An artist’s impression of Durban Stadium. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sifiso Cele OC media accreditation manager +27 (0)83 2010 338 [email protected] den HartighWith the 2010 Fifa World Cup only eight months away, the football tournament’s organising committee (OC) has invited the media to register for accreditation. This process, for professional permanent and freelance media, will launch on 5 December, the day after the final draw, and close on 31 January 2010.Apply onlineA media accreditation workshop held at Safa House, the South African Football Association’s headquarters, in Johannesburg on 5 October was the first in a countrywide campaign to educate the media on accreditation. At the briefing, OC representatives explained that media professionals have to apply online for accreditation on the Fifa Media Channel. The accreditation form can only be accessed once a new user account has been created. The registration process will also request media to attach a press card or other professional media credentials.The OC stressed that the online application does not guarantee accreditation – it is only the first step in the screening process. Sifiso Cele, OC media accreditation manager, said Fifa had asked the organising committee not to reveal the selection criteria, or the number of journalists that will receive accreditation in each country.He said everyone who applies will receive confirmation via email indicating whether their application was successful. Applicants who are rejected will be provided with reasons for the decision. Further motivation for such applications will be necessary, and journalists’ organisations may contact Fifa and the OC to review the decision.Successful applicants have to collect media tags and have their photos taken at media accreditation centres countrywide. Accredited media will receive an accreditation card, match and parking tickets, and supplementary accreditation devices (SADs) for press conferences, the match day, mixed zone, tribune and pitch.Jens-Peter Hecht, OC media operations manager, said it is also important to note that this is not a “blanket accreditation” for all Fifa World Cup events – media have to apply for SADs on an event-to-event basis.Cele explained that, as in previous World Cup finals, each football association will be allocated a quota of written press and photographer accreditations. Correspondents for foreign newspapers in South Africa should also submit requests for accreditation to their respective national associations in their country of origin.Freelance journalists and photographers have to follow the same process by registering online first. He emphasised that no late registrations of any media practitioners will be considered.Accreditation for the final drawJournalists who wish to cover the final draw on 4 December should apply for accreditation on the Media Channel between 1 and 31 October. In his presentation, Cele said that approvals of media accreditation requests would be limited to the capacity of the facilities.The application information submitted is also subject to a review process, the availability of space in the Cape Town International Convention Centre (where the draw will take place) and a security check.The Fifa Media ChannelBesides initial registration, the Media Channel will be a useful resource for journalists, photographers and other media professionals covering the World Cup. It will be a one-stop shop for everything to do with the event and registered users will have access to media information not available on FIFA.com.The Media Channel will have a detailed events calendar with listings of all Fifa and partner media events. Information on stadium media centres, transportation, parking, participating team-related activities, training sessions and special media announcements can also be found on the site. Most importantly, the Fifa Media Channel includes the match ticket application tool to request match tickets.Accreditation for broadcastersAt the workshop, the OC outlined the special conditions for Fifa non-rights local and international broadcast media. Marcia Mahlalela from Fifa TV explained that any broadcast organisation or persons who are not licensed rights holders (do not hold the broadcast rights for the event) fall within this category.Non-rights holders (NRH) who would like to cover the event can do so, provided they comply with certain criteria and are accredited. As is the case with other media, Mahlalela pointed out that only a certain number of NRH accreditations are available. Upon approval, the NRH will be issued with NRH accreditation and stickers to identify their broadcast equipment.She said that accredited NRH media would not be allowed to record or broadcast within the stadium precincts, including the surrounding areas where the match is taking place. The OC said that this is in an effort to protect the interests of rights holders. Anyone contravening this would have to leave the stadium and would have their accreditation withdrawn. NRHs will also not have access mixed zones, interview studios and press conference rooms.They can, however, request observer