Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, dribbles as Houston Rockets center Clint Capela defends during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs have at times seemed an ill-fitting pair, with a player who spent nine years in another franchise before landing with Gregg Popovich not always looking comfortable in the NBA’s most well-established system.The kinks the two sides have been trying to work through had league observers believing Aldridge might not be long for San Antonio. Just as they have for more than 20 years, the Spurs care little about what others think.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron’s status for opener vs. Celtics still unclear Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Aldridge and the Spurs reached agreement on a three-year extension on Monday that ensures the five-time All-Star will be under contract through the 2020-21 season. The agreement involves Aldridge exercising the 2018-19 player option on the original four-year max deal he signed with the Spurs in 2015. He then will get another two years and $50 million tacked on to the deal, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press.ESPN first reported the agreement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWhen the Spurs beat out the Suns, Lakers and several other suitors for Aldridge two summers ago, it was a departure from the franchise’s long history of drafting and developing its stars. With Tim Duncan nearing retirement and Kawhi Leonard emerging as the team’s next focal point, the Spurs splurged for Aldridge in free agency to try to extend the team’s window for competing in the Western Conference.He came from Portland, where he had spent years as the No. 1 option for the Trail Blazers, a formidable low-post presence with a strong mid-range game. Aldridge was an All-Star in his first season in San Antonio, but his individual numbers declined significantly. That was to be expected in San Antonio’s system, which emphasizes ball movement and tries to limit minutes to keep veterans fresh for the postseason. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Last year, Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, both career lows. But the Spurs won 61 games and advanced to the Western Conference finals, where they were swept by the Golden State Warriors after Leonard injured his ankle in Game 1.The 32-year-old Aldridge and Popovich met this fall to try to find ways to make him feel more comfortable and effective. The dialogue helped strengthen their relationship, made Aldridge feel open to staying in San Antonio and gave the Spurs the peace of mind that they could continue to feature him as a much-needed supporting star for Leonard.The Warriors return almost their entire team and a deeper bench in pursuit of their third championship in four seasons. Oklahoma City added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony as wing men for Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets brought in Chris Paul, and the Minnesota Timberwolves added Jimmy Butler all in an effort to make things more difficult for Golden State.With Leonard missing the entire preseason and also scheduled to miss the season opener on Wednesday against Minnesota because of a quadriceps injury, Aldridge’s offensive presence is more important than ever.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
After being busted with a large amount of marijuana at his stall in the Stabroek Market a few days ago, 30-year-old Jason Dundas appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan charged for the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Remanded: Jason DundasDundas of Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) denied that on August 22, 2019 at Corn Hill Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession 43.772 kilograms or (96.5 pounds) of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.Short facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield detailed that on the day in question, ranks acting on information went to the defendant’s stall and requested to carry out a search.During the said search, a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be marijuana were found wrapped in several parcels hidden in the stall.After Dundas was cautioned and told of the offence, he reportedly claimed ownership of the illegal drugs.Prosecutor Mansfield objected to bail being granted to the defendant on the grounds of the penalty the charge attracts and the prevalence of the charge.As such, the Chief Magistrate remanded the defendant to prison until September 25, 2019.
The loss highly benefited Sierra Leone who climbed an enormous 30 places up to now sit 83th, just one place above Kenya.Despite dropping three places to occupy position 74, Uganda are still bossing the CECAFA region, followed by Kenya while Tanzania are third after going up 25 places to sit 114th globally.Rwanda are fourth in the East African region and placed 127th in the world while Ethiopia who is Kenya’s opponent in the 2019 AFCON Qualifier closes the top five at position 136 after going down 11 places.Egypt remains top in the African continent despite dropping four places to position 24 worldwide, Senegal is second and at position 27, DR Congo made a major comeback to rise up 11 places to be ranked third in Africa, Tunisia are fourth at position 34 while African champions Cameroon rounds up the top five best teams in the continent at position 38.Globally, World Champions Germany are back at the top after beating Chile 1-0 to win the FIFA Confederations Cup, hence moving up two places to dislodge Brazil who dropped to second.Argentina are third, EURO World Champions Portugal occupy the fourth spot while Switzerland went four places up to sit fifth.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players walk off the pitch at half time during a friendly match against Mozambique on November 12, 2016. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 –The national football team Harambee Stars has dropped a massive10 places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday to see Kenya sit 84th globally with 408 points.This is as a result of Kenya’s 2-1 away loss to minnows Sierra Leone in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier opener played June 10 in Free Town at a time the Stanley Okumbi team were ranked 74th, 39 places way above Sierra Leone.
