Pay TV Company, StarTimes Nigeria has received accolades from subscribers and football fans across the country for the live broadcast of matches of the just concluded International Championship Cup (ICC) played across three countries, America, China and Singapore.Some of the subscribers noted that at a time when the European League season ended and there were no major football games on the screen, StarTimes engaged them through the live broadcast of exciting matches from the various venues in United States of America, China and the Singapore, delivering on its promise of real entertainment.The International Champions Cup is a pre-season tournament that has been held every summer since 2013, drawing football stars across the continent and featuring world cup champions, continental club championship winners and league winners. This year had the participation of teams including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Juventus, Roma, Olympic Lyon, Chelsea among many others which had kept football lovers busy and entertained during the duration of the games.Timothy Aku, a StarTimes subscriber expressed delight in the company’s laudable initiatives to satisfy subscribers by bringing the games live when other football calendar dried up, urging them to keep it up. â€œThanks to StarTimes for unbeatable reach and affordable subscription rates. I canâ€™t imagine not being able to watch the ICC games but this was made easy for meâ€. He addedAnother subscriber, Ayodele Abiodun thanked StarTimes for introducing their mobile App. He said the games coincided with his annual leave and therefore was kept glued to his phone for the entire duration of the games. He commended StarTimes for the broadcast and for being there for Nigerians.In todayâ€™s upwardly mobile generation, time and space seems arrested when it comes to enjoying ones favorite programmes.Responding to these feedbacks, Brands and Marketing Director, StarTimes, Mr. Qasim Elegbede, said the pay TV remains committed to delivering quality sporting content to its subscribers with every available technological devices.He said StarTimes will continue to showcase the best of football actions live from the various match centres around the world to subscribers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
While the country continues to destroy and remove objectionable history, Broward County is now in the cross hairs.A change.org petition has gained nearly 1,200 signatures, as of Tuesday morning, since it was posted one week ago. The petition’s organizers are hoping to gather at least 1,500 signatures.Broward County is named after former Florida Gov. Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, who served from 1905 to 1908. He is best remembered for draining and developing portions of the Everglades.With the national focus on eliminating racism, a roster of petition signers cited Gov. Broward was an avowed racist segregationist. That was the same reason why in 2017 local leaders removed a monument of him inside the Broward County Courthouse.The statue of the former Florida governor and Broward County namesake Napoleon Bonaparte Broward removed after concerns were raised about his segregationist views in 2017 Courtesy YouTubeThe removal was about the same time Hollywood renamed three streets named after Confederate generals.
Three persons have been taken into custody following the discovery of a huge quantity of cocaine stashed in a consignment of 5/8 inches of plywood destined for Florida, USA.A sheet of plywood with the concealed cocaineAccording to information received, at about 13:00h on Thursday at Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, East Bank Demerara, the Guyana Revenue Authority’s (GRA) Drug Enforcement Unit along with the Port Control Unit were examining the consignment of plywood when the cocaine was unearthed.Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh told Guyana Times that the operation was a joint effort by the Police, the GRA and the Port Control Unit.He explained that during the examination process, anomalies were detected, hence a decision was taken to search individual sheets of ply wood which amounted to 320. He stated that upon checking, the cocaine was stashed in neatly carved holes in the plywood.He added that for an actual quantity to be given, each sheet of plywood would have to be examined.However, the GRA stated that the plywood’s consignee was listed as a business located on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway with the consignment’s prospective recipient being a Hardware establishment in Florida.GRA’s officials had become suspicious of the contents of the consignment based on the behaviour displayed by the consignee’s representatives during the examination process. A source close to investigations told Guyana Times that the men were trying to hurry up the examination process, claiming that they needed to get the shipment out as soon as possible.The consignment of plywood was transported to CANU headquarters where up to late Thursday evening, the container was being offloaded. The three persons taken into custody are assisting with the investigation.
