Thursday, September 30, 2010

What sets us apart from our competitors?

  1. We’re official: as approved provider of a wide portfolio of events, from Wimbledon and Twickenham to World Cups and Olympic Games, our official appointments ensure you access. Unlike many smaller agencies, we only supply official tickets in keeping with our Ticket Safe Guarantee below
  2. We’re impartial: we listen to what you need and won’t push our portfolio on you
  3. We offer a full range of solutions: from established sports hospitality to more tailor-made occasions, we can match the event to the mood you want to create
  4. We know our stuff: week in, week out, we are onsite delivering events, auditing facilities, keeping tabs on industry developments, and benchmarking package options and prices
  5. We go the extra mile: our team will check everything is in place to make your event a success, and then we’ll check again. We happily admit to 'seeking perfection' at every opportunity, as all good event managers do!
  6. We have lots of arms and legs: through our own group businesses and office locations, not to mention the other 200 companies in TUI’s global portfolio, we have the scale and skills to build project teams rapidly in London, the UK and beyond
  7. We deliver for our clients: from VIPs and sponsor guests to executive groups and prize winners, we look after each individual, and are fortunate to receive satisfaction ratings consistently exceeding 90%
  8. We invest in technology: we use best-in-class software and web applications to support our programme logistics, enabling real-time operational reports, post event feedback and unrivalled management information to help assess ROI
  9. We pride ourselves on being good citizens: we respect the local communities where we operate and care for the environment; we don’t just talk CSR, we live it out
  10. With us, you’re protected: besides enjoying all of the above benefits, your hospitality investment is further covered by our ABTA bonding 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sponsor Services

Go on, show off your assets ...

At Sportsworld, we understand that carefully selected sports sponsorships are an attractive platform for brands. Given the power of sport to engage consumers and the increasing fragmentation of media (making brand cut-through ever harder), sponsorship can be a compelling and cost effective tool within the marketing mix.
A major event sponsorship brings with it a varied (and valuable) inventory of assets, all of which need careful management to ensure a good return on investment. These assets typically include:
  • Event tickets
  • Hospitality suites
  • Access to product showcasing
  • Hotel rooms
  • Official transportation inventory
Sportsworld is well versed in the operational rigours of managing sponsor assets, from up front programme development through to onsite delivery and post-event reporting. We have designed and managed over 50 official sponsor hospitality programmes at major sporting events the world over, and won awards to boot. We can help you think through the options and make the decisions that will lead to successful brand experiences for colleagues and clients alike.
Our sponsor services are generally delivered on a consultancy or full implementation basis.

Sponsor hospitality consultancy

Many first time or one-off sponsors have benefitted from our sponsor hospitality consultancy, which is available independently of our implementation services.
For a fixed fee, we will assist in the planning of their hospitality programmes, including budget setting, guest profiling, design of wave structure and sample itineraries, internal communications, performance measurement and project milestones. We can also host site visits for key stakeholders and facilitate workshops to educate and engage internal event teams.

Sponsor hospitality full implementation

We are typically appointed to oversee the delivery of sponsor hospitality programmes on a full implementation basis. Our turnkey solution is based upon our hospitality delivery model and begins with understanding your business and brand objectives. It encompasses co-ordination of all event logistics (from guest invitations and registrations to ground services such as accommodation, tickets and transport); creative thinking about the brand experience; looking after guests onsite; and measuring performance to support the assessment of ROI.

If you are a sponsor with a sizeable inventory of tickets and hospitality assets, we have the team, the track record and the technology to deliver success for your brand.

London 2012 sponsor hospitality

For national and TOP Olympic sponsors, Sportsworld has a proven track record in delivering successful hospitality programmes, whether advising on a consultancy or full implementation basis. We look forward to combining our cumulative Olympic experience with our local London knowledge to deliver memorable programmes for selected sponsors.

