Meet Zakumi, the 2010 mascot

first_imgZakumi, the 2010 Mascot was revealedto  hundreds of guests in Johannesburg. Fifa 2010 LOC CEO Danny Jordaan And SABC group executive Mvuso Mbebe hanging out with Zakumi at the launch. Soccer Legend Mark Fish and Zakumi Enjoying themselves at the launch. Zakumi showing off his soccer skills. Khanyi Magubane “He’s young, vibrant, energetic, enthusiastic, sociable, self-confident and ambitious.” That’s how Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, described Zakumi, the football tournament’s mascot.Introduced to the world at a lavish event at the South African Broadcasting Corporation headquarters in Johannesburg yesterday, Zakumi is a fluffy young leopard with green dreadlocks and a wide smile.Until the launch his identity was a closely guarded secret, to build up the hype and excitement around the tournament.South African football star Mark Fish introduced the mascot in an exclusive media briefing, after which the two showed off their football skills in front of the crowd by kicking a ball around the stage.“Zakumi represents the people, geography and spirit of South Africa, personifying the essence the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Fifa general-secretary Jerome Valcke said at the event.“We are certain we will have a lot of fun with him in the lead-up to and during the Fifa Confederations Cup and the Fifa World Cup.” The creation processZakumi was designed and his costume produced exclusively in South Africa. His name is a combination of “ZA”, South Africa’s domain name, and “Kumi”, which means “10” in a number of African languages.A number of South African companies were asked to design a mascot for the 2010 World Cup, one that would represent both South Africa and Africa as a whole. The mascot had to be easily identifiable and had to represent the World Cup in a way that would leave a lasting impression.After a long process of elimination, Fifa decided on a design by Cape Town designer Andries Odendaal.The costume itself was produced by Cora’s Costumes of Boksburg, east of Johannesburg. Owned by Cora Simpson, the company has 22 years of experience in costume making, and has made other high-profile costumes, such as the US cartoon figures Bugs Bunny and Tweety the bird.The man behind the actual creation of the figure is David Mbewe, who has worked with Cora’s Costumes for over 20 years. After meticulously choosing the right mix of fabrics and colours, Mbewe and his assistants assembled the costume, sewing the leopard spots by hand – no easy task, Simpson said.Who is Zakumi?Fifa have given their mascot a distinct personality and personal history. Zakumi was born on 16 June 1994, a day and a year of great significance in South Africa.The 16th of June 1976 saw the beginning of the Soweto youth uprising, when schoolchildren took to the streets to protest against apartheid, many of them cut down by police gunfire.And 1994 was the year that South Africans of all races cast their votes for the first time to elect a new post-apartheid democratic government.With the slogan “Zakumi: the mascot with an attitude”, Fifa describe Zakumi’s personality as lively, outgoing, adventurous and spontaneous – a “shrewd little fellow”They say he loves to perform and always follows his instinct and intuition, and has the tendency to exaggerate.But, say Fifa, there is one thing that’s undeniable about Zakumi: he loves football. He sees it as a great way connect with others and break down language barriers.As a sign of his undying passion for the game, he always carries his football around which he will use to invite people to play with him.“He wants to create a good mood for the fans and raise the excitement for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first on African soil,” said South African soccer legend Lucas Radebe.“He is a proud South African and wants to ensure that the world will come together in South Africa.”For 40 years each Fifa World Cup tournament has had its own unique mascot. The first was World Cup Willie, the mascot for the 1966 event, hosted by England.Added benefit for 2010 buildersMeanwhile, Fifa is two award two free World Cup tickets to every construction worker involved in building the tournament stadiums, some of which are expected to be completed in time for the Confederations Cup in 2009.The ticket bounty was announced by Fifa president Sepp Blatter during a four-day visit to South Africa in mid-September.“I have good news for the workers,” Blatter said. “We have decided, with the Local Organising Committee, to offer about 20 000 workers two free tickets to the stadiums where they are working.“It’s a merit to the workers in recognition of their work in preparing for 2010.”Tickets for the confederations cup will go on sale on 23 November, a day after the draw for the competition. Tickets for the World Cup go on sale from January 2009.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] articlesWorld Cup 2010: fast facts Fifa World Cup host citiesTen stadiums for the 2010 World CupFootball in South Africa Useful linksThe Zakumi page Fifa South Africa 2010 Planet World Cup Cora’s Costumeslast_img read more

