New signing could make QPR debut

first_imgSummer signing Ryan Nelsen could make his QPR debut later today.The New Zealand captain recently joined his new team-mates on their pre-season visit to Germany.He was not considered for last weekend’s friendly against Trabzonspor because of his involvement in the Olympics.Manager Mark Hughes will assess the defender’s fitness before deciding whether to involve him in a game against Augsburg this afternoon.Former England international Owen Hargreaves – a free agent after being released by Manchester City – is also with the Rangers squad in Germany.See also:Nelsen agrees move to Loftus RoadNelsen confirms QPR dealFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Thumbs up for Vodafone deal

first_img13 January 2006South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has approved a R21-billion bid by British telecommunications group Vodafone to increase its stake in local cellular company Vodacom by 15%, paving the way for the second-largest foreign direct investment in SA since 1994, following the R30-billion paid by Barclays Bank for a majority stake in Absa in 2005.Vodafone, which currently owns 35% of Vodacom, aims to lift this to 50% through its offer to locally listed investment group VenFin – which owns 15% of Vodacom – of R47.25 per share.State company Telkom, currently the fixed line monopoly holder in South Africa, owns the remaining 50% of Vodacom.If Vodafone’s offer is accepted – it has extended the closing date to 12pm on 27 January – it will then sell VenFin’s other assets, including stakes in free-to-air television station e.tv, investment holding company Alexander Forbes and technology group Dimension Data, for around R5-billion.Gateway to AfricaThe deal is seen as an endorsement of South Africa’s solid economic fundamentals, and more specifically of the huge growth potential in the local – and Africa-wide – telecommunications sector.South Africa’s cellphone penetration is estimated to be around 57%; most European and East Asian markets in which Vodafone competes are close to saturation.Vodacom’s customer base grew 39% in the six months to end-June 2005, giving it 17.2-million customers, including 14.3-million in South Africa.The deal would give Vodafone increased access to cellular markets in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania.South Africa’s three mobile phone providers – Vodacom, MTN and Cell C – are fast expanding their footprint on the continent as cellular phones become Africans’ communications tool of choice.According to the International Telecommunication Union, 43 of Africa’s 53 countries have more mobile than fixed-line subscribers, and 70% of African telephone users are mobile phone subscribers.‘Highly attractive opportunities’“Vodacom has been a highly successful investment for Vodafone,” Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin said when the company first made its offer in November. “The company is the established number one mobile operator in South Africa.“This transaction enables us to enhance and protect our position by increasing our stake in a high growth business with good cash returns,” Sarin said. “There are highly attractive opportunities throughout Africa, and this move gives us greater opportunity for further expansion in the region.”Should the deal go through, Vodacom is expected to be relieved of a shareholder restriction on trading north of the Equator. This restriction had been enforced by Vodafone, who did not want to compete against a company it only partly owned.While the South African company’s growth into the African market has been stymied by the restriction, many analysts expect Vodafone to defer to Vodacom’s experience in expanding into new African territories.Vodafone, the world’s largest communications group, has cellular interests in 27 countries spread across five continents.Just days before the announcement of the Vodacom offer, Vodafone bought a 10% stake in Bharti, India’s largest cellular operator, for £820-million.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

