Kevin Durant while at a basketball clinic in India. AP FILE PHOTOSAN FRANCISCO— Basketball star Kevin Durant has issued a half-hearted apology for calling India “20 years behind” and several other comments about the Asian country.The Golden State Warriors forward tweeted on Friday that he’s “sorry that my comments about India were taken out of context.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Teen gunned down in Masbate Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Should Pacquiao still strive for a knockout? MOST READ Durant said he plans to return to India to run more basketball camps and meant no disrespect.BACKSTORY: Kevin Durant arrives in India as NBA tries to grow gameFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Durant traveled to India recently and spoke about the trip in an interview with The Athletic website published this week.In the interview, Durant marveled at the “cows in the street, monkeys running around everywhere, hundreds of people on the side of the road” and visible poverty. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “It’s a country that’s 20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience,” he said, adding that his visit to the Taj Mahal was eye-opening and not what he’d imagined.He’d expected the monument to be “holy ground, super protected, very, very clean,” but instead as he drove up it reminded him of places where he grew up, he said.“Mud in the middle of the street, houses were not finished but there were people living in them. No doors. No windows… stray dogs and then, boom, Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.”Kevin Durant posts this apology on his Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
In a U-10 soccer league, named Country Cup of Nations, Liberia defeated South Africa 4-1 in the opening game at the Borough Sports Pitch, near Kapeh Street, Saturday in New Kru Town, Monrovia.Liberia’s goal-feast began through Blessing Wiaka and Patrick Weah with the second goal in a match that their side showed more purposeful to win against their opponents, South Africa, whose coach was Ms. Gloria Sackor. Coach Sackor showed unhappiness at the defeat, since her players were little bigger than their opponents.Though her side improved in their attacks and reduced the scores 1-2 through Obadiah Blay, Liberia increased their worries with the third goal through Archie Jah whose grounder beat goalkeeper Nicolas B. Chea in the post to end the first half 3-1.Back from recess, South Africa made several attempts to reduce the tally without success, despite a couple of replacements but it was the Liberian side that increased the scores to 4-1. But in a twist of fate, in a tournament that has no sponsors, and only one football, when the football burst after a shot with more minutes to go, the referee announced that the game was over.And interestingly there was no protest from South Africa and the players trooped off the field. The league continued yesterday with Egypt going against Ghana at 3:30pm, if the organizers were lucky to get a football, according to sports director Joseph Wallach.Liberia: Jacob Nagbe, Nurch Nagbe, Francis Doryen, Blessing Wiaka, Theo Wiaka, Patrick Weah, Archie Jah, Alfred Weah.South Africa: Nicholas B. Chea, Joseph Kamah, Abel Swen, Divide Floh, Christopher Nyondweh, Anthony Chea, Obadia Blay, Orlando Kortee and Coach Gloria Sackor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Sambola of LordKelvin Forex BureauSince the breakthrough of the first mobile money platform in Liberia about a decade ago by one of the country’s leading mobile telecommunications operators, Lonestar Cell MTN, new technologies and innovative business models such as agent banking (rather than branch-centered banking) have led to the creation of a mass market for affordable, accessible, and sustainable financial services for low-income people, small-scale entrepreneurs, and people in rural areas.The Mobile Money service has grown from a money transfer platform to a “wallet” platform that allows users to pay utility bills, school fees, as well as purchase goods and services at shops, offices, restaurants and other business centers around the country.The December 2016 Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) statistics puts mobile money to a total subscriber base of over 774,750 users nationwide.Lonestar Cell MTN Mobile Money Incorporated has provided jobs for over 3,000 agents, and out of this number, about 2,423 were considered as active participants [agents] in the mobile money ecosystem.In an interview with the Daily Observer last week, beneficiaries (agents) of the mobile money expressed gratitude to the management of Lonestar Cell MTN which, according to them had provided massive employment that has also transformed and empowered them financially to shoulder the financial burden of their families and relatives.Money changer to game changerMr. Jallah Acquoilakpa, the manager of the Lola Business Center in the Barnesville community, said that since his recruitment in 2011 by Lonestar Cell MTN as its agent, it has enable him send his children to school as well as further his own college education.Mr. Jallah Acquoilakpa, manager of the Lola Business Center in the Barnesville communityAcquoilakpa recounted that before his recruitment he served as a local money exchanger. Now, “the mobile money service is a game-changer for me and my family.”According to him, when the service was introduced, there were challenges because people by then were new to mobile money transactions, which took him time to be able to convince his customers that the service was more convenient way to convey and access money.Because of that he said, Lonestar Cell MTN was compelled to create more awareness to inform the people about the importance of mobile money platform and “at least it is helping to reduce the crowdedness of commercial banks.”