How IoT and Big Data Applications Will Revolutionize Our Smart Cities

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#Internet of Things#Smart Cities#smart devices#smart technology Debraj Chatterjee There’s no doubt about the fact that cities have evolved a lot over the past few years. They’ve transformed from small enclosures within walls to slouching metropolises which are home to millions of people.Not only have their sizes and nature changed but Smart Cities have also been able to provide the best environment for all kinds of people to inhabit.Almost all aspects of residing in a city have changed, particularly in those areas where technological obstacles hampered the way in which things were done.If you’re aware of the bigger picture, you will know the fact that the Internet of Things (IoT) is probably the new frontier of development in shaping the way in which cities are built and operated.There is no doubt that you familiar with the concept of the internet of things (IoT). The idea includes several devices like cars, smartphones and everyday appliances like refrigerators being connected and being able to share information. The devices can be used autonomously, and they can perform actions when they obtain trigger information that was pre-set.More on the umbrella term — “Smart City.”The term “smart city” is an umbrella term which means cities which use technologies and data to enhance the lives of businesses, companies, and individuals who inhabit it. The Internet of Things is the ultimate technology which is gradually making cities “smart.” Whether it is improving levels of pollution or conditions of traffic, the key technology is none other than IoT.The IoT is a network of devices which are connected physically, like home appliances or vehicles and with the help of this technology; things can connect with each other and exchange data. This connectivity offers an opportunity to mingle digital and physical data through data analytics to boost efficiency, improve livelihoods and drive economic advantages.The key is connectivity — It’s all about strong connection.The most significant factor which could pose as a threat to the dream of building a smart city is the issues of connectivity. If millions of devices throughout the city aren’t connected via a strong and secure connection, the IoT devices will be rendered nothing but obsolete.Henceforth, without a robust connection, the smart technology wouldn’t work. Robust 4G and 5G networks through London will have a heavier reliance on “small cells” to enhance connectivity to those tough-to-reach spots.Local authorities will require working closely with all the network operators who will help them in installing such units on buildings, lampposts in order to boost connectivity and support it in reaching out to wherever it might be required.The federal government also takes steps to help operators by letting them deploy hardware like phone masts on facilities and buildings which are owned by the government. Supposedly the government support is needed to help in improving coverage; sans interference.Tangible use cases of utilizing IoT in building a smart city.Now that you know how popular the Internet of Things (IoT) has gotten in building a smart city, you must be eager to know how they bring about a change to the cities. Here is a list of use cases of IoT.SMART LIGHTINGLighting comprises of a significant percentage of the energy consumption in a city. While lighting and electricity is a vital element, it is also being utilized to improve identity and beauty of all developing cities. In a conventional lighting system, the inspection of failure occurs manually. There are even fixed lighting levels through operational hours. If a lighting system is based in IoT, the failures are reported automatically to the system. IoT supported lights can dim automatically depending on the time of the day.SMART WASTE MANAGEMENTWaste management in a city can also be made smarter by recommending smart garbage cans which have a sensor for determining the level of waste that lies within the can. The technology behind these garbage containers are built in such a manner that they can transmit this information to the waste management system of the city which can guide the waste collection trucks automatically to the garbage container which has become full. It will convert the static garbage collection system with a system that is based on real-time data that’s related to garbage containers being more efficient and predictable.SMART PARKINGIt can become daunting to find out a parking space in today’s cities. It is somewhat frustrating for the commuter, and it also boosts pollution as the commuter tries to find an appropriate place to park his vehicle. When a parking spot is IoT enabled, it is equipped with sensors to sense whether or not they’re occupied already. Even this can connect the navigation system of the city which can allow the drivers to find the nearest parking spot. A driver armed with the knowledge of where to park will lead to saved fuel, saved time, reduced CO2 emission and reduced road utilization hours.SMART TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEMIoT can also assist in smart traffic management as well by installing solar or battery-powered traffic sensors which can detect the volume of traffic in real-time, average speed at which vehicles are traveling and road occupancy rate. Such sensors can be easily connected to the central traffic management system of the city, thereby offering a total picture of the traffic situation. Depending on the pattern of traffic, the decision-making algorithms can adjust the traffic lights and their duration, lodge complaints against people who violate traffic rules.SMART ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDINGSInternet of Things technology is making it simpler for buildings with different sorts of infrastructure to improve sustainability and save energy. For example, smart building systems of energy management utilize IoT devices to connect disparate cooling, heating, lighting, and fire safety systems to an application which is centrally managed. Research reveals that commercial buildings waste up to 30% of the energy which they use and hence saving with an energy management system can be noteworthy and useful as well.For the federal governments to improve efficiency and enhance their services, they require a platform which can power the IoT applications for smart cities. Having the right platform will process, aggregate and interpret data which is generated by the smart devices. This information will ensure that the infrastructure is performing at its best to take cities to a new era of connectivity. Related Posts Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Debraj is a Founder of LMN SEO Services and oversees strategic, operational and invest Peng aspects of the company’s wide ranging digital content & digital revenue activities. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Take the Path of Most Resistance

