Local Organising Committee CEO DannyJordaan said the recent 2010 stadiuminspection tour showed that construction isprogressing well and plans are on trackfor all facilities to be completed by the endof 2009. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)A countrywide inspection tour of the five newly built 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums and the upgraded Soccer Citystadium in Johannesburg has revealed that preparations are on track for all venues to be completed by the end of 2009.The World Cup, which kicks off on 11 June 2010 for the first time ever on African soil, will be played out in 10 stadiums, in nine South African cities.The newly built facilities are Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, Durban Stadium in Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.In addition to Soccer City, the existing stadiums which have been revamped for 2010 are Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg and the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.“This has been a very fruitful inspection tour for us,” said Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief competitions officer Derek Blanckensee, who led the team of 50 experts on the round trip along with Ron Delmont, head of Fifa’s South African office.During the tour the delegates also inspected the team hotels and allocated training sites in each host city.“Where before we had to visualise walls and seats, we now have been able to walk around freely in the stadium as it will be during the tournament,” Blanckensee added.In most cases the physical construction of the stadiums is virtually complete, with almost all seats installed and pitches freshly laid.“Overall we are very impressed with the achievements made. In addition to the stadiums coming together, we were equally pleased that the LOC, host cities and Fifa are working on a common vision on the delivery of the event,” said Delmont.The tour comprised operational experts in the areas of competitions, broadcasting, media operations, medical expertise, volunteering, transport, logistics, safety and security, protocol, marketing, information technology, hospitality, ticketing and risk management.For the first time the inspection delegation also included a consultant from the South African Disability Alliance to oversee the provisions made for disabled spectators. Of the 650 527 tickets sold to date for next year’s tournament, 7 863 have been for wheelchair-bound fans.Paying tribute to the host cities, LOC CEO Danny Jordaan said, “They have all done us proud. They have ensured that their wonderful new stadiums are built to the highest standards and are ready in time.“The question has always been raised as to whether we will be ready. This tour has provided ample evidence that indeed we will be. Now the work of the LOC and Fifa begins in earnest as we take these stadiums and get them ready to host World Cup matches.”This type of preparation entails setting up temporary infrastructure required to stage the tournament, such as stadium media centres, hospitality areas and accreditation centres.“We can be happy as South Africa that we are in a good place now. In comparison to our own timelines as to where we should be, we are comfortable we have done very well,” Jordaan said.
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A young industrialist, Gunjan Khemka, was shot dead on Thursday at the gate of his factory in Hajipur near Patna. He had been receiving extortion and threat calls for the last six months.Vaishali Superintendent of Police Manavjeet Singh Dhillion said: “An unidentified criminal fired at Gunjan Khemka when he was waiting outside the gate of his factory in industrial area of Hajipur…three rounds were fired at him and he was declared dead when taken to the local hospital…his driver Manoj Ravidas too has received gunshot injuries”. Gunjan Khemka, 38, owned G.K. Cotton factory at Hajipur in Vaishali district and his father Gopal Khemka, too, is a big businessman of the State. The family is said to be owners of a big hospital, medical stores and a private school in Patna.Gopal Khemka is the State convener of small industries cell of BJP in Bihar. Family members of the Gunjan told journalists that he and his wife have been receiving extortion calls for the last six months. “He had lodged a complaint regarding this at the local Gandhi Maidan police station but no action was taken…had the police acted upon his complaint, he would have been alive today,” said a family member requesting anonymity.Traders shocked Meanwhile, the daylight murder of Gunjan Khemka has sent a shock wave among the business community of the State. Some local BJP leaders too reached his residence to offer condolences. “I would request to the government to act swiftly…the culprits must be booked soon”, said local BJP MLA Nitin Navin. Opposition leaders slammed the Nitish Kumar government for complete failure on the law and order front in the State. “Everyday people are being killed, looted and raped in Bihar…but there is no one to look after…governance has collapsed in the State,” charged RJD leader and party spokesperson Bhai Birendra.