NYPL celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

  The New York Public Library’s premier Puerto Rican/Latino Cultural Center—The Bronx Library Center—kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month withPioneros II: Puerto Ricans in New York City 1948–1998, an exhibit from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. The exhibit is based on the bookby the same title by Virginia Sánchez Korrol (Professor emerita at Brooklyn College) and Pedro Juan Hernández (Archivist at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College).
Following World War II, there was a mass migration of Puerto Ricans to New York. The book/exhibit features images and text which documents “their stories and struggles, culture and values, entrepreneurship, and civic, political, and educational gains. The Puerto Rican community's long history and achievements opened pathways for the city's newer Latino immigrant communities.”
Hispanic Heritage Week was first observed in the United States in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988 it was extended to Hispanic Heritage Month spanning September 15 to October 15 by President Ronald Reagan. Hispanic Americans are those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
According to the US Census Bureau, Hispanics are the largest minority group in the US. Approximately 16% of the US population is of Hispanic origin.
In additional to the exhibit running through Nov. 15, the Bronx Library Center will host the following events:
  • September 15 at 2 pm – Film Screening: I Like It Like That
  • September 22 at 2 pm – Film Screening: West Side Story
  • September 29 at 2 pm - Film Screening: Una Aventura Llamada Menudo
  • October 4 at 6 pm – Lecture: History of Latinos in the Bronx by Angel Hernandez, Society Educator at the Bronx Historical Society
  • October 6 at 2 pm – Film Screening: Pinero
  • October 7 at 6:30 pm – Author Talk/Book Signing - Pioneros II: Puerto Ricans in New York City 1948-1998 by Virginia Sánchez Korrol and Pedro Juan Hernández. Sponsored by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College
  • October 16, 10-1 pm: Hispanic Family History Fair - a series of genealogy workshops by the Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York
  • October 16 at 2:30 pm – Ivo Tirado Jr. and the Bronx Charanga in Concert
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Bronx Library Center at 718-579-4244.

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This Is How The New York Public Library Sorts Books

  At  most libraries books are hand-sorted by library staff and unpaid volunteers.  The NYPL was having problems because of the large volume of books being processed, and they had difficulty finding people to do the work.  They have now installed a $2.3 million book-sorting machine that operates like an automated airport baggage carousel.
On one side of the machine, which is two-thirds the length of a football field and encircled by a conveyor belt, staff members place each book face-down on a separate panel of the belt. The book passes under a laser scanner, which reads the bar code on the back cover, and the sorter communicates with the library’s central computer system to determine where the book should be headed. Then, as the conveyor belt moves along, it drops the book into one of 132 bins, each associated with a branch library.
A video at the link explains that books can now reach their rerouted destination in one day instead of two, and that this is accomplished with about one-third the previous number of human employees.

How do I request Library materials?

Using The Library’s online catalog, you may request up to 15 circulating items at a time to be delivered to the Library location of your choice.  You may also place requests with the assistance of a Library staff member. 
Only certain circulating items in the catalog may be requested.*  If you see the Place Hold option next to an item you are interested in that is not available at your neighborhood library, click Place Hold and enter your library card number and PIN.  On the next screen, select your preferred pickup location from the drop-down menu.  If you need the item by a certain date, you may also enter a Cancel If Not Filled Bydate.  Otherwise, your request will remain active for one year, or until filled.
All requests for Library materials are on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.
Using your Library account, you may cancel requests or change the selected pickup location until the item has been routed to the pickup location.
Once you receive notification that your items are available, you have 7 days to pick them up before they are returned to circulation. Please collect all items being held for you at once.
Library materials stored off-site and viewable only in designated Research Libraries may be requested through The Library’s catalog.  Learn more about access to off-site materials.
*Holds cannot be placed on Book Express and DVD Express titles, CD Express titles or items that are non-circulating, such as reference materials.
Additionally, materials in our Research Libraries may be requested for on-site use only.

How do I renew Library materials?

Items that have not been requested by another borrower and have not exceeded the maximum number of renewals become eligible for renewal 2 days into the current loan period.  You may renew circulating items up to 10 times.*  Note that borrowers remain responsible for any fines that may accumulate before an overdue item is renewed.
As long as your account is in good standing, eligible materials may be renewed:
  • Online
  • In person
  • Through Self-Service Checkout
  • Via The Library’s Automated Telephone Renewal Service: (212) 262-7444
  • Via a call to your neighborhood library

When are materials considered late?

All Library materials must be returned on or before their due date.  Initial due dates are listed on receipts received at checkout.  Due dates extended through the renewal of eligible materials are available by accessing your Library account for renewals performed online or by phone or through new receipts issued for in-person or self-service checkout transactions.
Overdue materials may be subject to late fines.

