SA police ‘ready for 2010’

first_img2 July 2008South Africa is well prepared to ensure the safety of the millions of tourists set to visit the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, says the South African Police Service.The SA Police Service revealed details of its plans to secure the country’s skies, highways, stadiums, streets and accommodation venues this week, as part of a plan that will see the government spending a further R665-million on procuring state-of-the-art equipment and R640-million on the deployment of more than 41 000 police officers.“I am happy to announce that our comprehensive security plan for the Fifa World Cup was submitted and it is in Zurich and I think Fifa will be satisfied with the security concept in general,” deputy national police commissioner Andre Pruis told reporters in Pretoria on Monday at the release of the country’s 2007/08 crime statistics.“However, we still need to finalise the security plans for the areas and towns where the teams will be staying,” said Pruis, who is in charge of the country’s 2010 World Cup security.He said the police had already begun event-specific training and simulation exercises for the tournament. They had also started procuring items for the event, including water cannons, body armour, mobile police stations, surveillance cameras, helicopters and unmanned surveillance aircraft.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Soccer City 3

first_imgLocation: Johannesburg, Gauteng provinceCapacity: 94 500 seats during 2010 Fifa World Cup; 87 000 seats thereafterMatches: Opening mtach: South Africa vs Mexico (11 June), Netherlands vs Denmark (14 June), Argentina ve South Korea (17 June), Brazil vs Côte d’Ivoire (20 June), Ghana vs Germany (23 June), Round of 16 (27 June), Quarter-final ( 2 July), Final (11 July)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Ndaba Dlamini,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini,• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

World Cup mobisite launched

first_imgFootball fans are now able to get thelatest on everything relating to the WorldCup, such as information about theMbombela stadium in Nelspruit.(Image: For morefree photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471• Delia Fischer, Fifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524• Jermaine Craig, media managerLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121• Tyrone SealeGCIS 2010 Project Management Unit+27 83 575 7440Source: GCISThe Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has launched its 2010 Fifa World Cup website on a mobile platform, allowing fans access to football information from their mobile phones.The official government 2010 mobisite is a handy mobile service that gives fans access to host city and stadium information, Park and Ride/Walk locations, tourist information, Fifa Fan Fests and public viewing areas.It also includes the match schedule together with updates on match results and news.Government spokesman Themba Maseko said the mobisite can also be accessed by sending an SMS with the keyword 2010 to the number 34747.Alternatively people can simply type the address – – into their mobile browsers.“By extending the website onto a mobisite, fans both locally and internationally can access a host of information about the World Cup directly from their mobiles, from wherever they are,” he said.The mobile site is continually updated, said Maseko, ensuring that fans are kept up to date with all the latest World Cup news. They can also explore government’s involvement in the first Fifa World Cup on African soil.“Those with mobiles that cannot access the mobile web, can still access essential information through dialling *120*12010# from anywhere in South Africa,” said Maseko.“The mobisite is packaged into three easy-to-use sections: SA 2010 Fan Guide, Information and SA communities.“The site facilitates two-way communication between government and the people using the service, and aims to supply interesting content, along with useful location-relevant information for wherever they are in South Africa.”While use of the site is free, data charges do apply. It costs 20 cents (3 US cents) for 20 seconds on the USSD menu with the SMS service costing R2 (US$2.6). read more

Android Now the #1 Smartphone Platform Worldwide

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Google#mobile#news#NYT#web Related Posts Android is now the number one smartphone platform worldwide, according to new data from analysts at Canalys. In Q4 2010, shipments of Android-based smartphones reached 32.9 million while shipments of phones running Nokia’s Symbian platform were 31.0 million. Previously, Nokia had held the top spot.?However, these rankings are based on handset shipments, not market share. Nokia retains its lead as the top global smartphone vendor with a share of 28%, the analyst firm noted in its findings.Update: These figures have been questioned by competing analyst firms. Read more here.Android #1 Based on 2010 ShipmentsCanalys says that the volume of Android-based devices was boosted by strong performance from several smartphone vendors, including LG, Samsung, Acer and HTC, all of which had seen their Android, and Android-based (OMS, Tapas,* etc.) platforms increase dramatically year-over-year. For example, LG saw a 4,127% increase, Samsung, 1, 474%, Acer, 709% and HTC 371%. ?HTC and Samsung combined accounted for almost 45% of Google Android-based smartphone shipments.*OMS and Tapas are Android-based operating systems produced in China. These were also counted towards Android’s growth. sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Smartphone Market in 2010The smartphone market overall has continued to grow with 2010 shipments reaching 101.2 million units, or 89% year-over-year growth. For Q4, shipments were just below 300 million, with a growth rate of 80% over last year.?The largest markets (based on shipments) in 2010 were Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with 38.8 million units and year-over-year growth of 90%. Nokia led in Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific, but RIM beat out Nokia in Latin America. The mid-range BlackBerry Curve devices contributed to RIM’s growth in that region, Canalys said.The U.S., meanwhile, was the largest country in terms of shipments, more than double the size of the Chinese smartphone market. Here, RIM re-took first place from Apple, benefitting from its first quarter shipments of the BlackBerry Torch. HTC remained in third place. These positions will soon change, analyst Tim Shepherd stated, given the new Verizon-Apple partnership, which will soon shake up the mobile landscape.Canalys VP and Principal Analyst Chris Jones warned smartphone vendors not to become complacent in hearing the news of the smartphone market’s growth, saying that 2011 was shaping up to be a highly competitive year. This year vendors will use new technology, “such as dual-core processors, NFC [near field communication] and 3D displays to differentiate their products and maintain value.”last_img read more

