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.
17 July 2013Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu handed over two computer laboratories to Alexandria Primary School and Ukhanyo Secondary School in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday as the province geared up to celebrate Mandela Day.Speaking at the handover, Sisulu said that giving learners information technology skills would ensure that the lack of skills in the field was addressed, thus boosting the country’s economy.“Our country’s economy is dependent on the success of the information technology industry, which we rely on to connect to the rest of the world in conducting business,” Sisulu said.She added that former president Nelson Mandela’s “never give up” attitude should be embraced by all South Africans as the nation and the world prepared to honour the great man on his 95th birthday.“As we celebrate the iconic Madiba we must, though we know we can never be like him, strive to do good as he continues to inspire us, even when he is in hospital right now.”The State Information Technology Agency (SITA), which donated the two computer laboratories, will also provide technical maintenance and support, in addition to a technician on site at the schools to provide support on an ongoing basis.This will be in addition to training that will be given to teachers on information communications technology for a three-month period.Sisulu also handed over a vegetable garden to Bhongweni Primary School as part of an initiative to promote food security in the community.“Just like Madiba did in fighting poverty, this vegetable garden we are handing over today should serve as a first step in ensuring that poverty is history. This garden will ensure that the community is able to feed itself,” Sisulu said.“We will also, in an effort to encourage residents to have vegetable gardens, start a competition where the best garden will be rewarded.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
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MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Beijing’s urban center will host indoor events such as ice hockey and figure skating, largely in venues left over from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. However, a lack of mountains and natural snow requires that ski events be held at sports clusters in Chongli as well as Beijing’s rural Yanqing county, both of which will be connected to the city center by a high-speed rail line. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this picture taken on August 22, 2017, people snowboard at the Wanda Harbin Ice and Snow Park in Harbin.At Dalian Wanda Group’s new Ice and Snow Park, chilly winds blew snowflakes around skiers zipping down the manmade slopes of the world’s largest indoor ski park, a potent symbol of China’s ambitions to turn itself into a winter sports powerhouse ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / TO GO WITH China-lifestyle-ski, FEATURE by Yanan WANGBEIJING — Beijing, host of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, has a snow problem: Hardly any of the white stuff falls on the Chinese capital despite freezing temperatures.Taking the matter in hand, the games organizing committee has formed a “snow affairs work team” and invited experts from Finland, Canada and other nations to help out, according to the official “2017 Beijing FactFile” produced by the city government.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The work team would “expedite research on key technologies for making and preserving snow, and start to formulate a work plan to ensure suitable snow resources,” the publication said.Also on Thursday, Beijing Vice Mayor Zhang Jiandong said all venues and transport links for the games would be completed by the end of 2019, allowing Beijing to begin staging test events the next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Progress on all these projects has been moving ahead smoothly,” Zhang said at a briefing on the sidelines of the twice-a-decade congress of China’s ruling Communist Party.Beijing was awarded the games in 2015, defeating Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the voting to become the first city to have been awarded both the Summer and Winter Olympics. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:31Ban on online gambling? ‘China can’t dictate on us’ — PH envoy01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kings see Game 4 as ‘do-or-die’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
Touch Football Australia is hosting it’s annual National Training Squad Camp, at Valentine’s Park in Sydney on 1-2 July, 2006.In the Interest of Coach Education, TFA are wanting to invite 3-5 coaches to attend the camp. The coaches will be selected from nominations of those who are:Current Level 2 or 3 NTL Opens Coach Active Opens Coach outside of NTL Endorsed by Permit or State TFA selected Mens, Womens and Mixed Open squads at the recent National Touch League.The purpose of the camp is to :Educate and access players on the TFA high performance program.Monitor and access players with the ability to compete in the 2009 Youth World Cup ; and Expose National Athletes to the highest level of coaching.Australia’s Open coaches and Australian Open representatives will be in attendance along with invited Youth Development members. The invitation is to potential coaches to attend the camp to provide them with the latest coaching techniques and developments.TFA will cover the accommodation and meals while at the camp, however the invited coaches will be required to make their own travel arrangements to and from the camp.A maximum of 3 to 5 coaches will be selected and those coaches will be notified as to their success.All applicants should submit a short resume of their coaching history with an emphasis on Opens coaching, and a short statement regarding the value they will bring to the camp and hence their selection.Nominations close on Monday 22nd May. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Maree Curran on email@example.com or (02) 6285 2703.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nicol urges calm around Chelsea outcast Pulisicby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Steve Nicol says Christian Pulisic will come good at Chelsea.Chelsea fans have been pleading with Frank Lampard to give Pulisic more game time in the league, but the boss seems to prefer Pedro and Willian on either flank with Tammy Abraham in the middle.Regardless, Nicol explained on ESPN FC that Chelsea fans need to just give the youngster time, because he will get good in the end.“I think everyone should calm down,” he said.“He’s 21, he’s just started out on his Premier League career.“He’s what, six or seven games in? And everyone is jumping up and pressing the panic button.“This kid has ability, he also has something very important – a level head.“As much as everyone around him may be panicking, he understands that – because he’s been through it already at Dortmund.“He knows that patience is needed, and that through the ability he has, he’ll get there in the end.“I’m sure that right now he’s thinking – I’ve done it all before, I need to step up a level, but I can do this.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce: England will happen for Longstaff brothersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce says the Longstaff brothers are capable of playing for England.Sean, 21, and Matty, 19, have never been involved with the national team at any level and, until recently, were not part of the list of young players being tracked inside St George’s Park.But Bruce said: “I think they just have to be given time. They will find their way if they’re playing regularly.”I would think in the next few weeks, if they’re both going to be in the team, then they will come under the spotlight. Gareth has a blueprint of putting young players in and changing it, which is quite refreshing.”So if they keep playing to a certain level, everything will find them, whether it’s international call-ups, new contracts, new cars, the whole lot will fall into place.”
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against the USC Trojans in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Among the most prominent college football talking points heading into week two was that of Ohio State’s weak remaining schedule. Michigan State is the only ranked team on the Buckeyes’ schedule, which many SEC coaches, including Bret Bielema and Dan Mullen, complained about. The weekend did not go well for those two; Mullen lost by two against LSU despite the Tigers failing to generate any kind of passing offense, while Bielema’s Razorbacks were embarrassed by Toledo.When asked about the complaints during his Monday press conference, Meyer said that he doesn’t pay attention to any other team’s schedule.Asked about strength of conferences, Urban Meyer: “I don’t know anyone else’s schedule. … I don’t know how (people) know that.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) September 14, 2015Urban Meyer says he has no idea how the Big Ten is perceived right now. “I don’t know anyone’s schedule…I don’t care.”— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 14, 2015While conference pride plays a factor in college football, for the top teams in the country, that’s probably the correct approach.