Angel Di Maria Angel Di Maria has expressed his delight with his impending move from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain.The Argentina winger underwent a medical in Qatar on Tuesday after the French champions agreed a fee in the region of £44m with United.The deal has yet to be confirmed but Di Maria, speaking to beIN Sports, said: “I am very happy to join Paris Saint-Germain.“What I know about PSG is that they are a team who have won all possible titles in France last season. They’re very important.”United signed Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7million last summer, but after an encouraging start his form dipped drastically and he only started one of the final 10 games of last season.The former Benfica winger was left unsettled after an attempted burglary on his Cheshire home in February.Since then, Di Maria and his family have been living in a city-centre apartment in Manchester owned by former United defender Phil Neville.Di Maria said as recently as June that he wanted to stay at United, but it became apparent that he had his heart set on a move to the French capital in the last couple of weeks.The Argentinian was due to report for duty during the second leg of United’s pre-season tour of the United States on July 25, but failed to show.After United’s 2-0 defeat to PSG in Chicago on Thursday, Laurent Blanc said both clubs were close to striking a deal for the player.And Di Maria aims to help PSG establish themselves among Europe’s elite, after Blanc’s men exited in the Champions League quarter-finals in the past three seasons.He added: “They made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, so my objective was to arrive to Paris and to help them through the quarter-final barrier, because they have struggled in the past two seasons.“I will try to do the best I can to help the club in those objectives and reach the final stages of the Champions League.” 1
This Thursday morning on Sportsday we look back on all of last night’s Premier League football.Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points after a 1-0 win at Sunderland, there were also wins for Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United. We also discussed Dylan Hartley’s six-week ban for striking an opponent while playing for Northampton and brought you the best of the action from Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko’s press conference yesterday.All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team
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Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…Arsene Wenger has targeted £45million-rated Brazilian star Malcom to replace Alexis Sanchez. Manchester City have held discussions with Arsenal over signing Sanchez this month, but have been told the Gunners want a replacement before they will sanction any move. Boss Wenger has Bordeaux forward Malcom on his radar and Arsenal have held talks with the French club about signing the 20-year-old this month, amid rival interest from Tottenham and Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham have made moves to tie down Dele Alli with a new contract. England star Alli has become one of Europe’s hottest properties, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain among his admirers. But Spurs are confident the 21-year-old midfielder will sign up to a new deal. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool want to reward striker Roberto Firmino with a new contract keeping him at Anfield for the rest of his career. Firmino still has two years remaining on his current deal but will be offered the opportunity to commit longer. Having lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool will move to ensure their other prized assets are not similarly tempted to go should record breaking bids materialise. (Daily Telegraph)The Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan has announced that the club’s 17-year-old phenomenon Ryan Sessegnon will not be sold this month, amid interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur among others in the England Under-19 international. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United will have to pay up to £27m to sign Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker in January, according to the club’s general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck. United made an enquiry about the 22-year-old after he made a big impression against Jose Mourinho’s side in the Europa League quarter-final back in April. (Manchester Evening News)Crystal Palace believe they will wrap up the signing of Diafra Sakho by the end of the week. Sakho, 28, is understood to be eager to end his unhappy spell at West Ham by moving to Selhurst Park. The Eagles are also keen to reignite their interest in another Senegal frontman, Khouma Babacar of Fiorentina. (Daily Mirror)Alex Pritchard is due for a medical at Huddersfield Town on Thursday after Norwich accepted an £14million bid. (Daily Mail)West Ham have been told that they will have to stump up £15million for Bournemouth’s Harry Arter. Irons boss David Moyes is keep to add more mobility to his midfield this month while Arter is ready to quit the south coast for London. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?The transfer rumours surrounding Alexis Sanchez continue to swirl and Manchester City look set to pounceInter Milan have been offered the chance to sign former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle on loanEverton, Southampton, Watford and West Ham United are all reportedly chasing Atletico Madrid winger Nicolas GaitanArsenal and Everyon target Andre SilvA will not be leaving AC Milan, according to the club’s sporting director
Bhí slua mór de 150 duine i láthair ag an chruinniú phoiblí a d’eagraigh Guth na Gaeltachta agus Coiste Mhá Tí Thír Chonaill sa Chrannóg i nGaoth Dobhair Dé Máirt, 15 Feabhra.Rinne Éamonn Mac Niallais cathaoirleach ar an chruinniú agus chuir sé tús leis go gairid i ndiaidh 7:00i.n. Mhínigh sé gurbh é príomhaidhm an chruinnithe plé a dhéanamh ar pholasaí Fhine Gael .i. deireadh a chur le stádas éigeantach na Gaeilge san Ardteist.I ndiaidh dó na haoichainteoirí a chur in aithne: Dinny McGinley TD (Fine Gael), Pearse Doherty TD (Sinn Féin), An Seanadóir Brian Ó Domhnaill (Fianna Fáil), John Duffy agus Seán Ó Maolchallann (An Comhaontas Glas), thug Mac Niallais le fios go bhfuair sé leithscéal ón Tánaiste Mary Coughlan agus ó Frank McBrearty (Páirtí an Lucht Oibre). Ina dhiaidh sin, léigh an cathaoirleach amach an ráiteas a fuair sé ón Chomhairleoir McBrearty. Bhí ábhar na litreach sin ag teacht le cuid mhór den phlé a bheadh le cloisteáil níos moille .i. cur i gcoinne pholasaí Fhine Gael!Sular labhair na haoichainteoirí, thug Mac Niallais breac-chuntas ar an obair a bhí ar bun ag Guth na Gaeltachta ó bhí an cruinniú poiblí deiridh ann agus ar an ról neamhchlaonta a bhí sé ag glacadh mar ghrúpa tacaíochta neamhpholaitiúil, traspháirtí ar son na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta. Mhínigh sé tábhacht chriticiúil na hArdteiste i gcóras oideachais na hÉireann ina iomlán agus na himpleachtaí diúltacha a bheadh ag polasaí Fhine Gael ar ról na Gaeilge ar fud an chórais, ní hamháin ag leibhéal na hArdteiste.Dá gcuirfí an polasaí i bhfeidhm, bheadh todhchaí na gcoláistí samhraidh Ghaeilge agus inmharthanacht eacnamaíochta phobal na Gaeltachta go mór i mbaol. D’aontaigh Gráinne Mhic Géidigh leis an mhéid sin agus í ag déanamh ionadaíochta do na Mná Tí.Thug Seán Ó Maolchallann, agus é ag feidhmiú mar urlabhraí Gaeilge do John Arthur, breac-chuntas ar pholasaí an Chomhaontais Ghlais i dtaca leis an Ghaeilge de. Chuir sé deireadh lena chuid cainte ag rá go raibh a bpáirtí 150% i gcoinne pholasaí Fhine Gael! Rinne Pearse Doherty TD tagairt don dóigh ar sheol Sinn Féin a chuid moltaí i leith na Gaeilge taobh amuigh de Cheanncheathrú Fhine Gael ní ba luaithe sa lá. Dúirt sé go raibh a pháirtí iontach go deo míshásta le polasaí Fhine Tugadh cuireadh do Thomas Pringle (Neamhspleách) agus do Ann Sweeney (Neamhspleách) freastal ar anchruinniú fosta. Tugadh le fios nár fhreagair siad. Gael agus go mbeadh impleachtaí tromchúiseacha eacnamaíochta ann do phobail Ghaeltachta dá gcuirfí i bhfeidhm é. Ba é Dinny McGinley TD an chéad chainteoir eile. Dúirt sé go mbeadh sé féin go pearsanta go mór in éadan aon rud a dhéanfadh dochar don Ghaeltacht nó don Ghaeilge.Mhaígh sé nár cuireadh ina luí air go fóill nach ndéanfadh an athrú polasaí seo dochar don Ghaeltacht nó don Ghaeilge ach go raibh sé ag fanacht le fáil amach cén toradh a bheadh ar an phróiseas taighde agus comhairliúcháin a gheall Éanna Ó Cionaoith.Dúirt sé afach go raibh neart gnéithe dearfacha ag baint le polasaí Fhine Gael chomh maith agus chuir sé béim ar a thiomantas pearsanta féin don teanga agus ar a chuid iarrachtaí Gaeilge a úsáid chomh minic agus is féidir leis in imeachtaí na Dála.Dúirt sé go raibh sé féin míchompordach leis an pholasaí ach gur léirigh taighde ar nós an Staidéir Chuimsithigh Theangeolaíoch (2007) go raibh an Ghaeilge i mbaol báis mura ndéanfaí bearta radacacha.Ba é an Seanadóir Brian Ó Domhnaill an polaiteoir deiridh a labhair. Thug sé achoimre ar an dul chun cinn a rinneadh le blianta beaga anuas: TG4, Foras na Gaeilge, Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, Stádas Oifigiúil agus Oibre san AE agus Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge. Dúirt sé go raibh a pháirtí dubh in éadan pholasaí Fhine Gael fosta agus, cosúil leis na cainteoirí eile, labhair sé faoin tionchar