World Cup traffic control plan in place

first_imgJohannesburg’s roads have become evenbusier. Gauteng spokesperson Thabo Masebe at amedia briefing in Sandton. Metro police are on high alert.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Thabo MasebeGauteng Provincial GovernmentSpokesperson+27 82 410 8087RELATED ARTICLES• Top safety plan for World Cup• Gautrain rolls out this week• Transport on track for World Cup• SA gets tough on traffic crimeBongani NkosiThe 2010 Fifa World Cup has almost brought Johannesburg’s traffic to a standstill, an indication of the multitude of fans of the beautiful game that are in the city.On match day in the host city, capital of Gauteng province, main roads got congested as fans flock to its two magnificent stadiums, Soccer City and Ellis Park.It was an even worse scenario on 11 June, when the tournament kicked off at Soweto’s Soccer City. The Gauteng provincial government admits that traffic management was not at its best; the chief cause was the presence of private cars in the vicinity of the stadium.“The highways were congested… people were stuck in traffic,” said Thabo Masebe, the province’s spokesperson. “Traffic is of great concern to us.”With congestion starting from central business areas such as Braamfontein, people struggled to make their way south of the city, even hours before the opening ceremony began.“What we saw last Friday would not make anyone happy. We are not happy, Fifa and the LOC are not happy,” Masebe said.“There’s no way you can have thousands of cars going to Soccer City.”Besides staging the opening match, the world-famous city will host the final. It’s already hosted a match featuring the thrilling Brazil, which saw the theatrics of Robinho leading the South Americans to a 2-1 thrashing of North Korea.The problem, Masebe noted, is that football fans want to drive to the venues, instead of using public transport. Gauteng’s plan is that fans should use the transport laid on for fans, such as public buses, trains and minibus taxis.Public transport provided for the duration of the World Cup in the province is adequate and reliable enough to carry the scores of fans, said Masebe. “We’ve provided enough public transport, and we encourage fans to use it.”Johannesburg City’s rapid transit Rea Vaya buses are one option, others are Metrorail trains or Metro buses. Pretoria, staging matches at Loftus Stadium, also provides public transport.While Rea Vaya charges a minimum fee of R6 (US$0.79) per trip to both Ellis Park and Soccer City, trains provide free shuttle for fans with match tickets. Metro buses ferry fans from Park and Ride facilities in different parts of the city, for free.“There’s no way you can miss a train going to the stadium,” Masebe said.Gauteng’s new planThe provincial government has decided that it will close off certain roads to private cars in the city centre and main routes leading to the stadium. The roads will be closed and manned by traffic officials four hours before a game kicks off.Road closures will not inconvenience motorists when there are no matches. “On other days the roads will be open,” said Masebe.The Soweto Highway and Nasrec Road, main routes leading to Soccer City, will always be closed to the public on match day.Only private vehicles carrying VIPs, Fifa officials, and players, and other accredited cars will be allowed entry into the roads.“If [traffic police] find a car where it’s not supposed to be, they will impound it and you would have to pay a fee,” said Masebe.The province’s aim is to ensure free flow of traffic in both Johannesburg and Pretoria throughout the tournament. “Nobody should even think about traffic. It must run smoothly… We want to ease the flow of traffic,” Masebe said.“It’s all going well”There have been no major incidents of crime reported in Gauteng, contrary to speculation before the World Cup started.Police maintain a high visibility in many areas, especially those around high-volume venues like stadiums and public viewing areas. The men in blue have also taken control of all security in Soccer City and Ellis Park.“We have sufficient capacity to provide security,” said Masebe. “The police have enough capacity to deal with any situation.”last_img read more