Donegal Action for Cancer Care (DACC) have today sent the following letter addressing Minister Harris, the Minister of Health; Mr. Maurice Power CEO, Saolta University Hospital Group; Mr. Sean Murphy, General Manager of Letterkenny University Hospital.DACC say that they pride themselves on working within an Ethos of Respect but recent months have really tested their resolve.“Even though we are voluntary and unpaid, and work within an Ethos of Respect, there comes a time when we must do the right thing and what we can for Donegal’s sick folk & community.” DACC say that they have tried several times to meet Minister Harris and get answers to their questions, to no avail.Below is a copy of the letter sent by Betty Holmes of DACC this morning:“Dear Minister Harris, Mr. Power & Mr. Murphy,“It is very important to state clearly that the matters in this letter are separate from the outstanding matters & very long overdue meeting from the meeting at Dept. of Health on the 20 th August 2015. Minister Harris with respect as per our many letters including the recent 3 regarding meeting request having the follow up meeting in same format when you are at LUH on Monday 12 th Dec. “We are asking you all three at this time in the hope that accountability will prevail and we can get answers. We have had major difficulty getting answers to any of our questions over many months.“The questions below are being asked to be answered as soon as possible please in light of yesterday’s announcement that “HSE considers using prefabs to ease trolley crisis”. These may appear to be very basic but both need to be asked & answered please.> How many hospital beds does Letterkenny University Hospital have in total?> How many hospital beds have been available to patients in the last 3 months?> How many hospital beds are closed?> How many wards or other bed providing areas are closed at LUH?> How many patients have been admitted to LUH in the last month?> How many patients in the last month were unable to access a bed on admission?> How many front line staff is needed to safely manage patients health care needs at LUH?> How many front line staff has left or is off sick at LUH in the last 6 months?> Are any Prefabs on the agenda to be allocated at LUH? If so how many & when? If so how will they be paid for? Out of what budget?> Is LUH on the list for Prefab/Prefabs?> As the tender process is starting & intended to conclude in early December how will this process happen? Who will decide on the successful tender?> When is it intended that the Prefabs would be installed?“Letterkenny Hospital needs budget & staff allocation based on its In Patient work & recognition at National level for the work, service provision, developments over many years. Instead of repeatedly trying to take key services from Letterkenny strategic planning should be focusing on the hospital’s achievements & growing needs instead of downgrading it.“Letterkenny Hospital was a leader in many areas over many years till recent years when the focus is on downgrading it! This must stop. We Donegal folk will not accept it… Recognise the work our hospitals both the General & Community Hospitals.“Other outstanding questions regarding Cardiac Services at LUH we sent to LUH General Manager by letter on the 3rd October and also reminders since then… Hopefully we can now get these answered also please. Addressing Mr. Sean Murphy, general manager of LUH, Betty Holmes writes:“Dear Sean,“Can you update us please on the following?> How many Cardiologists does Letterkenny University Hospital currently have?> How many clinics per week does each of these Cardiologists hold?> What days of the week are clinics held & by what Cardiologist? Where are these clinics held at?> How many patients approx. have each of these Cardiologists on their clinic lists?> Is it true that it takes 3 months to have an Angiogram at LUH? Why? Details please.> Is it true that the Urgent Waiting List is approx. 9 months? Why? Details please.> Is it true that the Waiting List to see a Cardiologist at LUH is approx.2 years? Why?> How much does it cost from LUH budget to send a patient to Altnagelvin Hospital as part of the new cross-border cardiology service for Donegal patients suffering from a STEMI heart attack?> The new Cardiologist announced for Letterkenny Hospital on the 7th April by the then Minister for Health Mr Varadkar has a person been recruited & that post now filled?> Also the Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Letterkenny University Hospital, who will help to deliver the pPCI service from Altnagelvin announced also at that time by The Saolta Group, has that post been filled? Whose hospital budget funds this post?> Will these two additional Cardiologist post announced in April be stationed at LUH or are they both primarily to work at Altnagelvin?> Will LUH in the coming year/ years cease doing their own Angiograms & Angioplasty for its own patients?> What are the future plans for Cardiac Services at Letterkenny University Hospital? “And these questions by email to Mt. Murphy on the 15th November when we learned that LUH has no Social worker.