Are Blower-Door Regulations Too Big a Burden?

first_imgHis dilemma is the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. RELATED ARTICLES Blower Door Basics New Air Sealing Requirements in the International Residential CodeAn Overview of the 2012 Energy Code Where to get helpGeneral information about blower-door testing is available online. Resources include an article by GBA senior editor Martin Holladay explaining the protocol for conducting a blower-door test and the locations of common air leaks.Another, pointed out by Robert Post, is the green-building web site Oikos, which publishes a guide to air sealing that covers everything from doors and windows to recessed lights and attic hatches.As to the prospect of paying through the nose for the tests, David Meiland suggests Keeler contact the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. It recently handed out 40 grants statewide for the purchase of blower-door kits to relieve backlogs, and the office should be able to offer a referral.“Anyone trying to charge thousands is way out of reach,” Meiland says. “It takes perhaps an hour to load in, set up, run the test, pack up, and leave. It takes significantly more time than that once you take into account travel time, finding leaks for unhappy failing owners and builders, follow-up phone calls from those same unhappy folks who want help, billing and getting paid, and so on,” he adds.For builder/owners like Keeler, the situation can look intimidating. “Our government is besieged by people upset with their polices, and this is a good example,” he writes. “They are so concerned with the technical details and what constitutes the test they completely ignore the people on the ground doing the work or testing. The IRC 2009 standards are in some cases arbitrary and confusing so people just throw up their hands in frustration.”He would like to see the state require a certified technician conduct the test, establish a maximum cost, and require that the customer get a detailed check-off list in the event the house fails to pass. “This is another government zero-sum game,” he adds. “The cost in money, gas used, and time will never pay for the gains you get from this procedure. Like it or not, people still open windows.” Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost had these comments:Don’t give up yet! You can do this!First, start with this free checklist and guidance: EPA Thermal Bypass Checklist Guide.Next, spring for this package of GBA Thermal Bypass details.Finally, consider this low-tech approach: Buy a really high-quality and powerful window fan, the kind that fits right into a window opening. The one I have was made by Lakewood Engineering in Chicago (no longer available) but this whole house fan made by Air King will work just as well.After you have air-sealed (and before you have insulated, unless your insulation is an airtight type such as spray foam) while the framing cavities are all open, run this window fan (and any other exhaust fans — for example, bath fans — that you may have installed and working in the home). The fan should be blowing out the window, not in.I will bet that the combined depressurization force of these fans will approach 30 Pascals, which would be enough for you to go around your home with a smoke stick, a Wizard stick, a stick of incense, or even just a bunch of matches, to find any air leaks left at this stage of your work. (When you see the smoke waver, you’ve pinpointed a source of infiltration.)If you use the Thermal Bypass Checklist and the window fan, I bet that you can get your new home down to less than 4 ach50, and then some — probably more like 2 ach50.The official blower-door test quantifies your air leakage, but any force that significantly depressurizes your home can qualitatively identify the location of any air leaks you have missed while following the thermal bypass checklist.This way you pay for one blower-door test at the end of your air-sealing work, and you end up with a great way to cool your house (the whole-house window fan) and a really fun toy (the Wizard Stick). Building tight houses is a fundamental step toward energy efficiency, and figuring out how well you’ve done is actually pretty simple.Air leakage is calculated with a blower-door test. A technician depressurizes the house with a blower sealed into a doorway and measures how much air can pass through the building envelope.The result is typically described either as air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals — ach50 in industry lingo — or cubic feet per minute (CFM) @ 50 pascals. Either way, air leakage becomes a known value. If the house is too leaky, the builder can take corrective steps to tighten it up.The process isn’t intended to be onerous. But Frank Keeler, who wants to build his own house in Washington state, has concluded that the required blower-door test is enough for him to abandon the idea of building altogether, as he explains in a recent Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor.“We are building a new home ourselves,” he writes, “and are looking for a checklist to help us prepare for the blower door test.”Requirements for the test in Washington state have only recently been enforced, he adds, and it’s proving hard to get solid advice. Moreover, costs can range from $75 an hour to thousands of dollars, depending on where you live, and there’s no telling how many tests he’ll need to pay for. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Video: Blower-door-directed air sealing CONSTRUCTION DETAILS What to shoot forTo win certification under Passive House requirements, a house must be very tight indeed: the threshold is 0.6 ach50. Very few new houses meet that standard.But Meiland thinks 5 ach50 is “quite easy” to meet, and that 2 ach50 to 3 ach50 is a reasonable goal. “It seems like right now we’re in a sort of transitional period as energy code brings blower-door testing to the masses,” he says. “Once you have gone through the process of airtight details once, it’s a lot easier the second time, and more and more builders will either own the test equipment or have a sub close by who does, so all of this drama will probably fade away and people will know how to meet the targets without so much hand-wringing.”But to Keeler, not knowing how many tests he’d have to pay for, plus the labor and materials involved in sealing leaks, seems like too much. “The uncertainty of cost is just too great,” he says. He and his wife have decided not to apply for a building permit.“The project is scary enough without the thought of spending weeks and thousands of dollars on test after test. It’s all too much,” he writes. “This to me signals the end to the owner/builder because of the inability to budget for ramifications of unforeseen number of tests.”Meiland thinks Keeler’s description makes the situation sound worse than it really is, and fellow owner/builder Holladay adds this: “If your budget isn’t quite large enough for a home-building project, that’s perfectly understandable. But the problem isn’t the blower-door test. After all, the blower-door test is designed to help you lower costs, because the test will result in an energy-efficient building that will save you money for years.“Perhaps you can design and build a smaller, more affordable house. If you do, be sure to build it tight! You’ll be glad you did.” Building Plans for the Thermal Bypass Checklistlast_img read more

