Fifa inspection kicks off

first_imgTamara O’ReillyWorld football body Fifa, along with the 2010 Local Organising Committee (OC) is currently on a week-long inspection tour of South Africa to assess the country’s readiness to host the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.Taking place in June 2009, the cup is considered a dress rehearsal for the 2010 Fifa World Cup as it requires the country to be able to handle an influx of tourists and media as well as travel, accommodation and security for players.Known as the Champion of Champions tournament, the Confederations Cup is contested every four year by the winners of each of six Fifa confederation championships held across the world, along with the Fifa World Cup champion and the host country.“The 2010 Fifa World Cup is one project which gives hope to all of us,” said Dr Irvin Khoza, OC chair, at the launch of the inspection.“We have come a long way. Everybody’s convinced we’re doing a good job. We are only 18 months away now from the Confederations Cup and we’re happy with what we’ve achieved, which is there for the whole country to see.”This is Fifa’s fourth site inspection since South Africa was given the right to host the events, and only two more remain. Site inspections focus on space planning, or the way the stadiums and the areas around them are being prepared for the event.Of the six venues being inspected, four will be used for the Confederation Cup. These are Ellis Park in Johannesburg, host of South Africa’s victorious 1995 Rugby World Cup final, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, which regularly holds Springbok and Bulls Super 14 rugby matches, Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace and the Free State Stadium, home of the Cheetahs’ Super 14 rugby.First stop was Ellis Park and surrounds, both of which are still being renovated.“We are very excited with what we have seen at Ellis Park,” said Ron Delmont, head of Fifa in South Africa.“We look at things like spectator flows, the movement of players and access. We are now ready to sign off on a number of usage areas in the stadium and if this progress is replicated in other stadiums then I don’t see why this World Cup won’t be a success.”Fifa has already expressed their satisfaction at South Africa’s handling of the 2010 preliminary draw in November 2007, which saw several soccer dignitaries, media and fans converge in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.Useful linksFifaConfederations Cup African Cup of Nations CONMEBOLUEFA CONCACAFlast_img read more

Nine Awesome iPhone Apps for Business

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Maybe it’s odd to be recommending iPhone apps right now, with the house of cards that is the confused App Store policy falling down on Apple’s head. But business users, we know you’ve got no time for listening to the woes of developers. You need to get things done. From file sharing and mobile meetings to serious data analysis and business intelligence, here are nine of the coolest apps for enterprise iPhone users that we could find. Considering the economy, we also tried to stick to the free and low-cost options, and you’d be surprised just how much you can get for so little.RoambiFor data geeks, this is the coolest enterprise app ever made. Roambi is basically a visualizer for reports and business intelligence, and the enterprise server lets you connect with data from applications like Excel, Salesforce.com, Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports. If you haven’t taken a look at this, go do so right now.Cost: freeGet itBox.netBox.net is a SaaS collaboration and file-sharing platform that positions itself as a SharePoint alternative. The free mobile app, which is also available on BlackBerry, lets you stay up to date on the files being shared in your company. There are other file-sharing and FTP apps out there, but Box.net is fast, is reliable, and has the right approach to collaboration. Cost: freeGet itFuze MeetingI prefer Fuze Meeting’s mobile version for meetings and Web conferencing to the Cisco WebEx iPhone app. It works just as reliably and has a chat feature that’s on par with others, but it’s a much more intuitive and interesting experience. That’s sure to be a win when it comes to holding people’s attention during mobile meetings. Cost: freeGet itBumpBump isn’t limited strictly to business, but it’s the best business card replacement on the iPhone. All you have to do is open the app, hold your phone, and then gently touch hands in the fist bump position. That’s it. There are other virtual contacts applications, but the physical action required in Bump is just cool. Adding a simple meatspace component was a stroke of genius and makes Bump a joy to use. Cost: freeGet itiXpenseItThe best thing about this expense recorder is that zero functionality is withheld in the free version; you’re just limited to 10 expenses. Entering your data is easy, but the two really nice features are how they’re viewed and what you can do with them. Once you’ve got all your expenses in the app, you’ve got the choice of three different viewing options: summaries, bar charts and graphs. Once you’ve got a handle on things, you can export the data via email in either HTML or CSV. Cost: free for the Lite version or $4.99Get itThingsThere are so many apps for to-do lists and task management it’s insane. I use a free one, and the mobile version of Remember The Milk isn’t bad either. But in a crowded space, we’re going to take advice from a geek we trust and recommend Things. It’s got an easy-to-navigate interface that’s not too busy, but it’s a little more fully-featured than most of the free to-do list apps. Cost: $9.99Get itFreshBooksMobile time tracking and invoicing are fantastic, and FreshBooks’ mobile app gets the job done in that department. Doing time tracking on a mobile device is something I find much easier even if I’m working on my laptop or desktop, and the easy switch from tracking to invoicing makes life much easier. Cost: freeGet itYammerWe’ve pointed out the big problems with Yammer in the past, and enterprise microblogging is a space that’s still developing quickly. Obviously, if your coworkers are reluctant or IT policy prevents it, this isn’t going to be a useful app. But if you’re using Twitter for the enterprise, Yammer has the best mobile integration at this point. Be sure to look for mobile apps for other platforms coming in the next year or so. Cost: freeGet itSalesforce MobileLast but not least is the mobile app for the elephant in the room when it comes to SaaS CRMs. Salesforce’s mobile support is impressive, to say the least. For mobile salespeople out chasing leads, there’s no better way to access all kinds of essential data. Cost: freeGet itIf you’ve got any other favorite iPhone apps you use for business, be sure to mention them below. There are some great apps we didn’t mention here for the sake of sticking to the broadest possible audience, but we know that ones specific to sales, content management and IT are out there. Photo by William Hook Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Products Related Posts center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven wallinglast_img read more