diúltach eacnamaíochta a bheadh ag a leithéid de pholasaí ar cheantair Ghaeltachta.I ndiaidh cloisteáil ó na polaiteoirí uilig, chuir an cathaoirleach fáilte roimh cheisteanna ón urlár. Ba léir ón chéad chainteoir go bhfuil polasaí Fhine Gael ina cnámh spairne i measc phobal na Gaeltachta. Níor cuireadh fiacail ann!D’éist na polaiteoirí le tuairimí an lucht éisteachta agus ní raibh dabht ar bith ar McGinley go bhfuil an pobal thar a bheith míshásta le polasaí Fhine Gael agus go bhfuil an-imní orthu fá dtaobh de. Iarradh ar an pholaiteoir sinsearach a mhíniú cén dóigh a ndearna a pháirtí a leithéid de chinneadh; an ndearna breithniú cúramach air nó an é gur cleas a bhí ann, dírithe ar vótaí a tharraingt i gceantair uirbeacha?Mar pháirt den phlé agus caibidil, d’admhaigh McGinley nach ndeachthas i gcomhairle leis riamh ó thaobh cheapadh pholasaí Gaeilge Fhine Gael. Ní raibh sé ábalta a mhíniú ach an oiread cén taighde go sonrach a d’úsáid a pháirtí agus é ag ceapadh an pholasaí. Rinne McGinley iarracht fearg an lucht éisteachta a cheansú, ag rá go mbeadh sé ag súil go ndéanfaí comhairliúchán agus taighde mar is ceartsula ndéanfaí aon athrú ar stádas na Gaeilge. D’iarr Éamonn Mac Niallais ar an Fheisire McGinley sampla iarrthóirí eile de chuid Fhine Gael a leanúint; chuir baill áirithe den pháirtí i nGaeltacht Chiarraí agus i nGaeltacht na Gaillimhe in iúl go hoscailte d’Éanna Ó Cionaoith go raibh siad in éadan an pholasaí seo. Cuireadh deireadh leis an chruinniú i ndiaidh an tseisiúin ceisteanna agus freagraí.Ghabh an cathaoirleach buíochas le gach duine a ghlac páirt sa díospóireacht agus d’impigh sé ar gach duine an achainí ar líne a shíniú in éadan pholasaí Fhine Gael(www.petitiononline.com/gaeilge/petition.html).Lena chois sin, d’iarr sé ar gach duine ceist na Gaeilge a ardú leis na polaiteoirí uilig nuair a thiocfaidh siad a chuardach vótaí agus go bhfreastalódh siad ar an chéad chruinniú poiblí eile a bheadh ag na polaiteoirí (Dé Luain seo chugainn in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhair) leis an scéal seo a phlé arís.Gaeltacht community opposed to Fine Gael’s Irish language policy.A large crowd of 150 attended the public meeting organised by Guth na Gaeltachta and Coiste Mhná Tí Thír Chonaill in An Chrannóg, Gaoth Dobhair, on Tuesday 15 February. The meeting was chaired by Éamonn Mac Niallais and he got proceedings underway shortly after 7:00pm.He explained that the purpose of the meeting was primarily to discuss Fine Gael’s policy of ending the compulsory status of Irish in the Leaving Certificate.After introducing the guest speakers: Dinny Mc Ginley TD (Fine Gael), Pearse Doherty TD (Sinn Féin), Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill (Fianna Fáil), John Duffy and Seán Ó Maolchallann (Green Party) Mac Niallais relayed apologies from An Tánaiste Mary Coughlan and Councillor Frank McBrearty (Labour).The chairman then read out the statement he had received from Councillor McBrearty. The content of that letter set the tone for the night i.e. vehement opposition to Fine Gael’s policy!Before hearing from the guest speakers, Mac Niallais outlined the work Guth na Gaeltachta had been involved in since its last public meeting and the impartial role that it was undertaking as a non-political cross-party support group for the Irish language and the Gaeltacht.He explained the critical importance of the Leaving Certificate in the Irish education system as a whole and how Fine Gael’s policy would have a disastrous impact on the role of the Irish language throughout the system, not just for the Leaving Cert.As a result, the future for the Irish Summer Colleges and the very economic viability of Gaeltacht communities would be severly threatened.This view was strongly echoed by Gráinne Mhic Géidigh who was representing the Mná Tí.Seán Ó Maolchallann, acting as a spokesperson for John Duffy, outlined the Green Party’s policy on the Irish language. He finished by saying that their party was 150% opposed to Fine Gael’s policy! Pearse Doherty TD referred to the launch of Sinn Féin’s Irish language proposals outside Fine Gael HQ earlier that day.He expressed his party’s dismay at Fine Gael’s policy and spoke of the terrible economic consequences for Gaeltacht communities.Thomas Pringle (Independent) and Ann Sweeney (Independent) had also been invited to the meeting.The audience was told that they had not responded.Dinny McGinley TD was the next to speak. He spoke of his personal opposition to any attempt to harm the Gaeltacht or the language. He remained to be convinced that Fine Gael’s policy would not be harmful to both but that he was waiting to see what the outcome would be of the research and consultation process that Enda Kenny had promised.He said however that there were many positive measures in Fine Gael’s policy as well and he stressed his own commitment to the language and his efforts to use Irish as often as possible in Dáil proceedings.He stated that he was uncomfortable with the policy but that research such as the Comprehensive Linguistic Survey of 2007 showed that the future of the Irish language was in jeopardy unless radical steps were taken.Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill was the last of the politicians to speak. He outlined the progress made in recent years: TG4, Foras na Gaeilge, Official Languages Act, EU status and the 20 Year Strategy. He voiced his party’s opposition to Fine Gael’s policy and, like other speakers, referred to the negative economic impact such a change would have on Gaeltacht areas.After hearing from all the politicians the chair invited questions from the audience. It was clear from the first speaker that Fine Gael’s policy is a very sore point amongst the Gaeltacht community.Speaker after speaker left McGinley in no doubt that the community is very upset and worried about the Fine Gael proposal. He was asked to explain how his party had arrived at such a decision; had it been carefully considered or was it a populist move designed to attract votes in urban areas?One of the most robust exchanges of the night saw McGinley admit that he had never been consulted on the formulation of Fine Gael’s Irish language policy. He was also at a loss to explain what specific research had been used by the party in devising its policy. McGinley attempted to calm the audience’s fears by saying that that he hoped proper consultation and research would be carried out before any changes were made to the status of Irish.Éamonn Mac Niallais asked that Deputy McGinley do as other Fine Gael candidates in the Kerry and Galway Gaeltacht had already done and express openly to Enda Kenny his opposition to this policy. He brought the meeting to a close after the question and answer session. He thanked everyone for attending and urged everyone to sign the online petition against Fine Gael’s proposal (www.petitiononline.com/gaeilge/petition.html).He also appealed to people to raise the issue of the Irish language with all politicians when they come looking for votes and to attend next Monday’s public meeting in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar to raise the issue again.‘TODHCHAÍ NA GCOLÁISTÍ SAMHRAIDH GHAEILGE AGUS INMHARTHANACHT EACNAMAÍOCHTA PHOBAL NA GAELTACHTA GO MÓR I MBAOL’ was last modified: February 16th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
Bristol City are keen to sign Eddie Nketiah on loan in January, reports claim.The Arsenal youngster is currently on loan at Leeds, but is yet to start a Championship game under Marcelo Bielsa this season. targets latest Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Nketiah, who has scored four goals in nine games, is behind Patrick Bamford in the pecking order.The Sun claim Arsenal could recall the striker in January and send him on loan to Bristol City, who tried to sign him in the summer, in order to improve his playing time.The Robins are in need of firepower after losing on-loan Stoke forward Benik Afobe to a season-ending knee injury last month.Nketiah, 20, could significantly strengthen Bristol City’s promotion push as Lee Johnson’s men sit sixth in the table after 11 games, below Leeds on goal difference. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Lee Johnson is a big fan of Eddie Nketiah Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 2 Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Eddie Nketiah’s only starts for Leeds have come in cup games so far stalemate Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti appointed Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta statement on target Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Getty Images – Getty Leeds managing director Angus Kinnear appears confident of keeping Nketiah at Elland Road beyond January.He told the Talking Shutt podcast: “It’s fairly standard in these contracts to have January recalls but the decision is based on how well the loan’s going so if the players are playing, and they’re playing well. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future update Getty Images – Getty PEP TALK rookie error LATEST 2 “They’re enjoying their football and they’re developing, which I think we can see evidence in both Ben (White) and Eddie’s case, then you’d be fairly confident that the recall wouldn’t be activated by the parent club.“Eddie scores goals for fun. It’s a very competitive process to get that type of player, he’s very expensive for a loan, but he’s held in huge regard by Arsenal.“I don’t think there’s a safer pair of hands to entrust him to than Marcelo.”
