Zuma: SA crazy about football

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma celebrates the50-day countdown with a rendition ofthe Diski Dance.(Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia FischerFifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0470RELATED ARTICLES• SA pride in World Cup at 90%• World Cup 2010? Yes, we can• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling• World Cup fever hits the roadSource: The PresidencyPresident Jacob Zuma was in Kimberley on 21 April to mark the start of the 50 days’ countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Wearing a yellow Bafana Bafana shirt, the president addressed a capacity crowd, encouraging the nation to get behind the home team, and praising the enthusiasm of South Africans in the run-up to the long-awaited football tournament.His speech follows below:Premier of the Northern Cape, Ms Hazel Jenkins;MECs;Safa president Mr Kirsten Nematandani;CEO of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan;Representatives from the 2010 Fifa World Cup sponsors, affiliates and partners;Fellow South Africans,It feels almost like a dream to say that today marks exactly 50 days to go before the kick-off of the spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament in this country.That is the moment which we are all waiting for, our maiden showcase for the African continent with the tournament of this magnitude. We have spoken about the year 2010 for so many years in this country that it became synonymous with football and celebrations. But somehow it just seemed to be taking too long to come, until now!The celebration of 50 days before kick off today is a culmination of the efforts of more than a decade of hard work and dedication. We thank the organisers and all stakeholders for their tenacity and distinct character in bringing this tournament here and preparing so meticulously for it.We also thank the people of South Africa for all the initiatives which they are mounting even today, towards the success of this tournament and beyond.Included among these tourism ambassador programme, of about 15 000 volunteers who will be placed across the host cities during the tournament, as well as a wide range of efforts from various sectors.South Africans embraced the World Cup tournament many years ago. They literally cried when we failed to win the rights to host the tournament first time round, and have been on a roll ever since, preparing for this excitement of a lifetime.Esteemed guests,What is happening in the country at the moment is quite a marvel to watch. The nation is seized with exhilaration and great anticipation. The flags and the colours of the country are in display all over, in the cars, in our houses, and in the attire. Football Fridays have been so popularised that most wish they were a daily indulgence.Taxi ranks, cafes, streets and literally every corner of the country becomes bright yellow on Fridays, a nation crazy about football and determined to make this tournament succeed beyond expectations. It is heartening to see how the entire nation is united in support of our national team. This harmony should define us and resonate in a wide range of spheres even outside sports.Nowhere else has this exhilaration been so expressly demonstrated and overwhelming than last week at the ticket sales outlets countrywide, where people spent a night queuing for tickets.On this note, we pay tribute to our compatriot who unfortunately lost his life while still on queue to buy a ticket. We extend our condolences to the family and relatives; we are truly saddened by this tragic incident. His patriotism and love for his country must be repaid by the support that South Africans will give to this tournament to the end.We are also enthused by the contribution of the private sector in this tournament, particularly with their motley array of Proudly South African products, including in arts and culture activities, as well as crafts. They have also contributed in ways that might be too numerous to mention, but all of those have played a crucial role towards the success that we are celebrating today as a nation.With an estimated turnout of thousands of members of media, this country is sure to receive the publicity that it has never received before. The story of this country is going to be narrated and retold in many languages to all parts of this world.Ladies and gentlemen,We are here today in Kimberley as part of team South Africa to mobilise our people behind this tournament and to communicate our readiness to host the event. Kimberley occupies a special place in the history and heritage of this country.This is the place where the world descended in the 19th century on what was popularly known as the big diamond rush. It is the place which heralded massive change in the economic landscape of our country and it has all kinds of relics to bear witness to this. This is why it is a famous tourist site and we believe that the Uruguay side was under no illusions when they chose this place as their base camp.It was at this stadium, in January 2009, where government, the Organising Committee in partnership with the South African Football Association and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) launched the 2010 Mass Mobilisation Roadshow which focused on youth development in sports and to create awareness on this tournament. I am hopeful that one day this city and province will have a football team in the Premier division.On this note, I therefore wish to commend the non-host cities for all the efforts that they have contributed towards the tournament. Most of them have provided base camps for the teams, preparing both accommodation and training facilities.In these seemingly limited ways, they will be able to showcase our ability even outside the scope of host cities. Each and every town in this country bears ineffaceable imprints of the history of this country, and has its own variety to offer. So it does not begin and end in host cities.We must remember that there is easy communication across the country. People will be visiting places far away from the host cities in between the games. Therefore I also thank the people of Kimberley and the Northern Cape in general for supporting this tournament.Programme director,This country has made all the preparations for the tournament and it is ready for it. Our host stadiums have been completed and match-tested. Any work that is still being done is just finishing touches on the precincts. We have made massive infrastructure upgrades and as it was indicated at the beginning of this year in Parliament, these projects will also continue beyond 2010.Our airports are ready; just yesterday we were opening the expanded OR Tambo International Airport and other airfields in various towns have been upgraded.Our much touted Gautrain will be able to ferry the people with ease from Sandton to the OR Airport. Plans have also been made to take care of any eventuality arising from power supply. Backup generators have been arranged. We will also be treating the world to first class fibre broadcast information technology, thanks to Telkom and Sentech.Security has also been adequately addressed. Provinces have developed detailed security plans, which have been synchronised to the national plan.Additional funds of more than a billion rand have been allocated for safety and security matters. These include additional service personnel, helicopters and all the required resources. Our security departments are co-operating with international law enforcement agencies to eliminate all threats to the event. So there is nothing that has been left to chance and no alarms should be raised about this.Another additional issue is that there are plans to establish special courts for this tournament so as to deal with the offences promptly. Emergency measures and disaster management plans have been completed in the host cities. Sufficient funds have been allocated for this purpose.Environmental plans to relieve stress on our natural resources are also in place, and a host of beautification, green goal and waste management projects are in place.We will also ensure smooth entry and departure from various ports of entry and measures to that effect will be announced. The opening and closing ceremonies have been planned and rehearsals are underway.Esteemed guests,Considerable spin-offs have been reaped from the preparations towards the tournament. About 66 813 direct jobs were created but the number is significantly higher when we consider indirect labour impact.Close to R9-billion (US$1.2-billion) has been accrued to households, including those in the low income bracket. This tournament will contribute R4.9-billion ($616-million) to real GDP this year 2010, with the impact on the wide range of industries.It is in industries such as tourism where consumption is expected to be at its pinnacle. The Department of Trade and Industry is assisting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) sector to exploit event related business opportunities, such as crafts, hospitality, food, beverages and many others.The capital investment has also been so massive and will also be the lasting legacy which will improve our competitive edge in other tournaments. With the 846 billion rand infrastructure programme rolling out, the government is set to continue with this expansion even way beyond 2010.Therefore there is no gainsaying the fact that this tournament has made a massive impact in our economy already, and that its legacy will be equally impregnable.Now is the time for all of us to own this event, to make it our responsibility, as individuals and as a collective, to create necessary conditions for the success of this event.This is the single greatest opportunity we have ever had to showcase our diversity and potential to the world. We must rise and tell the story of a continent which is alive with possibilities and resilient people who embrace people from other nations and cultures.As we mark 50 days to the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, even if we may still have one or two things outstanding here and there, the bottom line is that it is here, and we can feel it.Let us celebrate this moment, and be good hosts.I know that we have what it takes to do so!I thank you.Delia FischerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Read more: /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1692:tickets-160410&catid=46:2010news&Itemid=118#ixzz0lvIufe7Alast_img read more

Google Image Swirl Brings the Wonder Wheel to Photo Search

