Presuming that he opts out of his $31-million player option, where will Durant sign as a free agent next summer? That inquiry had a new twist, … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND — Kevin Durant knew the questions were coming, even before he sat in the interview chair. After all, the questions have remained the topic of conversation throughout his 2018-19 season with the Warriors.
23 October 2006Japan’s Isuzu Motors and General Motors South Africa (GMSA) are to invest R80-million (R40-million each) in a new joint venture company that will take over the marketing, sales and support of all Isuzu trucks weighing over 3.5 tons in SA and its neighbouring countries.The investment comes on the back of booming vehicle sales and strong economic growth prospects for the country as a whole.South African new vehicle sales hit an all-time record of over 617 000 units in 2005 – up from 480 879 units in 2004 and 381 456 units in 2003 – making the country one of the best performing automobile markets internationally.The year’s sales were driven by in large part by trucks, with light commercial vehicle sales up by 25.9% over 2004, medium commercial sales up a massive 41.8%, and heavy commercial sales up 24.5%.“The South African market scale is likely to grow as big as the Australian market scale,” Isuzu said in a statement on Monday.To date, GMSA has been marketing and distributing Isuzu-make trucks and pickups in South Africa along with its own GM-brand passenger cars.Now, Isuzu and GMSA have agreed to establish Isuzu Truck South Africa (Pty) Limited as a joint venture company capitalised at R80-million – 50% held by Isuzu and 50% held by GMSA – to enable Isuzu to get more involved in the commercial vehicle business in southern Africa.While GMSA will continue to handle distribution of Isuzu’s 1-ton light commercial vehicle range, Isuzu Truck SA will handle the medium and heavy trucks, starting in January 2007 (subject to local competition authority approval).GMSA’s Malcolm Gould told Business Report on Friday that Isuzu Truck SA would spend R350-million over two years on upgrading the current Isuzu truck national retailer network and expanding GMSA’s Isuzu truck assembly capacity at its Kempston Road plant in Port Elizabeth.Isuzu said it plans to grow its market share for commercial vehicles in South Africa from 8% in 2005 (2 307 units) to 13% in 2007 (3 500 units) and 20% in 2010 (5 600 units).Gauld told Business Day that Isuzu Truck SA would operate as a separate entity with offices in Johannesburg and 48 members of staff, including 40 new positions as well as two senior secondments from Isuzu Motors Japan: Masatoshi Kobayashi (MD) and Hiroshi Iizuka (business co-ordination and special projects manager).SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Nokia has announced that its free music streaming service originally titled “Comes with Music” is going to shut down in most markets. The service, which was bundled with select handsets from the mobile phone manufacturer launched in late 2008 with the support of the four major music labels: Universal, EMI, Warner and Sony.According to Nokia, the reason the service didn’t perform is because of its inclusion of copy protection on the tracks, which locked the music to the device. “The markets clearly want a DRM-free music service,” a Nokia spokesperson said.In the Reuters report from this morning, other reasons for “Comes with Music’s” failure to gain traction were cited. These included its use of older handset models for the product at launch and its “difficult to understand product offering.”The service will now be shut down in 27 countries worldwide, but Nokia will continue to offer free music downloads with 12-month subscriptions in China, India and Indonesia and with 6-month subscriptions in Brazil, Turkey and South Africa, the report states.Now known as Ovi Music Unlimited, the service is compatible with Nokia devices including the N8, X6 (16 GB), 5800 XpressMusic, 5250, 5530 XpressMusic and 5235.In an interesting twist, the would-be iTunes competitor allowed users to keep all the tracks they had downloaded, even after the subscription period ended. In a way, it represented the best of both worlds (downloads & streaming): tracks you owned and music available via subscription-based “all you can eat” online catalogs.But apparently, it never caught on.Is DRM the Real Issue?Nokia says that the issue is the DRM (digital rights management, a copy protection technology) placed on the tracks, which restricted your access to the music.That’s funny because Nokia’s offering is not all that dissimilar from currently up-and-coming streaming services like Spotify, MOG and Rdio, all of which provide large catalogs of songs playable on the phone. In addition, these services have either a robust Web interface or a desktop software interface for accessing the music via PC, and for creating playlists, favoriting tracks, organizing your library, etc. But Nokia’s Unlimited Music service also let users play tracks via its Nokia Ovi Player software on a computer.So it seems that if MOG, Rdio and Spotify and the like can be successful with such a similar business model, Nokia could have been, too. Perhaps 2008 was just too early to launch subscription music?Nokia says that its Ovi Music Store, which offers DRM-free music downloads, will not be affected. The Music Store is available in 38 markets. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#news#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