Where can I return Library materials?

The Library offers universal returns; most circulating material can be returned to any New York Public Library location in the Bronx, Manhattan or Staten Island, except the Schomburg Center. Likewise, pickup of holds and payment of fines and fees may take place at any Library location with the exception of Schomburg.
The Library also offers a number of convenient book drops, many of which are available 24 hours.

I think I have returned an item, but it's still attached to my record?

Patrons are responsible for any library materials borrowed on their card until they are checked in at a New York Public Library location and cleared from their list of checked out items.  If you believe you have returned an item, you must call or visit The Library to claim it returned.  To expedite the process, it is strongly suggested that you visit the Library from which you borrowed the item and request staff check the shelves for it. 
If the item is not found, you will have until the end of The Library's billing cycle to locate it and return it before a replacement charge is applied to your record.  Until the item is found or replacement charges are paid, you will continue to receive overdue notices and the item will appear on your record with its status changed to that of a Claimed Returned/Disputed Item.  This status will also be applied in cases where an item appears on your record that you do not recall checking out and the same notice and billing cycle apply.
The surest way to know that an item is no longer checked out to you is to request a return receipt at check-in.

Downloading from our digital collections

Cardholders have access to downloadable books, movies and music through eNYPL and other digital collections.  For additional information, visit eBooks, Music and Video.

Accessing Library databases

The New York Public Library offers access to many electronic databases on a variety of topics from the arts and humanities to science and technology available both in The Library and at home.  Many of these databases include full-text articles, audio and video content, and resources in languages other than English.
Please note that many databases that can be accessed from outside the Library will still require you to enter your Library card number and PIN.
*Effective September 1, 2010

Loan Consolidation Student Loans

When a borrower consolidates loans in the Direct Consolidation Loan Program, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) pays off the original Federal education loans and originates a new loan for the total amount of the loan(s) consolidated. Here's how that works:
Step 1: Application Review
We review the borrower's application and enter it into our system. If there is missing or incorrect information, we attempt to contact the borrower directly and/or send a letter identifying the needed information. If a borrower applied for the loan by phone or through the web, the Loan Consolidation Department sends a promissory note to be signed and returned by the borrower. The borrower has 14 days to provide the information to us or the application is cancelled.

Step 2: Loan Verification
We request verification of the information on the borrower's application to determine each loan's eligibility for consolidation and its payoff balance. Currently, we electronically verify Direct Loans, defaulted loans held by the Department, loans serviced by loan holders enrolled in our Electronic Verification Certification (EVC) service, and loans held by Sallie Mae. For all other loans, we send a verification certificate to each loan holder to obtain the required information. Loan holders have ten business days to complete the verification certificate and return it to us.

Step 3: Income Contingent Repayment Processing
A borrower who must use the Income Contingent Repayment (ICR) Plan due to a defaulted loan OR who selects the ICR plan as a matter of choice must submit an "ICR Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information" form. This form, which verifies income information, is forwarded to the IRS for approval. If the waiver is denied, we request additional information from the borrower.

Step 4: Loan Statement Sent to Borrowers
A loan statement summary package is mailed to the borrower and payments are mailed to the lenders simultaneously after his or her loans are verified.

Step 5: Payment to Loan Holders
If a loan is not in default, we send the loan pay-off to the loan holder or credit the borrower's Direct Loan account. If a loan is in default, the Department’s Default Resolution Group or the Guarantee Agency will receive an electronic payment manifest, SF-1081, for the principal and interest, and a check for the collection costs. Participants in EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) receive these payments electronically.
When a loan holder receives a payment from the Consolidation Department, the loan holder(s) is required by regulation to fully discharge the debt upon receipt of proceeds and notify the borrower that the loan(s) has been paid in full, even if we underpay the loan.
Any payment a borrower makes to the previous loan holder(s) after the loan(s) is paid off is forwarded to us as an overpayment. These payments are applied to the consolidation loan balance. If our payment does not satisfy the borrower's account balance, the loan holder is prohibited from billing the borrower and must notify us of the underpaid amount. We work with the loan holder(s) to resolve any underpayment or overpayment issues.