> Since what date has LUH no Social Worker?> Why has LUH no Social Worker?> What is being done to address this serious matter?> When will a replacement Social Worker be recruited?“Also Minister Harris we are awaiting confirmation of our meeting with you and all those listed in our letters from the previous two meetings please.“We in DACC are totally voluntary and unpaid and with respect should NOT have to put the effort that we do to get meetings and answers to our questions… it’s really not acceptable. It is very hard to hold onto our Ethos of Respect for everyone when we look at how we are treated by those in positions of responsibility.We are not going way.Yours sincerely,Betty HolmesDACC also included the following image showing the route that Donegal patients must travel:Cancer Care group say ‘we are not going away’ in open letter to Minister Harris was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)
CEOs Know Campaign: Tourism Sector is Attractive for Foreign Direct InvestmentTsabeng Nthite – “There is no other sector in the country that is showing 8% growth per annum,” says Mr Sisa Nthsona, Chief Executive Officer for South African Tourism.Commenting on the industry as a key driver for South Africa’s economy during his interview for Brand South Africa’s CEOs Know campaign, Mr Ntshona said that the tourism sector accounts for 9% of South Africa’s GDP, and an estimated 8.5 % of the continent’s GDP, (up from 6.8 per cent in 1998).Mr Ntshona said: “From a business and development perspective tourism is a significant contributor – which in turn translates to job creation. 2016 was a record-breaking year, with 10 million international tourists coming to South AfricaSouth Africa is best known for its beach and safari holiday experiences. Stunning as the coastline and the game parks are, there is plenty more on offer to tourists, both in South Africa itself, and in the wider Southern African region. Ntshona says however that ‘South Africa is more than just the 3 Bs (the beach, the berg and the bush),’ – stating that the country’s secret weapon is its diversity and people.“I am constantly inspired about how South Africa fights above its weight. South African’s are ambitious, driven and passionate people. We are a diverse people who love out country, and our space and we want to share our hoe with the world for them to be part of our ever growing story,” concluded Ntshona.And it’s not just South Africa – the entire continent is set for a tourism boon. Speaking at the launch of Indaba in 2017, Africa’s top travel trade show, Ntshona predicted that Africa would be the new tourism frontier. He reported that the continent had an 8% surge in international arrivals in 2016, with Sub-Saharan Africa increasing by 11% and South Africa by 13%.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#Blogging#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Reader engagement with blogs has changed dramatically over the last three years, primarily because of the rise of online social networks, according to new numbers released by analytics firm Postrank today. Postrank published an analysis based on metrics for signals like comments, trackbacks, shared links and online bookmarks for the top 1000 most-engaging feeds online and for 100,000 randomly selected blog posts in each year since 2007. The numbers paint a stark picture: blogging has changed, but the blogging scene is in some ways in better shape than it was three years ago.The big picture is that total engagement with online content is growing while on-site engagement is declining in significance as off-site engagement like link sharing on social networks grows. Surprisingly, this off-site link sharing has also extended the lifespan of content.Highlights from the report include the following:Total reader engagement has grown 30% year over year or 69% total for the top 1,000 feeds, which includes blogs and mainstream news sites.For 100,000 randomly selected blog posts in each of 2007, 2008 and 2009…Engagement on-site has grown in absolute terms but the share of total engagment that happens on-site vs. off-site has dropped 50%.Trackbacks have fallen from 19% of engagement to 3% of engagement.Engagement on social networks like but not limited to Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook has grown from 1% to over 29% of total engagement. The Postrank staff admitted that this was a surprisingly low number but said that in aggregate there is still a whole lot of activity going on outside social networks.Segmenting from the last amount of effort required up to the most, reader engagement now looks like this: 29% is link-sharing on social networks, 29% is bookmarking or voting on sites like Delicious, Digg and Reddit, 38.5% is comments on or off-site and trackbacks are now 3% of engagement. “Trackbacks are taking a nose dive,” Postrank CTO Ilya Grigorik told us by phone, “bookmarking sites have consistently gone down over the last 3 years, but voting on sites like Digg or Reddit has grown.”Perhaps most