Joe Hart wants James Milner to stay at Man City Joe Hart wants James Milner to stay at Man City, amid rumours the midfielder is being lined up by Liverpool.Reports have suggested City bosses have offered Milner an improved contract worth as much as £165,000-a-week over four years to keep him at the Etihad and make him one of the club’s top earners.And goalkeeper Hart explained he’d love his pal sign the new deal and remain in Manchester, when asked about the 29-year-old’s future.“That’s me being totally selfish, but James has got his own decisions to make,” he told talkSPORT.“I would never stick my nose in because it’s a football decision at the end of the day, but I certainly wouldn’t be kicking up a fuss if he did stay.”Hart and Milner have been close friends stretching back to England U21 level where they played together as the Young Lions reached the 2009 European Championship final.“I get on with him personally and think the world of him off the field,” he said.“On the field, I think he’s a fantastic player and someone I’ve really enjoyed playing with for years and years having worked with him at U21 level.“He’s a really, really, really talented footballer. It’s easy to say he’s a hard worker, but there’s so much more to him than that.”Hart’s words echo that of his manager, Manuel Pellegrini, who earlier in the week was full of praise for Milner’s versatility, calling him an “important and intelligent player.”And Hart could not agree more: “He’s a big part of our squad and brings a lot to the team,” he added.Joe Hart relies on the UK’s no.1 shampoo Head & Shoulders to feel prepared and confident for the game ahead. Visit headandshoulders.co.uk 1
A man who was arrested for selling Ecstacy tablets in a Letterkenny nightclub has said it was ‘out of character’ for him and a ‘once off’ incident. Stephen Thornton, 25, with an address of Nart, Rockcorry, Monaghan was fined €500 for unlawful possession of drugs in The Grill Nightclub. Thornton, who is employed as an engineer in Monaghan pleaded guilty to both counts of unlawful possession and to supply an illegal substance.Garda Derek Connaughton told the court, “On the 16th of August, 2015, there was a rave type disco occurring in the club.“I was contacted by the owner of The Grill, Mr Patrick Tinney who said he overheard a conversation between two men haggling over the price of something.“He suspected it to be drugs related and subsequently contacted me in the interim.“He heard the two individuals haggling, with one attempting to sell two of something for €10 – while the other man was offering €9.“I arrived at The Grill at 12.45am and intercepted Mr Thornton as he came out of the smoking area.“He had seven Ecstacy tablets in his pockets and €9 in the palm of his hand.“He was then subsequently arrested for sale and supply of illegal substances.“He was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station and he was fully co-operative with us.“He admitted to selling four or five tablets earlier that same night, we searched him and found another €45 in his pocket which he had accumulated by selling drugs earlier that evening.”Solicitor for the defendant Gordon Curley told the court that his client was deeply remorseful for the incident and regretted his actions which were described as ‘out of character’.Curley told the court, “He came to Letterkenny with a group of friends for a birthday party that evening.“He consumed too much alcohol and got involved in a situation he shouldn’t have got involved in.“It was a once off for Mr Thornton – and he had never done anything of the sort previously and hasn’t engaged in any similar acts since.“He deeply regrets his involvement in this unsavoury incident – and has learnt his lesson.“This was out of character for him – he is employed as an engineer and plans on heading abroad to work in the near future.“I would be concerned about a conviction – and the impact that would have on his attempts to seek work outside of the country.“I’d like the court to take into account – his early guilty plea, his co-operation with Gardaí – and that he has no previous convictions.Judge John Faughnan fined Mr Thornton €500 for unlawful possession and gave him four months to pay – while he took the charge of purpose to supply into consideration.MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING ECSTACY IN NIGHTCLUB FINED €500 was last modified: January 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:drugsEcstacyGarda Derek ConnaughtonMonaghannightclubStephen ThorntonThe Grill
The 26-year-old has now returned to parent club Sassuolo, for whom he has not played a match since joining in 2016, and the Neroverdi are assessing whether to sell Ferrari this summer.According to Corriere dello Sport, West Ham and Everton are interested in securing Ferrari’s services, as well as Russian giants Spartak Moscow. TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Latest transfer news targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Sassuolo defender Gian Marco Ferrari is being targeted by Premier League duo West Ham and Everton, according to reports.Ferrari, the centre-back, has established himself as one of Serie A’s best defenders over the last few years, even breaking into the Italy squad last season during a successful loan spell at Sampdoria. Ferrari earned his first international call-up earlier this year Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti three-way race Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND 2 RANKED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? After impressing for Samp in 2017/18, Ferrari was called up to Italy’s senior international squad for the first time for the March friendlies against Argentina and England, though he failed to make his debut in either fixture. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Ferrari impressed while on loan at Sampdoria last season LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland It is stated in the report that Sassuolo value Ferrari at between £7million and £9million.Ferrari, who started his career at Parma, has also represented Crotone, spending three separate spells with the Calabrian side – twice on loan and once permanently. 2 REVEALED
ARCATA >> It doesn’t take long to figure out that Humboldt State sophomore guard Tyras Rattler Jr. is a soft-spoken, easy-going 20-year-old who doesn’t seek much attention.With how he’s playing this season, though, it’s only natural that a spotlight is going to be shined brightly in his direction.On a Humboldt State team full of talented players, Rattler Jr. has been the best of the bunch this season. Through the Jacks’ first eight games this season, Rattler Jr. has been close to top of the …
