From the start, the … Corning >> It was all Corning Friday night as the Cardinals rolled over the visiting Oroville Tigers 46-7. “This is us, finally,” coach John Studer told the Cardinals after the win. “This is our true identity.”Studer praised the team win, commending bench players who came in later in the game and played with the same intensity as starters. He credited speed, confidence and physical play for the win.“They’re not as bad as you made them look,” Studer said.
Headlines are screaming that an earthlike planet in its star’s habitable zone has been found. Many sources, though, are claiming that life must certainly exist on this planet. Their hubris stems from the words of Steve Vogt, an astronomy professor at UC Santa Cruz. “Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say, my own personal feeling is that the chances of life on this planet are 100 percent,” he said at a press briefing today. “I have almost no doubt about it.” That’s all the headline writers needed: “Planet’s Life Odds ‘100 Percent,’ Astronomer Says,” Jeanna Bryner wrote for Live Science – an article echoed on Space.com. “Life Likely on Newfound Earth-Size World” announced another Live Science headline. Some sources were a little more tentative. David Shiga wrote for New Scientist, “Found: first rocky exoplanet that could host life,” omitting the Vogt 100% number. Science Daily wrote, “Newly Discovered Planet May Be First Truly Habitable Exoplanet.” Another Space.com article explored the planetary system around Gliese 581, only stating that the discovery of its six planets is “further cementing its status as a top candidate to harbor extraterrestrial life.” One thing is 100% certain: no life has been found. All that is known about this planet is that it is 3 to 4 times the size of our Earth, and it orbits a red dwarf star. Those two factors reduce the probability of life (see the film The Privileged Planet on YouTube for explanation, esp. ch 4-5). The only factor announced in the reports that could be favorable to life is that Gliese 581g, as it has been dubbed, orbits in the small star’s temperature habitable zone: the zone where liquid water could exist. There are, however, requirements for a UV habitable zone (08/15/2006), a tidal habitable zone (06/11/2009 bullet 2), and a habitable zone immune from planetary migration (05/21/2009). Many other factors that could affect habitability of this planet, like the presence of a large moon, plate tectonics, the right atmosphere, composition of the crust, and more, are unknown at this time, and probably will remain unknown for years. The probability that life has not been found is certain – 100%, for now at least. Nevertheless, most of the articles cheerfully echoed Vogt’s confident 100% probability estimate, although some reported that co-discoverer Paul Butler (a planet-hunting pioneer), though optimistic, did not want to put a number on it. None of the articles criticized Vogt for stating an evidence-free, and therefore unscientific, personal opinion.Some day this exuberant, over-the-top headlining will backfire on the scientific community. Is Gliese 581g an interesting place deserving of more study? Certainly. So is Titan, or Venus. Given the track record of SETI, or of finding life right here in our own solar system, one would think scientists would have learned a little restraint. Undoubtedly Dr. Vogt is assuming that if life had been found there, it would have evolved there by a long process of chemical and biological evolution. Given the track record of explaining life right under their noses with that assumption, one would think scientists would have learned a little restraint. In both cases, one would have thought incorrectly. The chances of finding hubris in a naturalistic scientist’s brain, however, is 100%. There’s almost no doubt about it.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
23 September 2010You can barbeque anywhere, but you can only braai in South Africa. On Saturday, as part of National Heritage Day, thousands of South Africans will head outdoors, get the fires going and celebrate the nation’s favourite pastime on National Braai Day.The event, which takes place annually on 24 September, has become something of an institution in South Africa. Braai Day gives South Africans an opportunity to celebrate the country’s cultural heritage and diversity of traditions.South Africa is a diverse country, but something that we all have in common is that we need no encouragement to braai.“We want to create a national day of celebration in South Africa – one day in the year when the whole nation comes to a standstill and has a party. It’s good for nation-building and it’s good for the spirit of the country,” says Jan Scannell (also known as Jan Braai), the founder of the National Braai Day initiative.The beginnings of National Braai DayNational Braai Day is what St Patrick’s Day is for the Irish, what Bastille Day is for the French and what Australia Day is for the Australians.“Our mission is to position National Braai Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration,” says Mr Braai.When Scannell was first inspired to start the initiative, he had no idea that it would become so popular. And to give the day even more clout, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu took to the idea and became the patron of National Braai Day.