BBC spends big bucks on SA studio

first_imgCape Town is to be the home base forthe BBC during the 2010 FIfa World Cup.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia FischerFifa media office, Johannesburg+27 83 201 0470Janine ErasmusThe BBC is planning to spend around £1-million (R11-million) on building a brand new broadcast studio in Cape Town, and will use it as its base for the duration of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Despite most media companies’ decision to be based in Johannesburg, the main transmission hub for the tournament, the UK broadcaster has opted for the Mother City, some 1 600km to the south.Eight of the 64 matches will be played at the magnificent Cape Town stadium, although the English team is guaranteed only one game there when it faces off against Algeria on 18 June. But there’s a good chance the team will be back for a semi-final.Most media, including BBC rival ITV, will be headquartered at the state-of-the-art International Broadcast Centre, situated next to the recently completed Soccer City stadium in Soweto. This is also just 75km from the English team’s base in Rustenburg, North West province.The centre will accommodate thousands of media professionals and will feature the most advanced technology when it opens its doors. In terms of telecommunications infrastructure, it will set the standard for Africa.The BBC has declined to hire a studio at this cutting-edge broadcast facility. UK newspaper Daily Mail reports that, with the help of the Cape Film Commission, the corporation has secured space on the roof of the six-storey Somerset Hospital in Green Point, just a few hundred metres away from the new Cape Town stadium.Here it will set up a pentagonal glass-walled studio. Construction is reported to be already underway.From this vantage point reporters will have spectacular views of Table Mountain, World Heritage site Robben Island and the football venue.The cost of the studio, extra fees for satellite transmission from Cape Town, and the rights to use the hospital’s roof space is together expected to total around R11-million.Beautiful vistasReports say that one of the reasons for the decision is because Cape Town is more attractive visually and will provide a better backdrop for presenters than the stark Johannesburg skyline. But Cape Town’s notoriously rainy and foggy winter weather may have the last say.In February the BBC came under fire because of lavish spending, deemed by the National Audit Office to be unnecessary and poor value for money. The Parliamentary committee for public accounts also got a word in, criticising the media corporation for its “casual approach to spending licence payers’ money”.Among other cases investigated, the BBC splurged on a £250 000 (R2.8-million) studio in Vienna for coverage of the Euro 2008 football tournament – because the background view from the original studio in Vienna’s own International Broadcasting Centre was not picturesque enough.The Cape Town announcement has drawn mixed reactions, with some echoing the sentiments of the National Audit Office, while others feel the BBC should do whatever it takes to make the World Cup experience of its audience of 200-million a memorable one.One of the reporters who will soon find himself cocooned in the new-age studio is former England striker Gary Lineker, now a sports presenter for the BBC. Lineker is renowned for never having received a yellow card once during his professional career and holds the record for the most goals scored by an England player in a World Cup, 10 in total.He will be accompanied by the likes of Alan Shearer, also a retired England striker, and Scottish footballer Alan Hansen, capped 26 times for his country.Some 280 BBC staff will fly to South Africa for the World Cup, slightly down from the complement of 336 who visited Germany in 2006. They will broadcast 32 games live for television, radio and news, and show highlights of all the others from the new studio.A note on the blog of BBC’s executive football producer Phil Bigwood said that once the World Cup is over the studio will be packed up and shipped off for potential use at other events around the world.“Our production set-up in Cape Town will be our biggest to date, taking into account previous football World Cups. We are extremely fortunate to have been able to base ourselves here in Cape Town,” said Bigwood.• Delia FischerFifa media office, Johannesburg+27 83 201 0470last_img read more