“Even without a bank account people can still receive and send money to other people anywhere in the country without bank involvement,” he said.Acquoilakpa disclosed that since his recruitment into the mobile money business, he has made significant improvement in his life and that of his business. “Mobile Money helped me to own a house, pay my university school fees, including my children. So, I can say mobile money is a good platform that all Liberians need to take very seriously… it is convenient, easy.”He meanwhile used the occasion to commend Lonestar Cell MTN for affording Liberians opportunity to engage in such a business, as well as provide jobs and to make banking easier for them.Avenue for self-employmentAnother Lonestar Cell MTN mobile money agent, Francis Ilide, who runs a drug store at the Gardnersville Supermarket community, explained that within the seven years of his recruitment, Mobile Money has tremendously improved his life and business.Francis Ilide, a Nigerian businessman, of Ilis Medicine Store in the Supermarket community, GardnersvilleMr. Ilide said, there are many benefits associated with the service once you are a Mobile Money Agent.“Mobile Money profit creates an avenue for Liberians to get self-employment,” he said. According to him, through his mobile money business he managed to purchase a plot land and the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) is currently renting from him.Mr. Ilide said the platform also helped him to pay for his college graduation fees and admitted that the mobile money platform is very cool, reliable and convenient for making payments.For Mrs. Babu Kabba Konneh, who is the chief executive officer of SP Business Center on the Old Road, she praised Lonestar Cell MTN for bringing to Liberia such an innovative service that is making “our country a cashless economy.”Mrs. Konneh said since she started in September of 2011, the Mobile Money platform has been good to her. “Through Mobile Money, I have established two businesses and am also paying my children school fees.”At the same time, another vendor of the Lonestar Cell MTN Mobile Money, Curtis Wilson, general manager of Favor Marketing Incorporated, said they are doing what the banks have not yet done, which is to turn to informal or unbanked customers.Curtis Wilson Of Favor Marketing Incorporated“Our goal is to bring money from the informal sector into the formal sector,” Mr. Wilson said. Favor Marketing Incorporated is one of the biggest Mobile Money agents in Liberia.For his part, Kelvin Sambola, president of the National Association of Foreign Exchange Bureaus of Liberia and one of the first agents of Lonestar Cell MTN, also expressed similar success story and called on youths to take advantage of opportunities provided by the Mobile Money service, which “is changing lives.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) will soon receive a grant of US$17M from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to improve the water supply across the country.Dr Richard Van-West CharlesManaging Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West Charles made the disclosure on Thursday at the company’s headquarters.“In the pipeline is a possible loan from the Caribbean Development Bank and with some research we have concluded with some inline filters… those filters will clean the water up and all of the water produced will be in total compliance with WHO standards… so that will significant improve the system …the expected loan would’ve been about US $17M…It is in process, the terms of reference presently is being prepared”, Managing Director revealed.With the investment in the inline filters, Guyanese can expect to benefit from clear none contaminated water.According to Van West Charles, the investment will see the elimination of iron and hydrosulfide which presently contaminates our waterways.“We are all compliant with respect to microbiology, the absence of microorganisms except if they are breakages in the distribution system but respect to iron and hydrosulfide, these filters which we have tested will change the whole system completely and we hope that our country will be free of all of the red stains, staining of propylene, staining of tiles etc.”Though Government have singed unto the Sustainable Development Goals which speaks to access to all member of the population by the year 2030, the GWI head is pushing for an earlier goal.“We are hoping that we can move this to 2025, we want to ensure that all schools, all health facilities across the country have access to potable water. So this is part of the drive, in certain areas where the President speaks to of the inequities, the hinterland regions between the hinterland and the coastal regions, we have to ensure that those populations also have access so what we collect, we don’t collect from everyone on a timely basis, so we have to ensure that we manage the resources efficiently so that we can begin to expand the system so that people across the country could get equal access” Van West Charles explained to media operatives.Presently, a Diamond Water Treatment Plant, East Bank Demerara (EBD) is being completed and is said to be over 75 percent completed.The Diamond Water Treatment Plant is part of three similar plants, the others being in Regions 3 and 6, that is made possible through the partnership and collaboration between the Government of Guyana, IDB, and the European Union.Their construction/installation has a total cost of $7Billion. Constructions works for all three water treatment plants are scheduled to conclude in December 2020.