“I e-mailed Archbishop Tutu and explained that I want to unite 50-million people around braai fires. He liked the idea, so we started talking about getting him involved as the patron,” says Scannel. “We had a braai together for the first time in 2007 – boerewors and lamb chops.”Since then, Scannell and Tutu have been in regular contact, and they’ve also braaied together a few more times.National Braai Day has since become known as the Braai4Heritage initiative, and in 2008 the campaign received the endorsement of South Africa’s National Heritage Council.Official AnthemIn 2009, the initiative launched an official song, “Our Heritage”, recorded by multiple Grammy Award winners The Soweto Gospel Choir, the 2008 South African Music Awards male solo artist of the year HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula), rapper JR, known for his smash hit “Show Dem”, and Cape Town-based electronic group Die Heuwels Fantasties.Recently a local comedy pop duo also got into the spirit of Braai Day by recording a parody of US pop singer Rebecca Black’s viral video hit “Friday”. Since Nicholas Smal and Gareth Allison, also known as Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues, posted the video, it has received overwhelming response from fans and quickly went viral on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.The parody has become just as popular as the main anthem, but Scannell says that any publicity for Braai Day is welcome.“We are excited about the support the song has received online so far. As South Africans, we never take ourselves too seriously and the song really captures the spirit of National Braai Day,” he says.Getting it rightBraaing is very much part of the South African DNA and it should come as no surprise that South Africans have perfected the art of having a great braai. But before you grab the marinade and braai tongs, make sure that the basics are in place.Mr Braai, who is the authority on everything to do with this form of cooking, explains that a wood fire is the way to go. “I don’t think anyone seriously prefers charcoal. Using it is simply a matter of convenience or if you can’t get hold of wood,” he says.South Africa’s great braai tradition has been the inspiration for numerous cooking books on the subject. Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands – compiled by Wines of South Africa, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the export of local wines in key international markets – is a beautiful publication that pays tribute to the country’s beloved pastime.It contains recipes, braaing tips and techniques, wine notes and wine pairing suggestions from some of the Cape’s favourite vineyards. Estate owners, winemakers and personalities such as rugby player Schalk Burger, also share their secrets for and interpretations of the perfect braai.The book suggests that the secret of successful braaing lies in controlling the heat and ensuring that it is evenly distributed. Stacking the wood is also contentious, as is the timing around turning the meat.Everyone has their way of stacking the crumpled paper, kindling, bits of wood and bigger cuts or logs. However, the book suggests that a traditional South Africa square stacking method allows for good aeration and burning, but keep in mind that this method needs careful management to produce enough core heat to generate coals.If you don’t plan to make your braai fire with such precision, try the well-known tepee style. This method can even be mastered by the novice fire maker as it is more practical and needs less management.Scannell adds that there is also no reason not to celebrate Braai Day if you are a vegetarian. He says that there are many delicious meals that can be cooked over the coals, such as putupap, mielies and mushrooms.Braaibroodjies are another favourite. These are toasted sandwiches made with cheese, tomato, onion and a dash of chutney, which can be braaied slowly in a closed grid on light coals until golden brown on the outside and the cheese has melted on the inside.If these dishes don’t sound appealing, you can still have a good time. “Simply light a fire and stand around it, everybody loves that!” says Scannell.Expand your braai repertoireInstead of putting the usual steak and chops on the coals, try something different this Braai Day: the Kwaai Braai Pie! This recipe is courtesy of Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands. According to the book, this dish lends itself to experimentation. The amounts are not exact and you can add more or less of any ingredient, or improvise with whatever you have available for the filling.Kwaai Braai Pie2x 500g ready-to-bake puff pastry1 bunch of spinach, coarsely chopped3 smoked chicken breasts, sliced250g bacon, diced250g button mushrooms, sliced1 onion, chopped1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced½ cup crumbled feta cheese½ cup grated cheddar cheese1 cup grated mozzarella cheeseFreshly ground salt and black pepperRoll out the dough into two equal pieces. Fry the onion, bacon and peppers in olive oil. Add seasoning. Layer the ingredients in the following order on one sheet of dough: half of the raw spinach, smoked chicken, onion, bacon, peppers and mushrooms. Scatter the three cheeses and add the rest of the spinach.Cover with the second sheet of dough. Make a parcel of the layered, filled sheets of dough. Brush with olive oil on both sides. Place on a hinged braai grid and close gently. Do not latch it, though, or else the pie will get pinched. Cook over the coals for about 15 minutes, turning regularly, until golden brown.Whatever you do, have a braaiYou can barbeque anywhere, but you can only braai in South Africa. So don’t miss out on this Saturday’s festivities.“All we are saying is grab your friends and family, start a fire, and celebrate South Africa,” says Scannell.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. read more
