Stadiums ‘on track’ for 2010

first_imgLocal 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.last_img read more

Gliffy Unveils the First Online Diagramming API

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Related Posts Gliffy, one of the top Web-based diagramming tools, has released the first API for any service of its kind. This software as a service just got a complete UI makeover, and that, plus this new move, will let Gliffy really lead the pack in this space.The API is in public beta as of today. The developers who got access to the trial run have already built some dead-useful extensions, such as a WordPress plugin that allows you to incorporate diagrams and a script that automatically backs up your Gliffy account to your local machine. Other SaaS diagram makers include Lovely Charts and Draw Anywhere, but with these latest upgrades, Gliffy’s real target is desktop software like Visio and OmniGraffle. Gliffy has a respectable customer base and a loyal following, but getting business users to leave the desktop apps they know (even if they hate them) has been an uphill battle. With the API, the company hopes that the ability to extend and integrate the service with other platforms will become too attractive to pass up. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

This Year’s Fashion is Last Year’s Flavor

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Image by Jordan Tan.More and more, I notice how much sales development is a fashion business.New ideas are attractive because they are new and sometimes novel. There is a long line of magic bullet answers being offered for deep, systemic problems. Shiny objects are trotted out one after the other, each offering some hope that selling can be made easier, salespeople more effective.Many of the ideas presented are good, and many have a foundation in some truth. Many more are attempts to deal with complex and complicated problems with seemingly easy answers.It’s fashion. Every season is a new line, or maybe a new play on an old line that finally comes back into fashion.The real path to improvement lies in the fundamentals. It always has. The real path to improvement is difficult. It always has been. The easy answer is that the answers aren’t easy—at least executing on what really needs to change isn’t.If you are a salesperson, you need to know that the improvement you need is gained through learning and practicing the fundamentals of effective selling. There is no new set of clothes that you can put on that will make you more effective without you having done the work.If you are a sales manager, your team’s success depends on you helping them to execute on the fundamentals of effective selling—and your executing the fundamentals of good sales management. There isn’t any single answer to what ails you and your team that can’t be solved through the fundamentals, through blocking and tackling.If you are a sales leader, your sales organization’s path forward to your goal is through the disciplined execution of the fundamentals of effective selling. There is no magic bullet, no shiny object, and no easy answers. If you want your team to outperform their peers, then build the sales force with the greatest command of the fundamentals.QuestionsWhat is your fashion right now?How much of your  fashion is based on improving the fundamentals?Are you easily drawn in by seemingly easy answers to complex and complicated problems?What has to be underneath the new fashion for the new fashion to succeed? What’s timeless?last_img read more

Muslim woman claims threats from husband

first_imgA Muslim woman from Uttar Pradesh’s Sikandrabad, who had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking abolition of ‘nikah halala’ practice earlier this month, on Tuesday alleged that she has received death threats from her husband. The woman, Farzana, had claimed in her petition that she had been illegally divorced by her husband, leaving her and their daughter without any means of living or financial support. “From the day I have filed the petition, my husband has been pressuring me to withdraw it and has even threatened to kill me. He has also told me that going to the Supreme Court will not help me and I will be forced to do halala,” Farzana told reporters here. The practice of ‘nikah halala’ requires a divorced woman to marry someone else, consummate the marriage and then get a divorce in order to again marry her first husband under the Muslim Personal Law.last_img read more