isiZulu phrasebook for tourists

first_imgSouth Africa is a friendly country, and if you’re travelling around, take the time to speak to people you meet. Angizwa I don’t understand. Ngiyabonga: Thank you. Sanibonani: I see you. Kulungile: That’s all right. Angikhulumi isiZulu I don’t speak isiZulu. isiZulu is the first language of about a quarter of all South Africans, and is understood by many more. If all of that sounds complicated, don’t worry. As a spoken language, isiZulu is very easy to pick up, and intuitive to use. The best way to learn is to get out there and practise! Ninjani? How are you? Uxolo: Excuse me. (The x is pronounced with a click in the back of the mouth, making a sound like kho.) Ngicela: Please. (The c is pronounced with a click, similar to a ch sound.) Greeting (plural) Useful phrases Ngiyaphila, wena usaphila? I am well, how are you? Kulungile Good. Kungaki? How much? isiZulu words are compound words, which at first glance can be intimidating. The first syllables include pronouns, tense and usage case. The suffix may change for the negative. Lokho kusho ukuthini? What does that mean? Yebo, sawubona: Yes, I see you. Ngiyabonga! Thank you. Useful phrases Ubani? Who? Nibizani lokho? What do you call that? Pronunciation is very simple in isiZulu, and there are fewer click sounds than in isiXhosa. Generally the emphasis falls on the first syllable, for example: “ Unjani?” The last syllable of each word, except in a question, is often dropped, so sawubona may be spoken as sawubon’.center_img Kuphi? Where? Greeting (singular) Sawubona Hello. This greeting is an acknowledgement of having seen the other person. If you are greeted in this way, you could reply: Ukhuluma isingisi? Do you speak English? Yebo: Yes. Additionally, isiZulu nouns have classes, analogous to the genders found in many European languages, except that there are many more classes. Nini? When? Unjani? How are you? Greeting (plural) Ungisize! Help Ngiphuma e. I am from . Yebo, sanibonani: Yes, I see you. Greeting (singular) Kanjani? How? Yini? What? Ngani? Why? SAinfo reporter Reviewed: October 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Kungaki? How many? Don’t be afraid to try a new language and, although they might correct your pronunciation, most people will respect the effort you’re making in their language. Siyaphila: We are well. Iphi? Which? Cha: No.last_img read more

South Africa’s born-frees talk about life

first_imgThis year, a generation of young people turn 21 – the traditional age of majority and independence. In South Africa, they share their birth-year with the country’s democracy. A 21-year-old shares her experience as a born-free. Nokulunga Masombuka was born on 1 March 1994, less than two months before South Africa’s first democratic elections. “I’m grateful that I have rights as a black woman,” she says, “and that my parents are able to provide for me without limitation.” (Image supplied) • Born free to dream • SA’s youth can beat drugs • Foreign journalists get the inside story • Multimedia: South Africa, the United Nations and apartheid • The strength of South Africa’s democracy Melissa JavanThose young South Africans who celebrate their 21st birthdays this year can proudly say that they were born in the year their country had its first democratic election. They are the first born-frees to reach maturity.In Freedom Month – 27 April is a public holiday, Freedom Day, marking the first democratic elections – we asked young people how they had experienced life free of apartheid.Nokulunga Masombuka is from eMalahleni, previously known as Witbank, in Mpumalanga. She was born on 1 March 1994. She says she feels blessed to be a born-free. “From the stories I have heard from my parents and the movies I have watched, [apartheid] was a tough time and I don’t think I would have handled all the pain and struggle they went through.“I will cherish the time I have with my family, because if I had been born during that era, my parents would probably have been in jail while I was growing up,” she says, referring to the many people who were jailed or exiled during the struggle.She is grateful for the things she has that blacks could not have under the apartheid government. “I’m grateful for the education I received, and the fact that I don’t have to work like a slave or be treated like one,” she says, adding that she is pleased she can have white friends now too.“I’m grateful that I have rights as a black woman and that my parents are able to provide for me without limitation. And also I can walk on the streets at night without cops [stopping me].”About her interactions with different race groups, she says: ” I see them at my work place, and I have a friend who is white. Also, I socialise with them whenever I use public transportation, which is every day.”Masombuka works for a company that supplies and repairs communication radios for mines. “I am planning to further my studies.”Being a South African makes her hopeful, Masombuka adds. “I’ve seen and learned most of our history on television. Cry, the Beloved Country [movie] has shown me a lot, but it hasn’t brought hatred in me.“Instead it built love towards white people,” she says of the film, an adaptation of Alan Paton’s famous novel. “Although it was painful to watch, I can see that the generation of today can change it and I’ve learned to accept it.”Although she is worried for her generation, particularly when it comes to the economy: “the fact that we might have some difficulties in the economy. We might not be able to have the things our parents have now, because of the increase in price of things like petrol and electricity. Small things like that.”Yet Masombuka says South Africa is a beautiful country. “I love it. There’s so much to see and it is growing.”Watch the trailer of Cry, the Beloved Country here:last_img read more