27 June 2013Italian auto maker Fiat and its majority-owned US subsidiary Chrysler have announced the opening of a new parts distribution centre in South Africa to service dealers, retailers and customers in the southern African region.The 19 000 square metre Mopar facility in Pretoria will distribute more than 50 000 part types to 80 delivery points in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.Mopar is the service, parts and customer-care brand for Chrysler and Fiat. Since Fiat’s alignment with Chrysler, the companies have opened Mopar warehouses in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.“We will strategically grow our parts distribution network in order to support our brands and customers in the marketplace,” Mopar CEO Pietro Gorlier said in a statement on Monday.“Our new parts distribution center will further improve service to our dealers, distributors and customers in this region. We will continue to look for opportunities to support our growth.”The South African Mopar facility will support the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep and SRT makes.According to Mopar, its parts “are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide”.SAinfo reporter read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jeremy Goyings, Paulding Co.We were hoping to get to beans the middle of the week here. We have one variety ready but it depends on what these rains do now. We had two or three tenths overnight and this morning t is still drizzling. It is a typically droughty summer with a wet fall so far.We did shell some corn on Saturday. We had a variety that was deteriorating and dropping ears and we wanted to get it done before we started on food grade beans. We took off about 100 acres at 26% to 28% moisture. The stalks were strong but we had an issue where the butt of the ear didn’t pollinate right. When the ears dropped on the ground you couldn’t tell which end was the tip or the butt because kernels died off on both ends. When it does that the shank dies off and the plants start dropping ears. It was mostly happening on the end rows and there were a few in the field. We only had 100 acres of that and we got it all shelled and now we don’t have to worry about that. The yields were in the mid-150s and it would be a silver lining if that is the worst we run into. We saw a little ear mold in the stalks we were walking but none in the field that we shelled.There is another chance for rain on Wednesday. We are still dry so the water is getting away pretty quickly. We have a lot of leaves hanging onto the beans yet. Some of our neighbors were running 2.8s and still had a lot of green leaves yet but they were running at 11% moisture. For our non-GMO food grade beans we need them all dry and consistent.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here. read more
jolie odell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Over the past several months, Facebook has been testing and rolling out new features for Facebook Credits – a virtual currency that collected and exchanged users’ real-world money for on-site credits that could be used in many of the site’s applications and social games.Since its launch in May 2009, the system has rapidly evolved, and Facebook has now revealed their exact revenue split with game and app developers who integrate Credits. In a blog post today, product marketer Deborah Liu wrote, “Facebook will collect 30 percent of currency spent by users… We are committed to investing heavily in the ecosystem and will explore a number of ways to improve the program and increase conversion and net revenue.”This 30% cut is the same percentage that Apple’s App Store takes from developers who submit paid apps and games for users of iPod and iPhone devices, and also the same percentage adopted by the Kindle Store.Many of Facebook’s most-used apps are partners in the closed beta for Facebook Credits, including Crowdstar, Playdom, Playfish, RockYou, 6waves and Zynga – makers of the infamous, popular and lucrative game Farmville. Also, since last week, some users have been allowed to buy credits using Paypal, making the system even more viable for casual online gaming and social apps. This option has been rolled out so far to a small percentage of users and will be seen by more users within the next few weeks.If the Credits program can be successfully rolled out for all users and applications, developers and Facebook are looking at a huge influx of cash – and users risk spending a lot more than just time on the site.“By providing a single, cross-application currency,” wrote Liu, “our goal is to making transactions simpler for users, leading to a higher conversion rate for developers. “Specifically, our early testing has shown that users paying with Facebook Credits are significantly more likely to complete a purchase than the average Facebook user.” This fact will surely please Facebook’s investors – but what are the implications for Facebook users themselves?Are users being manipulated unethically by an enormous and powerful marketing machine into spending more time – and now, more money – on applications of little real value? Or has Facebook simply found yet another way to make an honest buck on the Internet?Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments. read more
