FIFA 2010 is all set for the much awaited quarter finals

The next round of the fifa world cup-2010 will be starting from 2 July,2010. After fighting hard Eight teams have reached the last 8 (quarter finals) of the FIFA 2010. Next round of the fifa world cup-2010 will be starting from 2 July,2010. The stage is all set for the much awaited quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup 2010.

Paraguay became the first team in this World Cup to win a penalty shoot-out when they beat Japan 5-3 on spot kicks after the two teams played out a dull goalless draw after extra time.Paraguay topped their group after opening the campaign with a 1-1 draw against world champions Italy.

Ghana edged beat the ever-battling USA in the first knockout stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to book themselves a place in the quarterfinals for the first time.Doing so, Ghana emerged the third African country to have ever reached the quarterfinals after Cameroon and Senegal in 1990 and 2002 respectively and also became the first African country to reach that stage in a World Cup staged in Africa, the first of its kind.

All these eight teams are very good team and it is expected by the fans that the quarter final matches will be very exciting to watch. Mean while FIFA to release 2000 tickets of disappointed fans. FIFA said on Wednesday it would release 2,000 tickets for the World Cup quarter-finals which had been reserved by fans who hoped their teams would reach the last eight but had seen them eliminated.There are 500 tickets available for the Brazil-Netherlands match at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth; 1,200 for the Uruguay-Ghana match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg; and 300 tickets available for Argentina-Germany match at Greenpoint stadium in Cape Town.

Upon further review, soccer’s governing body agrees something must be done about the blatant missed calls that have infuriated fans and players alike at the World Cup.FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Tuesday that changes will be considered, and that he has apologized to the English and Mexican teams, both of which were victims of bad calls Sunday.

Teams which reached quarter finals

  • Group A- Uruguay
  • Group B- Argentina
  • Group D-Germany & Ghana
  • Group E-Netherlands
  • Group F-Paraguay
  • Group G-Brazil
  • Group H- Spain

Points

Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 9
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 9
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 7
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 7
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 6
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 6
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 5
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 4

Schedule of Quarter Finals

  • Netherlands Vs Brazil – July 2 at 7:30pm India Time (IST)
  • Uruguay Vs Ghana – July 3 at 12:00 am India Time (IST)
  • Argentina Vs Germany – July 3 at 7:30pm India Time (IST)
  • Paraguay Vs Spain – July 4 at 12:00 am India Time (IST)

Oil Spill in Gulf risks entire food chain

The catastrophic explosion that caused an oil spill from a BP offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the shoreline.The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to remain about 30 miles offshore, based on an analysis of ocean currents and weather patterns.An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was one of the greatest fears When the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank. The oil spill started after an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig, an offshore drilling platform ran by Transocean for BP.  This caused the platform to capsize and an oil head to rupture.  For many days now, estimates point to somewhere around 200,000 gallons of crude oil are being poured into the waters of the Gulf.

Day by day, scientists in boats tally up dead birds, sea turtles and other animals, but the toll is surprisingly small given the size of the disaster.Past studies suggest that oil drenched birds have a high death rate.Many people don’t realize all the animals in the ocean that oil spills affect. When hundreds of plankton die because of oil, that specie of animal may become extinct. Then, fish won’t be able to eat the plankton, so they will become extinct. A killer whale could then become extinct because it can’t eat the fish. The oil spills can damage the entire food chain in the area.

Marine scientists studying the effects of the BP disaster are seeing some strange and troubling phenomena. Fish and other wildlife are fleeing the oil out in the Gulf and clustering in cleaner waters along the coast. The animals’ presence close to shore means their usual habitat is badly polluted, and the crowding could result in mass die-offs as fish run out of oxygen.Sperm whales are the only endangered marine mammals in the upper Gulf of Mexico and NOAA scientists have been worried about the effects of oil and dispersants being used to break up the oil on the animals.

BP has agreed to set up a 20—billion—dollar fund to compensate local Gulf Coast businesses that have been devastated by the ongoing oil spill. BP also announced it would cancel all dividend payments to shareholders this year as it works to clean up the worst oil disaster in US history. The public demands that something be done to save animals, Seabirds and re-store entire food chain . It’s heart-wrenching—you see this totally oil-covered animal. The only way you can see that they’re alive is that their little eye blinks.

Nightingales Medical Trust to Prevent abuse of the elderly

To mark the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, Nightingales Medical Trust (NMT) will be organizing a street show and an awareness walk in the city. Nightingales Medical Trust (NMT) is a Non Government Organization (NGO) dedicated to elder-care.

Helping elders lead a physically, emotionally and socially fulfilling life by providing quality health-care, family-based support systems and by combating abuse is the mission of NMT. Nightingales is striving to keep family bonds intact through various innovative, family-based support systems for elders of different socio-economic groups. Some of Nightingales’ projects have emerged as models and are being replicated in other parts of the country. In the city of Bangalore, the estimated number of Dementia patients is 30,000. Compared to developed countries India is very much lagging behind in awareness about Dementia and in appropriate care facilities. Nightingales Medical Trust (NMT)

While the traditional joint family system is fast disintegrating in India, Nightingales is striving to keep family bonds intact through various innovative, family-based support systems for elders. To mark the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, Nightingales Medical Trust (NMT) will be organizing a street show and an awareness walk in the city. Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Pravin Sood will flag off the street show as well as the walk at Lalbagh Gate facing K.H. Road at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

FIFA World CUP Begins Today

The biggest sporting extravaganza FIFA World Cup starts in South Africa on Friday (June 11,2010). On the streets, people are blowing their vuvuzelas — plastic horns now symbolic of the World Cup. Flags are being sold, spit and polish being applied to Soccer City, where the hosts meet Mexico in Friday’s opener. It’ll be a first for Africa, a continent the Olympics have feared to tread.

