2010 and the craft of the possible

first_img17 October 2008Spare a thought for the thousands of South Africans – and Africans – who are creating (and stockpiling) World Cup-themed products.Young KwaZulu-Natal artist Sicelo Ziqubu is creating 2010-themed papier-mache decorated thrones which are being snapped up.The Witness: Paper throneTomas Majebe from Cameroon is making a “small fortune” selling his oil-on-canvas 2010 stadium paintings at flea markets. In Garangkuwa, north of Pretoria, Peter Malherbe has spent thousands of hours building model 2010 stadiums out of – wait for it – matchsticks.In Nelspruit, Zimbabwean Wallace Marino uses beads and wire to craft his stadiums. Pretoria jeweller Ceciwe Khonje has launched a range of (Fifa-approved) 2010 white gold cufflinks.A Port Elizabeth-based ostrich hide exporter has sealed a deal with a Mexican to have soccer boots made out of ostrich leather.In Cape Town, Michael Souter heads a team of workers from an informal settlement who make 2010-themed makarabas, the hard hats worn by construction workers and – with colourful variations – South African soccer fans.And let’s not forget the vuvuzelas which have been given the green light by Fifa and will be heard around the world come June 2010.Fifa has repeatedly advised South Africans to “think outside the box” when trying to capitalise on the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.“European and English fans won’t want to buy 2010 memorabilia, they will want to buy something African to remind them of the good time they had here,” says Fifa media officer Delia Fischer. “SA must decide what it wants to show the world.”And 2010 Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan says the 2010 World Cup must showcase African flair – both on and off the field.Not everyone is going to cash in on this sporting spectacle, but with South Africa’s unofficial unemployment rate hovering at around 30%, the informal sector is likely to play an important role in ensuring that the World Cup will be remembered for years to come.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

What is the Partnership?

first_imgOne of the biggest impacts from hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup will come from the phenomenal marketing and communication opportunity it will offer the country and continent. As world attention focuses on the first African World Cup this is an opportunity for Africans to tell their own stories.The 2010 National Communication Partnership is a joint effort of communicators across society and in the many creative and communication disciplines to take advantage of this communication opportunity of a lifetime to benefit our country and continent.The 2010 Tournament itself is FIFA’s event, made possible by sponsorship in return for exclusive marketing rights for the tournament itself. The Partnership respects absolutely these marketing rights.The Partnership’s communication is in a different sphere. Its communication objectives are to take advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime to express and further build unity and pride amongst South Africans; to inspire our youth; to market the country and continent to the world; to build African solidarity and to create a communication climate that helps use this chance to speed up development and expand opportunities.The Partnership is one of the ways people across sectors in South Africa and Africa are coming together to prepare for the greatest sporting event on earth.The Role of the PartnershipThe Partnership’s role is to promote coordinated local and international communication, so that the many communication agencies and role-players speak with one powerful voice to maximise the benefit of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the country and continent.The Partnership provides a strategic framework for communication – a point of reference – for communicators in the period leading up to and during 2010.Its function is to promote coherence of message and to provide forums for information sharing and coordination, mutual support for campaigns, strategy formation, and to jointly address issues as they arise.The Partnership is not a new communication agency. Its many member entities – SA Tourism, the International Marketing Council, Dept of Sports and Recreation, South African Airways, Government, Proudly South African, the Organising Committee, private sector and civil society – will embark on communication in the context of 2010 as per their respective mandates and roles.But communication will be more powerful because communicators are working together in partnership, sharing a common vision and common messages.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, January 23, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain moves across Ohio through the day today. A cold front is pushing this through, and the cold air behind the front likely does catch up to the moisture later this afternoon and evening, allowing the rains to end as snow. We are keeping our projection of 1-3 inches of snow in central and eastern ares before all is said and done tonight, while western and NW areas see a coating to an inch. That will be after rain totals for the event of half to 1.4″ over 90% of Ohio. This will be soggy day. Temps will be well above normal into this afternoon, but when that front finally arrives, we see those temps crash hard. The maps below show storm total liquid equivalent precipitation (which includes what fell late yesterday) and also the snow as this thing ends. These maps are through tomorrow early morning.We turn much colder air for the rest of the week. We can’t rule out some lake effect snow in northern and especially northeast Ohio areas tomorrow, but the threat looks smaller than our previous forecast. Friday, we keep strong north winds around, but only minor chances for morning lake snows. The rest of the state will see at least partly sunny skies both days. Two quick hit “clipper” systems move through the state and the eastern corn belt this weekend. The first comes after midnight Friday night and goes into Saturday afternoon. That front will have the potential for a coating to an inch over about 60% of the state, skewed more to the north. A second wave on Sunday brings similar totals to the northern half to third of the state. There can be a bit of wind, but we really don’t think either event is anything to get too excited over. Our next front is still on the way for early next week, although it may come in just a bit sooner, late Monday into Tuesday. This front still has the potential to bring at least 1”-3” snow potential to 70% of the state. Then another round of bitter cold air takes the state for Wednesday and Thursday as we finish out January, and that likely squeezes out a few flurries in that period, even with no good moisture source. We are leaving the rest of the forecast unchanged through early February For the extended period, we have a chance of rain or snow for the 2nd and 3rd. Available liquid with the system still looks impressive, but perhaps not quite to yesterday’s levels, with half to 1.5” possible. Still, with that much liquid available, we better pray for rain…because if all snow, it would pack quite a punch. Another round of Canadian air rushes in for the 4th, bringing lake effect snow back to the region, and then another front can produce snow, potentially significant, for the night of the 5th through the 6th.last_img read more

