5 January 2004The rollout of Internet access services by South Africa’s second telecommunications operator is one of three factors which will kick-start growth in Internet access in the country in 2004, according to a study of South Africa’s Internet industry by independent technology research organisation World Wide Worx.The licensing of the second national operator (SNO) by the government means that the monopoly currently enjoyed by Telkom will soon come to an end.According to The Goldstuck Report: Internet Access in South Africa 2004, the rollout of high-speed or broadband wireless access by Sentech, and the healthy rand-dollar exchange rate, will also significantly contribute to increased access in the country.Sentech has been granted a wide-ranging licence to provide access services, while the stronger rand will reduce the costs of equipment to build infrastructure.“From having no choice at all, the South African market will suddenly be faced with two new players who are both eager to supply Internet access needs”, says World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck, who led the research in collaboration with IT outsourcing organisation Netsurit and internet service value-added applications provider Systemsfusion.The last three years has seen a dramatic slowdown in Internet access growth in South Africa. According to the report, 3.1-million South Africans had access to the Internet at the end of 2002.Growth in Internet access in 2002 was around 7%, the slowest since the Internet became available to the South African public in 1993, and the first time it had been below 20%.In 2003 growth was set to be only 6%, with 3.28 million South Africans expected to have access to the Internet by the end of 2003. This is a mere 1 in every 13 South Africans, marginally up from 1 in 15 at the end of 2001. (South Africa’s total population, according to Census 2001, stands at 44.8-million.)For the first time, the annual survey included a survey of small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) usage of the Internet, which saw research partner Netsurit surveying more than 2200 SMMEs with Internet access.Almost half of SMMEs reported e-mail as their primary use of the Internet, while a third cited banking as their primary online activity.The survey also found that small businesses with Internet connections were increasingly pursuing high-speed connectivity, with only one out of five using traditional dial-up modem access.On the technology front, the report concludes that 2004 will see the biggest explosion yet of technology options available to Internet users in South Africa.“From broadband wireless supplied by Sentech to ADSL and ISDN from Telkom, to a range of creatively packaged technology options from a variety of ISPs, it’s like 1994 all over again”, says Goldstuck.“Once again, the challenge will be an educational one for the existing market, and affordability for those who are still not connected.”Nevo Hadas, VP of marketing for survey support partners Systemsfusion, warns that this poses a huge challenge to ISPs. “They have to make their offerings not only simple to use, but also simple to understand”, he says.“The Internet user wants a fast, reliable connection, rather than a technically brilliant way for it reach the computer. The industry has to be technically brilliant in such a way that the user doesn’t even know about it.”Other significant findings of the report were:The size of the dial-up market passed the one-million mark for the first time in 2002, largely due to the marketing campaigns of Telkom and Absa’s Internet services, while the subscriber base of traditional ISPs fell for the first time. ISPs tended to be more focused on serving existing customers than on chasing growth in users, and this in turn resulted in the most profitable year yet for the access industry, despite the slowdown in user growth. The leased line market for corporate access remained healthy, largely thanks to companies focusing on the reliability of their networks and putting more backup systems in place. As a result, the number of lines grew faster than expected, but growth in users with access to such lines was slower than expected. Schools connectivity will receive a boost in 2004 as a range of long-awaited projects are finally implemented SouthAfrica.info reporter
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now In the past, you would have been challenged to get your content seen. In many ways, it is still difficult to get attention for your content. Both of these statements represent part of the same truth, the first a result of gatekeepers controlling what was published, the second caused by the glut of content posted. When it was difficult and expensive to get attention, gatekeepers discriminated against what they considered weak material. Now, with no gatekeepers, content proliferates unabated by any external force.Because the internet runs on content, the public-facing content your company creates can help to drive awareness, shape how your dream clients think about their business, educate your market, and even generate leads. Let’s call this “external content,” content designed for the public, and while we do so, let’s acknowledge its immense value to the sales process.But let us not overstate its value. It isn’t a replacement for something we might describe as “internal content,” or the business acumen and situational knowledge that resides inside the four walls of your company and between the two ears of each salesperson (or that should live there). Once a prospective client (or what I refer to as “dream clients,” those for whom you create massive value) engages with a salesperson, the internal content is more important than the external content.We used to chide salespeople for being a walking, talking brochure, spouting off all the features, benefits, and advantages on their “sell sheets” to any client within the sound of their voice without qualification. The criticism was that reciting the brochure was not value for the prospect.However, now, the best marketing departments know they need to create content that answers the question, “Why should I do anything different from what I am doing now?” They also create content that explains “What is going on in my world and how should I be thinking about these things?” Although this content is created as “external content,” there would be no disapproval of a salesperson who could speak with confidence in their answers to the two questions above.If one were to add to that content the person and collected business acumen and situational knowledge of the sales force, you would have internal content that would convert more dream clients into paying clients in short order.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wagner laments Schindler red card after Huddersfield defeat to Burnleyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner believes Christopher Schindler’s dismissal influenced defeat to Burnley.The Terriers lost 2-1 as Schindler was sent off before halftime.Wagner, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “The sending off was the big decision that went against us, even if I thought it was the correct decision.”We started the game well and took the lead. We take this result on the chin. We have our own plan and schedule of what we have to do.”Statistically 100% we are relegated because no team has survived with 10 points after 21 games but this doesn’t change that we have something in our mind of what we will do.”We beaten lot of statistics in the past. We know what we have to do. We have our plan to follow and this plan is independent of where we are in the table.”