seats, provided there is space at least 90 minutes before the start of the game, but no broadcast or recording equipment can be brought into the stadium on match days. This provision is also on a first-come-first-served basis.Any footage required by a NRH can be obtained from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the media rights licensee. But Mahlalela emphasised that this does not entitle the NRH to upgrade their accreditation status to that of a rights holder.Some journalists expressed concerns about the difficulty in communicating with the SABC during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup earlier this year. Mahlalela assured the media that Fifa and the OC are in the process of ironing out any difficulties with the public broadcaster.2010 media accreditation workshopsMore workshops are scheduled in other parts of the country from 6 to 23 October:Polokwane: Tuesday 6 October 2009 from 11.30am -13.30 pm at Nirvana Hall, corner Orient and Tagore Street, opposite Nirvana LibraryMangaung/Bloemfontein: Thursday 8 October 2009 from 11.30am -13.30 pm at Indaba Auditorium Bram Fischer Building, corner Markgraff and Nelson Mandela Streets, BloemfonteinRustenburg: Monday 12 October 2009 from 11.30am -13.30 pm at 7th Floor, Rustenburg Local Municipality, corner Beyers Naude and Nelson Mandela DriveNelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth: Tuesday 20 October 2009 from 11.30am -13.30 pm at Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumDurban: Wednesday 21 October 2009 from 11.30am -13.30 pm – venue to be confirmedCape Town: Thursday 22 October 2009 from 11.30am -13.30 pm at The Crush Room, 5th Floor, Podium Block, Cape Town Civic CentreNelspruit: Friday 23 October 2009 from 11.30am -13.30 pm at Nelspruit Civic Centre, Council ChambersMedia are requested to RSVP to [email protected] or email Sifiso Cele at [email protected] or +27 (0)83 2010 338.
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#cloud#data#enterprise IT#IBM#Oracle#Redmonk#SAP#Software#Stephen O’Grady Perhaps the problem isn’t the sales teams’ execution – a “lack of urgency we sometimes see in the sales force” as Oracle president Safra Catz opined – but rather the very foundation for legacy enterprise software sales: the software license.It’s The Data, StupidAs Redmonk analyst Stephen O’Grady persuasively argues, the value of software as software has been declining for years. Value has been shifting to data, and software has either become free (open source) or distributed services made available over the web (cloud). Software revenue growth for the big vendors, not surprisingly, has slowed to a trickle, according to IDC data.This shifting emphasis away from software sales, toward data-based services, has crowned Google as the market capitalization leader among its “peers,” a trend that will likely continue for many years: Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now In fact, as O’Grady highlights, among the PWC global top-100 software vendors, none of the top-20 was founded after 1989. He concludes: “The data is clear: while there is substantial money in software, the difficulty of employing it as a primary revenue mechanism is increasing.”A Flight From Software To CloudFor this reason, we’ve seen IBM and others diversifying out of software, bulking up in services, differentiated hardware, and more, as PWC’s segmentation of software revenue among the world’s top-20 software vendors indicates:Source: PWC, 2013.Such a shift won’t happen overnight, and will be painful along the way. Very painful.For example, SAP has been struggling to become a cloud-friendly company, and it’s having deleterious effects on its earnings. As Wells Fargo analyst Jason Maynard spotlighted in a recent SAP research note, “increasing demand for cloud solutions is creating a negative drag on software license revenue growth.”Having lived through this at Novell, when we had to replace super high-margin NetWare revenue with lower-margin, lower-priced SUSE Linux revenue, I can state with some certainty that it’s a long, tough road (fortunately, one that SUSE seems finally to have completed). Still, some companies, IBM in particular, have managed to make the transition, though no legacy IT vendor has gone to the lengths that Google, Facebook, Salesforce and other new-breed “tech” companies have, essentially making the sales function an automated credit card transaction over the web.This friction-free, license-free model is the future. In this new world, purchasing power moves away from CIOs to developers, in the case of open source, and to line of business executives, in the case of cloud. Where it’s not moving, and likely never will again, is to the top lines of the legacy IT vendors. Software has become a service, not a big revenue driver. That fact won’t change, and shooting the sales messenger won’t help.