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market chris cameron Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… One of the major conclusions Gary says was drawn from this experiment is that for the next few years, mobile advertisements are going to play a large role in how expiring inventory is sold. For the Nets, this inventory was tickets to the final home game of the season. For other businesses, this could mean the last batch of doughnuts that is thrown away at the end of a day, or unfilled hotel rooms and airplane seats.But why only for the next few years? As Gary pointed out in our interview, soon enough, everyone is going to be using a service like Gowalla or Foursquare, and the novelty of the app combined with the emotional attachment of discovery will fade with time. The thing that separated this experiment from other promotions is that the people offered the tickets discovered them through their own actions, creating a sense of responsibility to redeem them. In the future, however, if everyone is using applications to find deals, the novelty of the game mechanics introduced could eventually dissipate.One of the major conclusions Gary says was drawn from this experiment is that for the next few years, mobile advertisements are going to play a large role in how expiring inventory is sold.A significant hurdles for mobile advertising is when a customer attempts to redeem a coupon only to be denied by an unknowing store clerk oblivious to the business’ mobile ad efforts. Gary says while this is a problem due to the relatively new nature of geolocation apps, only medium-sized businesses have to really worry about it. Small businesses with one or two locations and a handful of employees can easily spread the word of such a promotion, but a company with a half dozen locations across a metro area may have more difficulty. Unfortunately, this represents the majority of U.S. businesses.Examples taken from Twitter showed that the promotion with Gowalla and the Nets was well received by fans and helped to create new relationships between the team and its fans. One happy father even Tweeted about how his six-year-old son called the experience “the best day of my life, ever.” Clearly the integration of social media into a mobile ad promotion has helped to uncover some fascinating results about consumers. We also took the opportunity to ask Gary some of your questions about anything and everything, including managing work and family, following your passion, selling wine and – of course – his favorite football team, the New York Jets. Here’s what Gary had to say.Pete asked, “How do you maintain your ‘Crush It’ attitude and continue on the path to success while following the rule of family comes first?”Gary: Super hard. No question, by far my biggest challenge. I think it’s understanding the players. And what I mean by that is, just paying attention to what my wife feels […] It’s communication and making smart choices. Always filtering. The same things that excite me about the Internet – filtering and restrictions – are the same things for life, I just have to keep filtering.Renee wanted to know, “How do you overcome the fear of leaving a routine life to follow your passion?”Gary: For me, it was the fear of living a routine life. I think about legacy a lot, I’m a very big picture kind of thinker, so not taking chances and not being happy along the way just seems so insane to me. I’m very aware that everyone is wired differently, I’m nothing special. I’m just me. What I’d like for people to do is embrace more of the “try to be me” more than somebody else. I envy people that can sit down on a project and focus on it for ten years, […] but now that I’ve built that cushion, and that base, nothing wants me to do that. I want to scratch all of my itches – advise, consult, speak, author, do a show. Jason, a wine entrepreneur looking to use social media to be disruptive in the Scandinavian market, asked what Gary thinks of the idea and if he had any tips.Gary: I love the idea. My biggest tip is to keep your mind open to not just the wines you like. Don’t control it, let the pieces fall where they are, and make sure you hit as many demographics as possible. Don’t make it polarizing. Think about as many different niche markets as possible and don’t just talk at social media events, go to wine clubs and wine bars. Try to get as many people to embrace it as you can. And finally, Andrew asked Gary, “What do you think of the New York Jets’ Fight Song?”Gary: I bleed green. If I can like Jason Taylor, who was a former Dolphin and now he’s a Jet that I hated every day of my life for the last decade plus, then I love everything about the Jets.Disclosure: The author of this post is a Patriots fan, but that in no way affected his interview with Gary, a diehard Jets fan. Tags:#Interviews#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last week we asked you to send us your questions for our interview with wine connoisseur and social-media expert Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary and his consulting company VaynerMedia recently ran an experiment with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and geolocation app Gowalla (in which Gary is an investor) to see if location services could draw fans to games with free tickets. For all parties involved, the experiment was deemed a success, and the findings from it have provided a unique insight into the future possibilities for geolocationtional advertising.As you may recall, last Friday during the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit, we discussed the potential road-blocks for startups looking to innovate in the localized mobile ad space. By using an existing network like Gowalla, however, the Nets experiment actually succeeded to bring in a significant amount of people to a game where thousands of seats went unsold. By using Gowalla to check-in at local gyms, parks and other locations where supposed basketball fans might frequent, 38 users found and redeemed 1 of 250 pairs of tickets made available for the game. 76 of 500 (15.2%) of the seats offered through the application were filled directly because of the mobile promotion – seats that would have otherwise been left empty. These patrons instead paid for parking, merchandise and other concessions at the arena that would have previously not been purchased.VaynerMedia Case Study from Gowalla/Nets Experiment Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting read more