dan patrick chris webber fab fiveFormer NBA and Michigan basketball star Chris Webber went on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning. The current NBA analyst for Turner Sports discussed a number of things with Dan Patrick, including, most notably, his time with the Wolverines and ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Fab Five” documentary, which Webber was not a part of. While on that topic, Webber seemed to criticize some of his former teammates, who he says exaggerated their importance in the film. “My whole thing has been it’s always been about us five,” he told Patrick. “And so when one guy has a million highlights in there of himself like he was the leading scorer, like when the stories are all after and embellished it’s just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it.”Here’s the full interview:
John MurrayAPTN National News A Rolling River First Nation official took home nearly $200,000 in ‘unsupported or ineligible’ payments for travel, sundry, and ‘admin fees’ according to an audit obtained by APTN National News.In early May Ernst & Young completed a forensic audit of Rolling River First Nation (RRFN) for the period from Apr. 1, 2009 until Dec. 31, 2014.The audit found $865,627 in possibly unsupported or ineligible payments for the audit period.The audit found that RRFN’s financial administration “lacked appropriate oversight, financial controls, policies and procedures.”According to the document, Ernst & Young found signatories on cheques were sometimes also payees, a single bank account was used for all revenue, and some salaries, holiday pay, and bonuses were overpaid or undocumented.Money earmarked for post-secondary education was also targeted, with almost $25,000 in ineligible or unsupported payments.Many payments made in the category of ‘admin fees’ did not have any accompanying approvals.One individual took over $122,000 in admin fees.Because of the single bank account, auditors in some instances, had difficulty determining whether funds were sourced from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada or from the band.Many expenditures that may be ineligible were called Band Support Funding (BSF).Ernst & Young wrote “due to co-mingling of INAC and band source funds, we were unable to determine which funds were used to cover deficits in BSF as such INAC funds earmarked for other programs may have been used to cover them.”In another document obtained by APTN National News, Rolling River First Nation seems to have established laws around financial administration including stringent requirements on bank accounts and payments.The document was signed by council on October 9, 2014, well ahead of the audits release.APTN National News reached out to Rolling River First Nation officials but did not receive a response before [email protected]
TOKYO — Asian shares rose Wednesday amid hopes for progress in U.S.-China trade talks.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 2.2 per cent to 21,602.75. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 edged up 1.4 per cent to 5,653.50. South Korea’s Kospi was up 1.4 per cent at 2,082.57. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.7 per cent to 26,216.08, while the Shanghai Composite index rose 0.3 per cent to 2,602.15. Shares also rose in Taiwan, India and most Southeast Asian markets.TRADE TALKS: Recent media reports say China has agreed to reduce tariffs on U.S. autos. That has raised hopes the two countries can make progress on their trade dispute. Investors worry weaker global trade would dent economic growth and corporate profits around the world.WALL STREET: The S&P 500 dipped by 0.94 points, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 2,636.78, while the Dow Jones industrial average fell 53.02, or 0.2 per cent, to 24,370.24, and the Nasdaq composite rose 11.31, or 0.2 per cent, to 7,031.83. Slightly more stocks fell on the New York Stock Exchange than rose.THE QUOTE: “U.S.-China trade developments appear to be the outstanding item set to aid Asia markets,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore. “Much needed positive news in the form of auto tariff reduction underpinned the early optimism.”ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 45 cents to $52.10 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 65 cents to settle at $51.65 per barrel Tuesday. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 57 cents to $60.77 per barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.41 Japanese yen from 113.08 yen late Tuesday. The euro slipped to $1.1329 from $1.1384.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Press