Step 6: Account Set-Up
Borrowers' Direct Consolidation Loan accounts are set up when their loans are paid off. Once account set up is complete, borrowers receive important information about their loan status and payment due dates. Normally, their first payment is due within 60 days of the disbursement of the Direct Consolidation Loan.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Christmas Facts

Today Is Christmas Day

  • Date: December
    25 (Traditional)

  • Purpose: Celebrates
    the Nativity of Jesus

  • Symbol: Use
    of the modernChristmas tree tradition
    began inGermany around the 18th

  • Named for: Name
    originated as a contraction of the Old English words Cristes
     (the Mass of Christ)

  • Related holiday: The
    day preceding Christmas is usually known as Christmas


Monday, September 6, 2010

Website Optimization for Yahoo

Google may seem to own the search space these days, but Yahoo still sees a respectable amount of traffic. Unlike Google, Yahoo is a content producer as well as a search engine; additionally, they didn't start out as an algorithm-based search engine. How does that affect it today? And what does that mean for you if you're trying to get your site viewed by Yahoo users? Keep reading for the answers.According to Comscore stats, Yahoo holds around 20% of the search engine market share. also supports this, giving Yahoo 19.4%. Hitwise awards Yahoo 22.55%, so it's safe to say Yahoo holds around 20% of the search engine market share in the United States. That number differs for UK, Canada and other countries.
Yahoo Inc originally started in 1994 as a web directory by Jerry Yang and David Filo. Its original URL resided on, and the name Yahoo translated to "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle." After keeping up Yahoo for a bit, the founders saw business potential and attracted $3 million in investments. On March 8, 1997, Yahoo acquired Rocketmail, which became Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo Search Technology
Yahoo outsourced search to Google for four years. The partnership started on June 26, 2000, and ended in February 2004. It ended after Yahoo and Microsoft realized the importance of search as a standalone business. Yahoo purchased Overture for $1.6 and the Inktomi search engine for $280 million. Yahoo renamed Overture to Yahoo Search Marketing, and Inktomi, along with other search technologies, were combined into Yahoo Search.
The move ended Google's near-monopoly in search.

Yahoo Search Partnerships

Yahoo supplies search results to AllTheWeb and AltaVista.

Bursting the bubble

If you're suffering from hypothyroidism, there is no reason to avoid vegetables.

Diet quackery has existed for many years and as interest in weight and fitness issues increases, there is a rise in the number of fads. I often hear people avoiding certain foods and vegetables, such as soy, turnips, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts due to an underlying fear that these foods interfere with the synthesis of the thyroid hormone which is responsible for metabolism. The belief is that this promotes weight gain. Those diagnosed with an established under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) in particular seem to be following this practice although it is not limited to them.
The origin of this fad may be that soy, cabbage, turnip, cauliflower, radish, broccoli, brussel sprouts, rutabaga, kale and kohlrabi contain substances known as goitrogens. Goitrogens are substances that suppress the function of the thyroid gland by interfering with the iodine uptake, which can cause an enlargement of the thyroid, known as goitre. In other words, goitrogens inhibit the thyroid hormone synthesis. But the effect of goitrogens is not significant as most are destroyed whilst cooking. Also, their effect is only relevant if goitrogenic foods are taken in large amounts as staple foods.

However, goitrogens can be a a potential problem if a person's diet is iodine-deficient. A dietary excess of calcium and fluorine is also known to enhance the effect of goitrogens.
Simply put, though goitrogens lower iodine uptake, they are not an important cause of goitre. But if an individual's iodide intake is insufficient (or if there is a large amount of goitrogens in his diet), the thyroid gland slows down the production of its hormones, lowers metabolism and eventually enlarges in an attempt to take up more iodide from the bloodstream.
Several studies done on goitrogenic foods have demonstrated insignificant effects on metabolism. However, a recent study (2010) reported that catechins (flavonoids) in green tea extracts are goitrogenic and had an antithyroid effect, when consumed in high doses. Another study (2004) reported that fermentation of millets may cause goitre due to removal of considerable amounts of certain essential minerals including magnesium, zinc and potassium, and chemical transformation of goitrogens in millets.
However, most vegetables and foods in the goitrogenic list can be consumed freely by all including those who have established thyroid abnormality. They are reservoirs of valuable nutrients and antioxidants; and avoiding them could lead to missing out on these.