Blue Devils improve to 4-0By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Post 54 American Legion baseball team swept a non-league doubleheader from Holmen on Saturday, winning 4-1 and 9-8 at Jack Hackman Field.Hunter Korger tossed a complete game in the opener, striking out five and scattering five hits without a walk to earn the victory for Marshfield, which is now 4-0 to start the 2017 season.Logan Jakobi and Jacob Neve each had two hits for the Blue Devils. Jakobi scored twice, and Jared Klein drove in two runs as well.In Game 2, Marshfield led 9-3 after six innings before Holmen’s bats erupted to make it tight.Holmen scored five runs before Marshfield’s Jake Brueggen struck out the final batter of the game to earn the save for Neve, who was the winner after throwing six innings.Brueggen had three hits and scored twice at the plate for Marshfield, Jared Johnsrud scored three times, Klein was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Conner Berry and Korger each drove in a pair for the Blue Devils.Marshfield hosts Stevens Point at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hackman Field.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Game 1Marshfield 4, Holmen 1Holmen Post 248 100 000 0 – 1 5 0Marshfield Post 54 201 001 x – 4 8 1WP: Hunter Korger. LP: Braund.SO: Braund 6; Korger 5. BB: Braund 1; Korger 0.Top hitters: H, Fonstad 2×3, run. M, Logan Jakobi 2×3, 2 runs; Jared Klein 1×2, 2 RBIs; Jacob Neve 2×3, RBI.—Game 2Marshfield 9, Holmen 8Holmen Post 248 100 110 5 – 8 12 3Marshfield 000 324 x – 9 11 3WP: Jacob Neve. LP: Byum. SV: Jake Brueggen.SO: Byum (5 inn.) 5, Fonstad (1 inn.) 0; Neve (6 inn.) 0, Austin Palacek (2/3 inn.) 0, Brueggen (1/3 inn.) 1. BB: Byum 2, Fonstad 1; Neve 1, Palacek 0, Brueggen 0.Top hitters: H. Becker 3×4, 2B, 2 runs; Fonstad 2×4, 2 RBIs; Torud 1×3, 2 runs; Braund 3×4, 2 RBIs; Wall 1×3, 3 RBIs. M, Brueggen 3×4, 2 runs, RBI; Paul Maguire 2B, run; Jared Johnsrud 1×3, 3 runs, RBI; Jared Klein 3×3, run, 2 RBIs; Conner Berry 2B, 2 RBIs; Hunter Korger 2×3, 2 RBIs, run.Records: Holmen not reported; Marshfield 4-0.
8 September 2011 Co-ordinated efforts by police and business saw bank robberies drop by a massive 58% over the last year, marking the biggest decline in South Africa’s generally improved crime statics for 2010/11. Releasing the country’s annual crime statistics in Pretoria on Thursday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said there were just 39 bank robberies in 2010/11 compared to the 93 cases recorded in 2009/10. The minister attributed the success to coordinated efforts between police and businesses. Cash-in-transit heists also declined significantly, by 18.7%, which Mthethwa attributed to the arrest of key criminals involved in bank and cash-in-transit robberies, coupled with the police’s rapid response. Allowing photographs of criminals wanted for these crimes to be published had also led to arrests and contributed to the decrease.ATM bombings up 61.5% However, Mthethwa expressed concern over ATM bombings, which had increased by 61.5%. Most of these blasts took place in Gauteng province, which accounted for 57.1% for ATM bombings, followed by North West province with 12.4%. “Some of these trends are informed by migration and displacement of crime from one province to another, but we are beginning to intensify our operations in some of these hard-hit provinces,” he said. Despite the massive increase in ATM bombings, the minister noted that there were also some successes. “According to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, this form of crime has started to decline, with a 17% decline in ATM robberies since April 2011 compared with the same period last year.” The crime statistics also indicated a 2.8% increase in commercial crime ratio. The minister noted that commercial crime was not only a South African problem but a global challenge, adding that the police hoped to partner with their international counterparts to improve their methods of tackling such crime locally. Source: BuaNews
12 May 2014 The African National Congress (ANC) has been officially declared the winner of South Africa’s 2014 general election, after securing 62.15% of the national vote in last Wednesday’s poll. Announcing the results in Pretoria on Saturday evening, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said the ANC had received 11 436 921 votes, which translates into 249 seats in the country’s National Assembly. The party remains in control in eight of the country’s provinces, with the exception of the Western Cape, which stays under the Democratic Alliance (DA), which secured 59.38% of the provincial vote. The DA increased its support nationally to 22.23% (4 091 584 votes), giving it 89 seats in the National Assembly. Newcomers the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) emerged as the third most popular party after the ANC and DA, with 6.35% of the vote. The party, which was formed only eight months ago, received more than one-million votes in the national ballot, earning 25 seats in Parliament. It has also become the official opposition in North West and Limpopo provinces. IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula said she was satisfied with how the elections were conducted. “I hereby, on behalf of the Electoral Commission, declare the 2014 national and provincial elections free and fair,” she said.Other parties in Parliament Of the 29 parties that contested the elections, only 13 received sufficient votes to gain representation in Parliament. The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) received the fourth-highest number of votes with 2.4% (441 854 votes). Its breakaway party, the National Freedom Party (NFP), came in fifth with 1.57% (288 742 votes). This was the first time the NFP had contested a national election. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) increased its support from 0.85% in 2009 to 1% (184 636 votes), with the sixth-highest share of votes. The Freedom Front Plus improved its support from 0.83% in 2009 to 0.9% (165 715 votes), while the African Christian Democratic Party received 0.57% of the vote (104 039 votes). The Congress of the People received 0.67% (123 221 votes) this time around. Agang SA got 0.28% (52 334 votes) of the national vote. A total of 251 957 votes were spoilt nationally, up from 239 237 in the last poll, while over 18-million of people (73.42% of those eligible to vote) participated in the election. “As we celebrate two decades of democracy and conclude the 2014 elections, we can affirm democracy is alive and well and thriving in our land,’ Tlakula said. IEC vice-chair Terry Tselane said the elections had demonstrated the same spirit the country had in 1994, something he said the nation should be proud of. Both the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) observer missions congratulated South Africa on a free, fair, transparent and credible election. Source: SAnews.gov.za
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology If there was any doubt that the upcoming Palm Pre is being poised as an iPhone competitor, some recently discovered documents about Palm’s financial plans can put those thoughts to rest. According to Palm’s Subscription Accounting plan for the Palm Pre (PDF link), all revenue and expenses for the device will be distributed across 24 months – the required 2-year contract period for new Pre owners. What this means is that Palm will account for device sales immediately, but plans to use the subscription fees to fund ongoing R&D efforts. For Pre owners, the documents promise “new software features free of charge.” Sound familiar? It should – it’s the same accounting model used by Apple for their iPhone. But while Palm’s subscription accounting plan mimics that of the iPhone, statements from the company’s CEO prove Palm has other intentions for their webOS platform – and Pre is only the beginning of their efforts. Free Updates, Just Like the iPhoneWith subscription accounting, a company can use the revenue generated from the subscription service and spread it across the life of the service while revenue generated from the device is accounted for immediately. This allows a company to present a gradual increase in revenue as more devices are sold. The revenue generated from the subscription service can then be used for other things, and in Palm’s case, those other things will be ongoing R&D efforts leading to improvements to the phone.For Pre owners, this means they, like iPhone and iPhone 3G owners, can expect to receive free software updates for as long as they have the phone under contract. (This is also why iPod Touch owners have to pay for their updates.) In other words, whatever the Pre looks like upon launch, it’s only going to get better. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts sarah perez Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web Not Just One Handset: More WebOS Phones ComingAnother interesting note from these new documents is the fact that, when referring to these promised updates, Palm didn’t just say they were for the Pre. Instead, the documents state that the free updates will be for “customers of its webOS products, including the recently announced Palm Pre.” That statement points towards Palm’s intentions to build an entire product line built on the webOS – something that was basically confirmed Thursday when, on a conference call with analysts, Palm Chief Executive Edward Colligan promised that a road map of smartphones and an entire application ecosystem was in the company’s future. This is where Palm differs from Apple. Apple built one software base and installed it on one handset, albeit one that has seen hardware upgrades over time (i.e. iPhone to iPhone 3G). Palm, however, is envisioning a software product line that can extend itself across a variety of handsets. For customers, this means more choice when it comes to handsets. And for Palm, they hope this ecosystem will return the company to financial stability – just like they had back when Treos ruled. If Palm fumbles in any way, it could be the end for their company. Let’s hope that’s not the case. Anticipation for the Pre is high – all Palm has to do is deliver. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces