Fan Fests in Germany during the 2006 FifaWorld Cup attracted more visitors than theOktoberfest – some 9-million at the Berlinfest alone.(Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471media-sa@Fifa.org• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524or +27 83 201 0470media-sa@Fifa.org • Jermaine Craig, Media ManagerLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 firstname.lastname@example.org • Tiyani RikhotsoChief Director: 2010 Fifa World CupGovernment Communications+27 12 314 2834 or +27 76 034 email@example.comRELATED ARTICLES• World Cup host cities• World Cup stadiums• Get the World Cup Fan GuideOpen-air big-screen gatherings to watch Fifa World Cup matches were first held in Korea during the 2002 tournament, and then made part of the official Fifa programme during the 2006 World Cup, held in Germany.There they attracted more than 18-million people to 12 different events – one, held at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, drew a whopping 9-million fans to a single event. Fan Fests have become so overwhelming popular that in 2010 South Africa is set to throw massive football parties of its own.The 2010 Fifa World Cup will see Fan Fests held in each of the nine host cities; Johannesburg, with two stadiums, will host two festivals. Fans who can’t make it to the stadium will be able to enjoy the excitement and atmosphere of World Cup football and watch all matches live on world-class giant screens in a safe and secure environment – for free.There will be live music and entertainment as well as lots of good South African food and drink on sale, and fans will get the chance to learn the Diski Dance, the official World Cup dance which combines funky South African moves with popular football tricks.The Fan Fest venues will be open on all match-playing days. And remember, entrance is free.To get the most out of the World Cup vibe, here are the details of South Africa’s 2010 Fan Fests.Johannesburg: Soweto Fan Fest Johannesburg: Sandton Fan Fest Cape Town Fan Fest Tshwane/Pretoria Fan Fest Durban Fan Fest Bloemfontein Fan Fest Nelspruit Fan Fest Port Elizabeth Fan Fest Polokwane Fan Fest Rustenburg Fan FestJohannesburg: Soweto Fan FestThe Soweto Fifa Fan Fest is located in the heart of the bustling township of Rockville in Soweto, at the series of fields which make up Elkah Stadium. The venue is conveniently located next to the Thokoza Park station of Johannesburg’s new bus rapid transit system. Up to 40 000 people can be hosted at Elkah Stadium.Venue: Elkah Stadium (Soweto)Capacity: 40 000Opening hours: 10am to lateDistance to stadium: About 16 kilometres to Ellis Park and 8 kilometres to Soccer CityDistance to airport: About 50 kilometres to OR Tambo International AirportJohannesburg: Sandton Fan FestOn the northern side of Johannesburg, close to both Alexandra township and the Sandton central business district, lies InnesFree Park, the venue for the Sandton Fifa Fan Fest. This park, with its rolling grass and water features, will provide a picturesque location for the event, with the Sandton skyline as a backdrop.Venue: InnesFree Park (Sandton)Capacity: 20 000Opening hours: 10:00 to lateDistance to stadium: About 30 kilometres to Soccer City and about 15 kilometres to Ellis ParkDistance to airport: About 20 kilometres to OR Tambo International AirportCape Town Fan FestThe Grand Parade will be the venue for the 2010 World Cup Fifa Fan Fest in Cape Town. Situated at the heart of the city, the square is surrounded by the Castle of Good Hope (South Africa’s oldest building), the Cape Town City Hall and the newly renovated Cape Town Station. The square holds a lot of historical significance in South Africa having shot to international acclaim when struggle icon, Nelson Mandela, made his famous first public address here after his release from prison in February 1990.The Grand Parade has undergone extensive upgrades in preparation for the world’s greatest showpiece. Getting to the Fifa Fan Fest will be easy, with the overhauled Cape Town Station just a few hundred metres from the venue. Or through the Fan Walk, which stretches from the Cape Town Stadium through the centre of Cape Town to the Grand Parade.Venue: Grand ParadeCapacity: 20 000Opening hours: 11:00 to 23:00Distance to stadium: 2.6 kilometresDistance to airport: 15 kilometresTshwane/Pretoria Fan FestTshwane/Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. The city hosts the second-largest number of embassies in the world, as well as various foreign missions, trade delegations, consulates and international aid organisations.The venue for the Fifa Fan Fest in Tshwane/Pretoria will be the Centurion Cricket Ground, located just outside the city’s central business district. The Cricket Ground has been the host to many large sporting events in the past, and will provide numerous onsite facilities for visiting fans. With both seating and standing options, viewing the games on the 50sqm screen couldn’t be more comfortable, with entertainment between games that will bring you to your feet.Venue: Centurion Cricket GroundCapacity: 30 000Opening hours: 10:00 to lateDistance to stadium: 13 kilometresDistance to airport: 35 kilometresDurban Fan FestThis Fifa Fan Fest is the only one in South Africa situated on the beach. Can you think of a better way to spend a sunny day than watching great football and catching some waves in the warm