28 September 2009The City of Cape Town’s catchphrase for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ is “ready to welcome the world”.Rather than a catchy, throwaway line, however, city officials are working flat out to ensure they are true to those words, and are meticulously planning to ensure they are indeed ready in all respects when it matters most.Cape Town’s first opportunity to showcase its readiness for global sport’s biggest showpiece will come when it hosts the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Friday, 4 December 2009.Thursday, 24 September was a public holiday in South Africa, but this certainly wasn’t the case inside room 1.40 of the CTICC on Thursday morning as over 100 City, Western Cape Province, Fifa and 2010 Organising Committee officials gathered to fine-tune plans for the Draw.Illustrating the city’s commitment to staging a successful Draw for the world’s football fraternity was the fact that the city’s executive deputy mayor, Ian Nielson, was personally on hand and an eager participant in the deliberations.While Cape Town is a picturesque city that receives its fair share of international acclaim for its many tourist offerings, the Final Draw for Africa’s first football World Cup will be a mega showcase for the city as it welcomes the world’s media, broadcasters and Fifa football family, as well as the coaches of all the qualified teams such as Fabio Capello, Dunga and Bert van Marwijk.With football powerhouses such as England, Brazil, Holland, Japan, the two Koreas and Ghana among the countries that have already qualified for the World Cup, excitement is mounting for the Draw – which will determine the tournament’s groupings and match locations.“We’re looking forward to the Final Draw,” said Nielson. “The fact that so many people are here today on a public holiday shows the great interest and commitment we have to host the greatest World Cup ever here in Cape Town.“The city is really starting to feel the bustle and excitement of hosting the Draw,” Nielson added. “But we don’t just want to host a very good Draw, but an excellent one that will be remembered for a long time to come.”An exciting Draw week is planned, which will showcase Cape Town and South Africa’s music, history, exquisite scenery, culture and, most visibly, the city’s showpiece Green Point Stadium – which will host one of the World Cup’s semi-final games.But before what’s set to be a huge party takes place in one of the country’s entertainment meccas, the hard work and grind that precedes it is proceeding well.Transport routes for the event were discussed on Thursday, as well as back-up routes, accreditation procedures, medical facilities, broadcast positions, photographer positions, media working areas, branding concepts and security plans, among a host of other of issues.And at the end of a productive day, the consensus was that Cape Town is on its way to being “ready to welcome the world” and making good on its confident tournament slogan.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentBy Doug Franz, AgriPOWER Class X participantSession two of AgriPOWER Class X was held in Findlay, Ohio. All 17 members were present and engaged in various trainings and informative sessions to broaden our knowledge of current issues facing the agriculture community. There was a strong focus on media relations and legislative engagement, but what peaked my interest the most was our sessions on leadership. Several guest instructors focused on the importance of developing leaders within the agriculture community. Coming from a long military career, I have a vested interest in learning from, and developing effective leaders at all levels. Why is this important? Because effective leaders have the ability to shape the future of initiatives they become engaged in, regardless of the basis. Effective leaders adapt to the environment and make decisions based on the analysis of facts and implement those decisions through the influence of others. The U.S. Army defines leadership as “the process of influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while operating to accomplish the mission and improve the organization”. I think this is a clear, descriptive definition that holds true for almost any situation where leaders are needed.Based on my recent AgriPOWER trainings on leadership, and my years in military leadership roles, I decided that I should do something that puts those skills to use in my community. While attending my county Farm Bureau annual meeting last week, I noticed the district in which I reside did not have any candidates on the ballot for that board position. I inquired and soon became a write-in candidate for the elections that evening and was voted in by those in attendance! I am excited about this new opportunity to say the least. Without the recent AgriPOWER exposure to current events in the industry, I don’t feel I would have stepped up to perform this role. Thank you AgriPOWER for selecting me to be part of this program and I look forward to putting my new knowledge base to work in my local community!Other AgriPOWER Class X blogsJacob Hoelscher learns about the importance of agvocacy.Laramie Wells discusses Farm Bureau’s roots.Lindsey Walls describes the care taken to raise pigs.Megan Dresbach is ready to change the misperceptions about agriculture. Leave a Comment
FIRST STAGE: To identify parameters that can be used to evaluate colleges, an exploratory phase was carried out in which 20 respondents from six different streams (arts, science, commerce, medicine, engineering and law) were made to sit through in-depth interviews. This enabled us to identify 16 specific parameters. SECOND STAGE:,FIRST STAGE: To identify parameters that can be used to evaluate colleges, an exploratory phase was carried out in which 20 respondents from six different streams (arts, science, commerce, medicine, engineering and law) were made to sit through in-depth interviews. This enabled us to identify 16 specific parameters.SECOND STAGE: Out of the 1,000 respondents, those who were knowledgeable enough to rank colleges on these specific aspects were singled out. They were then asked to rank each of the perceived top 10 colleges in every stream. Then, these 16 aspects were analysed using statistical methods and grouped into six themes. These were:REPUTATION: This included parameters like discipline in the college and its professional administration.CURRICULUM: The time and effort devoted to research; content of the courses offered and method of evaluating academic performances.ACADEMICS: Performance of the students; their rank in the university and the qualification and experience of the teaching staff.FACILITIES: Courses offered and facilities for extra-curricular activities like sports and cultural programmes.ATTENTION TO STUDENTS: Approachability to their problems and individualised care.Click here to EnlargeADMISSION PROCEDURE: Quality of students and performance in qualifying exams.All ranks are based on mean scores on each theme. Based on interviews of 563 of the 1,000 respondents who said they were familiar with the top 10 colleges in all categories. These criteria are not used to finally arrive at the overall ranking which is based on a different polling technique.