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first_imgThe broadcasting deal will take the2010 Fifa World Cup matches straight fromthe pitch to the homes of millions ofAfricans.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For more freephotos, visit the image library) All countries across sub Saharan Africawill benefit from the 2010 Fifa broadcast deal.(Image: Wikimedia) Tamara O’ReillyAn agreement by football governing body Fifa and the African Union of Broadcasters (AUB) will see to it that the 2010 World Cup reaches viewers across sub-Saharan Africa.All 64 of the tournament’s matches will be broadcast live on free-to-air television and radio in 41 regions in Africa in English, French and Portuguese. Fifa selected the AUB as the partner for sub-Saharan Africa based on its capacity to reach the largest possible audience.AUB is a combination of the Pan-African Broadcasting and Union of National Radio and Television Organisation of Africa, formed in 2007 to develop all facets of broadcasting on the continent.“The AUB has shown considerable strengths in uniting broadcasters under one umbrella to ensure that all sub-Saharan Africans will be able to have access to the radio and TV coverage of and around the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” said Fifa president Sepp Blatter.“We always promised that 2010 would be an African World Cup, and with today’s cooperation agreement we have made a big step towards achieving this goal.”An African production centre will be established at the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Johannesburg during the 2010 event to ensure high-quality coverage for African viewers.The IBC, the communication nucleus of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is under construction at the Nasrec Exhibition Centre in the south of Johannesburg. Nasrec is one of the oldest and largest exhibition centres in Johannesburg. More than R120-million (US$12-million) is being spent on the upgrading and installations that will be required by the 15 000 media personnel and commentators who will descend on the city for six weeks during June and July 2010.Johannesburg is already the primary broadcasting hub for international and local television and radio, as well as home to almost 60% of all information, communication and technology businesses in South Africa.“For us at AUB the deal was a dream come true for it accords with the goals of our Union for sustainability and will facilitate the achievement of one of the goals we adopted as legacies for Africa from the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, namely capacity development of broadcasting in Africa,” said Lawrence Atiase, CEO of the AUB.“We are fully committed to playing our part and we thank Fifa for placing their trust in the AUB’s ability to deliver.”The move is also being welcomed by several African countries who cannot afford to pay the high prices for broadcast rights of such tournaments. Kenya, for example, who has in the past broadcast live tournaments like the African Cup of Nations and the Olympic Games to the Kenyan public, did so at considerable costs.“We welcome this move by Fifa,” says Kenya Broadcasting Corporation managing director David Waweru. “It will be easier to negotiate with AUB, who will sell at more affordable and realistic fees than third parties. We are now sure we, as the national broadcaster, will bring the 2010 World Cup to Kenyans.”The previous Fifa World Cup, held in Germany 2006, was the most extensive in the tournament’s history. Compared to the 2002 tournament, which was covered by 232 channels worldwide, the 2006 event was broadcast by 376 channels reaching 24.2-billion viewers globally.According to the Fifa website, the 2006 event was aired in a total 43 600 broadcasts across 214 countries generating total coverage of 73 072 hours. This means that if all the 2006 coverage were shown on just one channel, it would take over eight years to broadcast non-stop.Host of the next Fifa World Cup, South Africa, enjoyed more 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany coverage than any other African market, with the cable network, SuperSport, showing a total of 1 627 hours of coverage on its five channels.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at articlesMeet Zakumi, the 2010 mascot Fifa World Cup host cities 2010 media hub at Nasrec Useful linksFifaAfrican Union of Broadcastinglast_img read more

first_img14 April 2014The police, defence force, and departments of State Security and Home Affairs have taken stringent measures to ensure that South Africa’s upcoming elections – coinciding with the country’s 20th year of freedom – are fully free and fair, says Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.Leading a media briefing by the government’s justice, crime prevention and security cluster in Pretoria on Monday, Mthethwa urged all South Africans registered to vote, especially young first-time voters, to come out and cast their votes on 7 May in honour of the founding father of the democratic nation, Nelson Mandela.Mthethwa said stringent measures had been taken by the departments in the cluster, especially in areas identified as hotspots, and that police deployments in the build-up to the elections would be made according to risk assessments.“We will not allow anyone to derail the elections or prevent anyone from exercising his or her constitutionally enshrined right to vote.”He called on the public to report any cases of intimidation, adding that special courts would be in operation so that cases involving incitement to violence could be speedily resolved.Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said South African National Defence Force members would be on standby to provide backup to the South African Police Service, as well as logistical support to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said Home Affairs offices across the country would be open from 7am on election day to enable people to collect their identity documents. According to Pandor, Home Affairs is currently sitting with 122 000 uncollected IDs and 23 000 uncollected smart card IDs.The department has deployed 117 mobile offices to provide extra capacity for processing ID applications, and all border posts will be open and functioning on election day to allow South Africans living or working abroad to come home to vote.Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said all 155 000 inmates in the country’s 242 correctional facilities were registered to vote. The IEC, working with the Department of Correctional Services, has made arrangements to ensure that inmates are able to vote.Source: read more

first_imgWe reached out to the Cache Owner mrradach to interview them about geocaching, creating awesome geocaches, and many other fun questions. We will release the full interview this Friday on the Geocaching blog. An excerpt: HQ: Do you have a favorite hide of your own?mrradach: Every one of them is my favorite (laughs). But if I highlighted one, that would be Chuchichäschtli Deluxe (GC6MZEJ). Not only was the production a lot of fun, but also naming it was fun. I found a good way to involve the community because they voted on what the name should be. I’d like to help inspire other cachers to create high quality, well thought out caches.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More TraditionalGC6MZEJby mrradach Basel Stadt,SwitzerlandN 47° 34.159′ E 007° 39.480′ 3.5Terrain:2.5 Difficulty: The first step is to unlock the padlock from the outside.It consists of  three numbers and it is up to you to figure where to look for them. The next step is to conquer the metal maze designed to challenge those who believe they are worthy of logging this cache. Navigate the chain-linked game piece through the twists and turns of the maze to open up the next stage. Two smaller doors with no indication of how they open is the final hurdle to this creative cache. The only hint we can provide is that they may (or may not) work in conjunction with one another. Welcome to Chuchichäschtli Deluxe! Did you pronounce that correctly? If not, don’t worry you’re not alone — trying to pronounce the name of this geocache is almost as puzzling as the cache itself. Swiss-German (Schweizerdeutsch) speakers can say this expression with ease, but we won’t keep the door shut on the translation. It is the typical Swiss-German term for kitchen cupboard, although this isn’t your typical cupboard (unless you like to store things in the woods). Opening the first door presents a big challenge, a labyrinth that is more deceptive than meets the eye.  Nestled into a wooded area about 7 km (4 mi) from the busy streets of Basel City’s beautiful downtown district, and a five-minute walk from the German border, you’ll find ‘Chuchichaschtli Deluxe.’ Meandering hiking trails intertwine through the little forest with a few other geocaches scattered about. Finding GC6MZEJ is not very difficult, only opening it is. As mentioned before, you’re looking for something similar to a cupboard in the woods, painted brown on the outside, on a staff, and tucked away behind a tree. SharePrint RelatedBasel 1 GCG95Z GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 9, 2012April 9, 2012In “Community”Planes, trains and epic hikes — Rund um den Gelmersee (GC32DQT) — Geocache of the WeekMay 14, 2014In “Community”Walensee 8° — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgMeat traders in western Uttar Pradesh announced a strike on Thursday, hours after the State government sealed over 36 slaughterhouses and hundreds of retail meat shops across the State in its continued crackdown.Police said 43 persons had been arrested from various districts for alleged cattle smuggling, adding that 27 FIRs had been registered against 60 persons for the same. On the action against illegal slaughterhouses, Additional Superintendent of Police, DGP headquarters, Rahul Srivastav said eight FIRs had been lodged in Meerut, Varanasi and Bareilly, and two illegal slaughterhouses each clos-ed in Varanasi and Bareilly.Prices goes upThe strike move has led to panic buying, with mutton vanishing from shop shelves and the price of chicken rising sharply. Former Mayor of Meerut and meat exporter Shahid Akhlaq told The Hindu that the State administration was acting “under tremendous pressure from the BJP government to shut down all the slaughter houses — even those functioning with proper papers and records.”The BSP leader said that as a mark of protest on the illegal and illogical way of treating meat traders, the Association of Meat Traders had held a panchayat and decided to go on a complete strike till the administration repealed the “draconian approach of treating legal and illegal meat establishments with the same brush.”Highlighting that meat would not be available in the market as the State government has virtually declared every slaughter house to be “illegal”, Mr. Akhlaq said, “We will meet the District Magistrate (DM) and the Commissioner and ask them to provide livelihood to thousands of people. Then what kind of rule of law is this which looks more like an emergency?”Also Read  He said that the “prejudiced way in which BJP government was shutting down all meat establishments, it would not only affect a bulk of India’s meat export but it will also render several lakh people, who are associated with the meat trade directly or indirectly, unemployed. What kind of vikas (development) is this as this is going to cost the leather industry, which is one of the biggest exporting industries in India, very badly”.UP is the largest meat exporting State in India, accounting for annual export turnover of ₹11,351 crore. India’s total meat exports stand at ₹ 26,682 crore.Meanwhile the BJP Mayor of Meerut Harikant Ahluwalia doesn’t want meat to be sold in open market even legally. He and other BJP leaders on Thursday approached the DM against selling of meat in the open market, especially in places which also have temples in its vicinity.This comes a day after three meat shops were vandalised and burnt in Hathras.(With inputs from PTI) No takers for Tunday’s kebabs without beef last_img read more

first_imgChakat Aboh, the consensus candidate of five major political parties in Arunachal Pradesh, on Monday filed her nominations for the byelection to the Khonsa West Assembly constituency in Tirap district. She is the widow of Tirong Aboh, who was gunned down by extremists in May soon after winning the seat on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket.Three others — Yumsem Matey, Wangchu Lowang and Azet Homtok — filed nominations as independent candidates too.“I filed the nomination as an independent candidate as suggested by all the political parties of the State,” she said after submitting her papers on the last day of nomination for the bypoll slated for October 21.Ms. Aboh said she could not disappoint the people of the constituency who wanted her to take her husband’s place in the Assembly. “I am indebted to Chief Minister Pema Khandu and the leaders of five political parties for being chosen the consensus candidate,” she said.last_img read more