26 June 2006(FNB) and the Gauteng Department of Housing are co-operating to close the gap that exists in South Africa’s affordable housing market.FNB, one of South Africa’s “big four” retail banks, launched a R800-million housing development last Thursday that will see more than 3 000 houses being built in a new Soweto suburb to be called Glen Ridge.Each housing unit will consist of three bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and lounge at the cost of R168 000 (all inclusive).Construction will begin in July, with the first batch of houses to be available from as early as October.The project is split into commercial property finance (to fund developers to build the houses) and end-user finance in home loans for potential buyers to address the challenge of access to credit.FNB has set aside approximately R500-million to provide finance for the buyers, and R300-million for established property developers to build the houses.The initiative is in line with an agreement the government signed last year with the country’s four major banks – FNB, Absa, Standard Bank and Nedbank – under which the institutions committed themselves to pouring R42-billion into the country’s low-cost housing market.Gauteng Housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane commended the bank for helping ordinary South Africans to acquire homes through innovative home loan products.“Our role as provincial government will be to provide housing subsidies as equity to ensure affordability and quality houses for people in the middle to low income bracket,” Mokonyane said.Township development has in the past had limited appeal for developers because of difficulties involved in selling the properties.However, FNB chief executive officer Michael Jordaan said the collaboration between the banks and the government would make the provision of finance to buyers far smoother and the initiative an attractive one for developers.Last month, FNB unveiled a R368-million project to build more than 1 000 affordable houses at Cosmo City, north of Johannesburg. So far this year, the bank has ploughed approximately R1.7-billion into affordable housing developments.Jordaan emphasised that supporting South Africa’s previously under-serviced housing market was not merely about “ticking FSC [Financial Sector Charter] target boxes.”It was a business imperative, he said, for the country’s banks to contribute to the sustainable development and economic well-being of the communities they served.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
23 September 2011Absa and Integrated Fare Collection Services, a DigiCore subsidiary, are working on an integrated transit payment solution South Africa’s public transport sector, including the taxi industry, with a pilot project currently underway in the Western Cape.The new “tap-and-go” payment cards will provide transit owners and commuters with a simple and efficient way to manage payments for transport services. The two companies are already exploring opportunities with associations in other provinces.The cards will use global card standards, namely MasterCard Paypass and Visa Paywave, and are designed to work seamlessly across a number of modes of public transport as they are brought online.“The tap-and-go payment method will also allow commuters and other consumers to conveniently pay for low value purchases in retail outlets,” said Absa Card’s Simon Just in a statement this week. “So, a customer can move from a taxi to a bus to a grocer using the same card on the same day.“As of 2012, commuters will even be able to have this payment option on their normal bank cards.”National transport infrastructure upgradesAs part of national transport infrastructure upgrades, the Department of Transport and local transport authorities have been driving new card-based approaches to fare collection, with the aim of providing commuters with speed, simplicity and convenience when they travel.These will require commuters to tap a prepaid card against readers to pay their transport fares as they enter public vehicles.“Although adoption of this trendsetting service will be gradual, it is gaining momentum,” said Just. “A few major city bus operators and key retailers are starting to roll out tap-and-go payments, and the bank will make it possible for its customers to obtain Absa tap-and-go cards from selected Absa branches as from November 2011.”No PIN or signature requiredTap-and-Go transactions will be limited to R200 per day and users will be able to load a maximum of R1 500 on the card at any time, while the total monthly transaction limit is R3 000.“This is in line with the special exemption from the provisions of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, which makes for ease of issuing of contactless cards to under-banked consumers,” Just explained.Commuters will be able to load funds onto their cards from a bank account or with cash at a transit or station kiosk, vending machines, ATMs or selected merchants.Customers can then make purchases with their contactless card until the pre-loaded balance is used up by simply agreeing to the amount and tapping the card against a reader. No PIN or signature is required.Secure alternative to cashFor public transport operators, the new fare collection system reduces pilferage, provides a more secure alternative to cash and paper tickets and significantly enhances overall efficiencies – while also making a difference in the everyday life of the commuter.DigiCore’s Integrated Fare Collection Services (IFCS) has developed a robust fare collection solution called Tap-i-Fare for transit operators, which uses advanced route planning, GPS and vehicle tracking technology, to calculate fares and ensure that commuters are charged correctly for their journey.IFCS managing director Pierre Bruwer said that even though the system was up and running, there was still much work to do with taxi associations and other stakeholders in order to finalise the operating model and roll-out plans.“We have engaged a number of taxi owners, operators and associations,” he said. “They appreciate the benefits of the new approach to rapid transit payments.“We are confident that it will be embraced in the way that government has intended.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material