Danion Welcome, the driver of the truck in the horrific accident at Agricola Public Road, Greater Georgetown, that claimed the life of seven-year-old Ciara Benjamin back in June, will face the charge of death by dangerous driving.Dead: Ciara BenjaminGuyana Times was informed that after a long investigation, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack would have recommended for charges to be instated.As such, Welcome will make his court appearance in the new week.During that unfaithful Saturday afternoon, chaos broke loose at Agricola on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) when Benjamin was crushed to death by a truck, driven by Welcome.Based on reports received, the child was attempting to cross the road with her aunt, Samantha Barry, at about 16:45h in the vicinity of the Independence Arch at Agricola.During that time, a truck bearing registration number GWW 962 was heading to Georgetown when he allegedly swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle and ended up in the path of the pedestrians.Upon impact, the woman was flung some distance away while the truck remained fixed on the median with the child pinned underneath. A light pole was unearthed from the impact and collapsed on the roadway.Hundreds of people flocked the roadway and streets to witness the aftermath of the tragic incident. With the truck lodged in the middle of the roadway, Police officers made efforts to clear the streets to allow for the body to be removed.About one hour later, a forklift and crane were used to lift the vehicle and remove the child’s remains. Her body was completely severed in two.Welcome was, however, severely beaten by residents and then handed over to the Police.After the scene was cleared, another unexpected tragedy arose when the lorry was set alight, creating a towering inferno in the middle of the roadway.Laden with fuel, it burned for hours, blockading the flow of traffic.Pedestrians stood in disbelief as small explosions erupted from the fire. The Guyana Fire Service arrived sometime after and contained the blaze from spreading to nearby buildings.
Victor Wanyama 1 Southampton manager Ronald Koeman did not punish Victor Wanyama despite picking up a third red card of the season last weekend.The 24-year-old will miss Saturday’s trip to Swansea after being shown a straight red card for a challenge on West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.Wanyama will miss a further four matches as it was his third sending off this season – all of which have come since November – but Koeman believes the midfielder was unlucky to be dismissed this time.“We did (discipline him) after the second yellow card (in the 1-0 defeat to Norwich in January) but we did not this time,” he said. “I think Victor was a little bit unlucky.“In my opinion, that red card was totally different to the second yellow, for example, against Norwich. In my opinion, that was more of a stupid foul.“Now he was unlucky because his intention really was to play the ball. He missed the ball and the referee took a hard decision.“One day later I saw a tackle from (Mathieu) Flamini against Bournemouth and it was yellow. Maybe that tackle was more red than the tackle of Wanyama.”Wanyama was understandably disappointed and frustrated with a red card that Koeman believes the midfielder needs to learn from.“He was angry, he was disappointed because he knew about the five-match suspension,” he said“He was really showing to be disappointed and he said to me that he was unlucky because his intention was to play the ball.“I have sympathy for honest players and Victor is one of them.“His intention is to play the ball but it was his third one and he has to learn. If you don’t learn from this, then you never learn and he has to learn that sometimes you cannot take that risk.“We always tell defenders ‘stay on your feet, do not make that tackle’ and he is strong enough to use his body to win the battle.”Saints welcome Matt Targett and Steven Davis back from injury for their game with Swansea, but Koeman is frustrated that Wanyama will not be part of the side.“(I am) very disappointed,” he said.“First of all, for the player by himself and also for the team because he is an important, key player for the team, who is normally always in the line-up.“He is suspended for five games and it is a long time but we have to accept and, like in other positions in the team, we have enough competition to replace Victor.”
