KZN counts World Cup benefits

first_img3 August 2010 An estimated R3-billion was injected into the KwaZulu-Natal provincial economy by South Africa’s successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, with the long-term benefits expected to exceed this by far as the “intangible” effects of the tournament kick in over the coming years. Discussing the impact of the World Cup in Durban last week, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said the global marketing exposure the province received during the World Cup “has firmly put us on a world map as a serious global player, and will immensely grow investment opportunities and greatly boost the tourism industry. Mkhize said roads across the province had been built and upgraded over the past three years to ensure that a smooth transport network was in place for the World Cup. Over R4-million had been spent on developing seven new stadiums to encourage the growth of sport in the province. Over the course of a two-year, R21-million World Cup legacy project run by the Department of Education, over 5 000 students had been trained in various areas. Out of 2 836 students who trained in hospitality services, languages services, travel and tourism, and information and communication technology, 2 411 students had provided services at Moses Mabhida Stadium during the tournament. Mkhize said the training of volunteers had also contributed to increased safety in the province. “Our security agencies were instrumental in ensuring that South African received a 9/10 rating from Fifa as 2010 World Cup host. The Department of Community Safety and Liaison’s Volunteer Social Crime prevention project was also a resounding success’. KwaZulu-Natal hosted five World Cup teams – Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Greece and Paraguay – in various parts of the province during the tournament. This had ensured that fans were brought closer to the World Cup action, as most of the teams interacted actively with communities close to their base camps. Mhkize said it also paved way for possible friendly matches in the future. While he was pleased with the overall performance of the province, Mkhize there was still work to be done to cement Durban’s place among the top tourist destinations in the world. “While we remained the most loved and preferred domestic tourism destination, our performance internationally is not where we would like to see it, hence our decision to go on an aggressive international marketing campaign.” BuaNewslast_img read more

Google Chrome Gains as Firefox, IE Lose

first_imgTags:#Browsers#Google#NYT#Trends#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah perez The growth of the Firefox web browser is one that’s been spurred on by word-of-mouth referrals, volunteerism and community-funded advertising campaigns to raise awareness. Over the years, the alternative web browser slowly chipped away at dominant Internet Explorer’s market share, despite its competitor’s advantage of coming bundled with the Windows operating system. By January of last year, Firefox topped 20% market share and by December, it reached 22%. But now, that growth has stalled. Actually, it has declined a slight 0.18 percentage points over the past month. Meanwhile, IE declined by 0.60 points. And what’s to blame for these drops? None other than Google Chrome, the speedy WebKit-based browser from the Internet search giant which will soon be the basis of a new netbook operating system by the same name. Chrome Gains While Others DropBetween January and February, Google Chrome was the only browser to gain market share, reports Ars Technica, who gathered their data from Net Applications. By month-end, Chrome reached a 5.61% market share, a decent slice of the pie and more than other browsers like Apple’s Safari (4.45%) and Opera (2.35%), both of which have been around far longer. You could argue that Chrome’s growth has to do primarily with who makes it: Google, of course. Thanks to advertisements for the new browser right on the Google.com homepage, Google has a platform for getting word out to an audience of millions quickly. However, those ads have been gone for some time now and Chrome still climbs. Why is that?Interestingly enough, it’s not due to an advanced feature set. Chrome has been notorious for lacking even the most basic browser features, having initially launched without support for RSS feeds, extensions or a Mac version (all of which have been added now, RSS support via an optional extension, though). Yet despite these missing features, Chrome managed to capture 1% of the browser market within the first day of its release back in September 2008. Chrome is Fast, but Not the Fastest One factor that may make the browser so appealing is its speed. Based on the open source Webkit engine, which also powers Apple’s Safari browser, Chrome easily beats out Firefox and IE in a number of browser speed tests. However, speed can’t be only reason for its climb – independent browser Opera beat Chrome in several categories including browser boot-up and Javascript performance, for example. And with the latest Opera release, the company claims they’ve created “the world’s fastest browser for Windows.” And our own Frederic Lardinois confirmed this by doing speed tests. Chrome’s Rise Due to Extensions and Mac Version?So if it’s not speed alone, what else may be driving Chrome’s growth? Besides the release of a long-awaited Mac version in December, another factor could be the launch of extensions for Chrome. These add-on software applications put the Google browser more firmly on the same playing field as the others in the market. Many heavy web surfers rely on particular extensions, having grown comfortable with their favorites over the years. Some would even say they require them in order to work effectively on the web. Or Is It Bookmark Sync?In addition, Chrome recently released a handy “bookmark sync” feature last month. This lets Chrome users keep their favorite saved websites synced in between multiple computers just by associating a Chrome installation with their Google account. Still, no single Chrome feature can account entirely for its rapid growth. Opera is faster, Safari is speedy as well, all offer extensions and Safari supports Mac and PC, too. So perhaps what’s really appealing about Chrome is its simplicity. With a design that eschews search boxes and heavy toolbars in favor of one big combo search/address box, only four navigation/action buttons and just two menu buttons which are labeled with icons, not names, Chrome keeps the focus on the web, not the browser. And that may be its best selling point of all. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

GoM formed to hold talks with SGPC on ‘Prakash Purb’, says Amarinder Singh

first_imgRejecting Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s charge that the Punjab government did not attend a coordination meeting on the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday said a Group of Ministers had been formed to talk to the apex gurdwara body. Taking strong exception to SGPC’s criticism against the State government for not attending the meeting on Friday, Capt. Amarinder said Cabinet Ministers Charanjit Singh Channi, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and O.P. Soni were directed to discuss the modalities of the ‘Prakash Purb’ celebrations with the Parbandhak Committee. The Friday meeting was presided over by the SGPC chief. It was not the State government that did not show interest in holding a joint function as directed by Akal Takht Sahib (highest temporal seat), but the SGPC which had been “refusing” to join the State government in celebrating the historic occasion on a common platform, an official statement quoted the Chief Minister as saying. Reiterating his appeal to the SGPC to support the government in commemorating the 550th birth anniversary celebrations, Capt. Amarinder urged the religious body’s chief to “keep an open mind” on the issue. He recalled that even during his last meeting with the SGPC delegation, led by its president Gobind Singh Longowal on August 27 here, the Chief Minister had appealed for a consensus on various issues relating to the celebrations. Appeal to SGPCCapt. Amarinder also reiterated his appeal to the SGPC chief to attend the meeting of State level organising committee to be convened shortly to discuss all the ‘Prakash Purb’ related issues through dialogue. He urged the SGPC to demonstrate a spirit of unity and large heartedness to spread the message of universal love, religious tolerance and amity, as propagated by the first Sikh Guru.last_img read more