Indian Ocean at half time?After the football, you can walk to your hotel or on to any one of the many restaurants and pubs along the beachfront promenade. Durban Stadium is also within walking distance from the Fifa Fan Fest.Venue: New BeachCapacity: 25 000Opening hours: 10:00 to lateDistance to stadium: 3.5 kilometresDistance to airport: 35 kilometresBloemfontein Fan FestThe Bloemfontein Fifa Fan Fest will be located at the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre in the township of Rocklands, Bloemfontein, 15 minutes from the city centre.The venue of numerous events in the past, the area around the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre has undergone a significant upgrade in preparation for the 2010 events.Within the venue, five-a-side football pitches will be available, to ensure there will not be a shortage of activity. You will be able to get to and from the Fifa Fan Fest on a dedicated shuttle that runs from the centre of town, or will be able to drive there yourself and park in a secure area close to the venue.Venue: Mangaung Outdoor Sports CentreCapacity: 20 000Opening hours: 10:00 to lateDistance to stadium: 12 kilometresDistance to airport: 15 kilometresNelspruit Fan FestLocated just outside the Nelspruit city centre, Bergvlam High School will be the venue for the Fifa Fan Fest during the 2010 World Cup™. Known as the location of the annual Innibos Arts Festival, an event which attracts over 100 000 festival goers over a three-day period, Bergvlam High School is a well-known large events arena. Following a significant upgrade of its facilities, the venue will provide a fantastic platform for the Fifa Fan Fest. Ample parking spaces will be available within walking distance of the event, with the city providing alternative transport arrangements to ensure that you are able to move between the stadium and the Fifa Fan Fest with ease.Venue: Bergvlam High SchoolCapacity: 30 000Opening hours: 10:00 to lateDistance to stadium: 5 kilometresDistance to airport: 32 kilometresPort Elizabeth Fan FestThe Port Elizabeth Fifa Fan Fest based at St Georges Park – the oldest park in the city and the site of the second-oldest cricket stadium in the country.In the heart of the city, the stadium is a natural venue for picnics and has a host of facilities including an open air theatre, public swimming baths and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Art Museum.The stadium bowl and surrounding area will be transformed into the site of the Fifa Fan Fest.You will be able to get to and from the Fifa Fan Fest on shuttle buses, or will be able to drive there yourself and park in secure parking areas within walking distance from the venue.Venue: St Georges ParkCapacity: 25 000Opening hours: 10:00 to lateDistance to stadium: 5 kilometresDistance to airport: 5 kilometresPolokwane Fan FestThe Polokwane Fifa Fan Fest will be based at the city’s 107-year-old cricket club. Situated a short distance from the new Peter Mokaba Stadium, the vast fields of the cricket club will provide a venue with a capacity of about 20 000 spectators. There will be both seating and standing options, with great views of the giant screens. Hospitality packages will also be available for those of you who wish to enjoy a more exclusive viewing experience. Getting to the Polokwane Fifa Fan Fest will be made easy due to its close proximity to the central business district, as well as the use of park/ ride facilities and shuttle buses.Venue: Polokwane Cricket ClubCapacity: 30 000Opening hours: Group phase: 12:00 to 00:00Round of 16 and quarter-finals: 14:00 to 00:00Semi-finals and final: 18:00 to 00:00Distance to stadium: 1.2 kilometresDistance to airport: 6 kilometresRustenburg Fan FestThe Rustenburg Fifa Fan Fest will be based at Fields College, a short distance from the city centre, with the Rustenburg Kloof as a picturesque background for the gathered crowds. With a capacity of more than 20 000 people, the venue will be able to cater for those of you who aren’t lucky enough to get your hands on one of the elusive match tickets.Both parking and alternative transport arrangements will be in place to ensure easy access to the onsite festivities.Venue: Fields CollegeCapacity: 20 000Opening hours: 10:00 to lateDistance to stadium: 13 kilometresDistance to airport: 175 kilometres
Cell C has launched its new HSPA+ 900 broadband network. Cell C’s network will cover the entire country by end 2011, said CEO Lars Reichelt. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vinnie Santu Media Relations Cell C +27 11 324 4919 RELATED ARTICLES • Cheaper internet for South Africa • New broadband network to launch • Main One boosts Africa’s broadband • Cheaper phone rates for SABongani NkosiCell C’s new mobile internet network is the fastest in South Africa, according to the company, and it brings about healthy competition in the market.The mobile operator, which is one of the biggest in the country, introduced the much-anticipated network in Johannesburg and Pretoria on 17 November 2010. It went live in the two cities just after launching, meaning those who already had Cell C modems could connect to the internet via the network.It’s a high-speed packet access (HSPA+) with more bandwidth speed than that offered by other operators. “Our competitors are running HSPA and not HSPA+,” said Cell C’s CEO Lars Reichelt at the launch.