Van Heusen Men's Fashion Week 2010 - Glimpses

This year's edition of the Van Heusen Men's Fashion Week had top designers like Ashish Soni and Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna showcase some of their amazing prêt designs.

A model walks the ramp in an Ashish Soni piece. Ashish Soni had moustachioed models walk in his creations in doing with his 70s-inspired theme called 'Check Mate'. Particularly catchy were the trousers with cummerbunds, attractive bow ties, checked pants and coats with frills thrown in for good measure.
The moustaches resembled Robert Vadra's pencil-slim moustache. Robert Vadra, a childhood friend of Soni was in the row of spectators and many believed Soni's collection was inspired by Vadra.
Soni put to rest the speculation, "Robert is my childhood friend. We were in the same school together. However, the look used in the collection is not his imitation. It may be at the back of my mind but it was unintentional." But he admitted the moustache was copied from Vadra.

Another of Ashish Soni's moustachioed models walks in a smart creation. The designer defined each of the moustachioed hulks as perfect marriage material boys, the kind who girls would want to take home to their moms. Girls! do you agree?

Florence Airport FLR Amerigo Vespucci Airport

The Florence airport (FLR) is called Amerigo Vespucci and it is the only airport in Florence, Italy. The florentine airport is located in Peretola in the northern Florence (Firenza Nord).

Florence Airport Contacts

  • Switchboard tel. +39.055.3061300
  • Lost&Found Office tel. +39.055.3061302 fax +39.055.3061664
  • Company Secretary tel. +39.055.30615 fax +39.055.3061355

From/To the airport by car

The airport can be reached by car from the center of Florence following the direction to Firenze Nord (Novoli) and then driving along Viale Guidoni up to the entrance of the superhighway (A1 and A11). Being very close to the highway, the airport can be easily reached from the main cities of Italy.

From/To the airport by bus

The airport also has good connections to the city center also by the Sita/Ataf service "Fly by Bus" going between the airport and the Santa Maria Novella railway station of Florence. Several car rental agencies operate at the arrival terminal of the Florence airport.
The "vola in bus" ("Fly by Bus") buses leave every hour and take about 20 minutes to go between the airport and the Florence center.

From/To the airport by taxi

A taxi station is located at the arrival terminal of the airport but taxies can be called by radio taxi phone (+39 055 4242 / 4390 / 4499 / 4798).
The taxi ride will take about 15 minutes and the average price is 15 euro.

Airport of Florence facts

The airlines flying at the Florence airport are:
Air France, Alitalia, Austrian, Carpatair, Club Air, Continental Airlines, Flybaboo, Lufthansa, Meridiana, SN Brussels Airlines, Sterling.
The airport of Florence is equipped with a gallery of shops near the check-in area of the airport departures; there are also 2 duty free shopping centers inside the airport boarding area. The departure terminal has 23 check-in desks opening at 5 am, the ticket office opens from 6 am to 7 pm. The lost and Found office is open from 8.30 am to 8 pm, it manages the baggage procedures and it is located at the back side of the arrival terminal.
The airport of Florence was built in 1932. Now it is managed by the AdF S.p.a. company and in 2006 it was renewed increasing its efficiency and security.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Theatre, Music and Cultural Entertainment

When the encore you want is more business!

An evening at the theatre, ballet or Royal Albert Hall, a pop concert or a day at Chelsea Flower Show are just some of the diverse cultural entertaining opportunities that Sportsworld can offer.
There are a host of wonderful annual events to choose from which offer an interesting alternative to traditional spectator events, and are particularly attractive to mixed groups of colleagues or clients.  We can provide you with innovative and exciting entertaining ideas, and will help plan, organise and event manage from start to finish.

Selected events which might appeal:

Summer Swing at Kew
An evening at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Opera in Holland ParkChampagne Theatre Evenings to Calendar Girls, Hairspray, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Sister Act, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Oliver!, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables… and many more
Chelsea Flower Show
Cartier International Polo
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
The Last Night of the Proms
Hampton Court Music Festival
Henley Festival of Music
The Royal Opera
Korn Ferry Opera

Picnic Concerts – Audley End and Kenwood House
Concerts at Wembley Stadium and The O2 Arena
If these don't fit the bill, we can assist you in putting together an entirely bespoke event of your choice.