The 6-foot-10 point forward, who was the fourth overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1999 NBA Draft, ended his NBA career with averages of 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations 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 The former Los Angeles Lakers star will reinforce the Philippine side together with Barangay Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee and veteran big man Randolph Morris in the tournament which tips off February 1.Joining the three are Fil-Americans Jeremiah Gray and Roosevelt Adams, former pros Joseph Yeo, Jet Manuel and Gab Banal and college standouts Juan Gomez Di Liaño, Santi Santillan, Justin Gutang and Troy Rike.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 39-year-old Odom last played for Spanish club Laboral Kuxta Basconia in the EuroLeague back in 2014.Odom, who is known for his versatility, helped the Lakers win back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Screengrab from Lamar Odom’s Instagram Story.Two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom arrived in Manila on Wednesday to join his team Mighty Sports ahead of the Dubai International Basketball Championship next month.Odom was welcomed by fans and members of media at the airport.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Dennis Smith returns after trade drama as Mavs beat Clippers 106-98
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, one of the best paid players in the world, admits the amount of money involved at the highest level has become “indecent”.The 19-year-old became the second most expensive player in history when he completed a permanent transfer to PSG from Monaco this year for a reported fee of €180 million (£157m/$201m).His team-mate Neymar joined from Barcelona in 2017 for €222m (£198m/$249m) in a deal that shook the European game and led to four more deals worth more than €100m, including Mbappe’s taking place over the next 12 months. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Reports based on documents from whistleblowing platform Football Leaks this month claimed Mbappe asked for a five-year contract worth close to €55m after tax when he joined PSG, along with various performance-based incentives, which was turned down by the club.And Mbappe has conceded there are sums involved in the top tiers of the game that he could scarcely have imagined when he was growing up.”It’s truly indecent for me, who comes from a fairly modest family,” he told RTS.”It’s true that it’s indecent but the market is like that. The world of football works like that.”I’m not going to revolutionise football. I’m in a system. You have to know how to respect it and to stay in place.”A pleasure and an honor to welcome you in Paris. See you soon King @Pele pic.twitter.com/9uvoIr5tmi— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) November 1, 2018In the wake of France’s World Cup success, L’Equipe reported that Mbappe had donated his entire fee from the tournament – an estimated €439,000 (£384,000/$494,000) – to Premiers de Cordee, a sports charity that works with disabled and hospitalised children.Mbappe has been compared to Brazil great Pele following a remarkable rise to stardom during the last three years, in which he has won four major trophies in France and become a world champion.However, the forward insists he is not trying to emulate anyone, saying: “I don’t want to be a copy of anyone else. Like the greats, you want to make your own story yourself, and not be a copy of another.”I think it’s only natural to have high self-esteem, even if in everyday life you need to have that humility that is a strength of the greats.”Despite his spectacular career at senior level to date, Mbappe says it is important to retain a childish sense of humour.”There is no bad time to laugh. I always joke, even five minutes before a game. It’s not bad to stay a little immature,” he added.”There is so much pressure in football that a little bit of ‘joie de vivre’, a little bit of fun doesn’t hurt in this environment.”
Reports suggest Chelsea talented winger Callum Hudson-Odoi should play regular first-team football and may have to move abroad to grab more great opportunities.However, Hudson-Odoi knows that the decision to play lies on the coach.“Every opportunity I get I’ll keep striving and keep working hard, especially in training because that proves everything,” he said as reported by Goal.“The 90 minutes today boosted my confidence really. Hopefully, more opportunities will come.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I’m always eager to play but it’s always the coach’s decision as well so I’ve just got to keep working hard in training and keep proving myself and working hard and hopefully I keep getting the opportunities to play.”Talking about his first goal for the club, Hudson-Odoi continued:“I think I’ll celebrate it with all of my family really. They’ve always been there from the start and helped me all the way so I’ll definitely celebrate with them and have a good time and get back at it tomorrow.”