Director Stephen FingletonThe son of a Letterkenny man has been nominated for a prestigious BAFTA award.The British Academy Film and Television awards (BAFTA) nominations came out yesterday, and Fermanagh man Stephen Fingleton came out in the ‘Outstanding Debut’ category. by Ryan McBrideFingleton, whose father is from Letterkenny, was picked up by the BAFTAs for his first feature film ‘The Survivalist’, which he wrote and directed with £50,000 funding from the British Film Institute.‘The Survivalist’ is drawing attention big attention from film critics across the world.It has already won the Enniskillen native the ‘Best New Narrative director’ in the Tribeca Film Festival, the Douglas Hikox Award in the British independent film awards and the Citizen Kane award for Best Directorial Revelation in the Catalonian International Film Festival. But it isn’t the first time that happened; his 2013 short ‘SLR’ was considered for a host of awards in film festivals across the UK, Ireland and Europe, including ‘Best Irish Short’ at the Foyle Film Festival, a nomination for the ‘International Short Film award’ at the Glasgow short film festival, and a nomination for ‘Best Fiction Film’ in the Krakow Film Festival.‘The Survivalist’ hits UK cinemas on the 12th of February.If you want to get a taste of what the film is like, you can watch the 15 minute prequel, ‘Magpie’, here: https://vimeo.com/97304185SON OF A DONEGAL MAN GETS BAFTA NOMINATION was last modified: January 9th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BAFTAletterkennyStephen Fingleton
OAKLAND — A new dad couldn’t make a 3-0 lead stand up and the Oakland A’s offense went cold in an 11-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.Home after a tough seven-game road trip against division leaders Minnesota and Houston, the A’s figured to have the edge against a Rangers team that had dropped nine of 10.They staked Brett Anderson to a three-run lead in the first and he held Texas scoreless for four innings.But three days after his wife delivered their first child, Anderson ran …
South Africa is changing its television signal to digital. Minister Roy Padayachie, left, announced that local TV will go digital by 2013. Dr. Setumo Mohapi, Sentech CEO, said 60% of South Africa will have access to the digital signal by late 2011. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tiyani Rikhotso Spokesperson Department of Communications +27 12 427 8010 or +27 83 800 9936 RELATED ARTICLES • Broadcast hub ready for kick-off • BBC spends big bucks on SA studio • SA broadcasting goes digital • Digital television for SABongani NkosiSouth Africa’s final switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) has been shifted to December 2013. The shift will enhance the quality of television broadcasts and open up opportunities for more free-to-air channels to enter the market.Sentech, the country’s signal distributor, will be responsible for switching the television broadcast signal over to digital by 2013. The new date was adopted following discussions in December 2010 by ICT ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries. It was concluded during these talks that the region’s television transmissions should migrate to digital by that year.Roy Padayachie, minister of the Department of Communications, confirmed the government’s decision at a media briefing in Midrand, Johannesburg, on 14 January 2011. The switch-over was initially set for November 2011.Millions of viewers without subscription to satellite television currently have access to just four channels, but they will be able to view about 15 when the digital migration process is complete.“Viewers will also have crisper and clearer pictures coming to their television screens,” said Padayachie.The South African government has opted for DVB-T2 as the country’s DTT standard, while 11 other SADC countries have agreed to adopt DVB-T2.Brazil had previously approached the South African government to adopt the ISDB-T standard, but after investigations, South Africa was satisfied with DVB-T2.DVB-T2 is an improvement from DVB-T, which the country chose when it first revealed its Broadcasting Digital Migration policy.