significantly, blog posts now have a longer life span. In 2007 tracked posts saw 94% of engagement within the first day and 98% of that first day’s engagement happened within the first hour. In 2008 that number fell to 83% within the first day and in 2009 it was a mere 64%. Thus Postrank concludes that 36% of reader engagement in the top blogs happens after 1 day. “While the real-time web is all about lowering the latency,” Grigorik says, “the pervasive nature and number of people engaged in their communities and conversations (the Social Web) is helping with information discovery. People are worried that the real-time web will destroy their readership as everyone just gets distracted by the newest shiny thing on Twitter, but the numbers show something very different. It’s so easy to spread information now that it lasts longer and finds more niches – this trend is helping content travel further.” marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Philippine outside hitter Alyssa Valdez said their disappointing loss to Thailand in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship will serve as a lesson as they try to finish the tournament on a high note.But the following day, the volleybelles dropped another three-setter for a second straight game, this time to Chinese-Tapei.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th place WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES “Definitely this is a challenge for us to be consistent, to be on top of our game every game,” said Valdez Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena. “This is a learning experience for us.”READ: Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semis FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez, after putting up her tournament-high of 20 points in the Philippines’ win against Vietnam, labored for nine points, and converted on just 8-of-26 of her spike attempts against the Thais.The 24-year-old was visibly frustrated throughout the match as her attempts either bounced got blocked or just went awry. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games She finished with 13 points versus the Taiwanese but was disappointed with how they lost their early third set lead.READ: AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th placeValdez said they just have to keep their heads high with the tournament about to wrap up.“We’ll just have to fight because we can still achieve great things if we just fight for it,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is a game, there will be losers and there will be winners, but let’s just think of the brighter things and let’s hope that we can win.”ADVERTISEMENT
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In a statement from the university’s Office of Sports Development, the management said it is “firmly behind coach Aldin Ayo and his staff as we start the process of rebuilding for the future.”The Green Archers lost 88-86 in the third game of the series that saw the Blue Eagles hoist the Season 80 trophy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe loss also sparked the rumors surrounding ding the tenure of Ayo with De La Salle.It’s been rumored that Ayo will leave La Salle in the end of the 2017-2018 academic year with University of Santo Tomas looming as the likely destination for the former UAAP and NCAA champion coach. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’ De La Salle University on Wednesday threw its “full support” for head coach Aldin Ayo after the Green Archers lost in the UAAP championship round to archrival Ateneo in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa La Salle management, however, did not quell any speculation regarding Ayo’s time as head coach of the Green Archers but it implied that the 40-year-old will still call the shots for the team in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League in February.“We stand united as a team to regroup and regain the crown next season,” said the management in the statement. “Now more than ever, we are strongly committed to bounce back with a resolve that is uncompromising and unflinching.”“We will forever hold our banner high and bright, a shield of green and white.”ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES
Serena Williams, of the United States, hugs the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. Photo: APA couple of months before Serena Williams capped her dominant run to a third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major singles title Sunday night, she sat down with coach Patrick Mouratoglou to decipher why the season had been such a struggle by her standards.At the time, Williams was coming off a third-round loss at Wimbledon, which followed a second-round loss at the French Open, which followed a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open – and, when Grand Slam success defines a legacy, that simply wouldn’t do. The quest to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova at 18 was weighing on her.”It was definitely on my shoulders,” Williams could acknowledge after that