4 Necessities for High Performing Teams

first_imgTo read the original post on UpstartHR, please click here. Great teams can propel organizations to new levels of success. Today we’re looking at how to improve team performance with an approach that has proven results across a spectrum of cultural, geographic, and generational challenges. A few years ago The Orange Revolution was written by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton. The book focuses on great teams and where they come from. According to the authors, there are four things that skilled leaders do in order to develop great teams.Ensure the right people joinTranslate corporate goals into team goalsFacilitate great team conductPromote a culture of appreciationWhen looking at teambuilding through that list of requirements, it’s easy to see how each of these elements can tie into the plan. Let’s break it down to each individual component and discuss each in turn.Ensure the right people joinThis is the crucial first step. Especially when looking at cross-cultural teams that might involve language barriers, geographical distance, or other difficult pieces, it’s important to select the correct individuals that will “mesh” with each other and be able to collaborate effectively.Translate corporate goals into team goalsThis is often one of the more difficult pieces for team members to understand. Many are familiar with individual goals, but translating those up into top level team goals and overarching corporate goals can be more challenging. The essential power of a good team comes when each member understands the unified purpose and works toward a common goal.Facilitate great team conductThe majority of people have worked with a team that didn’t get along well. The variety of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in the workplace virtually guarantees that there will be occasional friction; however, a good team lead will help to reduce that friction and enable each person to contribute to their fullest abilities.Want to learn more about leading a team? Check out How to Manage a Team.Promote a culture of appreciationSometimes, a difficult piece of working with a team could be a lack of individual appreciation for a job well done. Helping each team member understand how they can provide appreciation and recognition to their peers will increase overall satisfaction within and among the group.These four key elements to building great teams are a great reminder that there is substantial potential for great performance in a well-built team.last_img read more

HR Technology Q & A with Sharlyn Lauby

first_imgWith the HR Technology Conference (#HRTechConf) just around the corner, we’re inviting our Next Official Bloggers to offer their perspective on how technology is impacting the profession today — and their predictions for the future.The following is a Q & A with Next Official Blogger Sharlyn Lauby:Q:  What area of human resources profession (recruiting, OD/training, comp/benefits, employee relations, etc.) do you see technology affecting the most in the next 5 years? SL:  A lot of great technology options currently exist in recruiting, training, recognition, etc. I think some of the individual health and wellness applications currently on the market will start to offer enterprise solutions. Employees will be able to support each other in staying healthy.I also believe we will see some employee relations technology solutions. I see the need as we become a workforce of working anywhere, anytime. But I must admit it will have to be designed carefully, so we don’t lose the “relationship” part. Q:  Employees are increasingly using smartphones and tablets to access their employers’ HR services.  How will employees’ evolving expectations affect an organization’s HR technology regarding access and security?SL:  You’re absolutely right – employees expect to manage certain aspects of their career using their mobile devices. When we can use our phones and tablets to have conversations with family on the other side of the globe, buy just about anything we want, and store valuable documents, then we expect our mobile devices to be acceptable for more things at work.But with that comes responsibility. Anyone today using a mobile device needs to learn basic technology etiquette. They need to understand what secure and unsecure networks are and how to develop a good password. For some people, this will sound very basic but there are lots of people who don’t follow sound technology security practices. HR departments should include in onboarding a technology etiquette and essentials program.  Q:  Technology is enabling HR to look at how their strategy affects organizational performance, in addition to HR-specific problems. To what extent are today’s HR professionals able to step outside the box that has traditionally defined their role?SL:  I believe HR pros can and should take a holistic approach to technology and the organization. It will be difficult to develop any kind of strategy operating in a silo.HR professionals have the opportunity to be the champions of experimentation. One of the things I’ve discovered over the past few years, during the Great Recession and the rise in social media, is that we can learn a lot by just trying new things. We can help our organizations see the value in being an effective adopter of new ideas and concepts. Q:  What steps can an HR professional take to begin to incorporate mobile technology into their talent management strategies?SL:  HR professionals have to understand what technology is available today. You don’t have to own it all or use it all. But human resources need to know what’s available and decide if it has potential. If we don’t stay on top of what’s available, we run the risk of being left behind. Technology moves much too quickly. Q:  What’s your HR technology trend prediction for 2015?SL:  We haven’t seen the full potential of wearables yet. Whether it’s watches, bands, glasses, etc., wearables are becoming a part of our lives and the data we can get from them is amazing. Now can we use these devices to help us at work? I can’t wait to see what happens.last_img read more