Fashion alert

first_imgThe dependables Shine onBe opulent this fall with blingy crystals and stones that adorn fine surfaces. Jumpsuits Trendy overalls continue to make their presence felt on fall runways. Get Folksy Gypsy inspired clothing, in an uber-luxe avatar is back in vogue this season.How to pack smartThe trick to packing smart,The dependablesShine onBe opulent this fall with blingy crystals and stones that adorn fine surfaces.Jumpsuits Trendy overalls continue to make their presence felt on fall runways.Get Folksy Gypsy inspired clothing, in an uber-luxe avatar is back in vogue this season.How to pack smartThe trick to packing smart is to travel light. While it isn’t possible to take along your entire wardrobe when travelling, or carry a whole range of shadows and lipsticks, a few simple tips can ensure youre always at your stylish best.The key to selecting travel clothes is interchangeability. Ensure that your tops and bottoms pair well in every combination. Stick with simple and classic styles and choose a neutral colour scheme for your wardrobe.Opt for fabrics that behave and are low-maintainence. Leave your linens and cottons home. Travel in synthetic blends that don’t wrinkle. Some of the staples items you need are a LBD, white shirt, a pair of denims, a blazer, a cashmere cardigan and neutral colour pumps and flats. Reversible skirts are great as well since they can be repeated with different tops. A small trinket box is a must. Select a couple of jewellery items that can be paired with all your ensembles. Travel smart and look great on your next vacation.Chic travel gearTod’s TrolleyPrice: Rs 1,42,000Tumi Jewellery Roll Price: Rs 10,000iPad case Price: Rs 5,850Buck’s Carryall Price: Rs 15,600Louis Vuitton Vanity Case Price: On RequestHair jewellery goes hauteWomen’s love for hair jewellery goes way back, and this season haute hair accessories are scorching the ramp. Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Tahari and Fendi, each have their own take on it. Most recently, these accessories were showcased in the exhibit of Chanel Metiers D’Art Paris Bombay Collection.These days, hair baubles are available in countless styles. With such a wide array, choosing the right hair accessory can often be tricky. It can either end up falling flat, or clash completely with your attire and get too much unwanted attention.A dainty headband is a simple yet fashionable choice. To channel the flower child in you, opt for flower hair clips, reminiscent of the groovy 70s. When in doubt about how to use the accessory, always remember that less is more.The key to choosing the perfect hair accessory is to find the one that complements you well and enhances your style quotient instead of cramping it. Also, take into consideration what’s appropriate for the occasion. From gaudy to glizty, it’s time you went haute with your hair.advertisementHot listCuffs Price: On RequestAlexander McQueen at KitschNecklacePrice: Rs 14,800DeNovembreBeltPrice: Rs 28,000BurberryBag Price: On RequestDiorShoePrice: On RequestEtroHair trends this fallSimple, stylish and easy to manage hair-dos are the way to go. Styles that can switch between a ramp look and office chic are definite winners. If you sport a long and frizzy mane, style it into a polished ponytail.If you have short and thin hair, part it down the middle and create a street style thats both fun and classy.The quintessential braid has made a comeback.For a complete lesson in haircare visit Krastase’s Institut d’Huile or the Oil Institute, which was launched recently at Saks in Mumbai.What’s hot and what’s notNot Prints that clashHot Matching prints headto-toeNotFlared short skirtsHot Sleek pencil skirtslast_img read more