Success has many parents and failure none. Cliched as that may sound, there is no doubt that after the resounding success of the Commonwealth Games, the new itch is that India should bid for the 2019 Asian Games (if not the 2020 Olympics).Members of the England team pose with Indian artistes and officials during the flag hoisting of their country at the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi.In 2005, when Asian countries with money bags in tow had assembled to vote for the 2014 Asian Games venue, New Delhi had projected itself as a candidate city. Thanks to the then sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar’s loose talk (he kept bemoaning that the country had no money for a sporting extravaganza, a stand he took even for the CWG), India lost the bid. Senior officials, notably Randhir Singh, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary-general, who’s also the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) secretary-general, were left red-faced after being outvoted in favour of Incheon, South Korea.In less than six months, it will again be time for the 2019 Asiad bid, though insiders say not too many host cities want to come forward as some of them are still reeling under the aftermath of global recession. Even before the CWG preparations had hit top gear, the IOA had tested the waters by writing to the sports ministry that it wanted to bid for the 2019 Asiad.Till date, there has been no forward movement on this. Those in the know, however, say that this is the time for India to make a big push to establish its credentials as the emerging sporting superpower. Nobody had imagined that at the 2010 CWG, where 71 nations and dependencies participated, India would finish ahead of England with a record haul of 38 gold medals. Everyone knows that the Rs 700 crore that the athletes received to prepare for the Games have paid off.advertisementBut to pre-empt any talk of the cost of hosting a mega-event such as the Asian Games, seen as the second most prestigious international sporting event after the Olympics, let me share some figures. Nobody knows how much Beijing spent officially on the 2008 Olympics, but it is being speculated that the Chinese city of Guangzhou will spend $420 million next month and expects to earn a revenue of $450 million.Randhir Singh says that to be seen as a serious bidder for the 2019 Asian Games, india needs to emphatically convey that it is ready. “this is a huge project and the indian government fully needs to be behind new delhi. let’s not forget that the asian games gets substantial sponsorship from the Olympic Council of Asia,” says the man who first distinguished himself by being the first indian to get a gold medal at an asian games (bangkok, 1978).Within the Sports Ministry and other government agencies there’s the popular theory that India overspent on the CWG. Agreed, there’s been wasteful expenditure,but to say that the Asian Games will be a waste of money is nowhere near the truth.It is well-known that for any country wanting to project itself as a superpower, hosting an international, multi-disciplinary sporting extravaganza is one of the seals of authority. The western world never wanted China to host an Olympics and even when the Olympic Games were on, European papers just did not stop writing about the atrocities committed by China on the Tibetan people. Beijing wowed the world with its clinical precision and Guangzhou is set for an encore. With 42 countries in the fray and 476 events, Guangzhou has a challenge, but it seems to be prepared for it.New Delhi must learn from the mistakes of the CWG. The biggest flaw was in the command structure,where no single person could be held accountable for the progress of the preparations or the lack of it. You can continue blaming CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Sports Minister M.S. Gill, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and company till the cows come home, but this is the time for us to look forward and think big. The Asian Games bid cannot be a half-hearted venture, where most of the parties involved will suspect the IOA’s intentions. It will have to be a national endeavour, with no place for people like ‘Motormouth Mani’ and others who consider sporting extravaganzas a waste of money.Unless we bid for an Asian Games and win, we will have no ground to imagine that we would ever be able to host an Olympics. Bidding for the Olympics is serious business and host cities start getting ready at least eight years before they get into the fray. One may be tempted to believe that India can bid for the 2020 Olympics. But it as Randhir Singh, whose father, Raja Bhalendra Singh, incidentally, was a key figure in the organisation of the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, says “I think 2024 is a realistic target. If India is serious, the effort has to be 100 per cent.”advertisementIt is well-known that when countries bid for the Olympics, what really matters is not what it will cost but what it will take to put in the best effort. Even Barack Obama went to Copenhagen for the 2016 Olympic bidding process at the last minute because he had been convinced that Chicago would win it. The number of votes the city got was abysmal – and the winner was Rio de Janeiro. This is proof that for hosting an Olympics, no country, not even a superpower, can take anything for granted.The US has lost two successive Olympic bids, which is a clear message from the International Olympic Committee that when an Olympic host city is voted for, a number of factors are at play. In the case of India, conflicting voices will only cause damage. There’s no room for politics in this national effort – and it is impossible to predict the political scene in the country in 2024. We can only mount a national effort driven by a national vision to bid first for the 2019 Asian Games, and then prepare the ground for the 2024 Olympic bid. Sounds impossible? Nothing does anymore after the Commonwealth Games.Six lessons Delhi must learn from the Games (By – Maneesh Pandey)Look beyond New Delhi The infrastructure developed for CWG is not going to last forever. The Lutyens’ Zone, moreover, cannot keep getting injections of hefty resources at the expense of the rest of the Capital. Nor can East Delhi keep getting preferential treatment because it is the parliamentary constituency of CM Sheila Dikshit’s son, Sandeep. Delhi must look beyond New Delhi and view an international sporting event as an opportunity to develop one of its neglected rural outcrops, such as Bawana, Narela or Najafgarh. Look at London for example. Even before London bid for the 2012 Olympics, it zeroed in on Stratford in East London, which had gone to seed, for an ambitious redevelopment project. And the results are there for everybody to see.No last-minute miracles Our reliance on the ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ formula only caused a lot of grief, and needless negative publicity, in the run-up to the Games. The CWG Organising Committee knew it was behind schedule, yet it did not move fast enough either to put technical support systems in place, or to farm out the job of damage control (like it did when it brought the army to bail it out of the foot overbridge collapse mess). We have only our athletes to thank for the world media overlooking the security scanners that failed, Doordarshan’s late feeds, the ticketing mess and eleventh-hour jitters over the scoreboards. There was very little time for systems checks. Thankfully, the weather gods were on our side.advertisementDon’t overcommit THE many civic agencies that manage Delhi’s affairs planned projects that were way beyond their capacity to complete within the time frame. The covered-up, yet unfinished Connaught Place and never-to-be-used Shivaji Stadium are just two examples of the messy development legacy. Delhizens couldn’t use two key CWG-related public utility projects – Barapullah Elevated Corridor and the Metro’s Badarpur leg. Just two of the 33 new promised hotels have got completion certificates; and the Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid and Paharganj development plans are yet to see the light of day.Too many generals…? YES, the Games went off without a major snafu, but the country’s high and mighty must learn to value the importance of a unified command for an international sporting extravaganza. The Games were like the rope in a tug-of-war, with organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, sports minister M.S. Gill, Delhi lt-governor Tejinder Khanna and CM Sheila Dikshit pulling in different directions, and even squabbling over who should take the credit for what. Even on the day of the closing ceremony, Khanna’s office leaked a letter he’d written to the Prime Minister protesting against Dikshit hogging the credit for the last-minute completion of the Games Village.No more weak excuses The Games organising committee secretary-general Lalit Bhanot’s laughable defence of the pathetic sanitary conditions at the Village in the days when it had just started receiving foreign athletes and delegates won’t stand in any international forum. If Delhi wishes to host an international multi-disciplinary sporting event, or to become a world-class city, it must measure up to the highest global standards in hygiene and sanitation. The Capital may have got the athletes for the Games (they had no choice) despite snakes, unmanaged garbage and stale food in the Village, but the expected number of additional tourists did not show up because they had been scared away by reports of Delhi’s poor hygiene standards.Nurture on-ground talent We may hire the best brains to design ambitious projects, but what we lack is the ability to execute them on the ground. We don’t realise that it is the junior engineers who hold the key to the success and timely completion of infrastructure projects, and they invariably turn out to be the weakest links in the organisational chain. In the run-up to the CWG, it became apparent that engineers down the line had never been exposed to the projects they were expected to implement. They didn’t benefit from exposure to international projects because the people who went on study junkets abroad were the bureaucrats at the top – many were not involved with the projects eventually. read more