News Twitter What Were The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018? find-out-who-helmed-top-grossing-tours-2018 Email In a year full of blockbuster tours, which artists came out on top in terms of earnings?Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 6, 2018 – 4:33 pm This has been a big year for big tours, with many of today’s biggest artists raking in big revenue. But who brought in the most dough? As it turns out, Ed Sheeran tops Billboard’s ranking of 2018’s top-five tours ranked by gross. Having performed 99 shows, with attendance of more than 4.8 million in his audiences, Sheeran’s tally is a towering $429 million total. The four-time GRAMMY winner added his latest wins earlier this year at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, with Best Pop Solo Performance for “Shape Of You” and Best Pop Vocal Album for ÷ (Divide).Coming in second place on Billboard’s list with 48 shows is Taylor Swift, who entertained 2.6 million in her audiences, taking away $315 million. Swift’s career total of GRAMMY wins is 10 to date.Third on the list is the power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z—The Carters—whose On The Run II Tour had 48 performances with audiences of 2.1 million and a gross of $253 million. As of now, Beyoncé has one more GRAMMY win than Jay-Z. She has 22 and he has 21. Their single “Apes**t” and its music video is now the basis of a tour at the Louvre Museum. Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018 https://twitter.com/Pink/status/1069840112882606080 Facebook Bruno Mars placed fourth, giving 100 performances for audiences totaling 1.9 million, with a gross of $237 million. His career GRAMMY wins of 11 include six from last year as he swept the categories he was nominated in. At the 60th GRAMMY Awards, the album 24K Magic and its single of the same name won Album Of The Year, Best R&B Album and Record Of The Year. Mars’ “That’s What I Like” won Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Song Of The Year.Fifth is P!nk, giving 88 performances for audiences of 1.2 million with a gross of $180 million. Pink is a three-time GRAMMY winner. Her most recent album is Oct. 2017’s Beautiful Trauma. At this coming GRAMMY Week, she will perform at the MusiCares Person Of The Year gala honoring Dolly Parton.For the casual music fan and industry enthusiast alike, there is something awesome about the scale of these numbers that is represented in the six GRAMMY winners above, themselves. The dollars, the audiences, the hard work and most of all the art are, taken together, tremendous accomplishments. Touring is an industry based on live music and many more capable performers ensure its vitality. But there is something to marvel at even in the top five alone.Carrie Underwood On Why She Is Supporting The Women On Her New TourRead more
The vehicle manufacturer that brought you the 1,000-horsepower Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro has now revived one of the craziest sport-truck badges and given it a dose of modernity.Specialty Vehicle Engineering on Tuesday unveiled the reimagined GMC Syclone sport truck. The conversion starts with a base 2019 GMC Canyon extended-cab midsize pickup in either 2WD or 4WD configuration. Its standard engine is swapped out in favor of a supercharged 3.6-liter V6 that puts out a positively delightful 455 hp, a far cry from the standard V6’s 308-hp output.Of course, all that extra power necessitates beefing up the Syclone in other ways. There’s a performance front brake upgrade that adds six-piston front calipers and two-piece slotted front brake rotors. The truck has been lowered 2 inches in the front and 5 inches in the rear for more car-like handling. The suspension’s been further tweaked by way of new traction bars, bushings, shock absorbers and rear sway bar. That power makes its way to the ground through 20-inch wheels wearing Y-rated performance tires. There’s also a new exhaust system that should provide a much meatier growl than the stock setup.Enlarge ImageThe Canyon’s design is a little long in the tooth, but SVE’s enhancements result in a pretty cool look, not too far from the Syclone of old. Specialty Vehicle Engineering The new Syclone also packs some aesthetic enhancements. On the outside, there’s a new hood with a power bump and a “455HP” badge. The rocker panels sport extensions, the grille surround is color-matched to the body, and that matching extends to the grille bars and rear bumper, too. Inside, there are custom-trimmed seats with Syclone graphics, new floor mats, a numbered dash plaque and unique key fobs. Only 100 will be built, and each Syclone will command a $39,995 premium on top of the truck’s MSRP. It could be worse — SVE’s 1,000-horsepower Camaro required $66,995 on top of the Camaro’s window sticker. The best part is, the truck can be ordered through a GMC dealer.Produced only in 1991, GMC built 2,995 examples of the original Syclone. Based on the Sonoma compact truck, it became the quickest pickup truck on the market, thanks to its turbocharged 4.3-liter V6, which put out 280 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque. It was capable of a sub-5-second sprint to 60 miles per hour, which is nuts for 1991 — and still pretty impressive today.Enlarge ImageMaxing out the payload capacity with a lowered suspension probably isn’t the best idea. Specialty Vehicle Engineering 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Post a comment More From Roadshow Trucks Sports Cars 0 More about 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problems Review • 2019 GMC Sierra AT4: A plush truck for mild off-roading 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Tags GMC Share your voice 2019 Chevy Blazer first drive: Sharp style, smooth ride