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Google just announced a new product in Google Labs: Google Image Swirl. Image Swirl introduces a Wonder Wheel-like user interface for Google Images. The new search interface combines the Wonder Wheel experience with Google’s ability to find similar images and discover faces in these images. Instead of just showing one image, the Image Swirl interface displays a stack of photos. Clicking on this stack opens up a Wonder Wheel with related images clustered around the original photo. Tags:#Google#news#web For now, Image Swirl only works for about 200,000 queries, though Google plans to include more in the near future. Better Photo Search Through Smarter AlgorithmsThis new feature takes image search to a new level, as it doesn’t just display the most relevant images. Instead, Google notes, these “are the most relevant groups of images.” To create these clusters of related images, Google analyzes the characteristics of the images themselves, but the algorithm also looks at meta tags and other clues in the description of these images. Google uses the same algorithms to find and organize images of landmarks in its index.In an interview with eWeek, Google Image Swirl Product Manager Aparna Chennapragada said that this new service is part of Google’s drive to “go beyond just relying on text.” Bing introduced its visual search feature a few weeks ago and is still ahead of Google in bringing these features to its core search product. Image Swirl makes looking for images on Google a far more interactive and fun experience. For now, Image Swirl is only a labs product – and some of the results can be a bit off at times – but chances are that this feature will find its way into the search options panel on Google Images in the future. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Blockchain Has Come to the U.S. Real Estate Market

first_imgLate last year, a precedent-setting property sale in Vermont became the first real estate transaction in the United States to use blockchain, portending a new era in the sale of land and improvements. Blockchain technology is an industry disrupter on the cusp of improving transactions across all sectors and borders. It is suggested that blockchain may do for the $217 trillion U.S. real estate market what the portable phone did for communications,  and that may be an understatement. Blockchain will address high transaction costs, long time delays, and heterogeneity of real estate transaction types, accelerating the investment in real estate across sectors, the nation, and the globe.RELATED ARTICLESGiving Green Certification a Home in Real Estate ListingsTransforming the Real Estate MarketA Neighborhood Microgrid Takes Shape in Brooklyn Blockchain is a digitized, distributed ledger that records and shares information. It could enable the real estate industry to address many of its inefficiencies. Think of blockchain as the technology, or better yet the operating system, that supports Bitcoin, the digital currency launched in 2009. Cryptocurrency is only one of an untold number of applications for blockchain. In another high-profile application, Walmart just announced it is requiring suppliers of leafy green vegetables to upload growing and shipping data to blockchain by September 2019. There is no requirement that a cryptocurrency (Bitcoin or something else) be used in a blockchain transaction. Payment can be made by any ordinary means that the parties agree to. A highly regulated industry Real estate is a highly regulated industry and real estate transactions must be recorded in a government ledger to be recognized. There are more than 3,600 governmental jurisdictions in the United States alone where real estate deeds are filed. The vast majority are paper instruments filed with a court clerk. Documents are not easily accessible, except to a dinosaur industry of local courthouse title abstracters supported by a coterie of indemnity title insurance companies. There have been government studies and pilot programs, including the much-ballyhooed Cook County, Illinois, pilot that designed blockchain real estate conveyance software. But no actual transactions took place. Then Propy, a private company based in Palo Alto, California,  announced that it had used blockchain for a property purchase on February 20, 2018 in Chittenden County, Vermont, a first in the U.S. I posted this blog last year when Propy announced the very first blockchain sale anywhere: the sale of an apartment in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2017. And on October 9, 2018, Propy announced it had used blockchain for a property purchase in Seville, Spain. State laws are being updated Laws will need to be changed across the U.S. and the globe to allow more than the old-fashioned register of deeds. Today, in most of the thousands of local jurisdictions in the U.S., the transfer of ownership of real estate is enforceable only when the deed is presented for recording among the land records in the courthouse. There is, of course, some risk that a patchwork of state laws may inhibit blockchain’s growth, so most states are adopting minimalist legislation demonstrating that the jurisdiction and its courts are blockchain-friendly. States have been actively making the necessary changes in law since 2016. Vermont that year enacted House Bill 868, now a model across the country, that provides for the enforcement of transactions using blockchain by providing a rebuttable presumption of admissibility of a blockchain-based digital record as a “business record” under Vermont’s rules of evidence. Here’s what the law says: “A digital record electronically registered in a blockchain, if accompanied by a declaration that meets the requirements of subdivision (1) of this subsection [notarized], shall be considered a record of regularly conducted business activity pursuant to Vermont Rule of Evidence 803(6).” Similarly, in 2018, Ohio passed Senate Bill 200. It provides that “a record or contract that is secured through blockchain technology is considered to be in an electronic form and to be an electronic record.” Electronic signatures secured through blockchain technology are considered to have the same legal standing as any other electronic signature. In 2017, Arizona went even further by enacting House Bill 2417, which recognizes blockchain signatures and smart contracts as electronic records. Lawmakers also adopted Senate Bill 1084, which requires governmental agencies to allow the use of electronic records or electronic signatures, including for the transfer of real estate. At least 25 other states have some blockchain authorizing law, as do Dubai, Israel, Canada, Sweden, and Ukraine. Look for blockchain in lease agreements This law firm has worked with clients in the outdoor sports apparel and agricultural sectors in matters of blockchain and we see the application in real estate. Interestingly, it may well be leasing that will elevate blockchain in the real estate marketplace ahead of deeds because most leasing transactions do not require involvement of a government registrar. Owners of green buildings, among some of the most progressive in the real estate industry, will all but certainly be at the forefront of this technological revolution. But all owners of commercial real estate risk becoming as outmoded as the buggy whip industry if they do not consider adopting blockchain technology.   Stuart Kaplow is an attorney specializing in environmental law. This post originally appeared at his blog, Green Building Law Update.last_img read more

File Sharers, Get Ready For Copyright Violation Warnings

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#copyright#web john paul titlow Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… After a series of delays, the Center for Copyright Information’s “six strikes” anti-piracy scheme has a launch date. Starting on November 28, AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner and Verizon will start sending out warnings to users who download copyrighted material without authorization. But don’t quit those Torrent networks just yet.The CCI is a partnership between the Recording Industry Association of America, Motion Picture Association of America, and the major Internet service providers in the U.S. Under the group’s Copyright Alert System, Internet users who download unauthorized material will receive a series of messages explaining that it’s illegal to do so and encouraging them to stop. Initial concerns that the system could lead to users being cut off from the Internet appear to be unfounded. It’s really about educating (okay, scaring) people rather than punishing them. “Alerts will be non-punitive and progressive in nature,” reads the CCI’s website. “Successive alerts will reinforce the seriousness of the copyright infringement and inform the recipient how to address the activity that is precipitating the alerts.”After six warnings, the provider may mete out penalties, although it’s not entirely clear what those would be. Slowing down, or throttling, customers’ Internet connections is apparently on the table, but users won’t be kicked offline permanently, according to the CCI. The most egregious offenders would be deemed “unreachable” by the program and subsequently ignored, according to TorrentFreak.  From the look of it, the system is largely toothless. While it might not stop hardcore copyright violators, though, receiving a scary-sounding warning from a service provider might be enough to stop casual downloaders in their tracks. If all goes according to the CCI’s plan, that may lead to a substantial decrease in copyright infringement overall.The system will arrive at a pivotal moment in what are often referred to as the Copyright Wars. Earlier this year, big content’s fight against piracy began to resemble literal warfare when New Zealand police raided the mansion of  Kim Dotcom. The Megaupload founder will stand trial for copyright infringement and related charges next year, but isn’t wasting anytime trying to get his latest venture – a music service called Megabox – off the ground. Dotcom’s arrest came within days of another watershed moment in the Copyright Wars. After overwhelming opposition from tech companies and the public, the controversial anti-piracy legislation known as SOPA and PIPA were effectively killed after losing support in the U.S. Congress. The Copyright Alert System is the latest weapon in the content industry’s war on piracy, having failed on the legislative front and gotten nowhere by suing consumers directly. With the CAS, they’re taking a decidedly less draconian approach, hoping to scare enough people away from illegal downloading to make a difference. Whatever the results are, they will no doubt help inform the next phase of this battle, which is inevitably on the horizon.   8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more