Top seed Ateneo braces for FEU as ‘real fight’ begins in Final 4

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ “Of course this is the start of the real fight, the real UAAP, the playoffs,” said Almadro in Filipino after Ateneo’s three-set win over University of the East, 25-20, 27-25, 25-11, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“We’re now in the Final Four, this is what’s important because this is our chance to get to the finals. Our mindset is to get back to the finals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAteneo played in the finals for six straight seasons, all against De La Salle, from 2012 until 2018 but saw that streak snapped after the Lady Eagles lost to Far Eastern University in the Final Four of Season 80.The Lady Eagles, though, could get their retribution in this season’s semifinals when they test their mettle against the Lady Tamaraws. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ateneo secures top seeding, rips UE Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo will head to the Final Four of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament with the league’s best record at 12-2, but head coach Oliver Almadro said the semifinals is a whole different playing field.Almadro said the Final Four is the start of the fight that the Lady Eagles have prepared for throughout the season.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “This is a test of character for the team, last year we played against them in the semifinals,” said Almadro who took over the team at the start of Season 81. “It’s time to show our character. We have to work hard to be back in the finals.”Almadro added that they should treat FEU with respect as the school holds the most UAAP women’s volleyball titles at 29.The Lady Tamaraws are also gunning to end a 10-year title drought.“FEU is a really good team considering its winning tradition. We have to respect them, we acknowledge what they can do.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Montreals Mirabel cargo airport to get 107 million for expansion

first_imgMIRABEL, Que. — Montreal’s Mirabel airport does not have enough space to expand its flagship air cargo business.On Tuesday, the federal government and local airport authority sought to change that, announcing $107 million in funding to boost the airport’s capacity for goods-handling and infrastructure.Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the money will go toward building 20,000 square metres of warehouse space for air freight and logistics.It will also fund an expansion to the main aircraft parking lot and upgrades to the neighbouring road network.Ottawa will contribute $50 million to the infrastructure project and the Montreal airport authority will offer up $57 million.Garneau says the goal is to beef up trade volumes, stimulate economic growth and create jobs. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bangladeshs birth most significant event of Pranabs public life

first_imgPranab Mukherjee. Reuters File PhotoFormer Indian president Pranab Mukherjee has said the birth of an independent Bangladesh remains the “most significant” event in his public life.“To my mind it is Bangladesh, the birth of a nation of 12 or 13 crore people in 1971. That is the most significant event since I joined public life,” Pranab told The Times of India in an interview.He said he still remembers that Indira Gandhi, then prime minister of India, made a short statement in both Houses saying, “I am happy to inform the House that Pakistan army has surrendered to the joint command of the Indian army and the Bangladesh Mukti Bahini and now Dhaka is the free capital of free Bangladesh.”On pronouncement on the two-nation theory, the former Indian president said that will be an over-simplification of the whole issue because the two-nation theory was challenged at the very time of its pronouncement.“It (the partition of Pakistan) once again established that mere religion cannot be the basis of a state. There are many other factors: religion, language, customs, culture and social systems,” he said.Responding to a question on Kashmir issue, he said Indira Gandhi took the wisest decision by declaring the unilateral ceasefire.“If India had not declared unilateral ceasefire, there would have been expansion of the conflict. It would have engulfed both India and Pakistan because America was bent on protecting the unity of western Pakistan after they had lost the hope on eastern Pakistan. Soviet Russia also did not want the war to be extended,” Pranab said.The Times of India published the long interview on Thursday.Pranab Mukherjee remains in the news even after the end of his term and a long innings in public life. His book ‘Coalition Years’ has trained the spotlight on the major events that shaped UPA governments.last_img read more

