Concerns over Brazil’s readiness to host this year’s World Cup have escalated dramatically after the Arena de Sao Paolo was handed over to its owners incomplete.The 68 000-seater stadium, which is due to host the World Cup’s opening fixture between Brazil and Croatia on 12 June, was given to its owners Corinthians in an unfinished state by construction firm Odebrecht.The stadium was supposed to have been completed in December, and while those in construction believe the venue will be ready in time for the world showpiece, various questions have been raised over the country’s preparedness to host the event, with less than two month to kick-off.Corinthians president Mario Gobbi, whose club will use the stadium after the World Cup, conceded that construction on the stadium is well off schedule. “[There] is still a way to go and we need to work together,” he told Reuters.This set-back is the latest of concerning news emanating from Sao Paolo, where a worker died last month while working on the stadium. He was the seventh fatality in Brazil’s preparations for the global event. The Arena de Sao Paolo is scheduled to host six matches during this year’s World Cup, including a semi-final.
In its 12th year, the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans annual list once again recognises young excellence in South Africa, showing the full spectrum of what young people in this country have to offer.Mail & Guardian supplements and special projects editor Zamantungwa Khumalo says she made it a point to feature more women on the list this year, putting particular emphasis on black female excellence in South Africa. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Mathiba MolefeThe Mail & Guardian, in partnership with Brand South Africa, the City of Joburg and the City of Ekurhuleni, has sifted through thousands of nominations to find the 200 young South Africans who have been making waves in their respective industries.“Our other sponsors are Brand South Africa who really do believe… the young people are not just talented, but really capture the essence of what this country stands for,” said Zamantungwa Khumalo, Mail & Guardian supplements and special projects editor.In naming the country’s brightest up and coming stars in categories ranging from health and politics to sport and education, the Mail & Guardian newspaper recognises the 200 Young South Africans for their work. They are also held up as examples to South Africans around the world.Khumalo said that selecting the final 200 was rigorous. The event held to launch the list was “about recognising and celebrating all of your unseen hours; all of you put blood, sweat and actual tears into your organisations, into the companies that you work for, the initiatives that you have started.“The 200 Young South Africans is, of course, a flagship that this country uses to earmark its top leaders,” she said. “These are the young people who are shaping the South Africa that we are living in, and who are going to be instrumental in the future that we’re slowly building.“There are so many unseen hours. Thank you for recognising my unseen hours.” @Zamantungwa_K reads a note from one #MG200Young nominee. pic.twitter.com/xRyedU5gLn— Mail & Guardian (@MG_Reporter) June 29, 2017This year’s 200 young achievers are the 12th group to be recognised. Khumalo said the list was truly inclusive and representative of the young people of this country, touching on the pivotal role that women had played and continued to play in the growth of the nation.“Being a young black woman who’s all about black girl magic, I was very bullish in making sure that black women featured quite heavily on this list,” she said.The full spectrum“So, the big picture I gave to the team was: when somebody who has never been to South Africa, and hardly knows South Africa, lands at OR Tambo International Airport and they pick up this list, they need to see the full spectrum of what young people in this country have to offer,” Khumalo explained.To see who is on the list and find out a little more about the crop of young professionals who are leading South Africa into the future, visit the 200 Young South Africans list.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
A group of South African companies from four provinces will get an opportunity to showcase their products in China when they participate in the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) that will take place in Shanghai from 5-10 November 2019. The group’s participation is organised and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to develop export markets for South African products and services, and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country.The CIIE is part of the Chinese government’s initiatives to support trade liberalisation and economic globalisation by actively opening the country’s huge market to the world. The CIIE is an open international cooperation platform provided by China for countries to showcase their products. It is also an international public platform provided by the Chinese government for all the countries in the world to discuss major issues of foreign trade, world economy and global economic governance.According to the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Nomalungelo Gina, China is expecting to import products and services valued at more than US$10 trillion and this will provide a massive opportunity for enterprises across the world to enter the huge Chinese market.“Our continuous participation in the CIIE will contribute significantly in helping us to increase the export of value-added products to China. Since 2009, China has been South Africa’s number one trading partner globally as well as in the Asian region. Total trade between South Africa and China grew from R271 billion in 2013 to R332 billion by the end of 2018. However, 86% of our exports basket to China is concentrated on primary products. There are concerted measures underway to promote value-added goods and services by broadening the export base and increasing South Africa’s market share in China,” says Gina.South Africa was among the twelve countries which were invited as guest countries of honour in the inaugural CIIE which was successfully held in Shanghai in November last year. More than 172 countries, districts and international organisations participated in the event. Products and services from more than 3 600 enterprises and companies were exhibited. SA’s participation in the first CIIE also formed part of the South Africa-China 20-Year Celebration of Diplomatic Relations. South Africa had the biggest representation of all countries from Africa and had the largest footprint at the event.Gina adds that South Africa’s participation will also contribute in strengthening both political and economic bilateral relations between South Africa and China. It is also expected to increase trade between the two countries in general, and South African exports of value-add products in particular.“As a fellow member of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) grouping, participating in exhibitions like these will boost intra-BRICS trade and investment,” says Gina.Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dti