burden was gone. “It was definitely like, ‘Oh, get there. Get there. Get there.'”She knew, of course, there was one more big event left in 2014, and a finite amount of time to turn things around before heading to Flushing Meadows. In some ways starting from scratch, Williams regrouped and stopped her mini-slump, never dropping more than three games in any set, including a 6-3, 6-3 victory over close friend Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday’s final.”When Serena is on her game,” said the 10th-seeded Wozniacki, who admitted she was nervous in her second Grand Slam title match, “there’s not much we can do.”advertisementWilliams matched Evert’s total of six U.S. Opens and became the first woman to win three in a row since Evert’s four-title run from 1975-78.Add in Williams’ five titles apiece at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, plus two at the French Open, and only three players have more Slams: Margaret Court with 24, Steffi Graf with 22, and Helen Wills Moody with 19.Ranked and seeded No. 1, Williams let Wozniacki keep things competitive for about five games but wound up compiling a hard-to-believe 29-4 edge in winners. Until a cross-court backhand in the final game, the only winners registered by Wozniacki came on aces.When it was over, Williams dropped to her back behind the baseline, covering her hands with her face. Her first major trophy also came in New York, in 1999, when she was 17.This time, Williams earned $4 million, a record in tennis – $3 million for the title, plus a $1 million bonus for having had the best results during the North American summer hard-court circuit.A few weeks shy of her 33rd birthday, making the American the oldest major champion since Navratilova was 33 at Wimbledon in 1990, Williams powered this way and that in her black-and-pink hightops. Wozniacki is the one training for the New York City Marathon, but she was tuckered out by the end.Wozniacki may as well have been an extra in this Williams highlight reel. Points were directed by Williams, via serves that reached 120 mph (194 kph), forceful returns that backed Wozniacki into a corner when not producing outright winners, unreachable groundstrokes or the occasional volley.”From a different planet,” said Wozniacki’s father, Piotr, who also coaches her. “Come on, there’s no chance.”Yes, this was all about Williams. At times, it felt as if Wozniacki were there because, well, someone needed to be on the opposite side of the net.They’ve been pals for years, and they hung out together in Miami – heading to the beach, watching an NBA playoff game – after both lost early at the French Open in May. Wozniacki says Williams helped her get over the end of her engagement to golf star Rory McIlroy. Williams said she planned to invite Wozniacki along for Sunday night’s championship celebration.”We’re both going to do anything possible to win the match,” said Wozniacki, a 24-year-old from Denmark who reached No. 1 in the rankings in 2010, a year after losing to Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open final. “After the match, we’re friends again.”Mouratoglou noted the obvious: It didn’t matter one bit to Williams who she was facing.”Yeah, they’re friends,” the coach said, “but on the other side, believe me, Serena has zero friends.”The last time she was at a major, Williams followed her early Wimbledon singles exit with an odd episode in doubles, appearing disoriented and quitting after three games because of what she called a “bug.””After Wimbledon, I was just so disappointed,” Williams said. “I also realized I just needed to relax a little more. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I don’t have to put pressure on myself.”advertisementWhen she met with Mouratoglou after Wimbledon to discuss how to proceed, he recalled Sunday, “She coached me. She told me, ‘Look, you are a guy who likes challenges. I am so low. You should be motivated by that.'”Since that chat in Paris, Williams has won 19 of 20 matches and three titles.Only one number mattered to her Sunday night, though: 18.
Australia’s Masters squads commence their 2015 World Cup campaign this weekend when the contingent trains together in Sydney. The six squads will train over the weekend with all squad members looking to impress in their first camp in the lead up to the World Cup in April/May next year at C.Ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour. There has been strong interest in all the squads due to the World Cup being on home soil in 2015, with the last World Cup held in Australia being 15 years ago. Australia will be looking to retain the Masters World Cup trophy that they won at the 2011 World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.Touch Football Australia wishes all squad members the best of luck for the training camp this weekend. To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the Masters Training Camp, please stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia social media pages and website:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksMasters Training Camp