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Matt Asay Who knew that IBM’s sales team was so bad? Or Oracle’s? Or Tibco’s? In a string of earnings calls, each of these titans of enterprise software put their respective sales teams to the sword, blaming them for the companies’ poor earnings reports. If only it were that easy.Shooting The Sales MessengerWhile we’ve talked about the decline of legacy software vendors for years, it’s only now that the rise of cloud and open source are showing up in the earnings reports of legacy IT vendors. First it was Oracle, signaling an end to the traditional enterprise software licensing model. Then Tibco. Now IBM.As IBM chief financial officer Mark Loughridge argued,We had solid profit performance in January, but as the quarter ended hundreds of millions of dollars of very profitable software and System z mainframe deals fell short of the goal line. On the software side of the house they had a very good listed deals and I think this was just pure execution. We should have closed those on a sales side.It would be easier to believe this if similar results (and excuses) weren’t popping up across the legacy IT vendor landscape, and this despite a flat to improving spending outlook by CIOs, according to recent Barclays survey data:
This hybrid role aims to develop the sport and help manage competitions throughout South Australia. Reporting to the SA Business Operations Manager, it is envisaged that the responsibilities of this position will be evenly distributed between junior development and competition management, providing a unique opportunity to gain vast experience in sports administration.Applicants should email/post a covering letter and job specification addressing the qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to Tim Wyld: [email protected] (400 Gilles Street, Adelaide SA 5000) Please find the attached position description and/or call Tim Wyld on (08) 8402 4188 for more information. Related Fileshybrid_junior_development_competitions_coordinator_pd-pdf
The following memo provides a brief overview for all 2014 X-Blades NTL and Elite Eight competition participants and spectators regarding on-field discipline and expectations associated with conduct. The Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board and Management reaffirm TFA’s position on the key requirement of enforcing and supporting a safe and harassment-free environment for all participants. In particular, we commit to providing a positive participation experience where all parties are afforded respect and courtesy for the role they fulfil within the game.As a sport and organisation we do not condone or tolerate any form of abuse or harassment. This should be a minimum expectation of all participants in the sport. To this end, we will be providing a clear guideline for enforcement throughout the 2014 X-Blades NTL and Elite Eight competitions, particularly associated with instances that occurs on-field.This expectation applies to all tournament participants including players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators. It is linked to all organisational policies as well as the responsibility code, which will be available and promoted clearly throughout the events.In particular, we wish to provide for our referee community and staff an environment which is free from such abuse or harassment. Both parties are enforcing rules associated with the event and should be able to do so in a way which is afforded due respect by all participants.TFA recognises the vital role referees play in our great game, and supports their right to be respected whilst doing so. To that end ‘zero tolerance’ will apply to any form of abuse or harassment of referees and officials.The Protocol will be partnered by a Video Campaign created by Touch Football SA, the South Australian Government and the Office for Recreation and Sport which will be accessible via the TFA YouTube Channel or you can view in the window below. For more information, please click on the memo attached as well as the Discipline Protocol document. Related Filesdiscipline_protocol_-_memo-pdfdiscipline_protocol-pdfRelated LinksTFA Discipline Protocol
Gunnarsson: I’ve stayed in touch with Solskjaer; he told me this about Man Utd job…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City attacker Aron Gunnarsson is backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for success at Manchester United.Gunnarsson says Solskjaer’s standing as a United legend will give him a much better chance of success than when in charge of Cardiff when he struggled badly amid major turmoil at the club.Cardiff midfielder Gunnarsson said: “He came in with a positive attitude, looking at the game in a different way. He tried to impact his style of football.“Unfortunately it didn’t work but he’s got a good squad at Man United and all the very best to him. It’s a different job.”The fans know him as a legend. He’s given them good times before and it’s for them to re-live that moment again.“I talked to him afterwards, I kept in touch with him after he left.”He said to me it was a dream job for him to come and manage Man United because he was a player there for years and knows the club inside and out and it’s going to life the fans as well having him on the side-line.”All the very best to him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Ohio State basketball team didn’t sign any new recruits for this season, but they did add two new players. In mid-October, the OSU basketball team held tryouts for new walk-ons to make the team. After all was said and done, two new walk-ons had impressed the coaching staff enough to earn a spot on the roster.Eddie Days, a 6-foot guard, and Dustin Reynolds, a 6-foot-6-inch forward, were the two players that made the team.“It was amazing. I‘ve always dreamed of playing here, playing at a big school like this and just being part of a great program,” Reynolds said. “I am living a dream every day, working hard and just trying to make the guys better.”Days also shared his excitement about making the team, the second time he has made the OSU roster.“I was real excited,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been working on since the beginning of the summertime.” Days made the team two seasons ago, but could not stay on the team due to injuries. He is now healthy and ready to contribute. “I just want to fit in and become part of the team,” Days said. “I know my job; my job is to help out in practice and get those guys ready for the games.” The Cleveland native was a three-time letterwinner in basketball during high school at Richmond Heights. At OSU he will be a senior academically, but he will have two years left of eligibility to play basketball for the Buckeyes. It was the first time going through the process for Reynolds. He played one season at Hillsdale College, but sat out last season with an injured back. Now injury-free, Reynolds will return to the basketball court wearing a Buckeye uniform. Reynolds led his high school team in scoring and rebounding. It was always his dream to play basketball for the Buckeyes, he said.In this first season with OSU, Reynolds will be red-shirted, since he transferred in to OSU from a different school. Under NCAA rules, a player who transfers between Division I schools must sit out a year. When he sees actual game action next season, he will have two years of eligibility remaining. This season, he will be a big part of helping the players get better at practice and preparing them for games. This same group of Buckeyes has been playing together for a year, so the players understand what it takes to win. Both walk-ons want to come in and fit into the system. They know their roles on this team and they just want to contribute to this already good basketball team. “I expect great things,” Reynolds said. “We’re having great practices and who knows, we’re just going to ride things out and see where it takes us.”
Romelu Lukaku scored a brace in both of his World Cup games so far and he helped Belgium to pick another huge win in the group stage – and Didier Drogba claimed that he is taking advantage of his advice.Drogba used to play together with Lukaku back in their times at Chelsea and the Ivory Coast legend learned a couple of things his younger colleague which was visible ahead of his first goal against Tunisia.The former Chelsea striker spoke about Lukaku’s shot as he said, according to Give Me Sport:Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We’re talking about Lukaku being able to change the angle of his runs and to create his own space and being able to shoot, that’s exactly what he did there, attracting the defender one way and going the other.”“Then he did something that I really like and I spoke with him a lot about, the short steps before kicking the ball just like a tennis player before they hit the ball, this is giving him more accuracy and it’s easier for him to hit the target like that.”“He’s also learning from Thierry Henry and I think when you want to be the best, you have to learn from ‘the best’.”
Olympique De Marseille are closing in on a deal to sign Kevin Strootman from AS Roma.The Holland international is expected to have his medical with the French team tomorrow in Marseille ahead of a permanent move.The French giants have had an offer in the region of €23million and add-ons accepted by the Giallorossi over the weekend.Calciomercato.com exclusively reported Marseille’s bid this morning and now various reports in Italy say that Strootman has also agreed to join the French club.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.The reports indicate the Dutchman will be in South France tomorrow to undergo his medical tests with the Ligue 1 giants.After the sale of Alisson and Radja Nainggolan, Roma fans are definitely not happy with the club’s decision to sell another cornerstone of the club even if the Giallorossi have signed the likes of Javier Pastore, Bryan Cristante, and Steven N’Zonzi this summer.Strootman was not included in the squad that will face Atalanta tomorrow. Eusebio Di Francesco had announced today that the Dutchman could be left out of the Giallorossi squad due to ongoing talks with Marseille.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There will be TWO meetings about the Swan Lake Fire.– Wednesday, Aug 21 at the Cooper Landing School – 6:00 pm– Thursday, Aug 22 at the Sterling Community Center – 6:00 pm. Updates will be posted as they are made available. Please attend a meeting that is closest to you to avoid adding traffic congestion on the highway.