Gang of girls

first_imgComing from a musically rich background, Sawani Shende has made a mark of her own in the Classical music genre. She started performing at the age of 10 and has never looked back since then. She has now started an international venture with the music icon Tina Turner. Read on..How did your musical journey start?The journey of my concerts started when I was invited to perform at the Pt. Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Samaroh in Delhi when I was thirteen. On the same day, I was honoured when I performed for the then President of India, R Venkatraman at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. I have come up with numerous albums since then. I have been performing abroad in concerts right since 1998. I have toured many countries like USA, Canada, Qatar, Switzerland and Germany. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Tell us about your album Beyond and how is it different from many others?Beyond Love Within is a really unique album. It’s not just any other spiritual album but its an album comprising of three different religions and cultures – Hinduism, Christianism and Buddhism. This venture is all about female power. What are your contributions in the band that makes it special?I have chosen some traditional Hindu shlokas as well as some new self  composed verses for this album in praise of Goddess Saraswati, Lami, Parvati, Durga etc. I have also sung a Meera Bhajan in this album. The striking feature is that I have composed all the tunes for the Hindu texts myself. My training in Hindustani classical music made it easier for me to adapt to the western harmonies keeping the gist , originality and grace of our material intact with its own individual identity. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow would you define your musical philosophy?I strongly believe that music is the fastest and the nearest path to reach up to god! I sing not only to please the audience and make them happy but to please god as I want to worship Him through my singing.In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think the main issues are?Our country has great musical heritage which we should be proud of. The great Indian classical music tradition is acclaimed worldwide and people have started to know the importance of this music not only for entertainment but for great spiritual values like peace and meditation. The main problem I think is that the youth should understand the importance of this rich musical heritage rather than just running behind commercial music and show biz. We should strive to preserve our own culture with pride and try to take it across Indian boundaries. Tell us a bit about your music. What defines your music and songs?My music is a blend of the kirana and Gwalior gharanas of Indian classical music. Also i love to perform semi classical genres like thumri, dadra and bhajans. I always like to combine my performance with strong traditional values as well as aesthetical valuesWhat suggestions/advice would you have for newbie’s in music?There is no shortcut to success. Music should have values of dignity, peace and meditation. You should keep on adding new things to the mainstream but at the same time be grounded to your roots. Be proud of your country and its cultural values.last_img read more

8 Gadgets to Green Your Office

first_img 2 min read Product:SoyPrintPrice: $60 to $199How it saves: Now available for office printing, soy-based toners are recyclable, nontoxic and free of petroleum products. SoyPrint is compatible with Hewlett-Packard business printers and Canon fax machines, and it makes paper easier to recycle or even compost. SoyPrint toners for other brands are expected to roll out this month.Product:Western Digital Caviar GreenPower Hard DrivePrice: Starting at $70How it saves: Reduce power use and increase energy efficiency with GreenPower hard drives, which are quieter and cooler than their counterparts. These drives save 4 watts to 5 watts per year compared to standard drives.Product:LED LightsPrice: $220How it saves: Powered by Brillia LED modules, these lights use 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and 30 percent less than fluorescents. They also last longer and emit very little heat.Product:Encore Electronics Thin ClientPrice: $110How it saves: Reduce the power you use while computing by having multiple workers share a PC or server’s computing power. One PC can power about 10 Thin Clients; one server can power about 30. A Thin Client uses only 5 watts to 10 watts a year, whereas a desktop uses about 350 watts.Product:Solio Magnesium Edition Hybrid ChargerPrice: $170How it saves: This solar- and wall-powered portable charger has a USB input for devices like iPhones, and comes with a set of Universal iGo tips to connect to various phones. One hour of sun will give you 20 minutes of talk time, and its battery stores a charge for up to a year.Product:Critical Links EdgeBoxPrice: Starting at $2,500How it saves: Replace four to six standalone communications devices with this small box that consolidates your phone system, e-mail server, web server, fax, security, VPN, data storage and more. It saves materials and power, and can be scaled from 10 to 300 employees.Product:Dell OptiPlex 960 Desktop Energy EfficientPrice: Starting at $863How it saves: This PC’s energy-saving features let you use 43 percent less power than the previous model. Dell uses at least 10 percent post-consumer recycled plastic on the compact structure and up to 89 percent recyclable packaging. The desktop also has optional QuietKit technology to reduce noise by 60 percent.Product:Occupancy Motion Sensor Llight SwitchesPrice: $18 to $62How it saves: Don’t waste electricity by leaving lights on in unoccupied rooms. With simple-to-install infrared occupancy detectors, you won’t have to worry about anyone forgetting to flip the switch. This story appears in the March 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 13, 2009 Register Now »last_img read more