New Delhi: Three persons, including an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) coach and one businessman, have been nabbed with 62 passports and 28 fake stamps at Delhi’s IGI Airport, police said on Sunday.Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that the gang lured people on the pretext of arranging VISA and sending them abroad. “The gang members affix fake immigration stamps of various countries on the passports, to create a fake travel history as this assist in procuring VISA from the concerned embassy,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe city police also nabbed husband-wife duo who were trying to travel abroad on bogus documents from IGI Airport. Police identified the accused as Saurav, Sachin Kumar, Mukesh Goyal and Jatinder Singh ( herbal product businessman), all native of Haryana. “Saurav is an IELTS(International English Language Testing System) Coach. He imparts English lectures to IELTS aspirants,” police said. The city police also nabbed one Ravinder Singh and his wife Sunita Kumari. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe DCP further said that on the intervening night of March 1-2, a complaint was received about suspected fake and forged Indian immigration stamp in respect of two Indian nationals Sunita Kumari and Ravinder Singh who were seeking departure to Canada on the strength of Canadian visit Visa by Air Canada. “During scrutiny of their travel documents, it was found that there is no travel history of the passengers in the immigration pax log. There was no arrival and departure record against their passport in the system and Indian immigration stamps affixed on their passport were fake and forged,” said DCP Bhatia. Police said that husband-wife duo disclosed that they wanted to go and settle down in Canada. Hence, they approached their friend Shyam who further introduced them to an agent Vicky who runs a shop near Brahm Sarovar Kurukshetra. “Agent Vicky took Rs 6 lakhs from them on the pretext of arranging Canadian Visa and took both the pax to Chandigarh. The agent arranged fake immigration stamps to make both the pax look like frequent travellers,” police said adding that during investigations in the case they arrested all the other accused as well. Police found that Mukesh Goyal used to make fake rubber stamps through a software namely FLEXI.
Although we’re loyal to the Soccer Power Index (SPI), the system we use to produce FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup projections, we’re also big fans of the World Football Elo Ratings.Unfortunately, the Elo ratings website has not been updated since the World Cup began. So we followed their instructions for calculating their ratings and ran the numbers ourselves:Brazil, as before, ranks as the world’s best team per Elo. But the Netherlands has made huge gains and now ranks No. 2, just ahead of Germany. Spain’s rating has fallen the most, 116 points, taking the team from second to sixth.Elo and SPI are highly correlated and they’ve fared well against other methods of predicting World Cup results so far, including betting lines.
Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 20, is close to joining Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan.The Dutchman spent the entirety of last campaign at Crystal Palace and made 21 appearances in the Premier League as the Eagles avoided relegation.Fosu-Mensah played in Manchester United’s friendlies in the United States but has once again been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho.He will look to continue his development under Hertha manager Pal Dardai and the club that finished 10th in the Bundesliga last season.Fosu-Mensah is a utility player and can comfortably slot in either as a central defender or at full-back.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.He has been on the books of Manchester United since 2014 when he joined the club’s youth setup from Ajax.Jose Mourinho has moaned about the lack of transfer activity despite signing the duo of Fred and Dalot. Reports claim the United hierarchy informed the Portuguese gaffer to raise cash from the sale of players to fund his transfer.Manchester United are in action against Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly before they commence their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday.
Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanović is looking ahead after their Champions League exit on Tuesday night.Inter Milan were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night after failing to beat PSV at San Siro, and Handanovic has called on his teammates to bounce back from the disappointing result as soon as possible.“Today is a new day and we’re now looking ahead. We’re back in action on Saturday, and playing and winning is the best medicine in situations like this,” Handanovic told the club’s website.We knew we had to win our game without thinking about what was going on elsewhere, but unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do so.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We have missed out on our objective, but come February we’ll be treating the Europa League as a new opportunity, as will the other teams with a chance of winning it.“We have a team that can go all the way. We haven’t even reached the halfway stage of the season and we’ve still got targets we want to achieve.“We’ve played well in recent games, but unfortunately, we haven’t managed to pick up the results we wanted. We need to find that spark again.”