South Africa has invested 33 billion rand (about Rs. 20,000 crore) in World Cup-related infrastructure, according to the local media.  In what should be familiar to Delhiites, albeit on a far bigger scale, new stadia have been built, old ones refurbished and the transport system that includes a high-speed train and a new bus system upgraded for 19 billion rand (about Rs. 11,500 crore).

The South Africa 2010 party got under way in style last night with a joyous, colourful and truly African FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert in Soweto, Johannesburg.A wide variety of acts took to the stage but the abiding theme was one of celebration for the African continent with the event broadcast across the world. The countdown clock introducing the three-hour extravaganza finally hit zero and with it came a cacophonous roar as seemingly thousands of South Africa flags were lifted aloft creating an ocean of colour among the estimated 30,000 in attendance.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and South African President Jacob Zuma jointly opened the concert after the early acts. The concert drew to a spectacular conclusion with Colombian pop princess Shakira in impressive form. She was joined on stage by Freshlyground for a rendition of ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’, the Official FIFA World Cup theme.Another proud concert-goer was Soweto local William Oosthuizen who spoke with pride as he took a rare break from dancing.

With soccer mania at fever pitch, the mobile phone screen is fighting for its share of space with the TV. A host of mobile phone software and application developers are gearing up to roll out specialized applications for the World Cup which promises to bring the excitement right into the palm. There are applications where one can watch the highlights of the best goals, get the latest game updates, and play latest soccer games right from their handset. The mobile companies and application developers expect significant growth in revenue from such applications in the Indian market.

CommonFloor Celebrated 3rd Anniversary

June 5,2010

CommonFloor Celebrated 3rd Anniversary

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Traffic diversions for the Global Investors Meet

The city traffic police have directed participants of the two-day Global Investors Meet (GIM), which starts on Thursday at Palace Grounds, to use alternative routes to reach the venue.

GIM is expected to witness a huge crowd and traffic police are expecting over 10,000 cars of VVIPs, ministers and bureaucrats. Police have suggested the following alternative routes to avoid traffic snarls.

VIPs and VVIPs coming from the International Airport should take the Ramana Maharshi Road, take a left near the Palace Cross over the elevated service road and continue to reach Vasanthnagar railway under bridge and then take a left to reach the main entrance of the meet.

Vehicles coming from Tumkur Road towards the Mehkri Circle should take the Jayamahal Road, take a right in front of JC Nagar police station to enter Palace Grounds near the Mavinakayi (Mango) Mandi entrance.

Vehicles coming from Bellary Road through Mekhri Circle should take a right towards the Jayamahal Road and then turn right at the JC Nagar police station junction to reach the venue through the Mavinakayi Mandi gate.

Vehicles coming from Hosur Road, Kanakapura Road, Mysore Road and Bangalore South should take the Palace Road or the Cunningham Road to reach the Cantonment Railway Station and then take the under bridge and reach  the the venue through the Mavinakayi Mandi entrance.

Vehicles from Cantonment should take the Cunningham Road, Miller Road and move towards the Cantonment Railway Station under bridge to reach Jayamahal Road to reach the venue.

Vehicles parked at the Shah Rukh Khan ground should leave the venue through the Mavinakayi Mandi entrance to reach Jayamahal Road. Since the vehicle flow will be high in these parts,the police have requested regular commuters to avoid Ramana Maharshi Road, Jayamahal Road, Palace cross road, Palace Road, Millers Road and Vasanthnagar Road on these two days.

Heavy rain in Kerala

The arrival of monsoon rain with Kerala receiving the first showers on Monday is bound to be sweet music to millions of farmers given the drought last year which devastated the kharif crop across much of the country. The monsoon had arrived in the Andamans three days ahead on May 17. It usually takes 10 days from then to reach Kerala, but cyclone Laila delayed the process.

In the past 24 hours, Kerala received good rainfall with Vadakara in Kozhikode district recording a maximum of 16cm. Last year, the monsoon had advanced over the South Andaman Sea on May 20. It reached Kerala on May 23, a week before schedule.

The Met department on Monday announced the onset of the southwest monsoon in India after rain in the southern state for the past few days met all requisite criteria for the official declaration to be made. The monsoon is expected to hit Karnataka on Today (Tuesday). A department release said, “Southwest monsoon has further advanced into most parts of south Arabian sea, entire Kerala, south Tamil Nadu and some parts of the southwest Bay of Bengal on Monday. Conditions are favourable for advance into some parts of central Arabian Sea, coastal and south interior Karnataka and Goa during the next 48 hours. Further advance will depend upon the intensity and direction of movement of the low pressure area currently lying over Arabian Sea.’’

The monsoon had arrived in the Andamans three days ahead on May 17 but cyclone Laila delayed the process which usually takes 10 days from Andamans to reach Kerala. The monsoon is expected to hit Karnataka on Tuesday. Average rainfall in India during the monsoon season is 89cm, as against the annual average of 120cm.