki in Minjibir LGA built a one block of two classrooms after a government-approved project of two classroom blocks with an office and store was abandoned two years ago.
A block of two classrooms builts by Yanzaki residents. PC: Lukman Abdulmalik
A 2019 constituency project for Kano State, under the Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport had awarded the construction of two classroom blocks with an office and store at Yanzaki Primary School to Zaharal Hakku Enterprise, a non-existent company, based on checks from the Corporate Affairs Commission, at the sum of N11,340,568.38.
2019 ZIP contract award information, No.6 shows the contract awarded to Zaharal Hakku Enterprise
However, investigation shows that the project has been abandoned in the last two years, the effect of which has exposed students to poor learning conditions while many others have dropped out of school.
During a visit to the site, this reporter observed an incomplete structure. The roofing was only partly done, the floors and plasters had not been done while windows and doors had not been fixed. One of the school teachers told this reporter that the poor condition of learning in the school has a direct correlation with the high number of student drop-outs.
Abandoned block of classrooms at Yanzaki Primary School, Minjibir LGA, Kano. PC: Lukman Abdulmalik
About 200 students of the school were spotted without uniforms, learning in a classroom with no roofing or ceilings while a part of the building was falling apart. According to the school enrollment statistics, the primary school had a total of 1,191 pupils between 2020 and 2021 but now boasts of less than 300.
A school management staff member who pleaded anonymity described the poor infrastructure in the school as a setback to students’ enrollment, which he said was why many students prefer to work on farms. “The abandonment of the 2019 classroom project is also why residents of the community have withdrawn their children from school,” he said.
Uninformed students of Yanzaki primary school, studying under bad roofings. PC: Lukman Abdulmalik
He said in 2019, when the construction of the two classrooms block commenced, the community had felt encouraged and began to enroll their children in school. He however said since the project was abandoned, many of the students have now returned to farming.
“There are no basic amenities in the school. We use PTA money to purchase chalks, brooms and other materials needed for teaching,” he said.
Dr. Auwalu Halilu, the Kano State Coordinator, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All, (CSACEFA), said poor infrastructure contributes to the number of dropouts due to congestion and dilapidated classrooms. He said without these basic structures, the majority of school age children will detest school since structures serve as a motivator for children’s attendance.
“There is strong evidence that high-quality infrastructure facilitates better instruction, improves student outcomes, and reduces dropout rates, among other benefits,” Halilu said.
Checks on the status of Zaharal Hakku Enterprise on CAC and NigeriaCheck.ng portal showed that the contracting firm is not registered as the status of the company showed “search not found.”
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The Wurobagga Nomadic Primary School in Hotoro Arewa, Nasarawa Federal Constituency, was established in 1991 to integrate nomads with relevant, qualitative, and basic functional education. As part of integrating and improving the knowledge and skills of the nomads, a 2019 zonal intervention project captured a project for the construction and furnishing of one block of four classrooms at Hotoro Arewa.
The project was nominated by the House of Representative member for Nasarawa Federal Constituency, Nasir Ali Ahmad, with the sum of N20 million awarded to Zyrax Construction Limited, an inactive company as identified by b2bhint, to construct and furnish one block of four classrooms.
Abandoned block of four classrooms in Wurobagga Nomadic Primary School, Hotoro. PC: Lukman Abdulmalik
However, the project was abandoned after the school management alleged the contractor did a “shabby work.” A document made available by officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), revealed that the contract for the block of classrooms was awarded at a cost of N14 million. After the money was released, the school management says, the contractor only constructed “tiny classrooms with no floors, ceilings, doors and furnishing.”
2019 ZIP document for the construction of a Block of four classrooms in Wurobagga Nomadic Primary School, Hotoro
Speaking with this reporter, an official of the School Based Management Committee who requested anonymity said there had been challenges with the contractor from the initial stage of the construction. “This was due to the shabby work the Zyrax Construction Limited was doing,” he said.
“The contractor refused to do the basket, pillars, demand control ventilation and round lintel on the building. We complained and also attempted to stop him but the contractor continued working. We contacted the Universal Basic Education Board to inform them, but no action was taken,” he said.
Giving an expert opinion on the structure, Abubakar Alhassan Diso, a site engineer with Asad construction company, in Kano State said: “Basket, round lintel, and damp-proof course keeps building strong and longer, but building without those structures are weak and can collapse at any time, which is bad for human habitation.”