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Electricity follows the path of least resistance. So does water. And so do too many salespeople.Your very best prospects already have a partner who provides them with whatever it is that you sell. They trust that partner, and as far as they know, they are completely satisfied. On top of that, they’re busy, and they receive tons of emails from salespeople asking to pitch them. They have no idea who is worth talking to and who isn’t, so they say no to almost everyone.These dream clients are the path of most resistance.Like electricity and water, you can seek a path of least resistance. When your dream client refuses your request for a meeting, you can put them on a calendar, call them quarterly, and seek an easier path. There are plenty of people who will be receptive, but you can’t create massive value for them, and that means they can’t massively value you or what you do. They might buy from you, but they will buy like you are a commodity.The path of most resistance is a more difficult path to take.First you have to fight your internal resistance and your desire to find an easier path.You have to expend far more energy nurturing your dream clients and becoming known as a value creator than you would if you called on lesser prospects. The path of most resistance requires that you build a prospecting campaign and pursue different contacts at different levels within your dream client’s company until you find some opening, someone who is receptive to you.The path of most resistance is more difficult. But you will likely be one of very few willing to pursue that path when most others will simply give up, give in, and go home.Go where others fear to tread. Do what others dare not. Take the more difficult path.last_img read more

NBA: Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, third draft picks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston received the 76ers’ third overall pick in the draft plus a future first-round pick from Philadelphia in exchange for making the move.Terms of the deal were agreed upon Saturday night after Fultz conducted a workout for the 76ers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are very pleased with the outcome of this trade, which puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years,” 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said.“History suggests that number one has the greatest odds of producing franchise-level talent and we are confident that this year’s draft class has that very potential. Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program.” View comments Boston will receive the 2018 first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers if that selection falls between the second to fifth picks. Otherwise, the Celtics will have a choice between the better 2019 first-round pick between Sacramento or Philadelphia.In all, the Celtics could possibly own draft rights to seven first-round choices over the next three seasons. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin bout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Markelle Fultz #20 of the Washington Huskies handles the ball during the second half of the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on January 29, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies 77-66. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPThe Philadelphia 76ers obtained the top pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft from the Boston Celtics on Monday, both teams officially completing a deal agreed upon and revealed over the weekend.The 76ers are expected to make point guard Markelle Fultz the fourth number one pick in club history and the second in a row after taking Australian Ben Simmons last year. The Aussie missed all of last season with a foot injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for the University of Washington Huskies, who went 9-22.Together with Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, the 76ers will have a young core of talent that could provide a formidable base upon which to rebuild the team.The 76ers have won only one playoff series since 2003 and managed only one winning campaign since 2005. They went 28-54 last season.The Celtics already boast leading scorer Isaiah Thomas at point guard and they are set to obtain a top player plus gain another likely high pick in 2018 or 2019.“We’re thrilled to be able to select what we expect be an impact player with the third pick in this year’s very talented draft class, while also adding a highly valuable future asset,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard delighted with Kante goalscoring performance

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard delighted with Kante goalscoring performanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard was not surprised with N’Golo Kante’s performance against Liverpool on Sunday.The France international has been stricken with injuries so far this season, but bounced back to score a wonderful goal in the 2-1 loss to the Reds at Stamford Bridge.Speaking after the game, Lampard said: “We end up being not surprised with Kante, which is not fair on him really.”He did it in the Super Cup without training, he did it today with probably not match-fit training, but he’s so important for us you put him in the team and he showed his qualities.Lampard also had special praise for young defende Fiyako Tomori.”I have to single out Tomori. For a young player like him to go up against Mo Salah, who is lethal, and deal with him for pace and in the mind, I thought was class. Everything he did was. Those are the signs I’m looking for individually.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Mississippi State OL Rufus Warren Tried Cheerleading Today, And It Was Hilarious

first_imgMississippi State Offensive lineman attempts to hold an MS cheerleader.Rufus Warren MSU CheerleaderMississippi State offensive lineman Rufus Warren is listed at 6-foot-7, 299 pounds on the school’s website. He has to handle large, athletic SEC defensive linemen on a regular basis, but when it came time to lift up an SEC cheerleader today, Warren wasn’t sure how to handle it.Here’s the video of Warren lifting up an MSU cheerleader. He does the job, but admittedly wasn’t too steady and seemed quite happy to be put her down as soon as possible.VIDEO: We are on our way to the coliseum, but first Rufus Warren tried out to be a cheerleader. #HailState— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 16, 2015Warren will probably take some good-natured ribbing for that, but he seemed pretty comfortable laughing at himself.last_img