“It gives us a lot wider and deeper coverage,” he added.It is transmitted via the Release 7 software. Combining Release 7 and HSPA+ has meant that the Cell C network performs at a similar speed to LTE, a next-generation mobile wireless broadband technology that’s yet to be introduced in South Africa. Local networks are still on 3G.“Release 7 guides our network. It gives us more data speed and more capacity,” said Reichelt.Cell C now leads the market in offering the fastest internet, as its average speed is currently 5.22Mbps, according to Reichelt. Telkom’s average speed is 2.53Mbps, Vodacom’s is 2.39Mbps and Mweb’s is 2.14Mbps.Reichelt was quoting statistics released recently by Ookla, an international broadband standards organisation. “This is a very reliable picture. Cell C is the fastest,” Reichelt said. “We’ve become the fastest ISP (Internet Service Provider) in South Africa.”Cell C’s network has the capacity to be as fast as 21Mbps. South Africa’s speed average is now 2.96Mbps. Reichelt said the country’s internet was certainly improving, and compared its speed to that of European countries and the US.Cell C’s countrywide projectCell C now has access to a fibre-optic cable of about 1 600km in length and 2 000 transmitters. It’s been working with companies like Neotel, Dark Fibre Africa and Nokia Siemens Networks to improve its network over the last two months.Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape was the first city to be connected to the new network. East London, in the same province, is also covered, as is Mpumalanga’s Mbombela and eMalahleni, Limpopo’s Polokwane and Bloemfontein in the Free State.Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal are also connected, as are Cape Town and George in the Western Cape. “We have speed cover in all these cities,” said Reichelt.None of the cities, however, are 100% connected. In Gauteng, coverage is 62%, as only districts of Johannesburg and Pretoria are covered. Places like Tembisa and Benoni will be reached by January, when Cell C hopes to have 89% of the province connected.Cell C has already poured about R500-million (US$72-million) into the project, and covered 32% of the country.Reichelt said they aim to ensure that all parts of South Africa are connected to broadband networks, so that all communities have access to the internet.Cell C is aiming cover up to 97% of South Africa, including rural areas which currently have minimum coverage. Reichelt said they are working hard to achieve this.The company recently announced that it’s become a partner in FibreCo Telecommunications, a new venture also involving Internet Solutions and Convergence Partners. FibreCo will develop an open-access terrestrial fibre-optic broadband network, which will eventually include a 12 000km cable.Preparing for boomSouth Africa’s broadband market is headed for a boom, industry experts have predicted, as more people in the country start using the internet.Cell C’s new network is part of their preparation for the predicted user growth. “We do believe that data [usage] will increase dramatically, and we’ve built a network that will handle the traffic,” Reichelt said.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#privacy#web Someday soon your home power meter will likely be tracking your electricity consumption very closely, graphing it over time, recommending the best time to run your utilities and more. Cities laced with Smart Grids, giant spiderwebs of wires connecting Smart Meters in our homes. We’ll get cost savings, rational planning, reduced environmental impact – maybe even a big app ecosystem built on top of our data. But what about privacy?The European Union’s Working Party on Data Protection has issued five recommended requirements for the protection of personal privacy in a time of Smart Meters in the home (PDF). Below is what the group says needs to happen in order to gain the benefits of Smart Metering data while minimizing the risk and cost to personal privacy. What do you think?From the Working Group’s report:What’s a Smart Meter?“Smart meters are installed in the homes of utility consumers, and are capable of two way communication. They inform consumers about the amount of energy they are consuming, and this information can also be sent to energy suppliers, and other nominated parties. The key feature of smart meters is that they provide the ability for these remote communications between the meter and authorised parties such as suppliers, network operators, and authorised third parties or energy service companies.”In some European countries, specifically France to date, newly installed electrical systems are required to be Smart Meters. The Working Group says the scale of Smart Metering is going to be enormous: “it is projected that the vast majority of European citizens will have one installed in their homes before the end of this decade.”The Working Group’s recommendations:Electricity consumption data should be treated as Personal Information, because it can be traced back to an individual person. Europeans treat Personal Information very seriously, sometimes arguably at the expense of technological innovation.Push-button consent: the Working Group recommends that Smart Meter providers develop easy buttons that consumers can push to grant or remove consent that their data be shared with anyone who seeks to offer them enhanced services.The social good is