Plow days set for July 28 in Alvordton

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Saturday July 28, 2018 in a wheat stubble field on the east edge of Alvordton, Ohio, antique tractors of all types will arrive with moldboard plows in tow as well as “antique” farmers will arrive with grandchildren in tow. Massey Harris tractors of all sizes will arrive and tractor enthusiasts as well as nostalgia seekers will come to “see how we used to do it.”The Annual Plow Days Event is hosted by the Alvordton-Millcreek Township Volunteer Fire Department in cooperation with Kunkle Farms LLC and Darin Meyers Farms.This year’s event will feature big power and big iron with not one, but two Big Bud tractors. Featured tractors will be a 650-50 Big Bud, one of only 5 Ag models produced and the only remaining in the United States pulling a DMI 21 bottom hydra-flex moldboard ploy, the largest moldboard plow ever produced. Also featured will be a 525-50 Big Bud, pulling an 18 bottom Will-Rich plow, also the largest model produced by the company. Antique tractor owners are invited to participate with tractors 40 years old or older and plows suited to fit the horsepowerThe Massey Harris Collectors Association will be holding their national meeting at the event, with all models of Massey Harris tractors welcome.The Alvordton-Millcreek Township Firefighters will be providing their delicious open pit barbecue chicken dinners starting at noon. Registration for the event starts at 10AM with plowing beginning at 11AM. Alvordton is located on US Route 20 between Angola, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio. Additional information can be obtained by calling event coordinator Don Kunkle at 419-553-9523.last_img read more

‘I won’t quit that easily:’ After hurting ankle, Eya Laure vows to return for UAAP Finals Game 3

first_imgLaure was able to return to the game late in the third set with UST trailing 21-19.That hurting ankle, however, limited her at the start with her first attempt going straight to the net.Laure was able to tally 10 points but she eventually subbed out of the match with UST trailing 23-13 in the fourth set.“There’s pain, but I don’t really think of it that much,” said Laure. “There are people who motivate me and I know this is just a hurdle for me to overcome.”“There will be a Game 3 and for me this challenge will make me stronger. I won’t quit that easily.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES June Mar Fajardo sets PBA mark, bags Philippine Cup Finals MVP award PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Season 81’s top rookie rolled her left ankle at the start of the third set after landing on Kat Tolentino’s right foot and had to be carried out by her father Eddie to the UST locker room for treatment.Although Laure was able to come back, her limited play proved detrimental for UST as the Lady Eagles took Game 2, 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 25-15, to tie the series at one game apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“When they took me out of the game earlier, I couldn’t believe that I will be subbed out because I said to myself that I will do anything for the championship,” said Laure in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“When daddy carried me, I told him that I would come back. I tried everything to come back but I couldn’t handle the pain much longer. But you can count on me to come back for Game 3.” Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—Eya Laure is confident she can get back on floor for University of Santo Tomas just in time for Game 3 of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball finals.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

7 days agoLiverpool, Chelsea eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook

first_imgLiverpool, Chelsea eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cookby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Chelsea are eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook.The 22-year-old returned to action last month having been sidelined since December with knee-ligament damage.The Daily Mail says Liverpool and Chelsea have identified the former Leeds star as a target, should he prove his form and fitness this season.They’re both said to be in the market for the best of emerging English talent and Cook’s high energy style in the middle of the park is thought to be the attraction.He has even been likened to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson given his running, passing ability and leadership qualities. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Virtus Entella confirms it will play on Sunday

first_imgThe Serie C team is fighting in the courts to be re-admitted to the Italian Lega Serie B after three teams failed to registerThe Italian Lega Serie B and Serie C are in the middle of a big controversy after three teams failed to register.Avellino, Bari, and Cesena couldn’t register to the Serie B and the tournament will play with only 19 teams.But those clubs relegated to the Serie C are fighting to be re-admitted to the league.SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St Mary's Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)Ranieri speaks for the first time at Roma Manuel R. Medina – March 10, 2019 The Italian manager has returned to his country to coach Lega Serie A club Roma after the team was kicked out of the UEFA Champions League.“On Sunday we’ll take the pitch against Pisa because Serie C requires us to play while emphasizing that playing the game does not compromise any possible readmission to the tournament in which we deserve to play,” a statement on the Virtus Entella’s website reads according to Football Italia.“Entella will certainly continue our battle. We’re victims of a great injustice, we are entitled to stay in Serie B, after the sentence from CONI’s Collegio di Garanzia, that is the sporting Supreme Court, which said that Entella must be readmitted.”“That was an executive ruling dated September 19 that was never complied with, a very serious fact which does great damage to our club,” the team added.“From today, however, all Entella, from the team to the technical staff, from the directors to the fans must enter ‘match mode’.”last_img read more