Way back when I was a contractor, I always found it useful to develop well-organized systems to use in running our business. Whenever I was asked the same question twice, it was time to create standards and procedures for employees and trade contractors to refer to.I called these the gifts that kept on giving: once you had them you could stop trying to remember what you said the last time and just refer people to the appropriate documents. Eventually they learn, and the questions become less frequent.Now, these gifts don’t come easily. They almost always take time to put together, troubleshoot, revise, implement, and then, most importantly, make sure that everyone uses them properly and consistently. There is nothing worse that putting together a great program only to have it ignored and abandoned. Procedures must be effective, efficient, and usedAs a manager, it is your job to create effective policies and procedures – ones that work and produce measurable results – and to enforce compliance with them throughout the company. Company policies and procedures that don’t improve your productivity, comply with legal requirements, or provide you with information you can use are busy work and should be scrapped. Good policies and procedures that are ignored deprive you of increased productivity and data that you need to run your business better.One of the best procedures we developed at my firm, SawHorse, Inc., was a trade contractor management program. At the time we put this together, we were running about 25 to 30 projects at any one time with six project managers and a small field staff of carpenters and laborers, the majority of our work being performed by trade contractors.We needed a way to get both consistent quality work and manage the flow of information from proposals to invoices to payments smoothly. We already had in place good policies for invoicing and payments – invoices were due by a specific day and time every two weeks and checks were issued the week following receipt of invoices. We had moved from weekly payments to bi-monthly, saving our accounting department a lot of time and effort in the process. Click here to read the next article in this series RELATED ARTICLES Trade Contractor Management — Part 2Trade Contractor Management — Part 3Trade Contractor Management — Part 4Trade Contractor Management — Part 5 Deciding to decideWhat we didn’t have, however, was as good, consistent set of specifications for our trade contractors’ work, nor did we have a good process to inspect and confirm that the work was being done properly. We decided that we needed to fill this gap and made the decision to devote the time and energy to making it happen.In setting out to create a system to manage our trade contractors, we outlined a program that included standard written construction specifications and a set of steps that required trade contractors to inspect their own work as well as have it inspected by our project managers prior to payments being released.Putting this system together was no small feat – it took several months and hundreds of hours of work. We came up with a set of checklists and a written policy that we used to manage our trade contractors. We explained it, announced it in advance, used it for a test period, made some adjustments, and successfully implemented it quickly and with a minimum amount of disruption.This article is the first in a series that will cover the steps we took putting this system in place, hiccups in the process, a detailed discussion of how the system works, and suggestions on how to create a process like this in your own company. If you just can’t wait to get started on your own trade contractor management program, GBA Pro members can download the full set of checklists here. If you are not a GBA Pro member, and do not want to become one, you can go to my website and buy the full set of checklists. The set includes 26 individual checklists for most standard residential construction trades in Excel format along with a suggested procedure. You can personalize and edit each page as you see fit.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Tags:#Apple#pornography#twitter A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts iOS users are happily trying out Twitter’s new Vine app, posting six-second videos of their lives for their followers to see. But already there are reports of pornographic imagery appearing on the new service, which spotlights Apple’s next move: should Vine stay or should it go?The new social media app, which records and posts short videos to display in continuous loops on your Twitter account, is garnering a lot of praise as creative folks are pushing out cute little vignettes.It’s also getting a early reports of videos depicting nudity and sex. While it’s not clear how much porn one can fit into six seconds (insert obligatory male performance joke here), it hasn’t stopped people from trying.Where There’s Media, There’s PornThat there’s porn on Vine is not a surprise. Since there were cave drawings, humans have been visually recording all things sexual. Vine is just another medium for the activity.What will be interesting is Apple’s reaction (or non-reaction) to the realization that gasp! there’s naughty bits on one of the apps in their App Store.Apple’s policies about nudity, sex and all things in between are the stuff of legend, of course, and just recently have been brought into the spotlight again when the software maker opted to pull apps associated with the popular 500px photo-sharing service out of the App Store.The decision to remove 500px apps would seem to be very germane to Vine, since content that Apple (or anyone else) would deem pornographic is appearing on Vine. And, unlike 500px, which clearly indicated galleries that contained explicit content, Vine content is not required to be so indicated. Which means, theoretically, any Vine link could potentially be a skinfest.This is not to advocate the removal of Vine. If consenting adults want to look at this stuff, that’s their call. But in keeping with Apple’s own policies, Vine has some real porn potential and deserves a review.Cut The Vine?If Vine remains on the App Store after such a review, this would demonstrate a serious flaw in Apple’s store model. If Apple placates big-name app developers and bend the rules for them to let their apps stay in the App Store, then the unfairness we’ve suspected will be brought into the harsh light of reality.If Vine does get pulled, then at least Apple is consistent. But it will also show that the App Store policy is ultimately silly: instead of pulling apps out wholesale, why not just require parental controls or other safe-search-like features in any app where there’s a potential for explicit content to be displayed? This would seem to be a more reasonable approach, and Apple, as the sole developer of iOS, would seem to be in an excellent position to build tools into their iOS SDK to accomplish this.Even if you disagree with the need for such controls, having them present would seem to be a reasonable compromise that would work in the real world and not in the Reality Distortion Field.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
The Lakers will definitely need the player in James, but the leader in him will be just as crucial in grooming youngsters like Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram.But don’t think that the ambition for James isn’t high. “We’re here for one reason and one reason only, and that’s to someday hoist the trophy,” James said. “Obviously that’s the end of the road, but you have to have those types of championship habits every day, not only on the floor, but off the floor as well.” The Lakers will make their preseason debut in San Diego on Sunday night.Advertisement Advertisement The Los Angeles Lakers had their first official practice with LeBron James and he wasted no time in setting the tone. As teammate Rajon Rondo said, LeBron has been a leader and a mentor for a large part of his career and more of the same should be seen in Los Angeles.There is much work for coach Luke Walton to do, and LeBron recognised the importance of being patient in the early stages. “I’m not a very patient guy, but I understand that I have to be patient right now,” James said. “I know how to play the game of basketball, but this is all new to me, too. So I have to be patient with myself, not only with my teammates.”Walton was present along with James in the 2003 Draft Class, and he was pleased that his new star lead by example in the first practice session.“The way he’s approaching (practice) has changed from the pickup we were playing in the summer,” Walton said. “It definitely set the tone.”The shootout at the end of LeBron’s first #Lakers practice earlier today pic.twitter.com/i2wJEkTjRy— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) September 26, 2018
The Sydney Mets have beaten Sun Coast in a thrilling game in the Men’s 20’s final at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League in Port Macquarie.The game was intense up until the final siren, with both teams desperately trying to take hold of the game, with the Mets eventually winning 8-7.Tim Good opened the scoring in the 5th minute, putting the Mets in front 1-0.The Mets nearly made it 2-0 two minutes later, but their touchdown attempt was disallowed. This came back to haunt them as Sean Baldwin from Sunshine Coast scored to level the game.Sun Coast was in again just two minutes later, when Kelvin Jones scored from a great ball from Jason Schmidt, to put them into the lead for the first time in the game.Tim Good scored his second try in the 11th minute, but soon after got sent from the field as a forced interchange, and Baldwin scored his double in the corresponding set of six, giving Sun Coast the lead again. Macquire Tatola and captain Matthew Yiangou both scored for the Mets in the last five minutes of the first half, sending the Sydney team to the half time break with a 4-3 lead, despite several disallowed touchdowns against the Mets in the first half.Dave Shaw extended the Mets lead soon after the break, giving them a two touchdown advantage.Back to back tries to Sun Coast put the teams on level terms, with tries to Luke Mendham and Zach Stasser, but it wasn’t long before Shaw scored his second touchdown of the game, capitalising on some slow defence on the line. The Mets’ Luke Eisenhuth broke through the line of defence in the 7th minute, fooling Sun Coast defenders on his way, giving the Mets some breathing space.This didn’t last long, however, with Nathan Sullivan the recipient of a great cut out pass to close the gap for Sun Coast six minutes out from full time. The Mets had many opportunities to run away with the game in the second half, but numerous penalties for forward passes and over the mark calls gave Sun Coast plenty of good field position.Another penalty in good field position gave Sun Coast a great opportunity to level the scores, and that’s what they did when captain Tyson Brough led by example, scoring in the 18th minute to level the scores.The scores weren’t level for long, as Ben Antonio dived through the Sun Coast defensive line in the next set of six, to put the Mets back in front with one minute to go.Sun Coast were disallowed a try due to a forward pass in the dying seconds, handing the Mets an 8-7 win.
FIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pairby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina has sent a message to Roma icon Francesco Totti.The Italian great is currently out of football since quitting a desk job with the Giallorossi at the end of last season.Gravina told Le Repubblica: “Totti? I spoke with him three times. My intention is to include him in the training of young people. “But he must study to be a director.”Gravina also stated two Juventus players were in his plans.He added: “I heard from (Gigi) Buffon, I see him as a great coach in the future. And then I think of (Giorgio) Chiellini.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sunday night, the 2015 NCAA Tournament field was revealed, and unsurprisingly, Kentucky was named the overall No. 1 seed. The Wildcats are also the odds-on favorite to win this year’s national title, per Bovada. In fact, Kentucky is almost at even money to take home the trophy – they’re currently listed at 6:5 to win it all.Arizona, the 2-seed in the West Region, actually has the second-highest odds. Wisconsin checks in third, with Duke fourth. Villanova and Virginia come in at 10:1.Here’s a list of all 68 tournament teams, along with their odds to win the championship. You could make a lot of money betting on a 16-seed to win it all, but we wouldn’t advise it. No 16-seed has ever even won an NCAA Tournament game, much less a title.Who are you betting on?