Mandela still uniting South Africa: Tutu

first_img2 July 2013 Former president Nelson Mandela continues to unite South Africa, even from his hospital bed, says Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. “Even stricken as he is in hospital, Madiba is uniting the nation again – this time in prayer,” Tutu said at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition at the Cape Town Civic Centre on Sunday. Messages of support and prayers have been pouring in since the elder statesman was admitted to hospital in Pretoria on 8 June with a recurring lung infection. His doctors say his condition is stable but critical. Tutu said: “We come here not to lament … but to remember some of our most precious moments. We come here to honour.” Thanking God for the incredible person that Nelson Mandela is, Tutu said: “We pray for his comfort and dignity.” Also present at Sunday’s opening was National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel, who served as finance minister during Mandela’s administration from 1994 to 1999. Manuel recalled the times when Mandela called in members of his Cabinet for a talk. The experience, he said, was not like that of a president disciplining a minister, but more like a father talking to a son or daughter. Manuel told the gathering that he did not want to go down memory lane, but would rather talk about some of Mandela’s trademark characteristics: being cool, calm and collected; caring about people; nation-building; understanding leadership; and being a loyal and dedicated member of the African National Congress. “Nation-building is what he woke up to and spoke of every day,” Manuel said. On the cool and calm Mandela, Manuel recalled the day of Mandela’s release from Victor Verster Prison, 11 February 1990, and how the newly released political prisoner had become separated from his convoy. Somehow they had “fetched and lost” Madiba, Manuel said, until the police told them where he was having tea. When Mandela saw them, he said: “I was getting worried about you chaps. What took you so long?” Sunday’s opening was attended by a cross-section of politicians and civil society activists. Manuel, Tutu and other speakers made a special point of thanking Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and the City of Cape Town for conceiving and holding the exhibition, which they said represented Mandela’s vision of unity in diversity. De Lille said that South Africans were free today because “of the strong sense of freedom that lives so freely in him”. She said she wanted to celebrate Mandela in his lifetime, adding: “There is a reason we are here today: it is because Madiba is part of all of us and he gave a part of himself to all of us.” On 18 July, Mandela’s 95th birthday, South Africa and the rest of the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day, which encourages people to spend 67 minutes doing something of benefit to others. Source: read more

Early season forage seeding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I have been getting questions about seeding forages, both frost seeding and drilling, and this year’s weather pattern needs to be considered when making a seeding decision. Generally March is a good time in our area to consider frost seeding. Frost seeding works better some years than others. Successful frost seeding is dependent upon several factors:The broadcast seed can actually get down to the soil surface. For this to happen you have to be able to see bare soil when you look down upon your sod base. This will not work if there is a thick sod base that covers the soil. Bunch types of sod, composed of orchardgrass and/or tall fescue, work better to frost seed into than sod-forming grasses such as bluegrass. To prepare for frost seeding the recommendation is to “rough up” or “open up” the sod by grazing down tight or mowing very low in the late fall or in the early spring. If livestock are used to do a grazing pass the hoof action can also help to open up the sod. Light tillage may also work.Freeze/thaw action. This happens when we get night-time temperatures in the 20s and day-time temperatures in the 40s, preferably for at least several days after broadcasting the seed. These type of days have been very limited to date. If you read any of the fact sheets about frost seeding you typically will see the phrase “broadcast seed on to frozen soil.” We do not have frozen soil this year, thanks to the unseasonably warm temperatures we have experienced in February. This may be another strike against frost seeding success this year.Forage species. Frost seeding works best with heavier seed that has a better chance of getting down to the soil surface. Legumes such as red and white clover work well and have good seedling vigor. Birdsfoot trefoil is also a good candidate for frost seeding but it is a slower establishing species and it may need two to three years after seeding before it makes much of a contribution to the pasture mix. Grasses do not establish as well with frost seeding, but there has been some limited success with perennial ryegrass and orchardgrass when frost seeded. I believe that for the dollars spent for seed, drilling grasses is the preferred method of establishment. Broadcast legume and grass seed separately because the difference in seed weight between the legume and grass seed results in the grass seed not being thrown as far as the legume seed.Soil pH and fertility are conducive to good seedling establishment and growth. Soil pH should be at a minimum above 6.0 and preferably at 6.5 if legumes are being sown. Phosphorus is an important element for new seedling growth and soil phosphorus level should be at 25 ppm or higher (Bray P1 extractant). Soil potassium should be in the 120 ppm range.Management after frost seeding. The new legume seedlings need sunlight to develop. This means that the grass plants in the sod mix can’t be allow to shade out the new seedlings. It will be necessary to do either a quick “flash” grazing pass to take off the top of the grass plants and leave a four- to 4.5-inch residue or a mowing that leaves the same residual height. Once the seedling is established regular grazing or mowing passes can be practiced.With regard to establishing a new forage stand with a drill, I think we have to look at this year’s weather pattern and what it is doing to soil temperatures. The third week in February we had 50-degree plus soil temperatures at a two-inch depth. As I write this article in early March we have 40-degree plus soil temperatures at a two-inch depth. We are ahead of our average. Seed placed in the soil now is likely to germinate and emerge more quickly this year. That may be okay, but it is early March and we could very well get some low to mid 20 degree temperatures yet. Legumes, especially alfalfa, are susceptible to getting that young seedling killed or damaged by these temperatures because their growing point is above the soil surface. Grasses have a little more protection as their growing point is at the soil surface. So, even though you might be able to drill seed now, from a risk management point of view, it may be best to wait until late March or early April.last_img read more

Federer makes quick work of Monaco at US Open

first_imgRoger Federer reached the quarterfinals at a 30th consecutive Grand Slam tournament by making quick work of the 36th-ranked Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 at the U.S. Open.Federer’s fourth-round match against Monaco didn’t get started until nearly midnight, and thanks to his superb play, it was over shortly before 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.Federer played brilliantly right from the start, taking the first five games – and 20 of the first 25 points – in only 12 minutes. He didn’t miss a beat in the second set, hitting four aces in his opening service game and finishing with 14.Five of Federer’s record 16 major championships have come at Flushing Meadows. In the quarterfinals, Federer will face 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who eliminated No. 8 Mardy Fish of the United States in five sets Monday.Tsonga upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals two months ago, coming all the way back after dropping the first two sets.”He’s a tough player. … I look forward to that match,” Federer said. “If I play as good as I did today, sure I have a chance.”Federer compiled a 42-4 edge in winners against Monaco.The start of their match was delayed because the preceding match in Arthur Ashe Stadium – No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova – lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes.”You have to be ready,” Federer said.Wozniacki, seeking her first Grand Slam title, trailed by a set and 4-1 in the second before coming back to beat the 2004 U.S. Open champion.advertisement”I knew that I had to do something,” said Wozniacki, who faces No. 10 Andrea Petkovic of Germany next. “I had to do something different.”She managed to turn things around thanks to a combination of her own increasingly aggressive play and Kuznetsova’s increased mistakes. Kuznetsova’s 40-20 edge in winners was rendered meaningless by her 78 unforced errors, 52 more than Wozniacki, who reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the third year in a row.Tsonga made it this far in New York for the first time, and unlike Fish, he’s already tasted this sort of success. Tsonga made it to the final of the 2008 Australian Open before losing to Novak Djokovic, and got to the Wimbledon semifinals this year – where he again lost to Djokovic.On Monday, Djokovic extended his 2011 record to 61-2 by beating No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6 (14), 6-4, 6-2. Their 16-14 tiebreaker in the first set lasted nearly a half-hour all on its own, with Djokovic saving four set points and finally converting his sixth when Dolgopolov pushed a forehand long to close a 13-stroke exchange.Both men called that tiebreaker the key to the match. One tiny piece of evidence: Dolgopolov double-faulted twice in the opening game of the second set to get broken, and Djokovic was on his way.Asked whether he considered winning that energy- and will-testing tiebreaker to be a physical or mental triumph, Djokovic replied: “Combination of both. But in the end, it was more mental, just to hang in there, try to play right shots at the right time.”Djokovic now meets his Serbian Davis Cup teammate and friend Janko Tipsarevic, who is seeded 20th and made it to the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career by beating 2003 French champion and U.S. Open runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in a match that lasted more than 3 hours.”Strange feeling,” Djokovic said. “We are professionals. Certainly we both want to win the match when we play against each other. So you kind of forget about friendship. You put that aside.”Most players complained about the wind, which gusted at up to 20 mph (32 kph) and kept changing directions, making even serve tosses difficult.Serena Williams handled those conditions much better than former No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and beat her 6-3, 6-4 to return to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in 14 months. She missed about 11 of those with a series of health scares but looks really good so far at the U.S. Open.Against Ivanovic, Williams hit nine aces overall, only lost serve once, and finished off the match with four consecutive unreturned serves that ranged from 99 to 111 mph.”I didn’t even go for winners at any point,” said Williams, who hit only 16. “I just tried to get it over because it was so windy. It was definitely tough.”She’s seeded only 28th because of all of that time away, but now has won her past 16 matches heading into a quarterfinal against No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. Pavlyuchenkova got past 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in a match with 21 double-faults and 16 service breaks in 31 games.advertisement”I’m going to say that I don’t want to go out there and enjoy just being on center court playing against Serena,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “I would like to do well, try to fight, and with my effort, I’ll try to beat her.”last_img read more

What to Watch For Against Texas Tech

first_imgOklahoma State will face what could be their toughest matchup of the season on Saturday in Lubbock as they look to defend their perfect record. In order to do so, here are four things that will have to favor the Cowboys in the game to steal a win in Lubbock.4. Wide Receiver PlayJhajuan Seales is likely in the dog house for this one, which means there’s a good chance we see a heavier dose of Chris Lacy and maybe Jalen McCleskey. McCleskey has been increasingly more involved in the past two weeks offensively, specifically in jet sweep and misdirection, and it will be interesting if they continue that theme again this week in Lubbock.3. Hot startTexas Tech followed up a lax performance in Lawrence two weeks ago with another loss in which they got their doors blown off in Norman last weekend. Both games provided less than stellar starts, and Kingsbury acknowledges as much. “Just need to start faster,” he told Fox Sports. “You know, there’s no recipe for that, just got to do it as a team and work on it at practice and try to get better at it.”For Oklahoma State, a fast start would do wonders to stymie what will likely be a big Texas Tech crowd. Keeping the fans out of the game and putting this one away early would not only be a boost of confidence, but also a big resume builder for those still in doubt of what this team can accomplish.2. Line playBoth sides of the line will be big aspects to watch in this matchup. Texas Tech is absolutely horrid at defending the run (124th in the nation), and Oklahoma State hasn’t necessarily been able to get things going; although they appeared functional last week against Kansas, for what it’s worth.On the other side, Texas Tech’s usually stout offensive line has had some run ins with the injury bug, but running back DeAndre Washington is your typical Tech scatback who can give the defense fits if you aren’t careful. For the Cowboys defensively, they’ll have a tall task of trying to contain both Washington and Pat Mahomes, who has proven to be a very elusive QB with an ability to throw and run well.1. QuarterbacksJ.W. Walsh was BIG last week in homecoming, accounting for five total touchdowns in a blowout over Kansas. As the season has progressed, Walsh has really caught his groove and more importantly, his niche in the redzone. With the Texas Tech defensive line being somewhat suspect, Walsh may be called on frequently to put his legs to use and keep the defense honest.On the other hand, Tech’s defense through the air hasn’t been much better, which means Rudolph will still be a big factor in this one. Tech ranks 114th in the nation in passing defense – which is slightly unfair given that they’ve already faced TCU and Baylor. There’s an opportunity in both facets offensively for Oklahoma State to take a big step forward on Saturday, and obviously the quarterback play will be a big determining factor in the outcome.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Youth Urged To Become Custodians for SDGS

first_img State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. is calling on the nation’s youth to become custodians for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“Young Jamaicans… must understand the importance of not only planning but taking these goals to action and why they are doing so,” he said.The State Minister was speaking at a post-Voluntary National Review (VNR) and Human Development Indices Information and Dissemination Session at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (September 27).The SDGs are part of the United Nation’s (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the General Assembly in September 2015. It emphasises a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all.Senator Charles Jr. further noted that there is an opportunity to get the Jamaican diaspora involved in the process.“(We need to) make sure that every Jamaican at home and abroad understands why these SDGs  are important and that they do whatever they can to help that process along, building our capacity to ensure that this works,” he said.During the session, Senator Charles provided an update on Jamaica’s VNR document that was delivered in July 2018 to the UN High-Level Political Forum (UN HLPF) on the implementation of the SDGs.The UN High-Level Political Forum is the platform for countries to review progress on implementation of the SDGs, and the VNRs provide the opportunity for countries to share experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned with a view to accelerating implementation of the SDGs.The Foreign Affairs State Minister, who led a delegation comprising representatives from Government, civil society, private sector and academia, said the forum was “an awesome experience”.“I left the UN feeling hopeful, and I continue to feel hope that we are going to achieve our goals, because if we can put together the kind of excellent, cross-cutting multi-sector, multi-agency  presentation and preparation that we have with the VNR, it means that we lack nothing.“We have everything.  Every tool, every asset, every element that is required to move our country to exactly where we deserve it to be is right here, but we need to make sure that we do not stop the discussion at simply having a great plan,” he argued.In his remarks, UN Resident Coordinator, Bruno Pouezat, said team Jamaica “stood out” at the UN High-Level Political Forum, where it was one of 47 countries and one of only two from the Caribbean.Jamaica’s VNR Report highlighted, among other things, strong national ownership and commitment to the SDGs; a systematic and integrated framework for monitoring implementation of national development priorities; the key development achievements since 2015, and priorities for 2018-2021; and the inclusiveness and participation of stakeholders in the process.The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals are focused on 1) no poverty; 2) zero hunger; 3) good health and well-being; 4) quality education; 5) gender equality; 6) clean water and sanitation; 7) affordable and clean energy; 8) decent work and economic growth; 9) industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10) reduced inequality; 11) sustainable cities and communities; 12) responsible consumption and production; 13) climate action; 14) life below water; 15) life on land; 16) peace and justice-strong institutions; 17) and partnership to achieve the goals.The SDGs, to which Jamaica is a signatory, are consistent with the country’s Vision 2030 – National Development Plan, which seeks to reposition the island to achieve developed country status and, in the process, make it the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.The information session was staged by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Statistical Institute of Jamaica and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).It sought to share highlights from the High-Level Political Forum; Jamaica’s progress in implementing the SDGs; as well as the 2018 Human Development Indices for Jamaica. “Young Jamaicans… must understand the importance of not only planning but taking these goals to action and why they are doing so,” he said. State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. is calling on the nation’s youth to become custodians for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The State Minister was speaking at a post-Voluntary National Review (VNR) and Human Development Indices Information and Dissemination Session at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (September 27). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Antilarvae drive KMC calls highlevel meeting on June 19

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has convened a high-level meeting on June 19 with senior officials of the Centre and the state government as part of the anti-larvae drive.The meeting will be attended by senior officials of Metro Railway, Eastern Railway, BSNL, Kolkata Port Trust, Satyajit Roy Film and Television Institute, state Public Works department. Senior KMC officials of the health department will also be present at the meeting. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe civic authorities will discuss in detail the steps taken by these agencies to keep their establishments clean. Senior KMC officials said drives have been conducted in Central and state government establishments, hospitals and educational institutions along with private housing complexes and individual residential buildings to see whether the garbage had been cleared or not or whether the accumulated water has been cleaned. But these drives are not enough and to make anti-larvae campaigns successful, cooperation between the state and Central government establishments are an absolute necessity. The civic officials said used plastic tea cups and bottles, broken furniture kept on rooftops and empty cans serve as potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The larvae take seven days to grow into adults and so if drives are conducted twice a week, the mosquito population can easily be checked. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the KMC has been conducting anti-larvae drives from January as the breeding pattern of the mosquitoes has changed due to global warming. The state Urban Development department has given Rs 4 crore to the KMC to conduct intense campaigns against malaria and dengue.Debashis Biswas, Chief Vector Control Officer of the KMC, said: “Cooperation of people from all walks of life is needed. If the masses and KMC will work hand-in-hand, the number of malaria and dengue cases will fall drastically.”last_img read more

Setting a Policy for Blogs

first_img 2 min read Blogging has recently been causing all kinds of ruckus in the business world. These online journals are far from a harmless pastime–employees from companies including Delta and Google have reportedly been fired for transgressions such as disclosing information about their pay and benefits packages in their personal blogs. How can you protect yourself from negative publicity and employee litigation stemming from blogs?”We spend so much time at work that the line between work and personal life becomes blurred,” says David Micah Kaufman, HR expert and co-author with attorney Deborah Weinsteinof the forth-coming book [email protected] He believes it’s necessary to establish an official policy on blogging for your employees. Any policy should prohibit disclosing confidential company information and/or trade secrets. It should also set guidelines about disparaging clients or co-workers, which could be considered harassment.Weinstein, an employment law expert, adds, “Workers should also be educated on the policy–don’t just hand it to them.” Discuss exactly what’s considered confidential with employees.Still, employees’ personal blogs aren’t inherently bad–some companies even encourage them as a way to market the company from the employees’ perspective, says Jennifer Loftus, national director with Astron Solutions, an HR company in New York City. The key is communicating standards upfront. Says Loftus, “Think back to when [companies] started adding policies about e-mails–what was all right to disclose and what wasn’t–and now take that to the next level.” This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 1, 2005last_img read more