Vijay Devarakonda at the launch of his next movie HeroTwitterThe makers of Vijay Devarakonda’s next movie Hero are said to be spending Rs 8 crore on his bike race scene and this hefty sum has left his fans wondering over the amount he is being paid as remuneration.Vijay Devarakonda recently wrapped up the shooting of his 11th movie Dear Comrade, which is set for worldwide release on July 6. The actor is now gearing up to start filming his next movie titled Hero, which is written and directed by Anand Annamalai and produced Mythri Movie Makers. The movie was launched on Sunday and director Koratala Siva kick-started its filming by clapping the board.Hero is a musical-thriller with sports drama as the backdrop. We hear that the movie has an exciting bike race scene, which will be one of the major highlights of the film. The makers are said to be spending a hefty sum of Rs 8 crore on this single stunt sequence. He will start its shoot in Delhi from May 22.This news has left the filmgoers surprised over the total production cost and the remuneration of Vijay Devarakonda. Mythri Movie Makers, which is known for bankrolling big ticket films like Srimanthudu, Janatha Garage and Rangasthalam, has not revealed the budget of the film. But one thing is for sure that the producers must be offering more money as his payment than what he got for his last outing.Reports suggest that Vijay Devarakonda charged Rs 5 lakh as his remuneration for his first movie Pelli Choopulu, which was a big hit at the box office. He hiked it to Rs 5 crore after the success of Arjun Reddy. The huge success of his next release Geeta Govindam catapulted him to stardom and he reportedly revised his salary to Rs 10 crore. Despite this hike, he was flooded with several offers.Post the success of Geeta Govindam, Vijay Devarakonda had three release in 2018. Two of them were Ee Nagaraniki Emaindhi (cameo role) and Taxiwaala, which had signed before hiking his remuneration. He accepted bilingual movie NOTA after the back-to-back films and he is said to have been paid a bomb.Vijay Devarakonda is said to be drawing Rs 10 crore for his next outing Dear Comrade. With this, he has surpassed his colleagues like Nani and Sharwanand and joined the big league of top stars who draw more than Rs 10 crore in Tollywood. He is getting nothing less than this amount for his upcoming movie Hero too.
Noted economist Wahiduddin Mahmud addresses the inaigural session of a two-day convention on the excluded communities in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, on Thursday. — Photo: CollectedA convention of the excluded people in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, on Thursday called for identifying unique problems of the marginalised communities with a view to bringing them to the mainstream.“Marginalised people are poor but the nature of their problems is not the same. So, they cannot be brought under mainstream development activities by taking only one project,” economist Wahiduddin Mahmud told the inaugural ceremony of the conference.He pointed out that the country’s 3-4 per cent people are excluded from the development process and without giving them fruits of development, it is not possible to attain overall national development goals.Wahiduddin Mahmud, a former finance adviser to the 1996 caretaker government, added that it is the responsibility of the government to take meaningful initiatives to ensure protection and development of the marginalised communities.More than 300 people of 60 communities have joined the convention and cultural festival that focussed on their lifestyle, standard of living, social crisis and cultural practices, according to a news release received in Dhaka.Power and Participation Research Centre (PPCR), Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD), Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) and Gram Bikash Kendra organised the two-day convention titled ‘Social, Economic, and Political Protection of Marginalised and Excluded Communities’.PPARC executive chairman Hossain Zillur Rahman said the convention is aimed at making policy recommendations so that the government can take necessary steps to improve the situation. “We want to help create such an atmosphere,” he said.Vice chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Farid Uddin Ahmed criticised the practice of keeping marginalised groups such as tea workers poor for the sake of an industry.“We all have to work together to take the society forward and uphold the spirit of humanity,” he added.SEHD’s Phillip Gain presented the keynote at the convention which was also addressed by writer Harishanker Jaladas, former director general of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics Abdul Wazed, and deputy commissioner of Moulvibazar Tafael Islam.
In the wake of death of Bangladeshis in recent boat capsize in the Mediterranean Sea, the relevant parliamentary standing committee on Wednesday suggested the foreign ministry to take action against those engaged in human trafficking, reports UNB.The parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs ministry came up with the recommendation at its 4th meeting held at the Jatiya Sangsad with its chairman Muhammad Faruk Khan in the chair, said a handout.At the meeting, the committee expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean Sea along Tunisia on their way to Europe from Libya.The parliamentary watchdog asked the foreign ministry to identify the syndicates of those engaged in human trafficking and take measures against them.It also recommended the Bangladesh missions concerned to extend their cooperation to the Bangladeshi victims in the boat capsize.A boat carrying 70-80 people capsized in the sea some time on the night of 9 May.The ministry of foreign affairs on Wednesday released the identities of 39 Bangladeshis who went missing after the boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea while attempting to reach Europe from Libya.Fourteen other Bangladesh nationals were rescued alive from the capsized boat.It also confirmed that 130 of the total 150 migrants on two boats were Bangladeshis. One boat reached safely and another, carrying 70-80 passengers, capsized in the sea.The parliamentary committee also discussed the plan and preparation of the foreign ministry for celebrating the Mujib Year (2020-2021) to mark the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Discussing the manpower crisis at Bangladeshi missions in different countries, the committee recommended quick recruitment of manpower and enhancement of ICT use to overcome the problem.The parliamentary body also suggested the ministry for taking measures for the committee’s visit to the training academy of the foreign ministry.Committee members foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Nurul Islam Nahid, Md Abdul Majid Khan, Nahim Razzaq and Nizam Uddin Jalil (John) attended the meeting.
Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:35 X Ted S. Warren/APCounter-protesters respond to the “anti-sharia” rally in Seattle on Saturday.Protesters who gathered on Saturday to denounce Islamic law were met across the country with equally sized or larger counter-protests.Organizers called the “March Against Sharia” rallies to protest what they say is the threat to U.S. society posed by the set of traditional Muslim practices, which they say includes oppression of women, honor killings, homophobic violence, female genital mutilation and other abuses.But reports and pictures show large counter-protests around the country, with activists accusing the “anti-sharia” marchers of racism and Islamophobia.Sharia “is a legal or philosophical code derived from Islamic scripture and meant to guide the behavior of observant Muslims,” as NPR’s Tom Gjelten noted. Religious experts say it’s similar to parts of Christian and Jewish customs.The rallies were held in about two dozen cities and about 20 states. They were organized by the conservative group ACT for America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center calls the “largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America, claiming 280,000 members and over 1,000 chapters.” The organization describes itself as “the NRA of national security.”“I feel like we need to make a stand now, before [sharia] makes more inroads,” protester Shannon Boulogne told WABE reporter Adhiti Bandlamudi. “I’ve always been, you know, for women’s rights.”Bandlamudi reports that Boulogne was among a small group of demonstrators who gathered in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. The Los Angeles Times reports they were met by a “small gaggle of counter-protesters,” who “held up placards and shouted, ‘No Hate! No Fear! Muslims Are Welcome Here.’ “A few miles away, other Atlantans held a counter-protest and food drive. Asma Elhuni, of the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, criticized the “anti-sharia” protesters. “If they’re against sharia, are you against feeding the poor? Are you against being friendly, showing love? Because essentially that is Sharia,” she told Bandlamudi.In Syracuse, N.Y., “March Against Sharia” organizer Lisa Joseph told North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann that she put the rally together because she and others are “against female genital mutilation, honor killings, throwing gays off of buildings, stoning people to death.”Counter-protesters in Syracuse responded by shouting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” and described the opposing demonstration as anti-Muslim bigotry, Mann reports.On the other side of the country, several dozen “anti-sharia” protesters gathered at Seattle’s City Hall, according to The Associated Press. But the AP reports that “[h]undreds of counter-protesters marched through downtown Seattle behind a large sign saying ‘Seattle stands with our Muslim neighbors.’ “#HappeningNow: About 100 chant “No hate now!” to counter-protest a small group gathered for a “March Against Sharia” in downtown Chicago. pic.twitter.com/PA6llTkAbs— The Chicago Reporter (@ChicagoReporter) June 10, 2017In Chicago, “about 30 people demonstrated against Islamic law and in favor of President Trump,” but twice as many counter-protesters shouted back, the wire service reports.“Each side boasted about 150-to-175 people” in a protest and counter-protest in Denver, according to The Denver Post, and law enforcement arrested four people.A participant (who refused to give his name) in the “Denver March Against Sharia” speaks to counter-demonstrators on Saturday in Denver.In Harrisburg, Penn., about 60 “anti-sharia” protesters were separated from the same number of counter-protesters. “This is a march against sharia, not Muslims,” Steven R. Moore, of Washington County, Pa., told The Washington Post. “We are not affiliated with any extremist groups. … Sharia is a barbaric system that the Islamic State is trying to impose in our country.”Several counter-protesters were “anti-fascist” or “antifa” activists, who “dressed in black masks and hoods and chant[ed] ‘No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,’ ” Reuters reports, a slogan modified from a 1980s punk song.Similar protests and counter-protests also happened in St. Paul, Minn., where authorities arrested several people “when scuffles broke out,” the AP reports, and New York City, where counter-protesters banged pots and pans in an effort to drown out “anti-sharia” demonstrators.Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesNYPD officers try to separate counter-protesters and activists rallying for the “March Against Sharia” on Saturday in New York City.Despite the concern, sharia has no chance of being imposed in the U.S. in the foreseeable future.“It’s like the Ten Commandments for Muslims. It’s nothing to be enforced upon anyone. It’s a moral code that I follow for myself as an individual,” Muslim youth leader Mansoor Shams explained to NPR earlier this year.No area of the U.S. has legally implemented sharia, despite false reports on social media that Dearborn, Mich., enacted it.According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. has a population that is only 0.9 percent Muslim; and Liyakat Takim, a professor of Islamic studies at McMaster University, told the AP that the vast majority of U.S. Muslims oppose implementing sharia in the U.S.Then there’s the Constitution, which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Listen