not always the primary consideration. “The imperative to reduce energy consumption,” writes the Working Group, “although it might be a sensible public policy objective, does not override data subjects’ rights and interests in every case.”Personal data collected should be kept to a minimum as required to fullfil services offered – and be deleted as soon as possible except in cases where the electricity consumer has requested services like annual comparisons of consumption.Privacy by Design: “Security should also be designed in at the early stage as part of the architecture of the network rather than added on later.”Privacy by Design in Smart Grid creation is a subject that data protection legal firm Hogan Lovells has written about before. (It was Hogan Lovells (via) from whom we discovered the EU Working Group’s recommendations discussed here.) The firm points out that legal policies regarding privacy and Smart Grids are being rolled out around the world and are complicated by the different legal frameworks through which clouds of data now pass.Sometimes consumers revolt over Smart Meters, too. As IBM’s Chief Privacy Officer Harriet Pearson wrote in January:“Getting data privacy ‘right’ is an economic and social imperative. Trust and confidence in the security and privacy of the critical systems of our planet – especially the digital version of its central nervous system, the Internet – is foundational to individuals’ continued engagement and reliance on such things as online commerce, e-health and smart grids. If individual consumers don’t feel that their privacy and security are protected, they will not support modernization efforts, even though the capabilities of technology advancements are proven and the potential benefits to society are extensive.” Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement It might be one of Toronto’s most idiosyncratic spots, the stretch of road where the crumbling artery into the city’s downtown core runs alongside the National Ballet of Canada headquarters. In a window overlooking the Gardiner Expressway, the company’s three most senior ballerinas are quick with suggestions on how to pose. Time for a Globe and Mail photo shoot is scarce, an occupational norm in the ballet world. Sonia Rodriguez is in rehearsal for the Canadian premiere of John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire, which opens Saturday night and in which she’ll be dancing the canonical role of Blanche DuBois. Greta Hodgkinson and Xiao Nan Yu are both preparing repertoire for the company’s annual gala on June 6 – Hodgkinson will be performing in Jiri Kylian’s Nuages and Yu in a premiere by choreographic associate Robert Binet.When the photographer is enthusiastic about what Yu has done with her arms, the statuesque ballerina instructs the others with playful high-handedness, “Do you see what I’m doing!?” As Rodriguez balances inside the window ledge, Hodgkinson keeps reminding her to be careful about slipping. There’s a lot of laughter, wryness and warmth; after all, these women have been working together for the better part of their lives. It’s Yu’s 20th anniversary with the company, Hodgkinson’s 25th and Rodriguez’s 27th. All three have been in the company since they were teenagers.There is a popular misconception that dancers, like athletes, peak in their twenties and retire soon after that. The averages reflect this – a 2004 study from the Columbia University Teachers College stated that the average age for American dancers to retire was 34. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
Mashable just made a big investment in its own efforts there, hiring Eric Korsh to run Mashable Studios, a new unit at the company. Korsh, who comes to Mashable from his role as senior vice president of brand social and content at DigitasLBI Studios, will head up efforts to create cross-platform branded content, with a focus on video. Custom content studios continue to be all the rage in publishing. James R. Gaines has joined The Atlantic as director of content for the company’s creative marketing group, Atlantic Re:think. Gaines had previously served as global editor-at-large and editor of the Americas for Reuters. Down East Enterprise has hired Jeff Howland and Ian Rothwell to its marketing department. Howland comes to the company as digital strategist, and Rothwell as marketing designer. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: ESPN’s Grantland named Chris Connelly interim editor-in-chief of the site. Connelly currently serves as a reporter for ESPN and ABC News. Jenny Anderson was named reporter for Quartz’s London bureau. Anderson had been a finance reporter in London for The New York Times. The move follows Mashable’s $17-million funding round earlier this year, and comes as part of a larger strategy to boost premium video content offerings. GQ named Lucy Armstrong fashion editor. Armstrong had previously been a senior stylist for Mr. Porter and had been working as a freelance men’s stylist. “We see branded video entertainment as core to our long-term strategy, and Eric brings a tremendous track record of both innovating for clients and creating original programming that resonates with audiences like ours,” Adam Ostrow, Mashable’s chief strategy officer, says in a statement. Mic had named Madhulika Sikka its executive editor. Sikka had served as executive editor for NPR since 2006.