Left; Engr. Abubakar Alhassan Diso, while measuring the classroom dimensions, constructed by Zyrax Construction Limited. PC: Lukman Abdulmalik
During a visit to the construction site, this reporter found that a pint-sized classroom was constructed which can barely contain 15 students for a class where more than 30 students on average are expected. This contravenes the federal government minimum dimensions of each classroom at 2.4m (height) x 8.4m (length) x 6.8m (width). While a standard classroom is expected to provide an average floor space of 1.2m or 2-meter square per student, a pro-rata floor space may be applied where classes contain fewer or more students.
Diso, who measured the length and width of the classrooms constructed by Zyrax Construction Limited in Wurobagga Nomadic Primary School, said it had a width of 4.7m instead of 6.8m, and a length of 6.5 against 8.4m.
The SBMC official also alleged that the contractor had abandoned the site after placing broken windows, roofing and dusty floors. “Such a block of classrooms cannot be used by the school management due to its poor quality. We are still fighting for justice because we heard that the contractor has received all payments and the project has been documented as completed” the SBMC official said.
This reporter made efforts to reach the House of Representatives member for Nasarawa federal constituency, Hon. Naseer Ali Ahmad, but he did not respond to enquiry on the project. His aid, Murtala Shuaibu Shakka, however promised to get back to our correspondent but he never did despite several calls to him.
After placing calls to the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, the institute which awarded the contract, they requested for FOI letter, which was sent to them on November 8, 2022. But it was greeted with silence.
This reporter made attempts to locate Zyrax Construction Limited through the address provided on NigeriaCheck as plot 765 Samuel Ademulegan, Central Business District, Abuja. However, an Abuja based logistics company, Mustapha Suraj Logistics, (MSL) which was dispatched to deliver an FOI to the company was unable to trace the address.
Zyrax Construction Limited was registered on 14 Sep 2018 with RC-1525251 and currently listed as inactive. Checks on the status of Zyrax Construction Limited on CAC, showed ‘search not found.’ Checks on NigeriaCheck on the status of the company showed ‘unknown’ while b2bhint revealed that the company waa inactive.
The CAC describes an inactive company as “a registered entity that has not filed its annual returns up to date.”
The award of contract to Zyrax Construction Limited and Zaharal Hakku Enterprise, contravenes section sections 417 – 424 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020, which states that “every company must make and deliver their annual returns to the CAC every year”.
According to the rules and regulations of the Corporate Affairs Commission, inactive companies are legal entities that have failed to comply with Sections 417 – 424 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020, in filing their annual returns with the Commission. Section 417 of the Act requires “every company shall, once at least in every year, make and deliver to the Commission an annual return in the form, and containing the matters specified in sections 418, 419 or 420 as may be applicable.”
Therefore the award of contract to Zyrax Construction Limited, contravenes the Public Procurement Acts, under Section 16 of the procurement act titled ‘fundamental principles for procurements’ which clearly spells out these requirements. “All bidders in addition to requirements contained in any solicitation documents shall: have fulfilled all its obligations to pay taxes, pensions, and social security contributions; not have any director who has been convicted in any country for any criminal offense relating to fraud or financial impropriety or criminal misrepresentation or falsification of facts relating to any matter,” Section 16 (6) (d) (e) of the act read.
However, the BPP warned that “any false declaration and submission could lead to prosecution, debarment, and disqualification for 10 years from public procurement in line with the provision of section 58 of PPA, 2007.”
Street view of 765 Samuel Ademulegan, central business district, Abuja. PC: Mustapha Suraj Logistics Services
How Rep member, contractor abandoned computer lab at Minjibir
In the 2019 Zonal Intervention Projects, a project for the construction of a modern computer center with equipment and standby generators at Minjibir Model Primary School in Minjibir LGA, was captured at the cost of N52,000,000.00. However, during a visit to the project location, this reporter confirmed that despite the release of over N40 million to Tahalil Global Link, the contractor only built the structure, plastered it and fixed three doors, roofing and wiring pipe. There was no electric wiring and ceilings for the building.
Abandoned Computer Centre at Minjibir Model Primary School. PC: Lukman Abdulmalik
The construction company confirmed that the project was nominated by a former member of the House of Representatives for Ungogo/Minjibir Federal Constituency, Bashir Baballe, and that over N40 million had been released for the project.