Tennessee JUCO Commit Jonathan Kongbo Tells Alabama, “We’re Coming For (You)”

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It seems fairly obvious that Tennessee JUCO signee Jonathan Kongbo has Oct. 15 circled on his calendar. That’s the day the Volunteers host the reigning national champions, Alabama, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Kongbo, one of the top defensive recruits in the country, previously posted a video of himself working out with a “Bama We Coming” sign in the background. Now, in an interview with Rocky Top Insider, Kongbo all but guaranteed a victory against the Crimson Tide. His response comes after being asked about the Tennessee-themed trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor. On the trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor:“Well I mean, I just kind of laughed at it because I know we’re going to beat Florida. I know we’re going to beat Alabama. We’re going to beat all those teams. So I’ll say right now, we’re going to beat every team we play next year. I just really laughed at it, especially the comments that Jalen made. It was funny. We’ll see what Jalen Hurd does to him though.”On his final message:“I mean, kind of the main thing is, if you want to be the best you got to beat the best. And we know Alabama won the national championship this year and the message that I’m sending to them is that ain’t no one around here scared of that. We’re coming for them. It’s football so once the pads are on, you’ve got to figure out how to win so we’ll see.”Alabama-Tennessee should be pretty, pretty fun this year.[RTI]last_img read more

Dutch Majors to Jointly Study Methanol as Marine Fuel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Green Maritime Methanol Dutch shipowners, shipyards, manufacturers and ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam have joined forces to study methanol as a marine fuel ahead of the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap.The consortium, supported by Maritime Knowledge Centre, would look into the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable alternative transport fuel in the maritime sector.“As part of the project, the partners will look at concrete possibilities to adopt methanol as marine fuel on either newbuilds or conversions of the existing fleet,” Pieter Boersma, Business Director Maritime & Offshore of TNO, said.Shipowners Boskalis, The Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord and Wagenborg Shipping will take part in the consortium, together with shipbuilders, Damen Shipyards, Feadship, Royal IHC and engine manufacturers Pon Power and Wärtsilä together with VIV, as well as equipment suppliers Marine Service Noord and service providers C-Job Naval Architects.Work to study the infrastructure and supply chain for methanol is also addressed by the participation of The Netherlands’ two largest ports, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, as well as methanol suppliers BioMCN and Helm Proman and trade organization The Methanol Institute.The Netherlands’ research institutes, including TNO, TU Delft, NLDA and Marin, also invest in this theme and provide knowledge-building and research capacity for the project.The Green Maritime Methanol project, supported by TKI Maritime and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, is expected to be completed within two years.last_img read more

CEAA starts assessments of Innergexs proposed runofriver projects in Alberta

first_imgCALGARY – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency says it will look at the potential impacts of two renewable power projects that Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX:INE) has proposed to build on the Athabasca River.The Longueuil, Que.-based company wants to build two 135-megawatt hydroelectric projects called Sundog and Pelican roughly 130 and 180 kilometres upstream of Fort McMurray, Alta.The run-of-river projects, which involve diverting some of the flow of the river through a tunnel and turbine, require spillways to increase the water level in the river as well as powerhouses, embankments, boat launches and other infrastructure, but do not involve a full dam or reservoir.The projects southwest of the oilsands heartland would also require new 240 kilovolt transmission lines and access roads.The federal agency has invited the public and Indigenous groups to comment by Feb. 9 on what should be examined during the assessment, which it will take into consideration when finalizing the guidelines for assessments of both projects.Innergex runs renewable energy operations in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia as well as in France and the U.S., and announced last October that it would be taking over Alterra Power Corp. in a $1.1-billion cash and share deal.last_img read more

BMO expanding role of Brian Tobin at the bank names him vicechairman

first_imgTORONTO – BMO Financial Group is expanding the role of Brian Tobin and making the former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador vice-chairman at the bank.Tobin has served as vice-chairman at BMO Capital Markets since April 2013.In the new job, Tobin will report to Darryl White, chief executive of BMO Financial Group.He will provide senior relationship management for corporate, government and institutional clients.Tobin was premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996 to 2000.Before taking the provincial helm, he also served as a federal cabinet minister in several portfolios.Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO)last_img