SOA: Cloud Drives Strong Growth of SOA Infrastructure

first_imgWhile most of IT spending growth are relatively flat, Gartner predicts that over the next four years that spending on cloud computing will more than double.  So it’s a bit surprising to see that there’s another IT market segment that is easily keeping pace with cloud computing:  the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) market.A survey by research firm Companies and Markets found that last year the SOA market grew at a rate of 38 percent, now topping $5.5 billion, up from around $4 billion in 2010.  The SOA market is expected to continue to grow at a rate of 11.5 percent over each of the next couple of years.Actually, much of the growth in the SOA market can be attributed to cloud computing.  SOA frameworks are being deployed into the cloud to provide a base for the cloud infrastructure and SOA is also being used as middleware for connecting applications in data centers.  SOA has enabled businesses to build more flexible system.  It also increasingly being used as the backbone for mobile applications and marketing analytics.The report found that IBM is the lead vendor in the SOA market, particularly aided by sales of IBM WebSphere.last_img read more

David Kirby: Lead by Empowering Others to Achieve

first_imgAt AFF’s “Lunch with a Leader” on October 23, Cato vice president and senior fellow David Kirby considered the definition of success and related practical leadership advice grounded in personal experience.“When I first started managing people, I failed a lot. So I started to look for examples, and I ended up combining elements of the management philosophies of various entrepreneurs. I experimented and found what worked.”Kirby delineated two key components of leadership: management style/philosophy and motivating others.Forget everything you think you know about management. Effective managers are leaders in the sense that they motivate, guide, and empower a team.Resist the urge to lecture, maintain strict control, and solve other people’s problems. Rather, empower others to achieve and get out of the way. Kirby explained:“There are two types of people I never want to work with: the kind of people who want to tell others what to do, and the kind of people who want to be told what to do. As a team leader, you don’t want to be the first type and you don’t want your team to be the second type—you’ll be exhausted and your team will be completely dependent.”Build a team of passionate people and develop a vision—shared beliefs and boundaries—that everyone owns. Shared beliefs will motivate your team. Boundaries will empower individuals to operate freely and confidently, and establish accountability. Then challenge your team to get things done by solving their own problems and answering their own questions (within those parameters).Of course, there isn’t necessarily one perfect formula. As your career progresses, observe the management styles and motivational tactics of those around you for inspiration. Regardless of what philosophy you choose, management, and leadership, are learned over time.Interested in learning more about AFF opportunities for students? Contact Greta Pisarczyk, director of student outreach for America’s Future Foundation, at [email protected]last_img read more

Utah ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Heavy Duty Vehicle Tax Credit Provisions Amended

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportProvisions allowing a Utah corporate franchise or income tax or individual income tax credit for the purchase of a qualified heavy duty vehicle have been amended, operative for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017. The amendments clarify that the corporate tax credit is nonrefundable. Also, the definition of a “qualified heavy duty vehicle” has been revised to include qualifying vehicles that have 100% electric or hydrogen-electric drivetrains, in addition to qualifying vehicles fueled by natural gas. In addition, various references in the credit provisions to the Air Quality Board are changed to refer to the director of the Division of Air Quality, and references to qualified conversions have been removed.S.B. 24, Laws 2017, operative as notedlast_img read more

Alabama Announces Tax Relief for Hurricane Irma Victims

first_imgAlabama offers tax relief to taxpayers that suffered damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Taxpayers can file tax returns due on or after September 15, 2017, and before January 31, 2018, no later than January 31, 2018.To be eligible, taxpayers also must reside in areas designated as disaster areas by the federal government.To get tax relief, taxpayers should write “Irma Relief 2017” in red ink on any state paper return or report filed during the extension period. E-filing taxpayers can contact the Department of Revenue for filing guidance.Subscribers can read the news release on the department’s website at https://revenue.alabama.gov/2017/09/12/ador-providing-tax-relief-to-victims-of-hurricane-irma/.News Release, Alabama Department of Revenue, September 12, 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Yuvraj to resume normal routine in 10-15 days, says mother Shabnam

first_imgThe fight against cancer has been won, but the battle is far from over for Yuvraj Singh , who is now determined to return to the Indian team at the earliest.According to Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam , the dashing left-hander has set himself a target of “10-15 days to return to his normal routine”.Shabnam also thanked Yuvraj’s fans , the entire country and the BCCI for support during the middle-order batsman’s time of crisis.Yuvraj has been out of action for most of the past 12 months, right since the time he played a pivotal role in Team India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.The explosive batsman received a hero’s welcome when he touched down in India after finishing his cancer treatment in the United States on Monday. He is currently staying with his mother at her Gurgaon residence.last_img read more