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.”