2019 ZIP document for the construction of the Computer Centre in Minjibir Model Primary School
Jibril Abdullahi, the Managing Director at Tahalil Global Link said: “The present rep member, Sani Ma’aruf, has refused to make efforts for the progress of the project due to his personal interest, which is unknown to us.”
After a series of checks on the company’s status, it was found that Tahalil Global Link is not recognized by CAC, and NigeriaCheck. Further verification on manpower.com.ng; a site that also records activities of companies, indicated that Tahalil Global Link Ltd is not registered with the CAC and its activities remain unknown. When asked via WhatsApp messenger why his company was not registered, the contractor failed to respond.
Like Zyrax Construction Limited, the award of contract to Tahalil Global Link LTD, an inactive company, contravenes section 16 (6) (d) (e) of the PPA titled ‘fundamental principles for procurements.’ This also contravenes sections 417 – 424 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020, titled ‘Annual Returns.’
Screenshot displaying Tahalil Global Link LTD status on Manpower.com.ng, after unsuccessful trace on CAC and NigeriaCheck.ng
While asking Jibril Abdullahi, MD, Tahalil Global Link LTD on his company’s status, the contractor called the reporter via WhatsApp messenger and demanded why he was investigating the status of his company, to which he said: “Please let me be, I have no business with you. And If you think there’s anything you can do, I’m also ready to tackle you.”
This reporter gathered that the said project, which is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education has the National Teachers Institute (NTI) Kaduna, as its client. When contacted, the Procurement officer of the NTI, Malam Sanusi Usman reiterated that the present House member, Sani Ma’aruf, has “refused to commit his effort towards completing the building.”
“We urge the community members and their leaders to task their representatives on the completion of the computer lab,” he said. Our correspondent placed several calls and text messages to Hon. Sani Ma’aruf but he failed to respond to this reporter’s message.
Screenshot of text messages sent to Hon. Sani Ma’aruf, representative of Ungogo/Minjibir Fed. Constituency.m
This reporter observed that the computer lab is within a non-functional school setup in 2016. The structures of the school have been left to decay and are now surrounded by weed. Speaking with this reporter, the Director of Personnel for Local Government Education Authority, Sule Abdullahi Zakirai, explained that the school was developed following the concern of the community who sought the intervention of their former rep member to provide them with a Model Primary School. Zakirai said: “Minjibir Model Primary School is not a registered school in Minjibir but we submitted a proposal to SUBEB, and they came for supervision and made some adjustments for the school to have enough space for a playground and also a security fence.”
Sordid tales of Tsangaya students
Kano city has nearly 1,400 Qur’anic schools called “Tsangaya,” catering for over 150,000 pupils aged between 5-14 years, known as “Almajirai.” These are often children from rural areas who have left home to receive Islamic education. Most of these children learn in non-formal schools without sanitation and hygiene facilities.
At Tsakiya Mai Masallaci community of Ungogo/Minjibir Federal Constituency, the construction of tsangaya shades at an Islamic school was awarded to Dansudu General Enterprise at the sum of N2,119,292.78 in 2019. This was, however, not executed.
2019 ZIP contract award information, No.9, indicating contract of Tsangaya shade awarded to Dansudu General Enterprise
A visit to the school revealed that students still study under the scorching sun due to lack of studying shades. A teacher of the school, Malam Jafaru Isyaku lamented that since 2003, the school has not benefited from any intervention project. He said: “There was no project of Tsangaya shade in Tsakiya Mai Masallaci. I have over 500 students both male and female but the studying shade we have cannot accommodate the students.”
Mallam Jafaru Isyaku, Islamic Teacher at Tsakiya Mai Masallaci, Minjibir LGA. PC: Lukman Abdulmalik
“Majority of the Almajirai study in an open environment due to insufficient studying shades. I am calling on the government to please provide studying shades to us,” Isyaku said.
Checks by this reporter on NigeriaCheck revealed that the activities of Dansudu General Enterprises remain unknown. Attempt to locate the address of the company as provided by NigeriaCheck at No.2 Barmawa Line in Minjibir LGA was equally futile as it was found that Barmawa Line does not exist in Minjibir.
Similarly, at Karofi community at Garko/Wudil Federal Constituency, the construction of another Tsangaya shade awarded to Attaqwa Global Concept at the sum of N2,119,292.78 in 2019 was not executed.
2019 ZIP contract award information for the construction of Tsangaya shade awarded to Attaqwa Global Concept
While at the school, with over 300 students studying under the sun, Abubakar Musa Garko, an Almajiri lamented that no project has been executed in the school in the last 10 years. The leader of the Tsangaya teachers in Karofi community, Malam Ibrahim Hassan who tutors at Karofi Lugun Marayu Islamiyya told this reporter that the school had existed for over 20 years but students’ study without studying shades. “Most times, our political representatives consult us on our needs, but none of the projects have been executed,” Hassan said.
Right; Mallam Ibrahim Hassan standing, while the Almajirai study under scorching sun. PC: Lukman Abdulmalik
During a visit to the Attaqwa Global Concept with a location address at No. 5 and 6 second gate, Jambulo Kabuga housing estate, this reporter observed that the premises of the company had been abandoned. The building looked unkempt with fallen plaster, and there were no security guards.
Premises of Attaqwa Global Concept. PC: Lukman Abdulmalik
The owner of a neighbouring business in the area, Blessing Ameh of Eminence Beauty, said: “I have been working here for about 11 years but I have never seen the building active, it has been closed for over 10 years.” Similarly, the status of Attaqwa Global Concept remains unknown on NigeriaCheck and CAC portal.
How agencies violated law
Under the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), an inactive company is a legal entity that has not complied with sections 417 – 424 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 in filing its annual returns with the commission. Section 417 of the Act dictates that every company must make and deliver their annual returns to the CAC every year.
However, lawyers have made the point that the CAC does fail to update the status of some companies that are up to date with their filings and that such entities cannot be held liable for the commission’s inadequacy.
The Public Procurement Act, 2007 states that: “A bidder may have its bid or tender excluded if the bidder is in arrears regarding payment of due taxes, charges, pensions or social insurance contributions unless such bidders have obtained a lawful permit in respect to allowance, the difference of such outstanding payments or payment thereof in installments.”
Therefore, awarding contracts to Tahalil Global Link LTD, Attaqwa Global Concept, Dansudu General Enterprise, Zyrax Construction Limited and Zaharal Hakku Enterprise, is a contravention of the Public Procurement Act 2007. Section 58 of the PPA makes it an offense with offenders liable to five or 10 years imprisonment for awarding contracts without due process and in line with the law.
Status of the inactive companies, after searches on CAC, NigeriaCheck and B2bhint.
Ministry keeps mum despite FOI
In an effort to seek further information and clarifications from both the Ministry of Works and Housing, and Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, the two government institutions requested for an FOI, which was sent on November 7, 2022, via Mustapha Suraj Logistics services.
Acknowledged FOIs. PC: Lukman Abdulmalik
The FOIs were acknowledged but the ministry and institute were yet to provide feedback regarding the questions as at the time of filing this report.
This report is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR.
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Tue, 29 Nov 2022 18:22:00 -0600Ripples Nigeriaen-UStext/htmlhttps://www.ripplesnigeria.com/students-suffer-as-contractors-abandon-kano-school-projects-after-receiving-over-n70m/Killexams : Eye-watering cost of learning to drive revealed as price of lessons soar during cost of living crisis
LEARNER drivers are the latest to feel the pain of the cost of living crisis with lesson prices rising.
More than seven in ten instructors were charging between £31 and £40 a lesson in October, figures have revealed.
The proportion has more than doubled from a third a year ago.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency stats show only a quarter were charging between £21 and £30 — compared with two thirds in 2021.
The figure for those charging more than £41 has risen to 4.5 per cent from 1.9 per cent.
It comes as learners face a struggle to get a test with driving examiners going on strike this month in a row over pay.
DVSA staff are among workers in the Public and Commercial Services union holding rolling strikes between December 13 and January 16.
When driving instructors were asked what reasons pupils provide for taking an extended break from lessons, 89.6% of respondents said it was due to the long waiting times for a test - 64.6% cited financial constraints.
Instructors said 50.4% of their pupils have taken an extended break of three weeks or more from lessons, and 45.8% wanted less frequent lessons.
Increased lesson prices were cited by 43.5% of people for taking a break, while 28.3% said it was due to work commitments.
Some 13.3% said it was down to holiday, and 7.4% said they were scaling back due to health reasons.
They have also been gradually recovering business lost during the Covid pandemic, the data suggests, as 77.7% instructors said they were fully operational in June last year, compared to 83.7% in October this year.
The latest figures found that 86.9% of instructors worked in England, with 69.2% of them describing themselves as independent, and 17.4% operating a local franchise.
It also found that among advanced driving instructors, 71.8% expect to continue in the job for at least three years, while 8.1% plan to quit in a year.
Of the types of cars used for learning, 58.3% were manual petrol-powered vehicles, 29.2% were diesel and 10.7% were hybrid - just 3.2% were fully electric.
Fri, 02 Dec 2022 07:29:00 -0600Isaac Crowsonen-gbtext/htmlhttps://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/20633542/cost-learning-drive-revealed-price-lessons-soar/Killexams : The Transits of Mercury in December 2022 • Budh Gochar December 2022
Mercury transit in Sagittarius and Capricorn, December 2022
Life without communication in this day and age, when communication and information technology has blasted over the roof even into the other worlds, is unthinkable. Businesses, markets, global economy depend on communications and gadgets now. That is why Mercury and the transit of Mercury - the 'winged messenger of Gods', assumes relevance.
This December 3rd, Mercury moves to Sagittarius (Dhanu Rashi) - the Jupiter's turf! Mercury goes retrograde many times owing to its proximity to the sun, hence taking lesser time, approximately 88 days, to revolve around the sun, unlike the earth, which takes 365 days. In December 2022, Mercury transits:
from Scorpio to Sagittarius on the 3rd
to Capricorn (Makar Rashi) on the 28th
back to Sagittarius on the 30th as retrograde,
according to the sidereal calculations of Vedic astrology. A retrogression is an illusion where a planet appears to go backward, which does not happen for real but owing to the relative position of the planet and the earth.
Mercury is a 'soumya' planet which is very diplomatic and considered the prince, ruling over communication, business, intellect, nervous system, speech, as well as learning capabilities. With that said, let's see what the Mercury's multiple transits this December ,hold for you.
1. Aries (Mesh Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
In Sagittarius, the ninth house of spirituality, father, and higher learning, the Mercury transit could bring about a pilgrimage, buying a new vehicle, or a golden time for the father. It also indicates good luck and successful guidance at the right time. In Capricorn - the workplace may become the backdrop of some faulty communications. Be cautious before you criticize. Workplace communications tend to go faulty during the retrograde, which is the final Mercury retrograde of the year.
2. Taurus (Vrishabha Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
This Mercury transit in Sagittarius, the eighth house, brings about angered communications and consequential losses, especially with the Mars aspect due to the Mars Transit in Taurus. Mercury is the lord of the second and fifth houses; hence, speech, relationships, and family are areas to which you should provide due care. During the Mercury transit in Capricorn, the ninth house, there would be luck dawning on the romantic front. And the retrograde will most likely mislead you with someone talking you into losses.
3. Gemini (Mithun Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
Gemini is the natural house of Mercury, and the transit of Mercury in Sagittarius, the seventh house, would bring a lot of good partnerships; and being the lord of the fourth house, there will be a lot of good times with the mother. Your domestic front will be buoyant. You will be lucky with vehicles. The transit of Mercury in Capricorn, the eight house could bring some unease at the physical and psychological levels. A great time to study the occult or get involved in the same. The retrograde will affect the thinking patterns; hence be mindful.
4. Cancer (Karka Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
Mercury being the lord of your third and twelfth house, is transiting the sixth house of enemies and litigations. Be careful with your communications especially in the social media as it could bring in unnecessary conflicts and a possibility of court cases. Your criticisms could be met with strong resentment. This is an ideal time if you are looking for a foreign career gig or journey. Beware of your pocket/ purse and invest wisely. When transiting Capricorn, it could bring up verbal clashes with your spouse or partners. In the retrograde phase, you will tend to get misled by communications related to health.
5. Leo (Simha Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
The natural second and eleventh house lord Mercury transits the fifth house. The time is ripe for those waiting for a soulmate. The flow of income could increase especially through speculation. But during the transit of Mercury in Capricorn, you have to be careful about your investments. You have to be wary about your speech, as it could affect the family ties. During the retrograde, you could blurt out things which may affect your love life or mental peace.
6. Virgo (Kanya Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
The transit of Mercury which is the ascendant lord and the lord of the tenth house for Virgo, is going to be in the fourth house of family, mother and domestic comforts. You will develop a deeper bond with your mother and get involved in domestic activities with enthusiasm. Developers and builders will find extraordinary success during this time. Buying a new vehicle is also on the cards. In Capricorn, the fifth house related studies and speculation would bloom for you. And to top it, the retrograde wants you to be wary of the communications at the home front.
7. Libra (Tula Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
The written word will bring you success and fame. The lord of the twelfth and ninth is brought to the third house with this transit of Mercury in Sagittarius. Siblings could get their lucky streaks now and you will have to travel a lot. Writers....this is the right time to get your book or article published. During the Mercury Transit in Capricorn, there could be unnecessary expenses related to home and an increase in spiritual activities. The retrograde of course warns you to take care of your mobile phone and laptop, and to set proper boundaries with neighbours.
8. Scorpio (Vrishchik Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
The transit of Mercury, the lord of eleventh and eighth house in Sagittarius, which is the second house, ought to increase your investments. Those in the sales and marketing will make money with their gift of the gab. In Capricorn, Mercury transit is in the third house, which again brings in the money flow through enterprise. You should be careful in your journeys though. The retrograde could bring miscommunications especially with the immediate family.
9. Saggitarius (Dhanus Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
This Mercury transit brings the seventh and tenth lord to the ascendant, which means a start of a relationship or a happy reunion. This placement is extremely lucky for those in the banking, teaching, media and research sectors particularly, and you will see your career ambitions skyrocket and success will entail. In the Capricorn, there would be work load that would affect family ties though family life will be peachy throughout. Meaningful partnerships also might come up. The retrograde Mercury will want you to take criticisms constructively and not to lose heart.
10. Capricorn (Makar Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
The transit of Mercury the lord of sixth and ninth house in the twelfth, will explode the expenses part. Hospitalisations and secluded existence can also be read in this context. But it is a great time for students aspiring to go abroad. In the Capricorn transit of Mercury also, there are indications of health hazards and hospitalisations. So please exercise caution. The retrograde Mercury will want you to be careful about your buys and chill more often.
11. Aquarius (Kumbh Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
Mercury transit for Aquarius, will bring the lord of the fifth and eighth to the eleventh house of Sagittarius. There could be obstacles in the inflow of income. But it will be a good time for romance. Do not share anything controversial or scandalous with friends. In Capricorn, the twelfth house Mercury will interfere with the education and communication. There could be rejection in a romantic proposal. The retrograde Mercury wants you to be careful about your communication with your friends.
12. Pisces (Meen Rashi) and Mercury Transit December 2022
The transit of Mercury is in the tenth house, and being the lords of the fourth and seventh houses, there could be workload on the domestic front, or efforts required related to spouse or mother business will prove to be successful for you and could blossom during this time. You could also experience success and recognition at work. With the Capricorn transit, it will further enhance income and networks. With the retrograde Mercury, you could mishandle official communication.
Mercury is all about thinking and talking. Hence, bite your tongue more often!! That will do good as a remedy, though traditionally, Mercury is pleased when you respect the third gender and donate green-colored items. Worshipping Lord Krishna, who is a master communicator even at the war front motivating Arjuna, is said to Boost your Mercury. And the Mercury will meet you many times next year too….!
Fri, 02 Dec 2022 19:42:00 -0600entext/htmlhttps://www.prokerala.com/astrology/mercury-transit-december-2022.htmKillexams : Antiques Roadshow guest ‘needs to sit down’ after learning truth about mystery object
AN Antiques Roadshow guest needed to 'sit down' after learning the truth about her mysterious object.
On a classic episode of the popular BBC One programme viewers watched as the show came to Polesden Lacey in Surrey.
One woman brought her mysterious ball-shaped object to the show to learn its real purpose.
Asian art specialist John Axford was visibly excited to inspect the object.
John recognised the ceramic ball immediately as onlookers looked puzzled.
The owner was stunned to discover that the object was used as a deterrent for rats.
Explaining its use, John said: “This is made in Turkey. It does have a proper name, it’s called a Yumurta.
"It hangs on a chain in a Mosque and stops the rats eating the candles.”
When asked how the item came into her possession, the guest revealed she got it from her aunt who used it as a doorstop.
John revealed the item was "very rare" and dates back to the 1600s.
When he put a price on the antique its owner was taken aback to learn it was worth between £4,000 to £6,000.
"Oh my god," she exclaimed as she added: “Have you got a chair?”
Meanwhile, an Antiques Roadshow guest was shocked after learning the value of three whisky bottles she'd had "up in the loft in a box" for 50 years.
During the recent episode of the BBC show, host Fiona Bruce and the team travelled to Clissold Park in Hackney where guests brought their old items to be valued by the experts.