“DVB-T2 is approximately 50% more spectrum-efficient than DVB-T and ISDB-T,” said Padayachie. “Approximately eight to 10 channels can be accommodated in a DVB-T multiplex. Thus 12 to 15 channels could be accommodated in a single DVB-T2 multiplex.”Set top boxes for TVsBroadcast organisations and signal operators started DTT trials in October 2008. Sentech said it’s aiming at covering 60% of South Africa with the digital signal by 2011.The move will allow for high-definition (HD) television viewing, which produces a substantially higher image resolution. HD television sets are already available on the local market, and those who own them, will not be affected by the transition to the digital signal.But millions of poor South Africans still have the standard-definition television sets. Their transition to digital television will be simplified by set top boxes, which will make their sets compatible for HD viewing.The set top boxes will be costly, but Padayachie did not want to speculate the price. Experts have estimated that the cost will be in the region of R700 (US$100) or more.The government has made it clear that it will subsidise South Africans who cannot afford the original price.Stimulating manufacturing industryThe set top boxes will be manufactured in South Africa, which will stimulate the local manufacturing industry and create more jobs, the Communications Department noted.The local industry could also tap into a market of about 130-million people in the SADC region.Padayachie said SADC countries have expressed interest in having South Africa produce set top boxes for them. “They are really saying ‘well you have a manufacturing base. You can manufacture for us’,” he said.Having more free-to-air television stations will also be instrumental in creating job opportunities. “A major benefit will be in content development in the country. Just imagine what that would do for job opportunities,” said Communications Department acting director-general Dr Harold Wesso.“There will be a lot of opportunities for our youth to get involved in the technology,” Wesso added.A digital signal will also open up opportunities for more community television stations.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Hyderabad: Elated with PV Sindhu winning the World Championships crown on Sunday, her mother P Vijaya said the ace shuttler always gave her birthday presents and this time she has given her and the nation a special gift.Sindhu, on Sunday, became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships, crushing Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes in a one-sided final in Basel, Switzerland. Sunday also happened to be Vijaya’s birthday. Celebrations broke out at Sindhu’s house here as soon as she landed the coveted world title. Vijaya and other family members, who were watching the final live on television, congratulated each other and distributed sweets soon after Sindhu’s victory.”It’s a great moment for all of us. We are proud and happy over her historic win,” said Vijaya.After her epic triumph, Sindhu dedicated the victory to her mother. “I would like to thank my coach (South Korean Kim Ji Hyun) and Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) and also my parents. Today is my mother’s birthday, so happy birthday mom,” she said in an on-court interview after the match.Responding to this, Vijaya said Sindhu always gave her birthday gifts. “This time she has given a great gift to me and to the nation.”#WATCH P. Vijaya, mother of #PVSindhu in Hyderabad: We are very happy, we were waiting for that gold medal. #Telangana pic.twitter.com/v9GNBEp8tt— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2019 Vijaya said Sindhu worked hard for the World Championships for the last six months. “We were all waiting for this great moment,” she said.Vijaya believes that Sindhu’s victory in the quarter-final over world No.2 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan was the turning point.Sindhu defeated Tai Tzu 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 to storm into the semi-final before humbling world No.3 Chen Yu Fei of China 21-7, 21-4 for a place in the final.This was Sindhu’s third consecutive final at the World Championships, having been beaten by Okuhara in 2017 and Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain in 2018. Sindhu had also won bronze in 2013 when she was just 18 and repeated the feat the very next year. Related StoriesBadminton Association of India Announces Cash Rewards for PV Sindhu, Sai PraneethPV Sindhu Makes India Proud Again: PM Modi Praises the World Champion bwf world championshipsPV Sindhuworld badminton championships First Published: August 25, 2019, 11:38 PM IST