[Infographic] Where Malware Comes From

first_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts dan rowinski A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Open Source#security#web Malware is a worldwide problem. If there is electricity, an Internet connection and a computer, there will be viruses, worms, Trojans and other sneaky programs trying to gain access to your computer. Where do these nasty creatures come from?A large percentage of the world’s malware comes from China. According to AlienVault’sOpen Threat Exchange platform, China is the capital of malicious Internet addresses, based on 95,249 addresses analyzed. The United States comes in second with 60,346, well ahead of the third, fourth and fifth malware vectors: South Korea (16,115), Russia (13,367) and Taiwan (12,504). How is this malware being delivered? The average virus wants to find its way into computers. Direct injection (where a virus is not hidden in a different type of file) is fairly rare. Far more commonly, malware hitches a ride on an otherwise benign file. This is the reason why security programs scan all files downloaded to a computer. The top malware-infested file type is .exe, the most common file type for a Windows program.The second most common carrier is HTML content, which can be found on almost any Web site as well as in emails. Zip and RAR files, which bundle together other file types, are the third most common, while Adobe PDF and Flash files are also prevalent malware delivery vehicles. The top types of viruses are all associated with Windows. While Mac malware exists and is becoming more prevalent, the amount of Windows malware on the Internet is nothing short of stunning. The top five malware content types found by the AlienVault community are all derivations of Windows viruses. Since February, the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange has analyzed over 5 million suspicious URLs. That is a drop in the bucket in comparison to the billions of sites on the Internet, but a large enough sample to provide a sense of how much malware is present on the Web. The company received nearly 30 million entries from its users and found a little more than a million malicious addresses. See the infographic below for more details.The data was aggregated from AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange from Feb. 20 to July 20, 2012. The data comes from the company’s customers as well as its Open Source Security Information Management (OSSIM), an open-source security information event-management platform.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Indian hockey captain Rani Rampal named flag bearer at Asian Games 2018 closing ceremony

first_imgIndia women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal will be leading the Indian contingent at the 2018 Asian Games closing ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta on Sunday.”Rani will be the flag-bearer for tomorrow’s ceremony,” Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra told PTI.Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was India’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony. Chopra went on to win the gold medal comfortably. Chopra managed a personal best throw of 88.06 to secure India’s first-ever gold medal in javelin throw at the Asian Games and the first medal in the sport since 1982, where India bagged bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSMany of India’s 550-plus athletes have gone back home after the end of their respective events and the choice of the closing ceremony flag-bearer was based on the availability of the athletes at the Games Village.Its a matter of great pride for me to be the flag bearer of our contingent during the closing ceremony of Asian Games today. I would like to thank IOA @ioaindia @TheHockeyIndia for giving me this opportunity. pic.twitter.com/0NphaDCGd7 Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) September 2, 2018Skipper Rani led India to silver in the women’s hockey event, after losing 1-2 in the final against Japan. She led India to their first final in 20 years, scoring three goals in the tournament.READ – India take silver after losing to JapanHockey India congratulates @imranirampal, the Captain of the Indian Womens Hockey Team, who will be holding up the tricolour for the Indian contingent during the closing ceremony of the @asiangames2018 in Jakarta & Palembang on 2nd September. #IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/COoox6bf07advertisementHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) September 1, 2018India finished their Asian Games 2018 campaign with 69 medals including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze. The 23-year-old, who is coming back from an injury, was in tears after the final even though it was not such a bad result considering the team had got bronze four years ago at Incheon.India surpassed their previous best ever performance at the Asian Games, of 65 medals, which they had achieved at Guangzhou in China back in 2010. India had won 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze medals 8 years ago.READ – India sign off with best ever medal haul in their Asian Games historyIndia also equalled their best ever tally of gold medals by winning 15 yellow metals, emulating their 1951 New Delhi performance. Interestingly this was also India’s best in terms of silver medals won — 24. In the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, India had managed 19 silver medals.In the Incheon Games 2014, India had won 57 medals (11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze).READ- India record best-ever medal haul: All the medalsMany international and Indonesian superstars will be performing at the closing ceremony, just like the opening ceremony. Superstars like Isyana Sarasvati, iKon, Ran, Denada, GIGI, Dira Sugandi, will take the stage.More than 10,000 athletes gave their best at the Asian Games 2018, winning medals for their respective countries. 465 gold medals were won by the athletes of 28 countries. 37 out of 45 participating nations were able to win medals at the Asian Games 2018. China finished on top of the medal tally with 132 gold medals.The ceremony will be live from 17:30 IST.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more